Francis R. Dewing Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Francis Dewing Foundation supports innovative educational programs aimed at children between the ages of two and twelve.

IP TAKE: This funder has supported several small, community-based organizations providing innovative educational programs in the areas of science, literacy and the arts. The FRD Foundation runs two annual funding cycles and accepts proposals by mail.

PROFILE: Frances Hall Rousemaniere Dewing, who earned a Ph.D. from Radcliffe in 1906, created her foundation in 1963 to “provide seed money for the intellectual stimulation of young children.” Based in Townsend, Washington, the foundation supports innovative educational programs for children between the ages of two and twelve.

The FRD Foundation supports hands-on and experiential early childhood education projects. One grantee, Extras for Creative Learning of Dorchester, Massachusetts, used funding to create projects and activities that facilitate kindergarten readiness through the use of reusable materials. Another grant recipient, the Nature Museum of Grafton, Vermont, supplied preschool teachers with nature kits for hands on learning units.

FRD grants range from $1,000 to $20,000 with an average grant size of $5,000. The FRD Foundation does not award grants to support capital campaigns, operating expenses or general funds. Submission deadlines for the foundation's two funding cycles are April 1 and October 1 of each year. Profiles of previous grant recipients and proposal guidelines are available at the organization's website.

FRD accepts proposals by mail and requests six copies of project descriptions for consideration. 


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Past Grantees