Foundation Highlight: Ray Charles 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, the Colin Higgins Foundation and the giving efforts of the Charles Lafitte Foundation.

This week, we want to talk about Ray Charles Foundation (formerly Robinson Foundation for Hearing Disorders)

Opportunity: 2015 Capital, Program and Core Support Grants; Funding Focus: Education, hearing disorders, arts and culture; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Funding: Multiple awards (the foundation made $1.3 million in grants last year); Deadline: Sept. 30

The foundation focuses the bulk of grantmaking on programs for disadvantaged youth. The foundation provides funding in three categories:

  • Education:These funds go to programs that provide educational services to disadvantaged and underprivileged youths, including after school and college preparation programs and academic and therapy services for youth who are blind and deaf.
  • Hearing Disorders:These grants go for hearing disorder research and treatment and educational programs and resources for hearing impaired youth.
  • Culture and the Arts:Potential grantees must provide musical and cultural education and access to the arts to underprivileged and disadvantaged youth.

The Hollywood Education and Literacy Project won a $5,000 grant to improve violence prevention services for K-12 students and School on Wheels, Ventura, CA, won a $20,000 for general support.

Contact: Joe Adams, director, 323/737-8000;

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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