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.
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.
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.
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.
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.