Requesting FAQ

Grantmaking Priorities

At its August 2012, meeting, the Rochester Area Foundation Board of Trustees voted to remove previous limitations for grants to those covering basic needs. The Board agreed to review grants that enhance the community vitality and quality of life for and in greater Rochester. The Board maintains the Foundation's service radius of 30 miles outside the Rochester city limits.  Applications requested from organizations outside this area will not be evaluated.   

Who are grants made to?

The Rochester Area Foundation makes grants in the fields of arts and culture, community development, education, human services and recreation in the greater Rochester area. Your organization must be one of the following to be eligible to receive grant funding: a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization, a government unit (city, township, county), or a government-created organization such as a public agency.

How do I apply for a grant?

Your organization may apply for a grant from the Rochester Area Foundation by clicking below and downloading and printing out the pre-application for grants. You may also request the form by calling the Foundation 5070-282-0203 or via e-mail. Please submit your application via e-mail. However, if e-mail is not an option for your organization, please mail eight (8) copies of the pre-application to the Foundation. Our distribution committee will review your pre-application and determine if you will be requested to submit a full grant application.

To download the pre-application grant guidelines and form, click below: Pre-application paperwork

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What do I do if the pre-application is approved?

If the Board of Trustees approves your pre-application for a grant, you will be notified and asked to submit a full application to the foundation.

To download the full application form, please click below: 

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What are the deadlines for grant applications?

The Rochester Area Foundation has two grant cycles each year. The first grant cycle starts January 1 and the second cycle starts August 1. Pre-applications must be received by these dates for consideration for that cycle.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions about the Rochester Area Foundation's grant process, contact or call her at 507-424-2417.

How do I report the results of the grant I received? 

Interim and final grant reports are required once the first part of the grant is received. The report format can be found here. Generally, these happen at about 6 months for an interim report and 12 months for a final report. We acknowledge that sometimes things don’t go as planned, so if the interim report is 12 months and the final at 18, that is acceptable, just cover that in the report. Additionally, the second half of the grant will not be disbursed until the interim report is received. If you have questions on the report or timing please contact Jane Angelone at