Please only submit an application if you have been invited to by the foundation after submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI. Please attach a cover sheet with the information requested below to the top of your grant proposal and submit a hard copy of the proposal in its entirety to:

The HAND Foundation, 855 El Camino Real Building 4, Suite 250 Palo Alto, CA 94301

Application Date 
Organization's Name 
Phone Number 
Fax Number 
Federal tax-exempt number 
Head of organization's name and title 
Contact person's name, title, phone number, fax number, and e-mail 
Amount requested 

Brief Summary of Proposed Work:

Proposal Narrative Questions


Appendix A: Budget Contents

Appendix B: Sample Chart

Proposal Narrative Questions

  1. What is your organization's mission?
  2. Give a brief history of the organization, including the year it was founded, its past and ongoing activities, and its recent major accomplishments.
  3. Describe your key constituencies and target population, and their role in implementing the work of the organization, if applicable.
  4. How does your organization relate to other organizations working with similar missions? How is your organization particularly well positioned to conduct its work?
Purpose of Grant
    What is the issue/need to be addressed and evidence of that need?
  1. Does the organization use best practices, i.e. are any programs or operations based on ones that have been shown to be effective in other settings, based on national standards, etc? If so, please describe.
  2. What particular short and long-term outcomes are you trying to achieve? How do these outcomes relate to the problem you described above?
  3. Describe the key obstacles, political, institutional, cultural, economic, etc to the accomplishment of your intended outcomes.
    What activities will you be conducting during the grant period in order to achieve your intended outcomes?
  1. Explain why you think that these activities will lead to your intended outcomes and will serve to overcome the obstacles described above.
  2. If your proposed work entails significant collaborations with other institutions, e.g. government, for-profit or nonprofit entities, please describe.
    What are the major resources (financial, personnel, facilities, partnerships, etc) that you plan to devote to conducting the activities described above?
  1. What are your organization's greatest strengths in terms of its capacity to achieve your intended outcomes?
    Based on these activities, what measurable outcomes will be achieved during the grant period? Specify the indicators your organization has selected, and format your response after the sample performance metrics chart included in Appendix B. What are the measurable longer-term outcomes of the organization's work? How will you tell you are making a difference? What constitutes success? You should use both qualitative and quantitative measures and benchmarks in assessing your progress.
  1. Describe the system the organization used to collect, track and assess data used for evaluation purposes. How do you use these data to facilitate continuous improvement, mid-course corrections, and the allocation of resources to the best use?
  2. What would you like to know that the organization is not planning to measure? What are the obstacles to such measurement?
  3. What external assistance do you need in the evaluation process?
Financial Information
    Attach the following documents:
    1. A current balance sheet
    2. A current income statement
    3. An organizational budget and audit for the previous fiscal year (Please see Appendix A for an explanation of what should be included in your budgets).
    4. An organizational budget for the current (at the time of application) fiscal year that includes year-to-date actual revenues and expenditures.
    5. Projected organizational budget(s) for each of the fiscal year(s) of the proposed grant period.
  1. Please provide an explanation of any items in your budgets that you believe need clarification.
  2. What are your plans to diversify your funding base?
  3. What are your organization's plans for sustainability beyond the grant period?
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Attachments (as applicable; if not available, please explain)
  1. A copy of your current IRS tax-exempt determination letter
  2. A list of the full-time, part-time and volunteer staff members that the organization has, and, if available, an organization chart
  3. Short biographical information of key personnel, highlighting their roles and relevant experiences and strengths
  4. A list of members of the board of directors, including their professional titles, their business or other organizational affiliations, and locations
  5. A list of members of an advisory board that is related to the proposed work, including their professional titles, their business or other organizational affiliations, and locations
  6. The organization's current strategic plan: a plan that sets out a medium- to long-term strategy that is both actionable and linked to the organization's mission
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Appendix A: Budget Contents

Budgets should include the following:

Income itemized by source.
For example:
  1. Earned income, such as fees for goods or service, ticket sales, publication sales, membership dues
  2. Contributed income, such as foundation, government, corporate or individual grants
  3. In-kind support
Expenses itemized by type.
For example:
  1. Salaries/staff
  2. Payroll taxes
  3. Consultants and professional fees
  4. Travel
  5. Facilities, equipment, and administration
  6. Program
  7. Marketing
  8. Fundraising
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Appendix B: Sample Chart
Category Activities/OutputsKey IndicatorsWorst CaseBase CaseBest Case
Provide basic health care to homeless individuals through street-level outreach by doctors and nurse practitioners

% of homeless adults in San Francisco receiving primary care

5% by

10% by

15% by

Short-Term Outcomes/Results
Increase treatment rates for Type II diabetes

Total treatment rate at a given time

Long-Term Outcomes/Results
Significantly improve health of homeless population over the long-term

Homeless mortality rates in San Francisco

Activities/Outputs: Describe what actions, services or tangible products your organization will be providing.

Outcomes/Results: Describe what concrete changes will occur, in your target population or in general conditions, as a consequence of your activities. It is important to discuss immediate outcomes, which will in turn indicate progress towards your intended ultimate impact.

Key Indicators: Specify what units of information will be used to track your progress within a given timeframe. Use information that is identifiable and quantifiable.

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