Foundation / Corporation
Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF)
Grants to Hamilton County, Nebraska nonprofits for a broad range of educational, cultural, civic, health, humanitarian, and recreational activities. Programs may be in areas such as caring for children and the aged, sick, and helpless, recreational facilities, and disease prevention.
The Foundation awards grants to promote the moral, mental, intellectual, and physical improvement, assistance and relief of the inhabitants of Hamilton County, Nebraska, regardless of race, color or creed.
The Foundation will consider grants for the following purposes:
-For assisting charitable institutions (including educational institutions not operating for profit) whether supported by private donation or by public taxation.
-For the care of children and care of sick, aged, and helpless.
-For providing facilities for recreation.
-For the encouragement of sanitation and measures for the prevention or suppression of disease.
Preference is given to grant requests that have the following characteristics:
-Offer a broad benefit to the greatest number of Hamilton County residents.
-Funding for the project is limited or unavailable from other sources. (i.e., taxation, budget, etc.)
-Request has a “direct” impact on the lives of Hamilton County residents. (i.e. tutoring, care for disadvantaged, seniors and children, etc.)
GrantWatch ID#: 179181
Funds are generally not provided for multi-year pledges.
Ordinarily, the Committee considers requests only from organizations which have operated successfully for at least one year, and demonstrated their ability to enlist financial support from the public.
The Foundation prefers organizations with a tax exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
If the Foundation is asked to grant funds to initiate a new organization, study or demonstration project, satisfactory answers to the following should be given:
1) Is there serious and definite need for this new service in the community? To what extent would it duplicate existing services?
2) If the request is for funds to cover operating expenses for a limited demonstration period, does the proposed new organization or program have a definite source of income after the Foundation’s grant has been used?
3) Has the organization received a letter from the IRS indicating that it is tax exempt under section 501 (c) (3) or the Internal Revenue Code?
-The Foundation does not make grants to businesses operated for personal gain or profit.
-Generally, the Foundation does not provide funds to pay normal operating expenses. Routine maintenance such as painting, roof repair, and routine building repairs necessitated by wear and tear or neglect are considered to be a part of operating expense, and therefore not eligible for Foundation grants. However, consideration may be given to grant requests for repairs that are prompted by unusual and unforeseen circumstances. Consideration will be given on a per case basis.
-The Foundation provides funding for expenditures incurred after formal grant approval. The Foundation will not liquidate obligations already incurred for the grant project.
-As a general rule, the Foundation does not grant funds to municipal agencies or departments supported by taxation. Funds are sometimes granted to finance surveys or studies, fund demonstration or pilot projects, or to match grants of other donors, including governmental agencies.
-Generally speaking, the Committee does not grant funds to public school systems or municipalities if that request appears to a usual part of the curriculum and/or the budget and can be budgeted as such. Exceptions may be considered on a per case basis.
- Funds are generally not provided for capital campaigns.
The Committee does not grant funds for sectarian or religious organizations operating primarily for the benefit of their own members. The Foundation does not make loans of any kind, or grants to individuals other than scholarships.
-January 15 for decision 1st Monday in February
-April 15 for decision 1st Monday in May
-July 15 for decision 1st Monday in August
-October 15 for decision 1st Monday in November
Grant requests from support organizations for the benefit of municipalities or schools will generally be considered at no more than a 50% match.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
USA: Nebraska: Hamilton County