Q. Who is eligible for a grant?
A. Tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of Arkansans are eligible to apply for funding. Government agencies, schools, colleges, and universities seeking funding that will be specifically earmarked for purposes aligned with the Foundation’s mission are also eligible.

Q. What is the geographic scope of WRF’s funding?
A. We use our resources to build and sustain communities in Arkansas. Initiatives that do not directly or significantly impact the state of Arkansas are not eligible for funding.

Submitting an Application

Q. How do I apply for a grant?
A. Organizations seeking funding must complete the grant application online. A line item project budget, an organizational budget, and a board of directors list are required as part of the online application. Click here to apply.

Q. What are your deadlines for submitting an application?
A. Applications can be submitted at any time, but funding decisions are made quarterly, in March, June, September, and December. For that reason, organizations should apply at least six (6) months prior to the start date of the proposed grant project.

Q. How long does the typical review and selection process take?
A. The review and selection process varies with each proposal but typically takes three to six months from the time the application is received.

Q. May I apply for a grant via email?
A. We require organizations to complete the online grant application as a way to track and fairly assess each request. Organizations submitting applications via email will be directed to the online application site. Click here to apply.

Q. What is the typical amount of a grant awarded by the Foundation?

A. Our grants vary in amount. Please review our Annual Report or Recent Grants list to learn more about what we fund.

Q. Does WRF ever provide emergency grants or grants outside the four grant cycles?

A. All grants must be approved and awarded by the WRF Board during the four grant cycles.

Q. How many applications are accepted from an organization? How often may an organization reapply for funding?

A. There is no limit on the number of applications that may be submitted by an organization. Each application is considered on its own merit. The review process includes an examination of prior grant history, noting especially the success and lessons learned from previous grants.

Q. May representatives of an organization make a presentation to WRF’s Board of Directors?
A. WRF receives a large number of funding requests, and while we are very interested in learning about the work of nonprofit organizations across Arkansas, we believe that the online application process keeps the playing field level and requires each organization to concisely present its case for funding. The Foundation staff, at their discretion, may request a presentation, meeting, or site visit following the review of an application, but presentations to the Board are not the norm.

Q. What is the best way to contact WRF with inquiries about my grant?

A. WRF program staff can be reached via email at: programstaff@wrfoundation.org.

Application Process

Q. What happens to the application after it is submitted to WRF?

A. Foundation staff review all proposals to determine the fit between the proposed project and our vision, mission, and funding priorities. Following the initial review, program staff may request additional information and will contact the applicant.

Q. Will I receive notification from WRF regarding my request/application?
A. Yes, upon submission of your online application, a confirmation email will automatically be generated. A written response will be mailed after Foundation staff have reviewed your request. Please allow up to 21 business days before inquiring about your request.

Q. How are funding decisions made?

A. All requests for funding should align with WRF’s Moving the Needle framework. Foundation staff make the initial determination and then forward appropriate requests to be reviewed for approval by the WRF Board of Directors at their quarterly meetings.

Q. Does the Foundation grant the full amount requested?

A. The WRF Board of Directors reviews each grant recommendation based on its own merits. At its discretion, the Board may decide to award all, none, or some portion of the requested funds.

Existing Grantees

Q. Will my payments be delayed if my required progress reports are not submitted on time?
A. Yes, payments are contingent upon receipt and review of all required reports.

Q. What is to be included in my required reports?

A. Reporting requirements are unique to each grant. Please review your grant contract for the specific reporting requirements.

Q. Should my budget be submitted in a particular format? Where can I find the budget form WRF prefers I use?
A. Please follow this link to access our required budget form. (.xls)

Q. If my budget changes at any time during the grant period, am I required to report any changes/modifications for approval?
A. Yes, any changes to your approved budget that exceed 10% of any line item must be reported in advance and approved by WRF program staff.

Q. If changes in key personnel occur, do I need to inform WRF?
A. Yes, any changes in key personnel must be reported to WRF.

Q. Is an online report form available?
A. WRF is developing an online reporting form. Currently, we request that all reports be submitted via e-mail to programstaff@wrfoundation.org in Word, Excel, or PDF format.

Q. Will I receive notification after I have submitted a report?
A. Yes, after Foundation staff have reviewed your report, either an e-mail or a written response will be sent. Please allow up to 21 business days. We will contact you if we require any additional information.

What WRF Will Fund

Q. What does the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation fund?
A. We fund only eligible organizations that work to improve the lives of Arkansans. Please review the Impact page for more detailed information on our strategic plan and funding priorities. Requests for funding must be in harmony with the Foundation’s and the requesting organization’s missions. All funded projects are expected to measure whether and how the activities make a difference in the community and in the lives of the target audience.

Q. Will WRF fund organizations outside the state of Arkansas?
A. We concentrate our efforts and resources in the state of Arkansas but will consider funding requests for projects that, although administered by an organization based elsewhere, are expressly for the benefit of Arkansans.

Q. Does WRF fund religious organizations?
A. Support for faith-based organizations that serve a broad segment of the population will be considered. We do not provide funding for religious activities or programs that serve specific religious groups or denominations.

What WRF Will NOT Fund

Q. What activities are not funded by the Foundation?

A. We do not support capital expenditures (construction, major renovations), provide emergency grants to cover budget shortfalls, finance fundraising campaigns, fund scientific research, support endowments, or fund initiatives that do not directly have an impact in Arkansas.

Q. Does the Foundation make grants to individuals?

A. We do not directly fund grants or loans to individuals.

Q. Does the Foundation provide scholarships?

A. We do not directly provide scholarships, but we occasionally fund organizations, such as the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, that have the mission of providing scholarships.

About WRF

Q. Is the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation connected to the Rockefeller Foundation?

A. The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) in Little Rock is an independent, private foundation that is not affiliated with the Rockefeller Foundation in New York.

Q. Is the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation connected to Winrock International?

A. The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) in Little Rock is an independent, private foundation that is not formally or legally affiliated with Winrock International, located in Little Rock (formerly on Petit Jean Mountain). We do share a common origin and connection to the late Governor Rockefeller and occasionally partner on issues of common concern in the state.

Q. Is the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation connected to the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute?
A. The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) in Little Rock is an independent, private foundation that is not formally or legally affiliated with the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, located on Petit Jean Mountain. We do share a common origin and connection to the late Governor Rockefeller and occasionally partner on issues of common concern in the state.

Q. Where does the Foundation’s money come from?

A. The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation was funded by the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust in Arkansas. The Trust was established in 1973 through Governor Rockefeller’s will.

Requesting WRF Publications/Resources

Q. How can I obtain a copy of WRF’s annual report or other publications?

A. The Foundation’s annual reports can be found in PDF format in the About WRF section of this site. Most WRF-funded publications, including the Water Study, can be found on the Beyond Grantmaking page.

Q. Can I receive a hard copy of reports/publications in the mail?

A. We do not house printed materials. Publications are available to download from our website.

Q. Can you direct me to a place that offers resources for grantseekers?

A. Yes, the For Grantseekers section of this website is a good place to begin.