Frequently Asked Questions:

1.      What is the average grant size?

As a new funder, the CJRF does not yet have an average grant size. The CJRF grantmaking strategic framework prioritizes multi-year grants and grants larger than $100,000. However, we will consider grant requests each on their own merits, and encourage applicants to request funds appropriate to their proposed activities and organizational capacities.

2.      How much funding is available by region?

As of now, we intend to make $4.8 million in grants to each of our regions.

3.      Is there a preference for grantmaking to large INGOs?

No. In fact, our priority is to make sure CJRF funding reaches local organizations and communities. Large INGOs should be able to demonstrate that they are working with local partners strategically and effectively, and genuinely passing on funding to them.

4.      Should letters of inquiry address all of the five CJRF pillars of work?

Not necessarily, though letters of inquiry should target at least one of the pillars. Letters of inquiry that do not link to our pillars will not be considered.

5.      Is there a specific format or template to follow when submitting a letter of inquiry?

We do not have a specific template to follow. In terms of format, letters of inquiry should be no more than three pages long. They should summarize the proposed project's objectives, intended outcomes, budget, and current co-funding. We ask that letters of inquiry state how the proposal aligns with the project entry points, people, and places of the CJRF.

6.      Will you accept letters of inquiry for projects outside of the CJRF’s geographical priority areas?

No. At this time, we only accept letters of inquiry for projects that are based in our priority geographies (Bay of Bengal, East Africa, the Arctic). Should this change, our website will be updated accordingly.

7.      Will grant funds flow from the CJRF office or from the Oak Foundation’s office in Geneva?

CJRF is an initiative of the New Venture Fund, and CJRF grants will flow in dollars from NVF’s US offices.  Oak Foundation provided the founding grant that created the CJRF, but the CJRF letter of inquiry process is separate from the Oak Foundation’s grantmaking process. If you are seeking funds through the CJRF you will need to send a letter of inquiry to

8.      How long can letter of inquiry applicants expect a response?

Due to the high volume of submissions, we may not respond to letters of inquiry we do not intend to pursue. Response times for letters of inquiry that we are interested in pursuing will vary based on the region and grant cycle. For the most up-to-date timeline, please refer to our timeline page.