Current Eligibility


The Foundation typically funds 2-year grants bi-annually. Grants range from $2,000 to $50,000 USD per year. We support project funding.


We fund in 4 geographic regions, each with its own funding priorities. These funding criteria have changed slightly from our last funding cycle; please click the links under each region below for specific funding criteria:   

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Greater Victoria, BC, Canada 

  • Youth Food Literacy


Alameda & Contra Costa Counties, Bay Area, California


Towns of Corby & Kettering, Northamptonshire, England



For more information on completing a grant, please refer to the Grant Writing Handbook (developed by funders in Victoria, BC) 



February 14, 2022: Letter of Intent (LOI) opens via the Online Grant Portal. You can find the LOI on the Foundation's grantmaking portal hereSpecial Note: Applications from organizations in Greater Victoria, British Columbia will be by invitation only. Therefore, LOIs from that funding region are not required and will not be accepted. 

March 14, 2022: All LOIs due to the Horner Foundation. UPDATE: The deadline for Bay Area organizations has been extended to March 28, 2022.

April 29, 2022: Applicants notified of disposition of LOIs. Successful candidates invited to submit full proposal via Online Grant Portal. Telephone consultations and/or site visits initiated where appropriate.

June 6, 2022: Full proposals due to the Horner Foundation.

August 1, 2022: Applicants are notified of grant award or application declination.

August 8-12, 2022: Grant awards are transmitted.

Organizational Funding Statement 

The Horner Foundation has supported local nonprofit organizations through 2-year grants. Over the next 10 years, we look forward to continuing to provide multiyear support to nonprofits and community-based networks and collaborations.   


The Horner Foundation strives to be nimble, responsive and meet organizations where they are at. This often means that we provide stable, multi-year funding and ongoing support to nonprofits who may be launching a pilot project or going through a transition. However, we also believe in the value of self-sufficiency and diverse funding models. The Horner Foundation typically funds organizations for 1-2 funding cycles (2-4 years). In rare cases, we may work with an organizations for 3 funding cycles (6 years).

How We Make Funding Decisions

In an effort to increase the foundation’s transparency and effectiveness, a community consultation process was undertaken in Greater Victoria, BC in 2015. Based on the success of the pilot, the Foundation is now also utilizing a community consultation process in the Bay Area of California and Northamptonshire, England. Our process is as follows:

Community Reviewers

We identify members of the community who have expertise in the geographic focus of the Foundation’s work, are familiar with the community organizations who work in specific focus areas, and who can provide an unbiased perspective on the strength of each application. In addition, we identify individuals with lived experience who can add their perspective to the process. These include youth, youth workers and other individuals from the community. We invite these individuals to become Community Reviewers to help the board make funding decisions.


In addition to Board Members, Community Reviewers review submissions for key information, including:

  • Evidence of need

  • Proposed impact

  • Youth engagement

  • Project goals and activities

  • Budget 

  • Evaluation plan


Recommendations received from Board Members and Community Reviewers are combined with the reviews from local Board Trustees and the Executive Director, and rankings are forwarded to the Board of Directors.


Final recommendations are brought forward to the Board of Directors for acceptance at the Foundation's AGM. The Board reviews the recommendations based on fit with the Foundation’s overall goals, objectives and budget.


Funding is granted on a 2-year basis. At the end of Year 1, a Year 1 Evaluation including a report of program outcomes, finances and site visit(s) is submitted. Once Year 1 reports are approved, Year 2 Funding is distributed. A Final Report must be submitted at the end of Year 2.


The Horner Foundation takes a long-term view and leads social change in the regions we fund by funding a strong and stable network of projects and services.