Grant Guidelines

Below are the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation Grant Guidelines. This is intended to provide you with a greater context and understanding of our current strategic grant making priorities.

General Grant Focus

The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation believes in inclusion and opportunity for all people in Maricopa County, Arizona, and especially for people and communities at greatest disadvantage. Therefore, our grant making is based on our commitment to expanding opportunity and addressing:

  • Social Justice, encompassing human rights, the dignity of every human being and equality of opportunity in a procedurally just system
  • Homelessness, embracing a holistic approach to elevating individuals from homelessness, poverty and neglect to a life of proud self-sufficiency
  • Human Services, providing services to individuals without resources, financial, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual
  • Health & Medicine, supporting hospitals, access to medical care, medical research projects and facilities, as well as to organizations that provide dental, vision and other medical services to populations with the greatest needs
  • Arts & Culture, expanding arts and culture projects that enhance the knowledge of Latin American art in the United States
  • Education, aiding educational institutions and initiatives, and improving access to education and training
  • Environment, promoting research, activism, or conservation efforts regarding natural habitats and wildlife
  • Religion, assisting organizations whose main purpose is to provide access to support and solace to those in spiritual need
  • Scholarships, providing children of the Discount Tire family financial and other support to access higher education.

The Foundation provides grants and other support designed to improve the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations working in the above areas. Many organizations providing critical services to low-income communities and individuals are small and under-resourced. There is a need to build the capacity of these organizations in order to expand opportunity and strengthen civil society in the communities they serve. Therefore, the Foundation is committed to supporting organizations at all different levels of development in capacity and infrastructure.

Upon invitation from the Foundation, funding is provided in the form of our Capacity-Building and Programmatic, Unrestricted Operating, Capital, along with Small Grant Programs.

Successful grantees will have and/or demonstrate a commitment to achieving:

  • Strong leadership and management;
  • A qualified, engaged, and supportive board of directors;
  • Effective financial management;
  • A funding model that supports the organization’s infrastructure and core programs, which includes an appropriate level of cash reserves to sustain the organization;
  • 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 served;
  • Programs and services that are responsive to the cultural and linguistic needs of its clients/constituents;
  • An effective strategy to accomplish the organization’s mission that results in positive and desired outcomes;
  • The capacity to measure and communicate impact and learn from results; and
  • The ability to identify and adapt to internal and external changes.

Geographic Area of Grant Focus

The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation generally supports organizations providing services in Maricopa County, Arizona. Organizations serving Maricopa County receive a strong preference for funding.

Applicant Eligibility

An organization that is certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation as defined in section 509(a) of that Code is eligible for consideration. The Foundation will not consider organizations that have been certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) for period of less than 12 months, at the time of the organization’s application.

The Foundation does not fund Section 509(a)(3) Type III non-functionally integrated supporting organizations.

The Foundation may consider funding an organization under the fiscal sponsorship of another 501(c)(3); however, additional documentation is required and funding will be made only on a limited basis.

Financial Documentation
  • Audited financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year are required of all organizations in existence for more than five years and with operating income of $500,000 or more
  • Organizations with annual income under $500,000 or agencies founded within the last five years must submit an independent review of their financial statements, completed by a Certified Public Accountant.
  • Applicants to the Small Grant Program that cannot meet the financial documentation requirements may be eligible for an exemption on a case-by-case basis upon review of the full application.
Board Governance

The role and function of each applicant’s governing board of directors is an important element of our review process. We also believe that it is important for boards to reflect the diversity and key interests of the communities they serve. A strong, engaged and knowledgeable board is a critical factor in a nonprofit organization’s ability to be effective, self-sustaining and achieve impact.

During each grant review, we will talk with the applicant about the role and function of the governing board, recognizing that all nonprofits are unique, are at different stages of their organizational development, and may have differing regulatory requirements. Based on best practices for effective board governance, we believe that nonprofit boards most equipped to lead their organizations will have and/or demonstrate a commitment to achieve:

  • 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 the success of the organization;
  • A constructive partnership with their chief executive and management;
  • Active solicitation of funds for the organization, as well as personally meaningful financial contributions;
  • An understanding of the organization’s financial position and regular review financial reports;
  • A committee structure to meet the needs of the organization, for example, audit 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 their performance;
  • A clear and active strategy for recruiting new board members with relevant skills and backgrounds; and
  • A process to orient new members to the organization, including the organization’s mission, bylaws, policies, programs, clients, and other key stakeholders.

Types of Grants Offered

Programmatic Grant Program

Funding is available for new, expansion, or enhancement of an organization’s programs. All projects must evidence a clear and viable fundraising and sustainability plan. Normally, requests for Foundation support to expand arts and culture projects to enhance the knowledge of Latin American art in the United States fall within the Programmatic Grant Program.

Capacity-Building Grant Program

The Capacity-Building Grant Program is the means by which the Foundation provides support for new or enhanced activities aimed at strengthening an organization’s programmatic and/or administrative capacity. Projects must evidence a credible plan for sustaining costs.

Unrestricted Operating Grant Program

Our Unrestricted Operating grant program is the Foundation’s vehicle for supporting nonprofit organizations’ overall capacity and effectiveness. Unrestricted operating support is unrestricted funding that enables an organization to carry out its mission by strengthening organizational capacity and effectiveness. It can be used to underwrite administrative infrastructure and/or to maintain core programs and essential staff.

In addition to meeting normal screening requirements, applicants for an Unrestricted Operating Grant will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Operating quality programs that provide greater access, resources and opportunities to low-income individuals and under-resourced communities
  • Having specific and realistic short and long-term strategies for addressing identified organizational needs
  • Demonstrating how an Unrestricted Operating Grant will have a measurable impact on organizational and programmatic capacity and effectiveness
  • As appropriate, providing the opportunity to build upon prior Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation grants.
Capital Grant Program

For specific projects with capital expenditures, funding is available to support land, facility, equipment purchases, renovations, or new construction. The Foundation recognizes the value that an early capital grant can provide an organization is establishing broader support for a specific project. Therefore, the Foundation may, from time-to-time, consider on a case-by-case basis requests from organizations that are in in the early stages of fundraising and planning for a specific project.

However, for large capital campaigns, an application will generally 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, and the programmatic and sustainability plans for the project, and
  • Are either in construction or have a firm construction start date.

On a case-by-case basis and after consultation with the applicant organization, the Foundation may recommend restricting a portion of a Programmatic, Capacity-Building, Unrestricted 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 and the existence of a board-approved policy on the use and maintenance of the reserve.

Small Grant Program

All requests of $25,000 and under are considered through our Small Grant Program. The primary purpose of the program is to increase access to funding and strengthen the capacity of small, community-based, and developing organizations, with strong priority given to organizations with operating budgets of $1 million or less.

The Small Grant Program provides only unrestricted operating grants. All grants under the Small Grant Program are restricted to a 12-month period. The program is means for smaller or newer organizations to introduce themselves to the Foundation, and allows us to expand the availability of our resources to nonprofits and geographic areas we might not otherwise reach. We believe that these grants provide important support for much-needed services in low-income and high-need communities in Maricopa County, Arizona, in alignment with our commitment to advance social and economic opportunity.

Funding Amounts, Funding Timeframes, and Funding Re-Applications

While requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, applicants should note that as a general practice, the Foundation does 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 operating support, the size of the agency’s operating budget.

Applicants should request a grant amount that is consistent with a thoughtful and sustainable fundraising strategy. The information below is intended to provide general guidance. Based on individual circumstances, the Foundation will use flexibility and apply individual judgment to each request.

For Capacity-Building, Programmatic, and Capital Support grants, general guidelines for requests of $100,000 or more are as follows:

  • Program Support
    For program support, grant amounts will generally not exceed 20% of the total project budget and will not extend beyond a three-year grant cycle.
  • Capacity-Building
    For capacity building, grant amounts will generally not exceed 20% of the total project budget and will not extend beyond a one-year grant cycle.
  • Capital Support
    For new construction and major renovation projects, grant amounts will generally not exceed 20% of a total capital budget, and in the case of very large projects, the percentage is likely to be considerably less.
  • Unrestricted Operating Support
    Applicants seeking unrestricted operating support are advised that total grant amounts awarded over a two-year period will generally not exceed 15% of an agency’s annual operating budget. Generally, grants will not exceed $200,000 nor will they exceed a two-year grant cycle.
  • Small Grant Support
    Applicants are strongly urged to apply for an amount that does not exceed 50% of the agency’s annual operating budget and to seek other sources of support. Grants under the Small Grant Program will not exceed a one-year grant cycle.

Grantees who have received funding under the Foundation’s Small Grant Program may not re-apply for an additional funding under the Small Grant Program for three years after the end of their grant period. However, agencies under the Foundation’s Small Grant Program may apply for funding under another of the Foundation’s grant making programs at the end of their Small Grant period, though additional funding is highly competitive.

Grantees who have received funding under the Foundation’s Capacity-Building and Programmatic, Unrestricted Operating, or Capital Grant Programs are ineligible to apply for funding from the Foundation for two years from the end of their grant period.

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

Additional Grant Limitations

Grants are not made:

  • To organizations that discriminate against certain groups or individuals 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 operating in Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Consumer interest
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