How to Apply


DEADLINES FOR PROPOSALS:
September 15, 2016 for the fall 2016 cycle
March 15, 2017 for the spring 2017 cycle

Thank you for your interest in Horizon Foundation.

If your organization is a 501(c)3 and the project for which you seek funding fits with Horizon's mission and geographic areas of interest, and does not fall within our restrictions, please log on to our application system to begin your proposal. We regret that we will be unable to review any requests that do not conform to our guidelines. We have simplified our application process and no longer accept Letters of Inquiry. We require just a completed online proposal. 

Beginning with the Fall 2016 Cycle, Horizon Foundation will divide its funding into two geographic areas: Horizon North and Horizon South. While Horizon Foundation's overall mission remains the same, the decision to bifurcate the funding into two geographic areas is intended to focus the Foundation's interests closer to where family members live and work.

Portland, Maine, will continue to be the headquarters and point of contact for Horizon's business and administration. Please see the contact page for more information. 

Horizon North will make grants to Maine organizations based primarily in Cumberland, York, Lincoln and Franklin Counties. For details, click here.

Horizon South will make grants to organizations in the following geographic areas. For details, click here.

- Barnstable County, Massachusetts
- Fairfield County, Connecticut
- Mercer County, New Jersey
- Martin County, Florida
- Blaine County, Idaho
- Pitkin County, Colorado


We have two grant cycles per year--one in the spring and one in fall. Proposals for the spring cycle are due March 15, and those for the fall cycle are due September 15.

We may contact you to arrange a site visit after you have submitted your proposal. 

Horizon will generally make grants in the $5,000 to $20,000 range, with our average grant being roughly $10,000. Our grants are almost exclusively single-year grants. We will consider inquiries for both challenge and matching grants and we encourage collaborative efforts with other grantmakers.

Grant decisions will be made in late May for the spring cycle and late November for our fall cycle. Organizations receiving grants will be notified of the award and must complete our simple, online grant contract before we mail the grant check. We generally mail checks out around June 1 for the spring cycle and December 1 for the fall cycle.

Under most circumstances, final reports are due from grantees one year after receiving a grant. In some cases we may request an interim report.

Grantees must wait at least three grant cycles before reapplying. For example, if your organization received a grant in June 2015, you would next be eligible to submit a proposal in March 2017 for our spring 2017 cycle. Click here for more information for Horizon Foundation grant recipients.