Sample Funding Opportunities
The following are examples of non-governmental funding sources:
- Handspring Foundation. The Handspring Foundation makes cash grants for children and youth at high risk. Grants range up to $25,000. Government agencies are not eligible to apply. Telephone: 425-670-7144.
- American Legacy Foundation is offering grants under their Small Innovative Grant Programs in the amount of $100,000 to support specific initiatives and research that advances efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use, especially among youth. Funding is available only to legal entities designated as 501(c)(3) organizations and to state and local political entities. Legacy accepts applications on a rolling basis; there is no deadline.
- WAL-MART. The Community Matching Grant Program is the largest program funded by WAL-MART and SAM'S CLUB. Associates raise funds with a local nonprofit organization at their stores. WAL-MART and SAM'S can match a portion of the funds raised. To learn more about receiving a grant from your local WAL-MART or SAM'S CLUB, please see the Community Involvement Coordinator at the location closest to you.
- LOWE'S. Individuals and organizations may be interested in Lowe's Community Improvement Initiatives (e.g., park improvements, playground renovations, housing for the underprivileged). You can request donations from Lowe's through:
- Store Management at your local Lowe's store -- Store Managers have limited funds for small-scale projects in their communities.
- Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation -- Founded in 1957, the Foundation has a long history of contributions to community, grass-roots projects. The Foundation considers local store and district management recommendations when reviewing proposals. (The Foundation provides funding only to 501(c)(3) organizations.)
- Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. The foundation has revamped its grants system around two programs: (a) The Caritas Fund is designed to award up to $3,000 a year to non-profit and faith-based organizations reaching out to meet the immediate needs of the poor. (b) Good Samaritan Grants are for as much as $75,000 per year for up to three years to help support organizations that assist the poor, especially by building on existing community and family resources.