The Brant Walton Memorial Fund / Dream Hope Believe Foundation (DHB) is a memorial fund operated under the auspices of CharitySmith National Society of Memorial Funds. We are a 501(c)(3) organization able to accept tax-deductible donations in accordance with federal tax law and also have public charity status which allows for corporate matching of donations. The Fund seeks to provide grants to children and young people who have lost a parent to cancer. Grants can cover a wide variety of things, but examples would include daycare services, school costs or tuition, healthcare services, and many other services and needs that a child may require. We raise funds through various endeavors and select grant applicants based on their individual needs and situations. Our approach is unique because unlike most charities where donations are made and the use of those funds is not always clear to the donors, we give our donors and sponsors the opportunity to have an active role in the selection process of grant recipients. Additionally, fully 100% of every dollar raised for the Foundation will be used for making grants. All operational, legal, marketing, etc costs are borne out of pocket by the Fund’s cofounders.
The inspiration for The Dream Hope Believe Foundation / Brant Walton Memorial Fund is the story of Brant Walton and his family. Brant Walton was a classmate of Shaheen Wirk’s who succumbed to rectal cancer at the age of 34 leaving behind his wife and young son. Andrea Jackson-Williams was so moved by Brant’s story that she wished to do something for children who found themselves in a similar situation. The resulting conversations between the founders coupled with their desire to do something about situations like this are the genesis, inspiration, and purpose of the Foundation. It is in Brant’s memory and honor that we endeavor. Should you be curious to learn more about Brant’s story and the separate efforts being undertaken for his family, we invite you to visit www.caringbridge.com/visit/brantwalton.
The goal of DHB’s granting program is to support children and young people who have lost a parent to cancer. At this time, there is no limit on the number of grants that may be awarded to a single applicant or family. However, DHB may subsequently decide to limit the number of grants it may award to a single applicant or family, or not to award any grants at all. Grant applicants should expect that applications will be subject to a review by the Selection Committee consisting of both permanent and temporary members. Final grant awards are dependent upon approval from CharitySmith National Society of Memorial Funds to ensure that we are in compliance with federal regulations.
We are looking for compelling, finite, and measurable needs. For example, someone who is seeking funds for daycare costs is going to be much more interesting to us than someone who wants a grant for general purposes or a vacation. General purpose requests are unlikely to be successful. We want to know exactly what we are funding and how the money will be spent. This also allows us to precisely size the various grants as we will probably be making multiple grants.
In the past we have awarded grants to provide the following items and services to children:
- psychological counseling
- school tuition
- autism social services
- college applications
- infant supplies
- educational tutoring
- dedicated childcare
- summer camp
- afterschool programs
- college entrance examinations
- children’s play area
- extracurricular activities
- leadership development programs
- computing programs
In the application you MUST clearly identify the name of the third-party service provider or institution, phone number, and address for any grant check to be sent as well as the requested amount. The Foundation does not send checks directly to grant recipients. Applications without this information included will not be evaluated.
Eligibility Requirements and Other Conditions to Funding:
a) Support grants are available for children or young people up to 17 years of age living in the United States of America. Your application must be received before your 17th birthday in order to be considered. In other words, APPLICANT MAY NOT BE BORN BEFORE 3/31/99.
b) While grants will only be made for the benefit of the child or young person who has lost a parent to cancer; it is understood and expected that many, if not most, grant applications will be completed on the behalf of the applicant by a surviving parent/guardian, family member, friend, etc.
c) Successful grant applicants may be asked to provide a copy of the deceased’s death certificate.
d) After the preliminary awarding of a grant, additional paperwork must be completed in which the grant recipient confirms the purpose and use of the grant funds, affirms our right to publicize their story, and agrees to provide periodic updates. Grants are not finalized and funds will not be disbursed until this additional paperwork is completed.
Please note that the above conditions are not exhaustive, and DHB reserves the right to impose additional eligibility requirements or other conditions prior to approval and funding.
Use & Receipt of Funds:
All grant funds must be used in accordance with the express purposes described in the application and with the terms specified in the grant award letter. Grant funds may not be used for any other costs or expenses without written approval from DHB.
In many situations, successful grant recipients will not receive the funds directly. Every effort will be made to direct grants to the relevant third parties on behalf of the grant recipient. For example, a grant made to support a child’s education would be paid directly to the relevant school.
The recipient of each grant will submit at least two updates (at 6 and 12 months) after the grant is awarded. We want to know how you are doing, and we need to collect documentation for the IRS that the funds have been used as specified.
The grant recipient and/or their agent will endeavor to utilize the grant as specified in the application & grant terms. If DHB reasonably determines that the recipient has not met the terms and conditions of these Grant Guidelines, DHB may take all reasonable and appropriate steps to recover grant funds and/or ensure the restoration of any diverted grant funds.
By applying for this grant you agree to allow us to use your first name, story, pictures, other details, etc for publicity purposes. We have no interest in compromising anyone’s privacy, but we need to have the ability to give concrete examples to future DHB applicants, donors, and supporters as to some of the things we have done and achieved in the past. While we would never give out personal contact information such as phone numbers, addresses, or last names without your permission – we reserve the right to retell your story and use other details to publicize the Foundation’s efforts.
The grant application form is attached. Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application. Please email completed applications with a recent photo to email@example.com with the words “grant application” in the subject line of your message.
Applications must be received by April 1, 2016 to be considered for funding.
The number and amount of grants awarded will be determined based on the quality and number of qualified grant applications received as well as the budgetary requirements of the most preferred applications. Grant applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee consisting of both permanent and temporary members. Members of the Selection Committee include the Dream Hope Believe Foundation’s founders, our financial donors who opt to participate in the selection process, fundraising athletes who opt to participate in the selection process, and any other person / entity / stakeholder whom the DHB Founders deem should have a voice in the selection process. Recommendations from the Selection Committee will be made to the Dream Hope Believe Granting Committee who will make final decisions on which grants are funded. We expect that awards will be determined by May 1, 2016. However, because this program is still evolving, this date is subject to change. All applicants will be informed of the final decision. DHB will not provide reviewer comments for applications that are not funded.
Please note that the following dates are subject to change without notice. We do our best to keep our homepage, Facebook page, and Twitter account current.
Grant applications due – April 1, 2016
Awards determined – May 1, 2016
First 6 month update report due to DHB – November 1, 2016
Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org