Grant Update: We regret that no grants are available for the 2014 granting cycle. The Rachel Corrie Foundation is not accepting letters of inquiry until further notice. However, we hope to provide grants in the future and encourage those interested in applying to return to the website for updates regarding availability, grant cycles, and process.
Guidelines for Grant Seekers
The Rachel Corrie Foundation granting program aims to support projects that utilize one of our four program areas (education, art and the written word, connections, and grassroots participation), or some combination thereof, in promoting human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice—which we view as pre-requisites for world peace.
Due to this year’s strategic budgeting plan, all grant funding for 2009 has been awarded in our Spring cycle. The Board’s Grants Committee is reviewing our granting process and will update the website about our most up to date granting procedures as soon as we are able. Please check back for instructions regarding grant cycles in the coming year.
- Compatibility with the foundation’s mission, vision, and goals.
- Ability of an applicant to meet all legal requirements.
- Size of the grant request and the ability of a grantee to secure any additional funding necessary. (Grant awards to date have been small, and at this time we anticipate they will not exceed $5000.)
- The ability of an applicant to provide all information requested and in some cases to meet with a foundation program officer/representative.
Grant making limitations
The Rachel Corrie Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3) public charities by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. We do not make grants to individuals or for-profit organizations. However, individuals and groups who are fiscally sponsored by 501(c)(3)organizations are eligible for grant consideration.
The Foundation can designate a portion of its grants for use in influencing legislation (lobbying). Therefore, the Foundation’s general support grants to Section 501(c)(3) public charities may be used to support a grantee’s overall operations, even if the grantee engages in lobbying as part of its programs. The Foundation may consider funding projects that include both lobbying and nonlobbying activities if the applicant provides a detailed budget that identifies separately both lobbying and nonlobbying expenses. Foundation funds may never be used to support or oppose candidates for political office.
When possible, a foundation program officer or representative visits a grantee on site.
Upon accepting a grant, the grantee agrees to provide additional follow-up as requested. Within six months of receiving a grant award, the grantee must provide financial and narrative reports that are shared with a foundation grants administrator and committee, and occasionally an attorney.
A grantee may be invited to attend a foundation committee or board meeting (in person or by teleconference) to report on the project’s progress.
Monitoring by the foundation ensures that funds are used lawfully, toward the project or goal proposed in the grant application, and to achieve the fullest possible success of the funded program.
Those considering applying for a foundation grant should make sure their project fits the above-mentioned guidelines and fill out and send a Statement of Interest form, which is available right here.