Grant Recommendations 9/18/2019

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

American Honda Foundation

The mission of American Honda Foundation is to help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits.

The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. They support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. When considering the American Honda Foundation as a potential funding source, please note the following:

Eligible Organizations:
Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In addition, qualifying organizations must have a minimum of two years of audited financial statements.

Funding Priority:
Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.

Funding is available nationwide. Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) are eligible for funding.

AHF accepts applications three times per year. New organizations (those that have never received funding from AHF) can apply for either the February 1 or the August 1 deadline date. The May 1 deadline date is reserved for returning organizations only (those funded at least once in the last 10 years). 

Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation

The Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation accepts grant applications twice annually.

The program areas interest are:

Arts/Culture: Performing arts, humanities, media and communications, multipurpose museums, public broadcasting, and historical preservations.

Education: Promotional programs for elementary, secondary and vocational systems, colleges/universities, graduate programs, adult and multipurpose libraries.

Environmental: Support of natural resources, beautification programs, pollution control, environmental education, and horticultural/botanical programs.

Health/Medical: Rural health care, crisis intervention, special programs in health centers, and prevention/treatment of specific diseases.

Human Services: Youth development and recreation, disaster relief, employment training/ placement, multipurpose agencies, and abuse prevention.

Religion: The theological education and ecumenical programs as well as the mission of many churches, synagogues, and religious charities.

Miscellaneous: The foundation permits grants for animal welfare, community development, sports, camps, fire and police departments and economic development as miscellaneous grants.  

Precedence is given to organizations within the Foundation’s Primary Geographic Focus:

  • Pittsburgh 
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania 
  • Northern West Virginia

​Precdence is then given to organizations within:

  • Northern Maryland
  • The commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • The United States  

The Foundation receives a large amount of requests from the Southwestern Pennsylvania area.  This leaves very limited funding for programs outside of the primary geographic focus.

Interested applicants should carefully review the “Limitations and Restrictions” section on the foundation website to make sure that your funding request is allowable. For example, organizations requesting funding must have been in existence for at least five years.

Application deadlines are:

  • April 1st for the May meeting no later than 4:00 pm
  • August 1st for the September meeting no later than 4:00 p.m.

If the 1st occurs on a weekend, all proposals must be submitted by the preceding Friday. 

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

The Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation is accepting letter of inquiry applications in the following program areas:

ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH PROGRAM PRIORITIES – To promote the long-term good health and viability of communities and regions
* by supporting programs to prevent harm to human health from toxic substances and other environmental hazards;
* by encouraging planning and development at the regional level, aimed at integrating economic and social goals with sound environmental policies; and
* by supporting initiatives for sustainability in agriculture and food systems.

MUSIC PROGRAM PRIORITIES – To encourage the playing, enjoyment and accessibility of symphonic and chamber music
* by providing scholarship and program assistance at selected community music centers, schools and institutes; and
* by helping community-based ensembles of demonstrated quality implement artistic initiatives, diversify and increase audiences, and improve fund-raising capacity.

EDUCATION PROGRAM PRIORITIES – To provide environmental and arts education opportunities to children and youth
* by supporting programs for educators and artists to improve and apply their teaching skills in these subjects; and
* by supporting efforts to advance environmental and arts education programs.

SPECIAL PROJECTS – Special Project grants are recommended for funding by trustees of the foundation and typically fall outside the foundation’s program guidelines. Special Project grants cannot be applied for by the grantee organization.

While there are no geographic restrictions, interested applicants should note that there is a priority focus on California organizations. Past grants made are available on the Foundation website for review.