Welcome to The Norman Raab Foundation
Frequently Asked Questions
My organization would like to apply for funding but we did not receive an invitation to apply, what can we do?
A. Beginning in the 2016 grant cycle, Foundation grants will be awarded through an invitation only process. If after careful review of our funding priorities and eligibility and alignment pages, you feel that your organization is a good match for Foundation funding, please contact us at info@raabfoundation to request an invitation.
My organization received a Trustee Discretionary or Matching Grant. Does that mean we should consider applying through the Grant Application Program?
A. Trustee Discretionary and Matching Grants are small grants made by the Foundation at the direction of our Trustees. These are made to 501c3 organizations that do not necessarily meet the granting focus areas of the Foundation or they are made to match gifts to an organization that a Trustee supports personally. These grants have no grant application or reporting requirements. While we are glad to support the personal interests of our Trustees in this way, the Foundation maintains its own grantmaking priorities and is not influenced by individual philanthropic choices reflected through Discretionary and Matching grant program. If after careful review of our funding priorities and eligibility and alignment pages, you feel that your organization is a good match for Foundation funding, please contact us to request an invitation.
My organization received a Philanthropy Today Grant. Does that mean we should consider applying through the Grant Application Program?
A. The Philanthropy Today program enables school students to develop philanthropy skills through school-based giving clubs. The grants that are made on behalf of any Philanthropy Today club reflect the mission and values of that particular club and not those of the Norman Raab Foundation as a whole. If after careful review of our Foundation’s funding priorities and eligibility and alignment pages, you feel that your organization is a good match for Foundation funding, please contact us to request an invitation.
My organization received a grant from the Norman Raab Foundation but it was over two years ago, are we considered a “new applicant”?
A. Yes. If your organization is prior Norman Raab Foundation grant recipient but the last grant was received in 2013 or earlier, you will be considered a new applicant.
Will the Foundation provide feedback on our LOI or application before we submit it?
A. While we will make every attempt to respond to requests for feedback, we are a small staff foundation and cannot guarantee staff availability to review your submittal before the due date. In general, it is useful to get feedback from us during the development of your LOI. After the application is received we will contact you with any questions we may have.
Do you fund programs in Environmental Science and Research?
A. Our funding category of Health and Research Sciences broadly covers all sciences, including environmental science. While we do not have a strong granting history in environmental science, our board has continued to identify this as a funding interest area. In general, our environmental funding has been more focused on the connections between people and the environment, including environmental education.
We have received prior funding from the Norman Raab Foundation but did not receive an invitation to apply this year. Can we still apply?
A. Part of our goal with an invitation only process is to manage the volume of applications, and to balance our grants across our funding areas. This means that not every grantee will be invited to reapply the following year.
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For Philanthropy Today inquiries and submissions, email
We are a small staff foundation and will do our best to respond to you promptly. Please note we only accept Letters of Inquiry and Grant Requests through our online grant management system. Letters of Inquiry and Applications sent via email will not be considered.
What We Fund
We support educational programs, the biological and environmental sciences and human service organizations that value innovation and create measurable change in their local communities.
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