The mission of the Ray Charles Foundation is to provide grants for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes; to encourage and educate people about the causes and cures for diseases and hearing impaired disabilities; and to assist organizations and institutions in the advancement of their social, educational, and academic programs for youth.
Specific program categories include education, hearing disorders, and culture and the arts. Priority is given to requests for programs that enhance the educational services for underserved and disadvantaged youth at varying academic levels. This may include after-school programs, college access or preparatory programs, and reading or writing programs. Priority is also given to requests for programs and institutions that provide research or services for the visually impaired and hearing impaired, especially in underserved and disadvantaged neighborhoods, as well as programs that include access to community cultural institutions that promote after-school art programs of varying sorts for disadvantaged and underserved youth.
Three types of grants are awarded: capital, program, and core support. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations that have been in existence for a minimum of three years and address issues and deliver services in the United States. Applications must be submitted by postal mail.
Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award: Awards vary.
Deadline: Applications are accepted May 1 through September 30, annually.
More Information: http://www.theraycharlesfoundation.org/RCF_GrantQualifications.html