Helping organizations that serve individuals
 with mental & physical special needs



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Who does the Foundation fund? +

    • The Foundation makes grants only to corporate organizations that are exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
    • The Foundation will not make grants to individuals or for-profit organizations.
    • In addition, the Foundation has a geographic limitation that requires that grant funds be used in Bexar County only.
  • What activities will the foundation fund? +

    • The Foundation funds items that will help further the mission of the Foundation according to our Focus.
    • The Foundation does not fund economic development, annual fund and fundraising event sponsorships (i.e. tables and teams), political or lobbying activities, or religious organizations for strictly sectarian purposes.
  • What will improve the chances of being funded? +

    The foundation is strategic in its approach to grant-making. Study the guidelines carefully to determine whether your project is clearly responsive to the Foundation’s Focus.
  • What is the size of the grants awarded annually? +

    The Foundation has established a maximum of $25,000 for a grant proposal request.
  • Will the foundation make multi-year grant awards? +

    No. Grant recipients must re-apply each year.
  • Will the Foundation Selection Committee conduct site visits? +

    As part of the review process, the Foundation Selection Committee or Foundation staff will sometimes do site visits to meet with the staff, trustees and constituencies of potential grantee organizations. Among the matters discussed will be the processes in place to collect data and evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

    This will be a chance for Foundation Selection Committee or the staff member to gain a better understanding of the project or program, see first-hand who will be served, and assess the capacity of the potential grantee to carry out its objectives.
  • Does the Foundation have specific deadlines for Letters of Inquiry or grant proposals? +

    The Foundation does have deadlines governing the submission of Letters of Inquiry and grant proposals. Letters of Inquiry and grant proposals will be accepted per the dates outlined on the Grant Application Schedule.
  • How often does the Foundation’s Selection Committee meet to review grant proposals? +

    See Grant Application Schedule
  • How long does it take the Foundation to process a grant proposal? +

    Up to three months may be required for a grant proposal to be processed by the Foundation.
  • May an organization submit more than one request at a time? +

    You may submit up to two Letters of Inquiry at any one time although you should prioritize them before contacting the Foundation. Each request will be reviewed independently and evaluated on its own merits.
  • May an organization receive more than one grant per year? +

    Only on rare occasions will the Foundation fund more than one grant per organization per year.
  • How many funding rounds will The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation have within a calendar year? +

    The Foundation will have either one or two funding rounds per year.
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