Foundation / Corporation
Righteous Persons Foundation (RPF)
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for activities that promote an inclusive, just, and vibrant Jewish community. A letter of inquiry is required prior to submission of a full application. The Foundation is currently focusing its grantmaking efforts on initiatives and organizations 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.
Multi-year funding is occasionally available.
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.
LOIs are accepted twice annually, usually in early spring and early fall. Full proposals are requested by invitation only. If the Foundation requests a proposal based upon the initial submission of a letter of inquiry, contact will be received by a representative of the Foundation and an outline detailing what information is required supplied. Once all LOIs are received, RPF invites a select number of finalists to submit full proposals.
The deadline for fall 2019 grant applications is Wednesday, July 24. Applicants should receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of their LOI within four to six weeks of its mailing date. Proposals are typically reviewed within three months of submission.
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/
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 your LOI via e-mail to email@example.com.
Righteous Persons Foundation
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