The grant process begins with a Letter of Inquiry from the applicant to The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation. This step allows the Board of Directors to explore the possibility of a grant relationship between the non-profit organization and The Foundation. Once all Letters of Inquiry are reviewed; The Foundation Office will request full proposals from selected organizations.
- U.S. non-profit organizations must be determined with confirmation letter by the Internal Revenue Service of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for one year;
- Canadian organizations must be registered as public charities; and,
- Projects and programs must provide direct care, service, or treatment to seniors.
The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation does not make grants to or for the following:
- Private foundations or organizations that distribute money to recipients of their own choosing
- For-profit companies
- Organizations that promote discrimination of any kind
- Lobbying / political activity
- Organizations that do not have active 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
Areas of Preference
The Foundation is interested in specific projects and programs directly benefiting seniors. The most preferred applications are those that meet critical or basic needs of older adults. The Foundation does not generally support capital campaigns, general operations, endowment funds, major construction projects, vehicle purchasing or event sponsorships.
Letters of Inquiry
Letters of Inquiry are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For consideration in the biannual granting process - Spring and Fall Grant Cycle - Letters of Inquiry for fall grants must be received by The Foundation no later than midnight (CT) May 1, while those for spring grants must be received no later than midnight (CT) November 1. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Letters of Inquiry must be submitted through this Web site. Those organizations successfully submitting on-line Letters of Inquiry will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of the application. Mailed Letters of Inquiry require approval by The Foundation Office. Please review the Letter of Inquiry Guidelines and information on The Foundation's procedures.
The Foundation began its grant-making activities in 2004. Grants have been awarded in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $25,000. Grant requests of more than $25,000 will be considered only in special circumstances.