WHAT WE FUND

Help For Children grants are made to charitable organizations that address child abuse.  Our grants provide support to both ongoing program services and targeted and time-limited projects.  For example, grants can fund ongoing therapy programs as well as the writing of a sexual abuse prevention workbook.  

HFC funding priorities include:

  • Education to enhance the awareness and understanding of abuse and neglect for children,parents and professionals in the community
  • Prevention to provide direct support and services to at-risk children and families
  • Treatment and healing for children who have been physically or sexually abused and support services to non-offending family members
  • Research to support best practices in child welfare around the prevention and treatment of child abuse
  • Advocacy to support the efforts of families, organizations and government agenciesto improve child welfare services for at-risk children and families
  • Training to equip paraprofessionals and professionals in providing child abuse prevention and treatment services


OUR GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

The funds raised at each HFC benefit are used to support eligible non-profit groups who are providing services in the area where the event was held.  Please click HERE to see if your organization falls into our geographic catchment and fits our funding guidelines.


PROGRAMS WE DO NOT SUPPORT

Help For Children does not fund lobbying activities, annual fundraising drives and projects undertaken by individuals.  The Foundation does not make multi-year grants.

If you have any questions about your organization's eligibility, please contact Allison Newman, Program Officer and Board Liaison, at 212-991-9600 ext. 338 or anewman@hfc.org.



APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Help For Children uses a two-stage process for the grant application:

STEP 1:

After reviewing the Funding and Geographic Guidelines, click here to complete and submit the Letter of Intent. Deadlines for the Letter of Intent vary by geographic area (please click here to see the Grants Schedule for deadlines and more information)

After review, selected organizations are invited to submit a full proposal. Declined Letters of Intent are acknowledged.

STEP 2 (by invitation only):

  • Complete the Request for Proposals and submit as directed, along with the supporting documentation.
  • All proposals are reviewed by a Grants Committee, made up of Help For Children staff, Board members, and the Academic Consultant.
  • Site visits are scheduled with potential grantees. 
  • The Grants Committee, with the guidance of the Academic Consultant, makes the final funding decisions and grants are awarded.
  • Applicants are notified of their grant status the month before the grant year begins.

In each region, HFC establishes a partnership with a child welfare specialist known as the Academic Consultant. The Academic Consultants fulfill three important roles:

  • They train the Grants Committee members about child abuse.
  • They guide the Grants Committee through the grant selection process, ensuring that grant recipients provide high quality, best practice services in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
  • They provide oversight and evaluation of HFC funded programs.

Responsibilities of Funded Grantees

  • If there is a change to the original amount requested, grantees must submit an updated budget and logic model. 
  • Grantees agree to work with their Academic Consultant to refine and review expected outcomes, establish a reporting procedure, and determine final evaluation outcomes. 
  • Grantees are required to submit outcome and financial reports on a regular schedule. 

Note that current grantees skip the Letter of Intent stage and just submit a response to the Request for Proposals. While current grantees are encouraged to reapply, they are not guaranteed continued funding. Help For Children does not give out multi-year grants.

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