This is the future website for the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation created in 1961 by Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hershey. The Board of Directors, comprised of family members and professional associates, governs the Foundation. Meetings are held bi-annually, on the first Friday in June and December, to consider requests.

To apply, keep reading! All the information is below.

Areas of Interest


Geographic Area

Requests from outside these areas must be by invitation of a board member.

We Do Not Fund

Grant Size


Multiple funding sources are encouraged.


Applying to the Foundation for a Grant

Applicants are only accepted through the Foundation’s online grant application system, per the instructions below.


Grant Cycles and Their Signficant Dates


Fall cycle


Spring cycle
Fall cycle
Spring cycle
Cycle opens
7/27/2018 2/1/2019 7/26/2019 1/31/2020
New Applicants – LOIs due
9/7/2018 3/15/2019 9/6/2019 3/13/2020
New and Returning Applicants – Applications due 9/21/2018 3/29/2019 9/20/2019 3/27/2020
Notifications sent 12/14/18 6/14/2019 12/13/2019 6/12/2020

Answer These Three Questions First


New Applicants

New Applicants follow a two-part process in our online system – 1) submitting a Letter Of Inquiry (LOI), and 2) if invited to apply, submitting an Application. Both the Letter of Inquiry and the Application are forms that you complete and submit within our online system.

  1. Call us to get approval to submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) - we'd like to hear a little about your organization and the idea you have for your request before you begin the process so that we can ensure that it makes sense for you to submit an LOI.
  2. Access our online grants system.
  3. Create an account if you don’t already have one (and save your login information for future access)
  4. Log in
  5. Select “Apply” in the menu at the top
  6. Follow the instructions under “New Applicants”

We will review your LOI, and if we believe that your request might be a fit with our funding priorities, you will be invited to submit a full application.

Returning Applicants

  1. Access our online grants system.
  2. Create an account if you don’t already have one (and save your login information for future access)
  3. Log in
  4. Select “Apply” in the menu at the top
  5. Follow the instructions under “Returning Applicants”

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