Preliminary stage

Gebert Rüf Stiftung is not a cash-distributing donor foundation that gives out subsidies and contributions. Nor does it award base funding or residual and follow-up financing on a «we too» basis. Rather, Gebert Rüf Stiftung is a grant-making foundation based on a grant-making policy which pursues a strategy and applies criteria.

By supporting projects with a clear identity it aims to achieve a measurable support impact. It interlinks its activities among themselves as well as within a series of project partnerships and in doing so aims to increase the effectiveness of its grant-making activities.

Use the information on our grant-making policy and strategy provided on this website to check whether your project idea could be a contender for support from Gebert Rüf Stiftung.

Informal introduction

Send us an informal outline of your project before submitting an application in accordance with the guidelines. We recommend that you send us an abstract via e-mail that briefly and formally outlines the content of your project idea. Please include any alternatives. We are happy to provide advice and will evaluate the chance of your project receiving support from Gebert Rüf Stiftung.
We are unable to make a serious assessment of and respond to project ideas that are submitted to us just a few days before the formal application submission deadlines (see below) owing to the short time frame.

First evaluation level: project proposal

We would urge you to submit your application well ahead of the applicable closing deadline to allow time for potential queries and formal adjustments.

Deadlines for the submission of electronic proposals:
– December 1st (decision early of February);
– February 1st (decision early of May);
– May 1st (decision early of July);
– September 1st (decision early of November).

Guidelines on preparing a project proposal
Project proposal form

Second evaluation level: project application

If your project proposal receives a positive assessment, we will invite you to send us your formal project application.

Deadlines for the submission of electronic applications:
– December 1st (decision early of February);
– March 1st (decision early of May);
– May 15st (decision early of July);
– September 1st (decision early of November).

Guidelines on preparing a project application
Project application form

Project selection and grant-making decision

The available support budget is always exceeded many times over by the demand for funding. This means that at all levels of the submission process there needs to be a selection process based on the core project support criteria. At the very end, the board of trustees draws up a ranking list. Many projects inevitably have their applications for support from Gebert Rüf Stiftung turned down with the verdict «approved but not funded». You will be notified as soon as the board of trustees of Gebert Rüf Stiftung reaches a decision on your project. There can be no question of any applications for re-examination or reconsideration; no correspondence will be entered into on the subject of negative grant-making decisions.

Dealing with Overheads

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