How To Apply

What We Fund

Help For Children grants are made to charitable organizations that address child abuse through prevention or treatment.

Our grants provide support to ongoing program services, to programs looking to expand, and to new projects. Time-limited projects are also funded, such as the writing of a sexual abuse prevention workbook.

Funding Criteria

Direct Services: Counseling, group work, home visits, mentoring, coaching and case management.

Education: Education programs for children, parents and communities as well as professional development/training for practitioners.

Advocacy: Public Services announcements and digital/print projects.

Research: Qualitative and quantitative research on child abuse issues.

Help For Children does not fund lobbying activities, annual fundraising drives and projects undertaken by individuals. HFC also does not make multi-year grants.

If you have any questions about your organization's eligibility, please contact Sumudu Waas, Grants Manager and Board Liaison, at 212-991-9600 ext. 343 or

HFC makes grants in the following communities. Grants can range from $10,000 - $80,000 USD.

Region Geographic Catchment Types of Organizations Funded
Asia Hong Kong Registered Charities
Cayman Islands Grand Cayman & Cayman Brac NGOs and Government Ministries
Canada Metropolitan Toronto Area Registered Charities
Denver Greater Denver Area 501 (c)(3)
New York Tri-state Area (NY, NJ, CT) 501 (c)(3)
United Kingdom London and Southeast Registered Charities
Atlanta Greater Atlanta Area 501 (c)(3)
Boston Greater Boston Area 501 (c)(3)
San Francisco Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Napa and Solano Counties 501 (c)(3)
Chicago 100 miles from Chicago and within Twin Cities 501 (c)(3)
Ireland Greater Dublin Area Registered Charities
Los Angeles Greater Los Angeles Area 501 (c)(3)

Help For Children uses a two-stage process for the grant application:

STEP 1: Letter of Intent

After reviewing the Funding and Geographic Guidelines, complete and submit the Letter of Intent. Deadlines for the Letter of Intent vary by geographic area.

After review, selected organizations are invited to submit a full proposal. Declined Letters of Intent are acknowledged.

Note that current grantees skip the Letter of Intent stage if they are reapplying for the same program. While current grantees are encouraged to reapply, they are not guaranteed continued funding.

To review and complete the Letter of Intent with further details for submission, please download: LETTER OF INTENT.

STEP 2 (by invitation only): Request for Proposal

Complete the Request for Proposals and submit as directed, along with the supporting documentation.

All proposals are reviewed by a Grants Committee, made up of Help For Children staff, Board members, and the Academic Consultant.

Site visits are scheduled with potential grantees.

The Grants Committee, with the guidance of the Academic Consultant, makes the final funding decisions and grants are awarded.

Applicants are notified of their grant status the month before the grant year begins.


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