State and Local Funding Opportunities

US-MapCalifornia, Colorado, Florida and Michigan

The Hagen Family Foundation favors creative and innovative proposals in the areas of: arts, education, environment, religion and social services. THFF does not consider contributions to annual drives, capital campaigns, research or support for ongoing programs. Grants range from $1,000 to $20,000. The next round is to open soon; last year’s deadline was April 3.



The Anna Fitch Ardenghi Trust was established to support and promote quality educational, cultural, human services and health care programming for underserved populations living in New Haven, CT. Special preference is given to charitable organizations focusing on the arts or youth-related programming. Grant requests for capital projects will not be considered. The deadline is July 1. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by letter within three months after the proposal deadline.



The Frank Loomis Palmer Fund was established in 1936 to support and promote quality educational, cultural, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. The Palmer Fund specifically serves the people of New London, CT. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by letter within 3 to 4 months after the proposal deadline. Applicant organizations must serve the people of New London. The majority of grants from the Palmer Fund are a year in duration. On occasion, multi-year support is awarded. Awards vary.


Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina

The Duke Energy Foundation (formerly Progress Energy) invests in local communities through its grant programs. Giving is primarily focused in the areas of education, economic development, the environment, and employee involvement. The grants range up to $10,000. Deadlines vary by program . Priority given to K-12 efforts focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Nonprofits and colleges are eligible to apply to its Educational Programs grants.  



The Clark and Ruby Baker Foundation provides support for charitable organizations serving infirmed, deserving, and aged ministers; economically disadvantaged and deserving children; or orphans and orphanages. The foundation also provides financial aid to the sick and infirm receiving medical treatment in any hospital or clinic in the state of Georgia. Funding varies; The deadline is June. 1.



The Alfred Bersted Foundation was established to support and promote quality educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. The foundation specifically serves nonprofits in DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, & McHenry counties in Illinois. Funding varies. Colleges and churches are not eligible. The deadline is June 15.



The Dewan Foundation supports organizations providing direct services to the impoverished. Faith-based organizations are a focus of grant-making. Self-help projects aimed at transforming lives are of special interest. Grants focus primarily on organizations’ operating programs providing services within Chicago and the surrounding area. Grants are generally $2,500 or less; rolling deadlines.



The Alfred E. Chase Charity Foundation was established to support and promote quality educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. Special consideration is given to charitable organizations that serve the people of the city of Lynn and the North Shore of Massachusetts. Funding varies. The deadline is May 1. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions before June 30.




The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of Michigan residents. The Foundation’s current Request for Proposals (RFP), “Community Health Matching Program,” provides grants to nonprofit community organizations throughout the state. Projects must address the needs of uninsured patients, including uninsured children. Grants of $25,000 each will be provided; a local match will be determined at the time of the award. Rolling deadlines.



(AZ, AR, CA, FL, IL, KS, KY, MI, MN, MS, MO, NJ, OH, PA, RI, TN, TX & WI)

Pentair Foundation, charity arm of the tool manufacturer, provides funding for education and community initiatives where it has operations. Education funds go for school-to-work, alternative education and arts education initiatives. Community grants go for job training, entrepreneurial training, at-risk youth, healthcare and disabilities. The deadlines for 2016 are to be determined and will be posted on the website soon. Last year’s deadline was Oct. 1.



The Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon provides grants to abuse-prevention programs throughout Oregon helping parents become effective caretakers and role models. Priority areas include parent support and education programs, including those targeting teen parents and fathers. The trust offers a Small Grants program which makes $1,000 awards for one-time projects that provide a unique contribution to child abuse prevention. Rolling deadlines.



The David and Betty Sacks Foundation annually distributes grants to a select group of charities and then makes an additional round of awards to nonprofits for the performing arts, the fine arts and educational purposes, with the balance to be distributed for general charitable purposes; including religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes. In addition, grants may be awarded to support sport competitions. Only IRS defined amateur sports organizations may request support for equipment or facilities. Grant decisions are generally made before the end of August. The average grant size is $1,000; Deadline: Feb. 1.



The Fred & Gretel Biel Charitable Trust supports quality K-12 education, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. Special consideration is given to organizations that provide food and clothing to low-income individuals and families. Consideration is also given to organizations that serve the economically disadvantaged through the provision of housing, legal assistance, or day care services. The Biel Charitable Trust typically supports organizations serving the people of King and Snohomish Counties in the Puget Sound region of Washington. Occasionally grants will be made out side of the Puget Sound area. Deadline:  May 1. Grant requests for specific programs are encouraged but requests for general operating support also will be considered. A typical grant is $2,500. Requests to assist with debt retirement or to correct an operating deficit will not be considered. Multi-year grants are not considered.


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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