Financial Services Foundation Provides Regional Support for Education, Job Development

Private Funder: KeyBank Foundation (formerly Key Foundation); Opportunity: Foundation grants; Funding Focus: Financial education & community development; Geographic Focus: Where KeyBank operates in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington state; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies (the foundation made $12.4 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: These funds support nonprofit organizations that foster economic self-sufficiency and financial education. The foundation’s “thriving students” Grants provide students with opportunities to prepare for fulfilling careers through access to high quality education and graduation. The focus of grant outcomes is on student preparation, access, attainment, retention, and completion (graduation). The foundation likes projects that improve post-secondary enrollment and retention rates and raise college graduation rates. . The Workforce Development category supports programs that provide training and placement for people to access job opportunities.

Youth efforts have won support in the past. The Heritage Centers, Buffalo, NY, won a $59,000 grant for programs that help developmentally disabled children and youth and Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio, Cleveland, OH, won a $25,000 grant for a K-12 arts-education program.

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Info: or Margot James Copeland, chairman, 216/689-7397 for additional information.

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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