Grantmaking

Supporting non-profit organizations that are working to shape, strengthen and sustain our
hometown of Beloit, Wisconsin.

Eligibility & Priorities

In line with the Foundation’s vision, mission and beliefs, we have identified several key giving priorities.

  • Career Pathways and Workforce Development
  • Education
  • Public Safety
  • Strong and Vibrant Community
  • Veteran and Veteran Families

Eligibility & Priorities

In line with the Foundation’s vision, mission and beliefs, we have identified several key giving priorities.

  • Career Pathways and Workforce Development
  • Education
  • Public Safety
  • Strong and Vibrant Community
  • Veteran and Veteran Families

Geographic Focus

Foundation investments will be made primarily in Beloit, Wisconsin. The Foundation may consider limited requests for support in the Greater Stateline area (Rockton, Roscoe, South Beloit, IL) and Janesville. Requests for support outside of Beloit should begin with contacting Foundation staff for a preliminary discussion of the potential project.

Grantmaking Principles

We seek to invest in organizations or programs that demonstrate the following:

  • A “hands-up” approach that supports the freedom of each individual to pursue their own dreams and create their own future;
  • Solutions that are locally designed and implemented; neighbors helping neighbors;
  • Innovative or entrepreneurial approaches to solving local challenges;
  • Meaningful collaboration and partnerships;
  • Investments or contributions from multiple funding sources; and
  • Reasonable plans to support sustainability.

In those times we are called upon to stretch beyond Beloit, we will carefully consider the opportunity it provides us to cultivate and sustain the values and vision of our founders, and to support and strengthen the work within our own local community.

Limitations

The Hendricks Family Foundation will generally only consider requests from qualified not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations. The Foundation will not provide support to individuals, be a source of funding for sponsorships or endowments and will not provide funds to lobby or influence public elections.

Requests that duplicate projects or services the Foundation currently supports are discouraged (see Grant Showcase and Grant History for more information). The Foundation will not consider requests over $100,000 without a preliminary discussion of the potential project with Foundation staff prior to application.

Types of Grants

  • Impact Grants — All grants $50,000 or less are considered an Impact Grant, regardless of project focus. Organizations interested in requesting a grant of $50,000 or less should apply for this type of grant.
  • Operating Support — New or Existing Project or Activity – A grant greater than $50,000 for operating support of a proposed new project or an existing facility or project.
  • Capital Project, Campaign — A grant greater than $50,000 for a capital or facility project.

Grant Cycles

In general, the Foundation has a Spring and Fall Cycle. Grant deadlines are established for each cycle based on anticipated Board Meeting dates. Deadline information for the upcoming cycle can be found below. The Foundation reserves the right to suspend a cycle at its discretion.

NOTE: Impact Grant applications may be submitted at any time.

How To Apply

Information about Foundation interests and restrictions are detailed above under Grantmaking. We strongly encourage potential applicants to review this information carefully. Please contact Foundation staff for a preliminary discussion of the potential project if you have questions.

Complete the online eligibility quiz to determine whether your project or organization meets Foundation giving guidelines. You will be required to create a User Account to access the eligibility check. Creating a User Account will require you to enter the following information:

  • A username that is an email address
  • Your contact information
  • Your organization’s information, including the EIN/Tax ID number (required)
  • Contact information for the organization’s Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director

After you have submitted the Eligibility Quiz, you will be taken to the Apply page and will have access to the grant applications you are eligible to submit. If you believe you were not allowed to move forward from the Eligibility Quiz in error, please contact Foundation staff to further discuss your potential project.

Log in the Foundation grant management system and complete the Letter of Interest associated with the grant you wish to submit. Be sure to note any applicable due dates. Your letter of interest will generally be reviewed, within 60-90 days. You will be notified via email if you will be invited to submit an application.

Log in to the Foundation grant management system. You will have access to the application form. Be sure to note the required due dates. Your application can be saved as a draft, allowing you to edit prior to submitting the application. Complete and submit the application including any required uploads or attachments.

New Feature:

The online grant system now allows applicants the ability to invite collaborators to assist with an application. Please see the log in page for a link to additional video instructions.

Your application will be reviewed by members of our staff and the Board. We will contact you directly for questions, clarification and/or to arrange a site visit.

All grants will be reviewed by the Grants Committee or the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors generally meets twice/year (spring and fall). Notification of funding decisions will generally be made via email.

Depending on the size and nature of the grant, the Foundation may require a formal grant agreement and/or grant performance reports. All agreements, deadlines and reporting will be done through your grant management account.

Helpful Hints When Applying

For the best user experience when accessing the grant management system, we suggest using the latest version of one of the following browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari. It is fine to use Internet Explorer although you may encounter some minor technical issues.

Deadlines | Spring 2022

Grant deadlines are established each cycle based on anticipated Board Meeting dates.

Deadlines for the Spring 2022 cycle are as follows:

  • Letters of Interest:
    Will be accepted starting December 22, 2021 and must be submitted by no later than February 21, 2022. Early submissions are encouraged.
  • Full Application:
    Organizations invited to submit a full application will need to submit those materials by April 22, 2022.

Decisions for this funding cycle are anticipated to occur during the month of May.

Note: Applications submitted through the ‘Impact Grant’ process may be submitted at any time.

Contact Us

The Foundation encourages potential applicants, particularly those unsure about eligibility or priority fit and those considering requests over $100,000, to contact Foundation staff to discuss the potential project and level of interest prior to investing significant time in the application process.

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