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A compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to children and youth.

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Note: Some listings are filed by surname

29 Federal Programs That Protect Children
EducationMoney.com repackages information from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance in an interesting manner.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Adopt A Classroom Portal
Adopt-A-Classroom invites the community into the classroom in support of teachers and their students. By adopting a classroom, donors form partnerships with specific classrooms providing financial and moral support. The result is a meaningful contribution to education in which donors experience the impact of their efforts and celebrate in a classroom's success.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Adoption Associates of Jenison, Michigan
Adoption Funding
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Afterschool.org is devoted to helping to provide information about funding opportunitites for the afterschool community. A range of funding sources for programming, online courses, local professional development or even opportunities for youth driven program funding for activities can be found here. These sources can be from foundations, government organizations, community based organizations or non-profits, corporations, or private donors.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

American Academy of Dermatology
Shade Structure Program Grants
Deadline : The application for the 2013 shade structure program will be open October 1, 2012 through February 1, 1913.
Provides grant awards ($8,000 each) for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. The Shade Structure Program is open to non-profit organizations or educational institutions that serve children and teenagers, ages 18 and younger.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation was created to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children and youth. The foundation makes grants that satisfy its basic purposes through the following mechanisms: (1) dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations or their programs designed to benefit youth; and (2) dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well established organizations, so that this knowledge can be more adequately used by society. Grants are made for proposals that have the potential to directly benefit children in the United States in a large geographical area (more than one state). The duration is one year.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Amway's One-by-One Campaign
Through One by One, Alticor supports programs designed to have a direct, real, and lasting impact on the quality of children's lives, especially those who are disadvantaged or disabled; and help children overcome barriers or obstacles to success and fulfillment in their lives. Special emphasis is directed toward programs designed to concentrate on arts and culture, education, health, and human services.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Best Buy Children's Foundation
Allows teams of Best Buy employees across the U.S. to select nonprofit organizations working to help teens excel in school and develop life and leadership skills. This year, the Best Buy Children's Foundation will provide a total of $2 million in community grants. Best Buy seeks applications from organizations that have current 501(c)(3) tax status and serve a diverse population of young teens in the areas of learning, life skills, and leadership. Special consideration will be given to programs that provide youth with access to opportunity through technology. To be eligible, nonprofit organizations must be located within fifty miles of a Best Buy store or regional distribution center. Applicants should serve a diverse population in local or regional communities; aim to build social, academic, leadership, and/or life skills in early adolescents (primarily ages 13 to 17); show positive results against a demonstrated community need; and reach at-risk children in working families. Grant amounts will average between $4,000 and $6,000 and will not exceed $10,000. During 2011, the application window was open between July 1 and August 1. Check back next year to see if the funding programs are repeated.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Best Buy Community Grants
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Through the @15 Community Grants Program, Best Buy teams across the United States select non-profit organizations that provide positive experiences to help teens excel in school, engage in their communities, and develop leadership skills. Best Buy seeks applications from organizations that have current 501(c)(3) tax status and are serving a diverse population of young teens in the areas of learning, life skills, and leadership. Special consideration is given to programs that provide youth with access to opportunity through technology.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

(Guido A. and Elizabeth H.) Binda Foundation
Giving limited primarily to education in Battle Creek and southwestern Michigan. Grants range anywhere from $200 to $100,000.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Brinker International Foundation
With a diverse variety of local fundraising activities and corporate giving programs, Brinker and its restaurants contribute more than $3 million annually to a number of worthwhile charities. The foundation's objective is to support community programs and projects that are affiliated with children/family, arts, civic, and university-related educational programs. Research projects, travel, conference attendance, and capital campaigns are not supported.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Brookdale Foundation Group
Relatives as Parents Program
The Brookdale Relatives as Parents Program supports programs that develop or expand services for grandparents or other relatives that have taken on the responsibility of parenting when the biological parents are unwilling or unable to do so. Through the Local Initiative, the Foundation selects up to 15 local programs from within the United States to receive matching mini-grants of $10,000 over a two-year period.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Children's Health Coverage in Michigan
Medicaid and CHIP provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children in Michigan. Even if your children have been turned down in the past or you don’t know if they qualify, you may be able to get health coverage for them now. Medicaid and CHIP provide health coverage for children so that they can get routine check-ups, immunizations and dental care to keep them healthy. They can also get doctor visits, prescription medications and hospital care when they’re sick, and much more. How to Get Started : Call 1-877 KIDS NOW (1-877-543-7669) to talk to someone in Michigan or check out some of the state websites listed on this website.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation
Application deadline: Feb. 1
The Teammates for Kids Foundation accepts proposals for grants from nonprofit organizations that specialize in working with children. Grants from the Foundation support the on-going work of operating organizations that help needy children in the areas of health, education and inner-city services. While there are no minimum or maximum amounts, most grants range from $10,000 to $50,000. The Foundation's giving cycle is semi-annual. Note: the web page says the foundation is not accepting unsolicited proposals at this time.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Cappelli Foundation
Funding source designed to assist at-risk youth to reach their full potential. All fully certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are invited to submit an application for funding in three specific targeted areas where the foundation focuses its attention--education, health and fitness, and arts education. Applicant organizations must serve at-risk youth. Grant application guidelines and an application form are available at the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation Web site.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Captain Planet Foundation
Deadlines: June 30, September 30, and December 31.
The Captain Planet Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects to encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Maximum Award: $2500. Eligibility: Schools and non-profits. Funds for the Captain Planet Foundation come from a percentage of the licensing and merchandising revenues generated by the Captain Planet character and animated television series and other contributions.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits : Environment.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Carls Foundation
The principal purpose and mission of the Foundation is to support: (1) Children’s Welfare (primarily in Michigan) including: Health care facilities and programs, with special emphasis on the prevention and treatment of hearing impairment; (2) Recreational, educational and welfare programs especially for children who are disadvantaged for economic and/or health reasons; and (3) Preservation of natural areas, open space and historic buildings and areas having special natural beauty or significance in maintaining America’s heritage and historic ideals, through assistance to land trusts and land conservancies and directly related environmental educational programs.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Casey Foundation (Annie E.)
The Annie E. Casey Foundation considers support for public education and disadvantaged children one of its priorities. It is primarily interested in "initiatives that have significant potential to demonstrate innovative policy, service delivery, and community supports for children and families." Collaborative projects that engage parents in school improvement and the academic success of their children are within the foundation’s area of interest. There are no deadlines. The first step in the grant-seeking process is to send the foundation a 2-3 page letter summarizing the proposed project, its goals, a brief history/background of the school, the population to be served, and the amount requested. If the foundation sees potential in the project, it will invite you to write a full proposal. The address: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Attention: Office of the President, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Grant guidelines are also available at the foundation Web site, or from External Resources and Partnerships (ERP) by calling 773/553-2610, or e-mail at: erp@cps.k12.il.us.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Child and Family Services Grants Available through the State of Michigan, try the Michigan Electronic Grants Administration and Management System Portal (EGrAMS).

Children and Youth RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center PND Digest
Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker's Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Children's Trust Fund
The Children's Trust Fund, funds 69 local child abuse and neglect prevention councils that serve 79 Michigan Counties, Local Councils are community-based organizations that identify needs and facilitate collaberative prevention programs in their community. Also funded are 56 local direct service prevention programs across the state. These provide a wide range of services to families which help them understand the development stages of children, how to cope with the stresses of parenting, and where to find support and linkages to other resources.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Citizens Insurance Grants Program
Howell-based Citizens Insurance Company of America and Students Against Drunk Driving - Michigan are uniting to make financial support available to contributing SADD chapters in Michigan that have specialized program needs. Grants are available for $250, $500, or $1000 amounts to fund SADD programs and events. Grants will be awarded for January 3 through September 1 and may be used for activities designed to prevent underage alcohol, tobacco, and/or drug use while encouraging safe and healthy lifestyles. Other groups active in youth prevention areas such as Pride, Stand, and Youth to Youth are also eligible to apply. The program will be administered by Student Leadership Services. Call (248) 706-0757 for more information. You can also check out the Students Leading Students website.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Daycare Grants and Child Care Grant and Funding Sources in the United States
While there is a lot of talk about "how to find grants" in the child care field, most caregivers, especially independent home child care operators or persons starting a private or for-profit child care facility, don't realize that it is almost impossible for them to find grant money from any level of government or from almost all of the sources listed in childcare.net's or any other grant list. That is of course, with the exception of perhaps that which might be obtained from new business startup programs and the odd program operated by their provincial or state governments, generally under the Department of Children and Family Services.
The truth is, and it seems no one else wants to acknowledge this fact, unless you seek and obtain non-profit status, there is not a lot of help available in the way of grants for your child care business.
For-profit child care business operators, large and small, may, that's a small may because they aren't all that many programs available with the exception of the Child and Adult Care Food Program in the U.S., be able to apply for local state/provincial programs being offered through their licensing office, Children's and Family Services Office, and/or Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. childcare.net's advice for for-profit child care operators is to inquire at these locations first. Other than that, the best way to locate financing for your child care business is to:
(1) Look into bank loans
(2) Obtain venture capital
(3) Seek gifts and loans from family and friends
(4) Look for advice from incubator organizations, or
(5) Obtain counsel from local small business and women's associations.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Dollar General Literacy Grants
Dollar General’s community grants program provides support for non-profit organizations committed to the advancement of literacy initiatives in our 35 state market area, including Michigan. Grant applicants must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Dr. Phil Foundation
Robin and I are committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged and foster children. In collaboration with others, we strive to provide youths with access to critically needed services, including safe and decent housing, medical and mental health services, education and job training. In a secure and loving environment, it is our belief these children will develop a new sense of responsibility and commitment to themselves, their fellow human beings, their communities and nation.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Duke Charitable Foundation (Doris)
This foundation strives to improve the quality of people's lives by preserving natural environments, seeking cures for diseases, nurturing the arts, and helping to protect children from abuse and neglect. The Foundation welcomes two-page letters of inquiry from nonprofit organizations working in the Foundation's areas of interest. There is no deadline for letters of inquiry. For more information, call Joan Spero at 212-974-7000. Source: Grants and Foundation Review, October 31, 2001.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Families and Communities Together (FACT) Coalition
Funding Opportunities
Families and Communities Together is a multidisciplinary coalition based at Michigan State University. We are linking MSU's researchers and resources with community partners and initiatives. Our goal is to support the health and well-being of Michigan's children, families and communities. Through our annual grant program and collaborative opportunites, we are realizing the vision of an engaged land-grant university. About $500,000 in research grants will be available to university researchers and their community partners as part of the 2006-07 Innovations in University-Community Research Collaborations grant program.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Federal Grant Programs To Help At-Risk Youths
The Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, and other Federal agencies develop and implement effective methods of preventing and controlling juvenile delinquency, gang participation, reduce dropout rates, improve academic performance, provide abstinence education, and address the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. EducationMoney.com repackages information from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance" in an interesting manner.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

FederalGrantsWire Children Grants and Loans
60 grant and loan listings from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Check out the Funding Information tab. Also check other topics as well. For instance, there if funding information under Afterschool Programs.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Finish Line Youth Foundation
Youth Athletic and Wellness Programs Supported
The Finish Line Youth Foundation provides funding to organizations in the communities in which company stores are located, or communities where donations to the Foundation are raised. (Finish Line operates over 510 stores in 46 states, including Michigan.) The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations primarily focused on assisting children and young adults 18 and under in the areas of athletics or wellness. Applications are accepted year-round and are reviewed quarterly. Visit the above website for more information.
Also listed under Recreation.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

FreddieMac Foundation
Will continue to support programs that focus on the important work of preventing child abuse and neglect and finding permanent homes for children in foster care. In the future, we will expand our historical support of children and their families during the early stages of a child’s life to include children from birth to 18 years of age. In addition to supporting youth as they transition to adulthood, a special emphasis will be placed on programs that help young people aging out of foster care obtain stable housing and successfully move to independence.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Foundation Center RFP's for Women and Girls
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Funding Resources for Improving Child Abuse and Neglect and Child Welfare Programs and Practice
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Fundsnet Children, Youth, and Family Grants
A collection of web links by FundsNet.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Gerber Foundation
To enhance the quality of life of infants and young children in nutrition, care, and development.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families
A web page of potential interest.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Hasbro Community Relations
The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children through age 12 by supporting innovative, model, direct-service programs in the areas of healthk education and social services. The Foundation also funds universally accessible play spaces. Most often, local grants for model community programs range from $500 to $35,000 each. For multi-site expansions, awards start at $35,000 and are granted over a period of one to three years. Priority will be given to economically disadvantaged areas for playground refurbishment and/or new construction. For more information, contact Hasbro Children's Foundation, 32 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10010. Proposals are reviewed three times per year; there is no deadline for applications. For more information contact: Jane S. Englebardt, 917-606-6226.
Also listed under Recreation.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Head Start
(Last checked 06/08/14)

International Youth Foundation
Currently operating in nearly 50 countries and territories, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) is one of the world's largest public foundations working to improve the conditions and prospects for young people where they live, learn, work, and play.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Joyce Foundation
Is seeking grant proposals as part of $6 million, three-year initiative for universal access to preschool for Midwest children ages three to five.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits-Education
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Kellogg's Hannah Neil World of Children Award
The World of Children Award sets the standard of excellence in child advocacy by discovering and elevating people who improve the lives of vulnerable children. Each year we search the globe for amazing child advocates, we honor them with an Award, and we support their programs serving vulnerable children by sharing donations from generous people like you.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Kohl's Fundraising Card Program
The Kohl's Cares for Kids® Fundraising Card Program benefits school and nonprofit youth organizations through the use of special gift cards. The fundraising card is an electronic gift card sold to school organizations and youth groups at a discount of 5% for total gift card purchases over $1000 and 3% for purchases from $500 to $999. The fundraising groups then sell the purchased cards at face value and keep the profits.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Kristi Yamaguchi Always Dream Foundation
Founded in 1996, Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation was established to supported organizations that have a positive influence on children.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

A Little Hope Inc.
Founded in 2002 as a response to the World Trade Center tragedy, the Foundation’s mission is to help grieving children through their bereavement following the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one. Strong preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to the use of community trained volunteers, whose programs demonstrate multicultural competence in addressing children and adolescents’ bereavement needs, and whose programs are likely to be replicable in other communities. To be considered, applicants must e-mail the name of their program, their Web site address, and the names of their executive director and program director including credentials. No other information is needed or will be processed. Additional information can be found on the Web site. Click here for programs supported in Michigan.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Lokoff Child Care Foundation's Child Care Teacher Recognition Awards Program (Terri Lynne)
Recognizing the need to raise the status and visibility of quality child care, The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF) created the TYLENOL® & Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation National Child Care Teacher Awards. This program rewards outstanding child care teachers for their commitment and dedication and emphasizes the importance of quality child care; stressing the need for funding and improvement throughout the system. Child care teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are invited to apply for this award. Fifty teachers will be selected for their commitment and dedication to the children they serve. One winner will be chosen from the pool of 50 award recipients and will receive the "TYLENOL® & Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation National Child Care Teacher of the Year Award."
As part of the application process, each applicant is asked to design an enhancement project for the children in their classroom or home, illustrating the educational, social, and emotional benefits from the project. A committee of early childhood educators and specialists will review the applications. Fifty outstanding child care teachers will be honored with a $1,000 grant. Five hundred dollars is to implement their proposed project and five hundred dollars as a stipend to acknowledge the teachers special dedication.
From 1994-2003 the TLLCCF has presented 226 awards honoring child care teachers for their excellence and dedication in the field of child care. 2005 Tylenol® & Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation National Child Care Teacher Awards application will be available in July 2004.
For 17 years TLLCCF has awarded child care programs dollars to implement specific changes needed to improve the quality of care provided to children. Non-profit, non-sectarian child care facilities in the Southeast Region of Pennsylvania: the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia, only will be invited to apply for a 2004-2005 Child Care Center Enhancement Grant. Applications will be available in July 2004.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Lovelight Foundation
The foundation, actually a public charity, provides grants to other 501(c)(3) organizations within the metro Detroit area that provides support to impoverished women and children through programs focusing on health, nutrition, and education.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Magic Johnson Foundation
Dedicated to serving the educational, health, and social needs of minority youth and underserved communities throughout the nation.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Make a Wish Foundation of Michigan
This organization does its best to make dreams come true for children with terminal illnesses.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Michigan Adoption Research Exchange
The Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange is an information and referral service for prospective adoptive parents interested in adopting children with "special needs," and for adoption workers looking for homes for these children.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Michigan Child Care Commitment Awards
ChildCare Commitment provides financial support for licensed childcare and early education expenses for children from low-income families. Eligible families may receive 40% of the annual cost of childcare and early education for one child per family, up to a maximum of $2,688 for one year. ChildCare Commitment is a one-time award for a period of twelve months. ChildCare Commitment awards are distributed as funds become available on a statewide basis with priority to regions experiencing higher poverty levels. Applicants are added to the waiting list upon receipt of a completed pre-application form, which is available at www.WomensCaringProgram.org. When funds become available, the full program application and instructions will be mailed to the applicant. For more information, call 1-800-875-6751 or email cccaward@yahoo.com
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Michigan Community Foundations
Many community foundations have Youth Advisory Committees which give out grants to youth projects in their respective areas.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Michigan Foster Children in Transition
Michigan provides financial assistance for living, working, and education expenses.
(Last checked 03/30/07)

Michigan Grants Available List (MiGAL)
Provides current notices on federal, state, private, and other funding grant resources that relate to education and/or youth.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Michigan Office of the Children's Ombudsman
Relative Care Resources
Financial or other support for relative care providers is often scarce or difficult to access. Many times, relatives are unaware of the options available to assist in caring for related children. The following is a list of some resources that may be available to relative care providers. It is important to note that the list is not comprehensive and there may be other resources available in your community. In addition, not all children are eligible for each of these resources and a child receiving one type of assistance may, therefore, be ineligible to receive another type of assistance. It is important to discuss these options with the child's caseworker.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals--Social Services
(Last checked 06/08/14)

MIChild is a health insurance program. It is for uninsured children of Michigan's working families. MIChild services are provided by many HMOs and other health care plans throughout Michigan. For more information, call your health plan, the local Family Independence Agency, your local health department or call 1-888-988-6300.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Milagro Foundation
Foundation created by Carlos Santana to provide funding to grass roots organizations serving children and youth.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Newman's Own Charitable Foundation
Deadline: Sept. 1 each year
Offers grants to nonprofits, schools, hospitals, and other 501(c)(3) public benefit organizations. Eligible grant categories include: the arts, children and youth, health, education, the elderly, environment, the handicapped, literacy, substance abuse education, programs for the needy including housing and food, but no funding for individuals or scholarships.
For more information contact Newman's Own Foundation, Inc., 246 Post Rd. E., Westport, CT 06880
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Office Depot: Caring and Making a Difference
Office Depot supports nonprofit organizations at the local level with donations of products, contributions of funds and efforts to encourage employees and customers to become involved. Some eligibility requirements include: The nonprofit organization must be aligned with Office Depot's mission to directly impact the health, education and welfare of children; funds provided by Office Depot must directly assist children; the organization must have an established track record of community advocacy and a clear direction for its future initiatives; and the organization must have 501(c)(3) status.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job discrimination, and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers and attorneys. Patient Advocate Foundation seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability. Patient Advocate Foundation offers direct patient services through this website, and can be contacted via E-mail at help@patientadvocate.org. Our toll-free number is 1-800-532-5274.
Use the search engine to find out what is available in your community. Information available on (to mention only a few from the entire list): Children, Children's Health Insurance Programs, Community Referral, Disability Services, Financial Assistance, Food Stamps, Health Care, Insurance, Legal, Medication/Drug Assistance and Special Needs.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Pay It Forward Foundation
Application deadlines are January 15, April 15 and October 15 of each year.
The Pay It Forward Foundation was established to inspire students to realize that they can change the world. Pay It Forward Mini-Grants are designed to fund service-oriented projects that are identified by youth as activities they would like to perform to benefit their school, neighborhood, or greater community. Selection Committee members will score the applications based on: (1) adherence to the Pay It Forward concept (explaining how the project’s benefits will multiply exponentially); (2) educational benefit to students / teachers; (3)integration of proposed project with school curriculum; (4) number of people impacted. Schools, churches, and community youth groups may apply for mini-grants of up to $500. Because funding is limited, projects requesting smaller amounts will be given priority.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities
Coming Up Taller Award
By honoring excellence in after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for young people through the Coming Up Taller Awards, the Committee seeks to promote a creative, engaged, skilled, and confident generation of young people. Each year the Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and reward excellence in after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth. Programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, universities, colleges, arts centers, community service organizations, schools, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to apply. Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, units of state or local government, and federally recognized tribal communities or tribes are eligible to apply. Detailed eligibility information is available on the program web site. Awardees receive $10,000 each and an individualized plaque.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Reach Out and Read
A program that promotes early literacy by bringing new books and advice about the importance of reading aloud into the pediatric exam room. Doctors and nurses give new books to children at each well child visit from 6 months of age to 5 years, and accompany these books with developmentally appropriate advice to parents about reading aloud with their child. The ROR program model is based on research that shows a connection between the frequency of sharing books with babies, toddlers and young children and enhanced language development. (Another opportunity for collaboration).
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Ronald McDonald House Charities
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (RMHC®) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. RMHC fulfills its mission by creating innovative, effective programs that address targeted needs, and by supporting these programs and other activities conducted by its local Chapters worldwide. RMHC also awards grants to other nonprofit children’s organizations that positively impact the health and well being of children around the world.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Rural Information Center
Rural Child Care Funding and Program Resources
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Save the Children
Provide services in 18 states across the United States and in 46 developing nations around the world.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Sears KMart Fund for Kids
Sears has recently purchased KMart. However, they have maintained the KMart Fund for Kids.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Skillman Foundation
Children and Youth Funding
The chief aim of the Skillman Foundation's three program areas is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. The Good Schools and Good Neighborhoods program areas are the primary focus of the Foundation's grantmaking. The Good Opportunities program area is set up to support the Foundation's primary work and to invest in special opportunities that can accomplish significant results for children. Though we make grants throughout Southeast Michigan, the bulk of our grant dollars will be spent in six Detroit neighborhoods - Southwest Detroit (Vernor and Chadsey-Condon), Brightmoor, Osborn, Central, and Cody-Rouge - and on innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Target Community Outreach
When Target first opened in 1962, it made a strong commitment to support and empower the communities its stores serve. Target follows up that commitment by giving back over $2 million each week to neighborhoods, programs and schools across the country. Target offers store-based grants that support projects promoting early childhood education, the arts and family violence prevention. Why? Because there is no better place to see a masterpiece than reflected in the eyes of a child; there is no greater return on investment than seeing a child excel; and because a happy home encourages a child to dream and achieve.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Teammates for Kids Foundation Grants
Deadline : Feb. 1
The Teammates for Kids Foundation accepts proposals for grants from nonprofit organizations that specialize in working with children. Grants from the Foundation support the on-going work of operating organizations that help needy children in the areas of health, education and inner-city services. Awards usually run in the $10,000-50,000 range. To qualify for a grant from the Teammates for Kids Foundation, an organization must:
(1) Be a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service
(2) Have a record of outstanding service in effectively and efficiently delivering programs and services that improve the lives of needy children
(3) Serve children’s needs in the areas of Health, Education or providing Inner-city services
(4) Deliver services which impact the lives of children, both short and long-term
(5) Ensure that 100% of grant monies received from the Teammates for Kids Foundation are used for the exclusive benefit of children
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Thomas Foundation for Adoption (Dave)
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's primary interest is in funding projects that directly impact permanency through adoption of waiting children in the United States and Canada. Emphasis will be given to programs and projects on a national or regional basis that will help move children out of foster care and into adoptive homes. The Foundation is especially interested in addressing the permanency needs of children who are older, who have medical or emotional difficulties; children who are from an ethnic minority and sibling groups of children seeking adoption together.
Eligible Applicants: U.S. or Canadian tax-exempt organizations whose mission is to support the adoption of children from the foster care system.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Tiger Woods Foundation
Tiger Woods Foundation grants focus on providing opportunities to underserved youth, ages 5-17. The average grant range is between $2,500 and $25,000. The following are approved programmatic areas of funding: *Programs that enhance the learning process for youth. (Please Note - Public schools are not 501(c) (3) tax exempt and therefore are not eligible for funding.)
*Year-round mentoring and/or tutoring programs.
*The Tiger Woods Foundation primarily funds organizations and programs that are based in urban American cities.
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Top 50 FC 1000 Foundations Awarding Grants to Recipients in Michigan, for Children & Youth, 2011
Source: Foundation Stats, 2013, from the Foundation Center.
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WalMart Foundation
Through its community involvement program, WalMart provides funding to a number of nonprofits working in the areas of children, community, education, and environment. WalMart also provides scholarships to associates.
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Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation Children's Initiative
Deadline: April 1
This initiative supports local programs throughout the U.S. that strengthen the social, physical, intellectual, and emotional functioning of young children in significant and measurable ways. The Foundation is looking for programs that are innovative, or that demonstrate a new way of delivering services, and from which others can learn. The Initiative will consider programs that: serve children from the pre-natal stage to six years of age; deliver services to children in non-office or non-traditional settings; involve parents or guardians in the planning, delivery or evaluation of the program; and are within the first three years of development. All proposals must demonstrate that the program offered for consideration meets all four of the above elements.
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Young Foundation
The Coleman A. Young Foundation helps prepare Detroit-area students for the many challenges they will face in high school and beyond. This approach provides them with current information and exposure to life-related topics, such as conflict resolution, etiquette, voter participation, Detroit's history and its development, testing, time management and study skills, sexuality and relationships with friends and parents.
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Youth Funders Database
The PASE/TASC Youth Funders Database provides the youth services community with the latest public and private funding information, including ongoing funding sources, as well as time sensitive RFPs. The database was created through a collaboration of the Partnership for After School Education (PASE) and The After School Corporation (TASC), and funded by Blue Ridge Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, and New York Community Trust. To receive email updates about the most recent funding opportunities, upcoming technical assistance sessions at PASE and TASC, or to provide feedback on the database, email us at YFDatabase@tascorp.org.
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Youth Garden Grant Program
The National Gardening Association and Home Depot sponsor this grant. Over the last twenty-four years, NGA's Youth Garden Grants program has helped more than 1.3 million youngsters reap rewards and vital life lessons from working in gardens and habitats. Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States are eligible to apply. Applicants must plan to garden in 2007 with at least fifteen children between the ages of three and 18 years. Applicants should demonstrate a child-centered plan that emphasizes children/youth learning and working in an outdoor garden.
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Many community foundations fund children and youth projects in their local areas. For more information, see Michigan Community Foundations.

If you can visit a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection such as the MSU Libraries, try searching the Foundation Directory Online Professional to identify additional funders interested in funding projects related to children and youth.


The books mentioned on this page are available for public use in the Michigan State University Libraries. If you are unable to visit our library, consider visiting a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection in your home state or a local public library in your home town. If the books are not available there, ask about interlibrary loan or visit a local bookstore to find out whether they can be purchased.

Westport: Oryx, annual.
Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center HV741 .F86
Profiles more than 1,600 current funding opportunities from a wide variety of sponsors including foundations, corporations, government agencies, and other organizations. Covers programs such as youth violence prevention, children's healthcare and health research, teen pregnancy prevention, and after-school programs. Also includes Jeremey Miner and Lynn Miner's A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing. Note: 2002, 2003, and 2005 editions available.

New York, N.Y. : Foundation Center, biennial
Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center HV741 .N316
Contains information on over 5,100 foundations and corporate direct corporate giving programs that have an interest in funding a variety of programs for children, youth and families. Introduction includes information on researching foundations and corporations, a glossary, and a selected bibliography of additional resources. Note: 1995, 1997, and 1999 editions available.
Also listed under Social Services.

Prepared under the auspices of the Institute for Educational Leadership by Janet R. Reingold and Beverly R. Frank. [Flint, MI] : Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, 1993. 372pp.
Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center HV741 .R45 1993
Summarizes and synthesizes the programs, policies, research and evaluations that serve or target youth. It examines the youth-serving activities and initiatives of nine federal agencies -- the United States Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Labor, Justice, Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development, Defense, and Commerce -- as well as ACTION, and the Commission on National and Community Service. [Youth -- Services for -- United States -- Directories; Federal aid to child welfare -- United States -- Directories; Child welfare -- United States -- Directories; Youth -- Government policy -- United States]


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