Organization Grant Eligibility

We receive requests from many deserving organizations each award cycle and careful consideration is given to each request when making funding decisions. Before applying, please take some time to learn more about our program areas and make sure your request is aligned with our eligibility criteria below.

Do you have IRS Tax-Exempt Status?

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation grantees must be nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grantees must be organized and operated for charitable purposes.

Are you serving the geographic locations we support?

Grantees must serve the people and communities of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington counties in Minnesota or Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties in Florida. Requests for grants serving counties other than these are by RMSFF invitation only.

Are you asking us to support things we do not fund?

It is not the Foundation’s practice to accept LOIs or proposals to fund individuals (unless through our scholarship program), government agencies, for-profit business, special events or conferences, endowments, the Arts or organizations outside the seven-county Minnesota or Lee or Collier counties in Florida. We do not support labor organizations, lobbying, political campaigns, organizations or work conducted outside of the United States. We do not fund sports or athletic organizations, sectarian religious causes or the fine arts.

Have you recently applied for a grant from RMSFF?

There are two funding cycles in each year, and organizations may apply for funding only once per year.  For example, if you submitted an LOI in the spring cycle, you must wait until the fall cycle is complete before submitting a new LOI requesting funding for the following spring.