Conrad N. Hilton Foundation: Grants for Disasters and Refugees

OVERVIEW: The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation distributes a small portion of its funds to disaster preparedness, emergency response and relief, as well as long-term recovery efforts. 

IP TAKE: Concrete, measurable results and the potential for a long-term partnership are the way to attain Hilton Foundation grants.

PROFILE: When Conrad Hilton established the Hilton Foundation, his goal was to “alleviate human suffering around the world, without regard to race, religion or country.” The foundation continues to operate under this guidance and has been spearheading humanitarian endeavors in impoverished areas of the United States and across the globe since 1950.

Hilton’s Disaster Relief and Recovery program funds disaster preparedness, emergency response and relief, as well as long-term recovery efforts after a catastrophe has occurred. The program mainly funds natural disasters relief efforts. However, the foundation also keeps an eye on humanitarian needs as a result of both natural and manmade disasters.

Disaster-relief grant recipients are generally U.S.-based, but the Hilton Foundation's projects are not limited to the U.S. Hilton grants have supported disaster-related work in central Africa, southern Asia, and the southeastern United States. As of late, much funding has been awarded to projects that aid Syrian refugees, particularly children. 

Hilton’s disaster grants are sizable, with most beginning around $500,000. To learn more about the types of disaster organizations Hilton supports and at what level, visit its awarded grants page. The Hilton Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Grants are made by invitation only.

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