Grants for 501(c)(3)
Grants for 501(c)(3) in the United States
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Blandin Foundation is all about Minnesotans imagining, leading, and growing healthy, inclusive – vibrant – communities.
Our programs train community leaders, support communities as they include and create opportunities for all people, and support work at home in the Itasca Area.
$10,001 - $50,000 Grants
These grants provide a more nimble response to project-based initiatives by simplifying the application and reporting process. Larger grants in this category may be recommended for trustee review.
Proposed projects must fit within the same guidelines as Blandin Foundation trustee-reviewed grants.
$1,001 - $10,000 Grants
These grants provide a more nimble response to project-based initiatives by simplifying the application and reporting process.
Proposed projects must fit within the same guidelines as Blandin Foundation major grants.
Areas of Focus
Blandin Foundation is both a responsive and strategic grantmaker. We welcome applications from current and potential grantees working to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, and concentrate our investments in three primary strategic areas of focus.
Focus Area 1: Itasca County Area Vibrancy
Blandin Foundation’s most substantial and broadest form of grantmaking occurs in North-Central Minnesota (Itasca County and the neighboring communities of Blackduck, Northome, Hill City and Remer). We support work that helps meet the economic, social, physical, cultural and spiritual/wellness needs of Itasca-area residents.
Blandin Foundation welcomes inquires from organizations that:
- Prioritize collaboration: diverse people and organizations work together to achieve a common goal. Examples: Invest Early and Beacon Hill Supportive Housing
- Engage those needed to create the intended change: leaders seek and include a variety of perspectives, especially those directly affected by the problem. Examples: KOOTASCA’s Circles of Support and Kiesler Wellness Center
- Resourcefully build on existing community assets: community context is taken into consideration, has several sources of funding, and demonstrates community support. Examples: Itasca County YMCA’s Active Living Center and the Deer River Full Service Community School project
Focus Area 2: Rural Community Leadership
See the grant pages for this focus area here:
- Grants of $1,001 - $10,000 and $10,001 - $50,000
- Grants > $50,000
Focus Area 3: Expand Opportunity
See the grant pages for this focus area here:
- Grants of $1,001 - $10,000 and $10,001 - $50,000
- Grants > $50,000
Laura J. Niles Foundation
The primary mission of the Laura J. Niles Foundation is to encourage and support efforts to improve the lives of animals. The Foundation seeks to benefit animals in general, and dogs in particular, by supporting research, training, and adoption programs and projects. Programs which enhance the human-animal bond are viewed with favor.
Primary Program Interests
Animals - The Foundation is seeking ways to benefit animals, particularly dogs, and is especially interested in programs that help animals and people, simultaneously. The Foundation is targeting areas that include animal medical research, animal protection, adoption, search & rescue, assistance dogs, equine therapy and similar areas of endeavor. Currently, the Foundation does not consider spay/neuter programs to be a priority, given the limited funds which are available.
Education - a secondary area of focus for the Foundation is the education of economically disadvantaged youth. This program area includes primary, secondary and higher education.
Guiding Principles and Considerations
- The goal of the Foundation's Board is to pursue a deliberate and proactive course of "strategic philanthropy"
- Favors programs addressing long-term solutions to the causes of problems, as distinguished from programs that simply treat the symptoms.
- Added emphasis on programs and organizations that address the intersection of its various interests.
- Encourages pilot initiatives that test new program models.
- Particular interest in organizations that promote collaborative efforts among groups and organizations.
- Qualities sought by the Foundation in its grantee organizations are: effective and dynamic personnel; passionate leadership; a bias against bureaucracy; prudent managements & governance practices; and commitment to results and overall assessment of program impact.
The majority of the Laura J. Niles Foundation's grantmaking is focused in the northeastern United States, although, occasionally, grants may be made in other regions of the country and/or abroad. However, any grant for international programs or projects will be made only through US tax-exempt organizations.
Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation
The Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation is a family foundation based on the philanthropic principals and traditions that began with William Snee and his wife Katherine Reinhardt-Snee several decades ago.
Their contributions supported the continued development of humanitarian programs, food and clothing for disaster relief, growth of the fine arts, advancement in medical research and innovation in educational programming. Even though the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation encompasses many broad areas of concern, or categories, there is no one area deemed more important than the next. Nevertheless, the Foundation has found it beneficial underwriting grants that are tangible in nature or serve a higher number of individuals within the community and surrounding areas. The Foundation continually aids organizations that are endlessly striving to serve the community in various ways such as improving social conditions, expanding education, and working to better the environment.
The Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation’s Board of Directors has designated several areas of concern comprised of specific intentions.
- 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: Because every grant cannot be included into a category, the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation permits grants for animal welfare, community development, sports, camps, fire and police departments and economic development as miscellaneous grants.
Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy
A focus on understanding among faith traditions in America reflects our founder’s principle that religious diversity is essential to civil discourse within a democracy and that leaders in all walks of life are more effective through an appreciation for the religious views of others.
Interfaith Leadership Grants
As our nation becomes increasingly diverse by all definitions, it is essential that leaders are prepared to model meaningful engagement among different faith traditions. Such leaders include those who serve in clerical roles as well as in civic, academic, business, professional, and nonprofit sectors. The Foundations are interested in supporting programs that prepare leaders to foster mutual respect for religious beliefs and traditions and that address the ways in which our multifaith society appreciates inquiry and magnifies the need for civil discourse.
Religious Literacy Grants
The Foundations are interested in programs that enhance public understanding of the religious beliefs and practices that shape America, both historically and in the present. Although we live in a country where many self-identify as having religious beliefs, studies show that a majority of the population lacks basic knowledge and understanding of major faith traditions.
Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy grant proposals will be considered in the following general areas:
- Higher education programs in interfaith leadership and religious literacy;
- Interfaith curriculum development in theological schools, private colleges and universities and programs with national impact;
- Interfaith issues in palliative care and end of life;
- Interfaith issues embedded in environmental engagement, stewardship and solutions.
Sizes and Types of Grants:
Planning Grants: Planning grants are awarded in the formative stages of planning key strategic project and pilot activities or for support of new models and methodologies. The Foundations will consider planning grant requests up to $100,000 from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations whose work aligns with our strategic philanthropic priorities.
Mid-size Grants: The Foundations will consider requests for support for grants with a range of $250,000 - $300,000 from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations whose work aligns with our strategic philanthropic priorities.
Transformational Grants: The Foundations, may, at some point in the future, consider invited grant proposals for amounts larger and more transformational in size and scope.
The Petco Foundation
Since 1999, we’ve invested millions in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research and numerous other lifesaving initiatives—always investing wisely in organizations with the most lifesaving impact. In partnership with animal welfare organizations and 1,500 Petco stores across the country, we help bring pets together with loving families every day.
About our investments
As one of the nation's largest funders of animal welfare causes, we hold a responsibility and obligation to invest funds wisely in organizations that achieve their mission and vision. Therefore, success, accountability, and prudent use of funds are important to our grant analysis and follow-up process. We have an expectation that animal welfare organizations continually endeavor to achieve a high standard of doing more, and are determined to save as many lives as possible with our investment.
Grants For Sheltering and Adoption Organizations
Organization Type: Our applications are categorized by organization type instead of by type of project or program. It is important that you read the organization type definitions carefully prior to filling out an application and that you apply using the correct application for your organization.
Please read the descriptions below and select the most appropriate category for your organization:
- Animal Control agencies & non-profit organizations responsible for animal control sheltering.
- This application is available to governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations that are providing animal control sheltering per local ordinance. Your organization should apply under this application if:
- You are a government agency, department or division providing animal control sheltering; or
- o You are a 501c3 nonprofit organization and you are providing animal control sheltering as a service
- SPCA/humane societies and other non-profits that operate primarily out of an animal sheltering facility.
- This application is available to nonprofit organizations such as SPCAs, humane societies and other similar types of nonprofit organizations that operate primarily from a building or facility for sheltering animals until adoption.
- Organizations applying under this application may also perform significant other functions like spay/neuter surgeries and veterinary clinic services in addition to the primary service of placing animals up for adoption.
- IMPORTANT: If your organization provides animal control sheltering via contact as a substantial part of your operations, please select the application for organizations responsible for animal control sheltering.
- Non-profit organizations that are primarily foster-based rescues.
- This application is available to nonprofit organizations that are providing adoption and various other services for animals in need. Your organization should apply using this application if:
- You are a 501c3 nonprofit organization;
- A primary service of your organization is temporarily caring for animals in need for the purpose of finding them new homes; and
- Your organization is primarily a foster-based organization (meaning the great majority of the animals are cared for in foster homes).
For the organization types listed above, there is one grant cycle available during each year. Applicants may submit one proposal per grant cycle. For organizations receiving multi-year funding, all installment payments must have been completed before submitting a new application. For organizations that have received funding in the past, all outstanding follow-up reports (including all annual reports for multi-year grants) for previous awards must be completed before submitting a new application.
Lifesaving Impact Award/Plan
If your organization serves a significant number of animals (at least 2,500 annual intake), you may apply for a lifesaving impact award. Lifesaving impact awards are grants of $100,000 or more and/or multi-year awards. Lifesaving impact awards are very limited and the process to request such award is more extensive. The amount of such award that your organization is seeking should be directly related to the number of animals that your organization serves, the percentage impact that our investment will make on your lifesaving efforts and many other factors. Lifesaving impact awards may be submitted for any purpose provided that your lifesaving impact award is expected to result in an increase in your lifesaving percentage or other significant positive impact for the animals of your community.
Lifesaving impact awards may be submitted for a variety of purposes, such as capital improvements, staffing and resource building, equipment needs, medical care, etc.
Dogs Trust USA
Dogs Trust USA is aware of the large number of dogs abandoned and in need of loving homes across the United States, and that there are many organizations working tirelessly to help dogs live happy and healthy lives. We want to help them do even more, and we run a grants program to help other USA-based 501(c)(3) non-profits like ourselves to deliver projects which will make lasting improvements to dog welfare across the country.
The grants program will support projects in the following target states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
We will support well governed groups who can deliver well-planned projects that have the potential to make a strong impact. We are happy to receive applications for innovative projects that other organizations can learn from, and that contribute towards encouraging responsible dog ownership, a reduction in dog abandonment, an increase in adoption from shelters or effective management of dog populations through spay/neuter programs. All projects must be sustainable and make a measurable difference to the lives of dogs.
Our maximum grant that can be awarded for organizations who we have not previously funded through our grants program is $25,000.