What We Fund

  • Applicant organizations must be classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under Section 509(a) of that code.
  • Organizations and government entities that are federally tax-exempt for other reasons can also apply for funding.
  • Requests must align with the funding interests and geographic focus of particular Hillman foundations (which can be explored in depth using the search tool and individual foundation webpages).
  • Although we entertain requests from a wide variety of organizations, the majority of grants are initiated at the direction of the staff and trustees of the foundations.

What We Don’t Fund

The Foundations do not encourage requests for:

  • Support for conferences or trainings
  • Endowment contributions
  • Debt reduction
  • Organizations based outside the United States
  • Support for organizations that are not a 501(c)(3) or government agency, and therefore require a fiscal sponsorship, unless the sponsorship is a temporary situation and/or the sponsorship arrangement meets rigorous criteria for oversight and support
  • Support for individuals
  • Event sponsorships

Application Process

  • Determine which foundation to which you will apply to using the search tool and individual foundation webpages.
  • Requests are accepted only through the grant portal’s online application. If your organization does not already have an account for our grant portal, you will first have to register and be granted access to the portal.
  • The grant portal functions best with the Chrome, Safari or Firefox Internet browsers.
  • Applications are reviewed regularly; however, please allow sufficient time for thorough review and consideration before receiving a response.
  • There are no fixed deadlines for the submission of applications.
  • The Board of Trustees meets at least annually to approve requests, but may meet as often as every quarter.
If you have any questions, please contact us.