Motorcycle Foundation Favors Community Revitalization, Veteran Initiatives

Private Funder: Harley-Davidson Foundation; Opportunity: 2017-18 foundation grants; Funding Focus: Education, community revitalization, veteran initiatives, health and the environment.; Geographic Focus: Primarily focused on Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Menomonee Falls or Tomahawk, WI; York, PA; or Kansas City, MO (while most funding goes to community organizations, the foundation also considers contributions to national organizations); Eligibility: Nonprofits and schools; Funding: Varies, the foundation made $3.3 million in grants last year; Deadline: Dec. 15.

Summary: The foundation offers grants that meet the basic needs of the communities where they have operations. They also pursue partnerships with charitable organizations that meet their mission goals, which are education, improvements to the K-12 core curriculum, classroom enhancements, community revitalization, jobs, neighborhood programs, social services, the arts, healthcare and the environment. Priority is given to efforts which involve employees, customers or other Harley-Davidson stakeholders.

Youth groups have benefited. The Next Door Foundation, Milwaukee, WI, ( got a $50,000 grant for a  children/youth and family services; the Children’s Outing Assn. ( won a $25,000 grant for a series of outdoor youth camps in Milwaukee County.

New Process

The new grant process for foundation requires online grant submission and completion of an introductory eligibility quiz before beginning the grant proposal. The company website is at:

Info: (NOFA), 3700 W. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53208-2818, 414/343-4001, for questions.

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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