WKKF Grant

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $4,200,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Counties in Louisiana: Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Washington Parish Other eligible locations: Haiti, Mexico, United States

Location of residency: Haiti, Mexico, United States

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WKKF wants all children to live a full life with high-quality, early childhood experiences, to grow up in homes with families that have stable, high-quality jobs, and to live in a community where they are nurtured. Our grantmaking supports thriving children, working families and equitable communities. And we continuously learn from our investments and recognize innovation as a catalyst for success.

Thriving Children

We support a healthy start and quality early learning experiences for all children.

At WKKF, we want all children to have the best start possible, from the prenatal months to their 8th birthdays. Research shows that investments in children’s earliest years help prepare them for success in school, work and life.

A Healthy Start

To ensure a healthy start for all children, we are investing in expanding breastfeeding, or “first food” supports for mothers and families in communities, hospitals and workplaces with a goal to increase the rates of exclusive breastfeeding for a baby’s first six months. We are also increasing access to healthy food in early child care settings, schools and communities; expanding access to quality oral health care with dental therapists; and advancing equity in health policy. In the foundation’s micro-regions in Mexico and in Haiti, we are working to increase access to quality maternal and infant health care and improving nutrition for children and families.

Quality Early Learning

Children’s brains are 90 percent developed by age 5. That’s why we are working to improve quality early childhood education in licensed and informal child care settings, preschool and pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten through third grade in the United States. We are also helping ensure that racial equity is part of public policies and practices that impact early childhood education and that families are able to be engaged in schools with a shared responsibility for their children’s education. This work also includes increasing culturally-relevant and native language curricula in classrooms. In Mexico and Haiti, we are helping create effective learning environments for children with a focus on increasing access to quality kindergarten through sixth grade education.

Working Families

We invest in efforts to help families obtain stable, high-quality jobs.

Children are more likely to do well in school and life when their families are economically secure. This means that family members can find, apply for and obtain stable, high-quality jobs that pay living wages. In turn, families can save money and plan for the future, which adds up to greater opportunities for children.

Job Training, Access, and Placement

Families work hard to support their children. In the United States, we are investing in effective job training programs, particularly in communities of color, that help low-income adults prepare for and get quality, high-demand jobs, so they can earn family-sustaining wages. This helps families get on the ladder to economic success and social mobility. This work also requires working with employers to ensure there are job opportunities available for people to contribute their talents and skills. At the same time, supporting entrepreneurship is essential. An added benefit of both is a boost to local economies.

In Mexico and Haiti, we help create income-generating opportunities for families, particularly in rural communities where conventional jobs are scarce and families must rely on the local economy. Our emphasis is on helping create sustainable agriculture and food systems, and supporting local small businesses and markets for traditional arts, crafts and other goods.

Equitable Communities

We want all communities to be vibrant, engaged and equitable.

At WKKF we see advancing racial healing and racial equity, developing community leaders, and authentically engaging people in solving their own local challenges as fundamental to our mission and ensuring all children have opportunities to thrive.

Racial Healing and Racial Equality

For decades, there have been social, economic and public policies and practices that – intentionally and unintentionally – limit opportunities for children and families of color in the United States. People experience the effects of these – positively or negatively – when they take their children to school, apply for jobs, visit a doctor, try to rent or buy a home, shop for food, interact with the police and more. Now more than ever, we must act, in big and small ways, to address structural inequities and help people heal from the effects of racism.

At WKKF, we are leveraging pioneering research on topics like implicit and unconscious bias; supporting a national network of civil rights organizations in working together on behalf of children; and helping change narratives in entertainment, the media, school curriculums and other places that shape people’s perceptions and behaviors toward one another.

We are also expanding our community-based racial healing efforts, which are essential to building bridges of commonality and creating unity. As a complement to our racial healing and racial equity investments, WKKF launched the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise in 2016. It is a community-by-community endeavor to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism and bring about transformational, sustainable change. This effort was designed by more than 130 partners in 2016, and implementation in communities begins in 2017.

Increasing awareness of the structural inequalities and social ideologies that have a negative impact on a child’s development is also a vital component of our work in Mexico and Haiti. There we are working to address the historical and contemporary effects of the legacies of slavery, colonialism, racism and forced assimilation that inhibit children’s well-being. Similarly, open dialogue about race and racism is taboo, and we seek to support innovative solutions to address racial and ethnic inequities and build a public agenda that promotes equity.

Leadership Development

To champion equity for children, families and communities, we need compassionate and capable leaders in and from our communities. These leaders must understand how to navigate differences and facilitate conversations that bring people together toward solutions. WKKF supports the development of leaders among our grantee organizations in the United States, Haiti and Mexico, as well as through our WKKF Community Leadership Network (WKKF CLN). This program builds on WKKF’s leadership development programs spanning eight decades. Class One of the three-year WKKF CLN fellowship launched in 2014, has 120 fellows throughout the United States with cohorts in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Orleans and a national cohort of Racial Equity and Healing fellows.

Community Engagement

Working alongside local communities is central to our work because we believe that change happens best locally. Like our founder Will Keith Kellogg, we believe in people – and that they are the best source of ideas, wisdom and solutions to create real change for children. That’s why we are investing in authentic community engagement efforts in the United States, Mexico and Haiti that bring people of different backgrounds together so they can listen and learn from each other, prioritize what’s important and create a shared vision and plans for action.

Embedded within all that we do is our commitment to racial equity, to developing leaders and to engaging communities in solving their own problems. This is all part of our DNA as the Kellogg Foundation.

WKKF Grant

We are always looking to support new and innovative ideas and efforts that help ensure all children, families and communities – regardless of race or income – have opportunities to reach their full potential. WKKF wants all children to live a full life with high-quality early childhood experiences, in a home with families that have good jobs, and in a community where they are nurtured. Embedded in all that we do is a commitment to advancing racial equity, to developing leaders and to engaging communities in solving their own problems.

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  • WKKF provides grant support in the United States, Haiti, Mexico, as well as to sovereign tribes.
    • In the United States, we provide funding to all 50 states,  and we have selected Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans as priorities for our place-based programming. 
    • In Mexico, our place-based programming focuses on the Highlands of Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula.
    • In Haiti, we concentrate our programming in the Central and Southern corridors.
  • To be eligible for grant support, your organization or institution, as well as the purpose of the proposed project, must qualify under regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service.
    • You must be a legal entity (e.g. nonprofit organization, public or governmental entity, for-profit corporation doing charitable work, etc.)
    • The requesting entity must be a 501(c)(3) organization, such as a church, school, hospital, governmental unit, or publicly supported organization.


  • We also concentrate up to two-thirds of our grantmaking in what we call priority places:
    • Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans, Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, and in Central and South Haiti. 


  • We are not able to provide funding directly to individuals.
  • While not a definitive list, we typically do not fund unsolicited requests for the following:
    • Capital requests (e.g., the purchase or renovation of buildings, vehicles or technology)
    • Direct services (e.g., classroom supplies, library books, child care programs)
    • Continuation of established programs (e.g., shelters, food pantries, afterschool programs)
    • Endowments (e.g., establishing an investment fund or a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding)
    • Events (e.g., fundraisers, conferences, workshops)
    • Individual assistance (e.g., tuition, financial support, emergency aid)