When looking for grants, you may want to start in your own community. Many businesses that you frequent regularly have foundations set up to support you. It is worth your time to consider what your own community has to offer. Here are 10 big businesses that make it their business to give back.
Target and Walmart:
1. The Target Foundation
Field trips, public safety, social services, Target supports it all. Field trip grant applications are accepted in August and September, grant applications for the arts are taken in January, and social services applications are due in April. Grant amounts typically run between $2,000 and $5,000, but you can set your own amount with some grant applications. If you are within a 100-mile radius of a Target store, find their online application and give it a shot.
2. Walmart Foundation
Walmart Foundation grants range in value from $250 to $250,000. Grants are primarily given to non-profit organizations in the areas of “hunger relief, healthy eating, or career opportunity.” The next deadline is July 31, so start crafting your application now.
CVS and Walgreens
3.CVS Health Foundation
CVS awards grants in the areas of health care, the environment, economic growth, and children’s needs. Depending on your focus and grant amounts, deadlines vary. On April 7 CVS Health Foundation announced 55 new grant recipients as part of a $5 million commitment. Check the website for more details and to apply.
4. Walgreens Foundation
Walgreens supports programs that provide “access to health and wellness in their community, pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives, civic and community outreach, and emergency and disaster relief.” A list of information requested for all grant requests is available on the website. Smaller gifts of merchandise and gift cards bot exceeding $20 can be obtained by contacting your local Walgreens store.
Home Depot and Lowes
5. The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation funds product grants of up to $5,000 for organizations using volunteers to improve the “physical health of their community.” These grants are for products sold at Home Depot stores. Projects aimed at helping military veterans and/or low income families are favored. Applications are currently being accepted and organizations can submit their proposals online.
6. The Lowes Foundation
In 2014, The Lowes Foundation gave $28 million in charitable donations. The Lowes Foundation supports K-12 public education programs (including technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations, and safety improvements) and community programs (including building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements). Grants range from $2,000 to $100,000, and applications are available online now. The spring application cycle ends May 29—so act quickly.
State Farm and Nationwide
7. State Farm
With 2016 grant award applications only taken from September 1 to Oct 30, it’s important to plan ahead and have this grant application ready and waiting. Safety grants, education grants, and service grants are all offered. Grants must be at least $5,000 and youth-led service grants can range from $25,000 to $100,000.
8. The Nationwide Foundation
The Nationwide Foundation is accepting grant applications now through September 1 to aid people in poverty or crisis, and to improve communities. Start by taking their eligibility quiz online to see if your organization’s ideals align with theirs. The Nationwide Foundation also partners with many other organizations such as the United Way, Feeding America, and the American Red Cross. Giving millions each year in grant funding, consider how Nationwide might be on your side.
McDonalds and Wendy’s
9. The Ronald McDonald Foundation
Working to improve the health and well-being of children, The Ronald McDonald Foundation provides grants for dental care, literacy training, and much more. A new grant cycle will open in July, so read up on what they have funded in the past and tailor your project accordingly (see tip below).
10. The Dave Thomas Foundation
Working on funding adoption programs? Wendy’s is: “The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption awards grants to public and private adoption agencies to hire adoption professionals who implement proactive, child-focused recruitment programs targeted exclusively on moving America’s longest-waiting children from foster care into adoptive families.” Take the online quiz to see if you qualify for a grant from the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program.
When planning your grant proposal, don’t overlook the foundations in your own backyard. These 10 foundations are giving nationwide and may be a good fit for you. Start your applications today and let us help you with the process. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can work with you to find grants, write grant proposals, and get the funding you need.
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When looking for a grant to fit your organization’s needs, consider both government grants and foundation grants. While both types can provide the funding you need, government grants can take six months to a year for review while private foundations typically take only three months. So, if you need a quicker turnaround, you may want to look at which private foundations are giving the most money and consider how you can appeal to those foundations’ goals. Here are 10 foundations that are giving the most money.
10. The PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation supports programs for education and economic development. PNC’s Grow Up Great program has funds set aside for early childhood education. Organizations supporting students in the classroom or community, teacher professional development, and family engagement are specifically targeted by this program. Additionally, the economic development grants support programs to help low-to-moderate-income communities with affordable housing, community development, community services, and community programs for revitalization, stabilization, arts, and culture. Having giving more than $50 million in grant support, the PNC program has shown a commitment to building better communities in the regions it supports. For a closer look at these regions and an on-line application, visit the Foundation’s website.
9. Caterpillar Foundation
The Caterpillar Foundation has given more than $55 million in grants since its launch. This foundation supports programs for women and girls in poverty by “champion[ing] programs that support education, environment, and basic human needs.” Applications are accepted by invitation only, but the Caterpillar Foundation works with the United Way, so contacting your local United Way may be your first step in attracting the attention of the Caterpillar Foundation. This foundation has a “partnership philosophy” and does a lot of grant matching. Therefore, if you already have some grant funding, you may be able to work with them to get more. The current list of Caterpillar Foundation partners is available on their website.
8. ExxonMobil Foundation
Supporting “math and science education, economic opportunities for women, and malaria prevention,” the ExxonMobil Foundation has given more than $72 million in grant support. $100,000 was given for the 2014-2015 school year to support STEM programs in classrooms with individual grants of up to $4,000 offered. Teachers, last year’s application was due at the end of September and is still available for you to work from on their website. Plan some proposal writing into your summer break and be ahead of the game when the new application goes up!
7. Citi Foundation
Focusing on financial inclusion, youth economic opportunities, and urban transformations, the Citi Foundation has given more than $80 million to worthy organizations. Although this foundation does not take unsolicited grant proposals, your program might benefit from looking into the Pathways to Progress program. Last year alone, this program helped 24,622 youth and invested $15 million.
6. The Coca-Cola Foundation Inc.
The Coca-Cola Foundation says they are committed to “women, water, and well-being.” In 2013, their grants ranged from $25,000 to over $100,000. The Foundation takes applications via their online process year-round and reviews them as quickly as possible. There is no deadline for submission, and no limitation on dollar amount. A special emphasis is given to programs that support healthy communities. The Cola-Cola Foundation has given more than $100 million dollars to programs around the world.
5. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation
According to their website, “In 2013, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation gave more than $210 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations across 42 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 44 countries around the world.” The JPMorgan Chase Foundation supports programs providing workplace development, financial capability, small business development, and community development. In order to apply for a grant you must first submit your letter of inquiry stating your mission and explaining who and where your project serves. Grant applications are accepted year-round and are broken down by region.
4. GE Foundation
GE Foundation focuses on health, education, and disaster relief. Through its gift-matching program, the GE Foundation has given away more than $1 billion in the last 60 years. Although the Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, it does work with current or former employees, as well as with The United Way. You may want to consider whom you know when thinking about this possible grant matching program.
3. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is working for stronger neighborhoods, a better-educated workforce, and support of basic human needs by helping programs that teach financial stability and create better money habits. This Foundation has invested $2 billion over 10 years toward this goal. Currently two applications are available: Housing—community development (applications accepted April 20-May8); and Hunger—basic human services (applications accepted July 20-August 7). Act fast and submit your application on time.
2. The Wal-Mart Foundation
In 2013 alone, the Wal-Mart Foundation gave $1.3 billion in charitable donations globally. The Wal-Mart Foundation accepts proposals for small, local grants as well as for large, more comprehensive grants. The foundation’s focus areas are: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and career opportunities. Grant awards range from $250 to several thousand dollars. Grants for 2015 are being accepted now through December 31, 2015 and will be reviewed in May, July, October, and January. Grant applications are available on-line.
1. Wells Fargo Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation is proud of its charitable abilities, and rightly so: “In 2014, we donated more than $281 million to 17,100 nonprofits and surpassed our $1 billion philanthropy goal three years early.” Wells Fargo Foundation supports programs in almost every state in the U.S. Each state has a different set of guidelines to be followed when seeking a grant, but they all have commonalities. Wells Fargo Foundation supports programs in housing, education, the arts, the environment, and civic services. In order to apply for a grant, check your state’s requirements online and contact your local Wells Fargo store for information.
Foundations are ready to support worthy programs, so work to make your program stand out above the rest. That’s where we can help. We work with you to find the grant that’s right for you, develop grant proposals, and more. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com 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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Summer school, summer camp, summer programs? What summer situation are you in need of funding? With the school year coming to a rapid end, many parents are looking for activities to keep their kids busy for the summer months, and many foundations are looking to support organizations that can make this happen. Time is running out on getting grant funding for this summer, so here is a sampling of the grants you should know about.
State Farm Youth Advisory Board: Service-Learning Grants
State Farm is accepting applications now through May 1st for grants of $25,000 to $100,000 that address one of its chosen key areas. Access to higher education/closing the achievement gap, environmental responsibility, and arts and culture and just a few of these areas. If your summer program helps struggling students, or is centered on the environment or the arts, give these categories a look. Each of these is described on the website, and an online application is available now.
The American Honda Foundation
Awarding grants of $25,000 to $75,000 at a time, the American Honda Foundation is accepting online applications from non-profit groups and schools. Generally concerned with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, Honda is specifically looking to fund programs “which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative.” Organizations can submit applications at any time, but only one application can be submitted per 12-month period. This is a national program hoping to achieve long-term benefits.
The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation
Will your organization’s summer work have a national impact? Look into an MEAF grant. The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation is accepting applications until June 1st. MEAF prefers to support programs that teach leadership skills and help youth with disabilities. Six to 12 grants of $10,000 to $75,000 are given a year. "EcoChanges," a program that gives youth with disabilities the chance to participate in outdoor activities, is one that MEAF has funded in the past. Take the “grant eligibility quiz” on the website to see if your organization should apply.
The Captain Planet Foundation
The Captain Plant Foundation funds as many small project grants, between $500 and $2,500, as its yearly resources allow. With rolling deadlines throughout the year, Captain Planet grants are awarded to schools and non-profit organizations for student-led, project-based environmental programs. Organizations can apply online now. Captain Planet funds projects that get kids involved in protecting the earth and using its resources. In addition to supporting garden programs, The Captain Planet Foundation even puts on its own Earth Day Celebration for kids in its local area of Atlanta.
Where will your organization get its funding this summer? If you’d like to know about more grant opportunities and get help finding grants specifically tailored to your group, contact TheGrantHelpers.com. We have the resources you need, and the first consultation is always free.
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According to feedingamerica.org, in 2013 45.3 million people were in poverty. With poverty in America this high, the need for help is paramount. Many foundations are helping with grants to aid the war on poverty. Here are just a few of the foundations providing support for poverty relief:
The Ford Foundation
This foundation is working for social change wherever and however possible. The goals of this foundation are broad, allowing many opportunities for funding. Take a look at the foundations vision for supporting economic growth over a lifetime before heading over to review opportunities for poverty funding. There are no submission deadlines—grant proposals are accepted all year. Remember that showing the ways in which your goals line up with theirs, the number of people you can help, and what you have done so far, will all help in capturing grant dollars. There is no specific amount of money that is typically awarded; The Ford Foundation has awarded as much as a million dollars at a time, so dream big!
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has awarded grants from $500 to several million dollars. Its primary goal is to support programs that “serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, childhood health and family economic stability.” This foundation looks specifically at your program’s goals, how you will reach them, and how many children you will help. Applications are submitted on-line, and can be started at any time.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s program “Pathways to Opportunity” supports afterschool and other educational programs that use education to provide opportunities out of poverty. This foundation is looking for programs supporting “education, employment and community engagement” as a means of helping those in need. If you are interested in learning more about their program, you can submit a letter of inquiry before developing a full grant proposal application. Some of their grantees have received as much as $750,000.
These three foundations all support poverty programs nationwide, but don’t overlook the support in your own back yard. The Denver Foundation supports community programs fighting poverty in and around Denver. The Barrett-Bateman Foundation supports programs in and around Seacaucus, New Jersey (application address: c/o Global Anti-Poverty and Disease, Harmon Cove Towers, Apt. 403, Seacaucus, NJ 07094). The Community Foundation supports programs in Northern Virginia. Knowing what’s available locally is just as important as looking into the national programs.
We can help you find lots more opportunities with our search experience, streams of grant notification services, and subscriptions to multiple grant database services. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com 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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TheGrantHelpers.com blog strives to provide its audience with useful information and resources to help organizations meet and exceed their funding needs. In the past, we have featured grant writing tips, grant opportunities, advice on funding strategies, and much more. Much of the content comes from questions we answer during our free grant consultations.
In this blog, we highlight our “Top 5,” that is, the top five blog articles, defined by the number of views they have received since January 1, 2013. Enjoy, and if you want more of our “tops” or if you would like to submit an idea or question that we have not addressed on our blog, please to not hesitate to contact us. Here are teh Top 5 in order, with number one first:
This article features grants for recreation and outdoor spaces that could potentially fund municipalities, educational entities, and other non-profit groups. Funding from the grants featured in this article could be used to support a variety of projects and programs, including improving existing playgrounds, creating and sustaining community gardens, constructing or improving community facilities, and more.
Don’t get discouraged by foundations that will accept proposals by invitation only. Get motivated to get noticed! Part of being a great candidate for any funding opportunity is your ability to prove that your organization can support a network of others, whether directly or indirectly. Therefore, forming partnerships and networking with others can be key to establishing your organization’s presence. This article provides ideas to help you can get noticed by more select foundations.
This third-most-viewed blog topic is no surprise. Funding for playgrounds is also among the top most requested information we receive from our audience. Whether you are looking for funding to build a new playground, funding to improve an existing playground, funding to make a playground handicapped accessible, or more, this article’s information could be a great resource for your organization.
Part of a series on our top ten grant writing tips, this article directly addresses how to best include measurable objectives in your grant proposal.
Another article in the series on our top ten grant writing tips, this article provides ideas on how you can improve the evaluation piece of your grant proposal. Most funders want to see more than just your ideas. They want to see a concrete plan for demonstrating successful project results and impact. This article can provide suggestions on how to create your evaluation plan to be more attractive to potential funders.
TheGrantHelpers.com will continue to publish strategies and funding opportunities that we believe could be of great value to our readers. As mentioned above, if you have an idea, question, or topic that you would like to see addressed in our blog, please email Tammi Hughes at email@example.com. If you need assistance in finding funding, applying for funding, or other grant-related support items, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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It’s a hard reality that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the United States has families fighting every day to have enough to eat. If your organization is in the fight against hunger, you are not alone. Here are just a few of the charitable foundations who want to help you make a difference by providing grant funding:
ConAgra has been helping fight hunger since 1993. In that time this foundation has awarded more than $63 million in donations to non-profits. If your organization is seeking to help hungry children and families through nutrition education, or is creating sustainable solutions to increase food security, then this is worth considering. Grants range from $10,000 to $75,000, and 10-15 grants are funded each year. The foundation is looking for programs that can provide specific information about how many people will be served. ConAgra posts specific dates for letters of interest and applications, so watch their website.
The Walmart Foundation has determined four areas of interest when it comes to grant giving. One of these areas is “hunger relief and healthy eating.” In 2010 Walmart announced its commitment of $2 billion to help fight hunger through its “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative. This program was set to go through 2015 and has already surpassed this goal; they are proud to show how much they are giving beyond the $2 billion in grants to alleviate hunger. The Walmart Foundation provides grants at the local, state, and national level.
The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation
In 2014, Feeding America joined forces with The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation to put $1 million toward a three-year program to fight hunger nationwide. In addition to grants, this franchise also holds food drives and organizes volunteers for food banks. Although this foundation does not take unsolicited grant requests, by partnering with your local food bank or Feeding America program you can attract the attention of this foundation.
Food Lion Food Charitable Foundation
If you are within a 25-mile radius of a Food Lion store, you may want to look into the Food Lion Food Charitable Foundation. This foundation’s goal is to eliminate hunger and food insecurity in the communities where its stores are located. Food Lion Food Charitable Foundation is currently taking grant applications online. A letter from your local United Way or Feeding American food bank confirming your organization’s good standing is required with any application. Grants are given for $2,500 or more.
The Barrett Bateman Foundation
This privately funded foundation looks to support organizations that are often overlooked by others. Written applications and budget sheets are being accepted. Although this is a Catholic origination, it accepts all applications. For a downloadable application, visit the website.
These are just a few of the opportunities available. We can help you find more opportunities with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com 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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As cities dye rivers green and adults enjoy green beverages, we at TheGrantHelpers.com also can’t stop thinking about the color green--specifically, going green and taking the burden off of the environment. Municipalities can use green initiatives to save money on everything from transportation to heating and cooling costs. Schools can use recycling programs, energy efficiency programs and bike-to-school days to educate students about going green. Additionally, there are non-profit organizations whose sole goal is to create awareness and establish programs that protect the environment and natural resources. We have found several grants to help cities, schools, and non-profits fund these important projects.
Partners for Places
This matching grant program aims to fund local projects that promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of community members. Cities and counties across the United States are eligible to apply. A grant recipient last year turned an abandoned golf course into an urban garden. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. Each funding round has different sustainability or green priorities. Requests for Proposals are released twice a year, with the next one available in June.
Global Greenpants Fund
This environmental fund supports grassroots organizations that otherwise would not have access to funding. Environmental challenges such as climate change, ocean conservation, freshwater, biodiversity conservation, and a variety of other like causes are funded by this grant fund. Over 5,000 local projects have been supported. The average grant size is $4,800. This group currently does not support unsolicited proposals. Thus, creating a relationship with the fund’s advisor is the beginning of the process to solicit funds. For tips on how to do this, see our blog article.
Green in Action Award
K-12 classrooms can apply for a $250 award from the Green Education Foundation. This award recognizes projects or programs that encourage sustainability in schools and classrooms. If you need inspiration, the GFF website has ideas for potential projects. Each year, a winner receives $250 for the class, and severl runners up each receive $100. Last year’s winner was Ivy Academy in Tennessee. The school created a Live Green project that created awareness for energy conservation in the local community. Applications will be reviewed for creativity, educational value, potential for sustainability, and replication. The deadline for application is May 2.
Many state energy offices provide grants to local governments, non-profits, and schools to support a wide range of energy and environmental programs. Contact information for State Energy Offices can be found at the NASEO website.
Energy and environmental education is a powerful STEM/STEAM topic. Schools interested in grants for energy and environmental education would be well served to present their request to funders interested in STEM. Examples include 3M, Boeing, and the Toyota USA Foundation.
Funds for energy improvement projects are often available to schools and municipalities through utility companies and foundations. As an example from our home state, the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation offers funds for energy efficiency, renewable, and the protection of natural areas.
TheGrantHelpers.com have experts in helping schools, municipalities, and non-profit organizations find, apply for, and win grant money. If you would like to talk to one of our Grant Helpers, contact us today. The first consultation is always free.
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Math education often gets lumped into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiatives. Each subject area has its own importance, though, with teachers dedicated to teaching their students one of these individual subjects. Below we take a look at several hand-picked grants to fund math education initiatives.
Advancing Student Achievement Innovative Math Grants
These grants from the Acturial Foundation support programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real-world mathematics. Programs must be designed for students in grades 4-12 in U.S. public or private schools. The programs must impact one or more grade levels, and students must participate in the activity consistently throughout the year. A total of five $10,000 grants will be awarded this year. The deadline to submit an application is March 31 with grants awarded by June 1. If you need help to meet the tight deadline, we can accommodate quick turnarounds.
Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants
This is a unique grant program that will award a grant to individual elementary school math teachers who are willing to commit to becoming teacher-leaders within their school. The grant recipient must be willing to provide ongoing professional development to teachers within the school or district to strengthen mathematical understandings and instructional practices. Teacher-leader activities include conducting in-service programs, co-teaching, demonstrations, and more. Only one teacher per school may receive the award. Applications for grants for the 2016-17 school year are currently being accepted. Grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded for the 2016-17 year. Funds can be used for college coursework fees, registration fees for conferences, materials for in-service programs, and salaries for grant recipient’s time conducting in-service programs. The deadline for application submission is Nov. 6.
Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants
Grants of a maximum of $4,000 will be awarded to grade 9-12 math teachers hoping to purchase materials or create lessons that connect math to other subject areas. Materials and curricula funded by this grant program must show the connectivity of mathematics to other fields and areas of study. Applications to fund programs in the 2016-17 school year are currently being accepted. These are due Nov. 6. One past recipient used this grant to fund an aerospace unit that integrated math, science, language arts, and social studies classes.
Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants
Grants of up to $3,000 are available to pre-K-2 teachers who want to use music to teach math to students. The grant is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating across grade levels. Applications to fund programs in the 2016-17 school year are currently being accepted. These are due Nov. 6. Past awardees include one who used this grant money to use music to help her students learn fractions.
Summer Camp is for Teachers, Too!
Third-through-fifth-grade math and science teachers can attend The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy to learn more fun ways to teach their students. The one-week summer camp is just for teachers. Even better, it’s free! The camp is taught by math and science experts from the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions. The application period for the 2015 camp is already closed. However, applications for the 2016 camp will be accepted starting this spring.
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According to the U.S. census, “…by 2029, when all of the baby boomers will be 65 years and over, more than 20 percent of the total U.S. population will be over the age of 65” (www.census.gov). With the growth of this population comes an increased need for elder care—from health care, to in-home visits, to housing. Continuing in our serious of special interest groups, we now offer some suggestions regarding grants for older Americans. We’ll start off with a grant tip we’ve found useful:
So, for example, if you are located in Chicago and seek grants to support, say, geriatric advocacy efforts, Google “older adult advocacy grants Chicago.” The Chicago-based Retirement Research Foundation (which funds more than research) floats to the top two spots. If you’re in Denver, substitute “Denver” for “Chicago” and the Rose Community Foundation takes over the top two spots.
Local support notwithstanding, we highlight here four grants for the aging population that are national in scope )although the Weinberg Foundation does give preference to the “hometown communities” of Baltimore, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Hawaii). Note that these funding opportunitities aren’t all restricted to older adults. Many serve larger, more general audiences such as “people in need.” Furthermore, some are oriented more toward the program (e.g., housing) than the target population. All of which brings up two more tips:
The grants highlighted below follow that last tip. These organizations are not limited to supporting older adults per se, but do offer grants addressing the needs of mature clientele.
Health and Independence: Offering grants of up to $100,000, the Henry E. Niles Foundation, Inc. supports “people in need.” This includes programs that support the health and independence of aging Americans. The Niles Foundation specifically likes to support programs that work together with other organizations, so you might consider what other organizations in your community are working toward a common goal. There is no specific application date—meetings are held monthly to determine the status of new applications.
In Home Visits: The Omron Foundation, Inc. helps support programs such as Meals on Wheels that provide in-home care to the elderly. The Omron Foundation, Inc. supports programs providing basic human needs—food, clothing, and shelter. In 2014, more than $630,000 was given by this foundation. Applications can be submitted via email throughout the year and grants of more than $100,000 at a time have been awarded.
Housing: One foundation that specifically targets older adults is The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. Providing grants for up to 30% of total costs, this foundation is concerned not only with elderly care, but with helping aging adults to live dignified lives. It is, therefore, interested in supporting programs working in low-income areas. This support can be granted to community building projects, housing repair, senior centers, rehabilitation centers, and the like. Grant proposals are taken at any time, and a letter of interest is required first. In 2014, the Weinberg Foundation gave $102 million in grants.
All of the Above: The Fred & Jean Allegretti Foundation states that their goal is “to provide a quality of life and dignity through humanitarian support, medical treatment, housing, education, and the arts.” The Fred & Jean Allegretti Foundation has a history of supporting programs for the elderly. The Foundation is accepting letters of interest through May 31st. In 2010, the Foundation awarded the H.O.M.E. program (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly) $15,000.
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Today, more than 80 percent of families live in urban areas and lack easy access to outdoor spaces. In response, President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative will soon help address the situation. Starting in September for the 2015-2016 school year, all fourth graders will be given a pass that will allow them and their families free entry into every National Park for an entire year. There is no application necessary. Annual family passes normally cost $80.
The president’s initiative also includes the renewal of the National Park Foundation’s program that provides grants to help schools pay for transportation to bring kids to visit parks, public lands, and waters. Schools that have the most need are favored in this grant program. The President has also requested new funding in his FY 2016 budget to support transportation for school outings to parks for students from low-income areas.
While we wait for this exciting opportunity, there are other grants that will help fund more local, community-based outdoor recreation causes. Grants for outdoor recreation activities are often very competitive. There are several things you can do to make your proposal competitive.
Partnerships are often favored in grant applications, so a municipality, educational unit, and community group working together to better a town could increase the appeal of a request.
Outdoor recreation opportunities that reach everyone from children to senior citizens, and anyone in between, can give you a leg up.
Projects that have a wide range of activities involved, from sports to exercise to conservation, could be a plus for grantors.
Below are a few grant opportunities we have hand-picked to get you started. There are often a lot of grant opportunities available for outdoor recreation projects. If you don’t see a grant that applies to your project below, get in touch with one of our experts who will help you find a grant that suits you.
The KEEN Effect
KEEN Footwear is hoping to preserve the great outdoors through its KEEN Effect grant program. This year, the company will give $10,000 grants to 10 non-profit organizations that are dedicated to responsible outdoor recreation and participation. KEEN defines outdoors as any place that does not have a ceiling so the opportunities are endless. Special consideration will be given to projects that introduce new audiences to the outdoors. Applications must be submitted by March 1 to be considered for the Earth Day grantee cycle. Applications received after that date will be considered in the second cycle, to be announced on National Public Lands Day on Sept. 26.
Non-profit organizations can apply for funding from L.L. Bean. The clothing and shoe retailer has given more than $14 million to local, state, regional, and national conservation organizations in the last 10 years. Under its conservation and outdoor recreation program, L.L. Bean funds projects that protect and maintain natural resources or encourage children to participate in outdoor activities. Proposals are accepted at any time throughout the year. There are no maximum or minimum grant amounts.
Shade Structure Grant Program
Being outside is not always fun when the sun is beating down on you. If your outdoor recreation area needs some shade, look no farther than the American Academy of Dermatologist’s Shade Structure Grant Program. Schools and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding to construct a permanent shade structure for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun. Each Shade Structure Grant is valued up to $8,000, which includes the cost for a shade structure and installation. This year’s grant cycle is already over. To apply for the 2016 cycle, have your applications submitted between Sept. 1 and Nov. 25.
American Alpine Club Cornerstone Conservation Grant
This grant program aims to create healthy climbing landscapes and empower local rock climbing communities. To do so, the American Alpine Club, partnered with REI, will award organizations grants ranging from $1,000-$8,000. All projects must impact rock climbing efforts, accessibility, or environments. Past AAC projects include new trails and human-waste management policies at Utah’s Castleton Tower and Indian Creek climbing areas, a new human-waste management system in Grand Teton National Park, and new trails and waste-management systems in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Lumpy Ridge climbing area.
There are many different grants available to help fund your project. Let us help narrow down the choices to those that specifically fit your needs. Contact us today for a FREE consultation to get you started on the road to grant success.
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