Help In Finding $$$ in Your Own Back Yard

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko suggest the best way to start your funding search is by first looking in your own backyard. We provide a list of local and state resources here. We will periodically provide additional lists for our readers.


The Silicon Valley Community Foundation serves San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and has $2 billion in assets under management in more than 1,500 philanthropic funds. The community foundation provides grants through donor advised and corporate funds in addition to its own endowment funds. The foundation focuses on community opportunity, economic security and K-12 education. Funding varies. The foundation plans to open the next competition, which will help English Language Learners, in October.


The Adolph Coors Foundation places a high priority on programs that help youth to prosper and encourage economic opportunities for adults. Specifically, the foundation’s areas of support include one-on-one mentoring programs, job training, and a variety of self-help initiatives. Afterschool or academic programs in conjunction with nonprofits will be considered. The first application deadline for 2015 is March 1.

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Anadarko, the oil and energy company, supports nonprofits in communities where it operates. Anadarko funding priorities include: education, social service, health, arts and culture. The company also has a robust employee volunteer program. Awards vary, rolling deadlines.


The Linford & Mildred White Charitable Fund promotes quality educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations within the state. The deadline for applications is July 1. Applicants will receive notification of grant decisions by letter within three months after the proposal deadline. Grant requests for capital projects will not be considered. Grants from the White Charitable Fund are for one year; applicants will not be awarded a grant for more than three consecutive years. Go to the website and select the Linford & Mildred White Charitable Fund from the drop-down menu.


The Illinois Bar Foundation’s Grants Program supports the Children’s Assistance Fund, which¬†provides grants to organizations across the state related to children and law. The Children’s Assistance Fund prefers projects that have a statewide or regional impact. Programs with a local impact must show evidence of the significance of the program to the locality and local support for the project. Deadline: Jan. 31; funding varies with grants up to $10,000 available.


Baptist Community Ministries (BCM) is a private, grantmaking foundation committed to a healthier Greater New Orleans. BCM funds grants in education, health, public safety and governmental oversight. The Fund Development Consulting Initiative is an in-kind grant program providing capacity-building and fundraising consulting services to nonprofits in the five-parish area of Greater New Orleans. Deadlines: Varies by program.


The Maine Women’s Fund is a public foundation, creating lasting change by helping achieve economic security for all Maine women and girls. The initiative’s funding areas include: education and youth development, entrepreneurship and better jobs and wages, financial literacy and asset building, and policy and leadership. Grants average around $5,000.¬†The next round of funding is to open soon.


The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation supports programs that help meet local residents’ basic needs and address poverty-related issues. The foundation funds programs which support: women & girls, youth, arts & recreation, basic needs, community impact, capital campaigns, education and the elderly. Funding varies by program. The Community Impact Grants (up to $20,000 each) support K-12 education reforms; the 2015 deadline is Feb. 9.

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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