Grantee Resources

If you have been invited to submit a proposal by RBF staff, these guidelines and documents can assist you.

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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 grantee organizations in the United States must either be 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 you throughout the process.

The Fund has moved to an online portal for managing the grants process. Your program contact will send you a link to your application. Instructions for working with the portal are embedded in the application itself; additional guidance can be found on the resource pages below. If you have any issues accessing the portal, please contact Grants Management.


If you are a current grantee, these guidelines can help you manage your grant.

Grantees are required to submit narrative and financial reports at specified intervals through the Grantee Portal during the grant, as well as at its conclusion. Grant reports become part of the Fund's permanent records.

Resources for current grantees