Arizona and California
The Western Growers Foundation promotes science, food safety and nutrition education in order to create healthy farms, individuals and communities. The foundation’s School Garden Program provides support to start and maintain gardens in K-12 schools throughout California and Arizona. The grants of up to $1,500 are to be used for supplies needed to create or sustain a fruit and/or vegetable garden. Schools that support nutrition education through edible gardening projects are eligible to apply. Deadlines vary by program.
The Colorado Health Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of Coloradans. There are three specific areas: the Healthy Living category focuses on providing the residents of the state with access to nutritious food/physical activity; Health Coverage category works to increase the number of children and adults who have adequate health coverage and the Health Care category supports programs that provide integrated care by medical, dental, and mental health providers; promote evidence-based care for chronic disease; and increase the number of health care professionals who treat underserved residents and children. Funding varies; rolling deadlines.
The Georgia Natural Gas Corporate Giving Program supports a wide range of nonprofit organizations in the communities throughout the state. Grantmaking areas of interest include the following: children and youth, education, seniors, energy assistance for consumers in need, environment and sustainability, and meaningful educational and cultural opportunities for the entire community. Funding requests may be submitted throughout the year.
The Atherton Family Foundation makes grants for programs and projects that benefit the people of Hawaii. The fields of greatest interest are arts, culture, and humanities; community development; education; environment; health; human services; spiritual development; and youth development. Schools are eligible under certain circumstances. The maximum grant for a major capital project is $200,000, normally paid out over three years. The deadline is Oct. 3.
Established in 1934, the Barker Welfare Foundation makes grants to qualified nonprofit organizations whose initiatives improve the quality of life, with an emphasis on strengthening youth and families and reflect the philosophy of Catherine B. Hickox, the founder. Consideration will be given to applications from institutions and agencies operating in the field of health, welfare, education, cultural activities and civic affairs, primarily serving the underserved. Deadline: Aug. 1 (letter of inquiry). Funding varies.
Organized in 1982, the Clarinda Foundation’s purpose is to nurture charitable giving, enrich quality of life and promote a sense of community in the Clarinda area. This year, the foundation is offering a series of scholarships to graduating high school seniors, including the Vernon J. Baker Educators’ Scholarship. The deadline is May 18; the next round open April 1.
The Blue Grass Community Foundation is a nonprofit, community corporation which supports organizations in central, southeastern and much of eastern Kentucky. Grants focus on education: to increase learning opportunities for at–risk children and adults; to promote academic success; early childhood education; family literacy; English as a second language (ESL); and after school enrichment programs. Community Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $5,000 and are open to 501(c)(3) agencies serving Anderson, Bourbon, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford counties. Deadlines vary.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation is seeking proposals for a new $1 million program to further health equity in communities across Minnesota. Through Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action, the foundation will award multiple grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 per year for up to two years in support of community solutions that help create equitable systems, stable lives, social connections, and/or vibrant communities. Optional proposal workshops will be held in Mankato, St. Paul, Bemidji, and Duluth for potential applicants to learn more about the funding opportunity and to talk with foundation staff about project ideas. Deadline: TBA.
The Anthem Foundation supports the company’s commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem serves in 24 states. The foundation seeks to promote healthy behaviors, health-risk prevention, and healthy environments by supporting public health-related issues that impact key health conditions and systems. The focus is on organizations that address the following five areas: cardiac mortality, cancer prevention and smoking cessation, maternal and newborn health, diabetes prevention and management, and childhood and elderly obesity. Nonprofit organizations that serve company communities are eligible to apply. Awards vary; Deadline: Aug. 19.
The Davis Educational Foundation seeks to strengthen the undergraduate performance of institutions of higher education in the six New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Consortia are eligible. Grants are to assist institutions in supporting more effective teaching and learning and/or controlling costs. Preference is given to projects aimed at strengthening the general education core of the undergraduate experience. Funding: up to $300,000; the deadline is Sept. 30.
The Golden LEAF Foundation supports projects that bolster North Carolina’s long-term economy, especially in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities. The foundation’s Open Grants Program promotes projects which develop economic strength in the targeted communities. Priority is given to projects in the areas of agriculture, job creation and retention, education and workforce preparedness. Grant requests are reviewed throughout the year. Funding varies.
The Santander Bank Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the communities the bank serves in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Priority is given to requests benefiting low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. In 2015, the foundation will focus its grantmaking on: homelessness and affordable housing; nutrition, hunger, and health; K-12 education in low- and moderate-income communities; financial stability for low- and moderate-income people and neighborhood revitalization. The deadlines are: June 3 and Sept. 16.
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation’s grant program provides support to nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions in Oklahoma. The grant program’s focus areas include health care delivery systems, health research, and capital funding for higher education. Before a formal grant application will be sent to the requesting organization, the applicant organization must submit a letter of inquiry. The deadline is June 1. Funding varies.
The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust enriches the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) by supporting education and arts and culture nonprofits. The priorities of the trust’s General Grants program include educational programs offered in both formal and informal settings; performing and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment; and preventive health and human services programs, with a focus on youth. General Scientific Research Grants and Focused Program Grants in Science are also provided. With the exception of the Focused Program Grants in Science, letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time.
The Brainerd Foundation’s mission is to protect the environmental quality of the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia) and to build broad citizen support for environmental protection. There are five programs: The Conservation Policy Program invests in state- and provincial-level policy priorities that build a track record of success and demonstrate the benefits of pro-conservation policies to public officials. The Conservation Capacity Program supports efforts to improve the ability of conservationists to communicate effectively. The Place-Based Conservation Program encourages landscape and wildlife protection efforts in specific critical landscapes in the Northwest. The Opportunity Fund provides grants to protect critical ecosystems. The Grassroots Fund supports small Northwest conservation organizations confronting critical challenges in their communities. Awards vary; rolling deadlines.
The Water Resources Education Network (WREN) Watershed Education Grant Program supports projects that educate Pennsylvanians about how to protect, improve, or remediate the watershed from the impacts of nonpoint source pollution. For 2015, WREN is offering Source Water Protection Collaborative Grants, which are intended to raise awareness about threats to Pennsylvania’s drinking water supplies and to encourage solutions to those problems. Grants support collaborations of water utilities and their partners throughout the state that seek to prevent pollution before it starts, to protect natural areas surrounding water supplies, or to educate citizens and officials on steps they can take to protect their drinking water. Grants of up to $3,000 for Local Projects, $5,000 for Expanded Local Projects, and $8,000 for County Projects will be provided. The deadline is TBA; last year’s deadline was March 20.
The Bonnaroo Works Fund, part of the East Tennessee Foundation, is accepting applications from arts, education, and environmental nonprofit organizations based in the Middle Tennessee region. Priority goes to education, music and arts programs for children. The fund awards one-time grants of up to $10,000. The deadline is March 15.
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska
The mission of the Bullitt Foundation is to safeguard the environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. The foundation’s focus is on the following programs: The Urban Ecology program strives to advance policies to create affordable, diverse, healthy, and environmentally beneficial communities. The Ecosystem Services program aims to protect the ability of nature to sustain healthy urban communities and a sound economy. The Energy, Industry, and Technology program promotes policies and actions to harness the entrepreneurial power of business to create competitive industries built on ecological principles and sustainable technologies. The Leadership and Civic Engagement program works to nurture leadership, strengthen organizations. Awards vary; deadline Nov. 1.