What is a grant?
For the purpose of Hancock County Community Foundation grants, a grant is a monetary award to a nonprofit organization for a specific project or purpose. Organizations interested in receiving a grant from Hancock County Community Foundation should read below to learn about program areas that will be considered and guidelines that govern our grant processes.
HCCF Grantee Eligibility and Award Criteria
Eligible Organizations and Award Criteria:
Due diligence is the process of review and assessment of a potential grant that is the basis for accepting or declining the grant. Grants will not be awarded from any fund type until HCCF staff complete due diligence to assure:
- Organization is a 501(c)(3) in good standing or equivalent* including schools, churches, local government agencies and programs
- The grant award supports a charitable purpose
- The grant award does not benefit the fund advisor(s) or members of the HCCF Grant Committee
- The grant award does not fulfill a pledge
*Nonprofit status confirmed through GuideStar Charity Check.
Ineligible organizations or activities
Applications for religious indoctrination or other religious activities, non-HCCF administered endowment building, deficit financing, fundraising, lobbying, electioneering, and activities of political nature will not be considered, nor will proposals for ads, sponsorships, and any proposals which discriminate as to race, gender, marital status, sexual preference, age, disability, creed or ethnicity.
In selected cases, projects undertaken by organizations that normally fall outside the above guidelines may be able to receive funding. Examples include: Religious organizations whose proposal impacts the broader community; or units of government whose proposal extends beyond the traditional governmental functions that impact the broader community. No grants will be made solely to individuals, but can be made for the benefit of certain individuals for such purposes as scholarships and special programs through educational institutions and other sponsoring recipient organizations.
HCCF’s Evaluation of Funding Opportunities and Grant Requests
When evaluating funding opportunities and grant requests, HCCF will give careful consideration to the following:
- The potential impact of the request and the number of people who will benefit;
- The degree to which the applicant works with or complements the services of other organizations;
- The commitment and composition of the organization’s Board of Directors;
- The extent of volunteer involvement and support for the project;
- The organization’s fiscal responsibility and management qualifications;
- The possibility of the use of its grant as seed money for matching funds from other sources;
- The ability of the organization to obtain additional funding to implement the project;
- The assurance from the organization to obtain additional funding to implement the project;
- The assurance from the organization of their ability to provide on- going funding; and
- The ability to achieve certain objectives such as becoming more efficient, increasing fundraising capabilities, and delivering better products and services.