Help In Finding $$$ in Your Own Back Yard

California and Hawaii

The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation’s grantmaking categories include healthcare, education and conservation. The foundation has a special interest in programs benefitting women, families, and seniors. Preference is given to new, innovative projects completed with the foundation’s contribution. Grants in the upcoming fall cycle will range from $10,000 to $49,000. Request for Invitation (RFI) forms may be submitted online from Aug. 17 to Sept. 7.


The Adolph Coors Foundation places a high priority on programs that help youth to prosper and encourage economic opportunities for adults. Specifically, the foundation’s areas of support include one-on-one mentoring programs, job training, and a variety of self-help initiatives. Afterschool or academic programs in conjunction with nonprofits will be considered. The final application deadline for 2015 is Nov. 1.

Idaho, Utah and Wyoming

The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation supports the growth and vitality of the communities served by the company. The foundation’s grant making categories are education, including K-12 education, literacy, and scholarship funds; civic and community, including the environment, justice and law, housing, and urban renewal; culture and arts, including the performing arts, museums, heritage foundations, and libraries; and health, welfare, and social services, including agencies for youth. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $5,000. Requests are reviewed quarterly; application deadlines vary. For example, the health, welfare and social service competition deadline is Dec. 15.


The Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois makes grants to nonprofit organizations which provide civil legal aid to low-income individuals and families in Illinois. The fund gives preference to organizations that provide substantial amounts of direct legal assistance to low-income clients facing critical legal problems. Nonprofit organizations throughout the state providing legal services without charge to clients are eligible to apply. Priority areas include domestic violence, child custody and the prevention of child abuse. The deadline is Dec. 31.

Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio

Delta Dental Foundation’s Brighter Futures Community Grant supports education and research for the advancement of dental science and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities. The foundation’s also provides support for community-based oral health programs. Grants of up to $5,000 are intended to promote programs designed to improve oral health, with special consideration given to programs improving the oral health of low-income children.┬áDeadlines vary.

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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