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Application Process

How do I know if my organization is eligible to receive a grant from The Heckscher Foundation for Children?
Applications for Foundation funding are accepted only by invitation. You should review our grant guidelines to determine if your organization qualifies for consideration.

What are the focus areas that The Heckscher Foundation for Children supports?
Our support is targeted to five focus areas:

  • Education and Academic Support: K-12 and College Access & Completion
  • Arts Education
  • Social Services, Health and Recreation
  • Workforce Development: Job Access & Persistence Support
  • Capacity Building and Technical Assistance

What is not funded by your grants program?
We do not make grants to:

  • Individuals
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Political or advocacy groups
  • Athletic teams or events
  • Nonprofit entities not located and operating primarily in the United States
  • Religious organizations (when funding is to be used for primarily religious purposes)
  • “Umbrella” organizations that provide funding to nonprofits

When do you accept proposals?
We request applications and consider applications on a year-round, rolling basis. Foundation applications are accepted by invitation only; applications that are invited are reviewed and responded to within 6-8 weeks of the application’s specified due date for submission.

Can I submit a Foundation proposal by mail?
Foundation applications are accepted only via invitation and only using our online application process. We do not accept applications submitted by mail, fax or email.

How do I receive an invitation to apply to the Foundation?
All grant inquiries and applications for funding are by invitation only. Regretfully, the Foundation is unable to respond to unsolicited requests.

When will I learn about the status of an invited application?
After initial application review, you may be contacted for further information. Following the final review of your application, you will be notified in writing of the Foundation’s board’s funding decision and terms of an agreement.

How can I access my online account?
If contacted by our grants department to invite an application, you will need to establish an online account (if a first-time applicant) so that you can access in-progress and submitted applications. The application invitation email will contain a link to access your new (or existing) online account information and the application form.

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