The Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Connecticut-based family travel business, focuses its grantmaking on youth and community giving with some discretionary funds being used to match charitable donations of Tauck family members. Youth grants fund organizations and programs that provide high-quality experiential learning opportunities to youth during out-of-school-time hours and/or during the summer. Priority is given to programs that are intentionally designed to develop understanding and knowledge, social and life skills, and leadership potential through “hands-on” or interactive experiences. A portion of the funds is earmarked for two areas: nutrition, health, and fitness; and environmental education and awareness. Funding preference is given to programs that serve economically disadvantaged or underserved youth and that target children ages 11 to 18. Grants are available for program, capital, and organizational needs. Organizations in Connecticut’s Fairfield and New Haven counties; Monroe County, NY; and King and Kitsap counties in Washington are eligible to apply for youth grants. Community grants are available to community organizations primarily in southwestern Connecticut. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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