What We Fund

What We Fund

U.S. Grants

Prior to submitting a grant application in the United States, we recommend reading both the Eligibility Criteria and General Information sections below to better understand whether your organization is eligible for a Hovnanian Foundation grant and some of our non-required preferences.

The first step of the application process requires you to take the Eligibility Quiz. This will ensure you are 100% eligible and further provide the next step in the process.

If you have any questions, we provide an FAQ section below with further clarifications.

Eligibility Quiz for U.S. Grants Application


Eligibility Criteria: Who Can Apply?

The H. Hovnanian Family Foundation makes grants in the U.S. only to: 

  • Registered non-profit organizations that are charitable in nature i.e. designated IRS 501(c)(3) status in the U.S. including schools and churches. Preference is given to organizations that will use or apply substantially all of its grant funding in the state of New Jersey, specifically focused on Monmouth and Ocean Counties. 

  • Organizations that have established at least one year of program outcomes. 

  • Project activities that fall under one of the Foundation’s primary areas of focus.

  • Calendar year, as well as multi-year grant requests, are eligible for consideration. 

  • Prior grant recipients of Foundation funding are eligible to reapply only after adhering to a 12-month waiting period following grant closure prior to submission of any new request. 

  • If all of the above criteria are met, grant requests greater than $10,000 cannot be requested for existing operational expenses. 

What we do not fund: 

  • Operational overhead expenses 

  • Non-registered entities/organizations 

  • Political action groups 

  • Proposals submitted without a sustainability plan 

  • Grant requests used to produce something for commercial sale 

General Information

In addition to the outlined eligibility criteria, grant proposals that include these preferred elements will be reviewed more favorably, thereby increasing the chances of receiving positive interest from us. These include but are not limited to: 

  • Inclusion of a plan that outlines project continuity beyond completion of grant funding; 

  • Capital programs or Special Projects with plans for self-sustainability before the end of grant funding; 

  • Partnerships with other organizations that have similar missions to share responsibilities and resources which may in turn help fill gaps and eliminate duplication of effort; 

  • Leveraged funds already secured and/or committed to the grant activity from other (multiple) sources and/or matched from the organization itself; 

  • While not meant to totally limit the interest of the Foundation from funding consideration of other worthwhile projects and programs, grant requests focused on one of our primary areas of focus would be considered preferable during our review process.

Areas of Focus

  • Arts & Culture 

  • Entrepreneurship / Innovation 

  • Leadership, Youth and Community Development 

  • Public Health & Emergency Response 

  • Education 

U.S. Grants FAQ

  • Our priorities for funding are where our charitable mission intersects with our investments to make the most impact possible in the United States, with a focus on Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey. Healthcare/medical centers, education, the arts, and local community development are our key focus areas.
  • Registered non-profit organizations that are charitable in nature i.e. designated IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status in the U.S. including schools and churches.
  • The Foundation will not fund operational overhead such as salaries, whereas it will fund up to a maximum of 20% indirect project costs such as meals, hotels, and travel.
  • The first step is to take the eligibility quiz above. If passed, you will be given instructions on the next steps of the application process.
  • There are no grant deadlines per se, as grant proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis at the end of each quarter (end of March, end of June, end of September, end of December). These dates should be heeded if submitting a time-sensitive proposal.
  • Yes, the Foundation does consider multi-year funding requests.
  • Application forms are accepted via email and hardcopy but this step only becomes available once you have successfully passed the eligibility quiz.
  • Yes, you may, but we provide feedback on rejections which we hope will be heavily considered prior to future application submission (unless the feedback was that you did not meet critical criteria).
  • The Board makes funding decisions within two weeks of each quarter’s closing.
  • Yes, a registered entity may submit more than one grant proposal per quarterly cycle.
  • No, the Foundation requires a grantee to wait a full 12 months after the completion of one grant to submit a proposal for another.