More 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 Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Foundation was established in 1993 to support and promote quality educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations in the Chicago metro area. Special consideration is given to charitable organizations that serve the needs of children. The Foundation is particularly interested in funding programs or organizations that focus on: children’s causes, start-up initiatives within the human services or arts and cultural arenas and healthcare. Funding varies; the foundation has distributed about $6.3 million in grants since it opened. Deadline: Feb. 1.

Northeastern United States

The Eustace Foundation provides most of its funding to religious or educational organizations affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Most of these organizations are located in the Northeastern United States, and range in size from small, local charities to worldwide organizations. Rolling deadlines.


The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation provides grants supporting religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes, or for prevention of cruelty to children. The foundation limits its grants to nonprofits in and around Tulsa, OK. Grant applications from elementary or secondary education institutions will be considered only if they involve programs for at-risk, handicapped or learning-disabled children. Rolling deadlines.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation is accepting applications from artists and art educators for projects that integrate art into other core academic subjects. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded in support of projects that foster collaborations among artists and educators and promote the arts as an integral part of the learning process. Potential projects include but are not limited to collaborations between an artist and an educator, field trips, and teacher training opportunities. K-12 school are eligible; Literacy projects are generally not funded unless they are exceptionally creative and include other core academic subjects. Deadline: Nov. 3.

South Carolina

The Abney Foundation makes grants for innovative and creative projects, and for programs which are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of education, health, social service and cultural affairs. Agencies applying for funds should be serving the citizens of South Carolina. Applicants may submit a brief Letter of Intent describing the project before submitting a proposal. The deadline is Nov. 14.


The Dr. & Mrs. Paul Pierce Memorial Foundation was established in 1963 to support and promote quality K-12 education, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. Special consideration is given to charitable organizations that serve the people of Grayson County. The foundation has four deadlines annually: March 1, June 1, Sept. 1 and Dec. 1. Funding varies, generally ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 each. The foundation made $142 million in grants over the last six years.

West Virginia, Tennessee and South Florida   

Chad and Robin Pennington created the 1st and 10 Foundation to build stronger communities by funding programs and institutions improving quality of life throughout West Virginia, Tennessee and South Florida. Requests for grants are accepted from charitable nonprofit agencies and organizations actively working to fulfill the foundation’s goal of building stronger communities.

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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