There are many youth development non-profit organizations that provide care for children, whether it be a summer camp or an after-school enrichment program. Because many of these organizations sustain solely on grant funding, non-profit administrators have to conduct a lot of research to ensure funding is secured. There are many grant opportunities across the United States that support youth non-profits.
American Honda Foundation
The American Honda Foundation has awarded more than $25 million to youth development non-profit organizations since 1984, according to the foundation. Funded projects focus on science, technology, engineering and math, and funded projects are innovative, scientific, creative and humanistic, according to the foundation. Grants range from $20,000 to $60,000 and deadlines for proposals are the first day of February, May, August and November.
American Honda Foundation 1919 Torrance Blvd. Mailstop: 100-1W-5A Torrance, CA 90501-2746 http://corporate.Honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf
Best Buy Children's Foundation
The Best Buy Children's Foundation supports non-profit youth organizations that are within 50 miles of a Best Buy company. Funded organizations strive to implement hands-on, interactive and creative programs correlating with technology, according to the foundation. Although many funded projects have been requested by the Best Buy Children's Foundation, the foundation does welcome unsolicited requests.
Best Buy Children's Foundation 7601 Penn Ave. S. Richfield, MN 55423. 612-291-1000 http://communications.bestbuy.com/communityrelations/our_foundation.asp
Build-a-Bear Workshop Foundation
The Build-a-Bear Workshop Foundation supports non-profit organizations that provide programming for children in regards to education, literacy and wellness and health. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000, according to the foundation, but the average grant is about $1,500. Funding benefits individual projects or an ongoing program's operational costs, according to the foundation. Typically, grant proposals can be submitted in March annually, and it takes about three months for submissions to be reviewed.
Build-a-Bear Workshop Foundation 1954 Innerbelt Business Center Drive Saint Louis, MO 63114 877-789-2327 http://www.buildabear.com/aboutus/community/Grants/2010BABWFoundationGrantGuidelines.pdf
Brooke Williams is a freelance writer living in Alabama. She is a former education and government reporter at a daily newspaper and has been writing since 2003. Williams received her journalism degree from Auburn University. She has written for "Health for Alabama" and "Health for Tennessee" magazines.