HFO GRANT FAQ’S
What is the Foundation’s purpose?
Since 1997, Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks (HFO) has responded to the educational and community needs of those facing end of life in Southwest Missouri; as well as supporting several nationally recognized programs. HFO has supported innovative programs in response to the emerging and unmet needs of those requiring hospice, palliative care, advance care planning, grief and bereavement services educational programs and other activities which nurture informed personal choices and respect for diverse cultural identities in the end of life experience. The Foundation has funded a varying range of grantees making important contributions in critical, yet often overlooked areas of need. HFO previously provided significant funding to sustained initiatives that have helped provide quality end of life education, and compassionate approaches that provide dignity at life’s end.
Who is eligible to apply for grants with the Foundation?
We make grants to tax-exempt organizations under Internal Revenue Code Sections 501(c)3. Organizations requesting grants must be fiscally sound with demonstrated economic sustainability.
What programs and or projects does the Foundation support?
The goal of the HFO grant program is to seek out and fund initiatives for dignity at life’s end. HFO accepts applications for innovative programs and projects that promote awareness of and commitment to end of life care in Southwest Missouri. Toward this goal, the Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks is interested in, but not limited to, funding programs and projects that:
- Train staff and volunteers to stay on the leading edge of hospice and palliative care concepts.
- Provide education that increases professional skill and expertise in end of life care.
- Address topics relevant to current end of life practices.
- Prepare future leaders to recognize the importance of end-of-life issues.
- Reach out to patients and families to inform them about options for care at end of life and develop an advanced care plan to ensure their wishes are honored.
- Urge individuals to voice end of life decisions to family, friends, clergy and health care providers.
- Enhance the various disciplines that constitute hospice and palliative care (allied therapies, bereavement, social work, spiritual caregiving, companion service, volunteers/volunteer management).
- Support and enhance the interdisciplinary team approach of which hospice and palliative care is known.
- Create and distribute educational materials, such as brochures, books and multi-media resources for patients and families facing end of life.
- Offer community education that provides information about end-of-life resources available in the Ozarks.
- Develop conferences for professionals that work with individuals and families facing serious illness, death and grief.
- Encourage healthcare systems and providers to discuss hospice, palliative care and advance care planning earlier in the disease process.
- Develop modern and innovative concepts that improve care at end of life.
- Apply scholarship/research to enhance knowledge and/or training on relevant end-of-life topics/issues.
What areas will not be considered for funding?
Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks does not fund the following:
- Political action, labor, or lobbying organizations
- For-profit organizations
When evaluating proposals what does the committee consider?
Funding priority is given to projects and programs with clear goals and outcomes relevant to those that mirror the mission and vision of HFO. Applicant organizations should demonstrate solid, effectual management and governance practices, active and consistent board support, competent staff, and effective management and use of resources.
When evaluating proposals, the committee considers:
- Responsiveness to ongoing or newly recognized needs in Southwest Missouri.
- Proof of secure and sustainable finances, showing diverse support from public and private sources
- Accessible and cost-effective program design
- Result-oriented, performance measures and outcomes
- Efforts to build awareness about end-of-life care and increase access to resources
- Inventive solutions that include collaboration with other service providers or organizations.
- What activities did you complete?
- Were project funds spent according to the proposal plan?
- How many people are being served as the result of the funding?
- What changes have been affected in the lives of the populations served?
Is there a limit to the number of grant proposals an organization can submit?
Although we do not have a policy limitation on the number of grant proposals an organization can submit, we anticipate receiving more proposals than we can fund, and we will prioritize accordingly. Each proposal will be carefully considered on its own merits.
Does the Foundation consider multi-year grant proposals?
Yes. Preference will be given to annual grant proposals. Multi-year proposals may be considered on a case-by-case basis.