We typically fund 2-year grants bi-annually. Grants range from $2,000 to $50,000 USD per year. We support project as well as capital funding (salary & infrastructure costs).
We fund in 4 geographic regions, each with its own funding priorities. These streams have changed from our last funding cycle; click on the links below to review funding criteria for 2019-2021 applicants:
City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Greater Victoria, BC, Canada
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)
January 2, 2019: If you are a new user, create an Online User Profile via Online Grant Portal. Letter of Intent (LOI) available (you will be provided an access code within 1 business day of registering). Foundation open for to receive LOIs at our Online Grant Portal throughout January.
February 1, 2019 @ 5 PM PST: All Canada & USA LOI Submissions due to Horner Foundation via online portal (except Indigenous Food Sovereignty LOI - see below)
March 1, 2019 @ 5 PM PST: All UK LOI Submissions due to Horner Foundation via online portal
March 29, 2019: Successful Candidates notified and invited to write full proposal; Telephone consultations and/or site visits initiated
May 31, 2019 @ 5 PM PST: Full proposals are due to the Horner Foundation
August 5-9, 2019: Successful and unsuccessful candidates are notified via email
Mid-August 2019: Grant awards are dispersed
Organizational Funding Statement
The Horner Foundation has supported local not-for-profit organizations through 2-year grants. Over the next 10 years, we look forward to continuing to provide multi-year support to not-for-profits 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 not for profits 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. Our goals are to ensure that we are able to provide funding when an organization needs it, but not create a reliance on the Horner Foundation.
To align with the above funding statement, the following guidelines have been adopted for 2019 applications:
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)
The Horner Foundation strives to build sustainability with the organizations that we support, and will look for opportunities to provide additional strategic planning, evaluation or capacity building resources when needed
Our goals are to build capacity and sustainability within organizations so that they will not need to rely on Horner Foundation funding past 4-6 years
How We Make Funding Decisions
In an effort to increase the foundation’s granting 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 utilizing a community consultation process in all four regions beginning with the 2019 Funding Cycle. Our process is as follows:
We work to 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 work to identify individuals with lived experience who can add their perspective to the process. These include youth, youth workers and other individuals from the community.
In addition to Board Members, Community Reviewers review submissions for key information, including:
Evidence of need
Project goals and activities
Budget and sustainability plan
Recommendations received from Board Members and Community Reviewers are combined with the reviews from Local Board Trustees plus 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.