Grantee Guidelines

GRANT APPLICATION SUBMISSION

The Holle Foundation supports nonprofits that reflect the lifelong interests of Brigadier General Everett Holle: fulfilling societal needs, developing scholarship, leadership development and celebrating history and culture. The fund makes grants only to 501(c)(3) nonprofits that closely align with Holle Family Foundation goals.  

 

WHAT WE LOOK FOR
The Holle Family Foundation has limited funds with which to make grants. Oftentimes, the request for qualified grants greatly exceeds the grant funds available. 

In order to make the greatest impact with the funds available, we prefer requests that address:

  • A critical community need

  • Solves an immediate physical need

  • Addresses the root causes of a problem in an innovative or entrepreneurial manner

  • Does not duplicate existing services 

  • Are pilot projects which, if successful, can be expanded to serve a wider population or be duplicated by other organizations

  • Involve collaboration and cooperation with other organizations and agencies

  • Include an effective mechanism for measuring the impact of Foundation’s investment.

 

Applicants will not be funded on an ongoing annual basis unless the terms of the grant specifically provide for multi-year funding. 
 

GRANTS MAY BE MADE FOR THE FOLLOWING CHARITABLE PURPOSES:

 

Fulfilling Societal Needs

  • Services to Children 

    • Abused, neglected, abandoned

    • Child advocacy programs

    • After school programs

  • Programs that serve children and adults with special needs

  • Adult rehabilitation

  • Food banks

  • Emergency disaster relief
     

Developing Scholarship

  • Developing scholarship opportunities with postsecondary entities

Fostering Future Leadership

  • Support for Boy and Girl Scout and similar Programs

Celebrating History and Culture

  • Specific exhibits that promote Alabama's contribution to the world

  • Visual arts (dance, art, music)

 

NO GRANTS ARE MADE TO OR FOR:
 

  • Dinners, balls or other ticketed events

  • Political purposes

  • Lobbying activities

  • Replacement of government grants or funding


Requests from large organizations with many branches or departments (e.g., colleges, universities, and public libraries) must come through the development or president's office and have the approval of the head of that office.


ORDINARILY, WE DO NOT MAKE GRANTS FOR: 

  • Operating expenses unless they are for the initial stages of a pilot project. 

  • Program expenses that occur on a regular basis. (e.g., annual workshop series, regularly needed medical equipment or patient care) 

  • Regularly supported activities of fundraising organizations.


THE REQUESTING ORGANIZATION SHOULD: 

  • Demonstrate the expertise and experience necessary to accomplish the project

  • Operate under sound financial principles

  • Have a future funding plan

  • Have a solid base of community and financial support to insure the future of the organization and program


We prefer requests for partial funding of projects rather than full support. Because we cannot provide ongoing support, plans for future funding are critical. We believe that sound and realistic financial planning must underlie any request.

 

FREQUENCY OF APPLICATION

  • Organizations that have received grants must have satisfactorily closed the grant before applying for a new grant.  

  • Ordinarily, an organization receiving multi-year support may not apply for another grant until one year after final payment of the multi-year grant is made.

  • Applicants who are not successful in receiving funds must wait one year to reapply and should not reapply at that time unless the terms of the request have changed materially from the original request.