Fanny Landwirth Foundation: Southeast (Florida & North Carolina) Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder supports basic needs services in Northeastern Florida and Western North Carolina, including food, shelter, clothing and education for the underserved.

FUNDING AREAS: Food, shelter, clothing and education for underserved children and families

IP TAKE: This is a great basic needs funder to know in the Southeast. Any type of support you need is fair game to request. Just try to incorporate local children’s needs into your idea.

PROFILE: Henri Landwirth established the Fanny Landwirth Foundation in 1982 and named it after his mother. His original intention was to “help ensure that the pain and agony of the innocent victims of the Holocaust is never forgotten.” He and his family were prisoners in the Nazi death camps during World War II, and although neither of his parents survived, he and his sister did and were later reunited. He arrived in New York City on a freight ship with $20 in his pocket, and ultimately made his fortune in the hotel industry over a 50-year career.

Henri Landwirth is best known for creating the Give Kids the World Village, which has been giving low-cost experiences to kids with life-threatening illnesses since 1989. He also established a nonprofit called Dignity U Wear in 2000 to provide brand new clothing for children, veterans, and women and girls in need.

In addition to these philanthropic endeavors, the Fanny Landwirth Foundation awards grants to nonprofits that provide basic needs services. This includes food, shelter, clothing, and education for underserved children and families.

Although the foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, it does welcome grant requests two times per year, in the spring and fall. It’s geographic areas of focus are Northeastern Florida and Western North Carolina. This funder provides pretty much every type of support you can think of, including general operations, specific programs, capacity building, strategic planning, program development and matching grants.

Most Landwirth grants are between $5,000 and $10,000, and requests are typically considered in April and September. You can see a list of past grantees, where they’re located, and how much they received on the foundation’s recent grants page. Many grants have been awarded to groups in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Orlando, Florida, as well as Asheville, North Carolina.

Interested grantseekers should first reach out to the foundation staff via email at before submitting anything for an inquiry. You can expect a reply back within about a month. If you’re invited to submit a full grant application, you can email that in as well. The materials and information needed to apply are itemized on the application process page.

You can also reach the staff, which is based in Ponte Vedra, Florida, by phone at (904) 860-4409. The board of trustees consists of Landwirth family members and has a president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary.


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