Grant Seekers

Steps for our application process

The following information is for organizations that are not current grantees and have not been invited by our staff to submit a proposal. Reviewing the steps below will help you determine if your organization might be eligible for a Rogers Family Foundation grant, and, if so, what our general application process is like.

Step 1.  Review information on our Grant Overview page to learn more about our eligibility requirements and the types of grants that we provide. In order to qualify for a Rogers Family Foundation grant, your organization must work with Oakland students, must be tax-exempt, and should ideally focus on low-income students.

Step 2.  If after carefully reading our grantmaking guidelines, you feel there is a strong match between your organization's work and the Rogers Family Foundation's Oakland Education Strategy, please contact us. At that time, we will discuss your organization's work and determine if there is a close fit with our interests. We recognize the considerable time and effort spent by many non-profit organizations preparing materials for foundations; thus we do not want you to prepare a full proposal for us unless there is a clear possibility of working together.

Step 3.  During our initial conversation, we will inquire about scheduling a meeting or a site visit to observe your organization's work. It is important to us to see your program in action before making a determination about a grantmaking partnership.

Step 4.  After the meeting or site visit, if appropriate, we will add you to our list of potential grantees for the next available grant cycle. Please note that this does not mean that you will receive funding.

Step 5.  We will email an invitation to selected organizations from our list of potential grantees, inviting them to apply for funding. The invitation will contain important information regarding your proposal:

  • The grant amount for which you are invited to apply.
  • The specific program or purpose of the potential grant funds.
  • How to complete the online application through our grantee portal.
  • The deadline by which your application is due.
  • The date by which we will make final funding decisions regarding your submission.

Step 6.  Rogers Family Foundation staff reviews proposals for each grant cycle during the five to six week period following the application deadline. We use this time to review all submissions, contact potential grantees for additional information, and schedule follow-up site visits or meetings if necessary. The culmination of this process for us is a presentation to our Board of Directors.

Step 7.  The Board of Directors makes final funding decisions at biannual meetings held in June and December. In the third week of either June or December, grant checks and award letters are issued and mailed out to those grantees that have been approved for funding.  

The Foundation invites proposals and makes grants biannually; once in the spring (June) and once in the fall (December) of the calendar year. Organizations are only eligible to apply for funding once a year; each organization is thus designated either a "spring grantee" or a "fall grantee." Additional information, including the dates of our upcoming grant cycle, can be found on the Grantee Resources page.

Please note that in recent years, the Rogers Family Foundation has received a much larger number of requests for support and therefore, competition for funds is greater than it has been in the past. A letter inviting an organization or school to apply for funding is not a guarantee that funding will be granted.