• November 2003
  • Vol. 4, No. 9

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Grants Available for Family Support

Editor's Note: A spokesperson for the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation clarifies that while Family Support is listed as a foundation priority, more emphasis is placed on other funding areas. In addition, though it was correctly reported that letters of inquiry should be submitted by December 1, full proposals will be accepted only from invited applicants, based upon evaluation of the letter of inquiry. The foundation does not fund locally focused direct service projects.

The A.L. Mailman Family Foundation funds projects of national or regional significance in the early childhood field. Family support is one of the foundation's three priority areas. Letters of inquiry should be submitted by December 1, and full proposals by January 15, for consideration in the spring.

The foundation looks for projects that could, over time, lead to a significant improvement in many children's life experiences or life chances. They look for strategic impact in proposals from organizations engaged in research, policy analysis, or advocacy.

Current priorities in the area of family support include:

  • Professional organizations, inclusive leadership development, and training for family support workers.
  • Adaptable and sustainable models for family-friendly service integration, parent leadership development, and community building.
  • Curriculum reform, partnerships among child development and health care professionals, consultant networks, and other capacity-building strategies that bring family support beliefs and best practices into the mainstream of child-serving professions.

The foundation supports U.S. organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. National organizations (beyond one State or region) are eligible, as are nationally focused projects such as research studies. Locally focused direct service projects are not eligible. The average grant is $25,000 for 1 year.

For more information about the foundation, visit the website at www.mailman.org.

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