Grant Guidelines

The Heckscher Foundation for Children seeks to level the playing field for underserved youth. In all of our giving, we stress the achievement of positive, measurable, and clear outcomes. We are particularly interested in programs that are prepared to critically evaluate their work. The Foundation does not participate in annual appeals, endowments, fundraising events, or political efforts.

The Foundation’s metrics-driven approach requires that current and prospective grantees evaluate their programming such that the “whom, what, when, and where” are defined 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


The Heckscher Foundation provides support in the following categories:

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