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 Charles Nelson Robinson Fund was established in 1970 to support and promote quality educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations in Hartford. Applicant organizations must have a principal office located in the city of Hartford. Grant requests for capital projects will not be considered. Deadline: Feb. 15. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by letter within two to three month after the proposal deadline. Funding varies, the foundation has distributed about $1.1 billion in grants over the last decade. Individual grants range up to $57,000 each, but are generally in the $20,000 to $25,000 range.


The Freeport Community Foundation offers John M. Drogosz Youth Substance Abuse Prevention/Treatment Memorial Fund grants to non-profit organizations with educational, prevention and treatment of substance abuse programs for youth. The programs should present innovating, creative, and practical approaches in dealing with the education, prevention, or treatment of youth substance abuse. Award amounts vary. Nonprofit organizations serving youth in Freeport, IL are eligible to apply. The next round is to open soon; last year’s deadline was June 3.


The Charles H. Hall Foundation was established in 2007 to support and promote educational, health & human services, religious, arts & cultural programming for underserved populations. Special consideration is given to programs whose purpose is the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. The Foundation specifically serves organizations based in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, or Franklin Counties. Grant size may range from $5,000-$20,000. Direct services programs get priority. Grants are for one year; Applicants will not be awarded a grant for more than three consecutive years. Foundation application deadline is Dec. 1.


The Lincoln Community Foundation supports programs which enrich the quality of life in Lincoln, NE and the surrounding area. Focus areas include education, arts and culture, health, social services, economic development, and civic affairs. Contact the foundation to request an application; 14 copies of the proposal are required. Grant application deadline is May 1. Quick Response Grants are those where the traditional application timeline would result in a loss of an opportunity. Rolling deadlines; maximum award is $1,000.

Nebraska and Wyoming

The Oregon Trail Community Foundation serves organizations in Western Nebraska and parts of Wyoming. As a community foundation, it supports effort to promote the arts, community development, neighborhood development, economic development, health care, higher education, recreation, substance abuse services and youth development. Rolling deadlines; Funding: up to $10,000 each.

New England

The Boston Bruins Foundation assists nonprofits that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. The foundation concentrates its grantmaking on the following four areas: youth sports; programs that provide homework assistance and a safe learning environment; health and community outreach. Funding varies; deadline April 1. The foundation is upgrading its website to streamline the application process.

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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