Types of Grants
The grants are awarded each year to agencies that submit a proposal to The Community Chest in accordance with the schedule provided on the website. Grants are reviewed by an Allocations Committee comprised of members of The Community Chest’s Board of Managers. Annual grants may be used for program funding or general operating expenses. The maximum amount awarded to an agency for an Annual Grant is $20,000.
- The attached application must be submitted by all applicants for funding. All questions on the application must be completed. The application must be filed electronically on the due date and five hard copies delivered to The Community Chest office by mail or in person on the same date.
- For applicants funded in the previous year a copy of their mid-year report should also be attached to the electronic submission. The hard copies should also include: the most recent annual budget of the agency, the most recent independent audit and a list of the Board of Directors or the agency.
- Any agency literature (one copy of each) referencing The Community Chest’s support should also be included in the packet that is delivered.
Impact Grants (Harriet Tanner Impact Grants)
- The Board of Managers of The Community Chest will consider proposals for special grants. While agencies may choose their own projects, this year The Community Chest has selected four priority areas, determined through discussions held at The Community Issues Summit held in June of 2017. Groups of local professionals discussed four major topics: mental health, education, hunger and services to seniors. Applicants for this year’s impact grants are encouraged to select one of the topics listed below and propose a program that offers services in this service area. (It is suggested that applicants review the documents generated from the Issues Summit available on The Community Chest’s website or by requesting a hard copy version from The Chest’s office.)
These are one time only grants. Renewals may not be requested for these special projects. Applications for grants that are not for capital expenditures must include the plan for how the project will be funded in the future. Agencies may apply for Impact Grants for other purposes in the future but must take a three-year hiatus before making their next Impact Grant request. - Maximum grant requests - $25,000
Occasionally agencies may have unanticipated needs for funding. Special requests for emergency funding are considered on a case by case basis throughout the year.
- Agencies wishing to apply for these funds because of a special need should contact the Executive Director and schedule a meeting to discuss the request. The request will be brought to the Allocations Committee for discussion. Final approval must be granted by the Board of Managers.
- The Community Chest Board of Managers may choose to make special grants during the program year. These may be made because of special circumstances (e.g. Hurricane Sandy, or Holiday Season grants) or because an agency has a specific emergency need.
Start up Agencies
Proposals from start-up agencies will be considered during the grant-making process. They must meet the criteria noted above except for the requirements for prior operational experience and the option of submitting more than one proposal. Prior discussions with the Executive Director should be held to discuss the proposals and receive direction.
In the first year of funding grants will be made for up to $3,000
Each year The Allocations Committee of the Board of Managers of The Community Chest will make site visits to selected agencies. This is to support the stewardship role that The Community Chest assumes with its donors. Agencies will be given at least one month’s notice to arrange the visit. The purpose of the visit is to inform The Community Chest’s staff and board about the status of the project, whether the funds are being spent as requested and to provide input and advice to the agency about observations.