More Help In Finding $$$ in Your Own Back Yard

Kansas and Missouri

The Kansas Health Foundation offers Recognition grants for a broad range of health-related organizations in the state and in Missouri’s Jackson, Jasper, or Newton counties. The program accepts some unsolicited requests and specifically targets grassroots organizations doing work that fits within the foundation’s mission of improving the health of all Kansans. The program awards grants of up to $25,000, but smaller requests are encouraged. Youth groups have benefited. The Sunset Shore Playground Project this year won a $25,000 grant for new playground equipment at an elementary school. The deadlines are March 15 and Sept. 15; the 2015 competition opens Jan. 1.


The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture; services for the handicapped and needy; educational programs; humane societies; senior citizen services; day care services; life enrichment services; and scouting and youth programs. The 2015 grantmaking will open in November, officials tell us.


The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation connects donors to community needs. Focus areas include education, minorities and community development. The foundation offers a partnership program that helps smaller organizations streamline the giving process. Deadlines vary. The Black Community Fund, which supports programs in the African-American community in Greater Kansas City, will open its 2015 competition in January.


The Black Rock Arts Foundation was established by several of the partners who founded and produce Burning Man, an annual arts festival in the Nevada desert. BRAF awards grants of up to $10,000 for highly interactive, community-driven, collaborative works of art that are accessible to the public and civic in scope. BRAF makes awards across the country. Grants can be applied toward the creation of the work or to the development of community and education programs that support the creation of interactive artworks. Youth projects have won. Echoes, New York City, won an $8,000 grant last year for an exhibit that allowed San Francisco youth to interact with the shadows of youth in Brooklyn, and vice versa.

New York

The New York State Health Foundation Special Projects Fund will award grants of up to $400,000 to nonprofit and for-profit organizations that are working on coordinated healthcare interventions (expanding healthcare coverage, improving diabetes prevention, and advancing primary care). Replication and sustainability are priorities. The Albany Medical Center won a $166,000 to improve the dental health of WIC children. The next round is to open at the beginning of next year.

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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