FDG Application Process

Application Process

The application process for Foundation Defined Grants has seven steps:

  1. HCF issues a Request for Proposal (RFP) setting forth the grant priorities.
  2. Potential applicants attend a pre-proposal conference hosted by HCF. The pre-proposal conference is an opportunity to ask questions, receive clarification, and network with other applicants.
  3. Interested organizations submit a letter of intent.
  4. Interested organizations submit an application.
  5. HCF staff and outside reviewers review the applications for completeness.
  6. The HCF Board of Directors approves the grant awards for the funding cycle.
  7. Awardees will be notified of their funding by letter, by visiting the HCF website, or signing up for our press release email list.

Looking for ways to improve your proposal? Try these:

Application tips from outside reviewers

Excellent budget & justification sample


Application Requirements

2018 Safety Net request for proposal

  • Stage 1: Submit a Letter of Intent (Deadline has passed. Grant seekers who did not submit a letter of intent by noon on June 27, 2018 are not eligible to submit a full proposal.)
    • Begin an online Letter of Intent application
    • Download Letter of Intent narrative template
    • Upload the following to your online application:
      • Completed Letter of Intent narrative template
      • IRS Letter of Determination (for 501(c)(3) orgs) or enabling statute/legislation or official description of purpose (for government agencies)

To log into your online account and access saved applications, please click here.

  • Stage 2: Submit a full proposal (Deadline is August 8 at 12:00 p.m. [noon])
    • Log into your online account to access your full proposal application
    • Download the proposal narrative template to create your proposal narrative
    • Use the Safety Net Indicators document to select performance indicators that correspond with your strategies and outcomes
      • Download the Outcomes Measurement Table and include the strategies, outcomes, and indicators (not included in page count)
    • Download and complete the budget template
    • Upload the following to your online application:
      • 501(c)(3) applicants
        • IRS Letter of Determination
        • Copy of your organization’s most recent IRS 990 Report (nonprofit tax return)
        • Copy of your organization’s most recent financial audit
        • Board-approved current fiscal year operating budget for your organization
        • Roster of your organization’s board of directors with diversity information (race and gender)
      • Governmental entity applicants
        • Copy of enabling statute/legislation or official description of purpose
        • Copy of authorized budget or current financial statement
        • List of elected/appointed officials who oversee the entity’s performance
      • (Optional) Theory of change model
      • (Optional) Program logic model examples
      • (Optional) 2018 Safety Net application checklist

Download the Mental Health theory of change

  • Stage 1: Submit a Letter of Intent (Deadline has passed)
    • Begin an online Letter of Intent application
    • Download Letter of Intent narrative template
    • Upload the following to your online application:
      • Completed Letter of Intent narrative template
      • IRS Letter of Determination (for 501(c)(3) orgs) or enabling statute/legislation or official description of purpose (for government agencies)

To log into your online account and access saved applications, please click here.

  • Stage 2: Submit a full proposal (Deadline is  April 18 at 12:00 p.m. [noon])
    • Log into your online account to access your full proposal application
    • Use the narrative template to create your proposal narrative
    • Download and complete the budget template Note: if you are requesting multi-year funding, you must complete a budget for each year.  Please use the appropriate tabs at the bottom of the budget worksheet for Year 1 and Year 2
    • Upload the following to your online application:
      • 501(c)(3) applicants
        • IRS Letter of Determination
        • Copy of your organization’s most recent IRS 990 Report (nonprofit tax return)
        • Copy of your organization’s most recent financial audit
        • Board-approved current fiscal year operating budget for your organization
        • Roster of your organization’s board of directors with diversity information (race and gender)
      • Governmental entity applicants
        • Copy of enabling statute/legislation or official description of purpose
        • Copy of authorized budget or current financial statement
        • List of elected/appointed officials who oversee the entity’s performance
      • (Optional) program logic model & outcome measurement framework examples
      • (Optional) Application checklist

Download the Healthy Communities theory of change

  • Stage 1: Submit a Letter of Intent (Deadline has passed. Grant seekers who did not submit a letter of intent by noon on Jan. 17, 2018 are not eligible to submit a full proposal)
    • Begin an online Letter of Intent application
    • Download the Letter of Intent narrative template
    • Upload the following to your online application:
      • Completed Letter of Intent narrative template
      • IRS Letter of Determination (for 501(c)(3) orgs) or enabling statute/legislation or official description of purpose (for government agencies)

To log into your online account and access saved applications, please click here.

  • Stage 2: Submit a full proposal (Deadline is February 14 at 12:00 p.m. [noon])
    • Log into your online account to access your full proposal application
    • Use the proposal narrative instructions to create your proposal narrative (updated narrative instructions are coming soon)
    • Download and complete the budget template
    • Upload the following to your online application:
      • 501(c)(3) applicants
        • IRS Letter of Determination
        • Copy of your organization’s most recent IRS 990 Report (nonprofit tax return)
        • Copy of your organization’s most recent financial audit
        • Board-approved current fiscal year operating budget for your organization
        • Roster of your organization’s board of directors with diversity information (race and gender)
      • Governmental entity applicants
        • Copy of enabling statute/legislation or official description of purpose
        • Copy of authorized budget or current financial statement
        • List of elected/appointed officials who oversee the entity’s performance
      • (Optional) Program logic model & outcome measurement framework examples
      • (Optional) Application checklist

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