Listed below are national and state funding resources. Browse the various foundations below to find a match for your program(s) then click on the links to find out more.

This foundation supports some programs in areas such as youth services and family preservation. In 1995, the Foundations first considered the problems posed by father absence and the lack of responsible fatherhood and started to fund local and national endeavors to highlight this dilemma and institute remedies. Today, there are 2,500 fatherhood programs across the country that are designed to bring supportive working fathers back into family life.

Incorporated in 1952, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc. has provided financial assistance to a wide variety of charitable organizations over the years. At present, the foundation is concentrating some of its resources on family planning - ensuring access to family planning practices and protecting reproductive freedom nationally. Visitors to the foundation's Web site will find program guidelines, application procedures, and contact information.

The Commonwealth Fund awards grants for projects in its three major program areas. The Fund supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. The Fund supports efforts that help people live healthy and productive lives and assists specific groups with serious and neglected problems. The Fund is dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, low-income families, minority Americans, and the uninsured. A particular emphasis is given to projects dealing with child, adolescent and women's health. The Fund awards grants through the Small Grants Fund (SGF), with decisions made on a monthly basis. Small grants are closely tied to the Fund's strategic purposes, but enable the foundation to move quickly and flexibly to underwrite targeted work.

The Foundation will be making a limited number of grants during 2004 and 2005. Their website is still under construction. If, after carefully reading their guidelines, you would like to approach the Foundation regarding possible support, you should contact the program associate for instructions on applying. Please be aware that your organization must meet each of the criteria outlined in our guidelines. You should not forward any information to the Foundation without first contacting staff regarding the proper application materials. For a copy of their guidelines, contact the Foundation.

FCD has a special interest in children in low-income, working families, particularly those families that are struggling to meet their children's basic human needs. The Foundation makes grants nationally to nonprofit institutions for research, policy analysis, advocacy, leadership development, and a small number of program development projects. Three cross-cutting themes guide FCD's work: linking research on children and families to formation of relevant policies and programs; identifying fresh approaches to crafting sound social strategies for children and families; and nurturing new generations of leaders connecting child development research to policy. FCD is particularly concerned about all children's access to early childhood education programs and to health care. FCD does not fund the direct provision of preschool education or child care or health care. FCD also has a strong interest in the development of national and state policies that promote economic security for low-income families. City, county, or state-level grants in these areas are directed to projects that can affect formation of national policy.

This foundation makes only restricted grants favoring requests supporting specific projects and programs. The foundation will (very) occasionally provide seed money, operating support, and start-up capital to smaller organizations. An average one-year grant ranges from $3,000 to $15,000. Requests for multi-year grants are considered. The foundation funds in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont (and very infrequently in Connecticut and Rhode Island). Grants are not made to individuals or for endowments, annual or capital campaigns, museums, religious programs, any religion-affiliated organization, conference participation/travel unrelated to a current foundation grant, scholarships, fellowships, building projects, equipment needs, or film and video projects. The Orchard Foundation is a member of the Association of Small Foundations, the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, and the Maine Philanthropy Center. e-mail:

The Helena Rubinstein Foundation supports programs in education, community services, arts/arts in education, and health, with emphasis on projects which benefit women and children. Grants are made only to federally tax-exempt, non-profit organizations. Generally, they are for a one-year period. Support is not offered to individuals, or for film or video projects. Grants are rarely made to endowment funds and capital campaigns. The Foundation does not make loans and cannot provide emergency funds. Funding of new proposals is limited by ongoing commitments and fiscal constraints. Proposals are accepted throughout the year. There is no application form; however, the New York Common Application Form may be used. Organizations seeking funds are asked not to make telephone inquiries, but to submit a brief letter outlining the project, its aims, budget, amount requested, and other funding sources, as well as a description of the organization and its current budget.

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