The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway funds a variety of projects and programs, but our desire is to move to an investment philosophy for our work, guided by our history and values while also addressing current and emerging issues.  We aim to be thoughtful, strategic and responsive, and invest in projects and programs where the size and scope of our resources can add unique value and make tangible and meaningful progress toward causes important to our organization and Utah and Idaho communities – specifically communities in northern Utah (including the Wasatch front and back), and southern and central Idaho.

In each of our criteria areas we wish to be able to establish the following, prior to funding any program or organization:

  • A clear need for action.
  • Evidence about the problem or issue.
  • Practical options for addressing the problem or issue.
  • Community support and willingness by other stakeholders to address the problem or issue.
  • Opportunities for the Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation to contribute to solving the issue or problem, or adding value at the scale of our grant making.
  • All projects or programs will make a meaningful contribution to solving problems and issues that will help impact the quality of life in Utah and Idaho communities.
  • Documented progress can be made toward a project or program’s goals with an investment in the $10,000 to $50,000 range annually, but over no more than three years total (whether for one-time or multi-year gifts).  Note: All organizations funded for three consecutive years, must wait a minimum of one year before to reapplying for funding, unless specifically invited.  We ask organizations to plan accordingly (this policy begins with calendar year 2018).
  • Have an evaluation process in place.


Priority Areas

The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway will initiate funding activity in four concentrated funding areas in 2018:


Arts and Culture Priority

To increase access to arts and culture programs for primarily low income or disadvantaged children and youth, by supporting nonprofit organizations that use arts as a medium to improve learning and provide life-enriching experiences through accessible, free or affordable on-site, school, youth or community center based education, programming, or opportunities.


Environment Priority

To protect watersheds, lakes, rivers and streams in Utah and Idaho by supporting programs that are ensuring drinking water is clean and safe, protecting groundwater supplies, encouraging water conservation within communities and industry, rebuilding and maintaining ecosystems, and addressing critical water protection and conservation issues through a variety of strategies, such as; advocacy, environmental education, stewardship, monitoring, citizen science, restoration, etc.


Self-Sufficiency Priority

To increase the number of children prepared for success in kindergarten by supporting effective and affordable early childhood educational programs available to disadvantaged, low income and at-risk communities that actively advance high quality early childhood education standards, and best practices for instruction and curriculum that improve young children’s language, math, and or social and emotional skills.


Self-Sufficiency Priority

To decrease the number of homeless individuals by supporting programs that advance housing opportunities for low-income individuals and families through a variety of strategies, including; prevention of homelessness, rapid rehousing, transitional housing for specific populations, emergency shelter and long-term housing strategies.