State and Local Funding Opportunities from Around the Nation


The Artists in Schools program is supported by the Anchorage Rasmuson, the state of Alaska and the Nat’l Endowment for the Arts. Artists in Schools (AIS) residencies should provide arts experiences and training for students, teachers, and the greater community. Beyond having great value in and of itself, arts programs promote the health and well-being of children, including academic and personal growth, critical thinking and analytical skills, the motivation to stay in school and excel and movement skills to help combat childhood obesity. The deadline is Nov. 1; funding varies.




The Weingart Foundation is accepting applications for its Grant Programs in Southern California to support long-term improvement of health, education, human services, arts & culture, as well as programs for children and youth, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Award amounts vary. Eligible applicants include nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status serving the Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Kern, Orange, Santa Barbara, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura. Deadlines are rolling.



Philanthropic Ventures Foundation is accepting applications from California preschool teachers for its Mathematics Resource Grants program. The grants are available to preschool teachers serving low-income families and public school teachers for grades K-3 in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to fund books, materials, software, and professional development related to mathematics. Grants are accepted on an open basis. However, there is a limit of two grants per school site.




The Frederick W. Marzahl Memorial Fund was established in 1974 to support and promote quality educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations in Woodbury. Preference is given to charitable organizations that serve the people of Woodbury. Grants from the Marzahl Memorial Fund are one year in duration. Applicants will not be awarded a grant for more than three consecutive years. Funding varies; deadline: Nov. 1.



Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon & Washington

The purpose of the Native Voices Endowment: A Lewis & Clark Expedition Bicentennial Legacy Project, administered by the Endangered Language Fund, is to revitalize and perpetuate the aboriginal languages of the American Indian Nations whose ancestors encountered the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Support is provided for Native language education programs, curricula, or projects; individual study by Native language students; and research efforts to document and record a Native language for future preservation and education. Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, and require a one-to-one match. The next round of funding is to open later this year; last year’s deadline was Oct. 15.

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The Greater New Orleans Foundation offers a range of funding for community groups. For example, the Norco Community Fund seeks to improve the quality of lives for people in Norco. Focus areas are: arts and humanities, community development, education, environment, human services, health care, community building, and youth development. That program will offer new grants in the fall. The McClure Fund supports the emergency bricks & mortar projects (e.g., repairs, replacements, and additions to facilities) of eligible United Way partner agencies. Awards vary; deadlines vary by program.




The Baltimore Community Foundation’s Leonard & Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation supports projects researching causes and modes of treatment for mental illness. The foundation also supports programs which increase access to mental health treatment for underserved populations, including children. Strategies of interest include integrating mental health care into community and primary care settings and providing services to minority communities, including those with limited English proficiency. Award amount is typically $50,000. Deadlines are rolling.




The Ezra M. Cutting Trust was established in 1965 under the will of Ezra Cutting. The Trust supports charitable organizations serving residents of Marlborough. Areas of special interest include agencies serving youth as well as those with programs fostering economic growth. Grants are restricted to organizations located in Marlborough and are generally made for special projects and programs, with a limited number of capital gifts made each year. The typical grant range is $2,500 – $10,000. The deadline is Jan. 15.




(AR, IN, KY, LA, MI, OH, OK, TN, TX, VA, WV)

American Electric Power (AEP) offers grants to nonprofits in communities with major AEP facilities. Focus areas include: early childhood through higher education, the environment, basic human services (such as hunger, housing, health and safety), art, music and cultural heritage. The AEP Teacher Vision grants support projects with an academic focus and a goal to improve student achievement. Awards up to $500 each; the deadline is Feb. 24.


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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