Fordham Street Foundation Grant

Fordham Street Foundation

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Deadline: Jan 15, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $195,000

Fields of work: Youth Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Preferred: New York, Washington Other eligible locations: United States

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About this funder:



About Us

Judy Bigelow, founder of the Fordham Street Foundation, grew up on Fordham Street in Pocatello, Idaho, and experienced the economic security, educational enrichment and family support that helped build a successful life. The Foundation seeks to secure a better future for our least advantaged children by making the opportunities recalled on “Fordham Street” a reality for all.

To that end, we provide grants to support programs and organizations that use innovative teaching strategies and experiences to improve learning and provide a foundation of core competencies and critical life skills that will help today’s youth realize their full potential.

Our Vision

The Fordham Street Foundation acts with compassion and creativity to promote excellent educational opportunities for our least advantaged children.

Our Mission

The Fordham Street Foundation supports programs and strategies to improve public education and reduce racial and socio-economic disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes.

Our Approach

To maximize the positive change our funding resources can bring to community life, we have developed these core operating principles:

Interdependence – we build relationships to provide opportunities for sustained and mutually beneficial learning.

Engagement – in working with grantees, we use a client-centered approach to provide positive support for funded opportunities.

Innovation – while we plan carefully, we remain open to as yet unknown, but potentially important, opportunities.

Leverage – we work collaboratively to make the best use of our monetary and volunteer resources.

Meaning – We identify and work with grantees to achieve measurable gains in areas of greatest need.

Areas of Focus

The Fordham Street Foundation seeks opportunities to promote the rights of all children to thrive, grow and be enriched. The Foundation will support innovative programs that:

  • Help children of color succeed in school, improve public education, and reduce racial and socio-economic disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes;
  • Improve the academic or physical environment in schools least able to address these needs;
  • Enrich the lives of homeless children;
  • Prevent domestic violence.

Currently, the Foundation is limiting its review and funding to grant proposals seeking funding to help children of color succeed in school, improve public education, and reduce racial and socio-economic disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes.

The Foundation will focus its efforts on human or direct services in these areas together with education, training and resource development, and advocacy and policy work. 

The Foundation will actively pursue opportunities to leverage resources. This leverage may be gained by:

  • seeking out organizations that have done well leveraging their resources;
  • encouraging potential grantees to identify multiple funding sources in their requests; and
  • promoting interaction between the Foundation and its grantees and among grantees.

Types of Grants

Sustaining Grants

Each year Fordham Street Foundation will award two Sustaining Grants of up to $65,000 per year for up to three years. These grants are intended to provide unrestricted support to build grantee capacity, encourage innovation and sustain program quality over the 3-year term.

Please contact [email protected] for information about how to apply for a sustaining grant.

Program Grants

Fordham Street Foundation will award single-year grants of up to $20,000 to support programs helping children of color succeed in school.

Current and former grantees that are eligible to apply to apply for a program grant (i.e. those that have been funded less than four of the last five years) may elect to apply for either a program grant or a sustaining grant, but may not apply for both types of grant in the same year.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Nonprofit charitable organizations that are exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Revenue Code can apply for grant.
  • Current and former grantees only are eligible to apply for Sustaining Grants specified under Overview.
  • Applicants that have not previously been funded by Fordham Street Foundation may only apply for Program Grants specified under Overview.
  • Organizations funded in the previous fiscal year may re-apply in January even though their program year is not complete and only an interim report has been filed.
    • Due to our board meeting schedule and review process, we need to receive applications in January in order to make grant decisions in April.
  • We would prefer to receive only one grant proposal from an organization.


  • Most of our grants are made in Washington State and New York and we give preference to applicants from these areas.
    • However, we do accept and review applications from organizations located throughout the United States.


  • Requests for endowment or capital support are unlikely to be funded.
  • Current and former grantees that have been funded in four of the last five years are not eligible to apply for Program Grants specified under Overview.
  • The Foundation does not fund individual scholarships or international grants.