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My Master List of Adoption Grants


In our adoption journey so far, we have applied to a number of adoption grants. There are many out there, and I have spent quite a few hours doing some extreme google searching to find adoption grants. So in an effort to help others, here is my master list of all the adoption grants I could find. I hope you find this list to be helpful!


Two tips for you as you apply for adoption grants:

  1. Be as personal and genuine as possible in your application.

  2. Get references ahead of time (many grants ask for reference letters - usually 2-3 - so it's helpful to already have them on hand).


Also, if you want to follow along on our adoption journey, you can find us on YouTube and Instagram.


Note: Unless otherwise specified, in order to apply for the following grants, you must be home study approved, working with a licensed 501c3 adoption agency, and at least one of you must be a US citizen.



1720 FOUNDATION

Amount: $2000+

Fee: $50

Religious: Yes

Deadlines: application period opens multiple times throughout the year - check their website/social media for updates

Requirements: must be a domestic adoption


35K CAMPAIGN

Amount: approx. $10,000

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Note: this is a "sponsorship," not a grant. 35K Campaign sponsors one family at a time, raising donations and running fundraisers, with all funds raised going to the current sponsored family.


A CHILD WAITS FOUNDATION

Amount: up to $10,000

Fee: $20

Religious: no

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: income less than $150,000


ADOPTION HOPE FOUNDATION

Amount: $500-$15,000

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: 3 per year


ADOPTION IS LOVE FUND

Amount $1000

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: 2 per year

Requirements: must live in Minnesota


AFRICAN AMERICAN ADOPTIONS

Amount: $1000-$4000

Religious: no

Requirements: must be African American or biracial


ANGLICAN ADOPTION FUND

Amount: varies

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be actively connected to a local church affiliated with the Anglican Church of North America


ANGELS IN DISGUISE

Amount: varies

Religious: no

Deadlines: rolling?

Requirements: must be adopting a child with Down Syndrome


ANNA CHERI FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 2 per year


ASSOCIATES HOME LOAN ADOPTION GRANT

Amount: $1000

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: 2 per year


BE THE 1

Amount: $500

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 4 per year

Requirements: must live in Ohio, Indiana, or Kentucky


BEAUTY AMIDST THE ASHES

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 3 per year

Requirements: income cannot exceed $120,000


BLUE BEAR FAMILY FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Religious: no

Requirements: must be an international special needs adoption


BREE'S GIFT

Amount: varies

Religious: no

Deadlines: check the website for when the grant cycle is open


THE BUESCHER FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: no

Religious: no

Deadlines: 4 per year

Requirements: must be a domestic adoption, "look book" must be finished


BUNDLED BLESSINGS FERTILITY

Amount: $5000

Fee: $75

Religious: no

Deadlines: 1 per year

Requirements: must have a medical diagnosis of infertility. Grants are awarded through a lottery process.


CADE FOUNDATION

Amount: up to $10,000

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: 2 per year

Requirements: must have a medical diagnosis of infertility


CALLED TO CARE

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must live in a Georgia county with a Called to Care chapter or a county that is directly adjacent to a C2C chapter


CHICAGO COALITION FOR FAMILY BUILDING

Amount: up to $10,000

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: 1 per year

Requirements: must have an annual income of less than $200,000; must have a diagnosis of infertility unless you are single or part of a same sex couple; must reside in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, or Wisconsin.


CHILDREN NEED FAMILIES

Amount: varies

Deadlines: 4 per year

Requirements: must be an international adoption


A CHILD'S HOPE INT'L

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling


CHOSEN FOR LIFE MINISTRIES

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 4 per year

Requirements: must be a Christian couple in Georgia


CHRISTIAN FAMILY ADOPTION AID

Amount: varies

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be members in good standing with a Christian church in Georgia


THE CHURCH OF JOY

Amount: varies

Fee: no

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 1 per year


CLEMENT ARTS

Amount: varies

Fee: no

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must live in Columbus, Georgia or the surrounding area


CMomA

Amount: $5000

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be childless; must be adopting older or special needs children


DEFEND THE FATHERLESS, INC

Amount: $1000

Deadlines: 1 per year

Requirements: priority will be given to families residing in York County in South Carolina


DESTINY ADOPTION FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 1 per year


DREAM 4 ADOPTION

Amount: $1500

Fee: $25

Religious: no

Deadlines: 2 per year

Note: you can apply for this grant before your home study is completed


DWELL ORPHAN CARE

Amount: $5000

Religious: yes

Requirements: must live in one of the following Pennsylvania counties: Lycoming, Clinton, Union, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, or Sullivan


EXPECT MIRACLES FOUNDATION

Amount: up to $4000

Religious: no

Requirements: must be a cancer survivor


FBC LIVINGSTON

Amount: $1000-$2000

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 2 per year


FIREFLY CHILDREN'S INITIATIVE

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling


FOR THIS CHILD FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Religious: no

Deadlines: 2 per year

Requirements: must have committed to an international adoption of a child with non-correctable medical needs from an Eastern European country


FOREVER FAMILIES FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be an older child or special needs adoption; income must not exceed $100,000


FOREVER HOME FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 4 per year

Requirements: can apply while home study is in process


GIFT OF ADOPTION

Amount: up to $15,000

Fee: $50

Religious: no

Deadlines: rolling


GIGI'S PLAYHOUSE

Amount: up to $5000

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: 6 per year

Requirements: must live within 100 miles of Gigi's Playhouse in Des Moines; must be adopting a child with Down Syndrome


GOD'S GRACE ADOPTION MINISTRY

Amount: $1000

Fee: $25

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 3 per year

Requirements: must be married

Note: this is a matching grant


GOLDEN DAWN ADOPTION ASSISTANCE

Amount: up to $2000

Fee: $20

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 4 per year

Requirements: must be adopting special needs or hard to place children


HAND IN HAND ADOPT

Amount: varies

Religious: yes

Note: this is a matching grant


HEART OF THE BRIDE

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 4 per year


HELP US ADOPT

Amount: $500-$20,000

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: 4 per year


HELPING KIDS COPE

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: rolling


HEPHZIBAH62.4

Amount: varies

Religious: yes

Requirements: must be a regular attendee/s of a Wesleyan church for at least one year


HERE I AM ORPHAN MINISTRIES

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 6 per year

Requirements: must be adopting waiting children - older children, those with special or medical needs, and/or a sibling group


HOPE 4 ONE

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 2 per year

Requirements: must have income under $100,000


THE HOPE FOR FERTILITY FOUNDATION

Amount: $250-$5000

Fee: $50

Religious: no

Deadlines: 2 per year

Requirements: must be married; must have been diagnosed with infertility


INTERNATIONAL DOWN SYNDROME COALITION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: no

Requirements: must be adopting a child with Down Syndrome; must be a domestic adoption


ISAAC'S BUDDIES

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be adopting children in the highest risk categories: older children, children with special needs, children with complex disabilities, etc.

Note: this is a matching grant


IT'S A CHILD'S LIFE FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Requirements: must be matched with a child


THE JAMES PROJECT

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 4 per year

Requirements: must be living in Minnesota; must be a Christian couple married for a minimum of 3 years between the ages of 30 and 50


JOSEPH'S DREAMCOAT

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 3 per year

Requirements: must have income under $120,000 for a family of four


JOURNEY OF A JOYFUL LIFE

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 4 per year


JOURNEY TO PARENTHOOD

Amount: varies

Fee: $50

Religious: no

Deadlines: 1 per year

Requirements: must be treated by a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist (REI) in the US


JSC FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 4 per year

Requirements: must be married; income must be below $120,000; cannot have more than 10 children


KANE'S GIFT

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 4 per year


KATELYN'S FUND

Amount: up to $3000

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be a heterosexual married Christian couple


LIFESONG

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be married


LIFETIME ADOPTION FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be a domestic adoption of an African American child or sibling group, special needs, or older child of any race


MAKING OTHERS OUR OWN

Amount: final 8-15% of adoption costs

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be matched with a child


MILK GLASS CANDLE CO.

Amount: varies

Deadlines: 1 per year


MUSKOGEE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Amount: $1500

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 2 per year

Requirements: must be matched with a child


NATIONAL ADOPTION FOUNDATION

Amount: $500-$2000

Fee: $15

Religious: no

Deadlines: 4 per year


THE NEVER ALONE FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: multiple throughout the year

Requirements: this grant is for post-placement international adoption services and support such as occupational therapy and counseling or significant medical expenses


NORTH AMERICAN MISSION BOARD

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must currently be serving in a local church as a minister or a missionary with the North American Mission Board or the International Mission Board


OATH FUND

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be matched with a child


ONE17 FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: grant window opens multiple times a year.- follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more updates


ONE CHANCE FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be working with a Christian adoption agency; must be within $5000 of the full adoption costs


ONEless MINISTRIES

Amount: usually $500

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Note: as long as one of you is a U.S. citizen, you can live overseas and apply


OPEN WINDOW ADOPTION, INC.

Amount: $1000

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 4 per year

Requirements: must be married

Note: you can apply even after the adopted child is home


THE ORPHAN FOUNDATION

Amount: $500

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: 4 per year

Requirements: must be adopting a child from an orphanage or foster care


PARENTHOOD FOR ME

Amount: varies

Fee: $20

Religious: no

Requirements: cannot currently have children and must be diagnosed with infertility


THE PRIYA FUND

Amount: $500-$5000

Fee: none

Deadlines: 4 per year

Requirements: must be a Jewish couple living in the Dallas area; must be diagnosed with infertility


PROMISE 686

Amount: $500-$6000

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 6 per year

Requirements: must be married; must live in Georgia

Note: offers a matching grant and a legal grant


PURE GIFT OF GOD

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling


RACING FOR ORPHANS WITH DOWN SYNDROME

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be an international adoption of a child with Down Syndrome


RAINBOWS FROM RAYA

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: 4 per year

Note: offers a matching grant, and a plane ticket grant to cover the adoptive's child's ticket home.


REECE'S RAINBOW

Amount: varies

Fee: $25

Religious: no

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be an international adoption of a child with diagnosed special needs

Note: this is a family sponsorship program; adoptive family can live in US or Canada


ROARING ADVENTURES

Amount: $500-$10,000

Fee: $65

Religious: no

Deadlines: 4 per year

Requirements: must be diagnosed with infertility; must be a first responder (firefighter, paramedic, EMT, 911 dispatch, police officer, nurse, etc.) or active military member


THE ROLLESTONE FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be adopting a child with special needs


SACRED SELECTIONS

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: rolling

Requirements: must be married


SARAH LILY FUND

Amount: $5000

Fee: none

Deadlines: 2 per year

Requirements: must be Jewish


SEECAAS HOPE FOR ADOPTION FOUNDATION

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: 2 per year


SHOW HOPE

Amount: $6000-$10,000

Fee: none

Religious: yes

Deadlines: 4 per year


THE SPARROW FUND

Amount: varies

Fee: none

Religious: no

Deadlines: 2 per year

Note: this grant helps families cover the cost of utilizing specialized medical professionals to provide comprehensive support, helps you work through any and all medical information provided about a potential child, and offers post-placement support.