Do you have a favorite children’s charity? Cultural Care Kids First Foundation is excited to announce our new grant program, Fund Their Future, that allows members of the Cultural Care community to request funds for children in need around the world. By providing grants to your recommended organizations, Kids First hopes to reach more children, more Cultural Care community members, and more corners of the world in fulfilling our mission of making a difference in the lives of children.
Grant applications for Fund Their Future Awards are accepted year-round and reviewed on a quarterly basis. To be eligible for a Kids First Fund Their Future Award, the benefiting organization should provide assistance for a group of children, be a human services charity providing direct services to children in need and, preferably, operate in a country where Cultural Care Au Pair or our parent company, EF Education, has an office. The donation should be used for a specific project and make a long-term difference in the lives of the children
If you are interested in applying for a Fund Their Future grant for a children’s organization, simply complete the grant application. All applications are reviewed and granted based on funding. As part of the application process, we ask applicants to provide a plan for follow up with the organization to confirm how the funds were used and to consider holding a Kids First fundraising event within the year to help fund their grant or to “pay it forward” for other grants to be awarded in the future.
Here are a few examples of applications for potential Fund Their Future grants:
• A local childcare consultant (LCC) in Philadelphia who brings her au pairs to volunteer at Cradles to Crayons (a program that provides books and school supplies to homeless and low-income children) each year requests $700 for backpacks for school children.
• A host family who has adopted a child from China requests $300 for educational toys for the Chinese orphanage they will visit when they go to pick up their second child.
• A staff member in Boston requests $750 to provide three UNICEF “School in a Box” kits for girls in Somalia. The kit contains everything 40 children need to have a functioning school under any circumstance.
• A nine year old girl in California meets a child who was adopted and decides she wants to do something to help orphans. She and her au pair do some research and request $400 for art supplies for an orphanage in Estonia, the au pair’s home country.
• An au pair in Illinois who has become involved with a non-profit foundation to benefit children through her church requests $500 for a special outing for underprivileged inner city children.
Learn more about the grant program on our Cultural Care Kid First Foundation website. We look forward to hearing from you and helping more children in need around the world.