High Stakes Foundation

Increasing the Odds for Everyone



Please read this section carefully before submitting a letter of inquiry.

We will not consider any grant application unless the applicant:

  1. Is an organization described in section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
  2. Submits a letter of inquiry to the High Stakes Foundation in the form and manner attached to this page.

After reviewing your application, we may invite a full proposal or simply proceed with a site visit. We site visit all applicants who have made it through our initial screening procedures. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT A FULL PROPOSAL with your application. We are endeavoring to keep your focus on your organizational goals and not burden either you or the HSF with extra work.

Grant Application Deadlines for 2018 are April 1, 2018 and September 1, 2018. Except for projects of an extremely urgent nature (and please contact us if you feel like you are in this category) we do not accept mid-cycle applications or late applications.

To download letter of inquiry instructions and form click here:   HSF Letter of Inquiry Form.

General Funding Guidelines

  • If you have received previous grants from High Stakes Foundation, we may ask that you take a year off from time to time to demonstrate your organization’s financial stability.
  • We generally will not fund capital campaigns.
  • Grant dollars will generally range from $1,000 to $30,000.  If you have a project that needs greater funding and it won’t exceed 10% of your budget, talk to us.
  • No grant award shall exceed 10% of an organization’s total budget.
  • If your organization received a grant from the High Stakes Foundation in the previous year, we would appreciate an update on your program prior to submitting an LOI.   Click here for instructions:   Year End Reports to High Stakes
  • Activities supported by grants and program-related investments must be charitable, educational or scientific, as defined under the appropriate provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations or fit the requirements for program related investments according to the IRS. The foundation monitors grants through regular financial and narrative reports submitted by the grantee. All grantees will enter a grant agreement with HSF.

HSF does not fund:

  • Projects initiated or mandated by any order of government
  • Political lobbying
  • General social service organizations
  • Litigation
  • Capital campaigns
  • Research studies including species and habitat studies even if they fall within our climate change penumbra
  • Religious organizations
  • Hospitals or medical clinics

For questions and further information contact:
Megan Robson
Grant Administrator
(406) 926-1519