Foundation Highlight: Colin Higgins Foundation

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are constantly on the lookout for good opportunities offering vigorous funding streams. Regularly, our site will highlight a foundation or federal agency which may fall under the radar, but provides funding that can help you achieve your programming goals.

Over the past few weeks, we highlighted the MAC AIDS Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics for Grades Pre-K–5 grants, the National Forest Foundation, Whole Foods Markets, Dedalus Foundation, the Best Buy Foundation, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the Surdna Foundation and the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grants.

This week, we want to talk about the giving efforts of the Colin Higgins Foundation and the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards (2015).

Deadline (tentative): TBA, the next round of funding is to open this month; last year’s deadline was Feb. 17.

Funding Focus: Youth, crime; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Individuals; Funding (estimated): Three awards of $10,000 each;

The awards honor young people who have endured overwhelming hardships due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. The award program seeks nominations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth who have stood up to hostility and intolerance based on their gender and sexual orientation and triumphed over bigotry. Nominees must be 21 or under and must be U.S. citizens. Self-nominations are not accepted. Due to the economic downturn, this is only funding program at the foundation this year. Previously, the foundation offered organizational funding for LGBT programs.

Info: 212/509-1059; e-mail,

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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