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, founded the Frances Dewing 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 early childhood education broadly, prioritizing “new, untried or unusual educational organizations or institutions which endeavor to introduce new educational methods.” The foundation does not support programs for parents or teachers. One grantee, the Center for Crafts of Worcester, Massachusetts, brings professional artisans into public schools for curriculum-based projects.

FRD grants range from $1,000 to $20,000 with an average grant size of $5,000. The foundation makes between 20 and 30 grants each year, with most grants targeting specific, identifiable needs rather than general operational support. 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