Instructions for Indianapolis, Indiana applicants
Applications for the Indianapolis area will be accepted by invitation only. Applications for the Syracuse/North Webster area will also be considered by invitation only.
Submit a letter of inquiry of not more than two or three (2-3) pages describing the program/project to be funded to the Indianapolis office for review and response regarding our interest in receiving a full application. Telephone inquiries are also encouraged.
Prepare a cover sheet. For a PDF cover sheet click here. For a cover sheet in Word, click here.
The cover sheet includes the following:
- Organization name
- Date of application
- Complete mailing address
- Phone and fax numbers
- E-mail and web site address
- Contact person in your organization
- Brief description of the proposed grant (maximum of 50 words)
- Amount requested
- Signature of responsible officer of organization
Answer the following questions in a response of three to seven pages. Please note that we receive many applications that are too short and lack the detail sufficient for serious consideration.
- Describe how the proposed program/project will operate.
- What are the basic needs and objectives to be met by this program/project? Include estimates of the number of people to be served.
- How does this project foster self-sufficiency for your participants?
- How does this proposed grant meet the foundation’s funding priorities?
- What measurable goals/results/outcomes do you expect to report to the Hoover Family Foundation, and how will these results be measured? Be specific.
- Why is your organization the appropriate group to meet these needs and deliver these services? Include discussion of the organization’s mission, history, staff strengths, etc.
- How will this effort be sustained when the Hoover Family Foundation funding ceases?
- What other funders are involved in the support of this effort?
Attach all of the following items to the grant application:
- Proposed budget for the grant project, including both the overall project budget (both income and expense) and the foundation’s portion of that budget (be specific)
- Current fiscal year’s operating budget
- Most recent audited financial statement or IRS 990
- List of organization’s board of directors with affiliations
- Current 501(c)(3) letter of determination
Evaluation of proposals is based on:
- Ability to fulfill a community need for an under-served population
- Feasibility and soundness of your implementation plan
- A well thought out evaluation plan that shows us measurable goals, results, and outcomes
- Viability of subsequent long-term funding
With limited resources and a large number of appeals, the foundation is only able to fund a small portion of the many worthwhile requests received. Those constraints also limit the size of grants and the ability to fund on an annual basis.
Mail or bring into the office three (3) collated copies (including cover sheet) of the entire completed application (including all attachments) to the Indianapolis office.
Faxes and emails will not be accepted. Please do not send videos or binders. Incomplete applications will not be considered.