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Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation Grants

Grants to Utah and Idaho Nonprofits for Environmental Stewardship,
and Arts, Education, and Housing Programs for the Underserved

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Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 per year to Utah and Idaho nonprofit organizations for programs that improve the quality of life in areas served by the Foundation. Funding is intended to enrich communities in southern and central Idaho and northern Utah (including the Wasatch front and back). The four areas of priority are arts and culture, environmental stewardship, self-sufficiency through early childhood education, and self-sufficiency through better housing opportunities.

- Arts and Culture Priority: To increase access to arts and culture programs for primarily low income or disadvantaged children and youth, by supporting nonprofit organizations that use arts as a medium to improve learning and provide life-enriching experiences through accessible, free or affordable on-site, school, youth or community center based education, programming, or opportunities.
- Environment Priority: To protect watersheds, lakes, rivers and streams in Utah and Idaho by supporting programs that are ensuring drinking water is clean and safe, protecting groundwater supplies, encouraging water conservation within communities and industry, rebuilding and maintaining ecosystems, and addressing critical water protection and conservation issues through a variety of strategies, such as; advocacy, environmental education, stewardship, monitoring, citizen science, restoration, etc.
- Self-Sufficiency Priority: To increase the number of children prepared for success in kindergarten by supporting effective and affordable early childhood educational programs available to disadvantaged, low income and at-risk communities that actively advance high quality early childhood education standards, and best practices for instruction and curriculum that improve young children’s language, math, and or social and emotional skills.
- Self-Sufficiency Priority: To decrease the number of homeless individuals by supporting programs that advance housing opportunities for low-income individuals and families through a variety of strategies, including; prevention of homelessness, rapid rehousing, transitional housing for specific populations, emergency shelter and long-term housing strategies.

Applicant organizations must demonstrate:
- A clear need for action.
- Evidence about the problem or issue.
- Practical options for addressing the problem or issue.
- Community support and willingness by other stakeholders to address the problem or issue.
- Opportunities for the Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation to contribute to solving the issue or problem, or adding value at the scale of our grant making.
- All projects or programs will make a meaningful contribution to solving problems and issues that will help impact the quality of life in Utah and Idaho communities.
- Documented progress can be made toward a project or program’s goals.
- Have an evaluation process in place.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173327

Estimated Size of Grant:

Investments will be made in the $10,000 to $50,000 range annually.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be given for no more than three years total (whether for one-time or multi-year gifts).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation provides resources to charitable organizations and programs that serve the communities in northern Utah (including the Wasatch front and back) and southern and central Idaho.

Pre-Application Information:

The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway will be accepting applications in 2019 on the following schedule, for the following priorities:
- Arts and Culture: LOI opens January 28 and closes February 28
- Environment: LOI opens January 28 and closes February 28
- Housing and Homelessness: LOI opens January 28 and closes February 28
- Early Childhood Education: LOI opens January 28 and closes February 28

Please note: Technical assistance is available by phone to all potential applicants until one week prior to a closing. Please email Amy Hansen to schedule.

The same link used for applying can be used for completing post-grant reports. Organizations that do not complete post-grant reports will not be eligible for future funding.

All organizations funded for three consecutive years, must wait a minimum of one year before reapplying for funding, unless specifically invited.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply here:

Amy L. Hansen, Executive Director

Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation
PO Box 91010
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Phone: 801-272-3990
Fax: 801-272-3991

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho: Southern and Central regions;   Utah: Northern region (including the Wasatch front and back)