Communication Foundation Favors Local Efforts

Private Funder: Verizon Foundation; Opportunity: 2017 foundation grants; Funding Focus: Literacy, education (science, technology, engineering, and math-STEM) and domestic violence; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Schools, educational institutions and nonprofits; Funding: The average grant has ranged between $5,000 and $10,000 (the foundation made $31 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling (LOI).

Summary: The Verizon Foundation supports technology-based approaches to literacy and education for both adults and children. It also supports programs which prevent domestic violence and improve healthcare through technology as well as helping people understand how to use the technology of the Internet safely.

The foundation is now accepting applications by invitation only, but it encourages grant seekers to send letter of inquiry to state and regional officials to see if they qualify. The foundation is one of the country’s largest corporate philanthropic contributors, with assets of more than $82 million.

Info: Justina Nixon-Saintil, director of education,,; or 866/247-2687.

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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