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Renewal Applicant Grantmaking Process

Below, we have outlined key points about our renewal grantmaking process, including important due dates and when you can anticipate hearing from us. Please note, the process outline below applies only to renewal applicants, or those who currently receive funding from RTNF. For information about the updated process for new applications, see our Grantmaking Process page.

Read more about our recent process changes in this blog post.

NOTE: This process begins in 2023. The application cycle for 2022 is now closed.

STEP 1 - Submit annual reporting

March 1st
When you'll hear back:

Within 6 weeks

When you'll hear back:
Within 6 weeks





Login to the RTNF portal to submit your Milestone report for the completed grant period (you can find milestone instructions here). After submission, your Program Officer will reach out to schedule a check-in call.

Please note, partners will be assigned either Cycle 1 or Cycle 2 (see dates on left) after coordinating with their Program Officer. You can also download a snapshot of key application dates.

STEP 2 - Submit Renewal Application materials

Applications are open:  
January 1st to April 1st
When you'll hear back: 
No later than July 15th

Applications are open:  July 1st to Oct. 1st 
When you'll hear back:
No later than Jan. 15th

Once a partner submits their annual milestone report, then they will immediately be able to access an application for renewal funds. Current partners seeking renewal funding will move directly into an abbreviated due diligence process, rather than participating in two separate stages of review (contrast to new applicants). In this one stage of review, we'll ask for the following documents:

  • A narrative organizational update of 1-3 pages

  • Most recent financials

  • Any relevant updated or new materials (i.e. Strategic Plan pivots and adjusted goals, any new publications that have been released, etc.)

Please note renewal grants can be either one- or two-year requests.

STEP 3 - Finalizing grant

August 1st
When you'll receive funds:
August 15th

February 1st
When you'll receive funds:
No later than February 15th





Organizations that are approved for a renewal grant will return a signed grant agreement, send finalized Milestones, and provide payment information within one month from the final decision date. Approved grants are typically sent in June or December, depending on your application cycle.

Partners will report annually in their designated cycle (return to top of this process).

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