Welcome to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) online grant application, and thank you for considering us as a prospective partner in your work!
Please note: We are upgrading our grantmaking system and application to better serve you and your communities. As a result, we will not be able to accept applications for funding from Jan. 23 through Mar. 14, 2021. Please visit our site again on or after Mar. 15 to set up an account in our new grants portal and apply for funding.
To apply for funding at that time your first step will be to create an account in our new portal. The second step will be to prepare a Letter of Inquiry, which consists of a 1500-character description of your project. If you’d like to prepare your Letter of Inquiry during our system transition, here are a few questions to consider:
- What problem are you trying to address with this idea?
- What are the objectives or outcomes you aim to achieve?
- What interventions or strategies are you considering?
- Who are your partners?
- How does your project take into consideration our commitment to racial equity and racial healing, leadership development and/or community engagement–what we refer to as our DNA?
Before you begin, please take a minute to review a few of the most commonly asked questions about our grantmaking:
What types of projects does WKKF fund?
We are always looking to support new and innovative ideas and efforts that help ensure all children, families and communities – regardless of race or income – have opportunities to reach their full potential. WKKF wants all children to live a full life with high-quality early childhood experiences, in a home with families that have good jobs, and in a community where they are nurtured. Embedded in all that we do is a commitment to advancing racial equity, to developing leaders and to engaging communities in solving their own problems.
While not a definitive list, we typically do not fund unsolicited requests for the following:
- Capital requests (e.g., the purchase or renovation of buildings, vehicles or technology)
- Direct services (e.g., classroom supplies, library books, child care programs)
- Continuation of established programs (e.g., shelters, food pantries, afterschool programs)
- Endowments (e.g., establishing an investment fund or a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding)
- Events (e.g., fundraisers, conferences, workshops)
- Individual assistance (e.g., tuition, financial support, emergency aid)
Please note, our online application is only designed for project or program support. If your organization is seeking a general operating support grant, you should contact our Concierge Desk via email, toll free (888) 606-5905 (US only), or +1 (269) 969-2329 (international cost may apply) to discuss further.
Where does WKKF fund?
WKKF provides grant support in the United States, Haiti, Mexico, as well as to sovereign tribes. In the United States, we provide funding to all 50 states, and we have selected Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans as priorities for our place-based programming. In Mexico, our place-based programming focuses on the Highlands of Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula. In Haiti, we concentrate our programming in the Central and Southern corridors.
Should I apply?
Before you apply, we encourage you to review the information outlined in the “What We Do” section of our website to see if your project aligns with our programming strategies. If you still have questions about whether or not your project might be considered for funding, please contact our Concierge Desk via email, toll free (888) 606-5905 (US only), or +1 (269) 969-2329 (international cost may apply).
To be eligible for grant support, your organization or institution, as well as the purpose of the proposed project, must qualify under regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service. As a result, we are not able to provide funding directly to individuals.
What should I expect?
As you might expect, we receive more requests each year than we are able to fund. Unfortunately, this means we are unable to provide funding for the vast majority of applications we receive.
Your letter of inquiry will offer the opportunity to provide detailed information about your idea for funding consideration. We ask questions designed to help us better understand your project goals and objectives, as well as alignment to our racial equity principles and practices. After you submit a letter of inquiry, you will receive a timely response informing you of next steps. We commit to responding within 30 business days.