The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund Grant 

  • grant request amount: $5,000–$20,000

  • contact: Lisa Stachula

  • opens: May 31, 2019

  • closes: July 15, 2019

  • notification: September 1, 2019

  • grant applications, final reports and interim reports due: July 15, 2019 (because of the adjusted grant cycle, please report on grant outcomes to date)

PURPOSE

The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation makes grants in the Quad Cities area that honor the memory of Amy E. Helpenstell and has awarded more than $6 million in grants since 2003. These grants support her charitable objectives of arts and culture, community development, education, health, and youth development. Learn more about the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund by clicking here.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Coordinated Field of Interest Fund Grant Opportunity

Beginning in 2019, nonprofit organizations will be able to apply for a grant from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund as part of a Coordinated Field of Interest Fund Grant Opportunity.

With one submission, applications may be considered for funding from up to nine funds. All funds that are part of the Coordinated Field of Interest Fund Grant Opportunity will still be awarded according to their individual eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria.

This new process aligns with the Community Foundation’s commitment to:

  • Flexible Funding: requests for general operating support are eligible for funding.

  • Reliable Funding: One-year or Two-year requests will be considered.

  • More Substantial Funding: In order to award more impactful grants, there will be a minimum request amount of $5,000 for this new grant opportunity.

The total amount available to award from these nine funds is approximately $240,500.  Applicants should keep this in mind when preparing a request and plan accordingly. In order to strike a balance between the number of awards these funds can support and the amount requested by each application, grant requests must range between $5,000 to $20,000.

We encourage organizations who have never received a grant from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund to contact Lisa Stachula, Grantmaking Specialist, to discuss eligibility for the Coordinated Field of Interest Fund Grant Opportunity.  

  • Applications for the Coordinated Field of Interest Fund Grant Opportunity will consist of one full grant proposal (no letter of interest or invitation is required). The new Coordinated Field of Interest Fund Grant application will be available by May 31, 2019.

  • Paper or emailed copies of applications or reports are not accepted. 


Eligibility

  • Grants from The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund – and the new Coordinated Field of Interest Fund opportunity - support nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status in the greater Quad Cities area, for purposes of arts and culture, community development, education, health, and youth development.

  • The greater Quad Cities area is defined as being within a sixty-mile radius of Rock Island, Illinois. 

  • Grant requests must be between $5,000 and $20,000.

  • Applications from K-12 schools are not eligible for funding from Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund.

  • Eligible grant requests cover the grant period of October 1– September 30

  • Please follow the link to our webpage What We Look For to read information on "general grant program eligibility requirements" and "areas not funded by grant programs."


2019 ADJUSTED GRANT CYCLE

 My organization did not receive a 2018 Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund Grant
You may apply to the Coordinated Field of Interest Fund grant opportunity in 2019

 My organization received a 1-year 2018 Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund Grant
You may apply to the Coordinated Field of Interest Fund grant opportunity in 2019

 My organization received a 2-year 2018 the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund Grant
Organizations that received a 2-year award from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund in 2018 are not eligible to submit a request to the Coordinated Field of Interest Fund grant opportunity in 2019.  These organizations should submit an interim report by July 15 covering grant outcomes to date in order to receive their second year of funding. They may submit a request to this grant opportunity starting in 2020, that covers the granting period of October 1, 2020–September 30, 2021.


Evaluation Criteria

Grantmaking Priorities

Organizations are encouraged to submit proposals for core operating support for their entire organization, or support for successful ongoing programs, rather than for new programs or additional projects. Funding will be balanced between initial and renewable grant awards. Grant decisions will be guided by the following evaluation criteria:

  • Organization/programs meet identified community needs in the TAHFF focus areas. They may do this in a way that is unique, or that makes TAHFF grants especially advantageous because they have fewer opportunities for other funding.

  • Organization/programs create excellent return on investment. This means effectiveness in achieving its goal relative to the dollars used. It may mean that the organization leverages other funds with TAHFF grants. It may mean that funds are used to the best advantage with respect to the number of people served. It may mean that the organization demonstrates success with outcome goals determined by the organization itself.

  • TAHFF grants contribute strongly to organization’s overall success. This means TAHFF grants are an important part of the organization’s resources. It may include organizations where without TAHFF funds the program would be unlikely to exist or succeed because of the scale of the organization’s overall budget or restricted sources of funding.

The full evaluation criteria will be updated by the time the process opens on May 31.


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HAVE QUESTIONS?

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We’re here to help you to be as successful as you can with your grant application. To discuss if your project is the right fit, contact:

Lisa Stachula / email
Call (563) 326-2840


Final Reports

All grantees must submit a final report through the online grants system when their grant is complete. Final reports are due on the same date as the next year's applications. 

Click here to log in and complete a final report for an Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund grant. 

The assigned final report will be a part of the application you submitted in the previous year.