Grants & Scholarships

Competitive Grantmaking

Have a Program That Benefits Area Communities? We Want to Know About it.

THCF partners with nonprofit agencies that have a vision and passion for improving area communities. Our grants are investments in our area, and we look for a big return on the investments. We search for ways to leverage additional funding and resources to make grants of impact across the region.

2 Grant Programs Available

There are two separate grants programs available through THCF, the Community Grants Program and the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education. Applicants may apply for both the Community Grants Program and the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education, but not with the same proposal.

Community Grants Program

Download the Community Grants Program Guidelines [PDF] for a complete description of the application requirements. Grant proposals must address one or more of the following issues:

  • Arts, Culture, and Historic Preservation
  • Building Stronger Neighborhoods
  • Education
  • Fostering a Sense of Community Spirit
  • Health Needs for the Community
  • Leadership Development for Youth and Adults
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Programs for Seniors
  • Transportation
  • Violence Prevention

What dates do I need to keep in mind for the application process?

  • Community Grants letters of interest are due the 1st Thursday in April.
  • Organizations are notified early to mid-May if they’re invited to submit a full proposal.
  • If requested, the full proposal is due the fourth Thursday in May.
  • Grant Recipients are notified of funding decisions by early October and invited to attend the annual Grants Luncheon in November.
  • All recipient organizations must submit a written final report to THCF at the conclusion of the program funded or twelve months from the date of the award.

Download the Final Report Cover Sheet

How do I apply?

Community Grants are awarded annually following a two-step grant application process. We utilize an online process for the completion and submission of applications. Applicants are asked to summarize their proposals in a letter of interest (due the first Thursday of April). All letters of interest that meet our eligibility requirements and address our funding priorities will be reviewed by the THCF Grants Committee.

After this initial review, organizations whose proposals show the greatest potential for addressing our funding priorities will be invited to submit full applications (due the fourth Thursday of May). Throughout this process, we may contact the organization to clarify the request, schedule a site visit, or make a suggestion to strengthen the proposal.

Letters of interest are to be submitted below. Click on the button for the grant you wish to submit (Process must be completed by 5:00 PM the first Thursday of April).

Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education

Download the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education Guidelines [PDF] for a complete description of the application requirements.

Jelley Family Foundation grants are intended for visionary, big-idea projects demonstrating strong educational programming.

Applications must provide evidence of collaboration with other organizations and demonstrate one or more of the following components:

  • New and innovative approaches to education
  • Educational programming focused on assisting at-risk children and youth to succeed

What dates do I need to keep in mind for the application process?

  • Full Jelley Family Foundation grant proposals are due the fourth Thursday in May.
  • Grant Recipients are notified of funding decisions by early October and invited to attend the annual Grants Luncheon in November.
  • All recipient organizations must submit a written final report to THCF at the conclusion of the program funded or twelve months from the date of the award.
Download the Final Report Cover Sheet

How do I apply?

Jelley Family Foundation grants are awarded annually following a grant application process. We utilize an online process for the completion and submission of applications.

Online applications are due the fourth Thursday of May. Throughout this process, we may contact the organization to clarify the request, schedule a site visit, or make a suggestion to strengthen the proposal.

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