Funding at the End

The Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks (HFO) funds a variety of grant requests that improve services and knowledge around death and dying.

There are grants available to 501(c)3, tax-exempt organizations. Organizations requesting grants must be fiscally sound with demonstrated economic sustainability.

Frequently Asked Questions


The goal of the HFO grant program is to seek out and fund initiatives for dignity at life’s end. HFO accepts applications for programs and projects that promote awareness of and commitment to end-of-life care in 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
  • Provide professional education and address end-of-life topics
  • Prepare future leaders in helping others
  • Inform patients and families to ensure their healthcare wishes will be honored
  • Urge individuals to voice end-of-life decisions
  • Enhance the various disciplines that constitute hospice and palliative care
  • Support and enhance the interdisciplinary team approach
  • Create and distribute educational materials
  • Offer community education and resources
  • Develop conferences for professionals
  • Encourage healthcare systems to discuss dying openly
  • Develop modern and innovative concepts
  • Execute cutting-edge research
  • The Foundation may consider indirect costs, up to 10 percent

Yes. Preference will be given to annual grant proposals. Multi-year proposals may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Although we do not have a policy limitation on the number of proposals, we anticipate receiving more proposals than we can fund, and we will prioritize accordingly. Each proposal will be carefully considered on its own merits.

Funding priority is given to projects with clear goals and outcomes relevant to those that mirror the mission and vision of HFO.  Applicants must 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 recognized needs in Missouri
  • Proof of secure and sustainable finances
  • Accessible and cost-effective program design
  • Result-oriented, performance measures and outcomes
  • Efforts to build awareness about end-of-life care
  • Inventive solutions with other service providers or organizations
  • The activities you completed
  • The project funds spent according to the proposed plan
  • The people being served as the result of the funding
  • The changes affected in the lives of people

Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks does not fund the following:

  • Political action, labor, or lobbying organizations
  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations