FHL Foundation Giving

FHL Foundation


Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $20,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: New Mexico

Location of residency: Preferred: New Mexico Other eligible locations: United States

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Overview:

NOTE: Notice: Because of an unusually high number of grant requests, we have finished grantmaking for fiscal year 17–18, which ends July 31st, 2018. We will resume grantmaking with our October, 2018, board meeting. We suggest that you hold off submitting an LOI until the beginning of September, 2018, so that we have the most current information to work with. Thanks for your understanding.

Currently, we’re back to the original broad mission statement adopted way back in 1953: “To render voluntary aid and assistance to religious, charitable, and educational institutions.”

We still have our “fav” focus areas:

  • Anything having to do with Bowlbian attachment theory (naturally);
  • Experiential learning like getting kids into the outdoors;
  • Anything having to do with Executive Function skills;
  • Supporting graduate work in the field sciences;
  • Infant mental health and child development (which ties back to item one); and
  • Mental health in general (but not behavioral health, which is not the same).

We typically make grants totaling about $250,000 per year. The typical grant award is between $10,000 and $20,000, which means about 12 to 14 grant awards per year. However, in the last couple of years, we have sought out larger, single projects, like the solar project mentioned in the About area.

If we continue to find these large, single projects (and they’re hard to find), this will limit our ability to make smaller grants. I try to post grant awards to our Grant Listing area as soon as they are made. The Grant Listing should give you some idea of where we stand with respect to our $250,000 per year giving requirement. If in doubt, give us a shout and we can update you.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Here are some general “deal breaker” guidelines:
    • Only grants to organizations recognized as a non-profit at the federal level (typically a 501(c)(3)).
    • Grants to college or university foundations are OK with a 5% pass-through cap.
    • We do make grants for general operations.

Preferences:

  • Here are some general “suggestion” guidelines:
    • We highly recommend that you signup and create an organization profile at GuideStar.org.
    • We tend to favor New Mexico-based organizations, but a number of our research grants go out-of-state mainly because the research we’re interested in (say, attachment research) is not being conducted in New Mexico.

Ineligibility:

  • Here are some general “deal breaker” guidelines:
    • No grants to individuals.
    • No grants to organizations operating under an umbrella group.
    • No grants to organizations that have a 501(c)(3) pending.
    • No grants to international organizations.
  • Here are some general “suggestion” guidelines:
    • We typically do not make multi-year grants.
    • We typically do not get involved in match grant campaigns.
    • We typically do not work well with grant writers.
    • We’re not big fans of private-public partnerships.
      • Why? They tend to blow up.