Grant Program

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine.

The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.

Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The Foundation supports a variety of Community Improvement programs including those that enhance non-profit management and promote philanthropy and voluntarism. Youth development programs supported by the Foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life. The Foundation is also interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science, and technology.

The Foundation's current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS.

Although there are no geographic restrictions to the Foundation's grantmaking program, the Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited requests for international agencies or programs. While the Foundation occasionally awards grants for operating expenses, capital campaigns, endowments, and international projects, such grants are infrequent and usually initiated by the Foundation. Multiyear grants are rare; most grants are awarded for a one-year period. Click here to view listing of recent grants awarded by the Foundation.

 

How to Apply

RGK Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry from the Web site as the first step. RGK Foundation will entertain one electronic Letter of Inquiry (LOI) per organization in a twelve-month period. Organizations that submit unsolicited proposals will receive notification directing them to submit an electronic Letter of Inquiry via the Web site. After reading the remaining application guidelines, you may click on the link at the bottom of the Frequently Asked Questions section to begin.

 

Eligibility

Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as "not a private foundation" under Section 509(a). Hospitals, educational institutions, and governmental institutions meeting these requirements are eligible to apply. Organizations that have completed and filed Form 1023 but not yet received an IRS determination letter are not eligible to apply. The Foundation does not make grants or loans to individuals.

 

Limitations

As a general practice, RGK Foundation refrains from funding:

  • Annual funds, galas, or other special-event fundraising activities
  • Capital campaigns/renovation projects
  • Debt reduction
  • Emergency or disaster relief efforts
  • Dissertations or student research projects
  • Indirect/administrative costs
  • Sectarian religious activities, political lobbying, or legislative activities
  • Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation in policy or in practice
  • Loans, scholarships, fellowships, or grants to individuals
  • Unsolicited requests for international organizations or programs
  • Unsolicited requests for ALS research projects

 

Deadlines

There is no deadline for submitting an electronic Letter of Inquiry. Foundation staff reviews electronic Letters of Inquiry on a regular basis, but we ask that you allow up to three weeks for a response. The Foundation will send an e-mail message either declining your request or inviting you to submit a formal application packet for further consideration. If you are invited to submit an application packet, your message will include detailed instructions on how to apply. Please allow up to four months for proposals to be reviewed by staff. In some cases, a phone conference or site visit may be scheduled as part of the review process. The Grants Committee typically meets three times each year to consider requests over $100,000 that have been recommended by staff for review. You will be notified if your proposal will be considered at one of the Grants Committee meetings or will take longer than four months to review.

 

Grants Committee Meeting Dates for 2014

March 7, 2014
June 13, 2014
September 19, 2014
 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Below is a list of questions that we are frequently asked about our funding guidelines. Should you have any further questions, or need assistance, please contact us at the phone number and address listed at the foot of the page.

 

1. Q: How do I apply for a grant?
  A: Applicants must complete and submit an electronic Letter of Inquiry from our Web site as a first step. You will be notified by e-mail within two weeks if the Foundation is willing to consider a formal proposal, and if so, given detailed instructions on the formal application process.
 
2. Q: When I submit my electronic Letter of Inquiry, should I send a hard copy as well?
  A: No, please do not send a hard copy by mail or fax.
 
3. Q: Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
  A: Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as not a private foundation under Section 509(a). Hospitals, educational institutions, and governmental institutions meeting these requirements are eligible to apply. Organizations that have completed and filed Form 1023 but not yet received a determination letter from the IRS are not eligible to apply.
 
4. Q: Does the Foundation have an application deadline?
  A: No, RGK Foundation accepts and reviews electronic Letters of Inquiry throughout the year. Applicants should not submit a formal application unless the Foundation has reviewed your Letter of Inquiry and requested that you submit one.
 
5. Q: What size grant should we request?
  A: Please refer to the list of Grants Awarded on our Web site as a reference. The average Foundation grant is $25,000.
 
6. Q: Do you fund newly established nonprofits?
  A: Yes, we will consider Letter of Inquiry Forms from start-up nonprofits that are certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
 
7. Q: Do you have any geographic restrictions?
  A: While RGK Foundation has no geographic restrictions, funding is limited to projects conducted within the U.S.
 
8. Q: Do you provide general operating grants?
  A: While the Foundation occasionally awards grants for general operating expenses, such grants are infrequent and usually initiated by the Foundation. The Foundation prefers to provide programmatic support (including program salaries) for nonprofits.
 
9. Q: When will I get a response to my electronic Letter of Inquiry?
  A: Foundation staff reviews Letters of Inquiry on a regular basis, but we ask that you allow up to three weeks for a response. You will receive an e-mail response either declining your request or inviting you to submit a formal application.
 
10. Q: If our request was declined, when may we reapply?
  A: Organizations may submit one electronic Letter of Inquiry within a twelve-month period.
 
11: Q: If my electronic Letter of Inquiry has been accepted, what happens next?
  A: When you receive an e-mail message indicating the Foundation is willing to consider a formal proposal on the basis of your Letter of Inquiry, you will be given detailed instructions on how to submit a formal application. Upon receipt of your formal application materials, please allow four months for the review process.
 
12. Q: Are other sources of funding required?
  A: While a variety of funding sources is not essential, it is viewed by the Foundation as an indication of broad interest in the proposed program. Typically, the RGK Foundation is not the sole supporter for programs.
 
13. Q: What projects are not eligible?
  A: In general, RGK Foundation does not fund:
  • Annual funds, galas, or other special-event fundraising activities
  • Capital campaigns/renovation projects
  • Debt reduction
  • Emergency or disaster relief efforts
  • Dissertation or student research
  • Indirect/administrative costs
  • Sectarian religious activities, political lobbying, or legislative activities
  • Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation in policy or in practice
  • Loans, scholarships, fellowships, or grants to individuals
  • Unsolicited requests for international organizations or programs
  • Unsolicited requests for ALS research projects
 
14. Q: Will the Foundation make multiyear awards?
  A: Multiyear grants are rare; most grants are awarded for a one-year period.
 
15. Q: How do you handle requests from universities or school districts?
  A: RGK Foundation requires that all requests from universities be submitted through the university's Office of Sponsored Projects or Foundation Relations Office. RGK does not entertain individual classroom requests from schools, and any request must be submitted through the Principal or Superintendent's office.
 
16. Q: Will the Foundation staff conduct site visits?
  A: Because RGK Foundation's funding is national in scope, it is not feasible to conduct site visits as a matter of routine. When site visits are not feasible, the Foundation may set up a conference call to gain a better understanding of the project or program.
 
17. Q: Could I set up an appointment to discuss my project idea?
  A: RGK Foundation requires that you submit an electronic Letter of Inquiry as the first step to help us determine whether or not an appointment may be necessary. Due to limited staff resources and the large volume of requests we receive, RGK does not conduct pre-proposal meetings.
 
18. Q: How can I check on the status of my request?
  A: You may check the status of your request through the CONTACT US portion of our Web site.
 
19. Q: If my electronic Letter of Inquiry or formal application is declined, will you explain why it was rejected or critique the proposal?
  A: Due to the large volume of grant inquiries and our small staff, it is not feasible for the Foundation staff to discuss with applicants the reasons for declining a request or to provide individual critiques of proposals we decline. Because the Foundation has limited financial resources, we are able to fund only a small percentage of qualified applicants. This means that many excellent projects, even ones that fall within our areas of interest, may not be funded. Please understand that a rejection of your Letter of Inquiry or proposal does not mean that the project lacks merit.
 
20. Q: If my electronic Letter of Inquiry is accepted, does that mean our organization is likely to be funded?
  A: No, if you are invited to submit a formal application on the basis of the Letter of Inquiry, that doesn't mean the request has been approved. It means the Foundation is willing to give the proposed program further consideration.
 
21. Q: Who reviews the electronic Letters of Inquiry and formal proposals?
  A: Electronic Letters of Inquiry and formal proposals are reviewed by RGK Foundation staff.

 

 

 

Click here to submit an electronic Letter of Inquiry.

You will be redirected to the Foundation's online grants management system to complete the process.

 

 

 


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