Foundation Grants List 3/3/2021

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.

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

Founded in 1977, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples emerged from Indigenous communities during the cultural, social, and political renaissance era of the ’60s and ’70s.  
Seventh Generation Fund focuses on cultural revitalization, leadership development, tribal sovereignty, and culturally appropriate economic development. 
The primary purpose of their work is dedicated to Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination and the sovereignty of Native nations.

Types of Grants

Grant awards range from $250.00 to $50,000. An organization may apply for a single grant per year.

Up to $10,000:

  • Land Defenders and Water Protectors;
  • Community Vitality;
  • Flicker Fund;
  • Thriving Women – Global.

Up to $30,000:

  • Thriving Women – United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Up to $50,000:

  • Thriving Women – Alaska.

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations that wish to apply must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a non-profit organization with 501(3)(c) tax-exemption status. Community based projects that do not have non-profit status are welcome to contact SGF regarding Affiliate Program / Fiscal Administration for consideration of the Affiliate Program.
  • Engagement, Leadership & Decision-making – 80% or more Indigenous Board of Directors / Leadership, with an Indigenous Executive Director (must be 80% or more Indigenous Women Board of Directors, with an Indigenous Woman Executive Director, to apply to Thriving Women).
  • Emerge directly from the community and are led by the Indigenous Peoples impacted by the project.
  • Be in good standing with the Seventh Generation Fund.

They are unable to support: Individuals, non-Native organizations, religious missionizing efforts, purchase of vehicles, heavy equipment, capital campaigns, or scholarship funds.

Deadline: March 15

For more information, visit Seventh Generation Fund.

George Gund Foundation

Applications are now open for the George Gund Foundation’s Grant Program with the sole purpose of contributing to human well-being and the progress of society.

The Foundation’s commitment to Cleveland derives not just from history but also from belief that Cleveland can continue to develop original responses to issues that can benefit people everywhere. The focus on Cleveland offers an important point of leverage to affect issues that go well beyond the city’s boundaries and includes its roles as a place for innovation, an example and a leader in Ohio, a politically important state that can wield outsized influence nationally and, therefore, globally.
The George Gund Foundation was established in 1952 as a private, nonprofit institution with the sole purpose of contributing to human well-being and the progress of society.
Such challenges are many but three interrelated issues stand out:
  • climate change and environmental degradation, 
  • entrenched and accelerating inequality, especially racial inequity, and 
  • weakened democracy. 
The Foundation will Fund:
  • Climate and environmental justice. They support the use of Cleveland’s unique environmental history and leadership, especially regarding water, to advance a healthy and sustainable future. In particular, they focus on projects and policies that contribute to the fight against climate change. Linked to every aspect of life, climate change increasingly threatens human lives.
  • Creative culture and arts. They promote a vibrant, diverse and thriving arts community in Cleveland that enhances learning, strengthens pride of place, creates an emotional connection to the environment and deepens the impact of opportunities for those who might otherwise be denied them.
  • Public education. They support public education because it is fundamental to American democracy. It promotes the common good, brings together children and families across different cultures, and serves all students, regardless of means, ability or circumstances.
  • Thriving families and social justice. Historic barriers to opportunity for both individuals and families must be removed to fully realize human potential. They strive toward a more just community and society that eliminate the conditions that create human need or limit fundamental rights.
  • Vibrant neighborhoods and inclusive economy. They support work to achieve inclusive growth and opportunity for all of Cleveland’s neighborhoods and residents. City neighborhoods are essential to regional economy as the largest concentrations of employers and employees, as talent magnets and as places where the exchange of ideas and insights can flourish.
Deadline: March 15
For more information, visit George Gund Foundation.

Jelley Family Foundation for Children’s Education

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is seeking applications for Jelley Family Foundation for Children’s Education.

What Kinds of Proposals Does the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education Fund?

Applications for Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education must be focused on educational initiatives for children, ranging from early childhood through traditional post-secondary education. Proposals that take an innovative approach to education, focus on at-risk youth, or that are collaborative with other organizations are encouraged.

Funding Information

The average Jelley Grant award is $5,000. Approximately $125,000 is available annually through the Jelley Family Foundation for Children’s Education.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Organizations that are 501(c)(3) nonprofits, units of local government or public education institutions located in or serving individuals or communities in Eastern Jackson County (defined as East of I-435) are eligible to apply for Jelley Family Foundation funding. 
  • Programs are eligible for Jelley Family Foundation grant funding for up to three consecutive years. After three years of funding have been awarded for the same program, that program becomes ineligible for one year. Applicants are still eligible to submit proposals for different programs. Exceptions to this rule will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Deadline: March 15

For more information, visit Truman Heartland Community Foundation.