March 2015

The Educational Foundation of America (EFA), founded in 1959 by Richard Prentice Ettinger, funds work in the environment, arts, and reproductive health and justice. Since 1959, EFA has awarded over $40 million in grants to support reproductive health and rights. Today, the Reproductive Health and Justice Grantmaking Program aims to address, protect, and expand access to contraception and abortion through investments in organizations that bring an innovative, collaborative, and courageous approach to reproductive health, rights, and justice.

With this Request for Letters of Inquiry (RFLOI), EFA seeks to support sustainable infrastructure, programs, and policy to increase and ensure access to reproductive health services (abortion and contraception) in the Midwest through fostering regional collaboration between the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

In reviewing submissions to the Access for All Initiative EFA will look for:

  • State and local expertise;
  • Collaborative, cross-movement alliances; and
  • Diverse and inclusive teams.

EFA encourages inventive proposals, which may include – but are not limited to – the following strategies to ensure access to reproductive health services (abortion and contraception):

  • Improving pathways to abortion care (e.g. quality referrals, transportation, lodging and other practical support);
  • Culture change (e.g. storytelling, film making, etc.);
  • Faith-based services and organizing;
  • Litigation and policy reform; and
  • Research supporting any of these activities.

EFA values a willingness to engage in constructive failure by documenting and sharing lessons learned.

In order to develop this strong, regional network, selected organizations will be invited to participate in a convening in year one and year two of the grant term. Location to be determined.


EFA will consider letters of inquiry from public charities, academic institutions, and government entities. State and national organizations may apply. Organizations may submit individually or as part of a coalition. If submitting individually, organizations should describe their role as part of any statewide or regional coalitions. The number of proposals supported and total amount of support will depend on the nature and quality of proposals received. Proposed project/program budgets should range between $75,000 to $200,000 per year for an organization; coalitions representing multiple organizations may apply for funding up to $300,000. Grants will be made for a two-year period.


To confirm eligibility and access our online LOI form, please go to: LOIs will only be accepted through EFA’s online system.

Projected Timeline:
March 2015: RFLOI released
May 1, 2015: Deadline to submit questions for conference call
May 11, 2015: Conference call for interested applicants*
July 1, 2015: LOIs due to EFA through online system
September 2015: Selected LOIs will be invited to submit full proposals
December 2015: Full proposals due to EFA through online system
February 2016: Grantee-partners will be informed of funding decisions
April 2016: First convening

*Should you choose to participate, pre-registration is required through this link: EFA will field only pre-submitted questions due May 1, 2015. Please submit questions to EFA at