Grants

GRANT SEASON 2014 – BROTHER HELP THYSELF, INC

The grant application period for 2014 will begin on June 16, 2014 and end on August 31, 2014. Please direct any questions concerning grants for 2014 to grants@brotherhelpthyself.org. Please use “2014 Grants” in your subject line.

Please note that all information listed on this page is subject to change.

Please read through this entire page as well as all available documents before beginning your application. Thank you.

NOTE: THE OPEN APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED. GRANT HEARINGS WILL BEGIN STARTING AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER.
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The Online Grant Application will be made available on this website beginning June 16, 2014 and will remain open until the end of the day on August 31, 2014. No applications will be accepted after this date.

Organizations who applied for a grant in 2013 will receive an email with preliminary information in Late May and/or early June.

 

KEY DATES FOR THE 2014 GRANT YEAR

June 16, 2014                –    Grant Application Open and Available Online

June 18, 2014                –    Grants 101 in Washington, DC

July 31, 2014                 –     Last Day to Request Special Permission from Grant Chairman or                                                 Board of Directors in order to apply for Grant for Applicants that                                                 are located outside the above specified Geographic Region.

August 31, 2014            –     Last Day to Submit Grant Application for all Organizations

September 14, 2014      –     Grant Hearing Reminder Email with Hearing Schedule sent to                                                      Applicants

September 28, 2014      –     Baltimore Region Hearings (Location TBD)

October 4, 2014             –     Washington Region Hearings Part 1 (Location TBD)

October 5, 2014             –     Washington Region Hearings Part 2 (Location TBD)

December 2, 2014          –     Notice to Applicants of Approval for Grant (amount not disclosed)

January 25, 2015            –     2013 Grant Reception (Location TBD)

February 1, 2015            –     Inclement Weather Date for 2014 Grant Reception

 

BASIC ELIGIBILITY

Brother Help Thyself, Inc has established basic criteria for organizations who wish to apply for, and receive, a grant in 2014.

NON-PROFIT STATUS

The applicant organization has IRS 501(c)3 Status or is pending receipt of an IRS application for nonprofit status.  Applicants awaiting receipt of an IRS application may apply for a grant but will need to provide proof of IRS 501(c)(3) status before we award your grant in 2015.

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

Historically, Brother, Help Thyself, Inc has awarded grants to charities located in the Census Designated, Combined Baltimore-Washington Statistical Area, composed of specific, designated counties of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia as indicated on the below map. (Click on the map to view a larger version.)

Organizations primarily located outside of this region may still apply for a grant from Brother Help Thyself, Inc.  However, a representative of the organization must contact the Grant Chairman or a Member of the BHT Board of Directors no later than the end of the day, July 31, 2014 in order to obtain “special permission” to apply for a grant. Failure to obtain this permission prior to this date may disqualify your organization from applying.  The BHT Board of Directors will have final say as to whether or not an organization applying for a grant provides services in the region historically served by Brother Help Thyself, Inc.

Historically, Brother, Help Thyself has awarded grants to charities located in the marked areas.

 

GROSS REVENUE CAP

To receive a grant form Brother Help Thyself, Inc an organization must have a gross revenue of less than $2 million during the previous fiscal year.  Please note that this is the revenue for the entire local, non-profit organization and not for a particular project or subdivision of a larger organization. This includes local chapters of national/international organizations.  The IRS Form 990 for the parent organization and the fiscal information for the local chapter are BOTH required as part of the grant application.

 

GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE

All Grant Applications must be received no later than the end of the day on August 31, 2014. No exceptions to this guideline will be made under any circumstances and any applications received after this time will not be considered for review.

GRANT HEARINGS

Once a completed application is received from an eligible organization, a representative(s) from that organization is required to attend a mandatory Grant Hearing on the following dates:

GRANT HEARING SCHEDULE

The Grant Hearing Schedule will be made available on the Brother Help Thyself, Inc website and by email to the primary contact person for each organization no later than September 14, 2014.

 

GRANT AWARD CEREMONY

Organizations will be notified of their receipt of a grant from Brother Help Thyself, Inc no later than December 2, 2014. The amount of the grant will not be disclosed at that time.

The Grant Award Ceremony is January 25, 2015 (location TBD). The the case of inclement weather the ceremony will be moved to February 1, 2015.

All organizations, regardless of whether or not they are receiving a grant, are invited to attend. Please contact the Grant Chairman if a representative from your organization will not be able to be present for the ceremony.

 

FULL GRANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please review the full instructions to apply for a grant from BHT here.

 

ONLINE GRANT APPLICATION

The 2014 grant application is now available online. Please follow the link below to begin your application. Please make certain to complete all parts of the application as there is no option to save.

2014 Grant Application

QUESTIONS

Applicants with questions can contact the Grants Chairman, Brendan Raden, at grants@brotherhelpthyself.org. Please use “2014 Grants” in your subject line for a quicker response.