Frequently Asked Questions


 

What Rockwell Fund Does and Does Not Support

 

My organization is not in the Houston area. Is it eligible for a grant?

Generally, no. While Rockwell Fund has no legal restrictions against making grants outside of the Houston area, as a matter of policy our trustees have elected not to do so, except in cases where the purpose of the grant is to benefit a Houston cause.

What kinds of organizations do you support? 

We do not give grants directly to individuals. Grants are made only to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. To be eligible, an organization must:

  • Have received a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating that it is an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (and is not a private foundation within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Code), or
  • Be a church or political subdivision that is not required to obtain a Section 501(c)(3) designation in order to be a permitted donee of a private foundation.

What fields of interest are funded?

Please see What We Fund.

What type of support is funded?

Rockwell Fund makes grants for general operations, programs or projects, capacity building, planning and evaluation.

Are there projects and program areas for which Rockwell Fund will not make grants?

 As a matter of policy, we do not fund the following: 

  • Annual fund drives
  • Capital projects
  • Direct mail or other mass solicitations
  • Endowments
  • Grants that impose the exercise of "expenditure responsibility" upon Rockwell Fund; for example, private operating foundations or certain support organizations
  • Houses of worship
  • Individuals
  • Medical or scientific research projects or organizations that target a specific disease
  • Parochial or private primaryand secondary schools
  • Underwriting for benefits, dinners, galas, golf tournaments or other fundraising or special events

Does Rockwell Fund favor funding projects over general operating support?

All requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Between 2006-2010, 48% of grants were for project/program support; 52% of grants were for general operating support.

Do you fund specific target population groups such as the elderly, children, persons who are homeless, persons with AIDS, victims of domestic abuse, etc.?

Provided the proposed activities fall within our stated areas of interest, we do not target or limit our funding to any particular group.

My arts organization wishes to apply for a program that will benefit school-aged children. Would our application then be considered in the education category?

We categorize requests according to the status of the applicant. If the applicant is primarily an arts organization, we consider the request as such, and the request would not fall within our stated interest areas. If the applicant is an organization that furthers our stated goals under our education portfolio, we consider it in the education category.

Can I get a college scholarship from Rockwell Fund?

We do not award scholarships directly to individuals. We have endowed scholarship funds at universities. Some of those funds bear the names of our foundation or one of the members of its founding family. Those institutions select the individual scholarship recipients.

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Inquiries


Does every applicant have to submit an Inquiry Form before submitting a grant application?

Yes. Our grants process requires all, whether or not they have ever received a grant from Rockwell Fund, to first submit an Inquiry Form, which is much shorter than a full Grant Application Form. The Inquiry Form will be reviewed and, if it seems feasible and aligns with one of our areas of interest, we will invite a grant application.

What are your deadlines for inquiries?

Please refer to our Grant Process page for Inquiry deadlines.

Our organization has never received funding from Rockwell Fund. Before submitting an Inquiry Form, may we discuss our needs with your staff to see which one has the best chance of being funded?

The number of requests we receive, together with the relatively small size of our staff, leaves limited staff time available for face-to-face meetings with prospective applicants. We encourage you to review our website to become acquainted with the kinds of organizations and projects that Rockwell Fund supports. Our mantra is "ask for what you need the most."

A committee composed of staff and trustees reviews each Inquiry Form and will contact an applicant if further information is needed.

Where do I send my Inquiry Form?

Inquiry Forms will be accepted through our online system.

Do you accept Inquiry Forms sent by mail?

No, we encourage you use our online system.

Do you accept Inquiry Forms sent by fax?

No, we encourage you use our online system.

How will I know if you received my Inquiry Form?

Our online inquiry system will automatically generate a notification message upon successful submission of your completed form.

What information, documents and forms do I need to send?

Please do not submit any additional documents or forms with your completed Inquiry Form. Staff will contact an applicant if further information is needed.

Will you make a site visit?

Site visits are not made for applicants in the inquiry phase. Should your organization be invited to submit a grant application, staff will determine if a site visit is needed.

How long does your inquiry review process take?

An inquiry is not regarded as complete until our grants administrator has determined that all of the required information requested in the form has been received. Inquiries will ordinarily be considered within one month of their receipt, although it may take longer if the staff or trustees believe it warrants further study.

If our inquiry was declined, will we be told the reason?

No record is kept of the reasons for an applicant being declined, and none is provided to applicants. If the trustees or staff have views or information that they believe would be useful to an unsuccessful applicant, these are conveyed personally, usually through a program officer.

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Grant Applications


What are your deadlines for grant applications?

Please refer to our Grant Process page for Application deadlines.

Where do I send my Grant Application Form?

We only accept electronic submission of completed applications via email. We do not accept applications sent via fax, mail or hand delivery. Email an electronic copy of a completed application plus all requested attachments per the Grant Application Checklist in one email to:  grantsinfo@rockfund.org

Note: We can accept the following kinds of documents:  .jpg/.jpeg/.gif/.tif/.tiff/.bmp/.rtf/.doc/.xls/.xlsx/.ppt/.pptx.  Maximum upload file size 25MB. It may be necessary to attach your Grant Application in a compressed (zipped) folder.  To zip files right-click a blank area on your desktop or in an open folder, point to New, and then click Compressed (zipped) Folder.  Type a name for the new compressed folder, and then press enter. Your new compressed folder is displayed as a folder icon with a zipper.

Do you accept the Grant Applications by email?

Yes, we only accept electronic submission of completed applications via email. See above for submission instructions.

Do you accept the Grant Applications by mail, fax or hand delivery?

No. We encourage you to submit grant requests by email, as outlined above.

How will I know if you received my application? 

We acknowledge receipt of every proposal by email within a week.

What information, documents and forms do I need to send?

A Grant Application Form, along with a Grant Application Checklist (a listing of all required accompanying documents and items), will be emailed to applicants once they are invited to submit a full proposal.

How long does your grant application review process take? 

The grant review process typically takes between one to three months to complete, although it may take longer if the staff or trustees believe it warrants further study.

Will you make a site visit?

 During the grant application review process, staff will determine if a site visit is needed.

When will grant applications be acted upon?

Grant applications will typically be considered within the quarter designated to the Issue Area the proposal is targeting. Visit our Grant Process page for the updated Grant Review Schedule.

If our application was declined, will we be told the reason?

No record is kept of the reasons for an applicant being declined, and none is provided to applicants. If the trustees or staff have views or information that they believe would be useful to an unsuccessful applicant, these are conveyed personally, usually through a program officer.

How often may grant applications be submitted? 

If an application is declined, a subsequent application will not be considered until one year after the first proposal was submitted. If an application is awarded, a subsequent application will not be considered until one year after the first proposal was funded.

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Miscellaneous


What size grants does Rockwell Fund make?

Grant size depends on the project. Please review our grant history for examples of our grant size for various projects.

Rockwell Fund seems like the best fit for our request. Should we apply to other funding sources?

Yes, we prefer to award grants to organizations that have multiple sources of support.

To what organizations have grants been made in the past? 

Please see our list of Past Grantees.

Does Rockwell Fund publish an annual report?

We do not publish an annual report; however, much of the information usually found in an annual report is located on or linked to our website. Grant information for the previous two years is available on our website.

Who are your trustees? What are their addresses?

See our Leadership page for a list of our trustees. Mail for all trustees should be sent to them in care of Rockwell Fund, Inc., 770 S. Post Oak Lane, Suite 525, Houston, Texas 77056.

Is your foundation related to Rockwell International, Rockwell Space or the Norman Rockwell Estate?

No. Despite the similarity of our names, there has never been a family or business connection between our foundation and these three entities. Visit our History page for more information.

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