Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund

 

The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status in the greater Quad-City area. The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund has awarded more than $6 million in grants since its inception in 2003.  

The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund Grantmaking Guidelines
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 Quad Cities area is defined as being within a sixty-mile radius of Rock Island, IL. 

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. We ask all previously invited organizations, as well as those seeking a first-time invitation, to complete an online form to request an invitation each year. 

2017 Grantmaking Priorities
Committee members understand the challenges faced by nonprofits during these uncertain economic times; thus, organizations invited to apply in 2017 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 2017, 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.

Grantseeker Instructions

2017 Grantmaking Schedule
February 1, 2017 – Request for invitation form becomes available. 
May 31, 2017 – Request for invitation form due through online grant system.
July 7, 2017 – All organizations notified of invitation decisions.
September 7, 2017 – All grant applications and 2016 reports due.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – Grant decisions announced via email.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – Grant reception held.

Request for Invitation Process
All organizations who wish to be considered for an invitation in 2017 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 that received no grant or a one-year grant in 2016 should use the process named "The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund 2017 - New." Download detailed instructions.
  • Organizations that received a renewable grant in 2016 should use the process named "The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund 2017 - Renewal," which requires an access code. The access code will be mailed to the organization in late January 2017. Download detailed instructions.

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.

Grant Application Process
Invited organizations will submit grant applications through the online grants system at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. Paper or emailed copies will not be accepted. 

Only invited organizations will be able to access the application form for the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund grants. 

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. 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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