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About Grantmaking at the Richard A. Henson Foundation

The Richard A. Henson Foundation provides grants to qualified nonprofit organizations and other qualified institutions for charitable activities which address the Foundation's priority issues.

Typical grants are difficult to describe. Grant amounts have ranged from $500 for smaller-scale projects to $1 million or more for "bricks and mortar" campaigns.

All grants begin with the same step: Completing a letter of inquiry and submitting it to the Richard A. Henson Foundation for review.

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Grantmaking Priorities

The Richard A. Henson Foundation seeks to support projects which are consistent with Mr. Henson's philosophy of giving and personal priorities.

Richard Henson believed the following Christian principles, when applied to decisionmaking at the Henson Foundation, would impact the quality of life in the local community, and the country, in a very positive way:

* Educating and building good character in our youth through leadership and example.

*Developing entrepreneurial spirit by building an awarenes of our free enterprise system.

*Promoting excellence in all endeavors no matter how simple or insignificant the cause.

*Giving the needy, underprivileged, and disadvantaged a hand to help themselves.

*Being a role model and encouraging other to give of their time, talent and personal resources to develop community projects which enhance the well-being of our citizens.

Grant applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

*Does the purpose of the gift meet our Mission Statement and is it in keeping with Mr. Henson's personal philosophy?

*Is the individual or organization striving for excellence in their lifestyle or organizational structures?

*Are there any other community resources available to address the needs under consideration, with the hope that funds would initially come from the normal, logical, and customary sources which benefit the organization?

*What are the possibilities that our grant can serve as a catalyst to add other worthy contributions or benefits to a cause?

*Where does the Foundation stand regarding annual gifting limitations?

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Eligibility to Receive a Grant

To be eligible for a grant, the organization must generally be: a governmental unit, a religious organization engaged in a non-sectarian activity, or a non-profit, tax exempt public charity, as defined in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code (a copy of the IRS letter confirming the organization's 501 (c)3 status must be provided as part of the grant application).

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Guidelines for Applying for a Grant

Please review the following guidelines before preparing a proposal.

Please note that the Foundation reviews inquiries on an ongoing basis.

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Grant Application Forms

Before completing the application form, please:

  • Determine your organization's eligibility;
  • Review the Foundation's grant guidelines; and
  • Submit a formal Letter of Inquiry.

Letters of inquiry should be no more than three pages and should include the following:

  • A brief statement of the issues to be addressed, the history and goals of your organization, and your organization's involvement with these issues;
  • A brief summary of the activities for which you are requesting support, including an outline of your objectives, anticipated outcomes and implications;
  • The approximate starting date and duration of the proposed acctivities;
  • The total amount of funding needed, the amount requested from the Foundation, and information about other sources of support, both assured and requested.

The Foundation will acknowledge receipt of your letter within 30 days. If you do not receive acknowledgement that your Letter of Inquiry was received, please contact the Foundation office.

After review of your Letter of Inquiry, you may receive an invitation from the Foundation to complete and submit a full application form..

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Application Form

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