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Sep 2, 2020 - Dec 1, 2020, Times: Quarterly deadlines are March 1, June 1, October 1, and December 1

The Nora Roberts Foundation

"The primary focus of the Nora Roberts Foundation is to support literacy. Additional areas of focus are: Children's programs, arts organizations, and humanitarian efforts, with local organizations being its priority. All organizations supported must be a registered 501(c)(3)..." Read more »

Deadline Dec 15, 2020, Times: Applications are accepted February 1 – December 15 each year.

ALDI Smart Kids Program

Grants ranging from $100 to $5,000 and ALDI gift cards are provided to local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing, and the arts…. Read more »

Deadline Dec 31, 2020

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports innovative, creative projects, and programs designed to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age. The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education. Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications. Read more »

Deadline Feb 1, 2021, Times: February 1 and August 1: Submission deadline for new organizations. May 1: Submission deadline for returning organizations.

American Honda Foundation’s Youth Education Grants

Honda aims 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. Honda supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. Maximum award: $75,000... Read more »

Deadline Mar 15, 2021, Times: Letter of Interest (LOI) and organizational profile due March 15.

Singing for Change

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to progressive nonprofit organizations working to address the root causes of a social or environmental problems.... Read more »

Abelard Foundation

"Abelard East is committed to supporting local progressive social change activities that expand and protect civil liberties and civil and human rights, and promote and strengthen community involvement in, and control over, the decisions that affect their lives...." Read more »

Aegon Transamerica Foundation

The Aegon Transamerica Foundation "supports nonprofit organizations focused on the education, health, and well-being of the communities where we live and work...." Read more »

American Association of School Librarians: Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund

The Fund provides grants of up to $20,000 to pre-K-12 public schools whose school library programs have been affected by a natural disaster, fire, or an act of terrorism. Schools that have absorbed a significant number of displaced/evacuee students are also eligible to apply. Grants are intended to help replace or supplement books, media, or library equipment. Eligible applicants must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center, or corporate office…  Read more »

Believe in Reading

Believe in Reading awards grants to existing and provably successful literacy programs. The maximum is $10,000….  Read more »

Brown Rudnick Center Foundation: Community Grants

Created to support front-line educators who often do not have a voice in funding decisions, the Foundation's Community Grants subsidize small, concrete projects, which will improve inner-city education within the coming year in the cities where Brown Rudnick has its offices. Although the amount of these grants may seem modest, we have found that the connections that they foster, the activities they encourage and the energy they create, have the potential to unleash countless contributions to improving inner-city education in the communities where we live and work. Read more »

Change Happens Foundation

The Change Happens Foundation seeks to fund innovative applicants and ideas with proven, high-level impact in education…. Read more »

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

The mission of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is to support efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society. The Foundation provides grants through four programs including the Education program which works to increase access to high-quality educational opportunities and to support systemic change to increase and improve the pathways to education and work… Read more »

Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants

In the Education category, Cisco supports technology-based solutions and education delivery models that improve student performance and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Economic Empowerment category focuses on programs that encourage employment success, entrepreneurship, and long-term self-sufficiency by providing access to skills, knowledge, and financial products and services via technology-based solutions…  Read more »

Halliburton Foundation

The Halliburton Foundation accepts grant proposals from U.S. based nonprofit organizations that serve the following areas: education, health, and health-related social services. Strong preference is given to organizations in areas where there is a significant presence of Halliburton employees and operations...  Read more »

Kars4Kids Small Grant Program

The program provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to make a difference in the areas of education and youth development. Grants generally range from $500 to $2,000…. Read more »

Lockheed Martin: Grants for Education

Lockheed Martin provides grants for K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. This includes Lockheed Martin's K-12 STEM Education Initiative, Engineers in the Classroom, as well as STEM-focused curricular and extracurricular programs that provide employee engagement opportunities in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests. Maximum award varies. Eligibility applicants are 501(c)(3) organizations that deliver standards-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students in K-16.  Read more »

Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation was established for the purpose of raising and distributing funds to youth service and enrichment programs… Read more »

National Home Library Foundation

"The National Home Library Foundation (NHLF) grants are made to assist in the support, promotion and development of literacy and reading-related programs with the goal of combating illiteracy and/or encouraging an interest in reading and literacy among all ages." The National Home Library Foundation accepts grant proposals on a rolling basis, primarily in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  Read more »

Peace First Rapid Response Grants

"Peace First is launching a rapid response grant process to help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, from providing meals to elderly neighbors to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated. Rapid response grants are open to young people between the ages of 13-25, anywhere in the world...." Read more »

PNC Foundation Grants

"The PNC Foundation supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education and/or economic development...." Read more »

Ronald W. Burkle Foundation Education Grants

The Ronald W. Burkle Foundation makes grants to programs that engage children in learning. Previous grants were used to fund youth outreach programs, health education projects for children and youth, teaching and mentoring programs for underserved children, and youth arts and athletic programs…. Read more »

Sarah Scaife Foundation

The Sarah Scaife Foundation primarily seeks to fund public policy programs that deal with major issues. Past funding has gone to education-focused research programs, research housed at colleges and universities, foundations associated with institutions of high learning, and school districts…. Read more »

The Awesome Foundation

The Awesome Foundation funds projects that challenge and expand our understanding of our individual and communal potentials, bringing communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a moment. The maximum award is $1,000. Read more »

The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation is our company's primary international philanthropic arm. Since its inception in 1984, The Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world...  Read more »

The Harry Chapin Foundation Education Grant

The foundation focuses its grant making on community education programs, arts-in-education programs, and agricultural and environmental programs….  Read more »

The Lisa Libraries

The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas… Read more »

Toyota USA Foundation

The Toyota USA Foundation works to enhance quality of education in kindergarten through grade 12 by building partnerships with nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, and environmental science. Priority is given to programs that are creative, innovative, and develop the potential of students and teachers; are broad in scope and incorporate a systemic approach; and are cost effective and possess a high potential for success with relatively low duplication of effort… Read more »

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation wants all children to live a full life with high-quality, early childhood experiences, to grow up in homes with families that have stable, high-quality jobs, and to live in a community where they are nurtured… Read more »

Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services

Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services provides a full array of services to private and family foundations across the country, including fiduciary administration, investment management, grant-making support, and consulting services....  Read more »

Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program

Grants are awarded to programs in the organization's priority funding areas including STEM education. Grants support education programs that improve knowledge and literacy, with a focus in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math…. Read more »

Wish You Well Foundation

Supporting family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Read more »

NCFL Partners

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Toyota Family Learning Program

Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $50 million, Toyota has also contributed a wealth of in-kind support — including advertising, planning and management expertise — to form one of the most progressive corporate/nonprofit partnerships in the nation.

Three major programs have been developed through the Toyota partnership based on the family literacy model of parents and children learning together. These models have influenced federal and state legislation, leveraged local dollars to support family literacy and led to successful programs being replicated across the country.

Read more about Toyota's commitment to communities

William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

NCFL received its very first donation in 1989 from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust to promote and implement family literacy programming, first in Kentucky and North Carolina and later nationwide. The Kenan Family Literacy Model in part laid the groundwork for 30 years of subsequent family literacy and family learning programming developed by NCFL.

Kenan has continued to support NCFL’s place-based family literacy programs since our inception. Most recently, they invested in the organization’s Innovation Fund, which will launch emerging ideas and programmatic evolutions in the multigenerational learning space.

Learn more about the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation began partnering with NCFL in 2006. A signature effort of this partnership is the National Literacy Directory, a resource that launched in 2010 and strives to reach the 35.7 million adults ages 18-64 who do not have a high school diploma by guiding them to better-paying, more stable jobs.

The National Literacy Directory contains over 10,000 educational agencies located across the United States and has a dedicated toll-free number to help support those wanting to pursue educational opportunities in their communities.

Dollar General also provides support for development of NCFL’s innovative family learning resources centered on financial literacy and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®.

Learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

PNC Grow Up Great

PNC Grow Up Great believes deeply in the power of high-quality early childhood education and provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community organizations to enhance children's learning and development.

PNC Grow Up Great has partnered with NCFL since 1994 to advance early literacy and learning resources for vulnerable families. Current efforts supported by PNC include a collaborative initiative in two at-risk Detroit communities that engages families to support vocabulary development for children under age 5.

NCFL's work is also featured on the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center website. The Lesson Center includes over 100 free, high-quality preschool lesson plans and research-based instructional techniques and strategies. All lesson plans contain Home/School Connections printouts, in English and Spanish, to help families extend and reinforce the learning at home.

Learn more about PNC Grow Up Great

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NCFL was named a recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s "Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenge," which seeks to elevate diverse voices in order to broaden the conversation about the issues inhibiting economic mobility and generate deeper awareness along with actionable understanding. NCFL will develop and launch a podcast series that will highlight the remarkable stories of low-income, diverse families across the U.S. who have improved their communities through Family Service Learning.

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Goodling Institute

NCFL has partnered with the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University since 2001, working collaboratively to further research, professional development, and policy efforts for family literacy and intergenerational learning.

The work of this partnership includes, but is not limited to, a strong research strand at NCFL's national annual convening, the Families Learning Summit; advocacy for family literacy and learning to further support for and inclusion of family-focused education in new and ongoing legislation; and dissemination of the latest research, resources, information, and professional development opportunities for literacy and learning practitioners and advocates, including the Certificate in Family Literacy provided by the Goodling Institute.

Learn more about the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University