Mary Hicks Preston Grants

The Mary Hicks Preston Foundation offers grants for:

  • Capacity Building – Funding that strengthens an organization so that it may better fulfill its mission
  • Capital – Funding for construction or equipment
  • Challenge – The Foundation and grant seeker agree on a program or operating goal for the grant seeker to reach; the Foundation rewards successful completion of goal


Mature organizations may be eligible for operating support upon establishing a threshold of core competency. Developing organizations may be eligible upon successful completion of a seed grant and after demonstrating a threshold of competency.

Project / Program

The Foundation awards a grant for a specific initiative or endeavor, not for general operating support.

Seed Money

The Foundation awards a grant to help launch a new project or initiative.


In evaluating proposals, the following will be considered:

  • Response to a need in the community
  • Building long term capacity in the community
  • Creating collaboration between organizations
  • Use of an innovative approach or a proposal that acts as a catalyst for meeting future needs
  • Geographic scope and population reach


The Mary Hicks Preston Historical Improvement and Betterment Foundation, Inc. will:

  • Make grants to tax-exempt organizations with 501(c)(3) classification from the IRS;
  • Make grants to municipalities;
  • Make grants to faith-based organizations (please see special note on application);
  • Make grants to civic organizations (proposals must be project-based and of a charitable nature, and the organization must have a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization)

Click here to apply for a grant.