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 and informed communities initiatives that are innovative and promote collaboration and community-driven decision making. 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.
Lowe’s Community Partners grant program helps build better communities by providing monetary assistance to nonprofit organizations and municipalities looking for support of high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements.
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 two competitive grant programs for nonprofit organizations: Greater Mercer Grants focus support on current priorities with the greatest impact within Mercer County, New Jersey, and the Fund for Women and Girls supports organizations that improve the lives of girls and the women who raise them. Additionally, the Bunbury Fund supports non-profit organizations making significant impacts on social, environmental, and educational needs across central New Jersey and most specifically, Mercer County.
Turrell Fund grants are awarded to organizations which provide or foster the creation and delivery of quality developmental and educational services to at-risk children, especially the youngest, and their families, in Vermont, and, primarily in the New Jersey counties of Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union. Applications are submitted online.
Victoria Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1924 and since the early 1960’s the Foundation’s trustees have targeted giving to programs that impact the cycle of poverty in Newark, New Jersey. In the 1970’s, a second priority was initiated to protect the environment throughout the state of New Jersey. Within Newark, funded projects address K-12 education reform, neighborhood revitalization, and strengthening youth and families. Potential new grantees should submit a letter of intent by email to the Foundation.