Important Announcement:

19 March 2020

Effective Immediately, Horizon Foundation will have an invitation-only funding cycle for the Spring of 2020. 

Over the last few days, the Foundation has contacted all of the organizations invited to submit a proposal for this cycle. These will be only proposals that Horizon Foundation will consider this spring. We apologize to those organizations we can’t invite with proposals already started or submitted in our system.

While it will be a disappointment to many excellent organizations that Horizon has funded in the past, as well as those we’ve never funded, please understand that this unprecedented decision was made after a good deal of consideration in response to an emergency situation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a myriad of strains on all businesses, communities and nonprofits. To be most effective in addressing emergency needs, supporting ongoing work, and aligning Horizon’s strategic goals with the efforts of nonprofits known well by our Foundation, we hope to be as helpful as possible and have therefore increased our grant budget in light of the challenges ahead.

We wish you and your family, your community and your nonprofit organization all the best as you manage through this pandemic and its attendant challenges.

GRANT DEADLINE is extended until Wednesday, April 15, for all invited organizations.

Thank you,

Sandy Buck

President, Horizon Foundation, Inc.

If you have received an invitation, please sign in to begin your application and view full details.​


Grant Size

Horizon generally will make grants in the $5,000 to $20,000 range, with an average grant size of about $12,500. While many grants will be for onetime projects, multi-year support will be considered. The Foundation will consider proposals for both challenge or matching grants, and encourages collaborative efforts with other grant makers.


Horizon Foundation does not fund and will not consider applications from the following:

  • Annual, building, capital, or endowment fund drives;

  • Colleges and universities;

  • Emergency requests;

  • Health/mental health programs;

  • Individuals;

  • International or foreign programs;

  • Public and private schools;

  • Religious projects; and/or

  • State agencies.

Grant Recipients

Past grantees must wait at least two years before reapplying. For example, if your organization received a grant in spring 2017, you would next be eligible to submit an application for our spring 2019 cycle.

Under most circumstances, final reports are due from grantees one year after receiving a grant. In some cases, we may request an interim update. Instructions will be provided on how to submit a report through our online grant system.


Site Visits and Timing

Once you have submitted your application, we may contact you to set up a site visit to meet with you and see your work in action.

Grant decisions are 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 1st for the spring cycle and December 1st for the fall cycle.



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