More 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.


The Frank Loomis Palmer Fund was established in 1936 to support and promote quality educational, cultural, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. The Palmer Fund specifically serves the people of New London, CT. The application deadline is Nov. 15 and applicants will be notified of grant decisions by letter within 3 to 4 months after the proposal deadline. Applicant organizations must serve the people of New London. The majority of grants from the Palmer Fund are a year in duration. On occasion, multi-year support is awarded. Awards vary.


The Dewan Foundation supports organizations providing direct services to the impoverished. Faith-based organizations are a focus of grant-making. Self-help projects aimed at transforming lives are of special interest. Grants focus primarily on organizations’ operating programs providing services within Chicago and the surrounding area. Grants are generally $2,500 or less; rolling deadlines.


The Florian O. Bartlett Trust was established in 1937 to support and promote quality educational, human services and health care programming for underserved populations, including children. The application deadline is March 1 and applicants will be notified of grant decisions before June 30. Grant requests for general operating support are strongly encouraged. Program support will also be considered. Small, program-related capital expenses may be included in general operating or program requests. The majority of grants from the Bartlett Trust are a year in duration. On occasion, multi-year support is awarded.


The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of Michigan residents. The Foundation’s current Request for Proposals (RFP), “Community Health Matching Program,” provides grants to nonprofit community organizations throughout the state. Projects must address the needs of uninsured patients, including uninsured children. Grants of $25,000 each will be provided; a local match will be determined at the time of the award. Rolling deadlines.


The David and Betty Sacks Foundation annually distributes grants to a select group of charities and then makes an additional round of awards to nonprofits for the performing arts, the fine arts and educational purposes, with the balance to be distributed for general charitable purposes; including religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes. In addition, grants may be awarded to support sport competitions. Only IRS defined amateur sports organizations may request support for equipment or facilities. Grant decisions are generally made before the end of August. The average grant size is $1,000; Deadline: June 1.


The Fred & Gretel Biel Charitable Trust supports quality K-12 education, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. Special consideration is given to organizations that provide food and clothing to low-income individuals and families. Consideration is also given to organizations that serve the economically disadvantaged through the provision of housing, legal assistance, or day care services. The Biel Charitable Trust typically supports organizations serving the people of King and Snohomish Counties in the Puget Sound region of Washington. Occasionally grants will be made out side of the Puget Sound area.

Deadline: May 1. Grant requests for specific programs are encouraged but requests for general operating support also will be considered. A typical grant is $2,500. Requests to assist with debt retirement or to correct an operating deficit will not be considered. Multi-year grants are not considered.

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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