Funder Aids Homelessness Projects, K-12 Education

Private Funder: Oak Foundation; Opportunity: Foundation grants; Funding Focus: K-12 education and homelessness; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Multiple awards; generally grants will not be given for less than $25,000 (the foundation made $36 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: The Oak Foundation supports a wide range of programs, including those which help children, youth and the homeless. Oak Foundation focuses on providing seed or catalyst funding to facilitate affordable housing development and preservation of existing affordable housing. It favors projects demonstrating a direct access route for homeless people into the housing produced.

The education program seeks to assist young people with learning differences. Approximately 20% of children (10 million students) in United States public schools have learning profiles that are not aligned with the expectations and teaching methodologies prevalent in mainstream school systems. Referred to as learning differences, this includes, but is not limited to: dyslexia; attention issues; and learning disabilities. The foundation supports programs, research and activities that contribute to both knowledge about and the strategies available to students (from kindergarten to college) who struggle in school as a result of learning differences.  

Letters of inquiry should include a brief description of the project and organization seeking funding and should be no more than 2-3 pages. Oak Foundation does not have a standard format for initial inquiries nor are there any deadlines. The foundation will respond within two months to inquiries, informing the applicant whether there is sufficient interest to pursue the proposal. If so, the foundation will request additional information.

Info: or Oak Foundation USA, 55 Vilcom Center Drive, Suite 340, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514,

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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