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GRANT APPLICATION GUIDELINES

FFTH GUIDELINES FOR GRANT-MAKING

Introduction

From the first drive in 1982, Food For The Hungry has had a singular mission and purpose: to raise and disperse food and monetary contributions to needy individuals and families within Knox County, Ohio without discrimination of any kind.

In the years that the generosity of donations has exceeded our estimation, we have elected to fund more tangible projects after a secondary application process. Additionally, should sufficient funds be provided, we encourage applications for summer grants that are specific to projects and/or programs for families with children with nutritional needs that are typically filled by other sources during the school year. 

 

The Board of Directors of Food For The Hungry are committed to identify projects that fulfill these missions. We invite funding proposals from organizations operating in Knox County that share that vision.  Grant seekers typically apply for projects and programs which are based on availability and upon a proposal’s merit measured against the following criteria: eligibility, adherence to FFTH’s priorities and availability of funding. Each of these criteria are discussed in detail below. 

 

Types of Grants

All requests for funding must be approved by the FFTH Board of Directors and/or its designated Grants committee. Applicants should be aware that grants are awarded on a competitive basis and that the deadline for submission of requests must be strictly observed.

Winter Grants

Applications are invited once a year and must be received by September 30th.
 

Summer Grants

If our annual drive exceeds our goal, additional funds are set aside for the stated purpose of assisting families during the Summer months when school lunch programs are not operating. Applications are invited once a year and are typically received in the Spring. 

Criteria

Grants are made to tax-exempt private agencies classified as 501(c) 3 organizations - churches, educational and/or governmental entities - who have been in operation for at least one year. Prospective applicants are urged to contact Food For The Hungry before preparing an application if there is any question concerning eligibility as proof of eligibility must be provided to Food For The Hungry before grants are considered.

 

Certain projects and/programs are generally not eligible for funding, including but not limited to:


—Routine agency operational expenses such as payroll, rent, or utilities. 

—Projects and programs that are restricted to members of a particular faith community or that promote a specific religious doctrine.

—To pay off any existing obligation, debt or liability.

 

—Any organization or agency that has not operated successfully for at least one full year.

—Any organization that does not operate programs in Knox County, or for the benefit of Knox County residents.

FFTH Priorities

The Board of Directors seeks to maximize its impact in the community and has adopted the following strategic priorities to guide its grant-making. Proposals that address one or more of these priorities have a greater likelihood of receiving funding. They're listed here in no particular order of importance.

—A project or program that encourages volunteer involvement among all ages.

—A project or program that operates without consideration to race, religion, color, creed, and sex or minority status while rendering services.

—A project or program that is a collaborative effort among other nonprofit organizations in the community and will eliminate duplication of services. 

—A project or program that is likely to make a clear difference in the quantity of life for a substantial number of people.

—A project or program that seeks creative, innovative solutions. 

—A project or program that demonstrates sustainability into the future.

Coordination of Funding 

The Board of Directors prefers to support projects and programs for which it is NOT the sole funding source. 

 

Additional Information:

—FFTH makes every attempt possible to fund a broad spectrum of needs throughout Knox County.

—Incomplete proposals or proposals submitted after the due date ARE NOT eligible for consideration. FFTH may on occasion request an applicant to submit an addendum that addresses a particular question. It may also request to visit the site of a proposal prior to making its final determination.

—FFTH does not issue statements of explanation for applications it elects not to fund. Unsuccessful applicants who plan to submit a similar request for funds at a later date are urged to discuss FFTH’s application requirements and funding priorities with the Executive Director before resubmission.

—All successful applicants are required to appropriately acknowledge FFTH in their

organization’s news releases, social media posts, internal publications, and any public

announcements. 

Grant Acceptance Requirements

FFTH has both a fiduciary and a community responsibility to prudently manage the resources entrusted to it. Grantees share in this responsibility and are required to submit the Grant Follow Up report within 90 days of receiving their grant or the completion of their program or project, whichever comes first. Failure to complete a Follow Up Report will result in either a reduced funding award or ineligibility for the next funding cycle. 

How To Apply

Applicants are required to submit applications online and by the posted deadlines. Any further information is available by contacting our Executive Director, Lisa Mazzari at 740 398 0569 or lisam.ffth@gmail.com.

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