W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Program Funding Area: 
Youth Development
Human Services
Health Care
Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy, Social Justice
Community Improvement & Capacity Building
Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Food, Agriculture, Nutrition
Housing, Shelter
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Populations Served: 
Low Income
Men & Boys
Children & Youth
Native American
Women & Girls
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Mission/Giving Statement: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.

Grantmaking Program Areas:  Education & Learning; Family Economic Security; Food, Health & Well-Being; Community & Civic Engagement; Racial Equity

Grantmaking Program Area Descriptions:

Education & Learning: To ensure that all children get the development and education they need as a foundation for independence and success, WKKF Foundation seeks opportunities to invest in early child development (prenatal to age eight), leading to reading proficiency by third grade, high school graduation, and pathways to meaningful employment.

Family Economic Security: The primary needs of the family must be addressed to create pathways out of poverty for children.  WKKF supports programs that increase family stability, foster quality jobs, careers and entrepreneurship, and promote secondary achievement and financial independence.  WKKF supports strategies that increase income, assets, and aspirations of vulnerable children and their families and reduce disparities based on class, gender and race. 

Food, Health & Well-Being: Children need nutrition, stimulations, healthy living conditions and access to quality health care.  WKKF is helping many of them get all four, by funding organizations that improve birth outcomes and first food experiences, create access to healthy foods, improve health services, and educate families and communities about the inter-related factors that determine well-being.  WKKF especially focuses on children who are disadvantaged by multiple societal factors, a disproportionate percentage of whom are children of color.  The Foundation supports innovative, place-based efforts to address the social determinants of health (SDoH) through local leadership, policy and advocacy. 

Community & Civic Engagement: WKKF believes that people have the inherent capacity to solve their own problems and that social transformation is within the reach of all communities.  WKKF partners with those committed to inclusion, impact, and innovation in solving public problems.  WKKF seeks engagement through dialogue, leadership development, collaboration, and new models of organizing.  WKKF amplifies voices, and supports the civic and philanthropic infrastructures that help propel vulnerable children and communities forward.  By partnering with diverse communities, WKKF supports new solutions tailored to meet the needs of children and families who are most vulnerable.

Racial Equity:  WKKF believes that all children should have equal access to opportunity.  To make this vision a reality, WKKF directs its grants and resources to support racial healing and to remove systemic barriers that hold some children back.  WKKF invests in community and national organizations whose innovative and effective programs foster racial healing.  And through action-oriented research and public policy work, WKKF is helping translate insights into new strategies and sustainable solutions.

Type of Funding/Funding Restrictions: WKKF intentionally places vulnerable children and their families at the center of everything it does and it wants the organizations and policies it supports to surround them with integrated programs that address the comprehensive needs of children, their families and communities.

In general, WKKF does not provide funding for operational phases of established programs, capital requests, equipment, conferences and workshops, films, television and/or radio programs, endowments, development campaigns, or research/studies unless they are an integral part of a larger program budget being considered for funding.

Application Instructions: WKKF's website provides information regarding their various program's framework.  If you believe your idea fits within this framework, please use their online application, which is how all requests for funding must be submitted.  WKKF does not have any submission deadlines.  Grant applications are accepted throughout the year and are reveiwed at its headquarters.

WKKF preferred method for grant submissions is the its online application at www.wkkf.org/ApplyOnline. Grant applicants who are not able to apply electronically may submit their grant request via regular mail. For additional information and instructions in sending a grant submission via regular mail, please call the Central Proposal Processing Office at (269) 968-1611 during the WKKF's regular business hours. WKKF will give prompt consideration to all pre-proposal submissions. The initial review may take up to three months to complete. If the proposed project falls within WKKF's priorities and available resources, applicants may be asked to develop a more detailed proposal. Letters not submitted online should be directed to the Supervisor of Proposal Processing at the address provided below. 

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Full Proposal
Street Address: 
One Michigan Avenue East
Battle Creek
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Email Address: 
(269) 968-1611
(269) 968-0413
Primary Contact Name: 
Dessie Caulk
Job Title: 
Program Manager
Primary Contact Email: 
Primary Contact Phone: 
(269) 969-2295
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Last Updated Date: 
Monday, June 24, 2013 - 11:41am
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