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


The Kansas Health Foundation supports a broad range of health-related organizations in the state. Although most of the foundation’s grant funds are awarded through an invited-proposal process, its Recognition Grants program is designed to fund unsolicited requests from grassroots groups doing innovative and meaningful work that aligns with the foundation’s mission. Awards vary. Children’s groups have benefited. The Kansas Action for Children/Voices for Children won a $605,000 grant to support efforts to improve access to health care for Kansas children


The John T. Gorman Foundation focuses on ways to improve the lives of disadvantaged and underserved Maine residents. The foundation’s Improving Long –Term Educational Achievement for Young Children grants fund efforts to improve the academic achievements of poor and disadvantage children. Priority goes to after-school academic assistance and mentoring programs for youth, ages 5-18. Awards vary. Letter of inquiry deadlines are rolling.


The Delta Dental of Minnesota Responsive Grant Program supports projects which promote oral health and educational initiatives. The program provides grants, averaging $2,000 to $50,000, to nonprofits addressing targeted community needs. The Safety Net category works to increase access to oral health services by optimizing the capacity of the safety net oral health system. The Education category supports institutions and initiatives aimed at strengthening the communities. The community category focuses on improving the overall health and vitality of communities. Deadline for letters of inquiry is March 31.

New York

The Brooke Jackman Foundation is focused on improving literacy among at-risk children in the New York City area.  Discretionary Grant Program: up to $2,500 to plan larger projects. Youth Literacy Grant Program: Funding to schools and nonprofit organizations to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for students in underserved communities to enhance their love of reading. The deadline is June 15.


The Charlotte Martin Foundation operates in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The foundation helps youths in the areas of athletics, culture, and education. Priority goes to sports programs and equipment for both boys and girls in underserved areas. Girls’ sports programs (ages 6 to 18) also receive special consideration. The deadline is yet to be determined (the next cycle is to open early next year). This year’s deadline was April 30.


The Oregon Parks Foundation Fund, administered by the Oregon Community Foundation, supports nonprofits and public agencies which improve outdoor recreation. Grants go to community, district, county, and regional level organizations for acquisition, preservation, and improvement of land and other property to be used for public parks. Community outdoor recreation and education programs — such as outdoor classrooms — are also supported. Grants generally range from $1,500 to $5,000. The application deadline is Feb. 15.

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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