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Paddlers for Humanity supports organizations and services that better the lives of kids and youth, specifically the following:


Mental Health

Funding programs that will result in more comprehensive mental health related initiatives for kids and youth, including early intervention outreach, resiliency, anti-bullying, and changing behavior through a focus on the positive



Providing educational opportunities through collaborations with innovative schools, school-related programs, and mentoring and leadership strategies

We will consider funding programs that focus in the following areas of bettering the lives of kids and youth:

Health, Nutrition, Wellness

Improving the health and wellness of children through partnerships that support children’s physical activity, and promote healthy lifestyles and nutrition



Fulfilling critical hunger needs through partnerships with food banks and hunger relief organizations


Organizations applying must meet one of the following criteria:


An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university

A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency that is requesting funds exclusively for public purposes

An organization that benefits the community at large such as food pantries, soup kitchens, clothing closets, etc

Funding requests should range from $100 to $15,000.

The maximum funding to each organization in 2024 will not exceed $15,000.


Submitting an application does not guarantee funding, nor is there a guarantee that the requested amount will be fully awarded.


Paddlers for Humanity funds organizations with the following principles:


Clearly stated creative, viable initiatives and programs

A proven track record

Results which are predictable and can be evaluated

Strong, committed leadership and staff

Clear sense of purpose and ability to execute

Financial and management capability to carry out the program

Respect or standing in its community and relationships with other organizations

Beneficial to a substantial segment of the community, with particular focus on at-risk or disadvantaged populations


Submit a maximum 4-page document detailing your funding request. Please refer to the sections above for guidance on your submission. If additional information is needed, send an email to

Submissions may be made by mail to Paddlers for Humanity, P.O. Box 2555, East Hampton, NY 11937 or by email to



Applications must be submitted by October 1st, 2024. Organizations will be notified of the board’s decision no later than November 15, 2024. Applications are welcome through the year but funding will not be determined before November 15, 2024. If the funding need is urgent, exceptions to the November 15 date may be made on a case-by-case basis.  



The Paddlers for Humanity Catastrophic Fund supports families and individuals in financial crisis on the East End of Long Island. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please send an email to with a brief description of the situation and we will respond with a follow-up email or call.


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