Roundup of State and Local Funding Opportunities

A digest of state and local funding news from around the nation.


The Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF) supports a number of grantmaking programs that advance Alaska Native priorities for protecting their land and sustaining their ways of life. The foundation’s grantmaking priorities include: education, youth, climate change; food security; sustainable economies; energy; and holistic wellness. Alaska Native organizations and individuals that address one of these issues are eligible to apply. The Rapid Response grants provide support for direct conservation advocacy to address unforeseen opportunities or threats of statewide or national significance. Rapid Response grants range from $2,500 to $10,000. Deadlines are rolling.




Southern Arizona Roadrunners provides money for community efforts that promote life-long fitness for children. The programs funded by SAR focus on the development of healthy lifestyles for children, with emphasis on running related activities. SAR seeks to fund programs that prepare children for a lifetime of individual exercise, regardless of physical condition or ability. Grants ranging from approximately $100 to $1,000 will be awarded. Deadline: TBA, last year’s deadline was July 31.



California, Colorado, Illinois and Wyoming

The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations working on education issues in Chicago and Los Angeles. New guidelines for the education grants are to be posted in June. Organizations in Colorado and Wyoming working on environmental issues can apply at any time. The foundation focuses its environmental grantmaking on: researching and disseminating best practices for responsible energy development; Awards vary. Deadlines vary by program.




The NewAlliance Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that enhance economic vitality and improve the quality of life in the communities served by NewAlliance Bank in Connecticut. The foundation’s funding priorities include the arts, community development, health and human services, and youth and education. Priority is given to programs that empower people through the development of literacy skills. Requests for capital support from organizations that meet all other funding criteria are also considered. Capital requests can include: brick and mortar activities; equipment expenditures; facility construction and capital improvements. The application deadline is June 30; awards vary.



Florida & Vermont

The mission of the A.D. Henderson Foundation is to provide opportunities for children to succeed, with a special focus on promoting literacy for children and families. The foundation also supports efforts to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector in the communities it serves. The foundation limits its grantmaking to Broward County in Florida and Vermont. Deadlines are rolling; awards up to $100,000 each.




The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation seeks to reduce childhood obesity and improve youth fitness. The foundation has a special interest in helping school-age children living in Atlanta and Gainesville neighborhoods designated as Falcons Fitness Zones. The foundation makes grants to increase the time kids spend in physical activity and increase access to healthy, affordable food. Start with a letter of inquiry. Deadline: TBA, last year’s fall deadline was Dec. 2; awards vary.




The Hawaii People’s Fund encourages projects that have developed a realistic plan for achieving change. The fund places a priority on projects that utilize organizing and education to promote social change; startup projects are encouraged. Emergency grants are accepted on a rolling basis. General grant awards average about $5,000 each.



Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana

The Avista Foundation, a community investment program of Avista Utilities, provides funding to nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of communities served by Avista in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, portions of southern Oregon, as well as Sanders County, MT. Focus areas: education — supports K–12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology — and higher education, including science-technology. The foundation also includes a matching gifts program for employees of Avista Utilities. The application for sponsorships is open year around; awards vary.




The A. Montgomery Ward Foundation was established in 1959 to support and strengthen charitable institutions that provide quality educational and cultural programming for residents of Chicago and its surrounding communities. Areas of funding interest include arts, culture & humanities and education. Deadline: Oct. 15. The majority of grants from the Montgomery Ward Foundation are one year in duration. Awards vary.

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The Carl R. Hendrickson Family Foundation supports and promotes quality education, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations in Illinois. Grants of up to $35,000 will be awarded. Preference is given to organizations or programs that approach their mission from an entrepreneurial perspective. Nonprofit and charitable organizations are eligible; The deadline is July 31.




The primary purpose of the Alma Taylor Foundation is to promote economic growth and development in the city of Greensburg and in Decatur County. The foundation seeks to expand employment opportunities through economic development; K-12 education and to provide opportunities for community development, historic preservation and the advancement of the arts. Deadlines are rolling; awards up to $10,000 each.




The Mass Mentoring Partnership is accepting applications from youth-mentoring organizations in Massachusetts for technical and capacity-building projects. Through its Technical Assistance Project, MMP will provide technical support services to help organizations improve service delivery and serve as many young people as possible. Awards vary; the MMP’s State Mentoring Matching Grants ( are to open soon.



Massachusetts, Connecticut & New York

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation funds programs which improve the quality of life for residents of Berkshire County, MA; Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY; and northwest Litchfield County, CT. Field of interest funds support specific causes: the arts, education, scholarships, the environment, health and human services and youth development. The Fund for Williamstown’s DeMayo Bright Futures Innovation Award which supports organizations, institutions, businesses or individuals in Williamstown, Mass. Has a deadline of April 15.



New Jersey

The Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program, funded by Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), supports New Jersey elementary schools participating in the Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge. The grants provide $1,000 awards to school and communities for wellness projects. The goal of this grant is to improve the physical, mental, emotional and social health and well-being of students and school staff as well as strengthen the health and safety of the school environment. Rolling deadlines.

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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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