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10 Grants in Your Community

Posted by Mary Ross on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

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 shoppingconsider 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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                                          10 of the Most Money-Giving Private Foundations:

                                          Posted by Mary Ross on Wed, May 6, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

                                          dollar sign resized 600When 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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                                          More Ways to Find Funding for Dance, Arts

                                          Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 18:10 PM

                                          In the past month, we have received an increased number of requestsdance for grants to help fund dance studios and dance education, both for youth and adults. We are happy to share some grants available to fund these areas. We also want to describe how these subjects can be funded by grants using a variety of themes. It can help to apply for grants that focus on the various different types of outcomes your program provides. This approach works not just for dancing programs, but for most any area.  Examples of various themes applied to dance funding appear below.

                                          Possible dance funding theme: Community Engagement/Culture/Quality of Life

                                          Dance recitals, education, programs, and engagements are not just important to the individual artist or family, but to the community as a whole. The arts have a huge impact on the livability of a community. Dance productions can bring visitors to town that will spend money at local restaurants and gas stations. Towns with a strong cultural presence are also appealing to families looking to take residence. If your project or program aims to have community involvement or be a large presence in the area, apply for grant programs with these goals, even if dance isn’t specifically listed in the grant description. The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant program focuses on community culture. This program requires a non-profit organization to partner with a governmental agency to apply. The deadline for this year is December 15.

                                          Possible dance funding theme: Obesity/Health

                                          This current generation of young people, one-third of whom are overweight or obese, may be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents. Many foundations throughout the United States, as well as federal government agencies, have grant programs that support obesity prevention, especially for youth. Many dance programs are fundable under these programs. Dance helps children become active and exercise. Check out the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation for a grant under this category. The foundation supports opportunities that promote wellness and help prevent obesity. Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year.

                                          Possible dance funding theme: Disability Therapy

                                          If you are hoping to start a dance studio or program, consider creating a class that will provide opportunities for disabled people. There are a wide variety of grant opportunities that support disability programs for both youth and adults. This look at funding for your dance program could provide a unique opportunity. The Dr. Scholl Foundation supports these types of programs, provided the applying organization is a non-profit entity. Proposals are accepted from November 1 to March 1 the following year. Grants range from $5,000-$25,000.

                                          Possible dance funding theme: Arts/Humanities

                                          Then, of course, there are always grants for arts that can help fund your dancing program. These programs are the bread and butter of funding for the arts. However, because they are such a natural fit, they are very competitive and may be harder to win. Non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, individuals, as well as for-profit agencies, can apply for grants from ArtPlace America. This program hopes to fund projects led by artists that help a community’s economic development and revitalization efforts that are also able to attract additional support. All applicants must register with the organization by October 31, and letters of inquiry are due by November 3.

                                           

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