State and Local Funding Roundup


The Central Alabama Community Foundation makes grants to improve the quality of life in the Central Alabama region. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available to nonprofits providing the following essential services in Montgomery, Lowndes or Macon counties: childcare/education (encompassing pre–K and afterschool care) and services to specialized populations — food, healthcare, shelter and family wellness. Deadlines vary by program, the next deadline for the Cultural & Community Enhancement grants is Aug. 12.



Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina

The Belk Foundation awards grants to schools and organizations working aggressively to ensure all students graduate from high school and continue on a path toward college, career and life. It supports charitable organizations in communities where Belk associates live and work, with particular emphasis on Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL and Charlotte, NC. Funding varies; the deadline is Oct. 1.




The Atwood Foundation gives grants to nonprofit organizations based in the Anchorage Borough specializing in arts and K-12 education. Awards can range up to $150,000 each. Deadline: Aug. 12. Youth groups have benefited; the foundation gave $25,000 to the Alaska Youth Theater. The next round of funding is to open early next year.



The Anchorage Rasmuson Foundation’s Tier 1 program provides grants of up to $25,000 each for capital projects, technology upgrades, capacity building initiatives, program expansion, and creative works. Past winners included the Alaska Youth and Parent Foundation, ($19,500) and Child Care Connection. Rasmuson Foundation is piloting a new program with the Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) called Strengthening Organizations to support leadership and organizational development, program development, collaborations and community engagement, and evaluation efforts. Deadlines are rolling




The goal of the Whale Tail Grants Program, an initiative of the California Coastal Commission, is to support projects that teach California’s children the value of the state’s coast, marine life and watersheds. Funded projects should fall into one of the following categories: Adopt-A-Beach programs, youth programs, or programs for the general public. Priority is given to projects that reach communities that are poorly served in terms of marine and coastal education. Applicants may request any amount up to $50,000. The next round of funding will open this summer.



The California Wildlands Grassroots Fund, administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, supports nonprofit organizations that show a demonstrated ability and commitment to conserve California’s natural landscapes, ecosystems, plants, and wildlife. Grants averaging $1,000 to $3,000 are provided to small nonprofit organizations. Youth groups have benefited, the foundation gave $4,000 to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Endangered Species Big Year, an environmental education and restoration program for high school students in San Francisco. Deadline: Nov. 15.




The Colorado Health Foundation’s Healthy Living grants help school districts increase the number of children who have access to safe, age-appropriate play spaces promoting physical activity during and beyond the school day. Grants also support public school and preschool programs providing health care services, have health and nutrition education, physical education, healthy food in cafeterias and vending machines. Award amounts vary. Nonprofit organizations are eligible. The deadline is Oct. 15.



Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wyoming

The Intercultural Harmony Program, an initiative of the Laura Jane Musser Fund, promotes mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas. Support is provided to nonprofits working together on projects with common goals. Projects must be intercultural, rather than focused on a single culture, and must demonstrate tangible benefits in the larger community. Funded projects can be carried out in a number of areas, including the arts, community service, and youth activities. Deadlines very by program.




The Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie is accepting Letters of Intent for general grant funding through its Cycle II grants program. Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to projects that fall into the foundation’s six broad subject areas: education (higher education, public and private education); arts, culture, and the humanities (cultural activities & institutions); human services (including youth services); community improvement/development; health (including school and community wellness, youth development, and recreation); and the environment (including conservation and land management). BBF only provides funding to organizations operating in Indiana. Historically, the vast majority of BBF funding has been targeted to organizations in East Central Indiana with a particular emphasis in the Muncie/Delaware County area. Deadline: July 31 (LOI).




The Bicknell Fund support organizations in Central Ohio. In general, one-half of grants are made for social & human services to help the needy, homeless and disadvantaged in the Cleveland area. More than one-quarter of the grants are for education and improving K-12 classroom instruction. Awards vary. Each year the trustees hold two distribution meetings: in June and in November. The deadline for the next round of grants is Sept 1.




The Cherokee Strip Community Foundation accepts proposals from nonprofit organizations in the Cherokee Strip region. The foundation typically awards grants up to $10,000 for special projects and programs as well as equipment. Focus areas include: arts and culture, health and human services, recreation and neighborhoods, economic development, and education and the environment. The deadlines are Aug. 1 (LOI) and Sept. 15 (proposal).



Minnesota and Wisconsin

The AgStar Fund for Rural America is committed to enhancing the quality of life and future opportunities for rural residents and their communities. The fund supports nonprofit organizations in the service area where AgStar has a significant business presence in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The fund focuses on: education, environment, technology and quality of life. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided. The deadline is Nov. 30.



North Carolina

The Bobcats Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic initiative of the NBA franchise, the Charlotte Hornets. The foundation funds organizations in the Charlotte area with a focus on children and youth, literacy, fitness and wellness. Priority consideration will be given to organizations demonstrating collaboration and whose programs have significant reach in number of people. Priority also will be given in “seed grants” to initiate promising new projects by existing agencies or by new organizations. Funding varies; rolling deadlines.


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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