2019 Grant Guidelines

Susquehanna River

Please review as our Guidelines have changed

The Floyd Hooker Foundation [FHF] is a trust established by Floyd “Vic” Hooker in his will to benefit the children in Tioga County. Once a year, the Floyd Hooker Foundation accepts grant applications to qualified tax-exempt organizations to fund projects which benefit the children in Tioga County. Grants may be made to fund operational (limited funding), equipment, capital and special project needs. With the growing number of grant applications, preference is given to projects which fulfill needs that are not currently being met in the community which, if met, would provide a resulting and continual benefit to the children of Tioga County. Further, the Foundation has granted $100,000 of its award monies for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 to the Colburn Library for its elevator project leaving fewer dollars to fund requests. Applicants should place special emphasis in the application as to the nature of the need to be met and the expected and continuing beneficial impact or result to be accomplished. Emphasis is also placed on organizations with clear goals and objectives that demonstrate results with measurable outcomes. For capital projects in excess of $25,000, the Foundation prefers to fund no more than 80% of the total project. Applicants are required to identify sources to fund the remaining capital project cost, including any use of the applicant’s own funds. If the applicant is unable to fund at least 20% from its own sources and/or from other funds, it must identify why the applicant is unable to do so. Failure to provide at least 20% matching funds will not eliminate the project from consideration provided the project fulfils an unmet need in the community. All capital improvement and large purchases (single purchases in excess of $10,000) must submit 3 bids for the work/equipment being purchased. If the capital improvement or equipment is to be sole sourced, the applicant must identify the reason for the sole source procurement.

Starting with this funding cycle, any applicant who has received Foundation grants two years in a row for a similar type project, that project will be ineligible for consideration in the third year. For example, if a grantee was awarded in two consecutive years, a grant to fund a summer camp program, any application by that grantee for the same summer camp program will not be eligible for consideration in the third year. The Floyd Hooker Foundation can only grant funds to tax-exempt organizations serving the children who live in Tioga County, New York, and it cannot make grants to individuals for any reason or to churches for religious purposes. Only one grant may be awarded to the same organization for the same purpose during the same “funding year”. The Foundation “funding year” is from May 1 through April 30. Any recipient that has received previous grants from the Floyd Hooker Foundation and has not submitted the final report for that previous grant will not be considered for additional grant funding until the final report has been submitted and approved.

All grant applications must be submitted electronically via the hookerfoundation.org website. All applications must complete and submit the "Project Budget" outlining all funding sources for the project along with a detailed list of the expenditures for the project.

The following attachments must be provided with the application:

  • IRS Tax exempt letter (only IRS letter is acceptable, not NYS letter)
  • Current balance sheet for your organization (not more than 90 days old)
  • Additional descriptions/narratives if space is not sufficient
  • Estimates for work to completed/equipment purchases
  • Minutes from board meeting authorizing submission of the application to Floyd Hooker Foundation.

When the application deadline has passed, the Foundation will review all complete applications and rank them according to the needs met. Any incomplete applications may be disregarded in the sole discretion of the Foundation. Interviews of the applicant and/or inspections of affected premises may be required. Applicants shall make themselves and any premises available, if necessary. Applications may be granted in part or in whole based upon many factors, including the amount of funding available, the number of applications received, and the needs met by the project. All grants are subject to the sole discretion of the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to reject any and all applications for whatever reason(s). If you are having problems with the online application, please email us at info@hookerfoundation.org.

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