GrantStation Insider - August 8, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 29

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Social and Economic Mobility Efforts in U.S. Cities
The Kresge Foundation: Human Services Program

The Kresge Foundation is dedicated to promoting human progress by helping to improve the lives of low-income people living in America’s cities. The Foundation’s programs seek to expand opportunity for low-income people so they can gain the tools and supports needed to lead self-determined lives and join the economic mainstream. To provide greater pathways to social and economic mobility for children and families with low incomes, the Foundation’s Human Services Program is currently inviting proposals that advance place-based opportunity ecosystems; develop supportive, aligned public policy; or build a more robust human services field in cities across the U.S. The proposal deadline is September 30, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about each of these funding opportunities.

Collaborations to Enhance School-Based Practices Funded
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: Effective School Practices to Support the Whole Child

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is using technology to help solve some of the toughest challenges facing us all. Through the Effective School Practices to Support the Whole Child request for proposals, CZI will provide support to U.S.-based teams of schools, nonprofit organizations, and researchers who want to apply the science of learning and human development to improve existing school-based practices that develop self-direction and curiosity, specifically in adolescents (ages 11-18 years old). The focus is on practices that go beyond standalone interventions and are integrated into the core structures of the school model, including teaching and learning, school culture and climate, mentoring/advisory, and/or professional learning. This funding opportunity aims to: 1) identify and improve school practices by leveraging the science of learning and human development, so that more teachers and schools have access to resources that help students build academic skills as well as competencies beyond academics; and 2) leverage various ways to integrate research and practice to accelerate the application of adolescent development knowledge to the design and practice of learning environments. Grants will range from $300,000 to $750,000. The application deadline is September 13, 2019. Visit the CZI website to download the request for applications.

Grants Address Poverty, the Environment, Health, and Education
Tomberg Family Philanthropies

The Tomberg Family Philanthropies consists of two separate charitable funds: the Marty Tomberg Charitable Fund and the Philip and the Helen Brecher Charitable Fund. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and certain government entities, such as public schools and universities, based in the United States for projects in the U.S. and worldwide. The focus is on projects that address the following areas: the environment, poverty alleviation, health, and education. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $15,000. Letters of inquiry are due September 9, 2019; invited full proposals must be submitted by December 19, 2019. Visit the Philanthropies website to learn more about the application process.

Parks Development in the U.S., Canada, Germany, and the U.K. Supported
Hydro Flask: Parks for All

Parks for All, the charitable giving program of Hydro Flask, supports the development, maintenance, and accessibility of public green spaces so people everywhere can live healthier, happier, and more fulfilled lives. Grants are provided to national nonprofit organizations in the U.S. (organizations covering at least five states), as well as regional organizations in the following states: Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia/DC. Charitable organizations in British Columbia, Canada, and Germany and the United Kingdom are also eligible to apply. Applying organizations must be dedicated to building, restoring, maintaining, or providing public access to parks and recreational public lands or beaches and coastal areas. Grants are provided in the following categories: New Parks, Park Access/Education, and Park Maintenance/Restoration. The application deadline is September 6, 2019. Visit the Hydro Flask website and choose the relevant geographic region to review the Parks for All funding guidelines and application procedures.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Minority Groups to Engage in Civic Planning in Oregon and SW Washington
Northwest Health Foundation: Civic Health Assessment and Planning

The Northwest Health Foundation is committed to promoting the health of the people of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Foundation’s Civic Health initiative’s goals are to 1) build the skills and infrastructure in Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC) communities to elect leaders and change policies at the local and state level so everyone has access to the resources and opportunities they need; 2) develop leaders and talent rooted in, and supportive of, BIPOC communities; and 3) establish a vibrant democratic culture that values and supports BIPOC. Organizations selected to participate in the Civic Health Assessment and Planning process will commit to joining groups around Oregon and Southwest Washington to explore what it means to build power within and across communities and how that power can win campaigns and policy change. Through an interactive process of engagement, participants will be asked to examine what it means to have power, what building power for people of color requires, and how people-of-color-focused voter engagement work transforms power relationships. Around 20 organizations will receive $3,750 to participate in Assessment and Planning, including attending planning meetings. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations or fiscally-sponsored organizations. The application deadline is October 1, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the call for applications.

Grants Foster Social and Economic Justice in Colorado
Chinook Fund

Chinook Fund supports community organizations working on issues of social and economic justice in the state of Colorado. Chinook provides grants to organizations working to challenge the root causes of oppression, rather than treating the symptoms. Eligible applicants must be based in communities facing injustice or oppression, including, but not limited to, communities of color, low-income communities, LGBTQ communities, disabilities communities, and immigrant communities. Organizations should have democratic leadership, decision-making, and organizing that is led by and accountable to the people most directly impacted by the issue or injustice. Start-Up Grants of up to $4,000 are provided to groups that are less than four years old; Established Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to groups that have been working successfully on social justice issues for a number of years. The upcoming application deadline for both grant programs is September 23, 2019. Visit Chinook Fund’s website to download the funding guidelines and application forms.

Support for Legal Aid Efforts in Illinois
Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois

The Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois supports nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal aid without charge to low-income individuals and families in Illinois. The Fund’s grantees offer a “legal safety net” for people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer but face serious problems related to issues such as domestic violence, child custody, eviction, foreclosure, elder abuse, access to medical care, and other critical needs. The Fund requires that applying organizations employ a minimum of one full-time attorney (or full-time equivalent) licensed to practice in Illinois, who either provides or directly supervises the agency’s legal services. The application deadline is September 16, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to download the Guidelines and Guiding Principles document.

Hunger Relief Organizations on the East Coast Funded
Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation

The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the communities served by Food Lion stores in Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Grants are provided to hunger relief organizations operating within a 20 mile radius of a Food Lion store. The Foundation’s focus is on reducing the number of children at risk of hunger by helping feeding agencies increase their “fresh” capacity so families can put nutritious meals on their tables. The upcoming application deadline is September 15, 2019. Visit the company’s website to submit an online application.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Grants Available to Promote Volunteerism
Corporation for National and Community Service

The RSVP Competition seeks to promote a diverse range of volunteer activities that serve communities to create measurable impact, benefit volunteers through the service experience, and create community capacity. Specific focus areas include disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Notices of intent to apply are due August 30, 2019. The application deadline is September 25, 2019.

Program Supports Librarians
Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports the development of a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public. The focus is on enhancing the training and professional development of library and archives professionals, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of library and archives professionals. The deadline for preliminary proposals is September 27, 2019.



PathFinder: Featured Resource
A library of quality resources designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional.

2019 Nonprofit Innovation and Optimization Summit
Is your nonprofit organization seeking to grow its online fundraising and revenue? The 2019 Nonprofit Innovation and Optimization Summit, held from September 24 to 25 in Denver, CO, is aimed at nonprofit marketers and fundraisers looking to achieve these goals. Participants will learn proven and research-driven strategies, participate in hands-on training sessions, and discover the tools they need to boost their revenue.



Upcoming Online Education Trainings
Live Webinars

Unless otherwise noted, all Online Education Trainings are webinars,
are 90 minutes in duration, and are scheduled to begin at 2 PM Eastern Time.

Practical Grantwriting: How to Answer That Tricky Sustainability Question (NEW)
Sustainability sections of grant applications are inherently tricky: it’s important to show that your organization needs the requested funding, but also, that it is not overly-reliant on those funds (or on any specific grant or source). In this webinar, Alayna Buckner, the CEO and Founder of Elevate, will help you understand how funders think about sustainability and give you practical tips to strengthen your grant requests. By the end of the webinar, you will understand essential information to include when funders ask about sustainability; review “under-looked” strategies that your organization may already be using to promote program sustainability, and how to talk about them in grant requests; and see actual examples of compelling sustainability sections. This training is ideal for grantwriting professionals at all levels, including anyone new to fundraising and grantwriting as well as experienced professionals looking for a refresher. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Advanced Storytelling (NEW)
We all know money talks. The important question is: HOW does YOUR organization talk about money? In this session, Lori L. Jacobwith will dive into the topic of talking about money as a fundraising strategy. You’ll learn how to share “mission moment” stories that include your need for support, but don’t sound like “begging” for money. The secret tool that makes this an advanced storytelling session is discovering how to share action-causing stories. During this webinar, you will (1) learn what your money story is; (2) learn how to talk about money so it inspires more giving; and (3) learn the best questions to ask so you can gather story nuggets to craft action-causing stories. The webinar will benefit executive directors, and fundraising and communication staff, as well as board members. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

FREE Tour of the GrantStation Website
Join Jeremy Smith, Communications and Technology Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, for a quick tour of the GrantStation website. This tour will cover all of the features in, including navigation, search interfaces, and charitable database search criteria. This tour will provide tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects. By using GrantStation’s databases and resource tools, you can begin to develop a successful grantseeking strategy for the next 12 to 18 months. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.



GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation.

The GrantStation Dashboard
Are you using the GrantStation Dashboard to save grantmakers from your searches, create your plans and projects, and save your search criteria? Now you can add any of the dates to your Google calendar—just click the calendar box under your saved dates. Handy!

Tracks to Success
The Center Cannot Hold: A Look at Political Polarization and Nonprofits

By Kevin Peters
Is the world more divided or does it just seem like it? Are we more perceptive of a chasm that has always been there, or has the world changed? While the last couple of years may seem like a sea change of partisan divide, they are the culmination of decades of ideological shifts. Amidst all of this division and polarization in the world around us, how should a nonprofit organization react?

Funding Alerts
GrantStation shares database profiles of Local, National, Canadian, and International grantmakers with upcoming deadlines each week. Check out the current Funding Alerts for more grant opportunities!



GrantStation 20th Anniversary
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Editor: Julie Kaufman
Contributing Writer: Kevin Peters
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Social and Economic Mobility Efforts in U.S. Cities
Collaborations to Enhance School-Based Practices Funded
Grants Address Poverty, the Environment, Health, and Education
Parks Development in the U.S., Canada, Germany, and the U.K. Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Minority Groups to Engage in Civic Planning in Oregon and SW Washington
Grants Foster Social and Economic Justice in Colorado
Support for Legal Aid Efforts in Illinois
Hunger Relief Organizations on the East Coast Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Grants Available to Promote Volunteerism
Program Supports Librarians