Foundation Favors Community, Wellness Projects

RGK Foundation logoFunder: RGK Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 Foundation Grants; Funding Focus: Education, community, and medicine/health; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: K-12 schools, nonprofits; Funding: Up to $100,000; Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: The RGK Foundation funds a range of programs in such areas as education, community and health. The medicine/health grant program will support projects promoting the health and well-being of children, access to health services and foundation-initiated programs. Education funding will be given to programs focusing on integrating technology into K-12 education.

The foundation will support community programs that improve children and family services, early childhood development and parenting education. While the foundation occasionally awards grants over $25,000, the average grant is less than that. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations such as hospitals, educational institutions and governmental institutions with 501(c)(3) status. To be considered for funding, all applicants first must submit a letter of inquiry online. The foundation’s primary interests within the education category include programs focusing on formal K-12 education (especially mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy and higher education.

RGK Foundation will entertain one LOI per organization in a 12-month period. The Grants Committee typically meets several times per year to consider requests over $100,000 which have been recommended for review. Committee Meeting Dates for 2016: June 10 and Sept. 16.

A $25,000 grant went to All Our Kin, New Haven, CT, to expand training for home-based child care providers to additional Connecticut communities. Amy’s Friends, Dallas, won a $50,000 grant for a program to prevent child sexual exploitation. A full list of recent grantees can be accessed at: http://tinyurl.com/CDP2ioa9  

Info: 512/474-9298 or www.rgkfoundation.org/public/guidelines

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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