Applying for a Grant

The Samuel Rubin Foundation supports organizations working for peace, social justice and human rights, particularly those working at the intersection of these issues. We are especially interested in organizations with a focus on the prevention and resolution of violent conflict, disarmament, reproductive justice, media justice, racial justice, and empowering the traditionally disenfranchised, including people of color, women, and youth.

We understand how much time and effort goes into fundraising. As part of an ongoing attempt to streamline our grant process, starting in Fall of 2020, we are implementing a Letter of Inquiry to save a significant amount of time and work for new applicants. Before submitting an LOI, please be aware that we fund very few unsolicited proposals, generally less than five per year.

Because we are a very small foundation, we do not have the capacity to provide guidance with your LOI. We recommend that new applicants review the application guidelines and lists of previously awarded grantees to best gauge if your organization or project is in alignment with the foundation’s mission and interests.

Board members meet two times per year to review proposals – in November and June. Applicants are notified of the board’s decisions via email within one week of the meeting. The foundation has limited discretionary funds for smaller ‘emergency’ grants between board meetings, however, we encourage you to observe the regular application deadlines unless an ‘emergency’ grant is absolutely necessary.

The foundation does not accept applications through the mail. All applicants must use our online application system:

If you are new to the foundation you will be asked to create an account. If you are unsure whether your organization has an account, or if you need to be added to an existing account, please contact us.


  • Organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or be sponsored by an organization that has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  • There are no geographic limitations, however, organizations based outside the United States must be sponsored by a U.S.-based organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  • We fund both general operating support and project-specific support.
  • Typically, the foundation does not award more than one grant per fiscal year per organization.
  • Typically, the foundation does not award grants to individuals, building funds, or endowments.
  • The foundation does not accept applications through the mail.


LOIs may be submitted anytime between August and January and are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will receive a response within two months and will be notified if they are invited to submit a full proposal. The board reviews new applications once a year during the June board meeting.

August 1, 2020: FY21 LOI opens

January 29, 2021: FY21 LOI closes

March 22, 2021: Final day to receive notification of LOI review

April 20, 2021: Application deadline

June 2021: June board meeting and award notification


Current grantees are invited to submit a renewal application once each fiscal year for review at either the November or June board meeting. The foundation will contact current grantees with information about submitting their renewal proposal in advance of their application deadline.

October 5, 2020: Application deadline for review at the November board meeting

April 20, 2021: Application deadline for review at the June board meeting