Fund for Children Aids Activist, Youth Projects

Private Funder: Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC); Opportunity: Regular Grant Making, Special Development Grants for Targeted Activist Youth (TAY), Attica Funds Prison Visit Program, and Carry It Forward; Funding Focus: Youth and Education; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Awards vary; Deadline: Oct. 13.

Summary: The Massachusetts-based RFC provides for the educational and emotional needs of children of targeted progressive activists, and youth who are targeted activists themselves. In most instances, professionals and institutions directly receive the grants to provide services at no or reduced cost to beneficiaries. The RFC defines “targeted” as someone who as a result of their activism has: lost a job; suffered physical or mental injury or disability; been harassed or discriminated against; been imprisoned; or died.

Progressive activities are defined as anything that supports the ideals that:

  • All people have equal worth.
  • People are more important than profits.
  • World peace is a necessity.
  • Society must function within ecologically sustainable limits.

The RFC has three main grant making programs, including the Regular Granting program which provides up to $3,000 per child per year but no more than $2,000 awarded for the benefit of a child or youth in one granting cycle. The TAY grants provide targeted activist youth, ages 18 to 24, with special development grants of up to $1,000 per year to further their education. The Attica Fund Prison Visit Program provides money for children and youths up to age 24 to visit activist parents from whom they have been separated because the activist parent has been imprisoned. Beneficiaries can only receive one Attica Prison Visit Program grant per year. The program is named after the infamous, maximum security prison in Upstate New York.

The Carry It Forward Awards provide $600 per year to beneficiaries aged 19 through 24 to help with the cost of books and supplies associated with post-high school education and training. (www.rfc.org/application).  

Tip: In general, the RFC will fund such things as: counseling; school tuition; camp tuition; cultural lessons; after-school programs; prison visits; educational or therapeutic travel; and post high-school books and supplies for college or other educational training.

Info: http://www.rfc.org/application; Alli Langley, granting coordinator, at (413) 529-0063 or alli@rfc.org; or Rosenberg Fund for Children, 116 Pleasant St., Suite 348, Easthampton, MA, 01027, 413/529-0063 or Fax 413/529-0802.

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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