Grant Guidelines

The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation believes in opportunity for all people and communities, especially for those at greatest disadvantage. Therefore, our grant making is committed to addressing:

  • Social Justice, providing at-risk individuals and communities educational, physical and mental health, employment, housing, and other supports;
  • Health, improving the capacity of medical research projects and facilities to benefit individuals and communities in need;
  • Arts and Culture, enhancing the knowledge and appreciation of Latin American art;
  • Religion, assisting organizations whose mission is to provide support and solace to those in spiritual need.

We accept proposals on a rolling basis. We know how valuable your time is, and we understand the time commitment involved in completing a grant application.  We are committed to responding to your grant request in a timely manner.  Understanding and adhering to these guidelines will help expedite your submission.

Our funding is provided in the form of our Capacity-Building, Programmatic, Core Operating, Capital, and Small Grants Programs.

You should be prepared to demonstrate and discuss:

  • Strong leadership and management;
  • A qualified, engaged, and supportive board of directors;
  • Effective financial management;
  • A funding model that supports your infrastructure and programs with appropriate cash reserves;
  • A well-trained and supported staff;
  • A process to solicit and utilize client/constituent feedback;
  • A board of directors and staff that reflect the diversity of people and key interests of the communities you serve;
  • Programs and services that are responsive to the cultural and linguistic needs of your clients/constituents;
  • An effective strategy to accomplish your mission that results in positive and desirable outcomes;
  • A capacity to measure impact and learn from your results;
  • An ability to identify and adapt to internal and external changes.

Our Geographic Area of Grant Focus

The Foundation generally supports only organizations providing services directly in the State of Arizona.

Applicant Eligibility

We will only consider organizations that have been certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code for a minimum of 24 months, at the time of their application for funding.

We may consider funding organizations under the fiscal sponsorship of another 501(c)(3). However, additional documentation will be required from you and funding will be made only on a limited basis. An applicant under fiscal sponsorship must demonstrate that its programs have been in operation for a minimum of 24 months at the time of its application.

Apart from our Small Grants Program, we do not accept applications from agencies with annual revenue under $1,000,000, as reported on your audited financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year.

We do not fund Section 509(a)(3) Type III non-functionally integrated supporting organizations or private foundations as defined in Section 509(a) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

If an organization has requested funding with a concept paper or grant application and we have declined, the organization may only reapply for funding 12 months after the date of your concept paper or grant application.

Financial Documentation
  • Audited financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year are required of all organizations applying to our Capacity-Building, Programmatic, Core Operating, and Capital Grant Programs.
  • After our review and approval of a Concept Proposal, applicants to our Small Grants Program who do not have audited financial statements may submit an independent review of their financial statements, completed by a Certified Public Accountant in place of audited final statements. This exception to the requirement of audited financial statements is limited exclusively to Small Grant applicants.  Small Grants are restricted to a limited number of highly promising agencies with demonstrated effectiveness and experienced leadership operating in Arizona. All requests of $25,000 and under are considered through our Small Grants Program.
Board Governance

The role and function of your board of directors is critical in our review process. We believe that non-profit boards should reflect the diversity and key interests of the communities they serve. A strong, engaged, and knowledgeable board is essential to your ability to be effective, self-sustaining and to achieve impact.

During each grant review, we will talk with you about the role and function of your board.  In addition, we will also ask to speak with your board chair, and potentially other board members as well. We believe that nonprofit boards most equipped to lead their organizations possess:

  • Membership that reflects the diversity and key interests of the communities served;
  • Cultural competence in relation to communities served;
  • A clear understanding of how they can and must contribute to organization’s success;
  • A constructive partnership with their chief executive and management;
  • Active solicitation of funds for the organization, in addition to personally meaningful financial contributions;
  • An understanding of the organization’s financial position and regular review of financial reports;
  • A committee structure to meet the needs of the organization, for example, audit, finance, and executive committees;
  • An annual evaluation of the chief executive officer’s performance;
  • Frequent meetings, with strong attendance;
  • A continuing commitment to enhancing and bettering board performance;
  • A clear and an active strategy for recruiting new board members with relevant skills and backgrounds;
  • A process to orient new members to the organization, including the organization’s mission, bylaws, policies, programs, clients, and other key stakeholders.

Our Types of Grants

Programmatic Grants to establish, expand, or enhance an organization’s programs. All projects must evidence a clear and viable fundraising and sustainability plan. Normally, requests for funding to expand arts and culture projects to enhance the knowledge of Latin American art fall under our Programmatic Grants.

Capacity-Building Grants to strengthen your programmatic and/or administrative capacity. Projects must evidence a credible plan for sustaining costs.

Core Operating Grants to support your overall mission and effectiveness. Core operating support is funding that enables an organization to carry out its mission, and may be used to underwrite administrative infrastructure and/or to maintain existing programs and essential staff.

In addition to meeting our other eligibility requirements, Core Operating Grant applicants must demonstrate:

  • Quality programs that are already providing greater access, resources and opportunities to low-income individuals and under-resourced communities;
  • Specific and realistic short and long-term strategies for addressing identified organizational needs;
  • A measurable impact on organizational and programmatic capacity and effectiveness;
  • As appropriate, an opportunity to build upon prior grants from the Foundation.

Capital Grants to support land, facility, equipment purchases, renovations, or new construction. We recognize an early capital grant can provide an organization broader support for a specific project. Therefore, we will consider requests that are in the early stages of fundraising and planning for a specific project.

For large capital campaigns, an application will only be invited for projects that:

  • Have already undertaken a feasibility study including at a minimum a rigorous assessment of the development and construction of the project, fundraising and capital campaigns, along with the programmatic and sustainability plans for the project;
  • Are in construction or have a firm construction start date.

Following consultation with you, we may recommend restricting a portion of a Programmatic, Capacity-Building, Core Operating, or Capital Grant to the organization’s operating reserve. Operating reserve set-asides are typically recommended when an applicant is seeking to seed or build its reserve fund, and are usually conditional on a match in private fundraising, including contributions from your board of directors, and the existence of a board-approved policy on the use and maintenance of the reserve.

Small Grants to strengthen the capacity of developing, community-based organizations. The primary purpose of our Small Grants Program is to introduce new organizations to us, and expand our grant making to nonprofits and communities that we might not otherwise reach.

All requests of $25,000 and under are considered under our Small Grants Program. The Small Grants Program is the only means by which we will consider funding for organizations with less than $1,000,000, as reported on the organization’s audited financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year. Small Grants are core operating funds and limited to a one-year grant cycle. Funding is available exclusively to highly promising agencies that:

  • Provide services in Arizona;
  • Advance social and economic opportunity in alignment with the Foundation’s commitments;
  • Demonstrate clear effectiveness and possess experienced leadership.

Our Funding Amounts, Funding Timeframes, and Re-Application Process

We will not fund the total cost of a capital, program, or capacity building budget. Requests should be proportional to the amount of the specific capital, program, or capacity building budget, and in the case of core operating support, the size of the agency’s operating budget.

You should request a grant amount that is consistent with a thoughtful and sustainable fundraising strategy. The information below provides a general guide. Based on individual circumstances, we will use flexibility and apply individual judgment to each request.

General guidelines for requests are:

  • Programmatic Grants will not exceed 20% of your total project budget and will not extend beyond a three-year grant cycle.
  • Capacity-Building Grants will not exceed 20% of your total project budget and will not extend beyond a three-year grant cycle.
  • Core Operating Grants will not exceed 15% of your annual operating budget, not be greater than $200,000, nor extend beyond a two-year grant cycle.
  • Capital Grants for new construction and major renovation projects will not exceed 20% of the total capital budget, and in the case of very large projects, the percentage is likely to be considerably less.
  • Small Grants will not exceed 50% of the total project budget and you should seek other sources of support as well. All requests of $25,000 or less fall under our Small Grants Program and may not exceed a one-year grant cycle.

If you have received funding under the Small Grants Program, you may not re-apply for an additional funding under the Small Grants Program for a minimum of two years after the end of your grant period. An agency under our Small Grants Program may apply for funding under another of our grant making programs at the end of the agency’s Small Grant period.

If you have received funding under our Capacity-Building, Programmatic, Core Operating, or Capital Grant Programs, you are ineligible to apply for funding for a minimum two years from the end of their grant period.

If you have received funding from one of Discount Tire’s corporate philanthropies, such as Driven to Care, Administrative Angels, Bridges to Hope, or one of Discount Tire’s other community support programs, you may not apply for funding from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation for a minimum of two years after the end of their grant period from Discount Tire’s corporate philanthropy.

If you have submitted a concept paper or grant application for funding and have been denied, you may only reapply for funding 12 months after the date of your concept paper or grant application.

Our Additional Grant Limitations

Grants are not made:

  • To organizations that discriminate in the delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability;
  • For influencing legislation and/or elections; for political candidates, political campaigns;
  • For social or political issues outside the United States;
  • To individuals;
  • For fundraising dinners or events;
  • For animal welfare.

Grants generally are not approved for:

  • National organizations that do not have local chapters in Arizona;
  • Consumer interest.
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