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The Big List of
Community Action Grants
1
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
AAUW Community
Action Grants
$2,000 -
$10,000
Empowering wo...
2
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
Cedar Tree Foundation $8,000 -
$100,000
Environmental educa...
3
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
New York, North
Carolina, Ohio, Ontario,
Pennsylvania, Queb...
4
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
Ford Foundation $10,000 -
$125M
Poverty, injustice, and
dem...
5
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
Lowe's Charitable and
Educational Foundation
Varies K-12 pu...
6
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
Open Society
Foundation
Varies Work to build vibrant and
to...
7
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
Missouri, New Jersey,
North Carolina, Ohio,
Pennsylvania So...
8
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
Roy A. Hunt Foundation $5,000 -
$50,000
Community developme...
9
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
The Fledgling Fund $10,000 -
$35,000
Innovative media proje...
10
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
The Kresge Foundation $15,000 -
$1.2M
Community developmen...
11
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
Delaware, District of
Columbia, Florida,
Hawaii, Idaho, Il...
12
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
The Susan A. and
Donald P. Babson
Charitable Foundation
$1...
13
Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link
Voya Foundation $2,500+ Children's education and
financial...
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The Big List of Community Action Grants

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When you're implementing ideas to help change your community, you'll often need to find some external funding. We've compiled this list of grant opportunities from around the U.S. to help you jump start your action efforts.

Note that while this list was last updated in October 2016, some of the deadlines for the grants may be in the past since many organizations have not yet posted deadlines for 2017. This list is intended to serve as a reference point as you research grant opportunities. Please check their websites for the most up-to-date information.

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The Big List of Community Action Grants

  1. 1. The Big List of Community Action Grants
  2. 2. 1 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link AAUW Community Action Grants $2,000 - $10,000 Empowering women in communities 1/15/2016 National http://bit.ly/1embBoj Alliant Energy Community Grants $500 - $5,000 Helping families, education, and the environment March 1, and September 1, 2016 Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin or a customer of Alliant Energy http://bit.ly/1R7cxP2 American Honda Foundation $20,000 - $75,000 Youth (especially in STEM areas), the environment, job training and literacy Feb 1, August 1 National http://bit.ly/2gJidya Bank of America Philanthropic Solutions Varies for each grant Grant search allows user to pick area Varies for each grant Varies for each grant http://bit.ly/1LFGwZU Ben & Jerry's Foundation Up to $20,000 Grassroots efforts Pre-App April 14 National http://bit.ly/1KuZ6Vg Captain Planet Foundation $500 - $2,500 Youth September 30, 2016 National and international http://bit.ly/1KuZL9p Captain Planet Foundation $500 - $2,500 Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth; Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools; Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. September 30th- typically for spring and summer projects and January 31st- typically for fall and winter projects National http://bit.ly/1KuZL9p Carnegie Corporation of New York $975 - $13M Education, peace and security, international development, strengthening democracy, etc. Rolling basis Local, national, and international http://bit.ly/1KuZVgZ
  3. 3. 2 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link Cedar Tree Foundation $8,000 - $100,000 Environmental education, environmental health, and sustainable agriculture Rolling basis National Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Varies for each grant Civil society, education, environment, Flint area Rolling basis US, Central and Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union and South Africa http://bit.ly/1H3oPQK Clif Bar Family Foundation $7,000 Innovative small and mid-sized groups working to strengthen our food system and our communities, enhance public health, and safeguard our environment and natural resources. February 1, June 1, October 1 National http://bit.ly/29zmH6S Coca-cola Foundation $10,000 - $6.8M Economic empowerment for women, access to clean water and well-being Rolling basis National http://bit.ly/1Hyfyla Constitution Pipeline Company Up to $25,000 Youth/senior services, education, economic development, and the environment October 1, 2016 New York/Pennsylvania area http://bit.ly/1Nz9Pfd CSX Foundation $2,500 - $5,000 Safety, the environment, community, and wellness Rolling basis Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico City, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, http://bit.ly/1R7dOWr
  4. 4. 3 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia (where their employees work and live) Daniel's Fund Varies Early childhood education/youth development Rolling basis Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming http://bit.ly/1T8aWpV Dominion Foundation $1,000 - $15,000 Human needs, the environment, education, and community vitality Rolling basis Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin http://bit.ly/2i0FwHv Fidelity Foundation $50,000+ 1. Community development and social services/arts and culture 2. Health and education Rolling basis Organizations in communities around Fidelity Investments' regional employee sites, and in additional major metropolitan areas http://bit.ly/1LWRGHR
  5. 5. 4 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link Ford Foundation $10,000 - $125M Poverty, injustice, and democratic values Rolling basis New York region http://bit.ly/1eme3uS Foundation for Rural Service $250 - $5,000 Business development, community development, education, and telecommunications 10/1/2016 National http://bit.ly/1LKd99W Home Depot Community impacts grants Up to $5,000 Creating a better environment for families Rolling with December 31 deadline National http://thd.co/2bcqGLU JP Morgan & Chase Grants Varies Broad-based community support Rolling basis National http://bit.ly/1H3pphk Land O'Lakes Foundation (California Regions Grant) $500 - $5,000 Hunger relief, youth, education, and civic improvements Rolling basis California (Orland, Tulare/Kings/Bakersfield, and Ontario regions only) http://bit.ly/1T8b8FH Land O'Lakes Foundation (Mid- Atlantic Grant) $500 - $5,000 Hunger relief, youth and education, rural leadership, civic improvements, soil and water preservation, the arts, and culture Rolling basis Mid-Atlantic region (Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia) http://bit.ly/1LWS0pP
  6. 6. 5 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation Varies K-12 public/charter education and community improvement projects Varies for each grant National http://low.es/29PydOr National Endowment for the Arts Varies Art engagement in communities and education Deadlines differ based on type of grant National http://bit.ly/29v6j9O National Endowment for the Humanities $1,000 - $750,000 Scholarly forums, public discussions, and educational resources related to the themes of a new NEH initiative Deadlines differ based on type of grant National http://1.usa.gov/1IRiWEm Needmor Fund Average is $30,000 community organizing groups that address issues of race, immigration, poverty, economic justice, and low- wage work. May 31st pre- application due National, but excluding Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, and South Texas) and Southeast states (Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana) http://bit.ly/2jjrXoD Norman Foundation $25,000 - $30,000 Efforts that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental and social well- being, and that help people control those forces that affect their lives Letters of inquiry accepted on ongoing basis National http://bit.ly/1JzO7d4
  7. 7. 6 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link Open Society Foundation Varies Work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Deadlines differ based on type of grant National and international http://osf.to/1FUWxUy Packard Foundation $10,000 - $1.2M Conservation and science, population and reproductive health and children, families and communities Letters of inquiry accepted on ongoing basis National and international http://bit.ly/29kZIx3 Parks and People Foundation Up to $1,000 Greening projects e.g. vacant lot clean–up and restoration projects, community gardens, rain gardens, tree plantings, alley gating, neighborhood clean-ups, schoolyard greening, water quality improvement and environmental education activities. July 29, 2016 Baltimore, MD http://bit.ly/1JB08fq People's United Community Foundation $2,500+ Community development, youth development, and affordable housing October 1, February 1, and June 1 Cities/towns where People's United Bank branches are located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Maine http://bit.ly/1f58rGq PNC Foundation Varies Early childhood education and economic development Ongoing Certain counties in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, http://pnc.co/1JzOq7I
  8. 8. 7 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania South Carolina, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin Presbyterian Mission Agency Varies Direct food relief, development assistance, public policy advocacy, lifestyle integrity, and/or education and interpretation Deadlines differ based on type of grant National http://bit.ly/29PaTPJ Pride Foundation $1,000 - $10,000 Expanding opportunities and/or advancing full equality for LGBTQ people July TBB, 2017 Organizations or projects must operate within one or more of the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and/or Washington. http://bit.ly/1T8bkVe Reiman Foundation Varies Health care, education, the arts, and children Rolling basis National http://bit.ly/1RTO62W RGK Foundation $10,000 - $200,00 Education, community, and health/medicine Letters of Interest are accepted throughout the year. Requests for over $100,000 are due March 4, June 10, and September 16, 2016 National http://bit.ly/29icb3Z
  9. 9. 8 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link Roy A. Hunt Foundation $5,000 - $50,000 Community development, the environment, youth violence, and the next generation Letter of inquiry deadline for Initiative Grant is Jan. 15, 2017. For General Grant, July 15, 2016 & March 15, 2017 Most grants are in Southwestern Pennsylvania (primarily in Pittsburgh) and New England (mainly the Boston region, New Hampshire, and Southern Maine) http://bit.ly/1IvxRrX Social Justice Grant Fund (The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia) Up to $5,000 Poverty, oppression, and marginalization November 15 and May 15 National and international http://bit.ly/1gcH3qd Surdna Foundation Varies Economy, the environment, and culture Letters of inquiry accepted on a rolling basis National http://bit.ly/1JB28nX TD Charitable Foundation Varies Affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment TD Charitable Foundation grants reviewed quarterly and Community Sponsorships reviewed monthly. Housing for Everyone Grant Competition deadline is September 2, 2016. Regional (where TD Bank serves - Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia) http://go.td.com/29uWs5A The Bush Foundation $10,000 - $200,000 Innovative ideas that help communities Rolling basis Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota http://bit.ly/2ijVBpr
  10. 10. 9 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link The Fledgling Fund $10,000 - $35,000 Innovative media projects about key social issues Rolling basis National and international http://bit.ly/1CdfA1S The Glaser Progress Foundation $5,000 - $751,000 Measuring progress, animal advocacy, and independent media Rolling basis National http://bit.ly/1IRi4j2 The Gratis Foundation Varies Education, the environment, animal health, human services, abused and neglected children and animals, specific religious causes, and assisting U.S. military personnel and their families January 31, May 31, and September 30 Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia http://bit.ly/1Nz9dH3 The Hewlett Foundation Varies Education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy Rolling basis Bay area (California) http://bit.ly/1C2lti3 The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust $10,000 - $25,000 Arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, historic preservation, and journalism Letter of inquiry due by January 1 of year requested, grant application by April 1 of year requested National http://bit.ly/1emeipW The John Merck Foundation Varies Clean energy, environmental health, and regional food systems Rolling basis National and rare exceptions for international applicants http://bit.ly/1HzvYf3
  11. 11. 10 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link The Kresge Foundation $15,000 - $1.2M Community development, arts and culture, human services Varies for each grant National http://bit.ly/1HzvZzx The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $5,000 - $1.35M Defending and advancing freedom, citizenship, education, and economic growth February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 National http://bit.ly/1dA53Sd The Pollination Project Initial grants are $500-$1,000 Animal rights & welfare, arts & culture, economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, health & wellness, human rights & dignity, kindness & generosity, leadership development, schools & education, youth Ongoing International http://bit.ly/2op4UqI The Safeway Foundation $1,000 - $25,000+ Hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities Grant requests that are national or multi- regional in scope are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Local grants are reviewed biannually The Safeway Foundation funds organizations in and around the areas of our stores. These include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, http://bit.ly/1GQyfwC
  12. 12. 11 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming. The Sparkplug Foundation Up to about $15,000 start-up organizations and new projects of established organizations in music, education and community organizing. They support the development of emerging democratic movements and communities working on issues of local democracy, justice, and sustainable energy in the rebuilding of the U.S. and global economies. answers to preliminary questions due April 10 National and Israel/Palestine http://bit.ly/2jjjrGi The State Farm Companies Foundation $5,000+ Safety, community development, and education October 31, 2016 National http://bit.ly/1LFIn0N
  13. 13. 12 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link The Susan A. and Donald P. Babson Charitable Foundation $1,000 - $10,000 the enrichment and empowerment of people of all ages around the world, so as to prevent exploitation, poverty, and injustice. 28-Feb-16 http://bit.ly/2hGeses Union Bank Foundation Grants $5,000 - $10,000 Affordable housing, community economic development, education, environment, and human services Ongoing The communities where MUFG Union Bank, N.A., and its businesses operate in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington http://bit.ly/1emg0aK Unitarian Universalist Association’s Fund for a Just Society Most grants are between $6,000 and $8,000 Grants are made to non- Unitarian Universalist groups that: use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society; mobilize those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power and the right to self-determination; and have an active focused campaign to create systemic change. 15-Mar National (and Canada) http://bit.ly/2h981QF
  14. 14. 13 Organization Grant Amount Area Funded Deadline Location Link Voya Foundation $2,500+ Children's education and financial education September 9, 2016 Communities where Voya Financial operates and its employees and customers live including Atlanta, GA; Braintree, MA; Des Moines, IA; Jacksonville, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; Scottsdale, AZ; West Chester, PA and Windsor, CT http://go.voya.com/1NzbJwn W.W Kellogg Foundation Varies Educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, and community and civic engagement Ongoing National and international http://bit.ly/1JzPyIm Walgreen Co. Varies Community access to health and wellness, pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives, civic and Community outreach, and emergency and disaster relief Ongoing Local Walgreen communities throughout the U.S. http://bit.ly/1T8bDiU Walmart's National Giving Program $250,000+ Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment or Career Opportunity Ongoing National http://bit.ly/1LKfmSL Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Up to $35,000+ Community economic development, the environment, public education, social justice and equity, and strengthening democracy August 1, 2016 North Carolina http://bit.ly/1Hzx4aP

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