Applying and Reporting

The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation has activated a grant opportunity to help nonprofits in our Utah and Idaho communities respond and recover during this uncertain time. These are one-time grants.  The application process will be open January 19 – January 29 ONLY.

Eligibility Criteria

How to apply for COVID-19 related funds:
First, you and your team should discuss your organization’s needs and submit an application that matches those needs. The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation seeks to fund organizations or programs in Utah and Idaho that benefit local communities—preference to organizations in Salt Lake and Weber County, Utah, and Blaine County, Idaho. Organizations in southern Idaho and northern Utah are also considered. Occasionally other organizations may be considered, but most organizations that are outside of the footprint stated, are only funded through discretionary grants and not the competitive process.

Geographic area: 
Programs must serve Utah or Idaho.

What the Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation will fund:
Innovative approaches and programs that address defined community needs. In the past we have funded housing/homelessness prevention, environmental stewardship and education, arts and culture (particularly for populations that do not typically have access), early childhood initiatives, human services, youth programs, self-sufficiency, and other programs that are of interest or deemed timely or important by grants committee members. We are particularly interested in organizations that have been funded in the past as we try to help organizations we have made prior investments with survive or be viable. However, we are not excluding organizations that have not been funded previously if the program demonstrates a need/increased need as a result of the pandemic.

Application cycle/process:
We are accepting COVID-19 Grant Applications from January 19 – January 29, 2021. This will be the only open cycle in 2021. Please plan accordingly. Organizations will be apprised by April 1, 2021 of funding decisions, and funds will distributed shortly thereafter. Should you have questions or require technical assistance, please reach out to Amy Hansen at [email protected] by no later than January 28.

Size and availability of grants:
Typically gifts range in size from $2,000 to $25,000 and most are $10,000 or less. The most important consideration is that the size of your request is in line with the scope of the project/program/need you are proposing. We make grants to multiple organizations in a single grant cycle and the number of requests always greatly exceeds available funds. While the foundation may make grants for several years to an organization, there are not guarantees of funding in perpetuity. We are not considering multi-year grants at this time. We sincerely wish we could fund all worthy organizations. If your organization has a commitment to a multi-year grant, you should not submit another application, funds will be distributed by May 1.

The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation does not provide funds through the application process to:

  • non-501(c)(3) organizations–all applicants must have a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or be described as an appropriate grantee for a private foundation under the IRS Code and have a ruling letter from the IRS prior to applying and documentation submitted as part of the short application
  • organizations who are not in good standing with the IRS regarding their Form 990 filing requirements–a copy of the organization’s most recent Form 990 must be submitted as part of the short application
  • capital campaigns–funding of a capital campaign is typically initiated by the foundation and requires significantly more time and information than this process, please reach out to Amy Hansen at [email protected] if you wish to discuss
  • events or fundraisers, we prefer to directly fund needed programs or projects
  • individuals
  • congregations or religious organizations for projects that primarily benefit their own members or for evangelical purposes
  • public/private K-12 schools

Exceptions may be made for religious and school programs that:

  • receive broad community support
  • keep separate financial statements
  • primarily benefit persons outside their congregational members
  • specialty schools with individual programs that help underserved or disadvantaged children be successful

A strong proposal is:
Short. We have a particular interest in underserved populations, the environment, and other priorities that may include small organizations. We do not wish to unintentionally penalize organizations that may have less-developed grant-writing capabilities. We want you to focus on your mission, not applications.
Specific. We are much more likely to award a project or program based grant where the size of our gift can make an impact. We do fund salaries as part of project budgets and do consider general operating, matching support, and the purchase of needed equipment to carry out an organization’s work.

A strong proposal addresses:

  • How has your organization been impacted by COVID-19?
  • What do you want to do?
  • Who needs it, and why?
  • Outcome metrics: How will you measure progress/success of the project, and how will this be communicated to the Foundation after one year?
  • Do you have a sustainability plan for the program you are seeking funds for?
  • Your organization’s intended use of the funds. You may submit a project budget.

Special note for current grantees:

The Foundation is willing to extend reporting requirements if necessary, will be flexible concerning benchmarks—such as certain goals not being met (number of people served, etc.), and all funding commitments such as present pledges and multi-year grants for 2021 will be honored. *Funded in 2020 or with a multi-year commitment that includes pledged funding in 2021.  If you have questions regarding status, please contact Amy Hansen at [email protected]

Multi-year commitments/pledges: 

If your organization submitted a programmatic grant in 2018 or 2019 that was approved for payment in 2021, do NOT apply for crisis funds. The Foundation is accelerating payment of several previously approved grants to ensure that organizations have use of those funds as quickly as possible.  This is for multi-year commitments. Funds will be dispersed to those organizations by approximately May 1, 2021.  Please note that the Foundation will not be doing multi-year commitments in the near future.

Ineligible entities: 

Based upon the charitable structure of The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution. We are not able to fund individuals, businesses, labor unions, 501 (c)(4), 501 (c)(5) and 501 (c)(6) organizations. Thank you for your understanding.