Frequently Asked Questions

1) Can our organization apply in more than one category?

Please pick your highest priority and submit just one application to HIF for consideration per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).

HIF’s grant categories are:

  • Capacity Building grants. Application dates and deadlines will be posted and updated accordingly.
  • Small grants, maximum of $5,000. Application dates and deadlines will be posted and updated accordingly.

2) What about collaborative applications? If we apply for or have received a grant as an organization individually, may we apply again with other organizations for another grant?

  • Yes, the Foundation board encourages collaboration.
  • Collaborative applications are welcome in both healthcare service delivery and capacity building.
  • For a collaborative application, please pick a lead agency and contact person.

3) How do we apply?

  1. Please review the Foundation’s Grant Guidelines.
  2. Grant applications and reports must be submitted through our online grant portal.
  • We fund organizations that align with the mission, grantmaking priorities and with which we have a continuing relationship.
  • Please note that a site visit is typically required of organizations applying for the first time, prior to the board meeting at which the application will be considered.
  • To request a site visit, send an email to HIF Staff.
  • Grant applications are available through our online grant portal approximately six weeks before they are due. Refer to our Grantmaking Priorities and Calendar for updated information.  Registered users can log in to their account to access the application. New users will need to create an account and enter the organization’s Tax Identification number (EIN).  Please check with your organization to ensure an account does not already exist in the system as duplicate accounts may cause confusion.

4) Who is eligible to apply for small grants?

  • Nonprofits that provide healthcare services in Montgomery County, MD which have received no other funding from HIF earlier in the fiscal year (July 1- June 30) are eligible.
  • If you have not applied during the fiscal year, or applied and did not receive a grant, you are eligible to be considered for a small grant.

5) What if we have an emergency need?

  • If waiting until the board’s next scheduled review of similar grants poses a considerable hardship, please contact Crystal Carr Townsend.

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