Applying for Grants

The best way to approach The Hershey Foundation for a grant is to submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) as directed below.

All forms are now accepted, exclusively, on-line.

Please review the Grant Guidelines and FAQ pages before creating your account or submitting an LOI. 

To begin the process, click on the following link:

New Applicants please click “Create New Account” to begin the registration process.
Returning Applicants please enter your logon credentials and click Log On.

Step one. . .

  • Log in at the above link and submit an LOI through the on-line form.
  • Upon review, we will determine if your request is a good match with our funding priorities.
  • You will receive notice by e-mail.
  • If there is an interest in funding your request, a link to submit a full proposal will be included in the e-mail following the guidelines listed below.

Step two. . .

Log-on to your account to work on or submit your proposal. Be prepared to provide the following:

  • an explanation of the program to be funded including objectives and goals, time frame, budget, and other sources of funding
  • organizational overview including mission, history, and services provided
  • most recent annual report and financial statement
  • current list of officers, directors, or trustees
  • copy of the IRS letter designating nonprofit charitable status
  • approval of the executive director and or  chairperson of the board

If you have questions, please visit the FAQ page. Unanswered questions can be addressed at


The Hershey Foundation meets twice a year to approve grants.

Please be advised, The Hershey Foundation will not be accepting LOIs for further funding in 2020. The June 1 LOI deadline is now closed.  Apply by December 1 for grant consideration in 2021.

LOI Due                      Notification                     Full Proposal Due          Notification

December 1                 December 15                    January 15                         March

June 1                          June 15                             July 15                             September