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

Project Preferences


Applying to the Foundation for a Grant

When to apply

The Foundation has two grant cycles per year – Spring and Fall. Online applications are accepted for two months during each of those cycles. Deadlines for applications are April 15 and September 15.

The online applications will open two months before each of those dates. If you access the online grant portal outside of the two-month windows, you will not be able to submit an application.

New applicants must have their LOIs (see below, under New Applicants) submitted two weeks before the cycle deadline. This allows time for us to review and respond to your LOI, and to allow you time to prepare and submit your application by the application deadline, if you are invited to submit one.

Current cycle deadlines:

LOIs are due 4/1/2018
Applications are due 4/15/2018

New Applicants

If your organization has never received a grant from the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation, you qualify as a new applicant (if you are unsure, call or email and we can tell you; 713-529-7612, support@jthershey.org).

As a new applicant, you must first submit a letter of inquiry. The letter of inquiry (LOI) allows you to introduce your organization to the Foundation and to provide a brief idea of the purpose of your grant request. Here are all of the questions on our LOI form. 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. Here are all of the questions on our New Applicant Application form.

Please call before you begin your 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. 713-529-7612

If you have called, spoken with a staff person, and received the go ahead, then the next step is to access our online grants system. You’ll be asked to set up a user account on the system first. Once you are logged in, select “Apply” in the menu on your dashboard. Go to the “New Applicant” section and follow the instructions. If you have any questions or issues, please call or email us: 713-529-7612, support@jthershey.org.

Returning Applicants

If your organization has received a grant from the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation in the past, you qualify as a returning applicant (if you are unsure, call or email and we can tell you; 713-529-7612, support@jthershey.org).

To prepare your application ahead of time, here is a list of all of the questions on our Returning Applicant Application form.

To apply, access our online grant system. If you’ve never visited our online grants system before, you’ll be asked to set up a user account first. Once you are logged in, select “Apply” in the menu on your dashboard. Go to the “Returning Applicant” section and follow the instructions. If you have any questions or issues, please call or email us: 713-529-7612, support@jthershey.org.