We greatly appreciate learning about organisations around the world that also aim to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.  Therefore, Oak Foundation accepts unsolicited requests for funding through a letter of enquiry. However, please note that the majority of our grant-making is not initiated by our letter of enquiry process.

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Review Oak Foundation's criteria for funding
Read Oak Foundation's criteria for funding, review previous grants in our grant database and assess whether your organisation meets the general requirements of the Foundation.

Step 2: Read Programme requirements
Each programme has its own goals, geographic scope, funding restrictions and requirements for funding. Please read our programme pages for details. Note that programme budgets are often committed well in advance, so please ensure that you propose any time-sensitive projects sufficiently in advance.

Letters of enquiry that do not fit programme geographies and strategies, or are time-bound without sufficient notice, will not be considered.

Step 3: Submit a request for funding
Organisations who are interested in seeking a grant should submit a letter of enquiry through our online form. Please note that this submission is not part of Oak’s formal grant process, which begins only after a formal application is submitted at Oak’s request.

We will respond within three months if we require further information or if the applicant is invited to submit a formal proposal. Unfortunately, due to the volume of requests that we receive, will not respond if your letter of enquiry does not meet the requirements of the programme.

We would be most appreciative if you do not contact the Foundation directly to discuss your request.  For initial contact, please do not telephone or visit the offices. Thank you for your understanding.