Outside-The-Box Funding Ideas, Education, Health

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are constantly conducting online searches and calling or emailing their lists of contacts looking for additional funding opportunities that may be flying under the radar, but are still good sources of support. This week, we look at two foundations you may not be aware exist.

Lafitte Foundation

The Charles Lafitte Foundation focuses on education; medical research; and the arts; Geographic Focus: National (priority given to New Jersey); Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Funding: Varies, last year grants ranged from $5,000 to $50,000 each (the foundation distributed about $400,000 in grants last year); Deadline: None.

CLF supports innovative ways of helping people to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. Arts funding goes for education, therapeutic and equal access initiatives, as well as to individual artists. Child advocacy applicants should offer programs focused on mitigating the hardships that confront and impede children. These include child abuse, adequate foster housing, literacy and hunger. To start the application process, please visit this site.

Contact: Jennifer Vertetis, jennifer@charleslafitte.org; for more on the foundation, please visit

Harley-Davidson Foundation

The Harley-Davidson Foundation supports education, community revitalization, veteran initiatives, health and the environment.; Geographic Focus: Primarily focused on Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Menomonee Falls or Tomahawk, WI; York, PA; or Kansas City, MO (while most funding goes to community organizations, the foundation also considers contributions to national organizations); Who May Apply: Nonprofits and schools; Funding: Varies, the foundation made $2.5 million in grants last year.

Deadline: Dec. 12.

The foundation offers grants that meet the basic needs of the communities where they have operations. They also pursue partnerships with charitable organizations that meet their mission goals, which are education, improvements to the K-12 core curriculum, classroom enhancements, community revitalization, jobs, neighborhood programs, social services, the arts, healthcare and the environment. Priority is given to efforts which involve employees, customers or other Harley-Davidson stakeholders.

New Process

The new grant process for foundation requires online grant submission and completion of an introductory eligibility quiz before beginning the grant proposal. The company website is at: http://tinyurl.com/n78worh

Contact: 414/343-4001, Mary Ann Martiny, secretary, foundationapplications@Harley-Davidson.com.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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