Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Grant Declination: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation turned down our grant proposal on behalf of BDPA Middle Tennessee chapter. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation considers opportunities to learn from innovation, to help catalyze work in other places in the US, and to also bring that learning back to the places where they are geographically-focused on moving that indicator needle on behalf of children.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation will invest throughout the country, but with the priority on Michigan, Mississippi and New Mexico. Our grant proposal was a long-shot because it came from Tennessee. W.K. Kellogg Foundation wrote:

Dear Mr. Hicks:

We received your request for funding and want to thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

Within our mission to "propel vulnerable children to achieve success", the Kellogg Foundation provides funding to programs that fit within specific areas of focus: Family Income and Assets; Community Assets; Education and Learning; Food, Health and Wellbeing; and Civic and Philanthropic Engagement and /or the essential approaches of Racial Equity; Place; Leadership; Policy; and Success by Third Grade. We also provide additional programming in our hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Unfortunately, we cannot encourage you to continue with the proposal process at this time, as our program staff have given your request a thorough review and determined that it does not fall within our realigned program priorities.

Again, we commend you in pursuing your idea and wish you much success in attaining your goal.

Deborah A. Rey
Supervisor, Proposals Processing
Office of the President

We will continue to seek funding for the SITES program in Nashville TN as well as the ones we see in the other 50 BDPA chapters around the nation. You could turn our frown upside down by choosing this moment to make a secure online donation to us!

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