A brief listing of grant-making foundations of potential interest to libraries:
Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants in the areas of adult literacy, the school library relief program, family literacy, summer reading and youth literacy.
F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc. awards grants to a range of nonprofit organizations in education, health and medicine, the arts and humanities, civic and public affairs, as well as religious, welfare and youth organizations. Its grantees are largely in geographic areas of particular interest to five generations of Kirby family members and, in many cases, are organizations with which family members have been associated. Successful new applicants tend to be organizations already well known to one or more of the directors of the Foundation, and/or other members of the family.
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Inc. supports leadership, innovation, and collaboration for a better New Jersey. The Foundation funds arts, education, environment, informed communities and poetry to connect communities and influence social change to achieve and equitable New Jersey. Their website site provides detailed information on its programs and application guidelines.
Karma Foundation was established in 1996 to provide grants in support of organizations engaged in activities and programs in the areas of Arts & Culture, Autism, Education & Literacy, Health & Human Services and Development & Enrichment of Jewish Life. Grants are made to local, national and international organizations. New Jersey grants are restricted to Middlesex, Union, Mercer and Somerset counties. Organizations based in New Jersey with regional or statewide scope will also be considered. The Foundation makes grants in the following categories: capacity building, capital needs, start-ups, operating expenses, special projects and programs, equipment and materials; and disaster relief.
Kresge Foundation aims to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing. Deadlines for grant opportunities range from open (ongoing, no deadlines), to open for a limited time with specific deadlines or may be by invitation only from a Kresge program officer.
Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc. seeks to advance literacy and foster a love of reading among underserved and at-risk children and youth. The Foundation focuses its giving on providing grants for the purchase of children’s books to public or private organizations which operate bookmobile programs and providing grants to innovative literacy programs in Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, Sacramento, or the San Francisco Bay area.
New Jersey Area Grantmakers A list of private and corporate foundations and corporate philanthropic programs prepared by the Center for Non Profits.
Nicholas Martini Foundation was founded in 1986 and supports programs in these fields of interest: Health and Welfare, Education, Civic Causes, and Arts and Humanities. Applications from organizations located in or providing services to the Passaic, Essex and Bergen County areas are reviewed with special consideration. A Letter of Inquiry is the first step in the application process. See the Foundation’s 990 filing for specific eligibility and application requirements. Mail the LOI to: Nicholas Martini Foundation, P.O. Box 29, 50 Walnut St., Newark, NJ 07101.
The Pilcrow Foundation was founded in 2013 to continue the work of the Libri Foundation. Their mission is to provide new, quality, hardcover children’s books to rural public libraries across the United States.
Princeton Area Community Foundation conducts several competitive grant programs for nonprofit organizations: All Kids Thrive, Community Impact Grants, The Fund for Women and Girls, The Bunbury Fund, and PRCC Community Development Fund. Their strategic grantmaking is focused on youth living in poverty.
Turrell Fund prioritizes organizations serving young children ages zero to five,that can present strong evidence of exceptional service quality and have distinguished themselves along multiple dimensions. Grants are awarded primarily to organizations located in Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union Counties in New Jersey, and throughout the State of Vermont.
Victoria Foundation, Inc. provides grant support in the program areas of education, environment, neighborhood development, and youth and families. Victoria Foundation has a two-fold mission: to improve the lives of children and families in Newark, New Jersey, and to protect water resources and preserve open space statewide.