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Grants offered for kids' health, animals & literacy programs


Toy retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop provides grants through the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation and the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation to charities in the United States and Canada working to support a range of causes, including children's health and wellness, animals and literacy and education.

This year, the Build-A-Bear Workshop foundations will be accepting and reviewing grant applications on a rolling basis until Friday, August 31, for the following funding categories:

• Children's Health and Wellness - Grants for nonprofit organizations such as childhood disease research foundations, child safety organizations and organizations that serve children with special needs

• Domestic Pets - Grants to support animal welfare groups, pet rescue and rehabilitation efforts, therapy animals, and humane education

• Literacy and Education - Grants to support children's literacy and education, including summer reading programs, early childhood education programs, and literacy programs for children with special needs

The foundations also will consider miscellaneous grant requests from organizations working to support children, families, animals and the environment through programs that are not easily categorized.

US applicants must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations. Priority will be given to organizations located near Build-A-Bear Workshop stores.

Grants are made as one-time contributions and will range from $1,000 to $5,000, with an average grant amount of $1,500.

For complete grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and application procedures, visit the Build-A-Bear website,