We have two grant cycles per year in the spring and fall, ending in May and November respectively. HSF has a small staff and thus does not accept unsolicited proposals or letters of inquiry. However, we actively seek out information from new groups whose work intersects with our interests. We encourage organizations to thoroughly review our website to see if they meet our grantmaking criteria. If your organization is involved in community organizing, and you believe there is a strong fit, then give us a call so that we can talk further about your work. It is always better if you come on the referral of one of our grassroots or funder partners. We make every effort to return all calls promptly, but please be patient if we do not return your call immediately.
Almost all of HSF’s grants are for general support and generally range from $25,000 to $35,000. Most of our grants are made in one-year increments; however, we are committed to a long-term funding strategy. Recently, we adopted an eight (8) year time limit with our major grants in order to mesh the need for long-term general support for organizing work with the desire to be responsive to emerging needs and build partnerships with new groups over time.
At this time we do not accept unsolicited LOI’s. HSF has a particular focus on supporting community organizing in the US South, with an emphasis on multi-generational organizing and a community organizing approach to systems, institutional or policy level change. The foundation primarily funds grassroots organizations in the United States that are working in the areas of youth and economic justice organizing domestically. Click here for a more detailed description of our program areas.
If you think that your organization might be a good fit, please contact us through our Inquiry Form, and a staff member will follow up as soon as we are able to do so.