Grant Guidelines


The minimum grant amount is $250.

Organizations must submit an online application to be considered for funding. We will have three open application periods so that we may help non-profits throughout the year.

  • February 15 – April 15
  • May 15 – July 15
  • August 15 – September 15

Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received and you will be notified if your organization has been chosen. If you do not receive a grant in one open period, you are welcome to reapply in a future grant period.

Eligibility Checklist

    • Funds must benefit within Heritage Southeast Bank’s service area: the areas throughout the HSB footprint
    • Grantees should be nonprofit organizations with programs that benefit communities within this service area.
    • Organizations must be described as one of the following:
      • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), (4) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code
      • A recognized government entity: state, county or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes
      • A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university
      • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large

Selection Process

    • Heritage Community Foundation’s Board of Directors will review the application and make initial funding recommendations on all submitted requests.
    • Heritage Community Foundation’s Board of Directors will set the frequency and process in which applications are reviewed. However, applications are typically reviewed within 60 days of the submission date.
    • Organizations will be notified of any decision via e-mail. All funding decisions are final.
    • If an organization is approved, grant checks will be mailed directly to the recipient organization at the address listed in the grant application. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery.
    • In the event of being awarded a grant, organizations should contact the Heritage Community Foundation to schedule a formal recognition event.

Funding Exclusions

    • Athletic sponsorships (teams/events)
    • Capital campaigns and endowments (defined as any plans to raise funds for a significant purchase or expense, such as new construction, major renovations or to help fund normal budgetary items)
    • Fundraising events (walks, races, tournaments, dinners, etc.)
    • In-kind donation requests, including requests for gift cards
    • Nationally sponsored organizations: American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network and United Way (Local chapters of nationally-sponsored organizations where funds benefit the local community only may be considered)
    • Organizations that deny service, membership or other involvement on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran or disability status
    • Organizations or programs that do not benefit the communities within the Heritage Southeast Bank footprint
    • Organizations whose programming or policies may position Heritage Southeast Bank or the Heritage Community Foundation in a negative light
    • Organizations whose services do not benefit the community at large
    • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
    • Projects that send products or people to foreign countries or on domestic travel
    • Requests made solely to benefit one person or family
    • Salaries, stipends, tips, rewards, membership fees or registration fees
    • Scholarships to individuals (tuition, room, board, other expenses for college/university/vocational school attendance)
    • Travel or conference expenses for non-profit personnel
    • Tickets for contests, raffles or any other activity with prizes