Paul M. Angell Family Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation supports conservation, performing arts and social causes, prioritizing the greater Chicago area. Early childhood education is a specific interest of its social causes program.

IP TAKE: The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation supports early childhood education programs though its social causes program. This funder accepts letters of inquiry via its online application portal and runs fall and spring funding cycles.

PROFILE: Established in 2011, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation honors the memory of its namesake, Paul Angell, the founder of the Newly Weds Foods company and an early manufacturer of the ice cream cake roll. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the foundation seeks to “advance society through the performing arts, conservation of the world’s oceans and alleviation of poverty.”  Angell supports programs in conservation, the performing arts, and social causes.

Angell’s social causes initiative supports "efforts to address the root causes of poverty and inequality, particularly in urban areas," and the foundation names early childhood education as a specific area of interest for this program. Grantees in the area of early childhood education include the Children's Place Association of Chicago, which provides center-based and at-home educational services to Chicago's most vulnerable children, and the Children's Museum of Northwest Arkansas, also known as the Amazeum, which runs in-house and traveling educational programs for children.

Paul M. Angell Family foundation grants range between $15,000 and $300,000, with an average grant amount of about $60,000. Its grantees range from large, national organizations to small, community-based efforts. While this foundation prioritizes the greater Chicago area, organizations operating elsewhere in the U.S. have received funding for general operations, specific projects and educational programs. A database of past grants is available on the foundation's website.  

This funder accepts letters of inquiry through its online application portal for its spring and fall funding cycles. Guidelines and due dates are posted on the foundation's web site.


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