Youth Foundation Underwrites Youth Efforts

Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation logoPrivate Funder: Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation; Opportunity: 2017 Innovative Youth grants; Funding Focus: Youth; Geographic Focus: Regional (Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Madison (WI), Philadelphia, San Francisco or Washington, DC); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Up to $25,000 each; Deadline: April 30 (competition opens in March).

Summary: The next round is to open early in 2016. Awards go for innovative strategies to help underserved youth.  The RMYF aims to identify innovative practices for helping underprivileged youth. In the past, funded programs have ranged from credit union savings projects and intensive tutoring programs, to afterschool day care and art programs, to health workshops. Projects must directly serve youth.

When applying for these grants, outside-the-box thinking really helps. For example, the Mind Body Awareness Project, Oakland, CA, won a grant for a meditation program for at-risk youth. These grants differ from the foundation’s evaluation grants, which run on a separate timetable.

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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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