Program Development Grants

Non Profit Program Development Grants are restricted to specific projects and specified activities. They are used to support the development of new, expanded or enhanced programs that directly align with the mission of an organization. Non Profit Program Development Grants provide income to help an organization carry out its goals, but they require specific activities directly aligned with program development.

Many foundations respond favorably to requests for Non Profit Program Development grants because there is visible evidence of results. The ability to evaluate specific programs and outcomes as a result of their grants is a priority of most funders. In times of tight money, organizations often need program development grants for survival. Fortunately, there are many foundations willing to provide Non Profit Program Development grants.

The Foundation Directory Online provides access to a vast database of private and corporate foundations for as little as $19.95 per month at http://fdncenter.org. Enter your state into the geographic focus search field to retrieve all U.S. foundations that make grants in your state or enter “Program Development ” in the types of funding field to retrieve all U.S. foundations that give Non Profit Program Development grants. According to a recent search on The Foundation Directory Online, there are 4,216 foundations in the United States that award grants for program development. The top five are listed below along with their respective total giving:

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $1,182,791,982
  • Bristol-Myers-Squibb Company Contributions $ 630,344,523
  • Lilly Endowment, Inc. $ 462,336,723
  • The Ford Foundation $ 431,643,480
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $ 390,841,514

Non Profit Program Development Grants are awarded in every state, but some states have far more foundations than others. For example there are only 110 foundations that give program development grants in Indiana, but 389 foundations giving such grants in Pennsylvania. If seeking Non Profit Program Development grants for Indiana, it is helpful to search also for foundations at provide grants nationally.

As a participant in one of the U.S.G.G. Grant Writing Workshops, you will receive a list of foundations in your state that give Non Profit Program Development grants, as well as foundations that give these grants nationally. For example, a recent search for a participant in our Pittsburgh workshop, produced a list of over 940 foundations interested in funding program development grants in Pennsylvania or nationally. In addition to the above foundations, the following foundations give non profit program development grants in Pennsylvania and nationally:

  • GlaxoSmithKline Holdings $365,486,066
  • Packard Foundation $277,891,647
  • Pew Charitable Trust $265,438,000
  • Annenberg Foundation $213,209,951
  •  McArthur Foundation $195,114,644
  • Kellogg Foundation $195,007,421
  • Mellon Foundation $179,159,076

For more information on Non Profit Program Development grants or U.S.G.G. Grant Writing Workshops call 1-866-843-3493 or e-mail info@us-government-grants.net.

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