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Grants for Summer School, Camps

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, May 26, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

Summer is almost here. Around the country teachers and students alike are counting 15944090146_cc72295efc_q.jpgdown the days until the school bell rings on the last day of school. On the flip side, parents are wondering what they are going to do for three months with their children’s “freedom.” Schools, churches, and non-profit organizations host a wide variety of activities that can help entertain and care for children. These can range from educational classes to sports camps to programs that provide basic needs like meals. We have put together a list of just a few grants that could help fund these types of programs. Now is the perfect time to start applying for these grants to help next summer’s program.

National Grants for Student Activities in Summer

Finish Line Youth Foundation

Sports and fitness provide a great way to keep kids busy in the summer months. The Finish Line Youth Foundation has three different grant programs. Non-profit organizations hoping to create programs focused on active lifestyles and youth athletic teams should look to the programmatic grant category. These grants can be up to $5,000. Programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids will receive special consideration. Grants are accepted Jan. 1-March 31, April 1-June 30, July 1-Sept. 30, and Oct. 1-Dec. 31. The other two grant categories are for facility improvements and emergency funding in the case of natural disasters. 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

This private foundation supports academic achievement with one of its specific categories being summer enrichment. The foundation awards grants of up to $25,000 per year to non-profit organizations or universities that provide summer enrichment programs for low-income students in grades 6-12. These programs must be education-based. This organization normally does not accept unsolicited applications. However, creating a relationship with the foundation is a good start; they even have an email list that will alert you to future opportunities. Join on the website.

 Local Grants for Student Activities in Summer

The grants above are national grants, available to anyone in the United States. It may be advantageous to look locally for funding as well. Local organizations, such as community foundations and community service organizations, may be willing to fund programs that help local children. Below are two examples of organizations that support local summer youth programs. Your state and community might have similar funding opportunities.

The Fund for Greater Hartford

As the name indicates, this fund fund supports organizations in the Hartford, Conn. area. A specific list of towns supported is on the website. Summer program grants are available in the spring for summertime recreation and education programs. Grants provided by this foundation are available for program, capital, and operating expenses. Most grants are single-year grants though capital grants can be multi-year. Deadlines for application are March 15, June 15, Sept. 15, and Dec. 15.

Summer Fund

This organization provides funding to non-profits that offer summer camp and program opportunities to underserved and low-income youth in the greater Boston area. The Summer Fund feels it is critical to keep underserved youth engaged and safe during the summer months. Their grants help camps offer free and reduced enrollment fees for camps throughout the city.  Applications are accepted throughout the year. is a full-service grant company with a wide variety of services. We can help you with every step of the grant process from program development to grant writing to program management Get started with a free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.


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Grants for Homelessness Organizations

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 11:05 AM

It’s hard to not have a home to call your own, a warm place to lay your head at night. Yet in January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that n12790452674_d46b12265f_m.jpgumber, 206,286 were people in families according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Organizations around the country are dedicated to helping the homeless. They are providing temporary shelter, opportunities for affordable housing, access to basic needs like showers and food, and services designed to address the underlying problems resulting in homelessness. Grants can help these organizations fund these important services. Below we have listed a few grants available to those that help the homeless.

Open Your Heart Foundation

This foundation has a hunger and homeless grants program that targets hunger relief programs or temporary housing/shelter for homeless people. Agencies that serve the hungry or homeless as their primary function are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $10,000. This foundation has several due dates through the year. The closest upcoming due date is July 1. Applications are also accepted by Sept. 1, Nov. 1, Jan. 1, March 1, and May 1. This foundation also occasionally implements Requests for Proposals for uniquely or timely issues affecting the hungry or homeless. Such opportunities will be posted on the foundation’s website at least two months prior to the deadline.

Bank of America

Assisting Those Most in Need is the motto of the Bank of America’s Foundation. They have donated nearly $22 million to over 1,000 non-profits to address basic human needs such as hunger and homelessness. The foundation only serves areas where the bank has a presence but that includes a large number of cities in the United States. See a complete list on the website. Applications are accepted at any time.

In 2012, the foundation expanded its property donation program, and to date has donated more than 3,000 properties to more than 300 non-profit organizations, landbanks, and municipalities in 47 states.  The foundation has established formal partnerships with several communities to develop strategies that will help provide housing solutions for families in need. These programs are designed to help communities impacted by foreclosure and property abandonment.  The main concept is repurposing unused properties to benefit entire communities.

The Mercy Foundation

Grants to End Homelessness are available for services, initiatives, projects, or research that will help lead to the end of homelessness. Projects that assist chronic homelessness, especially among women, receive priority. Priority grants are eligible for a maximum of $50,000, with other grants averaging between $20,000 and $30,000. Chronic homelessness is defined as an episode of homelessness lasting 6 months or longer, or multiple episodes of homelessness over a 12-month period or longer. Eligible applicants are legal entities, such as associations or companies. Deadlines for 2016 have not been announced. Check back on the website for updates.

When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider Contact to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.


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COPS Hiring Program Now Open

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, May 4, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

The U.S. Department of Justice’s largest Community Oriented Policing Servic3954363946_7091cd0daa_q2.jpges program is now accepting applications. The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) funds the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers. Career law enforcement officers are those that are hired on a permanent basis for their jurisdiction. Correctional or jail offers are not eligible to be hired through this grant program. However, School Resource Officers are eligible to be hired by funds from this grant.

This program is extremely competitive and open to all state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority. Grants are due June 23.

The goal of this program is to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacity, and support crime prevention efforts. Grants may be used in the following capacity:

  • Hire new police officers, including filling vacancies that are no longer funded by the organization’s budget.
  • Rehire police officers that have been laid off as a result of budget restrictions.
  • Rehire police officers that are scheduled to be laid off by a specific future date.

Highlights for this year’s COPS Hiring Program:

  • Funds the number of officer positions equal to 5% of actual sworn force strength (up to a maximum of 15 officers for agencies with a service population of less than 1 million, or up to a maximum of 25 officers for agencies with a service population of over 1 million).
  • Provides 75% of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of each newly hired and/or rehired full-time officer, up to $125,000 per officer position, over the three year (36 month) grant period.
  • Requires you to identify a specific crime and disorder problem/focus area and to explain how CHP funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to mitigate that problem/focus area.
  • Requires applicants to choose a community policing problem or focus area for additional funding consideration.  Choices are “Homicide/Gun Violence,” “School Based Policing through School Resource Officers,” “Building Trust,” and “Homeland Security.”

This is just one of the many COPS grant programs. Check out our past blog on the other COPS grants that are open for application now.

COPS grant programs are extremely competitive. With our expertise we can help you put the best proposal forward. Contact us today to get started.


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Three Ways to Justify Grants for Parks

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 21:04 PM

As the weather turns warmer for many people across the country, thoughts are turning 14269749191_619bf621f5_q.jpgto updating and maintaining outside areas like community parks. A wide variety of secific grants are available for parks maintenance and creation. There are also several different ways to justify grants for park needs. Below we outline three different categories of grants that can be used to help update, maintain, or create your community park.

  1. Apply for Grants for Community Betterment

Corning Foundation

A community and its wellbeing are among the priorities of the Corning Foundation grant program. Revitalized, safe, and updated parks can be a large boon to a community. They can bring in new families thus creating new tax dollars and they can also be a gathering place for events. Past Corning Foundation grants have been made to non-profit organizations, youth organizations, and community groups. The Foundation makes grants totaling more than $5 million in giving annually. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


Insider Tip: The Corning Foundation values organizations working together, so any application featuring partners working together on a project will be favored.


     2. Look for Funding for Environmental Concerns

Keep America Beautiful Grant

This private environment-focused foundation provides community impact grants to organizations across the country. This year’s grant program focuses on increasing access to recycling in parks and green spaces. The Dr. Pepper Snapple Park Recycling Infrastructure Grants program will provide grants in the form of recycling containers that communities can use to establish or expand recycling in park settings such as neighborhood and urban parks, athletic fields, nature trails and public beaches. In addition to offering recycling bins, the grant program will also make additional funds available to grant recipients who commit to conducting a set of litter indexes in conjunction with the grant. Deadline for application is June 10.

     3. Use a Playground to Help Curb Childhood Obesity

Children’s Obesity Fund

Community playgrounds are a wonderful way to keep kids active, and active kids are healthy kids. So when you are looking for playground grants, keep an eye out for funding organizations that aim to curb childhood obesity. One example is the Children’s Obesity Fund, which hopes to improve children’s health one grant at a time. Any non-profit organization is eligible to apply. Typical grant amounts vary depending on the project scope, and grant applications are accepted at any time. This organization normally funds non-profit organizations yet they state on their website that any organization working toward children’s health may be funded. is a full service grant company that can help from the beginning to the end of a grant process. See a full list of our services. As always, you can always schedule a free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers to get you started.


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Grants for Helping At-Risk Youth

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:04 AM have recently received several requests for grants to assist at16640189448_c4398f535a_q.jpg-risk youth. The grant opportunities below range from helping disadvantaged help to making sure all children have access to quality education. Check out these hand-picked selections, which are all foundations. Federal and other agencies also fund at-risk youth assistance. To see some of these, refer to our previous blog Funding for At-Risk Youth--Three Major Areas.


The Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation

This private foundation is dedicated to helping people in need, especially disadvantaged youth. It provides funding to non-profit organizations for helping the organization expand, create new services, or otherwise support people in need. According to the website, priority for funding is based on the degree of difference the project will make in the lives of people in need and the cost per individual helped. Grant applications are evaluated and voted on for approval at the foundation board meetings which are held 3 to 4 times a year, normally in fall (September or October), winter (January or February), and spring (April or May). Past grants have ranged from $15,000-$50,000.

The Janus Foundation

Since 1994, The Janus Foundation has awarded more than $38 million in grant funding to non-profits. Its mission is to “help children succeed and achieve their goals and aspirations through education, as well as to support communities and organizations nationwide, and across the globe.” The foundation specifically focuses on making sure every child has access to quality education. Eligible programs primarily serve the pre-K through 18 populations although some funding is provided to those that assist in the transition to post-secondary education. The foundation would rather fund specific programs or projects rather than general operating costs. There is no deadline for submission, and applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.

Allstate Foundation

The Allstate Foundation believes it is important to invest in the next generation. They provide grant funding in four different categories, all of which support youth. The four fundable areas are:

  • Student volunteerism and leadership
  • Character building, including respect, caring, and civic engagement
  • Money management and entrepreneurial skills
  • Adult-to-teen and teen-to-teen mentoring

Eligible entities must be non-profit organizations or a municipal, state, or federal government bodies. The average grant amount ranges from $5,000-$20,000. This foundation is not accepting unsolicited applications for 2016. For ways to get noticed by foundations not accepting unsolicited applications, check out our blog post, No Unsoliceted Grant Proposals?

  Insider Tip:The Allstate foundation has accepted unsolicited applications in the past, so it is a grant opportunity to keep on the radar for next year if they open up the opportunity to everyone again.  

If you are interested in any of these grant opportunities, or want to find out if there are more grants that can help your organization, please contact us today. The first consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers is always free!


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Education Grants Blog Four: STEM

Posted by Mary Ross on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 @ 15:04 PM

We are back to our Education Grant Series, and this time we are focusing on 9525548136_bf1ae46a4f_q.jpgSTEM education. It seems like more focus than ever before is being placed on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Your school or organization can help support your program through available grant money. Consider some of these grants when planning your program. 

Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards

A creator and developer of scientific technology for schools, Vernier also supports STEM in the classroom through its Technology Awards. Each year seven grants are presented to classrooms from kindergarten to college. These awards are for $5,500 including travel and expenses to the national NSTA conference, $1,000 for the classroom teacher, and $3,000 in Vernier technology products. In addition, Vernier offers a curriculum to help facilitate learning. Current science teachers from kindergarten to college can apply for the grant if they haven’t won one previously. Applications are due Nov. 30, 2016 for the 2017 awards. Check out the website for a list of past grantees and for an application.       

Samsung: Solve for Tomorrow

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest was put in place to “excite students about the possibilities of STEM” and to give schools “the opportunity to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.” This contest has four levels of awards: state finalists, state winners, national finalists, and national winners. Awards are presented at each of these levels, and state winners move on to be eligible for the national contest. State winners receive at least $20,000 in technology for their schools; 10 national winners receive twice that, and five national winners will receive $120,000 in technology and prizes. In order to apply for this grant you must respond to the prompt, “show how STEM can be applied to help your local community,” by submitting a lesson plan outline. Applications are accepted September-November, so start making your plans now. Stay up to date on all contest related information by signing up for email alerts here.

American Honda Foundation

The American Honda Foundation has given more than $32 million to organizations in every U.S. state since 1984. The goal of the Foundation is to “help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits.”  As such, programs that are “imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative” are supported by this foundation. New applicants can submit applications on February 1 or August 1, and can only submit one application per 12 months. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000, and all proposals must be submitted on-line. Interested parties can start the process at this link where a series of questions will determine your eligibility. Aug. 1 is just around the corner; start planning your application today.   

No matter which grant you chose, consider We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact to see how we can find the grant you need, write and review the proposal, and help get you the funds you need. 


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COPS Grants Applications Available

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 @ 16:04 PM

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has announced that two of th7279567460_94b2ed6f62_q.jpgeir highly competitive grant programs are accepting applications. The COPS program assists state, local and tribal law enforcement through grants and funding opportunities. Since 1995, they have invested over $14 billion to advance community policing. The COPS program is administered by the US Department of Justice.

Three COPS programs, detailed below, are currently accepting applications. The programs largest and oldest grant program, the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), will open in late April. Check back in our blog or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the details on that grant program when it opens.

The Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

This grant program funds community policing projects that are national in scope. It is open to all public governmental agencies, profit and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations. Up to $8 million in overall funding is available this fiscal year. There is no local match required for this program. Projects that eligible for funding must cover one of the following topic areas:

  • Micro-grant Initiative for Law Enforcement
  • Critical Response Technical Assistance
  • Community Policing Emerging Issues Forums
  • Community Policing Training Projects
  • Law Enforcement Led 21st Century Policing Demonstration Projects
  • 21st Century Policing and Implementation Projects

Deadline for application is June 1.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

The Camp Program is a competitive grant program open to state law enforcement agencies by law or by a state agency to engage in (or to supervise) anti-methamphetamine investigative activities. CAMP funds must be used to investigate activities related to the manufacture or distribution of meth. Approximately $7 million is available for this program, and the maximum individual grant award is $1.5 million. There is no local match required. Each grant is two years in duration. The website indicates that this grant program will be very competitive. Agencies that plan to participate in anti-methamphetamine task forces with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team structures will be given additional consideration. Applications are due June 1.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

This grant program has approximately $7 million in funding available with the maximum grant award being $1.5 million. There is no local match required. Eligible organizations are state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. To be eligible applicants must have:

  • primary authority over state seizures of heroin and other opioids
  • have high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for both heroin and other opioids
  • use the funds for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids

Funds from this program may not be used to fund treatment programs or to prosecute heroin and other opiod-related activities. Deadline for application is June 1.

COPS grants are all highly competitive and can give you the edge you need to get funds. Our expert staff is trained to ensure your application meets all requirements as well as give your application the extras it needs to stand out in the crowd. Contact us today to get started. Remember, the first consultation is always free.


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Grants for Financial Literacy Programs

Posted by Paulette Pierre on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 09:03 AM

Spring is just around the corner and with it brings thoughts of cleaning, dusting, and 11322953266_db29ce0659_q.jpggetting the house ready for the warmer weather. Spring is also a great time for many to spruce up their financial housex. Now that the holidays are but a memory, many consumers are deeper in debt than when they started the Christmas season.  According to a 2015 survey conducted by Pew Charitable Trusts, “Six in 10 households suffered a financial shock in the past year.” In addition, “55 percent of households struggled to make ends meet after experiencing their most expensive financial shocks.” Given these sobering findings, here are some examples of grants geared toward financial literacy programs that may help alleviate the unpleasant surprises. Two of these grants support nonprofits offering financial education programming for individuals in underserved communities. The third focuses more on research.

Discover Foundation

Discover is well known for its consumer credit cards and student loans. It makes sense for them to offer grants geared toward financial education programs. Creating a more financially savvy consumer drives down business costs for Discover. The more educated the consumer, the less charge-offs and personal bankruptcies to their business. The funding guidelines for these grants are located here. The guidelines include some of the following requirements: organization must be a 501c3 and the program must encompass education and/or financial literacy programs. The online grant application consist of five main sections which are consistent with other applications (i.e. project overview, organization’s demographics, necessary documentation, etc.). Their website does not explicitly state what the minimum and maximum grant amounts may be so, more than likely, it is on a case-by-case basis.  

  Before Applying: Once you create an account, read the application overview section carefully as it gives more insight into the five main sections of the application.  

 FINRA Foundation

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation’s mission is to “provide underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life. The FINRA Foundation envisions a society characterized by universal financial literacy.” This funder aims to support nonprofits whose focus is on financial literacy. The foundation offers three different types of grants: RFP-based; directed, unsolicited proposals; and, targeted proposals. Each of these has certain criteria that must be met. The foundation is always interested in projects that focus on an under-served population or a particular unmet community need. To begin the process, your organization must submit a Concept Paper. This is similar to a Letter of Interest (LOI) but a bit more comprehensive. As of 2016, the foundation will fund between $50,000 and $100,000 for each project. The grant guidelines and FAQs can be found here.

  Before Applying: This seems obvious but bears repeating: read through the grant guidelines thoroughly. When drafting your Concept Paper, make sure it is data-driven and the project meets the needs of the population you target.  

National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)

If your organization is one more focused on financial education research and need funding to further that research, the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is one to explore. While some of their on-going funded projects are those in higher education, any think tank or research-focused nonprofit would qualify for funding. Some of the research areas include marketing, economics, and finance, to name a few.  Previous research grants have ranged from $100,000 to $150,000. NEFE has two grants cycles a year (spring and fall), and a Letter of Inquiry is required to kick start the process. 

  Before Applying: Applicants are strongly encouraged to read through their guidelines and application process.  Their website offers introductory orientation webinars, FAQs, and what the reviewers seek in a project.  

A Grant Helper can review and advise on an initial letter of intent, to help you get past the first gate in funding.  Contact us for assistance for all of your grant needs.

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National Nutrition Month, Grants, and School Gardens

Posted by Rita A. Jensen, Ph.D. on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 @ 17:03 PM

In addition to ushering in spring and heralding the return of daylight savings time, March is Women's History Month. But did you know that March is also National Nutrition Month?2647830369_5451483493_q.jpg

School Garden Projects

The USDA has issued media advisories to mark the observance of National Nutrition Month and to profile successful USDA "...efforts to improve access to safe, healthy food for all Americans" (USDA Media Advisory No. 0014.16). Although no mention of school garden projects made the front page, the USDA acknowledges that they can play a starring role in attempts to focus children's attention on health, nutrition, and locally-sourced food. When integrated into the curriculum, school garden projects also create hands-on learning opportunities and invite community participation and inter-generational involvement.

Grants for Gardens

There is a variety of potential funding sources for school gardens. Certainly the USDA is one of those sources. This link offers a great starting point for researching USDA grant opportunities and other USDA resources related to school garden projects.

Some private foundations also invite requests for funding school garden projects. Be sure to check out Michelle Hansen's February 11, 2016 blog post, which profiles four garden funding sources.

How-To Guidance for Gardens

Just as important, some of the funding organizations also offer helpful informational resources. For example, in addition to providing funding, Annie's Grants for Gardens has a free how-to guide for creating five kinds of children's gardens. Annie's Grants for Gardens website also provides links to other resources related to planning and funding school gardens.


Planning Tip: School garden projects require planning, collaboration, time, effort, supplies, and money. The good news is that a lot of "ground work" already has been laid by others. And the Internet offers easy access to a wealth of how-to information for planning, jump starting, and maintaining school gardens. Here are a few links to get you started.


Gardens and Grants: Attracting Funders

I close by offering one final point regarding school garden projects. Funders who want to get the most bang for their buck usually like to know what grant applicants already have accomplished and what next steps they have planned. Why do funders like to work with organizations and innovators who already are headed in the right direction? Because that's one sign of commitment to the cause, along with in-kind contributions, project partnerships, and financial support from other sources.

For instance, if your school is considering applying for a USDA Farm to School Grant, you should know if your school or district is listed on the USDA site as actively participating in farm-to-school activities. Find out by accessing the results of the USDA farm-to-school census.

If your school or district is identified as participating in farm-to-school initiatives, you can highlight that detail in your application and describe the great things that already are happening. And if your school or district isn't listed, then you can find out if it's an oversight or if farm-to-school activities truly are conspicuous by their absence within your district.

Of course, if you would like some assistance in preparing a request for funding or identifying potential funders for school garden projects, we invite you to contact us.


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Education Grants, Blog Three: Art and Music Grants (Part Two)

Posted by Mary Ross on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 15:03 PM

Many schools have been forced to make cuts to their art and music programs due t15165315148_fc51d7e403_q.jpgo a lack of state funding. Grant funding can help address the funding issue, with several grant opportunities available. Part One of this series listed a few examples. In this, the second part of the art and music grants blog, we will explore more foundations trying to help maintain and enhance the fine arts.

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation supports both in-class and extra-curricular arts programs for students. Their goal is to “nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households.” The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation supports enrichment programs in several unique ways. Grants of up to $10,000, given for up to three years, and can be used for materials, time, and transportation. These grants are directed at grades pre-K to 12 from low-income households. All non-profits are eligible to apply and should be ready to collaborate with the foundation on the nature of the project and funding. A 2015 grant recipient used the money to fund an Art History Enrichment Club at a school. Apply online by April 15.

The Wallace Foundation

Grants are awarded in five categories: School Leadership, After School, Summer and Expanded LearningArts Education, and Audience Development for the Arts. Details about these categories can be found here. Although the Wallace Foundation prefers to solicit their own grantees, they do accept proposals from organizations who fit their beliefs and guidelines. A letter of inquiry may be submitted by email giving information about the project, organization, and costs associated with the plan. These emails should be directed to: The Wallace Foundation also offers a free newsletter detailing their work and a “Knowledge Center” offering ideas for education and projects.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Primarily concerned with the performing arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded 3,129 grants for a total of $1,221,984,743. The core concern of the foundation is in higher education, arts and cultural heritage, diversity, communication, and international education and projects These grants range in amount and purpose, but a list can be seen at their grant database. Guidelines for five different categories of grants can also be found on their website. If your project is of interest to the foundation, their staff will work with you to refine your proposal into something the foundation supports. Be sure to read the guidelines carefully before submitting your letter of inquiry.      



These are three possible grant opportunities within the arts education arena. When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.


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