Funding Sources


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Rolling. Arizona Community Foundation.


Jan – March: Beth Longwell Foundation. Bay area only. 

Quarterly – Kelly Foundation (Sacramento area).

 RGK Foundation.

Open: Westly Foundation—The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals; however, affiliates in CA can register with the Foundation to contact them in an effort to engage for potential grant opportunities.  Grants between 15 – 25K.Rolling: Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation. Contra Costa County, CA affiliates only.

Quarterly (Jan/April/July/October) The Clorox Foundation. For affiliates in Oakland, CA

Rolling.  The Arata Brothers Trust. Limited to agencies in Sacramento CA.


January and August, Anschutz Foundation.


April and October: Gozizueta Foundation (10 area Atlanta counties).

Kansas City

Rolling:  Hall Family Foundation – affiliates must be located in Kansas City


March 15 and September 5: Gerber Foundation (West MI communities).


January and July:  Bigelow Foundation.


New York, NY

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and True North Fund

Quarterly: Lily Auchincloss Foundation. NYC only.

Feb 15 and Sept 15: Hyded & Watson Foundation. NY/NJ area.

Rolling: Robin Hood Foundation. For affiliates in New York City.

Rolling: Tiger Foundation. For affiliates in New York City.


Open - George Kaiser Family Foundation. Tulsa area only.

Washington DC, Maryland, VirginiaNo deadline: John Edward Fowler Memorial Fund. Limited to affiliates in DC/Maryland/Virginia area.


Rolling. RGK Foundation.


October (generally): The Morris Foundation.

Encana Corporation (CO, TX, NM).

February 26: The Gannett Foundation (must be in one of their communities). 

July 10: Lincoln Financial Foundation (Ft. Wayne IN, Concord NH, Greensboro NC, Hartford CT, Philadelphia PA, Omaha NE)

 Nov 1 – January 31: Duke Energy Foundation (Duke communities only).

 February 29. IMLS Small and Rural Library Grant (limited to school libraries).

 Rolling: Dean Witter Foundation (Northern California only)

Rolling. ING/Voya. Grants that cover the cost of STEM or financial literacy programs.

GroupRaise – this is a wonderful way for Affiliates to raise money for their RAR program with more than 6,000 participating restaurants nationwide. Visit this site for more details: – This is a crowd-sourcing website specifically for teachers and classrooms to raise money for projects, particularly the RAR program and materials. 

April 15 - Penguin Random House – Literacy Award for Innovation for Public Libraries.

April 30 and Nov 1 – The Lawrence Foundation

Singing for A Cause – a foundation started by Jimmy Buffett that funds community-based programs that are addressing the root cause of societal problems. Grants grant from $1,000 to $10,000. deadline for Letter of Interest is March 15.

Dollar General Literacy Grant “Beyond Word” – special grant to help school libraries that incurred substantial hardship or damage from natural disaster. $10,000 to $20,000 available. 

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant – grant for schools and nonprofit organizations to help students who are at below grade-level reading or who are struggling. Grant award is up to $4,000. 

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

  • Feb 21: Summer Reading Program
  • Feb 21: Family Literacy
  • Feb 28: Youth Literacy

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood - Deadline for Letter of Inquiry is May 31, 2018. This is only for new programs not to expand existing ones.

 American Honda Community Grants - Applications accepted from non-profits and public/private schools.
Feb 1 and Aug 1 (new orgs), May 1 (returning orgs)

Brown Rudnick Center – Feb 22: Relationship Grants. Letter of Inquiry due for nonprofit organizations. Rolling: Community Grants: grant available up to $2,000 to fund small one-time project.  Front-line educational worker must apply.

Express Scripts - Deadline to apply is May 31 (offered 4x per year). Grants range from $500 to $200,000

Halliburton grants  made to schools. Decisions are made once per quarter.