GrantStation Insider: January 6, 2022

Volume XXI | Issue 1

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COVID-19 Related Funding
Opportunities related to the COVID-19 pandemic

Current COVID-19 funding opportunities are available on our website.



National Funding
Opportunities throughout the U.S.

Support for At-Risk Youth Programs Nationwide
Sky Ranch Foundation

The Sky Ranch Foundation supports nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and its territories that work with at-risk youth. Preference is given to organizations that 1) serve troubled youth between the ages of 11 to 18, with priority given to programs that focus on youth between the ages of 11 to 15; 2) focus on preventing youth involvement in the criminal justice system or provide long-term rehabilitation in a residential or alternative setting; and 3) provide comprehensive support services to youth that may include education, job training, enrichment activities, counseling, and case management. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $40,000, with a total of approximately $300,000 distributed each year. Letters of inquiry must be submitted by January 31, 2022. Visit the Foundation's website for detailed funding guidelines.

Services for Americans and Canadians With Spinal Cord Injuries Funded
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation: Creating Opportunity & Independence (CO&I)

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is dedicated to supporting both programs and scientific research to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury. Through Community Support Grants, the CO&I portfolio supports nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that provide programs and services to enhance quality of life for individuals and families living with spinal cord injury. Areas of interest include Assistive Technology, Education, Employment, Independent Living, Rehabilitation, and Arts, Sports, and Recreation. Letters of Intent for one- and two-year Community Support Grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, will be accepted through January 31, 2022. Full grant applications will be due April 22, 2022. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the application process.

U.S. Childcare Teachers Honored
Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards program, administered by First Up, acknowledges the critical role of childcare teachers in providing quality early care and education. Childcare teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as teachers on U.S. military bases and installations around the world are eligible to apply for these awards. Applicants must be full-time childcare teachers employed in a family, group, or center-based program for a minimum of three years and meet other eligibility guidelines. Fifty selected teachers will each receive a $1,000 grant, a paid trip to Philadelphia to attend the Awards ceremony (COVID permitting), and other prizes. Of the 50 teachers, one is selected to receive the Helene Marks Award, which includes an additional $1,000 grant. Applications are due January 28, 2022. Visit the First Up website to submit an online application.

Program Addresses the Needs of Parkinson's Patients
Parkinson's Foundation: Community Grants

The Parkinson's Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson's disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. The Foundation's Community Grants are intended to further the health, wellness, and education of people with Parkinson's disease across the nation. The 2022 grant cycle will focus on programs that educate and deliver exercise specifically designed for people with Parkinson's, reach the newly diagnosed, and address mental health and Parkinson's. New and existing programs as well as pilot programs are considered. All funded organizations must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 will be provided to nonprofit organizations and healthcare facilities. The application deadline is January 28, 2022. The Request for Applications for the Community Grants program may be downloaded from the Foundation's website.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Grants Promote Economic Mobility in Bank Communities Across the U.S.
Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation works to advance pathways to economic mobility in order to build thriving communities. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that serve specific states and regions in the United States. In 2022, the Foundation will issue two requests for proposals that address the following focus areas: The Economic Mobility Focused on Needs of Individuals and Families category provides support for workforce development, education, and basic needs. Applications will be accepted from January 24 through February 18, 2022. The Economic Mobility Focused on Needs of the Community category provides support for affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and small businesses. Applications will be accepted from May 30 through June 24, 2022. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the funding priorities and application procedures.

Issues Affecting Children and Families in Six States Supported
The Tow Foundation: Innovation Fund

The Tow Foundation is committing up to $1 million to support groundbreaking, early-stage initiatives through the new Innovation Fund. The Innovation Fund is focused on three issue areas affecting children and their families: mental health, early intervention efforts in schools, and public health approaches to reducing gun violence. Initiatives that serve communities in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, or Pennsylvania are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to organizations that are working alongside historically marginalized communities, have BIPOC leaders or demonstrate a proven commitment to incorporating BIPOC leadership, and address the needs of communities. The application deadline is January 28, 2022. More information about the Innovation Fund and a link to the online application form are available on The Tow Foundation's website.

Funds to Advance Health and Health Equity in Colorado
The Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation is bringing health in reach for all Coloradans by engaging closely with communities across the state through investing, policy advocacy, learning, and capacity building. The Foundation funds impactful work—including promising programs or projects, innovative ideas, and policy advocacy— that aligns with their focus areas and reflects their cornerstones. Funding opportunities are open for applications for the following deadlines each year: February 15, June 15, and October 15. Applications for rapid response funding are open on a rolling basis, with no deadline. Visit the Foundation's website for more detailed information about funding available in support of advancing health and health equity for all Coloradans.

Grants Enhance Organizations Led by Women and Girls of Color in the U.S. South
Ms. Foundation for Women: Ms. South

Ms. South, an initiative of the Ms. Foundation for Women, supports the sustainability and leadership of organizations led by women and girls of color (WGOC) in the southern region of the United States, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The focus is on building power and leadership of WGOC, which include Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Middle Eastern, and Asian/Pacific Islander women, girls, and nonbinary folks, both transgender and cisgender. The goals of Ms. South are to 1) strengthen the organizational and financial sustainability of an ecosystem of WGOC-led organizations; 2) increase connectivity between WGOC-led organizations; and 3) position WGOC leaders as key experts and decision-makers in shaping policy and culture change. General operating support grants ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 for up to two years will be provided to nonprofit organizations that use movement building and organizing strategies. The deadline for letters of inquiry is January 21, 2022; full applications will be due March 31, 2022. Visit the Ms. Foundation for Women's website to review the application materials for Ms. South.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Funds Available to Reduce Drug Harm
Department of Health and Human Services

The Harm Reduction Program Grant supports community-based overdose prevention programs, syringe services programs, and other harm reduction services. Funding may be used to enhance overdose and other types of prevention activities to help control the spread of infectious diseases and the consequences of such diseases for individuals with or at risk of developing substance use disorders; support distribution of opioid overdose reversal medication to individuals at risk of overdose; build connections for individuals at risk for, or with, a substance use disorder to overdose education, counseling, and health education; refer individuals to treatment for infectious diseases, such as HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and viral hepatitis; and encourage such individuals to take steps to reduce the negative personal and public health impacts of substance use or misuse. The application deadline is February 7, 2022.

Program Supports Economic Recovery
Department of Commerce

The American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge is designed to help get Americans back to work by developing and strengthening regional systems to develop and execute sectoral partnerships that will lead to well-paying jobs. The goal of regional workforce training systems is to create and implement effective employer-driven training programs that will connect the existing and emerging skills needs of employers with workers and will help workers find and keep quality jobs and advance along their chosen career path. The program encourages systems and partnerships to address populations with labor market barriers such as persons with disabilities, at-risk youth, individuals in recovery, individuals with past criminal records including justice-impacted and reentry participants, and veterans. The application deadline is February 10, 2022.



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

Send Better Emails: Engage and Fundraise
Are you looking for ways to use email to improve fundraising outcomes? If so, you may want to attend Nonprofit Learning Lab's upcoming online workshop "Send Better Emails: Engage and Fundraise." Scheduled for February 10, 2022, this workshop will provide practical strategies to improve email outreach to better engage supporters, volunteers, and donors. It will explore best practices including subject line testing, call to actions, improving open rates, and list management.



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: Sustainability: Looking Beyond Grants
How do you empower your donors to donate more AND become advocates for your cause? Grants are an important part of your organization's funding plan, but they shouldn't be the only tactic in that plan. Other supporters, like individuals and corporations, are important too, but talking to donors can feel like so much more work than a grant application. In this webinar, Amanda Pearce of Funding for Good, Inc. will cover how to communicate with donors that their immediate support lays the foundation for long-term sustainability and success for your organization. Course takeaways include a break down of the key components of "sustainability planning," quick tips for including a capacity building component into every proposal or appeal, and effective communication strategies to engage AND retain donors. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

Proposal Writing 101
If you are new to proposal writing, this webinar is for you! During this 90-minute webinar, Alice Ruhnke, founder and owner of the Grant Advantage, will teach you how to use a Program Planning Framework to plan your grant applications so they tell a strong, consistent story. As we go through the Framework, each section of a typical grant application will be highlighted with information on what funders are looking for and tips on how to write that section. By the time the webinar is over, you will understand what funders are looking for in grant applications, be able to decipher confusing grant-related terminology, have a usable system to connect all the pieces of an application together, and have strategies to infuse your organization's strengths in your proposal to make it strong and competitive. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Growing Your Grant Readiness
What does it take to be a successful grantseeking organization? Success in grantsmanship involves much more than being able to write a good proposal. As an organization, you must also have the right culture, the right values, the right tools, and the right resources in place to support your grantseeking process and manage your grant-funded programs and services well on behalf of your funder and the community you serve. In this lively, interactive session, Maryn Boess will explain how to lay the groundwork for effective grantsmanship in both your organization's culture and its practices. You'll understand the importance of mission-driven grantsmanship—and why its opposite will undermine your organization's health and success. You'll be able to identify your organization's needs and resources to support a systematic and strategic grantseeking process. You'll gain a clear, powerful, flexible framework for developing and strengthening financial and program accountability. BONUS: You'll be introduced to GrantsMagic U's exclusive Grants Readiness Assessment Checklist—a detailed tool to help you identify what vital grants-readiness resources and practices are already working well in your organization, and where changes and improvements need to be made in order to make sure your organization is truly "grants ready"! The webinar will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022.



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National Funding Opportunities
Support for At-Risk Youth Programs Nationwide
Services for Americans and Canadians With Spinal Cord Injuries Funded
U.S. Childcare Teachers Honored
Program Addresses the Needs of Parkinson's Patients

Regional Funding Opportunities
Grants Promote Economic Mobility in Bank Communities Across the U.S.
Issues Affecting Children and Families in Six States Supported
Funds to Advance Health and Health Equity in Colorado
Grants Enhance Organizations Led by Women and Girls of Color in the U.S. South

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Available to Reduce Drug Harm
Program Supports Economic Recovery