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Sheila Fortune Foundation (SFF) Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States
for Arts Programs Serving At-Risk Youth

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Sheila Fortune Foundation (SFF)

Deadline Date:

05/02/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $4,000 to $10,000 to New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Indiana nonprofit organizations for arts activities serving at-risk youth. Funding is intended to support educational programs that promote the abilities and interests of vulnerable young people in areas such as dance, theater, music, film, photography, and painting.

Sheila Fortune Foundation grants enable organizations which are familiar with at-risk youths and provide youths with a stabilized setting, to develop and administer programs. The Foundation uses the following broad rough definitions of "at-risk":

- Poverty, especially in minority populations, influences risk in individuals and families.
- Juvenile delinquency is a major sign or effect among peers in a vulnerable group.
- Parental substance abuse, negligence and crime make even more difficult healthy conditions.
- Minimal education and language barriers compound the trouble.

Trying to deal with challenges of staying in school are almost insurmountable and that is the purpose of the Foundation - to provide an outlet through the performing arts for the frustrated, anxious, and repressed feelings of the “at risk” youth.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180632

Estimated Size of Grant:

A new proposal will receive a maximum $4,000 in initial funding year.

Grants range from $4,000 to $10,000. In exceptional circumstances, the Board will consider grants in excess of $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must include with their application a copy of their current 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS stating that their organization is classified as a public charity under Section 509(a)(1) or Section 509 (a)(2). In addition, applicants must include a statement from their organization certifying that the tax-exempt status, as outlined in the determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service, still accurately describes the tax-exempt status of their organization.

The Foundation will limit its activities to a few select programs and only within the States of Colorado, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Additional programs in other States may be considered by the Board.

Pre-Application Information:

The SFF accepts applications once a year. The 2019 Funding cycle will open January 1, 2019. Grant submissions are due by May 2, 2019 11:59 pm. Grantee awards by the Board of Directors will be made at the annual June board meeting. Award notifications will immediately follow.

Long time SFF grantee recipients (10-plus years), are respectfully requested to take a two-year sabbatical from applying for funding from the Sheila Fortune Foundation beginning in 2019.

To obtain an information packet, contact the Foundation (either by phone, e-mail, or regular mail). The information in the packet will include how to apply for a grant.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

Contact the Sheila Fortune Foundation at:

Sheila Fortune Foundation
2135 Fourth Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: (303) 443-5348
Fax: (303) 443-5365

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado;   Indiana;   New Mexico;   Pennsylvania