Foundation Highlight: Charles Lafitte 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, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grants and the Colin Higgins Foundation.

This week, we want to talk about the giving efforts of the Charles Lafitte Foundation.

CLF supports innovative ways of helping people to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. Arts funding goes for education, therapeutic and equal access initiatives, as well as to individual artists. Child advocacy applicants should offer programs focused on mitigating the hardships that confront and impede children. These include child abuse, adequate foster housing, literacy and hunger. For example, Hand in Hand won a $10,000 grant for its children’s advocacy efforts and the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide won a $730,000 grant for general support.

Geographic Focus: National (priority given to New Jersey); Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Funding: Varies, last year grants ranged from $5,000 to $50,000 each (the foundation distributed about $400,000 in grants last year).

Deadline: None.

Education applicants should be: aiding students with learning disabilities; targeting at-risk populations and integrating all learners; offering quality programming using innovative methods; applying data-driven approaches. To start the application process, please click here.

Contact: Jennifer Vertetis,

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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