Private Funder: Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation; Opportunity: Foundation grants; Geographic Focus: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia; Funding Focus: Education, business development, child welfare, affordable housing & safe neighborhoods; Eligibility: Nonprofits (must have a track record of helping the poor); Funding: Varies, multiple grants up to $350,000 each (the foundation made $7.4 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling.
Summary: The foundation assists projects that build just and caring communities that bridge differences and foster fairness. The foundation is especially looking for grassroots groups and networks in low-wealth or rural communities who need a funding boost to build their capacity. It also supports statewide and regional organizations and networks that are achieving large-scale impact. Priority is given to projects that help people and places to move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice.
Children and youth projects have benefited. West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, Charleston, WV, (www.wvhealthykids.org) won a $10,000 grant for general support and the foundation recently gave $100,000 to the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Little Rock, in general operating money. The foundation website is at: http://mrbf.org/program-description
Info: Justin Maxson, executive director, 2920 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, NC, 27106; 336/748-9222 or Fax: 336/777-0095.