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.

California, Colorado, Florida and Michigan

The Hagen Family Foundation favors creative and innovative proposals in the areas of: arts, education, environment, religion and social services. THFF does not consider contributions to annual drives, capital campaigns, research or support for ongoing programs. Grants range from $1,000 to $20,000. The next round is to open soon; last year’s deadline was April 4.

Connecticut

The Anna Fitch Ardenghi Trust was established to support and promote quality educational, cultural, human services and health care programming for underserved populations living in New Haven, CT. Special preference is given to charitable organizations focusing on the arts or youth-related programming. Grant requests for capital projects will not be considered. The deadline is July 1. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by letter within three months after the proposal deadline.

Florida, North Carolina & South Carolina

The Duke Energy Foundation (formerly Progress Energy) invests in local communities through its grant programs. Giving is primarily focused in the areas of education, economic development, the environment, and employee involvement. The grants range up to $10,000. Deadlines vary by program . Priority given to K-12 efforts focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Nonprofits and colleges are eligible to apply to its Educational Programs grants.

Georgia

The Clark and Ruby Baker Foundation provides support for charitable organizations serving infirmed, deserving, and aged ministers; economically disadvantaged and deserving children; or orphans and orphanages. The foundation also provides financial aid to the sick and infirm receiving medical treatment in any hospital or clinic in the state of Georgia. Funding varies; The deadline is June. 1.

Illinois

The Alfred Bersted Foundation was established to support and promote quality educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. The foundation specifically serves nonprofits in DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, & McHenry counties in Illinois. Funding varies. Colleges and churches are not eligible. The deadline is April 15.

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Massachusetts

The Alfred E. Chase Charity Foundation was established to support and promote quality educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. Special consideration is given to charitable organizations that serve the people of the city of Lynn and the North Shore of Massachusetts. Funding varies. The deadline is March 1. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions before June 30.

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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