Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in The HAND Foundation. The HAND Foundation supports programs that are aligned with its core mission areas and strategies, focusing in-depth on a few initiatives.

We accept unsolicited inquiries, but the majority of our grants are made to organizations with which we have a pre-existing relationship and extensive engagement.

HAND makes grants only to nonprofit charitable organizations classified as 501(c)(3) public charities by the Internal Revenue Service.

In addition, HAND does not fund:
  1. Political and politically charged initiatives;
  2. Start-ups at idea level;
  3. Travel expenses;
  4. Individuals.
All potential applicants are first asked to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI, which is used for initial screening to ensure that they meet the minimum requirements of HANDís grant process. This includes being an organization with current 501(c)(3) public charity status, and alignment with The HAND Foundation mission and strategies. Please review our list of grantees for reference to our typical levels of funding, our larger grants are only made to organizations with which we have a pre-existing relationship and extensive engagement. If an LOI is approved, the organization will be invited to submit a full application.

We review inquiry letters quarterly, so please send inquiry letters using this LOI form to info@thehandfoundation.org info@thehandfoundation.org by the deadlines of:
  1. March 1
  2. June 1
  3. September 1
  4. December 1
Letters received between the deadlines will be reviewed in the next upcoming deadline.

After careful consideration of your letter, we will contact you to let you know whether to submit a full proposal.

Please note that we cannot respond to individual inquiries that are made outside this process.

Thank you.