GrantStation Canadian Insider - August 2022

Volume IV| Issue 6

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Special Funding Opportunities

Current funding opportunities for COVID-19 and Ukraine are available to the public on our website.


National Funding Opportunities

Program Funds Canadian Organizations Aiding Family Caregivers
da CareMakers Foundation: Local Grants
The Petro‑Canada CareMakers Foundation aims to create awareness and understanding of the issue of family caregiving in Canada and inspire Canadians to help. The Foundation's Local Grants program provides financial support for organizations that provide direct support to family caregivers in communities across Canada. These resources could range from educational programs, transportation, meal assistance, respite care, emotional support, financial and community support, and healthcare navigation to other types of vital assistance. The Local Grants are single-year grants with a value of $7,500 and are accessible annually. Eligible applicants consist of registered charities that are supporting family caregivers at the community level and have the capacity to develop or continue work that is applicable to care partners in their community. The Local Grant application portal will be open for four weeks, from September 30 to October 28, 2022. Interested applicants may read the frequently asked questions on the Foundation's website.

Indigenous-Led Initiatives in Canada Supported
TELUS Community Grants: Indigenous Communities Fund

The TELUS Indigenous Communities Fund provides flexible grant funding to Indigenous-led programs supporting Indigenous peoples in Canada. Grants of up to $50,000 are available for projects focused on, but not limited to, health, mental health, and well-being; access to education and resources; community building and enhancement; language and cultural revitalization; and inter-community sharing of cultural stories. Indigenous organizations, nonprofits, and community groups serving Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) within Canada are eligible to apply. Applications are reviewed two times per year; the upcoming deadline is October 14, 2022. Visit the TELUS website to review the funding guidelines and apply online.

Grants Promote Food Security Through Organic Food in Canada and the U.S.
Simply Organic Giving Fund

The Simply Organic Giving Fund helps organizations across Canada and the United States to nourish the food insecure in communities by providing access to healthy, organic food options. Support is provided for programs that promote access to healthy, organic food options and that utilize and distribute organic food or meals. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2022. Visit the Simply Organic website to download the 2023 Grant Guidelines.

Funding Benefits Families and Communities Across Canada
Walmart Canada Corporate Giving Program

Walmart Canada's Corporate Giving Program provides support to local, regional, and national nonprofiit organizations across Canada to support Canadian families in need. Focus areas for funding include building strong communities, disaster preparedness and relief, and hunger relief, food access, and healthy eating. Two types of grants are provided: 1) Community Grants of $1,000, for local organizations; and 2) Regional and National Grants of over $1,000, for regional and national organizations. Eligible applicants include registered charities, nonprofit organizations, amateur athletic associations, and government-owned or controlled schools, community centers, parks, libraries, shelters, and hospitals. Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. The online application form is available on the Walmart Canada website.


Regional Funding Opportunities

Grants Bolster BC Organizations Impacted by the Pandemic
Vancouver Foundation: Recovery and Resiliency Fund

The Recovery and Resiliency Fund is a new fund made possible through a partnership between Government of BC, Vancouver Foundation, United Way BC, and New Relationship Trust that will distribute $34 million to charitable and nonprofit organizations, of which Vancouver Foundation has contributed $4 million. The Fund will provide flexible, three-year grants of $50,000 and $72,000 per year to eligible organizations that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic to support their recovery and long-term resiliency. Registered charities and incorporated nonprofit societies in British Columbia are eligible to apply. (Indigenous-led organizations with annual revenues over $1 million can apply for an Indigenous Resiliency and Recovery Grant through the New Relationship Trust.) Applications are open until September 30, 2022. Visit the Vancouver Foundation's website to review the program guidelines and FAQs and learn more about the application process.

Operating Support Available to Alberta Performing Arts Organizations
Alberta Foundation for the Arts: Community Performing Arts Organizations Operating Funding

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts seeks to encourage and support the arts as a significant contributor to the quality of life in Alberta. Through the Community Performing Arts Organizations Operating Funding program, the Foundation provides annual funding to eligible nonprofit community organizations that self-create and self-produce performing art productions. Operating funding typically supports expenses such as administration, programming, salaries and fees, maintenance of equipment and fixed assets, promotion, and other expenses as required to fulfill the organization's mandate. Registered nonprofit organizations operating in Alberta for at least two years that are engaged in creating and producing in the performing arts as the organization's principal mandate are eligible to apply. The application deadline is October 3, 2022. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about this program as well as other funding programs.

Prize Facilitates the Development of Innovative Projects in the Canadian Arctic
Arctic Inspiration Prize

The Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) enables and celebrates the achievements of the people of Canada's North. The AIP is awarded to diverse teams to initiate and implement new, innovative projects that address opportunities or challenges that are relevant and of importance to the people and communities of the Canadian Arctic. A project can have one or more focus areas, such as, but not limited to, education, health and well-being, science and traditional knowledge, climate change and the economy, and culture, arts, and language. Proposed projects should address the root causes of an Arctic issue, rather than its symptoms, and be carried out and have primary impact within Yukon, the Northwest Territories, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut. Up to $3.7 million will be awarded in the following manner: one $1 million prize may be awarded to one exceptional team; up to four teams will be awarded up to $500,000 each; and up to seven teams with members 30 years of age or younger will be awarded up to $100,000 each to implement their projects. Teams need to be nominated by an official Ambassador/Nominator of the AIP who is independent from the project team; teams may contact an official Ambassador to nominate their project. The deadline to submit an optional letter of intent is September 6, 2022; nomination packages are due by October 12, 2022. Visit the AIP website to download the nomination guide and template for each prize level.

Support Provided to Company Communities in Canada and the U.S.
Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund

The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund provides support in U.S. and Canadian communities where the company has a significant presence or business interest. In Canada, company communities include locations in Drayton Valley, Edson, and Grand Prairie, Alberta; Annacis Island and Princeton, British Columbia; Kenora, Ontario; and Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. Funding is provided in the following focus areas: affordable housing, education and youth development, environmental stewardship, human services, civic and cultural growth, workforce development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Eligible Canadian organizations consist of registered charities, registered nonprofit societies, and municipalities. For 2022, the application deadline is September 30. The funding guidelines and details on the application process are available on the Fund's website.


Government Funding Opportunities

Funding Program Aims to Raise Canadians' Awareness About Clean Fuels
Natural Resources Canada

The Clean Fuels Awareness Projects initiative supports innovative projects that aim to address awareness and knowledge gaps among Canadians on clean fuels and clean fuel technologies across all industries, commercial applications, and the general public. Funding is provided for projects that increase knowledge and understanding about the opportunities, benefits, and considerations related to adopting clean fuels in industrial operations, across the economy, and for consumers. Proposals must be submitted along with supporting documentation by September 13, 2022.

Grants Expand Mental Health Services in Alberta Schools
Government of Alberta

The Government of Alberta has allocated up to $10 million per year for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 school years to support pilot projects focused on improving delivery of mental health supports and services for students and tools, training, and resources for the school community. This new pilot is designed to address gaps in mental health supports and services, and funding will support successful applicants to provide students with access to a range of services. The submission deadline for applications is September 15, 2022.


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

The Rise of NFT Fundraising
Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, have become all the rage in recent years. How can nonprofits leverage this new technology to bolster their fundraising programs? A new report by The Giving Block offers a roadmap. The Rise of NFT Fundraising covers everything nonprofit organizations need to know about NFTs and launching a successful NFT fundraising strategy. It offers NFT education, trends, case studies, and a step-by-step guide to launch an organization's first NFT fundraising campaign.


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.

(FREE): The Quick-Start Guide to the One-Page Grant Proposal (NEW)
Have a good idea you'd love to turn into a great grant proposal, but not sure how? Join veteran grants pro and grantmaker Maryn Boess as she shares the ten simple, powerful "Magic Wand'' questions at the heart of every single grant proposal. These questions will transform your good ideas into clear, compelling, and fundable project plans—and jump-start your grants success. You'll be introduced to the simple but incredibly powerful one-page Magic Wand template that's won grants of $2,000, $30,000, $144,000, and much more for nonprofits like yours. The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Image Management: Telling Your Story (NEW)
Storytelling is a powerful tool for nonprofit organizations. It can engage both the head and the heart of donors and volunteers, which means you can use it to build support for your organization. Your organization has many stories to tell. Whether it is about the people you serve, those doing the serving, or your mission, there are compelling, moving, inspirational, and call-to-action stories you need to share. Delivering these messages in a way that delivers consistent results can prove challenging. During this webinar, Mindy Muller will share tips on successful storytelling and explore how you can share the impact your organization has on your community and those you serve. You will learn surprising places to find compelling stories within your organization, a simple and effective formula for telling these stories, and how to deliver a call-to-action story that brings results. This session is perfect for anyone involved in communicating on behalf of their organization, including development staff, executive leadership, or board members who want to advance the work of their organization. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

Build Capacity Through Strategic Planning (NEW)
Are you tired of the “spray and pray” approach to fundraising? Does your organization rely on the “throw it all out there and hope something sticks” method? If your organization desires to consistently raise substantial funds, then you need a strategic plan. In this webinar, Marie Palacios, Lead Consultant at Funding for Good, will outline why every organization needs a well-crafted strategic plan and how to use it to leverage both dollars and donors. Marie will break down the top ways a strategic plan contributes to fundraising success and what donors are looking for in your written plan. You will walk away with actionable tips and tools to cover the cost of your next planning process. In this webinar, you will learn why a well-crafted strategic plan is the greatest tool in an organization’s fundraising toolkit, confirm why many donors request a copy of your strategic plan, discover what donors are looking for in your plan, explore strategic planning terms that increase your chances of funding, understand why many donors are willing to fund an organization’s strategic planning process, learn how to leverage dollars to fund your next strategic planning process, and access a variety of free tools and templates to help your organization grow for good. The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2022.


GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation

An Introduction to Our Vice President of Research, Kevin Peters
Like many of GrantStation's staff members, particularly the long-timers, I have a story about my arrival here involving our founder, Cynthia Adams. Back when GrantStation still had a physical office in the heart of Alaska, I had just graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. I was not quite ready to leave the state, and was looking for work in a town of just 30,000 people, a bit of a daunting task. Fortunately, a close friend from the English department told me her employer was hiring.

I met Cindy at the local coffeehouse and told her why I'd be a good fit. She offered me the position on the spot. When I asked if she needed a copy of my resume, which I had dutifully printed out before the interview, she thought about it a moment and said, "Sure, I guess that would be a good idea." She then informed me that she had forgotten her wallet and asked if I could pay for her beverage. I joined the team shortly thereafter.

The ensuing years would solidify how well the company and I were suited to each other. If there has been a mission to my life, it has been words, and helping people to understand them.

In my younger days, I used to teach night classes in technical writing at the university after the GrantStation day was done. At one point, I took a two-year hiatus from the company to go teach English overseas. After I returned to GrantStation, I had the privilege of teaching some of our new team members about the GrantStation ways. And I've had the joy of interacting with our Members, answering their questions about how to use GrantStation most effectively. Words and explanations: they follow me, and are a part of who I am.

As the Vice President of Research, I have the honor of overseeing a wonderful team of researchers, each with their own unique experiences with words. Our work in the research department is all about scouring the wealth of funder information out there—all those words floating around somewhere in cyberspace—and trying to provide it to our members in a user-friendly package. It's that human touch that distinguishes us from our competitors. We don't just hand over a pile of information and say, "Here you go; try to make some sense of it." We have read it ourselves and work to make sure it will make sense to you.

I've learned so much in my time at GrantStation, particularly from my predecessor, Julie Kaufman, and I want to share that information with our Members. I'm here to try to help you with your research needs, as is the rest of our intrepid research crew. Please consider joining us for one of our monthly webinars giving a tour of the GrantStation website, where you can see how we work and get some insights straight from some of our researchers, including myself. Grantseeking can be complicated and daunting, but we're here to help.

Funding Alerts
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Editor: Diana Holder
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

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