Grants: How to Apply

Community Grants

LETTER OF INTENT (for Community Grants only, not Field of Interest Grants)

Grant seekers for unrestricted funds must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) online BEFORE submitting a grant application.

  • Cycle I Letter of Intent due May 1st
  • Cycle II Letter of Intent due September 1st

Submitted as a Word document or PDF file, the Letter of Intent should include the following:

  • Name of the organization
  • Brief description of the organization
  • Brief description of your project or program and its objective
  • Amount of request
  • What specifically the grant funding would purchase and the total cost of the project or program
  • When the project or program will begin and end


APPLICATION (for those whose Letters of Intent have been approved for a Community Grant)

A staff member from the RCCF will notify you if your request is accepted or declined. If accepted, your next step is to complete the online grant application.

  • Cycle I grant application due May 15th
  • Cycle II grant application due September 15th
  • Applications will be open at least one month prior to deadline.


Field of Interest Grants

APPLICATION (for Field of Interest Grants)

  • Varying application deadlines for Field of Interest Grants – most are due March 1 or September 1, unless otherwise specified. 
  • Applications will be open at least one month prior to deadline.


Once the application with required documentation has been submitted, a RCCF staff member will contact you IF there is a need to set up a time for your presentation to the Grants Committee.

If you are not contacted to make a presentation, you can assume that your application answered all required questions.  The presentation would serve to clarify questions and provide an opportunity to showcase your program and request. The Grants Committee may ask questions to better understand the impact of your application.

After the Grants Committee reviews all applications and interviews, a recommendation is made to the RCCF Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors has a final vote to determine the applicants funded.

After the monthly Board of Directors meeting, a member of the RCCF staff will notify all applicants of the decision.

The Foundation staff will be available to discuss projects and programs. They will also assist applicants throughout the process. All communication with the Foundation from grant applicants regarding potential or current grant requests shall be made through the Foundation office. Contact with individual board or grant committee members, other than during the scheduled interview or site visit process, may render the proposal invalid.

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