Q. How can I contact The Harvest Foundation or its staff?
General contact information for The Harvest Foundation can be found on the Contact Us page of this website. The email addresses for each staff member can be found on his or her Staff Profile. Our main telephone number is (276) 632-3329 and emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. May I contact the Foundation's Board of Directors?
Board members are not to be lobbied by grant seekers. Inquiries will be forwarded to individual staff and board members as appropriate. Please send all inquiries to The Harvest Foundation at P.O. Box 5183, Martinsville, VA 24115.
Q. What does the Foundation fund?
Grant proposals should align with the Foundation's strategic focus of economic development in the following programmatic goals: Workforce, Investment and Advocacy. See Grant Guidelines for more details. Projects must be in Martinsville or Henry County, Virginia.
Q. Who can apply?
To be eligible for consideration of support from The Harvest Foundation, an organization must: be classified as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization; be located within, or have its program focused within, Martinsville or Henry County, Virginia; and be proposing a program with The Harvest Foundation’s strategic focus of economic development under the following programmatic goals: Workforce, Investment and Advocacy.
Q. Will The Harvest Foundation consider funding through a fiscal agent if a prospective grantee does not have legal nonprofit status?
The Harvest Foundation will consider funding through a fiscal agent as long as the fiscal agent’s information and signatures are included within the grant application process.
Q. When may we apply?
Funding requests are reviewed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors once a year in the fall. As a rule, the Foundation does not accept emergency or out-of-cycle proposals. To qualify for the Nov. 17, 2016 grants board meeting, needs statements must be submitted by June 1, 2016.
The Harvest Foundation Staff commits to keeping Applicant Organizations continually informed throughout the Grants Application Process. For more information, please contact The Harvest Foundation at (276) 632-3329.
Q. Does The Harvest Foundation favor a particular kind of funding or project?
The Harvest Foundation will only fund grant proposals within its focus area that meet all eligibility requirements. In the past grants have been considered for: new programs or expansion of ongoing successful programs where there is evidence that the applicant organization will be able to continue the program beyond the period of Foundation funding; replication of practices proven successful elsewhere; research to inform program or local public policy decisions; project evaluation; strategic planning; organization capacity building; programmatic capital expenditures; publications and public information projects; and collaborative efforts with other nonprofits. For more information about prior grants and grant guidelines go to the Search for Prior Grants and Grant Eligibility pages.
Q. What types of requests will not be considered?
The Harvest Foundation does not fund: institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation; direct grants to individuals including scholarships and fellowships; programs outside the geographic boundaries of Henry County; debt reduction; sectarian religious activities or direct political lobbying; for profit organizations; medical research; direct replacement of discontinued government support; emergency funding or extremely time sensitive requests; grants that, in the judgment of the Board of Directors, are the responsibility of the government; endowment funds; and grants to the Memorial Hospital.
Q. Does The Harvest Foundation award multi-year grants?
Q. How do we apply? What should be in our application?
The Harvest Foundation has a two-step Grants Application Process. Click here to view.
Q. If we are a first time applicant, are we less likely to receive a grant?
No. All proposals are considered based on the same criteria.
Q. Why was our proposal rejected?
The Harvest Foundation receives many requests and not all of the requests will be selected for funding. If you have any questions about why your proposal was rejected, please email email@example.com, or call (276) 632-3329 ext. 18.
Q. What is required of us after receiving a grant?
All grant recipients are required to provide The Harvest Foundation with progress reports according to the schedule set in the Letter of Agreement. These reports include documenting the program progress and program expenditures, as well as providing images or comments about the project or program. Program staff monitor all grants and grant reports, and will perform site visits as appropriate prior to each report date. If these requirements are not met by the grantee, funding will be discontinued and the Foundation may require a refund of any or all previous payments.