Hamilton Family Charitable Trust

Grant Process

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How to Apply

All organizations interested in applying should please

1. Review our Eligibility Requirements before submitting an application. Always feel free to contact the Trust at (610) 293-2225, or email Dana Henzler, with any questions about funding priorities or procedures before you apply.

Eligibility Requirements

2. Note our application deadlines. All deadlines are firm. Proposals submitted after their respective deadlines will automatically be considered in the next quarter.

Application Deadlines

3. Submit an application. We only process applications submitted via our online portal. Please be sure to save your online application draft intermittently as you work through it. Once we receive your application, program staff will contact you if we require additional information or a site visit. The review process will be expedited if your application is complete and data is current and accurate.

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We Are Here To Help

The Trust wishes to support potential grantees in the application process. Please call our office at (610) 293-2225 or email Dana Henzler with additional questions about any phase of the application process or login procedure.

Eligibility Requirements

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Who Is Eligible for our Funding

Please carefully review the following criteria for HFCT eligibility in Philadelphia, PA before you submit an application.

1. Financial Documents
  • 501(c)(3) status: first-time applications must provide documentation verifying tax-exempt status. For organizations that are part of a larger group, such as a religious affiliate, the ruling organization’s 501(c)(3) will suffice.
  • Project Budget
  • Organization Overall Operating Budget
  • Audited Financial Statements: Organizations with revenue over $100,000 but less than $750,000 must submit their most recent two-year comparative internally prepared, reviewed, or audited financial statements. Organizations with revenue over $750,000 must submit their most recent two-year comparative financial statements audited by a CPA.
  • IRS Form 990: Applicants must submit the organization’s IRS Form 990. IRS Form 990 should not be older than 10.5 months after your most recent fiscal year-end.
2. Geographical Focus
  • Programs supporting children and youth in Philadelphia, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, and Camden Counties
3. Population(s) Served
  • Children and youth in grades K-12 in underresourced areas — more than 70 percent of all participants in the organization should be eligible for free or reduced-rate lunches in schools.
4. Program Focus
  • Data-driven literacy-based programs focused on developing robust reading and writing skills with a strong history of success. These can be programs that:
    • Take place during school hours, after school, or during the summer.
    • Take place across school systems, but the funding can support only nonsectarian programming including within a religious institution.
  • Grades K-8 programs should devote at least 70 percent of their time directly to instruction and activities in reading and writing.
  • Grades 9-12 programs should provide innovative approaches to students in underresourced areas for success in higher education, from the college admission process and acceptance through to completion.
  • Youth workforce development programs that focus on quality career exploration and preparation initiatives.
  • College programs are not funded.

Outside Our Mission

The Trust does not provide funding for:

  • Individuals
  • Capital Projects
  • Human Services
  • Programs focusing on/serving: school assembly, religious education, or college or university students
  • Endowment funds
  • Other foundations or family trusts
  • Entry fees for museums or other cultural institutions
  • Projects with unpaid teaching artists
  • Political candidates, parties, or PACs
  • Debt-reduction programs
  • Pilot programs

Notes For Applicants

Please carefully review the following criteria for HFCT eligibility before you submit an application.

Size of awards
  • First-time grants generally range from $5,000 to $10,000.
Scope
  • First-time grants: generally designated for program support.
  • Continuing partners: generally made for either programmatic or operational support.
  • Multi-year grants: requests must be approved in advance by the Trust Office.
    Please call our office at (610) 293-2225 or email Dana Henzler.
Frequency
  • An organization may only apply to the Trust once per year.
  • Consecutive applications: The Trust may request that an organization which has received funding for three continuous years (or more) delays any further applications for support for a year (or more), to expand opportunities for other potential grantees.
  • Reporting: The Trust requires that (within a year of receiving the grant) each grantee provides an evaluation report and financial report on how funds were spent. The Trust is unable to process any subsequent grant proposals or renewal requests until the grantee has provided an interim report through our Grant System.

Who Is Eligible for our Funding

Please carefully review the following criteria for HFCT eligibility in Palm Beach County, Florida before you submit an application.

1. Tax-Exempt Status and Financial Documents
  • 501(c)(3) status: first-time applications must provide documentation verifying tax-exempt status. For organizations that are part of a larger group, such as a religious affiliate, the ruling organization’s 501(c)(3) will suffice.
  • Project Budget
  • Organization Overall Operating Budget
  • Audited Financial Statements: Organizations with revenue over $100,000 but less than $750,000 must submit their most recent two-year comparative internally prepared, reviewed, or audited financial statements. Organizations with revenue over $750,000 must submit their most recent two-year comparative financial statements audited by a CPA.
  • IRS Form 990: Applicants must submit the organization’s IRS Form 990. IRS Form 990 should not be older than 10.5 months after your most recent fiscal year-end.
2. Geographical Focus
  • Programs supporting children and youth in Palm Beach County, FL.
3. Population(s) Served
  • Children and youth in grades K-12 in underresourced areas — more than 70 percent of all participants in the organization should be eligible for free or reduced-rate lunches in schools.
4. Program Focus
  • Data-driven literacy-based programs focused on developing robust reading and writing skills with a strong history of success. These can be programs that:
    • Take place during school hours, after school, or during the summer.
    • Take place across school systems, but the funding can support only nonsectarian programming including within a religious institution.
  • Grades K-8 programs should devote at least 70 percent of their time directly to instruction and activities in reading and writing.
  • Grades 9-12 programs should provide innovative approaches to students in underresourced areas for success in higher education, from the college admission process and acceptance through to completion.
  • Youth workforce development programs that focus on quality career exploration and preparation initiatives.
  • College programs are not funded.

Outside Our Mission

The Trust does not provide funding for:

  • Individuals
  • Capital Projects
  • Human Services
  • Programs focusing on/serving: school assembly, religious education, or college or university students
  • Endowment funds
  • Other foundations or family trusts
  • Entry fees for museums or other cultural institutions
  • Projects with unpaid teaching artists
  • Political candidates, parties, or PACs
  • Debt-reduction programs
  • Pilot programs

Notes For Applicants

Please carefully review the following criteria for HFCT eligibility before you submit an application.

Size of awards
  • First-time grants generally range from $5,000 to $10,000.
Scope
  • First-time grants: generally designated for program support.
  • Continuing partners: generally made for either programmatic or operational support.
  • Multi-year grants: requests must be approved in advance by the Trust Office.
    Please call our office at (610) 293-2225 or email Dana Henzler.
Frequency
  • An organization may only apply to the Trust once per year.
  • Consecutive applications: The Trust may request that an organization which has received funding for three continuous years (or more) delays any further applications for support for a year (or more), to expand opportunities for other potential grantees.
  • Reporting: The Trust requires that (within a year of receiving the grant) each grantee provides an evaluation report and financial report on how funds were spent. The Trust is unable to process any subsequent grant proposals or renewal requests until the grantee has provided an interim report through our Grant System.

Who Is Eligible for our Funding

Please carefully review the following criteria for HFCT eligibility in Aquidneck Island, RI before you submit an application.

1. Tax-Exempt Status and Financial Documents
  • 501(c)(3) status: first-time applications must provide documentation verifying tax-exempt status. For organizations that are part of a larger group, such as a religious affiliate, the ruling organization’s 501(c)(3) will suffice.
  • Project Budget
  • Organization Overall Operating Budget
  • Audited Financial Statements: Organizations with revenue over $100,000 but less than $750,000 must submit their most recent two-year comparative internally prepared, reviewed, or audited financial statements. Organizations with revenue over $750,000 must submit their most recent two-year comparative financial statements audited by a CPA.
  • IRS Form 990: Applicants must submit the organization’s IRS Form 990. IRS Form 990 should not be older than 10.5 months after your most recent fiscal year-end.
2. Geographical Focus
  • Programs supporting children and youth in Aquidneck Island.
3. Population(s) Served
  • Children and youth in grades K-12 in underresourced areas — more than 70 percent of all participants in the organization should be eligible for free or reduced-rate lunches in schools.
4. Program Focus
  • Data-driven literacy-based programs focused on developing robust reading and writing skills with a strong history of success. These can be programs that:
    • Take place during school hours, after school, or during the summer.
    • Take place across school systems, but the funding can support only nonsectarian programming including within a religious institution.
  • Grades K-8 programs should devote at least 70 percent of their time directly to instruction and activities in reading and writing.
  • Grades 9-12 programs should provide innovative approaches to students in underresourced areas for success in higher education, from the college admission process and acceptance through to completion.
  • Youth workforce development programs that focus on quality career exploration and preparation initiatives.
  • Recreational programs with a strong academic component.
  • College programs are not funded.

Outside Our Mission

The Trust does not provide funding for:

  • Individuals
  • Capital Projects
  • Human Services
  • Programs focusing on/serving: school assembly, religious education, or college or university students
  • Endowment funds
  • Other foundations or family trusts
  • Entry fees for museums or other cultural institutions
  • Projects with unpaid teaching artists
  • Political candidates, parties, or PACs
  • Debt-reduction programs
  • Pilot programs

Notes For Applicants

Please carefully review the following criteria for eligibility before you submit an application to the Trust.

Size of awards
  • First-time grants generally range from $5,000 to $10,000.
Scope
  • First-time grants: generally designated for program support.
  • Continuing partners: generally made for either programmatic or operational support.
  • Multi-year grants: requests must be approved in advance by the Trust Office.
    Please call our office at (610) 293-2225 or email Dana Henzler.
Frequency
  • An organization may only apply to the Trust once per year.
  • Consecutive applications: The Trust may request that an organization which has received funding for three continuous years (or more) delays any further applications for support for a year (or more), to expand opportunities for other potential grantees.
  • Reporting: The Trust requires that (within a year of receiving the grant) each grantee provides an evaluation report and financial report on how funds were spent. The Trust is unable to process any subsequent grant proposals or renewal requests until the grantee has provided an interim report through our Grant System.

Application Deadlines

The Trust meets four times a year to consider grant requests. Application deadlines are at midnight on the following dates:

Application Deadline:
February 15
May 15
August 15
November 15
Board Review:
June
September
December
March

The Trust generally notifies each applicant within 48 hours of each board meeting.

Submit an Application

Ready to apply? Already have a grant with us? Please log in to our Grant System.

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Note for first-time users: When you begin the application, the system will ask you to create an account with an email and password. This will be the username and password for all future applications and support documentation.