Caring for Community

Caring for Community

Helping communities, one program at a time.

At HomeServe, caring for communities is in the fabric of our corporate culture. We are committed to putting people at the heart of everything we do, and that includes our social responsibility. The HomeServe Cares Foundation (HSCF) grant program is one of many initiatives designed to help communities improve quality of life for their residents. The HSCF grant program is intended to help organizations in communities jump-start a project for residents or to infuse funds into existing programs.

This year is our initial launch of the HSCF grant program, and our 2019 goal is to make a significant impact. Awards will range from $5,000 to $25,000 and several will be available for funding each quarter between April 2019 and March 2020.

Helping communities, one program at a time.

Target areas for HSCF funding include
the following category:

Helping communities, one program at a time.

Building community, one program at a time.

 

Communities thrive when there are common spaces where residents can gather with family and friends for engagement, fun and recreation. Whether these are parks, play grounds or community centers, the HomeServe Cares Foundation (HSCF) is focusing its next round of grants on projects that support cities, municipalities and organizations that have projects that target these essential public spaces. The emphasis on these projects should be in one or more of the following areas:

  • Upgrades to existing facilities to accommodate residents with disabilities.
  • Refurbishment or replacement of equipment and facilities to ensure the safety of visitors.
  • Improvements to community centers or spaces aimed at inclusion and/or resident engagement.
  • Establishment of new projects aimed at uniting communities through shared spaces.

How to apply for a grant to fund a
project or program in your community

The HSCF invites you to submit applications for projects, initiatives or ongoing programs that will provide meaningful impact to your community in the continental U.S. Organizations can submit applications to be considered for two grant awards, which are valued at up to $20,000 each.

  • Applications are due by March 24, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (ET)
  • Awards will be announced on or before March 31, 2020 (Due to overwhelming response, we will be late in announcing awards, our new goal is to announce finalists by April 10th. Thank you for your understanding.)
  • All projects must be substantially underway by June 30, 2020

Full requirements are shown on the application. Applications must be submitted through the online application found here:
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Grant Selection Process

Grant recipients will be selected by representatives of HomeServe. Projects will be judged on the degree to which their goals make a meaningful impact in the target area, and that meet all other selection criteria.

More specifically, the projects will be assessed on:

  • Impact (55 points): The proposed project addresses a clear need that brings positive change to the community and effectively engages residents. The project also demonstrates the ability to accelerate a project, or use of the funds will dramatically improve existing outcomes of a community-based program. Please try to quantify how many people in your community will be impacted by your project and/or what benefits the award will effect (e.g., housing upgrades will improve accessibility for 8 residents, or housing upgrades will allow residents improved mobility and independence, or other quantitative description of impact.
  • Execution (30 points): Applicants demonstrate capacity to deliver the desired outcome of the project on time and within awarded budget, or have a track record of success in running their community-based program. This can be demonstrated by including a brief overview of a project plan or listing previous projects completed successfully.
  • Innovation (15 points): The project demonstrates creativity, aesthetic beauty, unusual design or engagement elements, and/or the potential to spark additional community change.

HSCF reserves the right to make funding decisions based on other criteria, in addition to those described above.

Questions? Please email: grants@homeserveusa.com


The Rochester, New York based Arc of Monroe County (Arc) operates 30 residences and facilities in Monroe County to support more than 1,400 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through residential, vocational, day habilitation, clinical, guardianship and service coordination programs. Arc has launched a identified a Home Makeover Challenge to upgrade and repair 15 of the 30 residences. The HSCF grant of $25,000 will target the bathroom renovation in one of these houses to make it more accessible for the aging and disabled adults that reside there. Pictured are Arc staff, leadership, a Board member, HomeServe representatives and a resident of the house.

The City of Tampa Florida Parks & Recreation Department has a mission to provide and preserve quality parks and recreation opportunities for all. They achieve this with funding from the city and through grants. The Parks and Recreation Department identified a project to install ADA complaint beach mats at three targeted beaches to provide access to mobility challenged visitors. The $25,000 grant from the HSCF will make this project a reality and allow people of all abilities closer access to the water without the stress of battling through the sand. Pictured (left to right): Paul Dial, Parks and Recreation Director, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, NAME, Eric West and Myles Meehan from HomeServe.

Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. (BRI) is a Denver, Colorado based non-profit that provides housing and a variety of housing-related services to the region's low-income, elderly and disabled residents. HomeServe's $10,000 grant will support BRI's Home Modification & Repair (HMR) program, which delivers home modifications and repairs for low-income seniors so they can live more safely in their current homes. Pictured (left to right) - Tisha Hulburd, HomeServe; Jesse Buckalew, BRI HMR Foreman, Jason McCullough BRI HMR Program Manager; and Myles Meehan, HomeServe.

The Boulder, Colorado based non-profit, Cultivate, the provides safety net services for adults aged 60 and over while also creating meaningful volunteer opportunities for people of all ages to improve the quality of life for seniors and their families living in the area. The $3,500 HSCF grant injected funds into Cultivate's Fix-It program. Fix-It provides no-cost home repairs and modifications, such as grab bar installation, to improve the safety of seniors living in their own homes. Pictured are Cultivate Staff, Board Members and representatives from HomeServe Cares Foundation.

Located in Columbus, Ohio, LifeCare Alliance is a non-profit that provides a comprehensive array of essential home health care services to thousands of older adults and individuals living with medical challenges. LifeCare Alliance's Chores program received a $10,000 grant from HomeServe to improve the living conditions of specific homes needing electrical and plumbing maintenance, grab bar and railing installations, and floor and drywall repairs. Pictured (left to right) - Maurice Elder, LifeCare; Bill Eller, HomeServe; Andrea Devier, Andrew Zuk, and Crystal Kurzen from LifeCare.

The Shepherd's Center of Kansas City Kansas (SCKCK) is an interfaith, multicultural non-profit that provides services that reach more than 1,200 people in Wyandotte County, focusing on health enrichment, education and home services. The $10,000 HSCF Caring for Community grant will enable SCKCK to execute a "weatherization blitz" project to help protect the homes of senior citizens in the county through projects like HVAC tune-ups, replacing air filters, and improving insulation. Pictured left to right are Jen Montenaro, HomeServe; Barton Richardson, Kansas City Firefighter and Shepherd's Center Board Member; and Eric West, HomeServe.