Timing counts in most things in life and applying for grants is no exception. In this week's blog, Senior Program Associate Jeff Baird reviews the deadlines and application periods of various grant types.

To quote the words of the venerable Willie Nelson, “The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”

Timing, my friends, is everything, and this is especially true when it comes to applying for grants. Submit a request too early, and your application might not be well positioned for success. Apply too late, and there might not be enough time to get it processed before funds are needed.

Now, if that sounds ominous, don’t be alarmed. Rasmuson Foundation staff is here to help you navigate the deadline process. So, give us a call, and we’ll discuss your project. In the meantime, here are the deadlines for some of the Foundation’s core programs.

Tier 1 grants (up to $25,000): There is no application deadline! You can apply any time, and complete applications will be processed within 90 days.

Tier 2 grants (any request above $25,000): Tier 2 Letters of Inquiry are accepted year-round. Tier 2 grants are awarded during the biannual board meetings, which generally take place in June and November each year. You should allow at least six to nine months for the Tier 2 review process and always contact a program officer prior to submitting a letter of inquiry, to get the best advice on timing.

Sabbatical: The Foundation awards one cycle of sabbaticals per year. The application is available on our website year-round and is due October 1.

Individual Artist The Foundation awards one round of Individual Artist grants per year. The application is available on our website January 1, and is due March 1.

Program-related Investments: Applicants interested in pursuing a PRI should contact Chris Perez to determine if this program matches the proposed project. PRIs are also awarded during the biannual board meetings, and follow the same schedule as Tier 2 requests.