Pharmacy Store Chain Focuses on Community Health

Funder: Rite Aid Foundation; Geographic Focus: National, in communities in which Rite Aid operates; Program: Health and wellness grants; Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; Funding: Varies (the foundation has awarded over $16 million in grants to nonprofits); Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: Applicants must focus on the health and well-being of children. The foundation limits its funding to programs for one year at a time. No organization can receive a grant from the foundation more than two years in a row: Organizations receiving two consecutive grants must wait 24 months to apply again. Nationally, Rite Aid supports the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, raising more than $60 million for 117 children’s hospitals since 1994. There is a helpful FAQ section at:

Health and recreation programs can benefit. The foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the New York City Madison Square Boys and Girls Clubs ( for its SMART Girls Program, which connects with young women at a pivotal point in their development toward adulthood.

Info: (website); Rite Aid Foundation, PO Box 3165, Harrisburg, PA 17105.

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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