Apply for foundation grants

Types of grants

Good Neighbor grant [preview form / download Word document]

  • For grant requests $500 or less:

    A Good Neighbor grant is a donation to a non-profit organization with a value of $500 or less. The organization being funded must be a 501c3 or educational organization and its cause aligned to our mission. Our preference is for Good Neighbor grants to have a connection to a Hypertherm volunteer.

    Good Neighbor grants will be reviewed the month following the submission.

HOPE Foundation full grant [preview form / download Word document]

  • For grant requests greater than $500:
    We strive to review your grant in a timely manner and may have follow up questions. Last minute requests are very challenging for us to accommodate. Full application grants are reviewed quarterly on the following schedule:


    Applications received: Application review date:
    January 1st - March 1st March voting meeting
    March 2nd - June 1st June voting meeting
    June 2nd - September 1st September voting meeting
    September 2nd - December 1st December voting meeting

If your request is approved, please be prepared to submit your measurable outcomes follow up form letting us know your progress, challenges and learnings with respect to the goal you selected when you applied for a grant.

At the HOPE foundation and Hypertherm we want our grant making to closely align with our core values. One of our core values is Continuous Improvement. A foundational way in which we continuously improve our processes is through the act of setting quantifiable goals, measuring progress to our goals, reflecting on what went well/what could have gone better, and letting this guide our improvement efforts. Through our grant making we want to share, and encourage the use of this practice that has helped us be successful as individuals and as an organization. Our intention is not to judge our grant recipients based on whether they meet their goals. Rather, we believe that our funding will provide greater value to our communities if more of the people and organizations we fund are in the practice of setting goals, and then measuring, reflecting, and improving.



How to fill out a grant request

Our grant management software requires a login ID and password. This software will allow you to save your application as you go along, track the status of your grant, and review your grant request history once it is loaded.

Examples of measureable outcome goals

For a senior center

  • Hold four training sessions for new volunteer in-home care providers by xx/xx/xx.

  • Increase the number of elderly individuals in Grafton County able to remain in their homes because of our assistance from 150 to 175 by xx/xx/xx.

For a performing arts center

  • Host 300 local middle school students for free matinee performances of our production of XYZ and provide a discussion guide on the performance to their educators by xx/xx/xx.

For a food pantry

  • Hire a part-time educational coordinator to complete 5 new training sessions by xx/xx/xx.

  • Deliver a hands-on healthy eating course to 200 individuals by xx/xx/xx.

  • Increase the percent of food pantry customers that report eating at least 4 servings of fruits and vegetables most days from our baseline of 20% to our goal of 40% by xx/xx/xx.

For a camp scholarship program

  • Enable ten 12 to 15 year old local youths to attend a weeklong camp focusing on team building and self-confidence who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend by xx/xx/xx.

  • Decrease by half the percent of attendees who report drug, alcohol, or tobacco use in the past month using pre-camp and post-camp surveys and focus group discussions (for example, from 30% to 15%) by xx/xx/xx.