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Grantee Guidelines


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.  


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. 



Fulfilling Societal Needs

The Holle Family Foundation recognizes that there are many needs within our communities.  However, due to the overwhelming need and the limited amount of resources, societal needs will be addressed primarily through donations to organizations previously funded by the Foundation. Proposals for grant funding will be accepted only for physical needs (repairs, renovations, new construction, equipment, and transportation, as examples) to nonprofits delivering programs that are addressing societal needs of a group of individuals who require specific assistance to move through society.  Specific examples include equipment or structural needs for programs addressing child advocacy, individuals with disabilities, elder care, economic mobility, etc.).  

Opportunities for Achievement

Brigadier General Holle championed scholarship and pathways for everyone to experience economic mobility.  While much of the funding available will be directed toward scholarship endowments in areas of known interest to Brig. Gen. Holle, grant proposals will be accepted for mentorships, internships, job-training programs, instructional equipment, and transportation. ​

Fostering Future Leaders

Brigadier General Holle spent many years as a Scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout troop where he was adept at transferring leadership skills to Scouts participating in the program.  Funding available under this category is specifically directed to encourage youth to participate in Scouting organizations such as Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA or similar programs.  The Holle Family Foundation provides grant opportunities for Eagle Scout and Gold Award projects and is open only to Boy and Girl Scouts with an approved project by their respective organizations. 

Grants will be made to Camps for specific equipment of building needs. 


History and Culture

Brigadier General Holle could oftentimes be found emceeing music events at local parks.  He also had a profound appreciation for the City of Birmingham and its history.  This grant category honors the spirit of Brig. Gen. Holle by supporting public programs focused on art and history. 


  • Music/Visual Arts:  Proposals funded under this initiative include sponsoring music and visual arts free-to-the-public events (example: symphony in the park) and providing scholarships to music programs for participants who would not otherwise be able to afford music training.  All grant recipients must be 501(c)(3) organizations. 

  • City of Birmingham History:  Proposals funded under this initiative include museum or exhibit installations, publications, or other media focused on explaining and celebrating the history of Birmingham. 


Access to the Outdoors

As a Scoutmaster, Brigadier General Holle introduced many youths to outdoor adventure and instilled in them an appreciation of the environment.  Funding available under this initiative include programs that introduce the public to local habitats and outdoor opportunities, creation of trails or other opportunities whereby the public can discover nature, and, in specific cases, preservation or conservation of special environments only known to Alabama. 

Veteran Support

Serving in the Army National Guard, Brigadier General Holle had an opportunity to influence many under his command.  With a deep respect for freedom and the cost of maintaining that freedom, Brig. Gen. Holle quietly assisted individual veterans in need.  His act of kindness is honored by providing Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) with funds to address individual needs.  Grants will be accepted from veteran organizations delivering services and support to individual veterans in need.  


  • Capital campaigns

  • General administrative and operating costs

  • Fundraising events

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


All grants are reimbursable grants. Reimbursement (in the form of a check) will be sent once your project is complete and we have received all the appropriate final report paperwork. 

A final report should be filed before December 1st of each year.  The final report will include a narrative of accomplishments and financial documentation for reimbursement.



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

  • Ordinarily, an organization receiving a grant two years in a row, should wait one year to reapply.

  • 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.

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