Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What areas does the Hovde Foundation prioritize for grant funding?
The Hovde Foundation prioritizes the care of vulnerable children and families, particularly children in crisis situations.  To be eligible for a grant, organizations must demonstrate the way in which they support the Hovde Foundation’s mission.  Additionally, we consider the quality of the programs and the organization’s level of self-sustainability to ensure the long-term care of its beneficiaries. Please review the guidelines for our grant programs for more additional information.

Q: To which program should my organization apply for a grant?
For organizations based in the United States, you can apply for a domestic grant, and organizations that are located greater Madison, Wisconsin area will be given priority. If your organization is based outside of the United States, you may be eligible to apply for our Hovde House program.  Our grant programs are highly competitive, and we recommend that potential applicants thoroughly review our grant guidelines to ensure a good fit.

Q: Our organization has never received funding from Hovde Foundation. Before submitting a request, may we discuss our work with your staff to see if we are a good fit for your grant programs?
Due to limited staffing, we are not able to meet with all potential applicants. We encourage potential applicants to review our “Where We Work” page to better understand the type of organizations we fund and the “Apply” page to see our Application Guidelines and typical giving amounts. If, after visiting our website, organizations have additional questions, they are welcome to email or call the Foundation directly.

Q: Does my organization need to have 501(c)(3) (non-profit public charity) status to apply for a grant?
To receive grants from the Hovde Foundation, organizations must have 501(c)(3) status or have an IRS ruling or equivalency determination letter.  In some cases, organizations may receive grants a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status if they do not have the status of their own. A letter of intention from the fiscal agent is required along with their IRS determination letter with the submittal of your full proposal.

Q: Does the Hovde Foundation provide support to individuals?
No, the Foundation can only grant funds to non-profit organizations.

Q: How does my organization apply for a grant?
Once you have reviewed all of the grant guidelines and are certain your organization aligns with our mission, review the grant process and submit the required documentation according to the application instructions outlined in the “Apply” section of the website.

Q: How often can my organization apply for a grant?
An organization may only apply to receive one grant each calendar year. There are no limitations on the number of years that an organization can submit an application.

Q: How soon after applying can my organization expect to hear back?
Applicants can expect to receive a response acknowledging receipt of the application within approximately 3 business days of the Hovde Foundation’s receipt of the application. Grant applications are reviewed quarterly, and we generally send notification within 30 days of the quarter’s end. The grant making process is much more extensive for the Hovde House program, and additional documentation and meetings will be required for organizations that pass the first application phase.

Q: How does my organization apply for a grant renewal?
The process for renewing grants is the same as for requesting a new grant. The Hovde Foundation reviews and considers grants on an annual basis.  Although your organization may have received funding in the past, each application is considered on an individual basis and is subject to funds availability.

Q: What is the application deadline?
Applications may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a quarterly basis.