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May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust (Trust) envisions a human community that recognizes each individual as vital to the strength, richness, and well-being of the whole, and that motivates, empowers, and invites each to contribute and participate according to his or her ability and potential.
The Trust supports organizations that offer opportunities to children and youth; adults and families; elders; and people with disabilities that enrich the quality of life, promote self-sufficiency, and assist individuals in achieving their highest potential.
Type, Size, and Duration of Grants
The Trust accepts applications for either program support or general operating support (i.e., support for an organization’s operations as a whole rather than a particular project, inclusive of expenses such as administrative staff’s salaries, overhead expenses, non-capital equipment, and capacity building activities). The Trust occasionally makes grants for capital support, typically to organizations that have received a grant in the past; such requests may only be submitted upon invitation from the Trust.
The size of the Trust’s grants are matched to the organization’s need, capabilities, opportunities, scale of impact, and the program’s fit with the Trust’s priorities, as well as the organization’s historic pattern of support from other institutional donors, its developmental stage, and the Trust’s overall availability of funds. Typically, the Trust’s grant will be average or above average among an organization’s other funders, but not the largest grant received by an organization. Consistent with its core value of interdependence and a desire to encourage organizations to develop a broad base of support, the Trust prefers to invest alongside other funders and rarely makes grants that represent 100% of a project’s budget. Please see Recent Grants for examples of typical Trust grants.
Initial grants are typically one year in duration. The Trust will consider multiple-year grant requests from organizations that have already successfully completed at least one grant cycle with the Trust. Multiple-year grants are generally two years in duration, and acknowledge the grantee organization’s well-articulated, compelling vision and long-term plan for its programs, and its strong alignment with the Trust’s Funding Priorities.
The May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust’s funding priorities are guided by its 2019-2023 Strategic Plan and built on the person-centered approach of its historical grantmaking.
The majority of the Trust’s funding supports organizations that provide direct services to individuals. In addition, the Trust supports organizations intervening at various levels to effect positive change – the individual, the family, and the community – as well as organizations striving to bring about changes in systems, policies, and/or behaviors that contribute to improved well-being and opportunity for its focus populations. The Trust supports organizations serving people in the Western United States, defined as: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming; and in British Columbia, Canada.
The Trust’s current funding priorities are reflected in its four program areas: Adults and Transitioning Youth with Disabilities, Elders, Foster Youth, and Veterans and Military Families. Though individuals within each of these populations have specific needs, strengths, and challenges, certain cross-cutting themes underlie the Trust’s decision to prioritize them in its grantmaking, including:
- A recognition of the often-overlooked issues and challenges faced by individuals in these populations
- Growth, or projected growth, in the four focus populations
- The inability of current systems to meet the needs of these populations
- The opportunity to support life-changing services for individuals facing challenging life transitions
- Acknowledgement of the significant contributions that individuals in all four populations can make, given the opportunity and supportive resources
- The importance of caregiving, both formal and informal, at the family, friend, or community level, to both individual and community well-being
- The opportunity to support existing movements to shift societal perceptions, expectations, and relationships regarding these populations
- The desire to support cultural change so that society focuses not simply on the needs of these individuals, but on each individual’s abilities, dignity, potential, and inclusion in a community that is strengthened by the optimum contribution and mutual exchange of talents and resources among its diverse members.
In all of its grantmaking, the Trust is interested in supporting organizations that promote the dignity, agency, and self-sufficiency of individuals within its focus populations, and that strive to achieve a lasting difference in the lives of the people they serve.
The Trust envisions a society where foster youth have the personal support, resources, skills, and knowledge they need to become healthy, self-sufficient, resilient, and successful adults.
The Trust aims to provide children and youth who have experienced disruption or instability in their homes with the support, resources, skills, and knowledge they need to become healthy, self-sufficient, resilient, and successful adults.
The Trust’s Foster Youth grantmaking addresses four strategies – stable homes, physical and mental health, education, and preparation for independence – which collectively support the healthy development and success of children and youth who are currently or formerly in foster care or whose parents can no longer care for them.
Families and communities are included in the Trust’s grantmaking to support foster youth, as part of a holistic approach to enrich the quality of life, promote self-sufficiency, and assist individuals in achieving their highest potential.
Much of the Trust’s Foster Youth grantmaking will be devoted to direct services for individuals, families, and communities, but the Trust’s grantmaking will also advance the work of organizations engaged in research and communication initiatives that raise awareness about the issues facing foster youth, and organizations that develop and advocate for policies and practices that effectively address these issues.
The focus population for this program area includes children and youth who are currently, or have been, in the foster care system; children and youth who may not have entered the formal foster care system, but who live with relatives or other caregivers because their parents are either absent or unable to care for them; homeless youth; and unaccompanied immigrant youth.
Adults who care for or work with youth who experience disruption or instability in their homes (e.g., caregivers, caseworkers, advocates, etc.) are also a key population to be supported through the Foster Youth program area.
Young woman of color speaking at a public forumCredit: California Youth Connection
Acknowledging that there are particularly vulnerable subpopulations of foster youth/homeless youth (e.g., LGBTQ youth, youth of color, pregnant and parenting youth, victims of sex trafficking) and that some of these subpopulations are overrepresented in the child welfare system (e.g., LGBTQ youth, Native youth, African-American youth), the Trust’s grantmaking may include organizations that provide tailored support to these subpopulations, or that are working to address these disproportionalities.
The Trust’s grantmaking in the Foster Youth Program Area addresses four broad goals, which collectively support the healthy development and success of children and youth who are currently or formerly in foster care or whose parents can no longer care for them:
- Children and youth have access to safe and stable homes where they can develop and thrive.
- Increase the number of foster families and improve the support they receive
- Facilitate the adoption and/or legal guardianship of foster youth
- Strengthen the skills of birth parents so that they are able to provide a healthy, supportive home environment and are well-positioned to be reunified with their children
- Increase permanent housing for former foster youth, as well as transitional supportive housing leading to permanent housing
Physical & Mental Health
- The physical and mental health needs of children and youth are met.
- Ensure continuous access to health care
- Provide access to individualized mental health care services
- Support adults to recognize symptoms of trauma, grief, and loss, and educating them about how to create a safe, nurturing environment
- Children and youth receive the support they need to succeed academically.
- Reduce the number of school transfers for foster youth
- Ensure schools and districts share data and information so that when school transfers are necessary, transitions can be as seamless as possible
- Train educators to identify and mitigate the effects of trauma, and support resiliency in their classrooms
- Provide foster youth with the academic support and enrichment they need to graduate high school, and facilitate their enrollment in post-secondary education and achievement of post-secondary degrees
Independence & Self-Sufficiency
- Children and youth are prepared to be successful in work and life.
- Support foster youth in transitioning from high school or college to employment
- Support foster youth to gain financial management and independent living skills
The Trust aims to foster a society where older adults are visible, valued, and receive the support they need to lead a dignified and engaged life. Communities, families, and caregivers are essential components in a holistic approach to aging that enriches the quality of life, encourages self-sufficiency, and values self-determination.
The Trust's strategies for Elders grantmaking support programs that encourage community engagement, allow elders to age in place whenever possible, provide support for caregivers, and offer long-term care that promotes a good quality of life.
The focus population for this program area includes adults 60 years of age and older. Caregivers are also a key population to be supported through the Elders program area, including family members, volunteers, and paid professionals. The Trust approaches its work with an appreciation for older adults as significant assets to society, whose experience, contributions, and community participation are resources with the potential to benefit people of all ages.
The majority of the Trust’s grantmaking in the Elder's Program Area will be devoted to direct services for individuals, families, and communities, but a small number of grants may advance the work of organizations engaged in research and communication initiatives that raise awareness about the issues facing older adults, and encourage the implementation of policies and practices that effectively address these issues.
- Foster community engagement among adults age 60+.
Grantmaking strategies include supporting programs that:
- Ensure adults age 60+ have access to high quality lifelong learning programs
- Offer paid and unpaid opportunities for older adults to contribute to the community
- Foster intergenerational connections so that younger and older people can learn from and benefit one another
- Promote the perception of older adults as valuable contributors to the community, rather than societal burdens
Aging in Place
- Assist older adults to age in place.
Grantmaking strategies include awarding grants to programs that:
- Meet basic needs such as food, housing, transportation, legal services, and care management
- Help older adults remain physically and mentally active
- Create community and increase social connections
- Empower older adults and ensure they are visible and valued in society, and enjoy reciprocal relationships with peers, neighbors, and community members of all ages
- Support family and professional caregivers to provide quality care for elders.
Grantmaking strategies include supporting programs that:
- Assist family and professional caregivers through education and training
- Provide accessible and affordable respite opportunities for family caregivers
- Address the practical and emotional needs of elders, families, and caregivers at the end of life
- Advocate for programs and policies that support all caregivers
Quality Long-term Care
- Improve the quality of life and care for elders in residential long-term care (LTC) settings.
Grantmaking strategies include supporting programs that:
- Engage residents, family members, and staff in creating a sense of community
- Help LTC communities change culture away from a medical model and toward principles of person-centered care
- Give professional caregivers opportunities to enhance skills and leadership, promoting job retention and advancement
- Offer diverse social and cultural activities to meet the needs of residents
- Connect LTC communities with broader local communities
- Advocate for improvements in the long-term care system
Due to the large number of applicants seeking grants to support older adults to maximize independence and safely age-in-place (meal programs and senior centers, in particular), the review process in the Aging-in-Place strategy is particularly competitive. In addition to the characteristics listed above, the most competitive applicants under the Aging-in-Place strategy will clearly demonstrate one or more of the following:
- Innovation in program design/delivery
- Location in a geographically rural or isolated area
- Potential for scale
Veterans & Military Families
The Trust envisions a society where veterans and military families achieve economic self-sufficiency, community integration, and wellbeing.
The Trust aims to strengthen programs and services that support veterans, service members, and their families in the transition to successful new lives and careers after leaving the military. Community organizations are essential components in a collaborative, holistic approach designed to achieve veteran and family well-being, self-sufficiency, and community integration.
Grantmaking in the Veterans and Military Families Program Area addresses four strategies which collectively support veterans and their families to realize economic self-sufficiency and a good quality of life: Mental and Behavioral Health and Wellness; Education, Training, and Employment; Housing Stability; and Community Integration.
The focus population for this program area includes personnel from the active and reserve military who have served or are currently serving and their families, regardless of discharge status and length of service, with particular focus on individuals affected by the engagements since September 2001. Acknowledging that some subpopulations experience particular challenges, the Trust’s grantmaking will include support for organizations with demonstrated competency serving veterans in one or more of the following groups:
- People with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, or major depression
- African American, Latino/a, Native American, Asian, and mixed-race people
- LGBT people
- Survivors of military sexual trauma (MST)
- Homeless people
- Veterans with General or Other than Honorable Discharges
The Trust recognizes veterans living with physical disabilities incurred in military action (“wounded warriors”) as a subpopulation whose needs have been rightly prioritized by federal agencies, numerous charitable institutions, and public awareness campaigns. Therefore, while the Trust supports organizations that serve all veterans regardless of disability status, requests from organizations serving wounded warriors exclusively are a lower priority in the Trust’s grantmaking.
Mental Health & Wellness
- Improve the mental and behavioral health and wellness of service members, veterans, and their family members by promoting timely, affordable access to evidence-based, person-centered, culturally-appropriate care that supports individual wellness, healthy relationships, and thriving families.
Grantmaking will support programs and organizations that work to:
- Reduce stigma and other obstacles to mental and behavioral health treatment
- Increase the number of culturally-competent providers offering evidence-based care
- Support access to recreational and therapeutic programs that improve well-being
- Help family members, caregivers, children, and others who support veterans
- Provide access to non-VA/DoD programs for service members, veterans, and their families
Education & Employment
- Promote self-sufficiency by providing access to education, training, information, guidance, and other assistance to facilitate the employment of veterans and military/veteran spouses in fulfilling living wage jobs.
Grantmaking will support programs and organizations that work to:
- Meet uncovered expenses from education, training, or credentialing that enhance employment possibilities, particularly for junior enlisted veterans and military/veteran spouses
- Assist active service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and veterans to translate military skills and certifications to civilian jobs
- Educate and motivate hiring managers and human resource personnel about the benefits of employing recent veterans and their spouses
- Assist transitioning service members and spouses with navigating the complexities of military transition and provide career advice, skills training, and job placement services to help establish them in their new career and community
Homelessness & Housing Stability
- End homelessness and promote housing stability among individual veterans and veterans with families, with an emphasis on populations experiencing disproportionate rates of homelessness.
Grantmaking will support programs and organizations that work to:
- Prevent homelessness
- Provide rapid rehousing to reduce the duration of homelessness
- Provide transitional housing programs for homeless and vulnerably-housed veterans
- Provide permanent supportive housing with services for those who require long-term support to remain housed
Community & Family Reintegration
- Promote veteran and family well-being and community integration by supporting healthy family relationships, (re)igniting service members’ sense of purpose, and cultivating welcoming, inclusive communities.
Grantmaking will support programs and organizations that work to:
- Facilitate access to interventions that encourage family integration and healthy relationships
- Recognize and help military children in school and the community
- Increase access to benefits and services and reduce barriers to integration by providing navigation services and encouraging community collaboratives
- Increase awareness of and access to legal services
- Encourage veterans and family members to become engaged and familiar with their communities
Adults and Transitioning Youth with Disabilities
The Trust envisions a society where adults and transitioning youth with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities maximize their ability to live independently; secure employment; and engage in an inclusive community.
The Trust aims to strengthen supportive services for adults and youth transitioning to adulthood with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities, enabling them to maximize their ability to live independently, gain economic security through a rewarding job, and engage in an inclusive community through social and recreational opportunities.
Grantmaking in the Adults and Transitioning Youth with Disabilities program area addresses four strategies – independent living, employment, community inclusion, and support for caregivers, who help make all this possible. The Trust prioritizes organizations that use a person-centered approach, involving the individual in decision-making, to support each person to reach their full potential.
The Trust primarily makes grants for direct services that support these four strategies, as further defined below. It also makes a small number of grants to advance the work of national organizations that are evaluating, documenting, and/or sharing research-based best practices related to effective disability advocacy and systems change.
The focus population for this program area includes adults and youth transitioning to adulthood (ages 15 and up) who have either an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) or a physical disability - including mobility, visual, or hearing impairment. The Trust is also interested in supporting caregivers, particularly aging caregivers who are engaging in transition planning for the future care of their adult children with disabilities.
- Empower adults and youth transitioning to adulthood to bridge successfully into active lives in the community.
- Provide supportive services and training to maximize an adult’s ability to live interdependently in the community
- Offer interventions enabling individuals to live safely in the least restrictive residential setting and make their own informed decisions
- Enable adults and youth transitioning to adulthood who seek work and economic stability to experience opportunities for employment and career growth – meeting both the personal needs of individuals with disabilities and the business needs of their employers.
- Promote integrated, competitive employment in the community for all as an achievable, expected outcome, not the exception
- Address the needs of both adults with disabilities and prospective employers
- Support employers to improve their capacity to hire, retain, and promote employees with disabilities
- Promote inclusive participation of adults and youth transitioning to adulthood in recreational programs, the arts, social events, and civic activities with the acceptance and support of an informed and embracing community that recognizes every individual’s abilities and contributions.
- Enhance overall quality of life, sense of purpose, and self-satisfaction through social support networks and inclusive community activities
- Reduce social stigmatization through community training and supports to enable full participation by all in community activities
- Support family caregivers so that they can continue in their caregiving role without being overburdened emotionally, physically, and financially. Also, support aging caregivers in developing comprehensive plans for eventual transition of caregiving and financial/benefits responsibilities.
- Provide education and assistance, including public awareness, legal services, and financial planning advice, for caregivers and family members to develop comprehensive future caregiving plans for eventual transition of caregiving responsibilities for their adult children.
- Offer respite opportunities for families/caregivers while incorporating formal caregiver support activities such as training, counseling, and information.
Shaw's Supermakets Charitable Foundation
Grant Funding Guidelines for Shaw's & Star Market
Our Foundation funds organizations that strengthen the neighborhoods we serve.
We support nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with our priority areas:
- Youth and Education
- Health and Nutrition
Organizations we fund must serve the community where we operate. To learn more about our operating area, please view our online map at Albertsons.com, found here. We work with existing and new partners that we proactively seek out and identify as collaborators to achieve our mission and goals. Grants made in a limited geography will be considered by the local Public Affairs Staff, found here. Amounts vary by region.
Joseph & Vera Long Foundation
The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation awards responsive grants to qualified not-for-profit organizations using a competitive process that aims to find the right mix of partners and projects to achieve the Foundation's objectives in four specific program areas. This webpage explains our two-stage process, which we conduct both in the Spring (for grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000) and in the Fall (for grants ranging from $10,000 to $49,000.)
- Connecting Youth with Nature
- Fostering Creativity Through the Arts
- Maternal Healthcare Access and Education
- Promoting Healthy Aging Through Social Connection
Best Friends Animal Society
The Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants fund projects to reduce the lifesaving gap of cats and dogs in U.S. shelters. We welcome project proposals from public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations that enable lifesaving in a community.
Your organization can apply for a grant of up to $50,000, with the amount requested not exceeding 10% of your operating budget. The average grant awarded last year was just under $13,000, therefor granting may only cover partial funding needed for your project.
- Projects can be focused on just one event/program or can include multiple events/programs.
- Proposed projects should align with regional priorities. Projects that satisfy these priorities will have the largest impact on lifesaving in each region.
- We welcome project proposals from public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations that enable lifesaving.
- If the applicant that is applying is an organization that is already no-kill, their project needs to be impacting a shelter that has a lifesaving gap and has not achieved a 90% save rate.
- If awarded, the applying organization will need to submit quarterly impact statistics of how many lives were impacted through the project.
- The impacted shelter’s intake and outcome data will need to be submitted as well, in order to calculate the reduction in gap to 90%, which will measure success of the project.
- Best Friends will make calculations for reduction in lifesaving gap after all data points are submitted. These two metrics (impacts and reduction number in lifesaving gap) will be used for grant accountability and measuring success.
Before you begin an application, please review the priorities for your region to ensure that your project aligns.
Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina
South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
Great Plains: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Mountain West: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington
Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Mid-Atlantic: District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Laura Jane Musser Fund
The Laura Jane Musser Fund wants to encourage collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education.
Priority is placed on projects that:
- Bring together a broad range of community members and institutions
- Provide the opportunity for diverse community members to work together
- Contain measurable short term outcomes within the first 12 to 18 months
- Include community members actively in all phases of the process
- Work toward an outcome of positive change within their community
Projects must demonstrate:
- Support from a diverse cross-section of community members and institutions
- Matching financial and/or in-kind support from the local community
- Significant volunteer participation
- Reasonable plans to complete the project within 18 months or less
Funds will be available for:
- Planning (up to $5,000) - These funds may support costs like: consultant or staff time, meeting costs, mailings, secretarial support, refreshments, local travel, childcare, etc.
- Note - this stage is optional and not a required phase prior to applying for or receiving an implementation grant. If an organization receives a planning grant from the Musser Fund, this in no way implies a commitment on the part of the Musser Fund to provide the organization with any subsequent implementation grant.
- But organizations that receive a planning grant may apply for subsequent implementation support after their planning activities are completed.
- Implementation (Up to $25,000) - These funds are available to implement community based rural projects that originate in, have been planned by, and involve diverse people from the local community.
- Capital campaigns will not be supported.
- The projects should result in a tangible outcome within at least the first 18 months.
- Projects will be eligible for either planning or implementation funds during any one grant period.
What the Program will Cover:
- New programs or projects within their first three years
- A planning, and/or implementation phase
The Walt Disney Company
The Disney Conservation Fund, founded in 1995, is a key pillar in Disney’s efforts to protect the planet and help kids develop lifelong conservation values. The fund supports the study of wildlife; the protection of habitats; the development of community conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems; and experiences that connect kids to nature across the globe.
The wellbeing of people is deeply connected to the health of the planet. That’s why the Disney Conservation Fund grants support projects with a holistic approach to conservation – blending both scientific research and community engagement to protect wildlife and their habitats.
The Disney Conservation Fund gives priority consideration to holistic programs addressing a significant conservation need (or projects that are part of a program) which reflect:
- Education and community engagement, including measuring results
- Sustainable development programs directly connected to protecting species and habitat
- Scientific field studies on species and habitats
The Disney Conservation Fund supports programs and projects around the world, with programs in 115 different countries receiving support thus far.
The fund also seeks to support projects taking place in areas where Disney has a significant business focus, including the regions and priority areas below:
- Africa: Egypt, South Africa
- Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Vietnam
- Central/South America: Antigua, Argentina, Bahamas (Castaway Cay, Nassau), Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Galapagos Islands, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
- Europe/Middle East/Australia: Albania, Austria, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
- Marine: Australia, China, Indo-Pacific, U.S. Pacific (Alaska, California, Hawaii), Western Atlantic (Antigua, Bahamas (Castaway Cay, Nassau), Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Eastern Gulf of Mexico (especially in/near Florida), Grenada, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas); will also consider marine projects occurring near other priority areas listed
- any projects focused on fully aquatic species (freshwater or marine) will be considered by this committee
- North America:
- USA: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Washington; Mexico;
- Canada: Alberta, British Columbia (Vancouver), New Brunswick, Nova Scotia
We will also consider support for projects focused on species/habitats featured at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot.
If you are interested in applying for conservation funding but your project takes place outside of the above priority areas, please contact the DCF team to share the country where your project takes place and the species you are focused on to see if it may be considered.