TMU has recently transitioned to an online application. The application process is divided into 2 stages: 1) the initial inquiry, 2) the full application.
Once the initial inquiry is submitted, you will be notified of the status of your project within two-weeks (14 business days) after the Initial Inquiry deadline. Due to the large number of inquiries TMU receives, potential applicants are urged to submit an Initial Inquiry at least three months prior to the deadline for submitting the Final Proposal (see Deadlines below).
Please visit the TMU Online Application page to create a TMU user account and begin your initial inquiry.
To return to an already existing application or inquiry, please click here.
If, after submitting an Initial Inquiry online, a project then is invited to submit a full proposal, you will receive notification from TMU via e-mail. You will also be able to log in and track the status of your application via your TMU user account.
Who Can Apply
While the Initial Inquiry may be made by an individual or institution in any of the countries in which TMU is active, the Final Proposal must be submitted by an American nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, as TMU does not make grants directly to institutions or individuals abroad.
To be able to submit a Final Proposal, you must submit an Initial Inquiry. The deadlines for Initial Inquiries are:
TMU’s Board meets to review Final Proposals twice a year. Board review meetings are typically held four months after the deadlines for receiving Final Proposals, which are:
February 1 (with notification by mid-May)
August 1 (with notification by mid-November)
*If you submit an initial inquiry on November 1 and are asked to submit a full proposal, you will need to fill out the final proposal by February 1. The Board will meet in May of that year and you will be notified thereafter. Your project must start AFTER July 1 of that year.
**If you submit an initial inquiry on May 1 and are asked to submit a full proposal, you will need to fill out the final proposal by August 1. The Board will meet in November of that year and you will be notified thereafter. Your project must start AFTER January 1 of the FOLLOWING year.