Rules and Criteria
1. Grants may be requested at any amount up to a maximum of $500. Applications for smaller grants are acceptable and are encouraged. Grants may not be used to pay salaries or to otherwise compensate individuals.
2. Grants will be given generally only once for a specific program or project. Grantees however may apply for a grant for a different program or project in subsequent years. At the discretion of the Greater Hickory International Council a grant may be given to a multi-year project which received a grant in a prior year.
3. Grantees must provide a minimum of 50% of project support, either financially or via in-kind donations including significant volunteer effort. If volunteer effort is claimed to meet this requirement, the estimated amount of volunteer effort must be detailed in the grant application. The grant application must provide specific details as to how the applicant will use the grant monies and how the minimum 50% project support requirement will be met.
4. Grants may be given as either “seed money” or for operational costs of a program orproject.
5. Grants may be awarded to individuals, non-profit organizations, or community organizations (e.g. churches, schools, senior centers, civic organizations, scout troops, etc.).
6. Grants will be awarded to individuals or organizations that operate within the Unifour (Catawba, Caldwell, Burke, and Alexander counties).
7. Grant proposals must indicate how the project or program supports the goals, purposes, and mission of the Greater Hickory International Council.