When is Pitch Day

The next Pitch Day will be held on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 from 9:00 am CST to 5:00 pm CST.

What is the process for involvement in Pitch Day?

Upon consideration by the Lyda Hill team, an organization will be notified that they are a potential candidate for inclusion in an upcoming Pitch Day. Applicants will then be asked to submit an LOI via our online portal.


Organizations will receive an introductory email providing general information regarding Pitch Day and relevant timelines, as well as information regarding the request and any login credentials necessary to submit the LOI.

What is the Submission Deadline for our LOI?

LOIs should be submitted no later than 5:00 pm CST on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

What questions are on an LOI?

Organizations will be asked to provide the following information/documentation as part of their LOI submission:


(1)    What problem or need is the project designed to address?
(2)    How will the project address the issue?
(3)    List your specific goals and objectives for this project.
(4)    If funded, how will the grant money be used?
(5)    What is the timeframe for the project?
(6)    How will success be measured?
(7)    Total Cost of Project
(8)    Amount Requested
(9)    Project Collaborators (Are you working with any other organizations on this project?)
(10)   Other Funding Sources
(11)   Date funds are required
(12)   Key Staff (Please provide name/title/email address for all key staff related to this project/request)
(13)   Signer (Name of chief executive who would be signing any potential agreements)
(14)   Total Budget for organization
(15)   Project-specific Budget
(16)   501(c)3 Certification Letter
(17)   Certificate of Good Standing

Who should participate in our pitch?

Participants in an applicant's pitch are at the discretion of the applicant, up to a maximum of (3) three individuals.

Who will be in the room for our pitch?

The number of individuals in the room will vary by pitch but could include up to (5) five members of Lyda Hill's team.

How will Pitch Day work?

Participants will be scheduled for a particular time on Pitch Day.  You will be allotted 10 minutes to pitch your project, to be followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.

Notification regarding award determinations will be provided at a later time.

How will our pitch be evaluated?

The Lyda Hill team manages a competitive application process and not all requests for funding will be awarded. Applications will be reviewed based on a holistic evaluation of the pitch, utilzing the following criteria as a guideline:


(1)    To what degree does the project align with Lyda's philanthropic strategy? (please review the Lyda Hill Foundation website for more information)
(2)    To what degree can Lyda's funds play a catalytic role in addressing a particular problem/issue?
(3)    Does the pitch demonstrate thoughtful pre-planning and well-conceived responses, with clearly-articulated costs, goals, timeline and benchmarks as appropriate?

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