How to Apply

There are two types of grants that the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation offers: those administered through an open call for proposals and those made at the foundation’s discretion. To ensure that you learn about grant opportunities as they are announced, please join our mailing list

Requests for Proposals (RFPs)


In fall 2014 the foundation announced that it would release a series of open calls for the first time in its history. RFPs are the only method for applicants to actively seek support from the foundation. Interested applicants should use the links below to 1) review our current grant guidelines and confirm the opportunity for support matches your work; 2) participate in an application webinar and/or review frequently answered questions to ensure you are eligible and can assemble a competitive application; and 3) access the online application portal.

Discretionary support


A select number of grants are determined by foundation staff and leadership. Please note, at this time we do not have a process by which you can introduce your work to the foundation. As a small, focused staff we are unable to respond to unsolicited materials. The best way to understand the foundation’s grant-making priorities is to join the mailing list to receive program updates.

2016 SEED grantee Blights Out meeting on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Photo: Bryan Tarnowski