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.

annual Letter of inquiry Deadlines:

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

annual GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINES:

March 1st - Spring Cycle Grants | October 1st - Fall Cycle Grants

Grant review dates:

December 2019 - 2019 Fall Cycle Grant Review | April/May 2020 - 2020 Spring Cycle Grant Review


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).

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. Qualified nonprofit organizations located within the United States are eligible to apply.

  • Maternal Health RFP - TBA, 2020

REintegration/Reentry RFP Update

The Reintegration/Reentry RFP is closed as of August 15, 2019. Applicants who are invited to submit a full grant application under the umbrella of the RFP will be notified in early September with a final application deadline of October 1st. Those full proposals will be considered by the Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation’s Board of Trustees during their December 2019 board meeting.

Due to the volume of interest in our current focus areas, we are unable to take individual calls and/or meetings from interested applicants at this time. Rapoport Foundation staff will contact applicants as needed if and when specific LOIs are moved forward to Phase Two of the grant process. We appreciate your understanding!


Phase 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 following the submission deadline, 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 of Project

  • IRS 501c3 Determination Letter

  • Board of Directors Listing


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.


Phase 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.

In addition to the application questions, please be prepared to submit the following documents as well:

  • Line Item Budget of Project/Program

  • Financial Audit or IRS Form 990

  • 2-3 Years of Organization’s Financial Statements

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.