Giving away up to $100,000 to help fund projects in hometowns

A Social ROI reader, Jess, writes:

My name is Jess and I work with Hamburger Helper. My job is to spread the word about Hamburger Helper’s grant program, “My Hometown Helper.” I have been reading your blog and thought you might be interested.

You have probably heard of Hamburger Helper (think, cheeseburger macaroni and the talking hand) but have you heard about “My Hometown Helper”? It helps local groups make a difference in their own community. Imagine seeding a community garden, putting a new scoreboard up at the local high school baseball field, re-stocking a small town library with new/additional books. Starting August 1st, you can apply online at for a one-time grant from $500 to $15,000 to help fund a project.

So far, thirty three towns have been helped and over $132,000 awarded. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2007.

12 thoughts on “ Giving away up to $100,000 to help fund projects in hometowns”

  1. We are very interested in applying for your grant. I’ll submit as soon as I figure out how to download the application.

  2. Hello,

    I am the coordinator for Gaenslen’s Literary Circle. This is a reading circle for our middle school girls in grades 7th and 8th. I usually start off with 20 girls but end up with a total of 25-28 girls. This semester will be the fourth year of our existence, hopefully. Due to our district and school’s budget cuts the reading circle have always ran on limited funds. This year our school’s budget is more limited than ever before. I’ve always tried to provide additional funds out of my pocket, but due to increasing enrollment, our need for new materials, hosting our annual luncheon (with aan outside guest speaker), and other outside community experiences, I’m uncertain of the fate of the reading circle. I’m asking for additional outside support and monies to continue with the literary circle. Hopefully your project will enable Gaenslen to cotinue with the Gaenslen’s Literary Circle.

    The mission of Gaenslen’s Literary Circle is to help young girls develop a love for reading that will enhance their lives and their futures. We encourage the girls to read a variety of written materials from multiple sources. Our hope is to exemplify how books, news articles, and other written materials relate to real life experieces and how the girls solve problems or find solutions to problems they encounter. The ultimate goal of the Gaenslen’s Literary Circle is to develop life long learners who love to read.

    HomeTown Helper continue to help schools provide additional projects to education our children.


    Justine Buchanan
    Gaenslen Elementary School
    Middle School Resource Teacher

  3. We are looking for $10,000.00 to assist us with a street light project in Milroy, IN 46156. We have a srett light committee which has been working on a project to raise $100,000.00 to put new street lights in our town to beautiful Main street. We have raised or people have pledged about $90,000.00, but we need an additional $10,000.00 to finish our project.

  4. We are looking for $10,000 to assist our community in a street light project in Milroy, Indiana. We have a street light committee that has raised about $90,000 through committments and pledges. We still need to raise an additional $10,000 to finish our fund raising.

  5. Our principal, Harry Morgan, III has written to you for help with our school’s needs. Mr. Morgan is trying to to improve our school in many ways!We would really apperciate any help you could give the children of King and Queen County! They deserve the same opportunities that any other school has for it’s students. Thank you!

  6. I was wondering if there will be another opportunity to apply for a grant
    through Hamburger Helper. Our youth football league would like to expand.
    We are considering starting an all GIRLS flagfootball division hopfully this
    upcoming spring season.We do have a boys division and I feel it is time to
    provide the girls an opportunity to also get involved. I have already had contact with some of the girls and they told me that they have some teams organized. If our league could apply for a grant it would be totally used to enhance our flagfootball program and we maybe would be able to lower our registration fees. Thank-You for your time and consideration on this

    Rick Albright
    President Mt.Pleasant Area Jr.
    Football League Inc.

  7. I try to donload the application but I couldn’t.Please send me one for our outreach in our community.

  8. Are grants still available from hamburger helper? I am a member of our parks and recreation committee and would like any updated information. Thanks

  9. Hello,
    I would like to apply for a grant for our school. I recently found out about this opportunity at a State School Nurse Conference for school crisis. I tried to download the application, but was not able. Please send me an application.
    Thank you,

  10. I have been trying to find the application to apply for your grant for our community building, where is it or do you mail one out??

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