Guidelines for Grant Requests

1. Trustees of the Holley Foundation meet twice a year, in late spring and mid-fall to consider and then act upon requests for funding. Our interest is in programs rather than in grants for material, "bricks and mortar" needs.

2. The Foundation will only consider grants to groups or organizations that are officially recognized as 501c3 organizations by the IRS. A copy of the tax-exempt letter must be enclosed with the grant request and/or its supporting materials.

3. Groups applying for support should describe their program - its context or history, goals, methods, and the proposed use of the funds - in a letter, which may be supplemented by other descriptive or background materials. Please use the CMF Common Grant Application Format & Forms included here.

4. Most requests are considered on the basis of the letter and printed materials. Certain applicants may be asked by the Foundation to give a brief presentation of their proposal and to discuss their program with the Trustees. Such a presentation/discussion is usually arranged only in the case of large or multi-year requests.

5. Organizations and/or programs located outside of Southeastern Michigan must be sponsored by an individual Trustee who is very familiar with the organization. Please include the sponsoring Trustee's name in the proposal cover letter.

6. Requests for funding must be received by the Program Chairman by March 30 for consideration at the spring meetings, and by September 30 for grants issued in the fall. Grants larger than $50,000 or which entail multi-year periods must be considered fully by the Trustees over two consecutive meetings.

7. Groups receiving grants must agree to provide an annual written report describing the progress of their programs and the uses of the funds received from the Foundation in accordance with our "Guidelines for the Annual Report on Use of Grants Funds" that accompanies this page.

8. The Holley Foundation prefers to conduct as much of its Program work as possible on the Internet. Grant proposals may be sent by e-mail to The proposal may be contained in the body of the email or attached as a Word document.