A National Resource to Support Excellence in Community Action
Last Revised: Dec 12, 2008 - Initial Posting: Feb 21, 2006

Expansion of an agency's financial resources is a key element of ROMA National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.


Please LET US KNOW if you have suggested GRANT OPPORTUNITIES that might be added.

The information below is a sampling of potential grant resources for CAA initiatives - see Foundations Involved with Poverty-Related Initiatives....Government Grant Programs....Two Other Ways to Access Support.  Application deadlines are included when applicable.  Virtual CAP users should review individual application requirements through the links provided to ensure accurate and up-to-date information.

Here are two sources to keep up with grant opportunities:

  • Grants.govGrants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 federal grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.
  • GrantStationGrantStation is an interactive website that allows grantseekers through subscription to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects, and mentors them through the grantseeking process.  GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of grantmakers who are actively accepting inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal grant deadlines, which are updated twice a week; as well as links to state funding agencies.

Examples of Foundations Involved with Poverty-Related Initiatives

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation supports efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society. Pathways to Opportunity aims to create an environment in which children and young people from low- and moderate-income families have access to a full educational experience that connects with family and community and leads to academic and economic success.  We believe education, employment and community engagement are integral to moving people in low-income communities toward greater prosperity. The three pillars of our grantmaking program to put young people on a pathway to greater opportunity are: Advancing Afterschool, and Success Beyond High School.

RGK Foundation - Most grants $35,000 or under with some exceptions.  RGK endeavors to be a catalyst for progressive change in humanitarian concerns.  Guiding the Foundation is a deep reverence for democracy and a civil society together with the founders' values of foresight, imagination and discovery.  By seeking innovative projects in the area of health, education, human services and community affairs, the Foundation strives to advance knowledge, improve society and help realize human potential.

Rosie's for All Kids Foundation - Grants to organizations dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and low-income families through early childhood care and education and other essential programs. First priority is given to experienced, community-based programs serving children in low-income areas, where many families struggle to find affordable, high-quality early education and care.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Health Communities and Healthy Children)

Annie E. Casey Foundation (Disadvantaged Children and Their Families)

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (Child Well-Being)

Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to ensure fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need. We look for carefully defined points where our funds can make a difference in bringing about systemic changes that can improve the lives of countless people.

Joyce Foundation - Supporting efforts to protect the Great Lakes, to reduce poverty and violence in the region, and to ensure its residents good schools, decent jobs, a strong democracy, and a diverse and thriving culture.

JPMorgan Chase Foundation (Financial Capability, New Skills at Work, Small Business Forward, Social Finance, Technology for Social Good)

Examples of Government Grant Programs

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

U.S. Department of Energy - Weatherization Assistance Program

U.S. Department of Labor

Corporation for National & Community Service - AmeriCorps

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Education - TRIO Programs (Office of PostSecondary Education)

U.S. Department of Justice - Office for Victims of Crime

Two Other Ways to Access Support

Neighborhood Assistance Program has been established in a number of states and can be used as model to create state tax credits for donations to anti-poverty initiatives.

Good360 works with companies, charities and individuals to make the business of giving simpler, more efficient and more effective.  A 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit, Good360 helps companies donate inventory to charitable organizations.  Today, Good360 is changing the face of philanthropy by creating a Circle of Good that allows companies, nonprofits and individuals to work together to do more social good together through product giving.


Expansion of an agency's financial resources is a key element of ROMA National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.


Kenneth Ackerman, Virtual CAP Project Manager