Foundation Gives Priority to Medical Research, Education

Grants_ImageFunder: Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF); Opportunity: Foundation Grants; Funding Focus: Children’s advocacy; education; medical research; and the arts; Geographic Focus: National (priority given to New Jersey); Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Funding: Varies, last year grants ranged from $5,000 to $50,000 each (the foundation distributed about $400,000 in grants last year); Deadline: None.

Summary: CLF supports innovative ways of helping people to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. Arts funding goes for education, therapeutic and equal access initiatives, as well as to individual artists. Child advocacy applicants should offer programs focused on mitigating the hardships that confront and impede children. These include child abuse, adequate foster housing, literacy and hunger. For example, Hand in Hand won a $10,000 grant for its children’s advocacy efforts and the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide won a $730,000 grant for general support. 

Education applicants should be: aiding students with learning disabilities; targeting at-risk populations and integrating all learners; offering quality programming using innovative methods; applying data-driven approaches. To start the application process, please visit  


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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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