Funding Priorities in Social Service

The Hearst Foundations are only able to fund approximately 20% of all grant requests, of which about 80% is directed to prior grantees and about 20% is targeted for new grantees.


In the recent past, 15% of total funding has been allocated to Social Service. Organizations with budgets over $5 million have received 60% of funding in Social Service.


Types of Support:

  • Program, capital and general support


Preference will be given to:

  • Affordable housing
  • Job creation and job training
  • Literacy
  • Youth development
  • An organization’s national headquarters for wider initiatives instead of local chapters


In limited cases, the Foundations fund organizations focusing on:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Food delivery and food banks
  • Sexual abuse
  • Substance abuse

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