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The Hancock Family Foundation gives grants to non-profit organizations that provide support or basic needs items (such as food, shelter, clothing, medical services or supplies, and education) to children, families, and/or adults. The Foundation's goal is to strengthen the effectiveness and capacity of non-profit organizations that are currently doing this work, either increasing the reach of an existing program or allowing an organization to create a new program to meet a need in the community.  We also provide grants to animal welfare organizations. 

  • Grant applications can be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed by the Selection Committee on an ongoing basis.

  • Grants and donations will be allocated solely as determined to be in the Foundation’s best interests.

  • Applicants will be informed of the Committee’s decision by email. It is our policy not to provide an explanation for grant requests that are declined by the Committee.

  • Hancock Family Foundation grants are awarded for a single year. Grants can be renewed based on the review of the previous year’s activity. We require that a grant renewal application be submitted for consideration.

  • The Foundation funds organizations that demonstrate competency and effectiveness. All grant recipients will be required to complete and return quarterly reports through the duration of the funding period.  If the project or program's activities don't fit into a quarterly timeframe, other reporting arrangements can be made.


When considering the award of grants and scholarships from the Foundation, the Selection Committee will weigh a variety of factors. The grant application will be reviewed, as well as other eligibility factors, which are as follows:​​​

  • Churches and religious organizations may be eligible to receive funding for activities that are non-sectarian and benefit the larger community.

  • Organizations must be classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities, under Section 509(a) of that code; organizations cannot be a private foundation under Section 509(a). For-profit organizations are not eligible for funding.

  • While some unrestricted funding is provided, the Foundation prefers to fund specific projects.

  • The Selection Committee prefers to be able to visit an organization in person, and thus the large majority of our selected grants are for organizations located within one of our two geographic areas: Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas, and Savannah, Georgia.


If the periodic reports submitted or other information collected indicate that any part of the grant is not being used in the manner described by these policies and procedures, the Selection Committee will investigate.


If the Foundation learns that any part of a grant is not being used to further the purposes of the grant, the Selection Committee will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to recover the grant funds and/or ensure restoration of the diverted funds to the purposes of the grant.

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