Sunday, May 25, 2008

Mattel Announces Continuation of Grant Program to Benefit Children

Deadline for Applications: July 15, 2008

Mattel and the Mattel Children's Foundation have announced they will continue the Mattel Domestic Grantmaking Program, which provides funding for organizations benefiting children in the United States.

Mattel's funding priorities include: programs that directly and effectively impact children with demonstrated needs (physical, financial, emotional, and health- related); preferences to programs with demonstrated results; and organizations that use creative and innovative methods to address a locally defined need directly impacting children.

Preference will be given to organizations or programs that align with Mattel's philanthropic priorities:

1. Learning -- Increasing access to education for under- served children and, in particular, innovative strategies to promote and address literacy;

2. Health -- Supporting the health and well- being of children, with particular emphasis on promoting healthy, active lifestyles; and

3. Girl Empowerment -- Promoting self- esteem in young girls, up to age 12.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax- exempt public charity organizations (or have a fiscal sponsor with tax- exempt status) and must directly serve children in communities within the U.S. Grants
Mattel Grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000 each for one fiscal year. Funds may be applied to programs or general operating costs.