The Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation

Grant Application Process

How to Apply

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees currently considers requests for grant funding twice per year. The grant process involves two phases: a letter of inquiry (LOI) and the full grant application.

Letter of inquiry Deadlines:

January 15th - Spring Cycle Grants | August 15th - Fall Cycle Grants

GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINES:

February 15th - Spring Cycle Grants | September 15th - Fall Cycle Grants


Before you Apply

IDENTIFY MATCH WITH FUNDING PRIORITIES

Please review “What We Fund” for general guidelines regarding the Foundation’s preferred areas of focus prior to submitting your Letter of Inquiry (LOI). If you have specific questions regarding the appropriateness of your request, please feel free to contact the Foundation office.

SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST

In addition to our five primary areas of interest, the Foundation recently created two task forces to explore special interest areas related to civic & political engagement and maternal mortality & morbidity. Through the course of our research and advice from subject matter experts, the Foundation task forces will share their current focus areas through an RFP process. Once both RFPs are released, you will find them listed below available for download as well as on the “What We Fund” page. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit an LOI on or by the upcoming submission deadline of August 15, 2019.


Step One

SUBMIT LETTER OF INQUIRY (LOI) VIA ONLINE GRANT PORTAL

The Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation utilizes an online grant application system and will only accept LOIs and applications received via this online system. The first step of the process is to submit your LOI through the online grant portal. LOIs will be reviewed as they are received, and the Foundation may decide to move the LOI forward to the full application stage or decline. You must submit an LOI in order to move to the next stage of consideration.

In addition to the general program/project information requested through the LOI, please be prepared to submit the following documents as well:

  • Budget Summary

  • IRS 501c3 Determination Letter

  • Financial Audit and/or IRS Form 990

  • 2-3 years of Financial Statements


ESTABLISHING AN ONLINE ACCOUNT

Rapoport Foundation adopted a new grant management system effective January 2019. All grant applicants will need to create a new login and password prior to submitting their first LOI and application using the new system. If you require assistance, please contact Rapoport Foundation at casey@rapoportfdn.org or 254.741.0510.


Step Two

SUBMIT ONLINE APPLICATION

If your LOI is moved forward for consideration, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on accessing the full online application through the grant management system. You may preview the application questions below for your reference. Please note, no applicant may access the full grant application without prior completion and approval of your LOI.

Please feel free to contact Foundation staff if you require assistance in the second phase of the application process.


Step Three

FOLLOW UP COMMUNICATION

Rapoport Foundation will communicate with potential grantees through phone, mail, and/or e-mail.  If additional information is needed to support the grant request or if a site visit is to be scheduled, the organization will be contacted by Foundation staff.

Grant decisions will be e-mailed within three weeks following decisions made during the April and December board meetings.


Step Four

REPORTING FOR ACTIVE GRANTS

Please retain your Rapoport Foundation login and password as you will need to access the grant management system to submit your grant agreement as well as to provide your interim and final reports.