Many Persian student organizations focus on serving people of Persian heritage.  This is a valuable service because many students don’t have immediate family around, and the student community acts as their support group.  As it’s a good omen to be with family at Tahveel-e Saal, or the moment of the Vernal Equinox, that student community fills an important role.

The purpose of HAND Foundation’s Norooz Outreach Program is to extend this sense of community and celebration BEYOND the Persian community. We invite student groups to apply for a grant to assist in their efforts.


Student organizations, including official college and university student groups, interested in promoting Norooz, the Persian New Year. Eligibility is not limited to Persian or Persian affiliated groups or organizations.


Please complete the application form through this website. All fields must be completed for an application to be given serious consideration.

Grants can be made in any amount between $250 and $2500. Key grant award criteria are: 

  • Creativity and breadth of outreach

  • Number of people attending

  • Percentage of attendees not of Persian heritage

  • Promotion of Norooz: Planning and completion of the outreach party; promotion of Norooz on campus; promotion on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Snapchat)

Note that grant award from HAND Foundation will be made to the university, not to individuals.  


Important Dates

Grant application period opens:  Oct 15, 2018

Grant application period closes:  December 15, 2018

All grantees will be notified no later than January 15. Decisions are generally made on a rolling basis. If a strong application is placed early, the grant may be approved before the close of the application period

If you have any more questions please contact us.

Grant Application

Name *
limit 100 words
Proposed Date of Party *
Proposed Date of Party
Please describe the venue that has been secured for Norooz Party
Any amount between $250 and $2500