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.
Grants are made to organizations headquartered within the Eastern United States. Consideration can be given to organizations supporting humanitarian efforts outside the continental United States given the organization is located within the Eastern 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
- Empowerment of those persons who are served by involving them whenever possible in the design, implementation and evaluation of the program
- 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.
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
- Endowment funds
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