What to Include in the Proposal

These guidelines are designed to facilitate your preparation of proposal materials. They 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.

What to include in the proposal [PDF]

Diversity Form

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.

Diversity Form


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 advocacy memo and address these points in your proposal or cover letter.

Advocacy & Lobbying Information for U.S.-Based Organizations [PDF]

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. Additional information is required for sponsored projects in the cover letter, proposal narrative, budget, and supporting materials.

Sponsored Project Information [PDF]