Standard Grants Overview
Our Standard Grant program was established to provide resources for projects and programs that make visible impacts in communities throughout California. Since 2006, these funds have helped construct music facilities, restore historical buildings, preserve and acquire open spaces, protect endangered species, and facilitate the implementation of hundreds of other projects that fit within our areas of funding:
- Ecosystem Conservation
- Historical Landmark Restoration
- Music & Visual Arts
- Plant & Wildlife Protection
- Land Conservation
Standard Grants make up the majority of the funds that Hind Foundation grants to community-based projects and programs every year, and are approved on the merit of the project and justification of the requested funds.
Want to learn more?
You can discover more about our Standard Grants by reviewing our funding history, and determine whether your project or program is a good fit for a Standard Grant by reviewing our Eligibility Requirements below.
If you can check all of these boxes, then you may be eligible for a Standard Grant. If you have any questions, uncertainties, or concerns, we encourage you to call us, (805) 544-0914.
In regards to your organization:
- We are a nonprofit organization with a California 501(c)3 designation.
- We receive the majority of our funding support from our local community.
- We have a board of directors that meets on a regular basis.
- We hold or sponsor at least one fundraising event annually.
- We have been a California 501(c)3 for more than two years based on the ruling date of our IRS Determination Letter and as confirmed in Guidestar.
- Our organization has not received a Hind Foundation Standard Grant in the past two years, nor have we applied for a Standard Grant in the past year.
In regards to your project or program:
- The project or program we’re requesting funding for is based in California.
- The success of our project will provide a lasting benefit to its community.
- Our project or program falls within the Hind Foundation’s Areas of Funding.
- Our organization has raised a substantial amount of the funds needed to complete our project.
- The amount of the grant, coupled with our existing or pending support, will be enough to meet our project goals.
If you check any of these boxes below, then your project is not eligible for a Standard Grant.
- We have received a Hind Foundation Standard Grant within the past two years.
- We have applied for a Hind Foundation Standard Grant within the past year.
- We’re seeking funding for educational programs, capital campaigns, debt reduction, or basic research; or books, videos, mobile apps, and television or film projects that are not components of a broader strategy.
- We’re seeking sustaining funds, multi-year grants, or funding for administrative costs (i.e. salaries, operating expenses, etc.) or soft costs (i.e. architectural, engineering, and permitting fees, etc.).
- We’re seeking a grant for an individual, endowment, fellowship national organization, Community Foundation, private foundation under section 509(a)(1), (2), or one of the three of the Internal Revenue Code or organizations based outside the United States.
- We’re an advocacy organization that engages in lawsuits, protests, or other forms of dissent.
- We’re primarily supported by endowment funds or by government grants.
- We are seeking funds for improvements, construction or restoration on privately held land.
Reasons Grants are Denied
- The request is not eligible under the Areas of Funding and Types of Funding.
- The applicant does not demonstrate that they have carefully read carefully all the information that is provided under the Application Process outlined below.
- The application is incomplete.
- The application is left in draft form for over four weeks with no or little action.
- The information provided does not support the amount of requested.
- The applicant applies for the wrong type of grant – Standard vs. Supplemental.
- The applicant has not demonstrated sufficiently the project’s or program’s purpose, need, and impact.
Step 1. Determine Eligibility
Be sure you have read the Standard Grant Overview and Eligibility Requirements sections (outlined above) and the Areas of Funding section of the website before submitting an application. If you have any questions, uncertainties, or concerns, contact the Hind Foundation.
Step 2: Create New Account or Log In
To begin the application process, click the Apply Now button (on the right navigation or found throughout the site), and Create a New Account or Log In if you already have an account previously.
Step 3: Submit A Letter of Inquiry
Once you have registered on the site, you can submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), providing detailed information about your organization and your proposed project or program. You may log in at any time to work on your LOI, but if you do not initiate activity on or make updates to your LOI for more than 4 weeks, your LOI will be considered inactive and the grant will be denied.
Once you complete and submit your LOI, the Hind Foundation will review it and will update its status online to “Assigned” if approved or “Denied” if denied. You may log in to your account at any time to check on its status.
Step 4: Submit A Formal Application
If your LOI is approved, you will be invited to complete the final phase of the application process, a Formal Application. You may log in at any time to work on your application, but if you do not initiate activity on or make updates to it for more than 4 weeks, your Formal Applications will be considered inactive and a grant will be denied.
Once you complete and submit the Formal Application, the Hind Foundation will begin the final review process. You may log in to your account at any time to check on its status.
Step 5: Obtain Award Status
After your Formal Application has been thoroughly evaluated by the Hind Foundation’s Board of Directors, you will be notified if funding has been awarded or denied. If your application has been denied, you will be notified by letter and may re-apply the following year. If your application has been awarded, you will be notified by letter and contacted to outline the grant agreement terms.