Foundation / Corporation
Righteous Persons Foundation (RPF)
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for activities that promote an inclusive, just, and vibrant Jewish community. The Foundation is currently focusing its grantmaking efforts on initiatives that are national in scope. Applications are invited for projects meeting the following priority areas:
-Foster Jewish arts, culture, and identity: To revitalize and illuminate Jewish identity today, RPF invests in projects that make the old new. That means digging into Judaism’s rich and varied history to expand and enrich the content being transmitted.
-Inspire a commitment to social justice: To advance justice in America, RPF looks to help enable Jews to draw upon our deep commitment to activism and mobilize a “Jewish presence” on the key social and economic issues of our time.
-Promote understanding between Jews and those of other faiths and backgrounds: To ensure a more tolerant society, RPF supports those working as change-agents to promote tolerance through a broad range of methods.
-Invest in the next generation: To engage the next generation on issues of Jewish identity, community, and meaning, RPF is interested in new pathways that bet on emerging, authentic, grassroots models; leverage new technologies; and invest in future leaders.
GrantWatch ID#: 151744
Grants awarded by the Righteous Persons Foundation have ranged in amount from $5,000 to $150,000 per year. The majority of grants, however, have been between $50,000 to $100,000 per year.
Applications are only reviewed for organizations that have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. If your project does not have tax-exempt status, you must submit an application through a 501(c)(3) organization serving as your fiscal sponsor.
Funding is generally not provided for the following:
-Direct aid to individuals
-Individual synagogues or day schools
-Conferences, seminars, and workshops
-Capital and/or building campaigns
-Scholarships and university programs
-Programs servicing individuals and communities outside of the United States with the exception of media projects with a focus on co-existence
-Fundraising events and/or mass mailings
-Support to cover an existing deficit
In the rare case that RPF provides funding to establish an endowment, the Foundation prohibits any deduction from the endowment to cover overhead, indirect expenses, and/or administrative fees.
If you have reviewed the Funding Priorities and believe that your program falls within the purview of the Righteous Persons Foundation, you are welcome to submit a letter of inquiry (LOI). LOIs are accepted twice annually, usually in early spring and early fall.
Letters of Inquiry for Spring 2018 grants are due January 17, 2018.
Full proposals are requested by invitation only. If the Foundation requests a proposal based upon your initial submission of a letter of inquiry, you will be contacted by a representative of the Foundation and supplied with an outline detailing what information is required.
Letter of Inquiry Instructions:
Full Proposal Instructions:
For film proposals, please be sure to review the additional information posted here:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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