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Grants for Veterans

Posted by Mary Ross on Tue, May 30, 2017 @ 13:05 PM

memorial day graves.jpgYesterday, on Memorial Day we enjoyed some much-needed peace and relaxation. We barbequed, played in the pool, and enjoyed the company of the people we love. We can do this only because of the sacrifices made by those whom the day was designed to honor: the men and women who gave their lives so that we can have that peace we all cherish. Thanks and appreciation are insufficient to recognize and remember those we have lost. Perhaps the best honor is to serve as they served, and to meet the needs of those who have returned, leaving comrades on foreign soil. As we think about Memorial Day, we at TGH want to share some grants that have been created to help our nation’s military veterans and their families.

These three grants all share one quality, namely, the desire to give back to those who have already given so much.

The VFW’s Unmet Needs Program

The Unmet Needs Program awards grants of up to $5,000 for service members both active and discharged, and to their families to help with daily life expenses. The Unmet Needs website describes these expenses as “household expenses such as mortgage, rent, repairs, insurance, vehicle expenses such as payments, repairs, insurance, utilities and primary phone, food and clothing, children’s clothing, diapers, formula, school or childcare expenses, and medical bills, prescriptions and eyeglasses – the patient’s portion for necessary or emergency medical care only.” The application is online and there is no deadline to apply. If your military family, or a military family you know, has an unmet need, check out the comprehensive website to learn more.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Currently offering three grants for veterans and their communities, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation looks to help with a variety of needs. Three grants offer support to veterans and their families. The Health & Comfort grant “provides vital necessities like water, clothing, and health and hygiene items to veterans of all walks of life.” The Capacity Building grant of up to $25,000 is awarded to organizations “who are addressing the mental and physical recovery of veterans in unique ways. Service dogs, equine therapy, yoga, art therapy, and recreational therapy are just a few of the innovative programs that DVNF supports.” Launching for the first time in 2017, the Technical Assistance grant is created to “empower [organizations] with knowledge, ideas, and a community of support among peers in their network.” Information for all three of these grants can be found on their website. It’s definitely worth a look.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation

The Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested more than $42 million dollars and awarded over 300 grants to help 2.5 million veterans and their families. Their goal is to reach “post-9/11 impacted veterans, service members, their families, and the communities, caregivers, and care providers who support them.” The criteria for application is clearly outlined on the foundation website, and the fall proposal deadline is coming up on June 30, 2017. This grant seeks to aid veterans’ needs in “education and employment, rehabilitation and recovery, and quality of life.” You can read about grants awarded in 2016 on their website.

If you are seeking to honor the memory of our lost heroes by helping military members both active and discharged, we hope these grant ideas can get you started. If you’re not sure where to begin, or you’re ready to apply, Our team can help you with all of your grant needs. Contact us to set up a consultation today, and remember, the first consultation is always free.

Topics: funding for veterans, funding for veterans programs, grants for veterans, programs for veterans, veteran programs, veterans grants

Back-to-School Grants

Posted by Mary Ross on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

The back-to-school signs are up, the students are excited, the parents are eve3959694576_193cfaeceb_q.jpgn more excited, and the teachers have begun to think about the new school year. For teachers, these eight back-to-school grants can help refresh their curriculum and not spend their own money to do it.

The Kids in Need Foundation has brought together eight grant opportunities on one site. Applications for each grant are accepted from July 15 to Sept. 30, so you’re not too late to get in on this year’s grant offerings. Grants range in amount from $100 to $500 and you can apply for more than one. Also available on this site are helpful guidelines and suggestions for completing your application as well as some free teacher printables. A contact email address for Penny ( is also listed for any other help you may need. Without further ado, here is a brief look at each of the eight grant choices:   

  1. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Teacher Grant: Looking for “innovation and merit” for imaginative lessons, this grant is available to certified teachers of grades K-12. This grant awards from $100 to $500 for a project-based learning opportunity in your classroom.
  2. Elmer’s Teacher Toolkit Grant: No back-to-school list is complete without several bottles of Elmer’s glue (my son’s list asks for four bottles and 10 glue sticks—no joke!). Elmer’s is making lesson planning easier by providing teachers with “Winning Projects” to use in the classroom. Teachers can follow the link to the project site and choose a project for their own class, then apply for the grant to make it happen. Certified K-12 teachers can apply, and special consideration is given to schools with 70% or more students in the free and reduced lunch program. Check out these projects and get one started in your classroom this fall.
  3. Dollar General Reading Scholars Teacher Grant: Are you teaching literacy skills this fall? If you have a new approach with a creative design, read more about this grant for certified teachers Pre-K to 12th grade.
  4. Georgia-Pacific Innovation Grant: Certified pre-K to 12th grade teachers with a new approach to using “common teaching aids” or a new idea for teaching their curriculum should read more about the Georgia-Pacific Innovation Grant. This grant ranges from $100-$500.
  5. ArtSkills Teacher Grant: Are you an art teacher with a new approach to reaching kids? Looking for “innovation and merit,” this teacher grant is available to certified teachers grades pre-K to 12. You are limited only by your imagination, and what can be done with up to $500.
  6. WIMA Creative Writing Teacher Grant: Calling all creative writing teachers, the WIMA grant wants to hear about your ideas to get kids writing.
  7. Helping Humanity Fund – Navajo Pottery Project: Originally done in a middle school setting, the Navajo Pottery Project can be adapted to any age group and funded through this grant. A lesson plan is provided here: and certified teachers pre-K to 12th grade can be awarded a grant of $195 to replicate this project in their own classrooms.
  8. VIA Credit Union Teacher Grant (Regional-Indiana only): The list of specific school districts in Indiana that are eligible for this grant appears on the website. If you teach in one of these schools and have an innovative approach to teaching, apply for this grant.

We at know that it’s important to set off in the right direction. If you’d like to know about more grant opportunities and get help finding grants specifically tailored to your needs, contact We have the resources you need, and the first consultation 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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Topics: education funds, STEM careers, STEM resources, STEM teaching, STEM Education, education grants, STEM, STEM grant, STEM grants, STEM funding, education grant, grants for stem

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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Topics: education, education funds, education grants, music grants, education grant, grants for music education, grants for the arts, art grant, arts grants, arts

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

Posted by Mary Ross on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 @ 17:03 PM

As state governments struggle more and more with balancing budgets, an area that 16351705110_0947d75751_q.jpgoften loses funding the quickest is art and music education. There are, however, private foundations that understand the importance of art and music that are willing to support these programs financially.

The National Endowment for the Arts offers several opportunities for both organizations and individuals. The organization awards grants to music programs of all types, from classical to contemporary and from early music awareness to symphony orchestras. In addition to grants for music programs, literature grants are also awarded to creative writing programs. Below is a quick view of these grant offerings.

Grants for Organizations:

Art Works: The Art Works grants award funds of $10,000 to $100,000 to support community art programs of all kinds. These grants do require matching funds. This program supports a wide variety of arts disciplines. Each discipline has a different deadline so look at the website for specifics.

Challenge America: If you are working with a low-income or under-served population, consider the Challenge America grant. Grants are matched up to $10,000 for support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Organizations are encouraged, but not required, to consider working together to best serve the population. The deadline for this program is April 14.

Our Town: If your town is looking to start a new project or continue an existing project that puts art at the center, consider an Our Town grant application. These project-based grants are matched from $25,000-$200,000. There are two types of Our Town grants: 1) arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects; and 2) projects that build knowledge about creative placemaking. The 2016 deadline has not been announced at this time.

Research Art Works: Research grants are also offered for research into the value and/or impact of the arts. These grants are designed to increase the knowledge and understanding of the importance of the arts. The 2016 deadline has not been released yet.

Grants for Individuals:

Creative Writing Fellowships: The next Creative Writing Fellowship application due date is March 9. These fellowship grants are non-matching and award $25,000. Fellowships can be in fiction, poetry, and creative writing and allow individuals to “set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.”

Translation Projects: Through grant awards of $12,500 or $25,000, translations project grants are awarded to individuals translating prose, poetry, or drama into English from other languages. Applications are due Dec. 8.

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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Topics: education, grants for education, music grants, grants for music education, grants for the arts, arts grants, NEA grant, arts

Grants for Education Part 2: Multi-Purpose Grants

Posted by Mary Ross on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

Continuing in our series on education grants, this blog looks into grants that are not directly aimed at a particular age or class subject. Knowing where to start with such multi-purpose grants can often be difficult. One approach you can try is to write down all the actions and steps you will take assuming you have the money in hand.


  • Be specific and clear.
  • Make sure your administration will support your plan.
  • List the resources you will need to complete each part of the plan: people, facilities, transportation, materials & supplies, other costs. Have all of the numbers ready.

In the eventual grant application, these activities and costs will need to be linked to needs and outcomes, but making a plan can help get the pen moving. Also, having a detailed plan will help fill a common gap in proposals: the lack of a feasible, well laid out implementation approach.

Now for some programs that can support a wide variety of educational activities and grade levels.

NEA Foundation

The National Education Foundation is currently offering its members two grants. Both of these grants award from $2,000 to $5,000 and both have application deadlines of February 1st, June 1st and October 1st. The first grant, the Student Achievement Grant, is aimed at improving student academic achievement through critical thinking and problem solving skills within a subject matter. Proposed programs should show how students’ “habits of inquiry, self-directed thinking, and critical reflection” will improve.

The Learning & Leadership Grant can be used by a school to fund professional development for staff or small research and development groups within the district including staff mentoring programs. The NEA states, "We have learned that the best teaching methods come from our greatest assests: educators. That is why, over the last 10 years, we have awarded more than $7.1 million to fund nearly 4,500 grants to public school educators to enhance teaching and learning." Both of these grants are open to many subjects and project ideas.

Donors Choose

Although not specifically a grant, many teachers have had success with the DonorsChoose funding style. Started in 2000 by a high school teacher, DonorsChoose allows anyone to donate money to your cause. From small classroom supply needs to much larger and more expensive projects, you ask for what you need and explain how much it will cost. The site is completely free for teachers. Your project will be listed on their webpage and you can also do your own marketing via social media. The NEA foundation has supported DonorsChoose projects in the past by awarded half of the project cost for NEA member’s projects of $500 or more.

American Library Association

The American Library Association offers many grants to school librarians, teachers, and media specialists. A comprehensive list of available grants and awards can be found on their website. The list can be overwhelming, so use the search bar to narrow down the choices to a more manageable size. We searched for “education” and got a list of grants that help new librarians attend professional development activities. This grant award winner is chosen each February to receive a grant of $1,500. You can view the deadlines and award amounts for specific grants from the provided list. Awards and amounts vary.


All three of these grants allow for creativity and flexibility within programs. There are many more grants available as well, and we can help you find them 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.

Topics: education, education funds, education grant, grant opportunity, grants

Grants for Education Part 1: Pre-K and Elementary Financial Support

Posted by Mary Ross on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 15:01 PM
Education is one of the most heavily funded of all grant sectors. There are more education grants available to teachers than we could ever capture, and it seems that most educational needs are eligible for some type of grant support. Over the next few weeks we will cover a sampling of grants offered for schools and educators. Teachers, principals, and parents, get ready: the support you need is out there if only you ask.

In our upcoming blogs we will be covering grants from pre-K to 12th grade, and we'll discuss topics such as elementary education, art and music education, STEM education, English education, and physical education. If you don’t see your educational need on this list, let us know and we'll cover that, too!preschool.jpg

Let’s start with the little guys—pre-K and elementary education students! Although many curriculum-specific grants are offered to K-12, there are some grants that are specifically given to younger grades. Applying for a grant that is specifically for younger students has the advantage of having fewer applicants and therefore more of a chance for your grant to be funded. Below are some grants that pre-K through 8th grade programs could consider.

Pets in the Classroom

Kids love pets! But caring for a classroom pet can get expensive. That is where education grants come in. Pets in the Classroom, sponsored by the Pet Care Trust, helps offset the costs of a class pet so that teachers have the opportunity to teach kids about the care and responsibility of pets. Unlike many grants that have lengthy applications and long wait times, Pets in the Classroom has streamlined the process to a single email and promises a response within three to four weeks. Pets in the Classroom works with big name pet supply stores like PetCo and PetSmart and offers nine different grant options. Grants are for a max of $150 and applications are being accepted now.    


Crayola’s Creative Leadership Grants 2016

Do you have a new and original idea to help kids get creative? Crayola's Creative Leadership Grants program wants to hear about it! Although it is not specifically stated that only elementary grades can apply, the grants awarded in the past are primarily to elementary schools. Crayola will award 20 grants of $2,500 cash and $1,000 of Crayola supplies to programs that “develop an art-infused education creative capacity-building professional development program.” Applications are due June 20 and must be submitted by the school principal. Early bird applications submitted by June 6 will receive a special Crayola gift of a classpack. Applications and other requirement details are on the website. Crayola asks you to imagine “what if…” and to tell them how your students can show their creativity at school. Youth Garden Grants

The Youth Garden Grant program seeks to help classrooms that teach children the value of gardening. The program goals are to create “improved academics, better eating habits, greater environmental stewardship, and ultimately healthier, more secure and engaged communities.” The program started in 1982 and has awarded more than $4.1 million through 10,000 grants. Although the grant cycle just closed, offers an on-line newsletter that will notify you when the next grant cycle becomes available. In the meantime, your school can request a free entry kit for the Carton2Garden contest and a chance to win up to $5,000 for your school gardening program.  



These three classroom grant programs focus on the youngest children in the education system. There are many more grants available as well and we can help you find them 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.

Topics: education, education resources, education funds, STEM Education, educational funding, educational grants, education grant, art education

Grant Funding for Healthy Lifestyles in 2016 (Part Two): Stop Smoking.  Eat Heathfully.

Posted by Mary Ross on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 09:01 AM

Continuing with our two-part blog on New Year’s Resolutions, we will now look new_year_2.jpgat more grants to support good health, in two specific areas. With new laws in place that keep smokers outside, more and more people who suffer from the harmful effects of smoking and looking for programs to help. Below are three resources that can help if you are looking to fund an anti-smoking program.  After that are several programs that support healthful eating habits.


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers grants for both smoking cessation and prevention programs at the state level. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, provides information on locating and applying for current program funding opportunities and grants related to smoking and tobacco use prevention.” supplies a list of grants to support anti-smoking programs. From promoting healthy lifestyles to researching the effects of smoking, the list includes many opportunities you could apply for.


Pfizer is currently taking letters of interest from programs to support “organizations for healthcare quality improvement and education projects related to tobacco dependence" through its Independent Grants for Learning and Change (IGLC) program. From their web site: "IGLC’s goal is to increase the number of people who stop smoking by improving the frequency and effectiveness of treatment interventions (e.g., counseling and/or evidence-based pharmacotherapy) provided by health care professionals.” Although this particular request is for the European region, other funded areas are also available. You can read the entire proposal request put out by Pfizer.  This grant is a maximum of $2 million; Pfizer is worth looking at to see if your program may fit their goals.


The American Lung Associations goal is to defeat lung cancer. According to their website, “Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S., killing close to half a million people each year.” Grants ranging from $32,000/year to $130,000/year are available for research to end lung cancer. A complete list of grants, application requirements, and deadlines is now availible.  Another, non-research based program available through The American Lung Association is Partnering with Spark. Through this program colleges and universities can get materials on how to create a smoke-free-campus and apply for “mini-spark grants” (currently only available in WI).    


Many of us have resolved to eat better in the coming year—or to help others to eat healthier. Here are three grants that are also working toward this goal.


One of the four pillars of the Newman’s Own Foundation is nutrition. Supporting organizations that are working in underserved communities to improve issues of hunger and nutrition is one of the founding principles of this organization. The Newman’s Own Foundation has supported a variety of school and community groups working to improve healthy eating. Newman’s Own supports programs for the long term through capacity building and program expansion. Since its inception in 1982, the Foundation has given $450 million to charities and funded over 800 grants. Currently the foundation is accepting applications by invitation only, but a complete list of who they are funding is available, and they like to work with organizations who reach out to others. Check to see what’s available in your community to partner with someone who can draw the attention of the Newman’s Own Foundation.        


The Allen Foundation Inc. is committed to improving diet in order to improve health through nutritional programs, education, training, and research. While many programs support food banks dealing with immediate hunger concerns, The Allen Foundation Inc. gives higher priority to programs that teach people how a healthy diet leads to a healthy lifestyle. Applications are accepted year round and all applications are reviewed after the yearly Dec. 31 deadline. Grants have been awarded from $3,000 to over $200,000. For more information on who The Allen Foundation Inc. has funded in the past and to take their eligibility quiz, follow the link here to their webpage.


School physical fitness programs, gardens and nature trails are all programs supported by Lowe’s Toolbox for Education. To see a list of sample projects that would gain support, check out their webpage. Lowe’s offers grants of up to $5,000 and is accepting on-line applications for spring 2016 now through Feb. 16. Lowe’s Toolbox for Education is a great place to start for your school-based health program.  


The time is right for New Year’s Resolutions, and your program can get the support it needs to help make these resolutions realities. We can help you expand your potential funding opportunities 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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Topics: health grants, hunger, nutrition grants, grants, Lowe's, smoking

Grant Funding for Healthy Lifestyles in 2016

Posted by Mary Ross on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 @ 15:01 PM

Happy New Year from The Grant Helpers!


We know that each new year brings new possibilities; this is the time when people are setting resolutions and are ready to make life changes. Many people are resolving to lose weight, quit smoking, or eat better, and many organizations are resolved to promoting such active lifestyle changes. We at The Grant Helpers are resolved to help find the funding you need to support these resolutions! This two-part blog series will help you find the grants you are looking for.

Toward that end, here are a few foundations with the goal of getting people healthy.

The Saucony Run For Good Foundation encourages running with its App. For every mile logged with the App, Saucony donates one dollar to a cause aimed at keeping kids healthy and moving. Your organization could be one of Saucony’s causes. If your goal is to keep kids “healthy and active,” you can apply for a grant to help your program. Grants are awarded twice per year, once in February and once in August. Grant deadlines are Feb. 1 and Aug. 1, so there is still time for your program to be considered for the February award. Check out the grant guide on their website for information on who The Saucony Run For Good Foundation supports and to apply. Saucony has already donated over a million dollars; your program could be next.  


The Robert McCormick Foundation supports community health centers, school-based health centers, and programs dealing with obesity awareness, prevention, and treatment. Grants are awarded only to non-profits with 501(c)3 designations and application information can be found on the foundation’s website. Grant seekers should apply by state through the related charities and programs listed on the website.  To see if your program qualifies and to start the application process, follow our link to The Robert McCormick Foundations webpage.


Supporting nine different grants, Let’s Move is aimed at getting school kids active. Schools looking to improve their physical fitness programs can apply for grants based on the program that works best for their school. Most grants range from $1,000-$5,000 and are program-specific. Just by signing up on-line, your school has access to physical fitness resources and information. Take a look at the range of program grants available on the Let's Move website. For instance, the New Balance Foundation’s Billion Mile Race grant supports school-based walking and running programs. The deadline to apply for this grant is Feb. 5, so don’t walk, but run to the website to learn more about how you can apply. 


In the second part of this blog series we will look at grants that address smoking cessation and more healthful eating habits. Until then, we can help you find a lot more opportunities with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact Tammi at The Grant Helpers to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.

Topics: education, after school program, food grants, health grants, 501(c)(3), nonprofit, grants for gardens, hunger, poverty health grants, poverty, nutrition for kids, grants, kids meals

Grants for Religious Organizations

Posted by Mary Ross on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 @ 14:12 PM

’Tis the season for giving; with the introduction of “Giving Tuesday” after “religious.jpgBlack Friday” it looks as though the giving spirit continues to be a central aspect of a season fostered by religious observance.  For years, foundations shied away from supporting religiously oriented groups. But more recently many grant-givers are ready and willing to support religious organizations, provided that no one is excluded from participating in a funded program based on faith.

In fact, many grant givers like to see faith-based organizations working hand in hand with government agencies and secular non-profits to reach a common goal. To read more about how some states are encouraging religious and secular groups to work together, check out:

Many faiths are eligible for awards. We’ve chosen a few examples here, not to exclude the other eligible religions, but to provide examples of the types of funding available.

Merry Christmas!

The Lilly Endowment offers grants in community development, education, and religion. A family foundation, the Lilly Endowment operates to support both Christian and secular initiatives. The founders state that giving back to Christian organizations is an important part of what they do because they believe “that being a member of a religious congregation [is] an important part of a citizen's life.” Although the foundation gives about 70% of their grants to proposals from Indiana, their home state, anyone can apply. Those interested should first submit a letter of interest explaining their organization, project, and needs. These letters must be delivered in hard-copy through land mail; no electronic submissions will be considered. An application form can be found on their website. Grant proposals are reviewed in March, June, September, November, and December, and the process takes three to six months. Now is the time to write your proposal letter for the March review if you want your program funded for Christmas 2016. can help you with this process.

The Dale and Edna Walsh Foundation, now coined as the DEW Foundation, is looking for organizations with “clear vision and capabilities to be successful.” Two organizations that DEW is currently championing are Convoy of Hope (a faith-based organization helping people in need across the nation) and Animal Ark (a sanctuary for non-releasable wildlife). Reviewing past organization that have been awarded grants will help direct your organization’s letter since the DEW Foundation likes to support programs that their team has an active interest in. You should start by submitting a letter of inquiry (LOI) to the foundation. All LOIs must be submitted on-line before September 1st. Upon receipt of the LOI the foundation will send instructions for the formal application process. The DEW foundation does accept LOI from tax-exempt organizations without a 501(c)(3) designation, such as schools, libraries, and tribes. Take a look at their website to find out more about this giving foundation.      

Happy Hanukah

The Blaustein Philanthropic Group is an assembly of four foundations “united by their roots in Jewish tradition, and by their concern for social justice and equality of opportunity.” Although working together, each of these four foundations has a particular mission; one supports social justice, another education, a third health care, and the fourth human services. Although all four support each of these, be sure to read up on the goals of each before submitting your proposal to one specific foundation. Each foundation makes its own decisions on awards. These foundations do not require an LOI before the application, and you can submit your application to more than one foundation. Find out what your proposal should include by reviewing their “proposal guidelines” on their website.    

Operating worldwide, AVI CHAI offers funding specifically to advance Jewish people and the Jewish religion. Their stated mission is twofold: “To encourage those of the Jewish faith towards greater commitment to Jewish observance and lifestyle by increasing their understanding, appreciation and practice of Jewish traditions, customs and laws, and to encourage mutual understanding and sensitivity among Jews of different religious backgrounds and commitments to observance.” Capacity building, Jewish schools and camps, and research projects have all been funded through AVI CHAI. The foundation stresses that both of its set mission statements must be present in any organization it funds. Look at a list of past programs that have been funded before submitting your own grant proposal.

Happy Kwanzaa

Though Kwanzaa is built more on cultural than religious traditions, faith is one of the seven principles for the seven days of Kwanzaa (the others: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, and creativity). In any event, Kwanzaa is seasonal, and Kwanzaa events are eligible for grant funding.

Are you operating in Minnesota? If so, take a look at the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grants. Although specifically interested in funding community art programs, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council funded the community Kwanzaa event at the Minnesota History Center. If you are not from Minnesota, take a closer look at the funding offered for art programs in your area. You may find that, like this foundation, the local art education grants are willing to look at your community Kwanzaa event.

For Brooklyn, consider:

For New York State:



Additional Foundations Supporting Religious Groups

Lastly, the Bank of American Philanthropic Solutions website offers a list of 19 foundations with a history of giving to religious organizations. Some of the listed foundations only give to specific states or regions, so check the list to see if your area can apply.


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