Funder: The Ray Charles Foundation (formerly Robinson Foundation for Hearing Disorders); Opportunity: 2016 Grants; Funding Focus: Education, hearing disorders, arts and culture; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Funding: Multiple awards (the foundation made $4.6 million in grants last year); Deadline: Sept. 30
Summary: The foundation focuses the bulk of grantmaking on programs for disadvantaged youth. The foundation provides funding in three categories:
- Education: These funds go to programs that provide educational services to disadvantaged and underprivileged youths, including after school and college preparation programs and academic and therapy services for youth who are blind and deaf.
- Hearing Disorders: These grants go for hearing disorder research and treatment and educational programs and resources for hearing impaired youth.
- Culture and the Arts: Potential grantees must provide musical and cultural education and access to the arts to underprivileged and disadvantaged youth.
The Hollywood Education and Literacy Project won a $5,000 grant to improve violence prevention services for K-12 students and School on Wheels, Ventura, CA, won a $20,000 for general support (www.schoolonwheels.org).