Each week, Neighborhood Networks provides potential funding sources
to help centers develop and improve programs and services. Featured
this week is the John
Lee Hooker Foundation.
Areas: The foundation focuses its grantmaking on community-based,
grassroots organizations that work with children and youth, especially
those at risk and disadvantaged due to poor health, illiteracy,
or insufficient educational and cultural opportunities. JLHF focuses
on helping children and youth live:
||Healthy lives through education and prevention.
||Literate lives through learning. |
||Culturally enriched lives through arts education.
programs that serve underrepresented and underprivileged children
and youth take precedence.
Area: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest,
and West. (Note: The foundation funds on a national basis, but does
place some emphasis on the San Francisco Bay area.)
The foundation awards grants in the United States only to nonprofit
organizations with Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
foundation does not award grants for capital campaigns; scholarships;
individual trips or tours; video, music, television, or film productions;
fundraising; or sporting events.
Amount: Award amounts range from $2,500 to $5,000.
Process: The first step in the application process is to call
the foundation office for a telephone screening of your grant project
at (209) 835-7949 or e-mail
a one-page summary of the project to the foundation.
the following information in the summary:
||Brief project description including geographic
||Project traits and features that make it unique.
||Overall operating budget (bottom line) from parent
||Project budget. |
||Photos/video/CD, if available. |
||Contact person and phone number. |
the foundation is interested in pursuing and evaluating the project
more thoroughly, it will request additional information and a full
application. A site visit or meeting may be scheduled.
a one-year project will require a report at the end of the grant
or in connection with a final installment payment. The foundation
also reserves the right to conduct its own evaluation of any project
supported by foundation funds. Photographs with releases for the
foundation's use in Web site, video, and other media are also part
of the final report.
Deadlines: Ongoing. The board of directors meets three times
a year to review final candidates for each funding cycle. The board
will select proposals for funding that most effectively address
the foundation's mission and issues to which the board has given
For more information about the John Lee Hooker Foundation, contact:
Lee Hooker Foundation
P.O. Box 29023
Oakland, CA 94604