Bank Supports Housing, Community Projects

neighborhood-1-1496240-640x480Private Funder: Union Bank Foundation; Opportunity: Foundation Grants; Funding Focus: Education, housing and community development; Geographic Focus: California (where the bank has operations); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies, the foundation gave $4.7 million in grants last year; Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: The foundation supports nonprofits involved with education, affordable housing, community economic development, education, and the environment. Emphasis is given to programs benefiting low-to-moderate income populations. Education and social service programs do well; last year they received about half of the foundation’s grants. Youth groups, like Junior Achievement and Boys & Girls Clubs, also do well. Grant applications are evaluated on: track record, executive management, organizational vision and outcomes. The foundation has different application forms for each size of grant: $1,000 or less, $1,001 to $25,000 and more than $25,000. Start with the online form.

Info: Union Bank Foundation, P.O. Box 45174, San Francisco, CA, 94145-0174, J. R. Raines, foundation officer, 619/230-3105,, (website).

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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