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Righteous Persons Foundation Grant

Righteous Persons Foundation

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Next predicted deadline: Jul 24, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Later predicted deadlines: Jan 15, 2022 (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $150,000

Fields of work: Jewish Culture

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: Like all organizations, we are working to address the challenges of COVID-19 in numerous ways. This includes providing financial support to projects that are responsive to this crisis and helping to support and working more flexibly with current grantees. Out of consideration for the time and effort submitting an LOI requires, we have decided to streamline our application process and are not calling for LOIs for Fall 2020 grants.

Our Vision

The Righteous Persons Foundation lives where Jewish life meets art, culture, media, beauty, justice, and joy. 

Deeply moved by the experience of directing Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg donated his portion of the film’s profits to build and support a meaningful and relevant Jewish community. To that end, he established the Righteous Persons Foundation (RPF), which has made more than $100 million in grants—and been supported by additional profits from the films Munich and Lincoln.

For more than two decades, RPF has funded innovative approaches that help bridge the divide between people of different backgrounds; galvanize the power of the arts, media, and storytelling; preserve Jewish history and traditions and make them accessible for generations to come; build on the Jewish value of justice to inspire social activism; and ensure that the moral lessons of the Holocaust are not forgotten.

What We Fund

RPF is dedicated to supporting efforts that build a vibrant, just, and inclusive Jewish community in the United States. While past grants have been made in a number of areas, the Foundation is currently directing the majority of its resources towards organizations and projects that are national in scope and:

  • Foster Jewish arts, culture, and identity 
    • To revitalize and illuminate Jewish identity today, RPF invests in projects that make the old new.
    • That means digging into Judaism’s rich and varied history to expand and enrich the content being transmitted.
  • Inspire a commitment to social justice
    • To advance justice in America, RPF looks to help enable Jews to draw upon our deep commitment to activism and mobilize a “Jewish presence” on the key social and economic issues of our time.
  • Promote understanding between Jews and those of other faiths and backgrounds
    • To ensure a more tolerant society, RPF supports those working as change-agents to promote tolerance through a broad range of methods.
  • Invest in the next generation
    • To engage the next generation on issues of Jewish identity, community, and meaning, RPF is interested in new pathways that bet on emerging, authentic, grassroots models; leverage new technologies; and invest in future leaders.

While we wish we could support all of the worthwhile projects in need of assistance, Righteous Persons Foundation has limited funds and is unable to provide grants to all of the programs that match our priorities.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applications are only reviewed for organizations that have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.
    • If your project does not have tax-exempt status, you must submit an application through a 501(c)(3) organization serving as your fiscal sponsor.
  • The Foundation funds both general operating expenses and expenses related to a specific program.


  • Funding is generally not provided for the following:
    • Direct aid to individuals 
    • Individual synagogues or day schools
    • Conferences, seminars, and workshops
    • Capital and/or building campaigns
    • Scholarships and university programs
    • Programs servicing individuals and communities outside of the United States with the exception of media projects with a focus on co-existence
    • Fundraising events and/or mass mailings
    • Endowment funds
    • Support to cover an existing deficit
    • In the rare case that RPF provides funding to establish an endowment, the Foundation prohibits any deduction from the endowment to cover overhead, indirect expenses, and/or administrative fees.


This page was last reviewed July 11, 2020 and last updated July 11, 2020