Help In Finding $$$ in Your Own Back Yard

The Grant Advisors are always trying to provide their readers with extra resources. This includes keeping up with the news on innovative programs and giving efforts from across the country.


The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation seeks to reduce childhood obesity and improve youth fitness. The foundation has a special interest in helping school-age children living in Atlanta and Gainesville neighborhoods designated as Falcons Fitness Zones. The foundation makes grants to increase the time kids spend in physical activity and increase access to healthy, affordable food. Start with a letter of inquiry. Deadlines are rolling; awards vary.


The Hawaii People’s Fund encourages projects that have developed a realistic plan for achieving change. The fund places a priority on projects that utilize organizing and education to promote social change; startup projects are encouraged. Deadline: Sept. 1; awards average about $5,000 each.

Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana

The Avista Foundation, a community investment program of Avista Utilities, provides funding to nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of communities served by Avista in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, portions of southern Oregon, as well as Sanders County, MT. Focus areas: education — supports K–12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology — and higher education, including science-technology. The foundation also includes a matching gifts program for employees of Avista Utilities. The deadline is Oct. 31; awards vary.


The A. Montgomery Ward Foundation was established in 1959 to support and strengthen charitable institutions that provide quality educational and cultural programming for residents of Chicago and its surrounding communities. Areas of funding interest include arts, culture & humanities and education. Deadline: Oct. 31. The majority of grants from the Montgomery Ward Foundation are one year in duration. Awards vary.

To find the competition: go to, select “Ward Foundation, A. Montgomery,” from the drop-down menu.


The Carl R. Hendrickson Family Foundation supports and promotes quality education, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations in Illinois. Grants of up to $35,000 will be awarded. Preference is given to organizations or programs that approach their mission from an entrepreneurial perspective. Nonprofit and charitable organizations are eligible; The deadline is July 31.


The primary purpose of the Alma Taylor Foundation is to promote economic growth and development in the city of Greensburg and in Decatur County. The foundation seeks to expand employment opportunities through economic development; K-12 education and to provide opportunities for community development, historic preservation and the advancement of the arts. Deadlines are rolling; awards up to $10,000 each.


The Mass Mentoring Partnership is accepting applications from youth-mentoring organizations in Massachusetts for technical and capacity-building projects. Through its Technical Assistance Project, MMP will provide technical support services to help organizations improve service delivery and serve as many young people as possible. Awards vary; the MMP’s State Mentoring Matching Grants are to open soon.

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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