Donley Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Donley Foundation supports early childhood education programs that benefit underserved and disadvantaged children.

IP TAKE: This funder limits its grantmaking to the following geographic locations: the Allentown-Bethlehem area of the Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania; the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire; Greater York County, Pennsylvania; and the townships of Western Cook County, Illinois and their adjoining neighborhoods on Chicago’s west side.

PROFILE: Edward and Inez Donley created the Donley Foundation in 1987 to “[p]romote self-sufficiency and achievement of disadvantaged children, individuals, and families through the support of education, literacy and other means.” The foundation does not have express grantmaking programs; however, it is interested in supporting organizations offering “[e]ducational skills and resources,” for underserved populations such as libraries, early childhood education programs, adult literacy programs, teacher training, and tutoring, mentoring, and after-school programs for disadvantaged children.

Donley grants range in amount from $5,000 to $25,000. Past early childhood education grantees include the Pennsylvania Partnership for Children, which received support for its Pre-K program; and the Chicago Literacy Initiative, which received a grant for its Chicago Early Literacy Project. To learn more about the types of organizations Donley supports, download its recent grants list.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year with deadlines falling on March 15 and September 15.

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