Funding Guidelines


Letter of Intent for organizations NOT previously funded by Hospice Foundation:

Please submit The Hospice Foundation LOI form [HF-LOI] not to exceed two (2) pages in length describing the services for which you are seeking funding covering the following points:

  • Organization Name and proposal contact to serve as a liaison with the Hospice Foundation
  • Mission and Brief Overview
  • Organization Structure
  • Provide one – two paragraphs to describe the program/project
  • State the amount of funding request
  • Explain the need for this program/project (why is it important now?)
  • Describe primary implementation methods and overarching goals
  • Describe approach to measuring outcomes
  • Identify the target population

Grant Proposal Packets for existing or recent grant recipients:

Download complete submission instructions here. Completed proposal should include:

  1. Letter from Board Chair or designee supporting the request
  2. Grant Application Cover [HF: GAC]
  3. Proposal Narrative Form [HF: PNF]
  4. Statistical Data [HF: Grant Worksheet]
  5. List of Board of Directors with affiliations
  6. Key Employees with titles
  7. 501(c)(3) Verification
  8. Required Financial Documents
    • Current year annual budget
    • Projected Project Year Budget
    • Project Budget if applicable
    • YTD P&L
    • Balance Sheet for Recent Fiscal Year-End and 12/31/13
    • Audited financial statement for most recently completed fiscal year

Funding Priorities:

Priority is placed on projects and programs with clear goals and outcomes relevant to serving end-of-life patients, their families, and caregivers. Applicant organizations should demonstrate sound management and governance practices, active board support, qualified staff, and effective utilization of volunteer resources.

When evaluating proposals, the committee considers:

  • Compatibility with the mission, vision and philosophy of Hospice Foundation;
  • Responsiveness to ongoing or newly recognized needs in Monterey and/or San Benito counties;
  • Strategic approach to increase the number of people to be served;
  • Sound and sustainable finances, demonstrating diverse support from public and private sources;
  • Realistic and cost-effective program design;
  • Results-oriented, measurable outcomes in quantifiable terms;
  • Efforts to build awareness about end-of-life care and increase access to services;
  • Innovative solutions that include collaboration with other service providers or organizations.

Hospice Foundation does not fund:

  • Research
  • Political action groups, religious or lobbying organizations
  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Organizations not providing services in Monterey or San Benito counties

Grant Recipient Reporting 

Grant reports provide Hospice Foundation with specific details about the funded agency’s accomplishments and progress throughout the year. Such information is invaluable to donors and stakeholders. All grantees are required to submit an interim report [due April 15; may be submitted with subsequent year’s proposal due April 30] and a final report [due Oct. 15].  For more information, see Complete Grant Report Instructions.