The Foundation’s approach to grant making is informed by how prospective projects align with its four mission areas. Projects that fall outside the scope of these program missions generally are not encouraged unless they relate to a critical community need. A diagram of the Foundation’s approach to grantmaking can be found here.
Additional considerations guiding the Foundation’s giving include:
- The Foundation is especially interested in providing “seed money” to stimulate the development of innovative projects. Once a project is established, the Foundation expects that funds from other sources will cover the continuing costs.
- The Foundation does not make grants for endowments, for fundraising social events, conferences, or exhibits.
- Grants are made to educational institutions and neighborhood organizations only for projects which further the program missions of the Foundation.
- With the exception of the Foundation’s program for Hudsonians, the Foundation does not make grants to individuals.