Mission Support Grant Applications: A How-to-Guide from AHF

Does your organization advance health and wellness in the San Diego or Imperial County region?

If so, you could be the next recipients of one of our Mission Support Grants. We award these grants annually in amounts up to $100,000, allowing local non-profits to advance their missions and to positively affect their community.

Applying for an AHF Mission Support Grant is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Cybergrants log-in screen

Create a Cybergrants account. Log in and create a new account if you are a first-time user. Click on the “Create your password” link at the top of the page to get started. Choose this option even if your organization has applied for a grant in the past, but you are new to Cybergrants. Or simply enter your existing credentials if you’ve used the system before.

From there, read the welcome text to familiarize yourself with the grant and to learn what we’re looking for from prospective grantees. It’s also a great idea to look at our list of current grantees and to read our mission statement. Knowing who we are and what we’re about will help you determine if your organization is a good fit for a Mission Support Grant!

Dig into the application. Read through the questions, and think about our mission and the grantees we’ve funded. How does your organization fit in? We’ll also want to know the population and the region you serve, so make sure you know your demographics.

In addition to demographic information, we’ll also want to know about your organization’s financials. Know your total revenue, expenses, and cost per constituent, and be prepared to upload your budget and a copy of your most recent 990.

Clicking the timeline at the top of the application will allow you to preview the entire application. You can save your application and come back to it when you are ready if you need to.

Create a short, three-minute video. If you’ve researched our website and checked out our current and past grantees, you’ll notice that every grantee created a video to go along with their application.

We’re not looking for marketing or promotional videos; instead, we want to see your Executive Director, CEO, or leadership team in front of the camera telling us about the mission of your organization, how your organization is making a difference, and how you are measuring impact. A simple cell phone or camcorder video will work perfectly. Post the three-minute video to your YouTube channel, and include the video link in your application.

If you would like additional help with your application, the short, how-to video below will walk you through the entire process. Have a look!

It’s just that easy to apply!

If you follow these steps, you’ll have a solid foundation for your application, and you’ll improve your chances of becoming one of our next grantees. Ultimately, our decision is based on a board vote. Decisions will be announced in March of 2018. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 3.

ahf-michelesq-500If you have any questions about the application or if you run into any problems, please contact AHF Senior Director of Programs Michele Silverthorn at 858.875.3305 during her Mission Support Virtual Office Hours every Wednesday afternoon in October from 2 to 3 pm. You may also call on Wednesday, November 1 from 9 to 11 am. Email questions may be sent to msilverthorn@alliancehf.org.

We’re looking forward to learning more about how your organization, like ours, is advancing health and wellness for those in need.



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