Foundation Grants List 1/20/2021

Grant Recommendations

Welcome! Here are this week’s recommended foundations. These grants will be for various types of organizations, so they may not always be a perfect fit for you. However, there will be some that are. We also offer customized grant research reports that offer grants researched specifically for your organization, provide you with all of the submission requirements, deadlines, and a researched recommended request amount so that you can put your best effort forward when you apply.

Some of the deadlines may have passed, but you can keep this information for their next funding cycle.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Grant Program

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States.

Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare.
Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application.
The Foundation’s goal is to provide seed money to implement those imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children, on a national scale. Because of the Foundation’s limited funding capability, it seeks to maximize a grant’s potential impact.
The Foundation provides funding in the following areas:
  • Early Childhood Welfare
    • Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their intellectual, emotional and physical development are optimally supported.
    • Providing a safe and nurturing environment is essential as is imparting the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. Therefore, the Foundation supports projects that seek to perfect child rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive.
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
    • Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured, early in life, if they are to succeed in school, work and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child’s development, from birth to age seven, and everywhere a child learns – at home, in childcare settings and in preschool.
    • They seek to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning, through the development of innovative curricula and research based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.
  • Parenting Education
    • To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, they support programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well as programs which provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.
The Foundation will not fund:
  • programs outside of the United States
  • the operation or expansion of existing programs
  • the purchase or renovation of capital equipment
  • the staging of single events (e.g. concerts, seminars, etc.)
  • the creation or acquisition of works of art or literature
  • the activities of single individuals or for-profit entities
  • political or religious organizations
  • programs with religious content
  • programs to benefit children residing in foreign countries
  • medical research applicable to both adults and children

Seattle Foundation inviting Proposals for Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N)

The Seattle Foundation is inviting proposals for the Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) to support grassroots efforts that increase engagement, power and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities.

Begun in 1991, N2N is a grant and technical assistance program and a key strategy of Seattle Foundation’s Center for Community Partnerships. Serving community-based organizations in South Seattle, White Center and Kent, N2N plays a crucial role in supporting the Foundation’s mission: to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.
  • Increased Engagement
    • Grassroots organizations increase resident engagement and mobilization 
    • N2N advisory members effectively support community priorities
    • Communities and funders develop and sustain strong networks and relationships
  • Increased Power
    • Community-initiated efforts are strengthened through funding
    • Effective strategies leading to systemic change are demonstrated
  • Increased Influence
    • Community influence to improve practices, programs, initiatives and policies is strengthened
    • N2N advisory members amplify community voices
N2N Funding At Work:
  • Work that builds leadership among community members to organize and lead positive change in their communities. Examples include training, or projects planned and led by community members.
  • Work that mobilizes community members to work with others to take action or advocate for policy change. Examples include direct organizing, advocating for identified priorities, focus groups or surveys to identify community priorities and prompt dialogue, and advocacy training.
  • Programs that build trust and relationships within and among community members with a goal of increasing equity and improving the community. Examples include convenings or gatherings to bring community members together, community conversations, and cross cultural/ intergenerational exchanges and trainings.
  • Programs that build partnerships and coalitions among groups and institutions to work together for more equitable neighborhoods. Examples include co-designed projects that address shared community priorities, coalition building, and building capacity for diverse groups to effectively participate in larger coalitions and partnerships.
Funding Information
N2N grants are up to a maximum of $6,000. N2N does not typically fund direct social services, ongoing programming, or sponsorship of cultural festivals or one-time events. 
Eligibility Criteria
  • Charitable status: Applicant organization must have 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status or be fiscally sponsored by another tax exempt organization.
  • Based in the following geographic areas: Applicant organization must be led by residents of South Seattle, White Center or Kent. South Seattle is defined as areas south of Interstate 90, west of Lake Washington, east of Puget Sound and north of Seattle’s southern border. White Center is defined as the unincorporated area between the cities of Burien and Seattle. Kent is defined as areas south of SE 192nd St., West of Soos Creek, North of SE 272 St and East of and along SR 99.
  • Equity focus: Applicant’s mission and work must demonstrate a clear purpose to address economic and racial disparities.
  • Small budget: Applicant must have a small budget, generally under $200K, and not have received significant grants or contracts. N2N is particularly interested in supporting organizations that have limited access to traditional sources of funding.
  • Repeat funding: Prior N2N grantees are welcome to reapply. Grantees may only apply once a year and must have submitted a final report for past funding before applying again.

11th Hour Racing Grants: Fostering Systemic Change to Restore Ocean Health

The 11th Hour Racing is seeking grant applications to foster systemic change to restore ocean health – cleaner, healthier waterways through strong local stewardship and collective action around the world.

As the climate crisis intensifies, so does the impact on ocean health. It needs a global paradigm shift, from an extractive economy that depletes natural resources to a sustainable economy that uses resources wisely and protects ocean. 11th Hour Racing works to facilitate this transition by supporting local solutions to global problems, led by community organizations and industry leaders.

Focus Areas

11th Hour Racing seeks proposals that align with one or more focus areas:

  • Ocean Literacy & Stewardship – increase the understanding and appreciation of the importance of healthy oceans and waterways to communities through experiential learning, citizen science, and powerful story-telling
  • Clean Technologies & Best Practices – advance practices and technologies in coastal communities and the marine industry that reduce waste, prevent plastic pollution, improve water quality, and assess new circular solutions
  • Ecosystem Restoration – improve water quality, bolster coastal resilience, and sequester carbon through coastal habitat restoration

Funding Information

Typical grant awards range from $10,000 – $100,000, with an average grant size being $25,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The grant will prioritize projects led by 501(c)(3) organizations but other types of non-profit or charitable entities may apply as long as the proposed project addresses one or more of 11th Hour Racing’s strategic goals outlined above. 11th Hour Racing awards grants in the U.S. and globally, therefore international organizations are welcome to apply. 
  • Projects seeking funding for political advocacy, lobbying, litigation, fundraising, or legally mandated mitigation projects are not eligible.

Evaluation Criteria

Project submissions are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Environmental impact: the magnitude of the project’s environmental benefits
  • Capacity and Organizational Expertise: organizational capacity and qualifications necessary to implement the proposed project
  • Innovation and Creativity: how unique the project is or the methodology used
  • Feasibility of implementation: technological, financial, and political factors that may influence the success of the project