The David and Lucile Packard Foundation focuses on “improving the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health, and conserving and restoring the earth’s natural systems.” Since 1964 the Foundation has helped programs and people across the nation through four program areas:
- Conservation and Science
- Population and Reproductive Health
- Children, Families and Community
- Local Grant-making
One of the programs, the Children, Families and Community Program awards grants to organizations that support the following three causes:
- Early Learning Provides support to adults caring for children through investing in training for caregivers and educators and providing resources to parents and families.
- Children’s Health: Funds state-based child advocacy programs, national organizations and, at times, local organizations that demonstrate best practices in improving child and parent health outcomes.
- After-school and Summer Enrichment:Supports high-quality after-school and summer enrichment programs.
It is the goal of the Children, Families and Community Program to improve outcomes for children across the United States and ensure that every child gets a strong start in life.
Organizations eligible to apply for grants supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation vary but must meet one of the three cause areas. Applications are accepted at different time periods throughout the year. Visit their grants database to get an idea of previous recipients who have been funded. Available grants range from $15,000-$200,000+ in award amounts.