Tips for Submitting a Successful Grant Application
We receive ongoing requests for grant funding. Please understand we cannot fulfill every grant we receive as we are a small, grassroots nonprofit. Please submit a clear, concise application to have the best chance at being selected.
Here are some tips are created to help you submit a compelling and relevant application:
Think through your application and take the time to explain the project in simple terms - be thorough but clear. Write out your mission, project, and estimated timeline and proofread before you submit.
We cannot fund any grants that to not match the HWB vision and values, or that would put our nonprofit status in peril.
We will fund projects that comply with our requirements as a nonprofit
Reasons your application may not be approved:
We have distributed all of the funds available already.
The application was not filled out correctly or not detailed enough.
The project's social change or community action benefit is not communicated well.
The project does not align with the rules and regulations HWB must adhere to in order to maintain our 501c3 nonprofit status (such as no grants can endorse or support political candidates or political statements).
The project budget is too large.
The timeline is not feasible for our current grant funding.
The project excludes marginalized peoples or is not inclusive and respectful of colonization, community self-determination or local traditions and culture (ie: outside groups going into a nation or community uninvited to "help")
We had a large number of applicants and selected those that showed a clear community & HWB benefit.
You are not a current member of HWB.
Help your Chapter start a free clinic, host events, or promote your group at conferences or festivals
Help ensure sustainability of your work by building resilience or fundraising ability.
Support projects with a clear target audience, and a plan to reach and impact that target audience in a positive way!
Support projects that do not expect to earn profit, or where any income will be used for a purely charitable effort.
We encourage projects that:
Show a clear connection and visibility of Herbalists Without Borders
Projects that are already active within Herbalists Without Borders
HWB Projects organized by members and Chapters (Such as Trauma Trainings, Medicinal Seed Saving, Community Gardens, Free People's Clinics, Community Apothecary)
We are unable to fund:
Projects that are not organized by at least one current HWB Member or Chapter.
We do not make grants to projects where the primary benefit is to the grantee or to any one individual.
We cannot support projects that influence the outcome of any specific election for candidates to public office, inducing or encouraging violations of law or public policy or causing any improper private benefit to occur.
Payments to the grantee or a member of the grantee’s family for their time or services.
We do not award grants that require grant payments via Moneygram, Western Union or any other cash-based payment systems and can only make payments outside the USA using bank wire transfer or Paypal to the account of the person or organization applying for funding. PayPal transfer is preferred. If you are in another country with rules about money transfers, we will try to work with you, but some transfer systems such as Western Union have large fees, and HWB does not have the funding to pay for large transfer fees. We prefer bank transfer or paypal.
Funds to purchase vehicles - if you are starting a mobile clinic, please apply for the supplies and stocking needs, not the actual vehicle!
Note: Funds request is in USD (US Dollars). To find out the equivalent for your currency based on the current exchange rate in order to calculate your request, visit this calculator: Currency Exchange Calculator.
Thanks again for your vision and we look forward to reading your application! Good luck and thank you for your work in the world.
HWB is a 501c3 NGO nonprofit. Our all volunteer nonprofit is a group of herbalists, medicinal plant growers, herbal educators, alternative holistic modality practitioners and others dedicated to herbal health access for all, medicinal plant conservation, health justice and more.
Our international headquarters is currently in Wisconsin. Please email for our mailing address to ship donations.