Help In Finding $$$ in Your Own Back Yard

Alabama

The Alpha Foundation is dedicated to improving the human condition. An emphasis is placed on grants to educational, scientific and charitable organizations. Alpha does not require a grant application form; however, applications should be made in writing. Rolling deadlines. Awards vary, up to $2.5 million each.

Arizona

The Arizona Community Foundation is a permanent charitable endowment, created for the community. The grant-making covers a wide range of focus areas including education, youth, community development, health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, animal welfare and public safety. The foundation conducts up to 40 grant cycles each year. Each cycle is a process spanning several months in which the foundation requests funding proposals from nonprofits, sometimes in broad focus areas or other geographic communities and other times within very specific fields. Awards vary.

Arizona and Indiana

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants support programs which help disabled adults and/or children, as well as women, youth and families.  This also includes health and education programs. The deadline is May 29.

Arkansas

Through its grants, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation seeds efforts to improve quality of life for Arkansans and promote positive, systemic change. The foundation uses its resources to build and sustain strong communities by supporting and strengthening organizations serving them. Open to nonprofits, governments and schools. Deadlines, rolling, but funding decisions are made quarterly. Awards vary.

Connecticut

The Elizabeth Carse Foundation was established in 1970 to promote education and child welfare for residents across the state. Special consideration is given to organizations that provide training to elementary and secondary school teachers in assisting children to achieve better standards of living. Consideration is also given to organizations that have a direct impact on improving the welfare of others or which provide a social service to the community. Grant requests for capital projects will not be considered. The deadline is Aug. 15. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by letter within two to three months after the proposal deadline.

Illinois

The Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust was established in 1992 to support and promote charitable organizations in Chicago & CookCounty that relieve human suffering, conduct scientific research and provide education and assistance to youth. In general, grant requests for endowment campaigns or capital projects will not be considered. The majority of grants from the Genius Charitable Trust are one year in duration; on occasion, multi-year support is awarded. Rolling deadlines. In general, applicants will be notified of grant decisions three to four months after proposal submission. Funding varies.

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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