Read the frequently asked questions below to determine if your organization could be a potential RIZE grantee.


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How does grantmaking work?

We use the following process to develop our grants. The process depends on the complexity of the project, available funding, and sequencing with our other program investments.


  • Direct solicitation: When we know that an organization is well-suited to perform the work, we directly solicit a concept memo or proposal.
  • Discussion: In some cases, we invite organizations to discuss an idea with us and explore their interest and capacity to undertake the work. If the organization has the expertise, capacity, and interest, we invite them to submit a concept memo or proposal.
  • Request for proposal/information (RFP/I): When we want to broaden our network or fund multiple organizations for a project, we issue an RFP. Competitive RFPs are posted on our website and distributed to our email list; solicited RFPs are directed to specific organizations. Decisions for competitive grants are made based on a variety of factors, including how closely the proposal matches the application criteria.
  • Policy and Research: Depending on the subject matter, we use one of the models above to seek policy-relevant research ranging from landscape analyses to more formal studies. This research will often be presented via a forum or convening.
What is the average size of your grants?

RIZE grants vary in amount and are dependent on criteria of the program. We encourage you to apply for grants for which your program is a clear fit.

How do I apply for a grant?

RIZE issues RFPs throughout the year. We announce these through our email distribution list and by posting them on our website. Please note that we are unable to consider unsolicited proposals for donations. Sign up for our distribution list here.


Can I contact RIZE to vet an idea?

Yes. Interested parties are encouraged to contact RIZE to discuss ideas and how your program fits within our strategic framework. Contact info here.


Who makes funding decisions?

For each grant opportunity, RIZE collaborates with subject-matter experts and people with lived experience to help set our agenda, review applications, and make recommendations for funding. Recommendations then go the Board of Directors for approval.

My organization is located outside of Massachusetts. Are we eligible to apply?

Yes. Organizations incorporated in other states are eligible to apply, though the funding must benefit residents of Massachusetts. 

Do you fund multi-year grants?

Though it varies for each program, yes, we often make multi-year grants.

What are the reporting requirements and responsibilities for funded organizations?

Reporting requirements vary by program, however, one of RIZE’s top priorities is to measure the outcomes and effectiveness of our funding and consider the impact of the most promising initiatives as part of our decision making. As such, we often engage outside research partners to support us and funded organizations to collect and analyze data to learn what works, and what doesn’t, to increase the impact of our funded programs and to advance efforts to end the opioid epidemic. At a minimum, an annual grant and budget report will be required of funded organizations.

What role does RIZE play in funded programs?

As an impartial convener and the state’s only public-private partnership solely dedicated to funding and creating solutions to end the overdose crisis, RIZE is uniquely capable and interested in collaboration as part of our program strategy. Where possible, we support funded programs with resources and expertise beyond the grant funding to help build and keep momentum and foster the successful implementation of funded programs to meet the urgency of the opioid overdose crisis.

Who should not apply?

RIZE does not accept applications from religious institutions, for-profit institutions, or individuals and families. We will not consider grant requests for fundraising events, non-profit sponsored athletic-related events, political advocacy and related activities, or endowment funds.

My organization does not have nonprofit status designation. Can I apply for a RIZE grant?

RIZE provides grants to 501c(3) organizations that are based and operate in Massachusetts. As part of its vetting process, RIZE requires audited financial statements and IRS 990s for the past two years from organizations seeking grant funding.

If an organization does not have its own tax-exempt designation, it must provide proof of tax-exempt designation from its fiscal agent.

What are your deadlines?

RIZE issues RFPs throughout the year. Information about the deadlines is included in the grant guidelines.

My organization is a current grantee of RIZE. Can I apply for funding for a different program?

Yes. Please contact our program team at grants@rizema.org if you have questions.

How do I join your mailing list?

You may join the RIZE distribution list here.

Do you make grants to capital campaigns?

RIZE does not make grants to capital campaigns. Please visit the Impact Areas page for more information.

Do you fund salaries and operating expenses?

Yes. RIZE allows requests for general operating expenses, including salaries, as part of a grant application.

What is your indirect costs rate?

RIZE allows up to 15% of indirect costs to be included in a project budget.

Do you support events or provide sponsorships?

Please note that RIZE does not fund events or provide sponsorships of any kind and we are unable to consider unsolicited proposals for donations.