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 Phoenix Suns Charities, the giving arm of the NBA basketball team, supports nonprofits in the state whose programs focus on children and families. Priority goes to organizations addressing the special needs of disadvantaged, disabled, minority, and disadvantaged youth; encourage students to succeed in school and to develop quality career interests and develop leadership skills in youth. Program grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. The next round of funding opens in December.

California, Iowa, Nebraska & Wyoming

The Peter Kiewit Foundation supports programs which promote the arts and culture, youth programs, community and economic development, higher education and social services. The small grants program (awards range from $500 to $10,000) supports small, defined projects and rarely funds large organizations. There is also a larger grant program. The deadlines are July 15 and April 15. All awards are made on a matching or challenge basis.

Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia

The Dominion K-12 Education Partnership, a charitable initiative of energy company Dominion, is accepting applications from elementary/secondary schools and nonprofits for new programs designed to strengthen math and science education through the study of energy or the environment. The program awards grants of up to $10,000 in support of innovative and promising ideas that teach math and science skills. Projects must develop math and/or science skills through the study of the environment or be designed to increase students’ awareness of energy efficiency and conservation. Deadline: May 1.


Established in 1983, the Broward Education Foundation in Fort Lauderdale supports local schools. The foundation is accepting applications from Broward County educators for its Teacher Innovation Grants. Grants of up to $1,200 will be awarded in support of classroom projects that enrich the standard curriculum and explore new alternatives to traditional methods of learning. Priority will be given to projects that address the arts, character education, classroom management, community involvement, early childhood learning, driving safety, foreign languages, health and physical education, language arts, life skills, multicultural subjects, mathematics, public speaking, science, social studies, and STEM subjects. Deadline: Nov. 28.


The Iowa West Foundation works to improve lives and strengthen communities for future generations. Fields of Interest: community development, economic development, education, human and social needs. The foundation is especially interested in early childhood educational programs and quality daycare programs that address underserved age groups and serve children from economically and educationally disadvantaged families. Funding varies. The deadlines are Jan. 1 (letter of intent) and Jan. 15 (full application).

Iowa and Nebraska

The Richard P. and Laurine Kimmel Foundation supports proposals that promote education, arts, agriculture, humanities and human services. For example, the foundation has in the past funded: youth organizations and agricultural programs, higher education and public schools, interpretive history projects, libraries, the visual and performing arts, health services and academic scholarships. Most grants are for program funding, with a low priority given to general operating support. Inquiries should be made well before the beginning of a project. Funding varies; rolling deadlines.

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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