State and Local Funding Opportunities

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The Alaska Community Foundation accepts applications for a range of programs to benefit children and youth in the state. The Seward Community Foundation grants are available throughout the year and are a quick method to assist nonprofit organizations and projects in the Seward/Moose Pass communities. The Seward Community Foundation’s advisory board reviews applications at scheduled meeting, which are generally the third Wednesday of every month. Awards: up to $1,000 each.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/kp3qhqt

Arizona

Since 1997, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation has supported the oral health of communities and residents of Arizona through its mission to support the improvement of oral health. To achieve this mission, the foundation supports programs and services that promote good oral health practices and increase access to safe and effective preventive measures. The foundation is accepting applications for its 2016 Community Grant program. The annual program is designed to encourage and advance the integration of oral health and overall health; identify more effective ways to increase access to care; translate proven approaches into greater widespread practice; foster innovative projects and programs having new and creative approaches resulting in positive impact; and promote collaboration across a wide range of health providers. Deadline: TBA, last year’s deadline was Sept. 3.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/oexboe7

California

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles invites applications for its 2014 Cutting Edge Grants which support significant and transformative programs of high visibility and impact. The Foundation is interested in funding cutting edge programs for up to $250,000 over a three-year period that address important needs in the Los Angeles Jewish community. That competition is to open this summer. The foundation’s capital grants program, which annual offers awards of up to $100,000 each to for renovation and upgrades at existing synagogues, schools runs on a different funding track and is now closed.

Info: www.jewishfoundationla.org/grants

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The Arts Council for Monterey County provides promotional, technical, and financial support to nurture and promote access to all arts disciplines throughout Monterey County. Arts education and partnerships with K-12 school programs is a priority this year. Nonprofits are eligible. Awards up to $5,000 each; Oct. 8 deadline. Past winners include: Monterey High School/Arts Careers Academy, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County Choral Program and the Carmel Youth Center. The next round of funding opens in September.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/oqe9rgu

California, Nevada, New York, Georgia & Tennessee

City National Bank’s Reading is the Way Up grants support literacy-based projects at public and private elementary, middle and high schools. Reading is the Way Up has partnered with Barnes & Noble as part of the bookseller’s annual Holiday Book Drive which runs from Nov. 1 to Jan. 1. All books collected through the Holiday Book Drive at participating Barnes & Noble locations will be matched by City National, up to $75,000, and will be donated to local schools.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/m54rky9

Colorado

The El Pomar Foundation promotes the wellbeing of the people of Colorado through grant making and community stewardship. The foundation’s areas of interest include child welfare, health, human services, education, arts and culture, and civic and community initiatives. The foundation is placing emphasis on assisting those most affected by the difficult economic situation. Children and youth programs get a priority; El Pomar will consider, on a limited basis, capital requests from non-publicly funded secondary schools. Rolling deadlines; competitive grants range from $5,000 to $10,000.

Info: http://www.elpomar.org

Illinois

The Alfred Bersted Foundation was established to support and promote quality educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. The foundation specifically serves nonprofits that have programs in DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, & McHenry counties in Illinois. Funding varies. Colleges and churches are not eligible. The deadline is Jan. 15.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/azeujzu

Illinois and New York

The Harry S. Black & Allon Fuller Fund supports quality health care and human services programming for underserved populations, including children. The grantmaking focus is in the following areas (1) health care, to improve health care/health education and (2) physical disabilities, that increases access programs for physically disabled individuals; education; workforce development programs; and programs that improve quality of life for the disabled.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/cdp8011  (select the Harry S. Black & Allon Fuller Fund from the drop-down menu).

Iowa

Delta Dental of Iowa funds programs for organizations that work to increase the dental health of Iowans. Grants are available for organizations that focus on: oral health education and prevention, fluoridation, access to care for underserved children and access to care for the homebound elderly and nursing home residents. Awards vary depending on the scope of work and size of the project; rolling deadlines.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/CDP4io127

Kansas

The Golden Belt Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by residents of Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties, is accepting applications for its Youth Engagement Grant program. Through the program, the foundation will award approximately $10,000 in support of community youth projects and programs designed to empower youth to make and implement decisions for their generation. Funds are available for projects/programs directly related to the health and well-being of young people from birth to age 21.  Deadlines vary by program.

Info: https://goo.gl/BIvOEF

Minnesota

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council is inviting applications from nonprofit arts groups for arts education and access programs based in the eleven-county region it serves. Arts & Cultural Heritage grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support activities in the areas of arts and arts access, arts education, and arts and cultural heritage. Schools are eligible. A 20% match is required. The deadline is Oct. 1.

Info: http://semac.org

Multi-State

Wells Fargo and the Nat’l Fish & Wildlife Foundation sponsor the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities competition, which helps communities create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship. The focus is on projects that promote a sustainable future for communities and encourage citizen and targeted youth participation in project implementation. Preference will be given to projects in 23 states; priority is given to rural and coastal areas. Grants generally range from $25,000 to $100,000. The deadline is TBA; the competition is to open later this year.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/mx85lxq

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The Express Scripts Foundation supports nonprofit organizations inthe communities where Express Scripts has a presence. To find out if you qualify, go to the list of communities included in the foundation’s eligibility quiz. The foundation considers requests from healthcare organizations and groups that support educational activities such as school readiness, literacy, math competency and science enrichment to help prepare low-income students. Awards vary. Deadline TBA.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/lj7hwpv

New England

The mission of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund is to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe, and environmentally sustainable communities. The fund offers two grant programs designed to foster grassroots environmental initiatives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Grants of $250 to $1,000 help volunteer groups launch and build their newly evolving projects. Requests for this program may be submitted throughout the year. Grow Grants of $1,000 to $3,500 enhance the ability of established groups to increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact. The application deadline is Sept. 15.

Info: http://grassrootsfund.org/grants

New Hampshire

Founded by brothers Luke and Matt Bonner, the Rock On Foundation works to increase community artistic and athletic opportunities in New Hampshire. The foundation generates funds in unique ways, including high-profile events intended to inspire and enhance host communities. It also collaborates with companies to provide co-branded products and services. Recently funded projects include municipal public basketball court renovations; a community music school financial aid program; an afterschool art program; a life skills basketball camp for underprivileged youth; and a Police Activities League. Nonprofits are eligible. Deadline is TBA.

Info: http://rockonfoundation.org/grants/

North Carolina

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation’s Healthy Eating Equipment Grants provide an opportunity for organizations to access the tools they need to start, enhance or expand their work towards helping their communities achieve better child nutrition and physical activity. Examples of equipment that may be purchased as a part of an equipment grant include commercial refrigerators or freezers, kitchen equipment (pots, pans, slicers), materials to start a garden or vans to transport food. Multiple awards of $5,000 will be available. Nonprofit organizations located in North Carolina are eligible to apply. The next cycle will open later this year.

Info:  www.bcbsncfoundation.org/grantees/available-grants

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The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life of all the people of North Carolina. The foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following focus areas: education, community economic development and the environment. The foundation invests in statewide, regional, and community-based organizations that are dedicated to building an inclusive, sustainable, and vibrant state. The upcoming deadline for online applications is Aug. 1.

Info: http://www.zsr.org/

Tennessee

The HCA Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit community organizations based in middle Tennessee. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to support programs in the areas of health and well-being, childhood and youth development. Children and youth grants are intended to promote success in school, character development, responsibility, service, and leadership. Deadline is Sept. 9.

Info: www.hcacaring.org/grants

Texas

The purpose of the Brown Foundation is to distribute funds for public charitable purposes, principally for support, encouragement and assistance to K-12 public education. Although the main funding focus is public education, the foundation also supports programs in the areas of arts and humanities, civic and public affairs, human services and medicine/science. About 80% of awards are distributed to Texas organization, with an emphasis on the city of Houston. The foundation has rolling deadlines.

Info: www.brownfoundation.org/Background.asp

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The Abell Hanger Foundation supports benevolent, charitable or educational undertakings, and makes grants to organizations involved in education, health services, human services, and the community. Applicants must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3). National organizations with significant operations in or providing material benefits to the citizens of Texas will be considered based on the degree of operations within Texas. The foundation accepts grant applications only from the 57-county West Texas area. Rolling deadlines; Awards vary.

Info: http://www.abell-hanger.org

Virginia

The George J. & Effie L. Seay Foundation was established in 1957 to support and promote education human services programs provided by qualifying charitable organizations in Virginia. The Seay Foundation makes grants primarily for programs and projects designed to provide specific services or training. Requests for general operating grants will not be considered. Grants from the Seay Foundation are one year in duration. The deadline is Nov. 1.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/oz2cyj2

Washington

The Catherine Holmes Wilkins Charitable Foundation was created in trust to provide charitable grants to qualified social service agencies in the Puget Sound region. Organizations must operate within or significantly affect the residents of the Greater Seattle region: Tacoma to Everett, Seattle, and the Eastside. The Humanitarian Services Grants go for programs providing immediate support to those in need with a particular emphasis on services for abused women and children. Average grant size ranges from $3,000 to $10,000. Most grants are $5,000. Requests to assist with debt retirement or to correct an operating deficit will not be considered. The deadline is Oct. 14.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/pcrmqek

Washington and Oregon

The Kinsman Foundation’s mission is to encourage the enjoyment of life through traditional Oregonian and American values. The foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Oregon and southern Washington that address the following priority areas: The Historic Preservation and Restoration grant category supports the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction of historic buildings, structures, and related sites. The Native Wildlife Rehabilitation and Appreciation grant category primarily supports wildlife rehabilitation programs offering urgent care to injured and orphaned wildlife native to Oregon and Washington. Small Grant requests of up to $10,000 are accepted throughout the year.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/owb4pyt

Western States

The Rural Community Assistance Corporation Community Facilities Loan Program offers short-term loans to meet early acquisition and pre-development needs, interim construction costs and long-term permanent financing. Applicable facilities include those which serve human services, public safety, child care, education and culture. Projects must be located in rural areas with populations of 50,000 or less in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Deadlines are rolling.

Info: http://goo.gl/zM96cP

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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