Apply for a Grant
If you have not been asked to provide a proposal, but are interested in submitting a grant inquiry, please see Before You Apply.
While your program contact at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund will provide details on what to include in a full proposal, the guidelines and documents included here should be helpful as well.
Grant Proposals and Review Process
These guidelines are designed to facilitate your preparation of proposal materials as well as to speed the RBF’s review of your request. These guidelines are not meant to be an outline for your proposal, but rather a list of key points to be addressed.
Proposals will be reviewed by the program staff as well as by an internal review team for programmatic fit, organizational capacity, and legal and anti-terrorism compliance.
Prospective grantees in the United States must either be a tax-exempt or seeking support for a project that would qualify as educational or charitable. Foreign organizations must satisfy an RBF determination that they would qualify, if incorporated in the United States, as tax-exempt or that the project for which support is sought would qualify in the United States as educational or charitable.
While the approval process is generally completed within three months, the exact timeline may vary. Staff will be in touch with potential grantees throughout the process.
Sponsored Project Information
If the entity conducting the project does not have 501(c)(3) status, and the project will be carried out under the auspices of another organization, the sponsoring organization will receive the grant. Therefore, the cover letter and all proposal materials should be sent to the RBF by the sponsoring organization.
Please also note that, if a grant is awarded, the sponsoring organization is responsible for all grant reporting requirements. In this situation, it is important for the Fund to understand the relationship between the sponsoring organization and the project. Please take note of the additional information required in the cover letter, proposal narrative, budget, and supporting materials.
The work of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund often includes funding organizations or projects that focus on policy and involve advocacy. If your project has an advocacy component, please review the relevant advocacy memo below and address these points in your proposal or cover letter.
- Information for U.S.-based organizations on advocacy and lobbying
- Information for non-U.S.-based organizations on advocacy and lobbying
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in its grantmaking. The Diversity Form is designed to help us better understand how our grantees reflect on and address these issues. Please complete the online form and submit it along with your proposal materials. To learn more about the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's commitment to diversity, please see the Fund’s Diversity Statement.
Equivalency Affidavits for Non-U.S. Organizations
When the Rockefeller Brothers Fund needs to determine if your organization is equivalent to a U.S. public charity, the appropriate equivalency affidavit (foreign organization, educational institution) is to be completed by an authorized representative of your organization and returned to the Fund along with a copy of your organization's statutes (governing documents). The statutes must be accompanied by an English translation. RBF program staff will inform you which affidavit to submit. Please submit this only if requested by RBF staff.
Public Support Form for Non-U.S. Organizations
The Public Support Form will enable the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to ascertain the level of public support received by your organization. This in turn allows the Fund to determine whether your organization can be considered equivalent to a U.S.-based public charity. Instructions for completing the form can be found on the first tab of the document. You will need to have financial information from the past five years available to complete the form.