Grant Guidelines

Please review as our Guidelines have changed.

The Floyd Hooker Foundation [FHF] is a testamentary trust established under the will of Floyd “Vic” Hooker to benefit the children of Tioga County.  The trust is funded through proceeds received from his winnings in the New York State Lottery.  The Foundation provides for three types of grants to qualified tax-exempt organizations [Qualified Organizations, defined below] which benefit the children of Tioga County with preference given to those projects which fulfill unmet needs within the County.

Qualified Organizations may apply for any of the following grants:

  1. FHF Mini-Grants – The application periods for these grants are available twice a year from March 1 to April 15 and from September 1 to October 15.  Mini-Grants are for $25,000 or less for specific needs which benefit the children of Tioga County.   The Mini-Grant rules and process are identical to the prior FHF Grants which were available in the spring.  Any organization that has received grants in two consecutive calendar years for similar projects will be ineligible to apply for the project during the third calendar year. For example, if your organization received campership grants in two consecutive years, your organization will be ineligible to apply for campership grants in year three.

    Click here to apply for a FHF Mini-Grant

  2. FHF Special Projects Grant – Applications for Special Projects may be made at any time for capital, equipment or other special projects in excess of $25,000.  Qualified Organizations must demonstrate a specific unfulfilled need to be met which will benefit the children of Tioga County.
    Click here for more information on the FHF Special Projects Grant Guidelines and Application.
  3. FHF Emergency Grant – Applications for the Emergency Grant are limited to Qualified Organizations which have undergone an unforeseen external event or pressing need that must be met in the immediate future.
    Click here for more information on the Emergency Grant Guidelines and Application.

Qualified Organizations include:

  • Nonprofit or community organizations holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Recognized governmental entity including state, county, town or village or its agencies.
  • Educational facilities, such as K-12 public, private or charter schools or school districts and higher educational institutions.
  • Religious organizations may only be considered if: 1. Service benefits all, regardless of religion; 2. Service provided is not religious in nature; and 3. There is no proselytizing with the service.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please email