Foundation Supports Science, Healthy Food

Funder: Pioneer Hi-Bred International Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 foundation grants; Funding Focus: K-12 education; Geographic Focus: National (where the company has operations); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Up to $5,000 each; Deadline: None.

Summary: The foundation’s focus areas include: K-12 science and agriculture education; food security, sustainable agriculture and healthy food issues; and local community betterment. Organizations with active management/employee participation receive priority consideration. Requests may be submitted anytime and are reviewed quarterly.

One innovative youth program is a partnership with Halau Kaululauae, a Hawaiian hula school located near the Pioneer research station in Kunia, and Malama Learning Center, a nonprofit that brings art, science, conservation, and culture together to promote sustainable living throughout Hawaii.   An important part of the hula tradition is the use of native Hawaiian and cultural plants to make leis and use in cultural events. In the past, hula practitioners would have gathered flowers, leaves and ferns from natural areas, however these plants are becoming more difficult and expensive to acquire.

Through the grant program, students at the Malama Learning Center work with the Halau Kaululauae instructors to identify needed plants and flowers, then propagate those plants for planting on Pioneer research farms.

Info:; 515/535-3200.

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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