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Private Funding Opportunities

The following is a listing of national foundation and corporate sponsored programs.  This list is updated as we come across additional resources.  You may also obtain a copy of our Local Funders List that provides possible foundation and corporate funding contacts in Maryland.



Best Buy te@ch Program
The te@ch program, funded by Best Buy and operated by the Best Buy Children's Foundation, will award $2,500 to $1,200 schools across the U.S. that make learning fun by creatively integrating technology into school curriculum.  The awards will be redeemable at Best Buy stores.  Selected schools must be located within 25 miles of a Best Buy store and funds must be used to sustain or enhance an exisiting educational program.


Applications will be reviewed and selections will be made on a rolling basis (first received, first reviewed).  The earlier an application is received, the better the chances of receiving a te@ch grant.  Applications will be available and accepted from July 16 through October 1.


Applications and further information can be found at www.BestBuy.com.  Click on the Community Relations tab at the bottom of the page, and follow the te@ch link on the left side.


Beaumont Foundation of America
Scope: The Beaumont Foundation of America grants state-of-the-art, wireless laptop computers and technology equipment to schools and community groups serving low-income populations and individuals.  In 2003, the Foundation awarded grants in 21 states and the District of Columbia.  This year, eligible states are Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin.  Additional grants will be available in subsequent years.


Please visit their website for eligibility requirements and additional information:



Cingular Wireless Corporate Contributions
Scope: Telephone company Cingular supports community-based programs and nonprofit organizations that focus on educational, cultural and social issues that affect communities where employees work and live.
Deadline: In general, funding decisions are made quarterly.
Funds:  Vary.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) or 509(a) tax-exempt organizations.
Areas: Emphasis is given to: “projects that convincingly address self-expression through human needs, arts or education; nurturing programs that inspire creativity in youths and adults, or that focus specifically on teaching/developing modes of expression.”  Cingular funds project-specific proposals and especially seeks projects that stimulate collaborations among various organizations and those with well-defined goals and a clear picture of the need, with specific evaluation results.
Contact: Proposals that are local or regional in scope should be sent to the nearest Cingular office.  For national programs, Cingular Wireless Charitable contributions, 5565 Glenridge Connector, Suite 2070-B, Atlanta, GA 30342; e-mail, charitablecontributions@cingular.com; www.cingular.com/about/community_involvement


Constellation Energy Group
Geographic Area: Central Maryland
Scope: Constellation Energy Group, formerly Baltimore Gas and Electric, makes grants addressing local environmental, economic development and educational issues.  Funding decisions are made by a committee comprised of employees representing all companies in the Constellation Energy Group.
Priority is given to groups that have company employees on the board and as volunteers.
Funds: The contributions budget is established annually on the basis of the company's net income.  Recent grants have ranged from $550 to $15,000 each.
Deadline: Requests for $10,000 or more should be submitted by May 1 or September 1.  Sponsorships and in-kind requests are reviewed on an on-going basis.
Contact: Malinda B. Small, Director, Corporate Contributions, Constellation Energy Group, P.O. Box 1475, 750 E Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21203-1475, (888)460-2002; Internet, www.constellation.com/about/community.asp

The Foundation Center
Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation's leading authority on institutional philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

Green School Project
http://www.GreenSchoolProject.com gave over $50,000 in grants to participants for the month of October, November, and December.  We are now permanent, ongoing, and continuous.  There are no deadlines.  We will indefinitely provide the following incentives for current and new participants. To enroll:
1) Go to the Green School website at http://www.greenschoolproject.com and enroll.
2) Begin retaining and/or collecting used printer cartridges, copying machine toner cartridges, pagers, and/or cell phones. If you need containers, you can order our FREE collection supplies.
3) Send your depleted printer cartridges, copying machine toner cartridges, pagers, and/or cell phones that you have collected using PRE-PAID POSTAGE labels that we supply.

Keep Maryland Beautiful Awards
As part of its Keep Maryland Beautiful activities, funded by the State Highway Administration, the Maryland Environmental Trust is accepting applications for the Margaret Rosch Jones Award and the Bill James Environmental Grants.

The Margaret Rosch Jones Award of up to $2,000 is for non-profit groups or communities that show continuing plans for a project that has already demonstrated a basic understanding and resolution of an environmental issue.  Applications for the Margaret Rosch Jones Award must also meet one or both of the following criteria:
    1)    Groups that have been active in educating people in their community about at least one of these concerns:
            litter prevention, community beautification, and local or statewide environmental issue(s).
    2)    Groups that have been successful in eliminating or reducing the causes of a local environmental problem rather

than addressing the symptoms.

The Bill James Environmental Grants of up to $1,000 are for proposed environmental education projects by school groups, science and ecology clubs, and other non-profit youth groups.  The objectives of the grants are:
    1)    To encourage a sense of stewardship and personal
responsibility for the environment.
    2)    To stimulate a better understanding of environmental
issues and to aid in the elimination or reduction of a local environmental problem.
    3)    To encourage education about growth management - protection of rural areas and sensitive resources and discouragement of sprawling development patterns.

Deadline is March 31st of each year.
Please visit their website for an application at:  http://www.dnr.state.md.us/met/keepmd.html

National Gardening Association Grant Programs
Scope: The National Gardening Association, through its KidsGardening Web site, makes these grants to cultivate kids' interest in living things, inspire learning about life science, build youngsters' confidence as investigators and problem-solvers, promote teamwork and collaborative learning experiences, and enrich environmental awareness and responsibility.
Eligibility: Schools or organizations undertaking a garden with at least 15 kids aged 3 to 18.
Areas: NGA makes the following grants available yearly:

  • Healthy Sprouts Award to honor schools and community organizations that use gardens to teach about nutrition and explore the issue of hunger in America.  Deadline: February 28.  Funds: Twenty-five programs receive an award package of seeds, tools, garden products and educational resources for growing a vegetable garden; and five of these programs also receive $500 cash and a $200 gift certificate to the Gardener's Supply Company catalog.
  • Youth Garden Grants to help schools and community organizations with child-centered outdoor garden programs.  Deadline: November 1.  Funds: Winners receive seeds, tools, garden products and educational resources donated by lawn and garden companies.
  • Kids Growing with Dutch Bulbs gives kids' gardens the chance to win flower bulbs.  Deadline: April 1.  Funds: 500 schools will receive a package of 200 flowering bulbs.

Contact: National Gardening Association, 1100 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403, (802)863-5251; fax, (802)864-6889; www.kidsgardening.com/grants.asp


New Foundation Launched by Office Supply Store
Office supply store Staples, Inc., announced last month the creation of their new charitable organization, the Staples Foundation for Learning.

The foundation expects to fund programs that support of provide job skills and educational opportunities for all people, with special emphasis on disadvantage youths.

Grants will only be awarded to U.S. 501(c)(3) non profit organizations.  There is no specified range or limit on the amount of grants available.  Grants will be awarded on a case-by-case basis.

“Through the Staples Foundation for Learning, we hope to provide children with the opportunity to achieve their highest potential,” said Ron Sargent, president of the foundation and president and CEO of Staples, Inc., in announcing the foundation.  It will focus on programs that “teach, train and inspire people from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds.”  Grants will support efforts to:

Teach—the foundation strives to encourage children of all ages and backgrounds to discover the joy of growth through learning;

Train—the foundation supports assistance and training for individuals who choose to use their hands, hearts and minds to be contributing members of their communities; and

Inspire—the foundation aims to create and sustain youths’ desire to realize their full potential.  By setting an example of achievement, and supplying the means for inspiration and encouragement.  Foundation support is meant to provide them with a solid basis for learning and growth.

The foundation’s first grant of $500,000 was awarded to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s “Campaign 3 p.m.,” which is a new effort to promote the importance of providing a safe environment with structured activities for children aged six through 18 during non-school hours.

Application guidelines are available online at www.staplesfoundation.org.  Grant decisions will be made on a quarterly basis, and all requests must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the foundation’s meeting.  Upcoming meeting dates are scheduled for October 15, 2002, and January 7 and April 1, 2003.

Contact: Staples Foundation for Learning, 500 Staples Drive, 4W, Framingham, MA 01702; FAX, (508)253-9600; www.staplesfoundation.org.


Plan for Social Excellence, Inc.

Since its inception in 1990, the Plan has provided grants to 140 projects in 14 states. Projects supported by the Plan take place at various levels including early childhood education, technology, after-school mentoring, and higher education.  Detailed information for each project can be found at: http://www.pfse.org/grants.html.

State Farm Companies Foundation
Scope: The foundation, the philanthropic arm of State Farm insurance companies, supports efforts to assure that all children have access to a good education.
Deadline: Proposals are accepted year-round.
Funds: $12.8 million was distributed in 2001.  Grant amounts vary.  Requests exceeding $100,000 are considered quarterly.
Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations; Canadian charitable organizations; and educational institutions.
Areas: In supporting K-12 schools, the foundation makes grants for: academic achievement initiatives; after-school programs that focus on increasing students' academic achievement in math, science, reading and English as a second language; teacher excellence programs that improve teacher quality; school-to-work success programs that teach high school or technical school students a specific trade, helping them to get a job once they graduate.
Contact: Direct requests to local State Farm offices, Attention: Public Affairs, GNC Coordinator.  A pull down list of local office addresses is available at www.statefarm.com/foundati.htm


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