How to Apply


Organizations interested in submitting a grant proposal should take the following steps:

Review the Foundation’s mission areas and grant-making guidelines to determine eligibility and alignment.

Submit a letter of inquiry.
If your organization aligns with the program objectives and grant-making policies, the next step is to submit a brief letter of inquiry through the GOapply online portal.

You will need to register a new account (or login if previously registered) using your IRS Tax ID/EIN.  Once you login in, the HWF Grant Application (unsolicited) will be available in Opportunities.

The following information is needed for the letter of inquiry:
  • Contact name and email address
  • Organization name, address and website
  • Organization description (narrative-3000 characters)
  • Amount of request
  • Purpose of request (narrative-3000 characters)

Letter of Inquiry Tips

  1. It is optimal to use a desktop or laptop (not tablet or phone) to complete your application.
  2. If you copy and paste text from outside GOapply, paste as plain text (not rich text).
  3. Enter all requested information; fields marked with asterisks are required.
  4. Save your work often; also, you can save, log out and return to the portal as needed to finish.
  5. Be patient! The system may take a moment to register and save your answers.
  6. When you submit, be patient and do not close your browser until you receive the Submission Confirmation Email.
  7. Contacts listed on the letter of inquiry will receive an automated Submission Confirmation Email with the pdf of your responses; confirm receipt to ensure submission--check Junk folders if necessary.
  8. Contact Marie Erb at for assistance.

Though the Hudson-Webber Foundation is interested in exploring new opportunities to invest in impactful work in Detroit, funding for unsolicited requests is limited.

The Foundation also manages the Hudsonian Assistance and Counseling Program to assist eligible former J.L. Hudson Company employees and their dependents with basic needs and support. Eligibility requirements and the application process for the Hudsonian program can be found here.

Review Procedures

Foundation staff reviews letters of inquiry as expeditiously as possible, usually within two to three weeks of submission. If the Foundation is interested in exploring further, staff will contact the applicant to discuss the organization/program or to request additional information. If the Foundation is not interested, the applicant will be notified along with a brief rationale.

Following additional discussion and/or information, the Foundation may invite the applicant to submit a full grant proposal for funding consideration. At that time, the required contents and timing of a grant proposal will be communicated.

The Hudson-Webber Foundation reviews grant proposals on a quarterly basis. Please note that the Foundation’s review process can take three to four months between proposal submission and grant award.