The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation has activated a crisis grant opportunity to help nonprofits in our Utah and Idaho communities respond and recover during this uncertain time. These are one-time grants.

Eligibility Criteria

Geographic Area: Programs must serve Utah or Idaho.

Prior Grantee:  Organization must have received funding previously from the Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation (within the past four years—2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), BUT does not already have a commitment for funding during the calendar year 2020 (as a multi-year program grantee), if you need clarification please email Amy Hansen, Executive Director at [email protected] .

IRS status: 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. An organization must have received its 501(c)(3) ruling letter from the IRS prior to applying for funding and the form will need to be attached to the short application.

Form 990: All applicants must be 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 process.

Program: In order to qualify, the proposed program must be an existing program that requires funding as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 Pandemic due to one or all of the following: 1) the program has expanded in size and scope due to an increase in volume of clients as a result of COVID-19; or 2) the program has become more expensive due to a change in circumstance directly resulting from COVID-19; or 3) the organization has lost revenue as a result of COVID-19; or 4) the funding is for essential services – such as food, medicine, healthcare, housing, etc. for individuals living in poverty; or 4) another circumstance related to COVID-19 (such as lack of volunteers to assist with providing services, lack of equipment to safely comply with public health measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, like remote work access, lack of access or ability to pay for necessary supplies, etc.), or any other issue that can be quantified by the applying organization.

Process: The Foundation has activated a crisis funding process; short applications will be accepted during the week of April 13 – 17 and will be reviewed within 30 days of submission, funding for selected grantees will be dispersed within approximately 45 days of submission or no later than June 1, 2020, notification of denial will also occur on that timeline.  Funds are limited—please consider that when making a dollar amount request.

Deadlines: There will only be one open process that closes at 11:59 pm on Friday, April 17, 2020.  If you need technical assistance please request assistance by Thursday, April 16.   A report on use of funds will be due by December 31, 2020.

Special Note for Current Grantees: (funded in 2019 or with a multi-year commitment that includes pledged funding in 2020): 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 2020 will be honored and are not affected by the stock market volatility.  If you have an outstanding report, you may still submit—you will be sent a reminder later in 2020 to complete your reporting requirements.

Multi-Year Commitments/Pledges: If your organization submitted a programmatic grant in 2018 or 2019 that was approved for payment in 2020, do NOT apply for emergency 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, 2020.

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. We are ONLY accepting requests from current or former partners in the non-profit sector who meet the criteria of either being a 501(c)(3) or an organization that has a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3).