Hemera seeks to create a partnership with our grantees that allows for the time needed to develop trust and explore solutions to the toughest challenges that a grantee faces.  Coupled with our spend-up mandate, Hemera is limited as to the number of grantees we can support.  As such, to honor those relationships, Hemera does not take unsolicited grant requests.   

For those invited, Hemera understands that the relationship with a grantee takes time to mature and that time is an invaluable asset to the grantee.  As such, Hemera’s funding strategy is as follows:

Initial Support: For new relationships, Hemera can award up to $25,000 in general operating support to eligible grantees while we are getting to know the grantee, who they are serving, and how they go about their work.  The Board has provided the Founder and staff discretion for these grants thereby allowing these to be approved within 60 days.  These are one-time grants only.

Project Grant: During our due diligence work, Hemera will work with the grantee to identify a project that will help to enhance the work of the grantee, further their learning or understanding of the implementation or impact of their work, or to help build their network of partners.  Grants awards in this stage are up to $75,000.  Organizations may be awarded one or more grants from this category.  It should be noted that all grants will have previously received an initial support grant noted above. Grants are approved semi-annually in May and October, although exceptions can be made in extraordinary circumstances.

Partnership Grant: For those situations where an organization previously supported invites Hemera to help with their toughest challenges or to strengthen the implementation, evaluation or sustainability of their service to the community, significant, multi-year grants can be awarded.  It should be noted that all partnership grants will have previously received an initial support grant and project specific grant noted above.  Grants are approved semi-annually in May and October, although exceptions can be made in extraordinary circumstances.

Fellowship Centers: We are always searching for new retreat center partners to expand the fellowship offerings. Each retreat center will go through a due diligence process that will include an in-person visit by the Hemera staff. Prior to the visit, the Center will be required to complete a questionnaire and phone interview to review the responses. Fellowship Centers are added on a rolling basis throughout the year.