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Massachusetts

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation’s Catalyst Fund supports the efforts of community-based health care organizations to strengthen their capacity to expand access to health care in the state. The fund will award one-year, non-renewable grants of up to $5,000 for capacity-building expenses to Massachusetts community health centers, school-based centers, clinics, mobile health units, and community-based organizations. Rolling deadlines.

Minnesota

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council is inviting applications from nonprofit arts organizations for arts education and access projects in the eleven-county region it serves. This round of grantmaking will focus on Arts & Culture Heritage, Presenter/Production Assistance, and Small Town/Rural Areas. Qualified projects in all categories must have a focus on the fine arts (i.e., the development, education, performance and/or showcasing of the arts) and must include an accessible public capstone event to benefit the citizens of southeastern Minnesota. Arts & Cultural Heritage: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in support of activities in the areas of Arts and Arts Access, Arts Education, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. The deadline is Oct. 1.

New Mexico

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families is a three-year initiative by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Mexico to improve the health and wellness of children throughout the state. Healthy Kids, Healthy Families is designed to reach at least 1 million children and their families by focusing on nutrition education, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and supporting safe environments. Award amounts vary. Nonprofits serving New Mexico are eligible. The deadline is Sept. 9.

New York

The Gifford Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to the stewardship of the funds entrusted to its care by Rosamond Gifford in 1954. The foundation builds the capacity of individuals and organizations to enhance the quality of life for the people of Central New York — specifically in the counties of¬†Onondaga, Oswego and Madison. Average grant award is $12,000, rolling deadlines. Focus areas include community improvement, education and services for youth.

New York & New Jersey

The Achelis and Bodman Foundation concentrates their grant programs in New York City, although The Bodman Foundation also makes grants in northern New Jersey. Funding is concentrated in six program areas: arts and culture, education, employment, health, public policy, and youth and families. The foundations fund charter schools, voucher programs, scholarships to parochial schools and research examining the impact of competition and other factors on K-12 educational performance. Rolling deadlines; grants average $50,000 each. Trustees meet three times a year, in May, September and December.

North Carolina

The Blumenthal Foundation focuses the majority of its grants on programs and projects impacting Charlotte and the state of North Carolina. The Board of Trustees also believes it is important to provide basic operational funding for nonprofits, not just support for special programs or projects. Focus areas include: arts, science, and culture; civic and community education; environment; health and Jewish institutions and philanthropies. Rolling deadlines; awards up to $24,000 each.

Oregon

The Black United Fund of Oregon assists in the social and economic development of Oregon’s low-income communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups. The goal of the fund’s grant making program is to improve social and economic conditions and increase opportunities in traditionally underserved communities. The fund makes grants of up to $5,000 in the following categories: arts and culture, economic development, education, health, human services, and social justice. Grant proposals focus on serving African American and other ethnically diverse communities will be given priority. The next round of funding is to open in July.

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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