MacArthur Foundation Favors Youth, Community Projects

grantsPrivate Funder: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 grants; Funding Focus: Public safety, juvenile justice and youth; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies, the foundation distributed $222 million in grants last year; Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: The Chicago-based foundation supports juvenile justice research, training, practical interventions, policy analysis, and public education. The goal of this work is to promote a fair, rational, and effective juvenile justice system that is linked to other relevant agencies and organizations and is held accountable for public safety and the rehabilitation of young offenders.

Although the foundation is not accepting unsolicited proposals for juvenile just grants, it will field inquiries about the program.

Community and Economic Development Grants

The foundation also offers Community and Economic Development grants that help to create vibrant, economically-integrated neighborhoods and increase opportunity for low-income residents. The main goal is to produce measurable improvements in indicators such as income diversity, employment, household income, property values, crime, commercial investment, school attendance and graduation, and child and adult health status. A second goal is learning and sharing new knowledge with policymakers, practitioners and other funders. That funding runs on a separate track from the juvenile justice grants and can be found here:  .

Youth groups have benefited. The foundation last year gave $300,000 to Kids in Need of Defense, Washington, DC for a program that provided legal protection, research and advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied and separated migrant children.

Info: 312/726-8000, Richard Kaplan, associate vice president,,

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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