Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood | Clif Bar Family FoundationShumaker Family Foundation | Gus Hawthorne Foundation | Leeway Foundation |

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

Deadline: January 31, 2019

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports innovative, creative projects, and programs designed to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age.

The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education.

1) Early Childhood Welfare: Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their development, intellectual, emotional and physical are optimally supported. Providing a safe and nurturing environment for infants and preschoolers is essential, as is imparting to them the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. To that end, the foundation supports programs that research best child rearing practices and identify models that can provide creative, caring environments to ensure all children thrive.

2) Early Childhood Education and Play: Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured, early in life, if they are to succeed in school, work, and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child’s development, from birth to age 5, and everywhere a child learns — at home, in childcare settings, and in preschool. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning through the development of innovative curricula and research-based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.

3) Parenting Education: To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, the foundation supports programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child-rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well programs that provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.

A letter of intent is the first step in the application process. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications. Funding is available nationwide.

Clif Bar Family Foundation

Deadline: February 1, 2019

The Clif Bar Family Foundation is accepting applications for its Small Grants program.

Through the program, general support grants of up to $7,000 as well as funding for specific projects will be awarded to nonprofits working in one or more of the foundation’s five focus areas — promoting Earth’s beauty and bounty; creating a robust, healthy food system; increasing opportunities for outdoor activity; reducing environmental health hazards; and building stronger communities.

Preference will be given to organizations that can demonstrate a clearly defined objective and a viable plan to achieve it, and that operate at the community level and have strong community ties. Organizations also must promote positive change through both their project and the implementation process.

To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and support at least one of the foundation’s five focus areas.

See the Clif Bar Family Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Gus Hawthorne Foundation  

Deadline: February 15, 2019

The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support for care of abused, abandoned, feral, at-risk domestic or exotic animals; or care and/or release of injured/orphaned wildlife.

Examples of eligible expenses:

  • Food, medical supplies, medical treatment or other animal related supplies.
  • Products such as clothes washer/dryer, incubator or freezer.
  • Veterinary services such as spay/neuter of cats/dogs, training or products for prospective service animals or care and treatment of animals.
  • Staff and volunteer training in animal care procedures.
  • Facility additions or improvements with direct animal benefit.


  • The applicant must be an IRS 501(c)(3) corporation based in the USA and the animals must be cared for in the USA.
  • If the applicant’s State requires registration with their State’s Charity Division/Bureau/Agency, they must be registered and in good standing. This applies to States where registration is voluntary. This is not the same as the federal 501(c)(3) ruling.
  • Successful applicant’s annual operating budget will typically be less than $500,000.
  • The organization’s proposed project must primarily serve animals and not humans.

The Gus Hawthorne Foundation will begin accepting grant applications on January 1, 2019.

Shumaker Family Foundation

Deadline: February 15, 2019

The Shumaker Family Foundation supports programs and projects in education, social justice, and environmental justice, and through these aims to create a more compassionate world where each person has opportunity to fully reach his or her potential.

Social Justice grants promote the welfare of groups of people who have been disadvantaged through no action or responsibility of their own.

Environmental grants go to organizations that seek to enrich our natural environment, lessen global warming, improve animal welfare, and/or educate human beings to work toward these purposes.

Education – Science, Engineering, and Early Childhood grants support projects and programs that expose the fascinating worlds of math, engineering, science, and technology to young people who might not otherwise have this opportunity.  The Foundation also supports projects and programs to improve early childhood education (birth to 3 years old).

Education – Arts grants primarily support arts education experiences for young people who might not otherwise have this opportunity.

They prefer innovative projects led by people and organizations with a history of successful innovation; projects that connect 2 or more of the funding areas; and projects that can demonstrate significant outcomes within 3 years. They also fund some organizational strengthening, e.g., capacity-building or operating funds, when satisfied that the organization has prepared itself to attain the next level of effectiveness.

Upcoming Deadlines:

Environmental Justice Grants:

  • LOI due February 15, Application due March 15

Social Justice and Education Grants: The Foundation will consider grant applications on an invitation-only basis for 2017, with a focus on those organizations that received a first or second year grant in 2016.

Leeway Foundation

Deadline: March 1, 2019

The Philadelphia-based Leeway Foundation supports artists involved in art for social change that positively affects and respectfully engages communities and audiences.

To that end, the foundation’s Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans artists in the Delaware Valley region in support of social change arts projects. Creating social change must be integral to the ideas, beliefs, and goals of the funded project.

The program is open to individual artists and cultural producers working in any medium, including traditional and non-traditional, as well as multimedia and experimental forms. The grant may be used for any project-related expenses (e.g., documentation, artist stipends, or the purchase of equipment or materials).

Applicants must be a woman or trans artist with an art for social change project or opportunity that will impact a larger group, audience, or community; have financial need and limited or no access to other financial resources; have a project supported by or in collaboration with a change partner (a person, organization, or business that is part of the project in some way); and live in the Delaware Valley area, including Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties.