Foundation Grants List 3/4/2020

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.

This week’s focus is on School Programs. Some of the deadlines may have passed, but you can keep this information for their next funding cycle.


Amelia Peabody Foundation

The Amelia Peabody Foundation makes grants for projects and programs intended to bring about real changes in the neighborhoods where people live.
Grants may help an existing organization to increase its capacity for service where it is currently situated, but from time to time such grants will help the organization to establish a new facility where no such facility exists, bringing services to a neighborhood for the first time.
Examples of such organizations and programs supported by Peabody grants are neighborhood and community centers, youth centers, charter schools, out of school time and sports programs with educational enrichment and mentoring components, YMCAs and YWCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs and classroom and facility technology improvements.
Grants are only made to 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations for projects and programs that are carried out in Massachusetts.
The deadlines for submissions for 2020 are:
January 7
March 24
June 16
August 25

Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation will begin accepting applications to the Bush Prize for Community Innovation on March 3. This award honors and supports innovative organizations with a track record of making great ideas happen. Winners receive a package of recognition, including a flexible grant of 25 percent of the organization’s last fiscal year budget, up to $500,000.
The Foundation is committed to addressing racial and economic disparities. At least 50% of Bush Prize winners will be organizations that address these disparities. For the purposes of this grant program, the Foundation defines this as organizations that seek to actively reduce structural and/or systemic gaps in access, outcomes, opportunities or treatment based on race/ethnicity or economic standing.
  • Bush Prize grants must be used for a charitable purpose.
  • The Foundation accepts Bush Prize applications from fiscal sponsors. The fiscal sponsor organization must submit the grant application and, if the grant is approved, becomes the grantee and receives the funds. The Bush Foundation fiscal sponsorship overview provides additional information.
  • Organizations that are 501(c)(3) public charities or government entities (including schools) are eligible for the Bush Prize. Groups of organizations (such as coalitions or collaboratives) are eligible to apply, but only one organization may receive the grant.
  • Prize winners must be located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. The specific community innovations highlighted in the Bush Prize application must also have occurred within that geography.

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation was created in recognition of the struggle educators often face in bringing truly exceptional teaching to their students. The foundation awards grants to those projects and/or initiatives with significant potential to augment the educational experiences for youth of all backgrounds.
The foundation will accept applications for its Academic Enrichment Grants and Teacher Development Grants from January 15, 2020 to April 15, 2020.
Academic Enrichment Grants are designed to develop in-class and extracurricular programs that improve student learning. These grants seek to maximize innovation and results in classrooms and education departments by funding programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic, and creative abilities of children from low-income households. Successful applicants may receive grants of up to $10,000 each per year for a maximum of three years.
Eligible applicants for academic enrichment grants are:
  • are employed by schools or non-profit organizations  (e.g. community centers, museums, etc.)
  • have the background and experience to complete the project successfully
  • have direct and regular contact with students in grades pre-k to 12
  • work with students from low-income households
  • are willing to work in collaboration with the Foundation
Teacher Development Grants seek to increase the effectiveness of individual educators and small teams of teachers by funding the formation and implementation of groundbreaking K-12 classroom instruction. Grantees may be awarded amounts of up to $10,000 each per year for a maximum of three years. The program provides opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe the effect of those strategies on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects and to share their observations with other teachers.
Eligible applicants for teacher development grants are:
  • licensed k-12 teachers employed in public or private schools
  • have the background and experience to complete the project successfully
  • have the background and experience to complete the project successfully
  • are willing to work in collaboration with the Foundation
NOTE: PLAN AHEAD!! Interested applicants should note the limit on application numbers, and submit applications as soon as possible after the January 15 opening date:
  • Limited to only 175 Academic Enrichment applications
  • Limited to only 125 Teacher Development applications
Funding is available nationwide.