How to Apply

To apply for a grant, applicants should submit a letter (1-2 pages) of inquiry by email to The letter should contain a brief statement describing the organization and a description of the project for which funds are being requested. Proposals submitted without an initial letter of inquiry will not be reviewed.  

If we are interested in considering the request, applicants will be asked to submit a proposal.  The proposal should be mailed to 501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 130, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.  The proposal should also be scanned and emailed to

Inquiry letters are accepted throughout the year for organizations that have not previously received grants. Following review of the inquiry letter, you will be contacted regarding whether your organization may apply for a grant and the due date if applicable for the grant application. For organizations that have received grants previously, no inquiry letter is required.

Proposals are due by May 31st, from organizations that have previously received grants. For organizations that have not previously received a grant, the due date for a proposal will be determined after reviewing the inquiry letter.

The proposal must include the following information:

  1. Cover page
    Please include your organization’s name, executive director, address, phone and email, amount of grant request, and a brief summary of your organization and its purpose.
  2. Background of your organization
    Briefly describe the history, current operating structure and mission of your organization, as well as how it relates to The Margaret T. Petrie Spaying and Neutering Foundation’s objectives. Describe the key personnel and identify who would be our principal contact.
  3. Purpose of funding
    Please include the amount requested and describe how this funding will help advance the mission of your organization.
  4. Description of finances
    Please attach a copy of the operating budget of your organization as well as the budget for the project, if this is a project-specific request. What are your organization’s major sources of funding, both current and past?
  5. IRS Determination Letter
    Attach a copy of exemption status from the Internal Revenue Service.


Proposals from previous recipients of grants will be accepted January through May annually and a decision will be rendered by June 30th. Grants will then be awarded in July.

The Petrie Foundation may award grants through the calendar year to organizations that have not previously received a grant.


Final reports from grantees are due May 31st of the year following the grant. If a final payment has been made, but funds are not fully expended or work is continuing, grantees are encouraged to file an interim report. Please e-mail the completed report to with your organization name in the Subject line.  Reports on grants are due in the spring after a grant payment is made. Organizations receiving funding may not reapply until after a final report has been received by the Foundation.