GrantStation Insider: January 7, 2021

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

Program Addresses COVID-19 Challenges in Asian American Communities Nationwide
JA Community Foundation: JACF COVID-19 Emergency Grant Program

The JA Community Foundation supports nonprofit organizations serving the Japanese American and greater Asian American communities nationwide. The Foundation is currently offering JACF COVID-19 Emergency Grants of up to $20,000 to organizations aiding Japanese American and Asian American communities facing hardships due to the pandemic. The application deadline is January 31, 2021.

Pandemic Relief Efforts in South Alabama Funded
Community Foundation of South Alabama: Phase II COVID-19 Response and Relief

Phase II of the Community Foundation of South Alabama's COVID-19 Response and Relief program will support nonprofit organizations working on relief efforts to aid those affected by COVID-19 in Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington counties. Focus areas include mental and behavioral health, access to extracurricular activities, food insecurity, medical support, and housing and utilities stability. Letters of inquiry are due January 29, 2021; invited applications must be submitted by February 19, 2021.

Emergency Grants Aid Pueblo Communities in New Mexico
Chamiza Foundation: COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding

Through the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding program, the Chamiza Foundation is supporting organizations that serve Pueblo communities throughout New Mexico. Grants ranging from $3,000 to $12,000 will be awarded to organizations that are responding to direct threats from COVID-19. Specific areas of interest include food, medical supplies, and personal items; water; community relief and recovery needs; and Internet access and connectivity. The application deadlines are February 12 and May 7, 2021.

For more grant opportunities, visit our COVID-19 Related Funding page.



National Funding
Opportunities throughout the U.S.

Support for After-School Programs for Middle Schoolers
New York Life Foundation: Aim High

The Aim High grant program, funded by the New York Life Foundation and administered by the Afterschool Alliance, supports out-of-school programs serving middle school youth nationwide. The focus of Aim High is to help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders reach ninth grade prepared to succeed in high school by supporting after-school, summer, and expanded learning programs. This year applicants should describe how their programs will support youth in the transition to the ninth grade and how they are providing academic, social, and emotional supports to youth during the pandemic. Funded programs must serve a high percentage, at least 75 percent, of low-income youth. In 2021, the one-year grants of $15,000 will focus on supporting programs in their racial equity and social justice efforts. The two-year grants ($50,000 or $100,000) will focus on supporting programs in enhancing direct services, technical assistance, capacity building, and their efforts in continuing to serve youth while facing the challenges of the pandemic and beyond. The application deadline is February 1, 2021. Visit the Afterschool Alliance website to download the grant guidelines and submit an online proposal.

Programs for People With Spinal Cord Injury in the U.S. and Canada 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 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 February 1, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the application process.

Fellowships to Address Criminal Justice Issues Offered
Open Society Foundations: Soros Justice Fellowships

Soros Justice Fellowships, an initiative of the Open Society Foundations, funds outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. Fellows receive support through the following three categories: The Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships fund lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and others with unique perspectives to undertake full-time criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels. The Soros Justice Media Fellowships fund writers, journalists, artists, filmmakers, and others with distinctive voices proposing to complete media projects that focus on important U.S. criminal justice issues. The Soros Justice Youth Activist Fellowships fund young people who design projects that address some aspect of the U.S. criminal justice system. The application deadline is February 17, 2021. Visit the Open Society Foundations' website to learn more about the Fellowships.

Grants Enhance School Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Students
Snapdragon Book Foundation

The Snapdragon Book Foundation seeks to foster children's literacy by providing support to school libraries serving disadvantaged children. Grants are awarded to public, private, and experimental pre-K-12 schools throughout the United States. In a time when many schools are reallocating their funds to technology and audiovisual equipment, the Foundation hopes to make sure that school libraries are still offering children good books to read. Grants typically range from $2,500 to $10,000. The application deadline is February 14, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the application process and review the FAQs.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Health Care Initiatives in North Carolina Supported
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust: Maintaining the Health Care Safety Net

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust works to improve the health and quality of life of the residents of North Carolina. The goal of the Trust's Maintaining the Health Care Safety Net funding opportunity is to help maintain the viability of the health care safety net system throughout the state. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies whose work focuses on health care issues affecting populations experiencing poverty are eligible to apply. The emphasis is on supporting communications, community education, advocacy efforts, and research and evaluation. Interested applicants should contact the Trust to schedule a consultation by January 26, 2021. The deadline for applications is February 16, 2021. Visit the Trust's website to learn more about the application guidelines for this funding opportunity.

Funds for Oregon Organizations Benefiting the Public
The Reser Family Foundation

The Reser Family Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Oregon that benefit the residents of the state, creating a brighter future for all. Grants, ranging from $500 to $50,000, are provided to organizations that address one of the following four Cornerstone giving areas: education, health, the arts, and the environment. The Foundation offers two responsive grant programs: The Fast-Track Grant Program for requests under $12,500 and the Mid-Size Grant Program for requests from $12,500 to $50,000. The first application deadline for 2021 is February 1. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the Cornerstone giving areas and the application process.

Grants Promote Educational Programs for D.C. Area Residents
The Herb Block Foundation: Pathways Out of Poverty

The Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending the basic freedoms guaranteed all Americans, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the conditions of the poor and underprivileged. The Foundation's Pathways Out of Poverty program is dedicated to helping needy young people and adults in the greater Washington, DC, region gain a quality education. For projects serving youth, the focus is on improving student achievement and healthy development of young people. Projects may include in-school and community-based educational programs, after-school activities, and mentoring programs. For projects serving adults, the Foundation's focus is on literacy education, GED preparation, vocational training, and job placement. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Letters of inquiry are due February 4, 2021; invited proposals must be submitted by April 15, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to submit an online letter of inquiry.

Support for Efforts to Improve the Lives of Colorado's Children and Families
Caring for Colorado Foundation

The grantmaking program of the Caring for Colorado Foundation is rooted in its purpose of achieving equity, health, and well-being for Colorado's children and families. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that address one of the following four primary areas: Healthy Beginnings focuses on the integration of infant, child, and maternal mental health. Healthy Youth focuses on efforts that promote healthy behaviors and engage youth in implementing solutions for well-being. Strong and Resilient Families focuses on efforts that engage families, organizations, and communities in identifying and strengthening families' protective factors, and promoting family-centered mental and behavioral health. Public Policy Advocacy focuses on creating lasting change that improves the lives of children for generations to come, with support for public policy advocacy as a central tool for advancing that mission. The upcoming application deadline is February 4, 2021; invited applications are due March 18, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to download a copy of the Grant Application Overview.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Funds Available to Address Youth Opioid Use
Department of Justice

The Opioid Affected Youth Initiative supports programs and strategies that identify, respond to, treat, and support children, youth, and families impacted by the opioid epidemic to ensure public safety. The program seeks to develop a data-driven, coordinated response to opioid abuse-related challenges that impact youth and community safety. Funding under the program may be used to support programs and services to youth and families impacted by both opioids and other substance use disorders. Applications are due to by February 8 and JustGrants by February 22, 2021.

Awards Highlight Environmental Protection
Environmental Protection Agency

The People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Award Program provides support to research, develop, design, and demonstrate solutions to real world challenges. The program highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative technology-based projects that achieve the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity, and protection of the planet. Research areas include air quality, safe and sustainable water resources, sustainable and healthy communities, and chemical safety. The program seeks to respond to the needs of people throughout the U.S., including those in small, rural, tribal, or disadvantaged communities. The application deadline is February 9, 2021.



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

The Pandemic Pivot, by John Feffer, Institute for Policy Studies
What are the implications of COVID-19 for key global issues? What is the potential for transformative change coming out of this crisis? Answers to these questions can be found in the book entitled The Pandemic Pivot, written by John Feffer and put out by the Institute for Policy Studies. Based on a series of discussions with 68 of the world's leading thinkers and activists, this book provides a sobering analysis of the present moment and a hopeful cry on behalf of a global, people-oriented response to it. It offers insight and an actionable framework for what Cindy Wiesner calls "a just transition to a regenerative, anti-racist, feminist economy."



Upcoming Online Education Trainings
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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 Tour of the GrantStation Website
Join Jeremy Smith, Communications and Technology Director, and Kerry Glauser, Research Specialist, 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, January 12, 2021.

Effective Facebook Ads: How to Generate New Donors by Spending Just $10 per Day! (NEW)
Tired of buying lists for direct mail campaigns that yield inconsistent results? Do you find yourself holding your breath when your letters are sent, hoping you don't see a disappointing return on your investment? What if you could run Facebooks Ads to reach 1,000+ prospective donors every day for just ten dollars? These inexpensive ads will help you zone in on your most effective messaging while capturing new donors to grow your revenue faster than ever. Every day, Americans give $100 million online. We want to give you a practical step-by-step guide to capture some of those donations using Facebook Ads. During this webinar, you will build your own ad campaign with guidance from Ryan Brennell, Co-Founder and CEO of Gladitood. He will teach you how to use Facebook Advertising and share the strategies he uses to consistently capture new donors and grow revenue for nonprofits. You will leave this webinar with a Facebook Ad campaign built for your nonprofit; a clear understanding of the Facebook Ad platform and how to use it; a summary of the three most important metrics to monitor; templates for writing long, short, and extra-short ad copy; and templates for creating effective pictures and videos for Facebook Ads. This knowledge is crucial for executive directors, development directors, marketing and communications staff, and fundraising professionals looking to make the transition to digital fundraising. The webinar will benefit organizations of all sizes, from all-volunteer groups to nonprofits with full-time marketing staff. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

The Power of 3—Jump-Start Your Grants Success With Maryn Boess (NEW)
Are you ready to jump-start your grants success in 2021 with fresh perspectives, brand-new tools, and powerful new ways of approaching familiar tasks and challenges? Ready to bust a few big myths and misunderstandings that may be sabotaging your success without your even knowing it? Join long-time grants professional and grantmaking program officer Maryn Boess for a Power of 3 series designed to get your new year of grantseeking off to a high-energy, practical, and inspiring start! In Power Writing for Grants...and More!, you'll fill your writing toolkit with a host of simple, powerful techniques that will have you writing more clearly, quickly, and confidently, right away—so you can get the results you want! In Building the "Total-Value" Proposal Budget, you'll learn step-by-step how to end the 'Nonprofit Starvation Cycle' and build budgets that clearly and compellingly show the total value of everything it takes to do your work successfully (with plenty of opportunity for hands-on practice). And in our ground-breaking final session, Inside the Grantmaker's Black Box, you'll travel with Maryn through a real-life grant review process, from start to finish, tracking proposals through the eight key "qualifying rounds" and busting some big myths about what really happens in the finals! Come with an open mind, and be ready for inspiration as well as great takeaways you and your team can put to work right away! Join us for all three workshops in the Power of 3 series or as stand-alone learning opportunities. The deadline to register for all three is Thursday, January 14, 2021.



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COVID-19 Related Funding
Program Addresses COVID-19 Challenges in Asian American Communities Nationwide
Pandemic Relief Efforts in South Alabama Funded
Emergency Grants Aid Pueblo Communities in New Mexico 

National Funding Opportunities
Support for After-School Programs for Middle Schoolers
Programs for People With Spinal Cord Injury in the U.S. and Canada Funded
Fellowships to Address Criminal Justice Issues Offered 
Grants Enhance School Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Students

Regional Funding Opportunities
Health Care Initiatives in North Carolina Supported
Funds for Oregon Organizations Benefiting the Public
Grants Promote Educational Programs for D.C. Area Residents
Support for Efforts to Improve the Lives of Colorado’s Children and Families

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Available to Address Youth Opioid Use
Awards Highlight Environmental Protection