Frequently Asked Questions

How can I submit an application?

If contacted by our staff to invite an application, you will need to establish an online account (if a first-time applicant). An application invitation email will be sent by our staff and will contain a link to access your online account information and the application form.

When do you accept applications?

We request and consider applications on a year-round, rolling basis by invitation only; applications that are invited are reviewed and responded to promptly by our staff.

Can I submit an application by mail?

Applications must be submitted using our online application. We do not accept applications submitted by mail, fax, or email.

When will I learn about the status of an invited application?

After initial application review by our staff, you may be contacted for further information. Following the review of your application, you will be notified in writing of the Board’s funding decision and terms of an agreement.

What do you look for in an application?

In all of our giving, we stress the achievement of positive, measurable, and clear quantitative outcomes. Please see our Logic Model Guidelines, as the foundation critically assesses the logic model as a key piece of the application. We are particularly interested in programs that critically evaluate their work and are prepared to highlight the value-add to the participants served. Funding inquiries should include:

Who is served? Demographic information: age, gender, ethnicity, first-generation status, etc.
Program Acceptance Procedure Is an application required for your program? If yes, what are the criteria? If no, is participation self-selected or assigned?
Size/Scale How many youth are served? Across which regions?
Resources/Cost of Program Cost per youth served
Comprehensiveness of Program Designed intervention dosage
Timing and Length of Program Intervention length and target age/grade of participants

How can I get help filling out my logic model?

We require grant applicants to complete a logic model to help both your organization and our foundation understand what the participants in your program will be expected to accomplish with our grant. As our Logic Model Guidelines explain, this is different from what activities or program you, the grantee, will offer to participants. Our logic model is intended to guide applicants to set short- and long-term goals. For our Logic Model Guidelines, click here. 

What are your reporting guidelines?

We require the following reports: an interim report six months after the grant date; a final report one year after the grant date; and a possible post-grant report update following the close of the grant and to be scheduled as necessary by our staff. Each reporting requirement consists of a narrative and financial report. Narrative reports are to be based on the original logic model included in each grantee’s application. Financial reports are to be based on the project budget submitted with each grantee’s application. Grantees will receive a reminder email before each report is due, along with a link to their online account to complete the report.

Do you make grants for recurring operating expenses, capital expenses, or capital campaigns?

The foundation’s giving takes the form of program support, capacity building, general operating expenses, and specific capital projects.

What is not funded by your grants program?

We do not make grants to:

  • Political or advocacy groups
  • 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

What are the minimum and maximum grant amounts that will be considered?

There are no minimum or maximum grant amounts considered by the foundation.

If my organization has been turned down for a grant in the past, may we be considered for a different grant?


How many programs does the Heckscher Foundation fund?

The number of programs funded by the foundation varies from year to year but in most years, it exceeds 100.  Funding in any one year does not guarantee that we will fund the organization or program beyond that year unless specifically agreed in writing.

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