frequently asked questions
Q. What is the mission of the Be Rare Foundation?
A. The Be Rare Foundation (TBRF) is dedicated to empowering the next generation of female entrepreneurs and creatives who share in our purpose of moving females forward. To do so, The Be Rare Foundation provides grants to aspiring female bosses pursuing mission-oriented projects across industries—fashion, beauty, design, tech, media, entertainment and the arts.
Q. Who can apply to receive a grant?
A. The Be Rare Foundation grants are exclusive to female creatives in the worlds of fashion, beauty, design, tech, media, entertainment and the arts. To be eligible, applicant must identify as female, be a US resident, and be 18 years or older by the close of the submission window.
Q. Are small businesses or organizations eligible for a grant?
A. The Be Rare Foundation only awards grants to individuals; individuals can represent a business. However, companies or organizations—business entities—are not eligible.
Q. Is there an age restriction?
A. Applicants must be 18 years or older by the application deadline in order to apply.
Q. I live outside the United States. Am I still eligible to apply?
A. We do not currently accept international applications.
Q. The Be Rare Foundation mission statement lists specific business/creative fields, but my project does not fall within any of those categories. Am I still eligible to apply?
A. The Be Rare Foundation only awards grants in alignment with our mission guidelines.
Q. Do you allow extensions on the application deadline?
A. If you miss the submission deadline, we cannot include your project in this round of application reviews.
Q. What information is required to apply?
A. We want to know your story, how your project aligns with a female-forward mission, and if we can help you reach your goals. We’re looking to understand who you are, what your project entails and how to contact you if you are selected to receive the grant.
Q. Am I required to submit a project?
A. Yes! This is an essential part of the application process, an opportunity to demonstrate your talent, creativity, ambition, and passion. Have fun and put your best foot forward. Share a great video, links to your portfolio or site, a business deck… WOW us. We’re excited to see what you’ve got planned.
Q. Are there restrictions on my project submission?
A. The Be Rare Foundation awards financial grants to female entrepreneurs and creatives pursuing mission-oriented projects with a focus on moving women forward. We support aspiring bosses fashion and beauty, design and tech, media, entertainment, and the arts. Your project should meet our selection process criteria. See the checklist here.
Q. How long do I have to complete my project?
A. You should be able to achieve the project goals that you lay out within 12 months of receiving the award. We’d like you to demonstrate clear and actionable goals in your business plan. This will help us determine if you should be awarded a grant.
Q. Do you accept applications by mail?
A. We currently only accept online submissions, via links and uploaded files. We are not accepting physical samples.
Q. Once I’ve submitted my application, what should I do?
A. Make sure that you’ve received a confirmation email. We will validate your eligibility. Then, hang tight while our selection committee conducts a thorough review of your application and project. We will announce a winner in fall of 2018.
Q. How does the selection process work?
A. Our selection committee includes The Be Rare Foundation founders and board members, as well as industry advisors. We review applications received within the submission window, and judge each project based on the following criteria:
Distinct female-forward mission (20%)
Creativity and innovation within specified industry (20%)
Business acuity and long-term goals (20%)
Financial need (20%)
Business Plan: clear 12-month timeline, budget, and work plan (20%)
Q. How do you determine “financial need”?
A. Why do you need the grant and how will you use it? We’re simply looking for a clear explanation of how you will put the funds towards achieving your project goals.
Q. When are the winners announced?
A. We will announce winners in the fall of 2018. The duration of the review process will depend on the amount of applications we receive. However, our goal is to make a decision within 2 months of the application deadline.
Q. How will I know if I’ve received the grant?
A. The Be Rare Foundation will contact the grant recipient via email. We will then announce the winner through our social media platforms and on our site, TheBeRareFoundation.com.
Q. How much money is awarded?
A. In 2018, the grant beneficiary will receive $10,000 of project funding.
Q. How many grants are awarded each year?
A. Currently, The Be Rare Foundation awards one annual grant to female entrepreneurs and creatives pursuing mission-oriented projects with a focus on moving women forward.
Q. Who is on The Be Rare Foundation selection committee?
A. Our selection committee includes The Be Rare Foundation founders and board members, as well as industry advisors from various fields, including fashion and beauty, design and tech, media, entertainment, and the arts.
Q. How many projects can I submit?
A. Each applicant is invited to submit one project per round of applications. Applicants may be disqualified for submitting multiple projects.
Q. How can I volunteer for The Be Rare Foundation?
A. We are not accepting volunteers at this time. However, we are open to considering volunteers for special events and projects. Stay tuned for announcements throughout the year.
Q. Can I make a donation to The Be Rare Foundation? How do donations work?
A. The Be Rare Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3). We accept all donations, which contribute to grants awarded by The Be Rare Foundation.
Q. How DO I donate?
A. To inquire about donating to the The Be Rare Foundation (TBRF), please email us at email@example.com.
These funds contribute to our annual grant, awarded to the next generation of female entrepreneurs and creatives with female-oriented missions.