Grantmaking Cycle & Trainings

Grant Cycle

The annual grant cycle allows for multiple proposals to be considered at once, giving the Foundation’s board a clearer picture of Montgomery County’s health and wellness and organizational capacity needs. This also lets prospective applicants know when to prepare applications and when to expect decisions. The approach is intended to be systematic rather than rigid. If it poses a genuine hardship for your organization, please contact the Director of Grants and Community Impact at [email protected].

All of the Foundation’s grant cycles are available through our online grant portal. Before starting an application, please first ensure that your organization does not already have a profile. To access our online grant portal, click here

To view HIF’s Strategic Priorities, click here

Grantee Training

All organizations interested in receiving grant funds from HIF in FY24 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025) must attend our annual training.  Training opportunities will be available virtually or will be recorded for interested partners.  Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to receive up to date information and training dates. 

Please check back for dates for the FY25 Capacity Building annual training and application cycle.

To access the online grant portal, click here.

Stay tuned for upcoming training topics and dates.  If there are topics that you would be interested in learning more about, please let us know.

If you have missed a training or have not attended a training but are thinking of applying for an upcoming grant cycle, reach out to [email protected].

Capacity Building Cycle

FY24 Capacity Building awards were announced in May 2024.  Click here to view the release.

During each capacity building grant application period, organizations that have not had a previous site visit should contact HIF staff to schedule a site visit (virtually or in-person). If you have had a site visit and would like to invite us to visit your organization again, this is welcomed during this period, as well.  Interested applicants are encouraged to meet with HIF staff in late-summer through early-fall to discuss application concepts.

All HIF grant applications require a budget submission.  HIF requests that our budget template be used and uploaded with the application in the grant portal. To view an example of a complete grant budget, click here.   If you are ready to complete the grant budget template, you can find the excel spreadsheet here

If your organization is in need of assistance with your application, please contact the HIF Director of Grants and Community Impact at [email protected] to set up a time to meet in advance of the application due date. Access the online grant portal here.

Small Grant Cycle

Small Grant applications will be available by invitation from the Foundation on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please send your small grant ideas to [email protected]

Emerging Needs Grant Cycle

If your organization has an urgent need that falls between one our existing grant cycles, reach out to organize a discussion with Foundation staff. Elissa Malter Schwartz, Director of Grants and Community Impact, can be reached at [email protected]. Emerging Need grant requests need to fit within our grant guidelines and grant priority areas.







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