Our Grant-making Programs
As of 2013, the Rockefeller Family Fund makes grants in three program areas.
The guidelines for these program areas and lists of grants made are available in each program home page.
The Family Fund provides support within these program areas for advocacy efforts that are action-oriented and likely to yield tangible public policy results.
Within its program guidelines, the Family Fund supports tax-exempt organizations engaged in activities of national significance. Thus, the Fund does not ordinarily consider projects which pertain to a single community, except in the rare instance where a project is unique, strategically placed to advance a national issue, or is likely to serve as a national model.
Because the Fund has limited resources, it is unable to assist most applicants. Grants are rarely made to organizations which traditionally enjoy popular support, such as universities, museums, hospitals, or endowed institutions. The Family Fund does not make grants for academic or scholarly research, or for social or human service programs. Nor are grants made to support individuals, scholarships, international programs, domestic programs dealing with international issues, profit-making businesses, construction or restoration projects, or to reduce an organization's debt. In addition, grants are normally made to the same organization for no more than two years at a time, and except in extraordinary cases, are not given to the same organization for more than three or four consecutive years.