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Righteous Persons Foundation (RPF) Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Strengthen and
Preserve Jewish Identity and Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Righteous Persons Foundation (RPF)

Deadline Date:

01/15/20

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for activities that foster an inclusive, just, and vibrant Jewish community. Funding is intended to support projects on a national scale that inspire dedication to social justice, further understanding between Jews and people of other faiths and backgrounds, invest in the next generation, and strengthen Jewish identity, arts, and culture.

While past grants have been made in a number of areas, the Foundation is currently directing the majority of its resources towards organizations and projects that:

  • 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.

The Foundation funds both general operating expenses and expenses related to a specific program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151744

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year funding is occasionally available.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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
- Endowment funds
- 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 requesting a grant for a film project, please note the following in addition to the general grant submission guidelines:

- The Foundation does not accept any materials related to Mr. Spielberg’s work as a director and producer, even for topics that may be related to the Righteous Persons Foundation’s grantmaking. Please contact Amblin Partners for more information and note that they do not accept unsolicited scripts.
- The Foundation generally considers films for grants only when a work tape is available for viewing and the film is near completion or is already completed.

Pre-Application Information:

LOIs are accepted twice annually, usually in early spring and early fall. The deadline to submit an LOI for a spring 2020 grant is January 15, 2020.

The Foundation will acknowledge receipt of your letter of inquiry via email within four to six weeks and follow up as quickly as possible. If you do not receive an email, please email the Foundation.

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.

Due to time constraints, face-to-face meetings are limited to those organizations from which the Foundation has requested a full proposal.

Organizations are eligible to reapply by sending in a new letter of inquiry 12 months after being declined.

Letters of Inquiry: https://www.righteouspersons.org/letters-of-inquiry/

Full Proposals: https://www.righteouspersons.org/full-proposal/

Film Submissions: https://www.righteouspersons.org/film-submissions/

Vision: https://www.righteouspersons.org/#our-vision

FAQs: https://www.righteouspersons.org/faq/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please send one copy of the LOI via e-mail to grants@righteouspersons.org.

For questions, please contact the Foundation at the above email address.

Righteous Persons Foundation
310-314-8393

Amblin Partners
(818) 733-7000

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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