The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund Grants

The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in grants since 2003, to support arts and culture, community development, education, health, and youth development in the greater Quad Cities area.  

Purpose
The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund makes grants in the Quad Cities area that honor the memory of Amy E. Helpenstell and meet her charitable objectives: arts and culture, community development, education, health, and youth development. 

The Committee reviews its grantmaking strategy and considers and selects organizations for invitation on an annual basis. Applications are accepted on an invitation-only basis, but new organizations that fit our charitable goals are encouraged to request an invitation to apply. 

Eligibility
Grants from The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund support nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status in the greater Quad Cities area, for purposes of arts and culture, community development, education, health, and youth development. The greater Quad Cities area is defined as being within a sixty-mile radius of Rock Island, Illinois. Given a limited grant pool, the committee gives preference to applicants that are located closer to the Quad Cities within the sixty-mile service area.
 
Evaluation Criteria:
 
2018 Grantmaking Priorities
Committee members understand the challenges faced by nonprofits during these uncertain economic times; thus, organizations invited to apply in 2018 are encouraged to submit proposals for core operating support for their entire organization, or support for successful ongoing programs, rather than for new programs or additional projects. 
 

Invitation Criteria
In 2018, the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund Committee will use these qualities, exemplified by our our most inspiring and impactful grantees, to guide our decisions when selecting organizations to invite.

  • Organization/programs meet identified community needs in the TAHFF focus areas. They may do this in a way that is unique, or that makes TAHFF grants especially advantageous because they have fewer opportunities for other funding.
  • Organization/programs create excellent return on investment. This means effectiveness in achieving its goal relative to the dollars used. It may mean that the organization leverages other funds with TAHFF grants. It may mean that funds are used to the best advantage with respect to the number of people served. It may mean that the organization demonstrates success with outcome goals determined by the organization itself.
  • TAHFF grants contribute strongly to organization’s overall success. This means TAHFF grants are an important part of the organization’s resources. It may include organizations where without TAHFF funds the program would be unlikely to exist or succeed because of the scale of the organization’s overall budget or restricted sources of funding.

Application Criteria
In addition to consideration of the qualities above, grant applications to the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund are evaluated on the following criteria.

  • Organization has a clearly defined mission statement.
  • Program/project relates to organization’s mission statement.
  • Program/project has potential for significant community impact.
  • Program/project has potential for significant impact on problem.
  • Program/project goals are clear and measureable.
  • Program/project indicates sound financial management.
  • Program/project is sustainable.
  • Organization involves other community resources.
  • Proximity to the Quad Cities, within the 60 mile service area.

Invitation and Application Process

2018 Grantmaking Timeline
February 1, 2018 – Request for invitation form is available online. 
May 31, 2018 – Request for invitation form due through online grant system*.
July 7, 2018 – All organizations notified of invitation decisions.
September 6, 2018 – All grant applications, final reports and interim reports due.

*Request for invitation form is not required for organizations awarded a two-year grant in the 2017 grant cycle of The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund.

Request for Invitation Process
Organizations who wish to apply in 2018 should submit a Request for Invitation form through the online grants system according to the timeline above.  Paper or emailed copies will not be accepted. 

  • Organizations awarded no grant or a one-year grant in 2017 should use the process named "2018 Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund"
  • Organizations awarded a two-year grant in 2017 do not need to do anything at this time

We encourage organizations who have not been previously invited to contact Kelly Thompson, Vice President of Grantmaking and Community Initiatives, to discuss eligibility for the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund.

Application Process

  • Organizations invited as a result of submitting a Request for Invitation form would submit grant applications through the online grants system at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend according to the timeline above.  Only invited organizations will be able to access the application form for the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund grants. 
  • Organizations awarded a two-year grant in 2017 should submit the Interim Report form assigned to them in the online grants system under the process named “The Amy  Helpenstell Foundation Fund 2017 – New,” according to the timeline above. For information on how to access this form, see Grant Reports.  

 Paper or emailed copies of applications or reports will not be accepted. 

Apply for this Grant

Please visit Grantseeker Resources for information on using the online grant system. 

Final Reports
All grantees must submit a final report through the online grants system when their grant is complete. Final reports are due on the same date as the next year's applications. Click here to log in and complete a final report for an Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund grant. The assigned final report will be a part of the application you submitted in the previous year.

 

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