Hypertherm’s philanthropic mission is to engage in activities that strengthen and create sustainable, positive change in the community and environment, and to partner with like-minded organizations. As part of this mission, we offer financial support, in the form of grants, to qualified nonprofits.

HOPE Foundation grant decisions are made by the HOPE team comprised of Hypertherm Associates from all areas of the company. The team meets quarterly to review grant requests, and normally communicates all decisions within four months of receiving the application. If approved, you can expect to receive funds within two months of notification. Please plan your request accordingly based on your needs and our review cycle.

Green Grants from the HOPE Foundation are also available to support our non-profit partner organizations in an area that is likely secondary to their mission.  We seek to support projects that reduce the environmental impacts of local non-profits.  Green Grants will fund projects that tangibly reduce the carbon emissions and waste of our partners.  Examples of underlying factors to ever-increasing carbon emissions include leaky buildings, poor insulation, poor quality windows and doors, poor roofing materials, low efficiency appliances and machinery, low efficiency lighting, low efficiency HVAC systems, and high emission transportation vehicles.  We can also help our community partners fund ways to generate renewable, carbon-free energy.

Donation decisions are based on the following guidelines:

  • Organizations must have nonprofit tax exempt status under IRS code 501(c) 3
  • Grant requests should align with our philanthropic mission and core value of respect for all people
  • Hypertherm does not support donations to individuals nor does it support organizations with a direct political or religious focus
  • Grant seekers are expected to be inclusive and non-discriminatory in their practices, policies and programs

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.

Here is a video tutorial to get you started:

Types of grants

Good Neighbor grant [preview form]

  • For grant request $500 or less
  • Completed W-9 is required [download a blank W-9 form].
  • Good Neighbor grants will be reviewed the month following the submission.

HOPE Foundation full grant [preview form]

  • For requests greater than $500
  • Full application grants are reviewed in March, June, September and December. Please submit your grant by February, May, August or November of the quarter you need to have your grant reviewed. We strive to review your grant in a timely manner and may have follow up questions. Therefore we need to adhere to a strict review schedule and will not be able to accommodate last minute requests.

If your request is approved, please be prepared to submit your measurable outcomes (activities, progress, challenges, and learnings) within the time frame documented in the form. See examples below.

 

Example measurable outcomes

For a senior center

  • Measurable outcome: Hold four training sessions for new volunteer in-home care providers. Achieved by: 9/1/2012

  • Measurable outcome: Increase the number of elderly individuals in Grafton County able to remain in their homes because of our assistance from 150 to 175. Achieved by: 9/1/2013

For a performing arts center

  • Measurable outcome: 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.  Achieved by: 2/1/2013

For a food pantry

  • Measurable outcome: Hire a part-time educational coordinator to complete 5 new training sessions in 2013. Achieved by: 5/1/2013

  • Measurable outcome: Deliver a hands-on healthy eating course to 200 individuals. Achieved by: 11/1/2012

  • Measurable outcome: 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%. Achieved by: 12/31/2013

For a camp scholarship program

  • Measurable outcome: Enable ten 12-15 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. Achieved by: 9/1/2012

  • Measurable outcome: 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%). Achieved by: 12/31/2012

Contact us

If you have additional questions regarding the grant process, you may contact us via email.

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