Foundation Highlight: Chico’s

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are constantly on the lookout for good opportunities offering vigorous funding streams. Regularly, our site will highlight a foundation or federal agency which may fall under the radar, but provides funding that can help you achieve your programming goals.

Over the past few weeks, we highlighted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Unitarian Universalist Association, Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the Office Depot Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics for Grades Pre-K–5 grants, the National Forest Foundation, Whole Foods Markets and the Dedalus Foundation.

This week we want to talk about the giving efforts of Chico’s, the women’s clothing store retail chain. Chico’s Charitable Giving Program has two funding categories: (1) Women and Children Grants & (2) Community Grants; In general, the foundation focuses on programs that address the needs of women, children, health, K-12 education and domestic violence. Nonprofits are eligible.

Deadlines: Grants are reviewed in January, April, July and October.

The women’s clothing company focuses funding on improving the lives of women and children in the communities where they do business. Women & Children Grants go to improve health care, self-sufficiency, domestic violence and K-12 education program, including early education. Community Grants support neighborhood, arts and green space programs.

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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