Supporting Ideas and Initiatives

Who can apply for a grant?

Anyone who meets our mission of increasing educational opportunities for learners of all ages in the Rockford community.


What are the criteria?

Generally we like our grants to reach the largest number of learners possible for as long as possible. We do not fund consumable items such as food, t-shirts, etc. We like to help with start-up programs, but we cannot fund the same program year after year.


What are the award amounts for REF grants?

The types of grants available for application are student grants up to $300, small grants up to $500, large grants up to $5,000, and the Founders’ Grant up to $25,000.

Mini Grant (up to $500)

  • Winter due 1/23/18

Large Grant ($501-$5,000) 

  • Winter due 1/23/18

Student Initiated Grants (up to $300)

  • Due anytime through 4/30/18

Founders’ Grant ($25,000)

  • Due 4/13/18

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

– Benjamin Franklin