Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for programs that benefit local residents. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Areas of focus include arts and culture, community development, social services, democracy and civic participation, education, and health. By policy, one-third of annual grant funds are required to be distributed for projects/programs located in Waco, Texas. An additional one-third of annual grant monies are discretionary and can be distributed throughout the USA as desired.
The Foundation prefers to concentrate on five primary areas:
Education: The Foundation is interested in the broad area of education, but with a special concern for early learning up to and through the elementary years. Other areas of interest include adult education and training initiatives, and programs that enhance the capabilities of teachers and other professionals in public schools.
Arts and Culture: The Foundation supports artistic and cultural programs, especially those that encourage participation, and enrich the lives of children and disadvantaged members of the community. Education and cultivation of new and young patrons is encouraged.
Health: The Foundation seeks to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare services to all citizens, especially to women, children, and those who do not have access to conventional medical resources. Community-based outreach initiatives such as immunization programs are of interest to the Foundation.
Community Building and Social Services: The Foundation seeks to build communities that improve the quality of life for all citizens and foster the growth and development of children. The Foundation encourages programs that build grassroots neighborhood networks, provide job training and job opportunities for the unemployed and under-employed, or provide a comprehensive safety net of social services for the least-advantaged citizens.
Democracy and Civic Participation: The Foundation supports efforts both to make government more responsive and to encourage citizens to take an active interest and role in political life. The Foundation promotes intergovernmental cooperation as well as initiatives that broaden citizen awareness of public policy issues and alternatives, build skills necessary for political leadership, and provide opportunities for community service.
Rapoport Foundation grants can only be paid to a registered nonprofit entity. If your organization does not have its own 501c3 status but it operating under a fiscal sponsor, please submit the 501c3 determination letter for the fiscal sponsor.
The Foundation does not consider the following types of requests for support:
- Direct social services outside of Waco/McLennan County
- Programs with a narrow audience/geographic benefit (outside of Waco/McLennan County)
- Capital campaigns (In limited instances, capital requests may be considered in Waco/McLennan County only)
- Repeat of recently denied request
- Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes and/or involve proselytizing
- Direct donations or grants to individuals
- Unsolicited international funding requests
- Political campaigns and legislative lobbying efforts
The Foundation seldomly considers capital requests and has only done so in a few instances for health organizations in Waco. Furthermore, the Foundation does not consider capital funding requests outside of the Waco/McLennan County area.
The Foundation is unable to award grant funds directly to individuals.
2024 Spring Grant Cycle - Dates tentative:
- January 5, 2024 - Portal to open for LOI submission
- February 9, 2024 - LOI Submissions Due for 2024 Spring Cycle (11:59 PM CT)
- Mid-March 2024 - LOI Status Notifications (Decline, Defer, or Invite for Full App*)
- April 15, 2024 - Final Grant Applications Due for 2024 Spring Cycle (By Invitation Only)
- May 2024 - 2024 Spring Grant Review (Notifications sent by mid to late May)
2024 Fall Grant cycle - Schedule TBA
- December 2024 - 2024 Fall Grant Review (Notifications sent by mid to late December)
The Foundation’s Board of Trustees currently considers requests for grant funding 2-3 times per year. Dates are subject to change therefore prospective applicants should check back occasionally for updates. The grant process involves two phases: a letter of inquiry (LOI) followed by the full grant application. After review of LOIs in each cycle, grant applicants will be notified whether or not the organization is being invited to submit a full grant application for further consideration.
Grant decisions will be e-mailed within three weeks following decisions made during the Spring, Summer (if applicable), and Fall board meetings. Grant applicants may refer to their portal dashboard for a status update as well.