Youth, Education Efforts Are Focus of Giving

ccf-logoPrivate Funder: Common Counsel Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 funding programs; Funding Focus: Youth, education and community development; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies; Deadline: Varies.

Summary: This umbrella organization administers grant-giving for multiple foundations. The Common Counsel Foundation oversees a number of funding programs for a range of philanthropic efforts. It’s best to check the website to learn which foundations are offering open competitions.

Funders with open deadlines:

  • Abelard Foundation West offers general support grants in the range of $6,000 – $12,000. The Abelard Foundation has an open Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process. However, full proposals are accepted by invitation only. It supports grass roots efforts, and youth groups have benefited. For example, the foundation gave $9,250 to the Idaho Community Action Network, Boise, ID, to support a youth organizing project for immigrant and economic justice.
  • The Acorn Foundation supports projects dedicated to building a sustainable future for the planet and restoring a healthy global environment. The Foundation is especially interested in small and innovative community-based projects which preserve and restore habitats supporting biological diversity and advocate for environmental justice. It makes grants in the $5,000-$10,000 range, and has an open LOI process. However, full proposals are accepted by invitation only. Youth groups have benefited; the Black Mesa Water Coalition, Flagstaff, AZ, won a $10,000 grant to support a youth leadership development program for the tribal population.
  • The Kindle Project provides “out of the box” funding to people and projects taking meaningful risks to advance change. Kindle prioritizes organizations and projects that approach their work with creativity, innovation, resiliency, collaboration, humor, and courage.

Info:; Common Counsel Foundation, 678 13th Street, Suite 100, Oakland, CA 94612, Voice: 510/834-2995. Fax: 510/834-2998.

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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