Grant Guidelines

The Hershey Foundation gives special attention to unique, innovative and creative projects for children in Northeast Ohio. Priority is given to:

  • creative educational programs for children
  • arts, cultural and science programs for children
  • early childhood education programs

Funding is provided for:

  • special projects
  • equipment that directly impacts the children
  • capital campaigns
  • endowment campaigns

Funding is not provided for:

  • computers or technology
  • annual campaigns
  • research or feasibility studies
  • consulting services
  • operating budgets and salaries
  • individual loans
  • scholarships
  • general purposes
  • mass mailings
  • individuals

The Hershey Foundation reserves the right to initiate and fund projects and organizations that are of particular interest to family members.
The Hershey Foundation only makes grants to organizations which are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals.