Hospice Foundation for the Central Coast How to Apply for a Grant

20 Ragsdale Drive, Suite 260 P.O. Box 1798
Monterey, CA 93942-1798 (831) 333-9023 Fax: 373-4124
E-mail: info@hffcc.org Home: www.hffcc.org

Hospice Foundation grants are awarded to tax-exempt, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations that offer compassionate care services in Monterey and San Benito counties for those at the end-of-life and their families. Services are designed to enhance the dying person's quality of life, to ensure their dignity, and to honor their choices about the kind of care they want, who they want with them, and other issues. Bereavement and other family supportive services may also be funded.


  1. The Hospice Foundation makes grants from available funds to non-profit providers of hospice care or specialized programs of care for patients who are nearing the end of life, and their families. Grants shall support current services and/or the development of new services that act in response to a demonstrated need.
  2. Funds raised for specific services in a given geographical area shall be returned through grants to providers in that area.
  3. Grants shall be made from funds raised in prior years.
  4. The Hospice Foundation shall annually make grants to existing and/or new services that act in response to a demonstrated need.
  5. Each grant request will be considered on its own merit, consistent with the Hospice Foundation's Vision, Mission and Guidelines.
  6. The Hospice Foundation views community education an important element of any end-of-life program or service it funds as a way to encourage dialogue among families and, ultimately, access to quality, compassionate services.


For Existing Services:

Those applicants receiving prior funding from Hospice Foundation for existing services may apply for funds to support existing services by submitting a fully developed proposal. The proposal should include:

  • Background on the applicant organization;
  • Summary of the proposed project or program;
  • Problem or issue to be addressed;
  • Justification of need (data, survey results, etc.);
  • Anticipated impact on the population to be served;
  • Relevance of the issue to Hospice Foundation's Mission and Vision;
  • Estimated timeline for project or program completion;
  • Description of project or program evaluation techniques and personnel;
  • Amount of funding requested;
  • Total cost of the proposed project or program;
  • Future funding required, other funding sources and development plans.
  • Description of organization's efforts to educate the community and encourage access to end-of-life care or hospice services.

Please include the following attachments:

  1. Internal Revenue Service letter verifying the organization's 501(c)(3) tax exemption status;
  2. Budget for the project or program to be funded, including other funding sources;
  3. Audited financial statement for the organization's most current and prior year-end;
  4. Current annual budget and most recent financial statements for the applicant organization;
  5. List of the organization's governing board members including professional and community affiliations;
  6. Evidence of governing body's approval to submit proposal for funding;
  7. Annual report, brochure, or other materials that describe the organization's current program and activities;
  8. Letters of understanding from all partners collaborating on the proposed project or program, including financial or in-kind contributions.

For New Services:

Those wishing to apply for funds to support new services should submit a letter of intent, rather than a fully developed proposal, not to exceed two typewritten, single-spaced pages. This minimizes the demand on the applicant's time, yet helps the Hospice Foundation determine whether a proposed project falls within the Foundation's Mission, Vision and Philosophy. The letter of intent should include:

  • A brief statement of the project's or program's principal objectives;
  • Justification of need for the project;
  • Identification of the target population;
  • A description of the proposed approach to provide new services;
  • Approach to measuring effectiveness of new service;
  • Approach to communicating the new service with the community;
  • Amount of funding request;
  • Prospects for service sustainability, assimilation within the community, or durable change after Foundation funding ends;
  • Description of organization's efforts to educate the community and encourage access to end-of-life care or hospice services.
  • Other sources of support or grant requests pending; and
  • Primary contact person to serve as a liaison with the Hospice Foundation.

Funding Priorities

High priority is placed on projects and programs with clear goals and outcomes relevant to the needs of patients, families and caregivers. Applicant organizations should demonstrate experience, sound management practices, active board members who support the organization with their personal and professional resources, and qualified staff and utilization of volunteer resources.

The proposed project or program will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Compatibility with the Mission, Vision and Philosophy of Hospice Foundation for the Central Coast;
  • The project or program is a timely response to a clearly identified need and volume of people to be served is cost-effective;
  • Utilization of qualified staff who are experienced in implementing projects or programs similar in size and scope to the proposed program;
  • Applicant is a financially sound organization with a strong base of support from public and private sources;
  • Feasibility, with realistic and cost-effective program design;
  • Evaluation describes expected outcomes in quantifiable terms, including an evaluation design to measure results;
  • Applicant identifies other agencies, organizations and community groups that will contribute to, or collaborate with, the applicant organization on the proposed project.

Hospice Foundation does not fund:

  • Research
  • Political action groups, religious or lobbying organizations,
  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Organizations not providing services in Monterey or San Benito counties.

Faxed or E-Mailed letters of intent and proposals will not be accepted.

For more information, please call (831) 333-9023, or E-mail the Hospice Foundation at akinsler@hffcc.org.

2005 Timetable

  • March 11 - Deadline for receipt of letters of intent for new services, and full proposals from applicants receiving prior funding from Hospice Foundation for existing services.
  • April 29 - Deadline for receipt of full proposals from organizations invited to submit following review of letters of intent for new services.
  • August 30 - Notice of grant proposal review results
  • Fall - Grants announced and awarded at Hospice Foundation Annual Meeting

Letters of intent, proposals and all inquiries should be addressed to:

Alice Kinsler, President and CEO
Hospice Foundation
P. O. Box 1798
Monterey, CA 93942-1798

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