The Grantmaking Process

Below you'll find information about key deadlines and when you can expect to hear back from us. For information about what we look for in applicants, please see the other pages in the Grantseekers tab. Please note that beginning in 2020, our application cycle moved to our new grant portal.

BEFORE APPLYING- Self-assess your organizational alignment

Deadline: Complete any time


Before you can begin an application for funding, check whether you meet our page "Should my organization apply?". This helps us determine if a prospective applicant will be able to complete the due diligence process. You should also review our grantmaking criteria to evaluate whether or not your organization is a good fit for RTNF.

BEFORE APPLYING - Create an account

Complete any time


When you'll hear back:

Right away

If your organization/program is aligned with RTNF and able to complete our due diligence process, you may proceed to create an account on our grantmaking portal. This will include providing some basic information about your organization (e.g., contact information, address, EIN, etc.).

STEP 1 - Submit application materials

Deadine to submit: 

February 1st 

When you'll hear back:

No later than May 1st

Once you've created an account, you may proceed to submit your organization's primary application materials. This will include a short application including:

  • An uploaded copy of a 3-4 page LOI

  • Geography served by request

  • Summary financial information, including the total grant requested, the annual schedule funds are requested in, whether you are seeking general operating support or programmatic support, whether the request is for new funding or renewal funding, institutional funding sources over the last 5 years, and a financial snapshot upload which we provide a template for

STEP 2 - Due diligence stage

Deadline to submit materials:

May 1st 

When you'll hear back:

It depends. We'll be in contact once all applicants' paper materials are reviewed (usually mid-summer). You'll get a final decision by early October.

After reviewing the LOI, the board and staff will determine whether to continue to due diligence review. During due diligence, staff dedicates more time to applicants to attempt to get to know them on a deeper level and determine fit. This stage of review includes submission of additional information and internal strategy documents, submission of proposed milestones for the requested grant period (milestone instructions can be found here), conversations with key staff and board members, conversations with other partners, stakeholders, and funders, and, occasionally, site visits. The due diligence process is typically completed by September.

STEP 3 - Finalizing grant


November 1

When you'll hear back:

November or December

Organizations that are approved for a grant will return a signed grant agreement and provide payment information by November 1. Approved grants are typically sent in November or December.

STEP 4 - Annual reporting


Each following November

When you'll hear back:

Throughout winter

Partners (awardees) will report on the outcomes of their RTNF grant by the November 1st following the grant period (e.g., 2017 grants are reported on by November 1st, 2018) according to milestones set by the partner. After submitting, the Program Officer will reach out sometime during winter for check-in calls or visits, as time allows. For multi-year grant commitments, grant monies will be provided each November or December.