More Help In Finding $$$ in Your Own Back Yard


The Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF) supports a number of grantmaking programs that advance Alaska Native priorities for protecting their land and sustaining their ways of life. The foundation’s grantmaking priorities include: education, youth, climate change; food security; sustainable economies; energy; and holistic wellness. Alaska Native organizations and individuals that address one of these issues are eligible to apply. The Rapid Response grants provide support for direct conservation advocacy to address unforeseen opportunities or threats of statewide or national significance. Rapid Response grants range from $2,500 to $10,000. Deadlines are rolling.


Southern Arizona Roadrunners provides money for community efforts that promote life-long fitness for children. The programs funded by SAR focus on the development of healthy lifestyles for children, with emphasis on running related activities. SAR seeks to fund programs that prepare children for a lifetime of individual exercise, regardless of physical condition or ability. Grants ranging from approximately $100 to $1,000 will be awarded. The deadline is July 31.

California, Colorado, Illinois and Wyoming

The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations working on education issues in Chicago and Los Angeles. New guidelines for the education grants are to be posted in June. Organizations in Colorado and Wyoming working on environmental issues can apply at any time. The foundation focuses its environmental grantmaking on: researching and disseminating best practices for responsible energy development; Awards vary. Deadlines vary by program; the Chicago education grant deadline is July 15.


The NewAlliance Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that enhance economic vitality and improve the quality of life in the communities served by NewAlliance Bank in Connecticut. The foundation’s funding priorities include the arts, community development, health and human services, and youth and education. Priority is given to programs that empower people through the development of literacy skills. Requests for capital support from organizations that meet all other funding criteria are also considered. Capital requests can include: brick and mortar activities; equipment expenditures; facility construction and capital improvements. The application deadline is July 1; awards vary.

Florida & Vermont

The mission of the A.D. Henderson Foundation is to provide opportunities for children to succeed, with a special focus on promoting literacy for children and families. The foundation also supports efforts to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector in the communities it serves. The foundation limits its grantmaking to Broward County in Florida and Vermont. Deadlines are rolling; awards up to $100,000 each.

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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