Porter Foundation Favors Environmental Ed, Capacity Building

grantsFunder: Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 foundation grants; Funding Focus: Science, youth, environmental education and community capacity building; Geographic Focus: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Up to $30,000 for multiple awards; Deadline: TBA.

Summary: Funder supports projects driven by innovation. The foundation funds environmental education programs with evidence of thinking “outside of the box.” Innovative projects fostering connections among individuals, communities and the environment are given priority. In addition, the foundation funds a broad range of focus areas and is most interested in projects that require or inspire those directly benefiting from such projects to give back to their communities. Because this year the foundation is accepting applications by invitation only, it may be a good time to approach them with an initial Letter of Inquiry.

Youth and children’s groups have received grants from the foundation in the past. For example, the foundation recently gave $7,500 to the Tri-County Amicus Girls Academy in Minnesota for operating support and $7,500 to the Minnesota Conflict Resolution Center for a juvenile offender program.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/CDP2a0i83;  612 889-2029.

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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