Is the application open to the public?
No. Applications are accepted by “invitation only”.
Where does the RealNetworks Foundation make grants?
The Foundation makes Community Enhancement Grants that are geographically restricted to eligible organizations in regions where employees of RealNetworks live and work. Currently, this includes:
Seattle, WA and surrounding region (King County, Greater Tacoma and Greater Everett)
Does the RealNetworks Foundation make grants outside of regions where employees of RealNetworks live and work?
No. Currently, the Foundation makes only Community Enhancement Grants which are geographically-restricted to agencies that are based in and serve Seattle and the surrounding region as noted above.
How much should we request?
Typically, Community Enhancement Grants will be made for a maximum of $10,000.
In general, the Foundation targets its grants at ten percent (10%) or less of the total program budget. (This is only a general guideline and not a hard rule.)
May we submit more than one application at a time?
Typically, the Foundation will accept only one grant application per organization during a given funding cycle.
Who reviews the grant applications for the RealNetworks Foundation?
Employees of RealNetworks volunteer to serve on the Foundation's Grant Review Teams. These teams evaluate grant applications and make funding recommendations to the Foundation's Board of Directors. The Foundation's Board makes all grant decisions.
When will applicants be notified of the grant decisions?
The Foundation is committed to reviewing and evaluating grant applications in a thorough and timely manner. Typically, Spring Cycle applicants are notified by the end of August.
Our organization doesn't have paid staff. Are we eligible to apply for a grant?
No. Organizations must have at least one, full-time, paid staff member at the management-level to be eligible to apply for a competitive grant from the Foundation.
Please review the Grants Program Guidelines for more information on eligibility.
May we submit a hard copy application?
No. The Foundation is committed to reducing the use of paper whenever possible. Because multiple people review each application, all application materials must be submitted electronically.
What system does the Foundation use for its online application?
The RealNetworks Foundation uses the “EasyMatch” system that is a product of CyberGrants.
Do we have to complete the entire application in one session?
No. You may complete a portion of the application, save your information and return to the website at a later time to finish and submit your application. We encourage you to save your application frequently as you go. You may return to edit it as often as you choose.
(When you are ready to officially submit your application, please press the "Submit" button. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to edit or change it. Please print a copy of your application for your records.)
How do I access an incomplete application that I saved, but have not submitted?
In order to apply for a grant you must first register and establish your agency profile with your contact information. (Applicants must retain their agency’s account number, unique User ID and password to access an application in process and grantees must likewise retain the information to submit their six-month Progress Report.)
When you return to an incomplete application to continue your work you will login to the EasyMatch system using the account number assigned to your organization and the unique User ID and Password that you created.
Log in and click on the incomplete application that you'd like to edit to continue to input your answers to the remaining questions or edit your previous work.
Please ensure that more than one staff member has access to your agency’s account number and has established their unique User ID and password. This will ensure that your organization is able to access its application and subsequent progress report without difficulty.
Who may I contact if I have questions or need help with the online application?
The Foundation contracts with CyberGrants (formerly JK Group) to administer its online grant application via the EasyMatch system. Please contact the system administrator at 1-866-604-5477 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need assistance with the online application. Please note that the EasyMatch help line is open Monday - Friday until 5:00pm Pacific Time.
You are strongly encouraged to submit your application at least one business day prior to the deadline to ensure that assistance is available should you need it.
Who should I notify if my agency's contact information changes?
You are responsible for ensuring that your organization's contact information is accurate and current. If there is a change in leadership or contact information, please login using your User ID and password. Click on the "Contacts" link to update your agency’s information. If you need assistance please email the system administrator at EasyMatch email@example.com.
Grantees are required to immediately notify the Foundation of significant changes in program management. Please send the notification to firstname.lastname@example.org in addition to updating your agency’s profile and staff contact information.