O’Connor Foundation Giving Centers on Healthcare, Education

Funder: A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation; Program: Annual faith-based grants; Eligibility: Cities, religious organizations and nonprofits; Funding Focus: Children and youth, education, healthcare and faith-based giving; Geographic Limits: Delaware and New York; Funding: Varies, last year the foundation distributed about $2.6 million in grants; Deadline: Varies by program.

Summary: Established in 1965, the foundation funds a variety of programs and is mainly focused on efforts that improve the quality of life, such as funding to improve hospitals, libraries, community centers, education, child development and youth agencies. It also supports religious organizations.

Grants for children-and-youth projects are considered once a year with the deadline of the first Friday in February. Grant requests of less than $5,000 are considered once a month with the deadline on the first of the month. Grants for more than $5,000 are considered twice a year. The larger grants are more broad based and are usually awarded for projects that involve community development, museums, and historic restoration.

Info: http://theoconnorfoundation.org/guidelines.html; 731 Main St., Hobart, NY, 13788-0404, 607/538-9248, office@theoconnorfoundation.org

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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