Grant Eligibility

Our Funding Priorities

Charlie’s Heart Foundation provides grants to tax-exempt human service organizations which meet its criteria.

The Foundation values working with organizations whose efforts are collaborative, multicultural and evidence-based. Its grant making focus is on supporting innovative human service projects that empower families to stay together when difficult life circumstances challenge the family structure.


Geographic Focus

Grants are typically made to organizations headquartered within Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. Consideration can be given to organizations supporting humanitarian efforts outside the continental United States given the organization is located within the United States.


Decision Making Factors

The Charlie’s Heart Foundation will award grants only to organizations qualified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or units of local or state government. Grant award decisions are contingent upon the availability of Foundation funds and will be based on various organizational and programmatic factors including:

  • Organization mission aligns with Charlie’s Heart Foundation mission
  • Demonstration of need
  • Qualifications to carry out the purposes of the grant
  • Contribution to systemic change
  • Demonstration of program sustainability over time
  • Acceptable cost versus benefit comparisons, i.e. reasonable numbers served and depth of impact for the investment
  • Clearly defined and measurable program outcomes that demonstrate impact on the population to be served
  • Completeness of the application, including the submission of a current audit or compilation report


Types of Grants Considered

Applications for the following categories of projects, programs and services will generally be eligible for consideration by Charlie’s Heart Foundation. However, decisions regarding eligibility, approval and the amount of the grant are at the sole discretion of the Foundation.

  • It is the Foundation’s goal to fund specific program or project expenses.
  • Ongoing operating expenses for individual organizations may be considered however, the organization must show evidence in the grant application that it is self-sufficient or moving towards self-sufficiency.
  • Charlie’s Heart Foundation typically considers annual grants between $5,000-$50,000.

Generally Ineligible

The Charlies’ Heart Foundation does not award grants to individuals, private foundations or churches, nor does it award grants to organizations to be used as pass-through funds for another organization that is not a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or a governmental entity.

The Foundation does not ordinarily support:

  • Church programs that do not have a separate 501(c)(3) designation
  • Conferences and travel
  • Capital or annual fundraising campaigns
  • Administrative overhead
  • Private schools
  • Research studies
  • Units of federal government
  • Political activities
  • Publication of newsletters, magazines, books and the production of videos
  • Affiliates of national organizations
  • Endowment funds 


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