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The RGK Foundation is an independent foundation established in 1966 by Ronya and George Kozmetsky.The Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine:http://www.rgkfoundation.org/public/guidelines

The Foundation's primary interests within Community include a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The Foundation supports a variety of Community Improvement programs including those that enhance non-profit management and promote philanthropy and voluntarism. Youth development programs supported by the Foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life. The Foundation is also interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science, and technology.

Eligibility

Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as "not a private foundation" under Section 509(a). Hospitals, educational institutions, and governmental institutions meeting these requirements are eligible to apply. Organizations that have completed and filed Form 1023 but not yet received an IRS determination letter are not eligible to apply. The Foundation does not make grants or loans to individuals.

How to Apply

The RGK Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry from the RGK Foundation Web site as the first step. The Foundation will entertain one electronic Letter of Inquiry (LOI) per organization in a twelve-month period. Organizations that submit unsolicited proposals will receive notification directing them to submit an electronic Letter of Inquiry via the Web site. Click here to submit an electronic Letter of Inquiry.

Deadlines

There is no deadline for submitting an electronic Letter of Inquiry. Foundation staff reviews electronic Letters of Inquiry on a regular basis, but you should allow up to three weeks for a response. The Foundation will send an e-mail message either declining the request or inviting you to submit a formal application packet for further consideration. If you are invited to submit an application packet, your message will include detailed instructions on how to apply. Please allow up to four months for proposals to be reviewed by staff. In some cases, a phone conference or site visit may be scheduled as part of the review process. The Grants Committee typically meets three times each year to consider requests over $100,000 that have been recommended by staff for review.  Click here to view listing of recent grants awarded by the Foundation.