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Eligibility Criteria

HFC grants are awarded to charitable organizations in the following areas that address child abuse:

  • EDUCATION (PRIMARY PREVENTION) to enhance awareness and understanding of abuse and neglect for children, parents, and professionals in the community
  • PREVENTION services to at-risk children and families
  • INTERVENTIONS for children who have been physically or sexually abused and support services to non-offending family members
  • RESEARCH on best practices in child welfare
  • ADVOCACY to improve child welfare
  • TRAINING to equip paraprofessionals and professionals to provide child abuse prevention and treatment services

Historically some awards have provided support to ongoing program services while others have targeted specific, time-limited projects. For example, we can fund ongoing therapy programs, but we can also fund the writing of a sexual abuse prevention workbook.

Ineligibility Criteria

HFC does not provide funding for:

  • Lobbying activities
  • Annual fundraising drives
  • Projects undertaken by individuals
  • Multi-year grants

Click HERE to see if your organization falls into our geographic catchment and fits our funding guidelines.

If you have any questions about your organization's eligibility, please contact Christine Kang, Director of Administration and Grants, at 212-991-9600 ext. 343 or

Grant Making Process

Help For Children uses a two-stage process for the grant application:

1) Letter of Intent, which is an open application (please see the Grants Schedule for deadlines and more information)
2) Request for Proposal, which is by invitation only.

Letter of Intent

  • A Letter of Intent is always available on the website at the hyperlink in the box above. The letter of intent deadline for each geographic area listed in the Grants Schedule (above).
  • Letters of Intent are reviewed and selected organizations are invited to submit a full proposal. Declined letters of intent are acknowledged.

Request for Proposal

  • Proposals are reviewed by a Grants Committee, which include HFC staff, Board members, and the Academic Consultant.
  • Site visits are scheduled with potential grantees. 
  • The Grants Committee, with the guidance of the Academic Consultant, makes final decisions and grants are awarded.

In each city, HFC establishes a partnership with a child welfare specialist known as the Academic Consultant. The Academic Consultants fulfill three important roles:

  • Train the Grants Committee members about child abuse.
  • Guide the Grants Committee through the grant selection process, ensuring that grant recipients provide high quality, best practice services in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
  • Provide oversight and evaluation of HFC funded programs.

Expectations of Funded Grantees

  • Applicants are notified of their grant status the month before the grant year begins. 
  • Grantees must submit an updated budget, if the amount requested was not allotted, and a logic model.
  • Funded organizations work with the Academic Consultant on refining and reviewing expected outcomes, establishing a reporting procedure, and determining final evaluation outcomes. 
  • Grantees are required to submit outcome and financial reports on a regular schedule. 

Current Grantees

  • Current grantees skip the LOI stage and just submit a request for proposal.
  • Current grantees are encouraged to apply again the next year but are not guaranteed funding.
  • HFC does not give out multi-year grants.

Please click on a link below to see a list of our current grantees by region.

East Coast Grants   Midwest Grants Northeast Grants
Southeast Grants Southwest Grants West Coast Grants
Canada Grants Cayman Islands Grants   United Kingdom Grants  
Ireland Grants

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