Helping Hands Grants
SCAM NOTICE: It has come to our attention that individuals have been solicited to apply to our Helping Hands grant program to receive direct funds – this is not our program! This grant is for nonprofit organizations only, not individuals. If you are receiving calls from “Helping Hands”, they are not from our Foundation, and we recommend you do not give them any personal information and discontinue service with them.
For requests up to $3,000, this grant program is intended to support unexpected needs or special funding opportunities for nonprofit organizations where a small investment could make a big difference. Applications can be submitted anytime, year-round. Funds are awarded every other month and must be spent within six months.
Helping Hands grants are designed to:
- Take advantage of an unforeseen opportunity; and/or
- Provide equipment or resources that could not have been anticipated or budgeted for; and/or
- Make a time-sensitive investment in a program or resource that will result in meaningful impact.
Helping Hands grants are not intended to:
- Support annual fund drives
- Pay down deficits
- Reimburse previously incurred expenses
Decisions are made at the Board of Trustees meetings in January, March, May, July, September, and November. In most cases, applications received three weeks in advance of a board meeting will receive an award decision shortly after that board meeting.
|Applications Received Before:||Decision at Board Meeting On:|
|June 25, 2019||July 16, 2019|
|August 27, 2019||September 17, 2019|
|October 29, 2019||November 19, 2019|
|December 31, 2019||January 21, 2020|
|February 25, 2020||March 17, 2020|
|April 28, 2020||May 19, 2020|
|June 30, 2020||July 21, 2020|
- Grants are for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties only, with the exception of those that serve the Methow Valley. Government entities, (excluding public educational institutions,) and religious organizations defined by the IRS in Section 170(c)1 or 170(b)1A are also eligible. All other organizations are required to have a 501c3 fiscal sponsor prior to submitting a grant request.
- Multiple Helping Hands grant applications in any one grant cycle from the same organization are not acceptable (exception is for organizations acting as fiscal sponsor for community projects or programs). Regional Impact Grants and Helping Hands grants are separate programs; an application in one program does not preclude an organization’s ability to apply for the other.
- Grantees who have received a Helping Hands grant must wait one year before reapplying.
Site visits may be conducted on an as-needed basis.
- Grant funds must be expended within six months of award date.
- Final grant evaluation reports will be required to be submitted by the grantees or fiscal sponsors. Organizations that fail to submit final grant reports will be ineligible to apply for further funding from CFNCW.
- Grant applicants must be responsible fiscal agents practicing general accepted accounting principles. CFNCW will ascertain this through financial statements provided in the grant application.
- No grants will be made specifically for religious purposes but can be made to religious organizations for general community programs. (see CFNCW’s policy on funding for faith-based organizations)
- No grants will be made for projects, programs, and/or equipment that were completed or acquired prior to the scheduled grant award date.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for final grant decisions and authorizes distribution of grants pursuant to these and other guidelines established by the Community Foundation.
All grant recipients are required to submit a Grant Report 45 days after the close of the grand period indicated on the Grant Agreement. Future grant requests will not be considered if reports on previously funded projects are outstanding.