Sunderland Foundation Favors Arts, Culture, Healthcare

Private Funder: Sunderland Foundation; Opportunity: 2017 foundation grants; Funding Focus: Education, youth services, arts and culture and healthcare; Geographic Focus: Regional (Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Awards vary (the foundation distributed $6.7 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: The foundation focuses on youth services grants, most of it going to groups which provide essential services to youth and families. For example, TLC for Children and Families, Olathe, KS ( received a $42,500 grant for a children/youth residential and custodial care program and the Child Saving Institute, Omaha, NE (, won a $100,000 grant for general support.

The foundation emphasizes funding brick & mortar projects such as building construction, renovation, repairs, and restoration. The foundation generally awards grants to larger, well-established nonprofits. Start-ups and small, grassroots organizations should seek funding elsewhere.   

Info:; 913/451-8900 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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