GrantStation Insider - January 16, 2020

Volume XIX | Issue 2

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Employment Initiatives Benefiting People With Disabilities
Kessler Foundation: Signature Employment Grants

The Kessler Foundation's Signature Employment Grants provide support for non-traditional solutions that increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Grants are awarded nationally to fund pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, or social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas to solve the high unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities. Preference is given to interventions that overcome specific employment barriers related to long-term dependence on public assistance or advance competitive employment in a cost-effective manner. For 2020, the Foundation has a special interest in projects that address the intersection of race, class, gender, disability, and poverty within the framework of helping individuals with disabilities obtain employment or re-enter the job market following injury. Grants may range up to $250,000 per year for two years for a maximum of $500,000 total. Nonprofit organizations, public or private schools, and public institutions, such as universities and government agencies, based in the United States or any of its territories are eligible to apply. Online grant concepts are due February 14, 2020. Visit the Kessler Foundation's website to review the Signature Employment Grants guidelines.

Gun Policy Studies Funded
National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research

The mission of the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research (NCGVR) is to fund and disseminate nonpartisan scientific research that offers a factual basis for developing fair and effective gun policies. NCGVR has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund scientific research on selected topics likely to provide valuable information needed by the public and policymakers in their efforts to create programs and policies that will save lives and prevent violence. Both descriptive or basic science studies and applied or policy research will be supported. NCGVR encourages proposals from multidisciplinary teams, combining, for example, public health, medical, and criminology researchers. Nonprofit organizations and educational institutions are eligible to apply. The deadline for letters of interest is February 4, 2020. Visit the NCGVR website to download the RFP.

Grants Encourage Quality Child Care Projects
Terri Lynne Lokoff Children's TYLENOL, Children's ZYRTEC National Child Care Teacher Awards

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Children's TYLENOL, Children's ZYRTEC National Child Care Teacher Awards acknowledge the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Child care teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and on U.S. military bases and installations around the world are eligible to apply for these awards. Applicants must be full-time child care teachers employed in a home, group, or center-based program for a minimum of three years and meet other eligibility guidelines. As part of the application process, teachers are asked to design an enhancement project for the children in their classroom or home, illustrating the educational, social, and emotional benefits from the project. Fifty selected teachers will each receive a $1,000 grant: $500 to create the project and $500 for the teacher's personal use. Of the 50 teachers, one is selected to receive the Helene Marks Award, which includes an additional $1,000 grant. Applications must be postmarked by January 29, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to download the application form.

Programs for At-Risk Veterans Supported
Disabled Veterans National Foundation: Capacity Building Grant Program

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded, physically or psychologically, after defending our safety and our freedom. The Foundation's Capacity Building Grant Program is intended for nonprofit organizations throughout the country that offer support to veterans and disabled veterans alike. These grants of up to $25,000 are awarded to organizations that are addressing the mental and physical recovery of veterans in unique ways. Service dogs, equine therapy, yoga, art therapy, and recreational therapy are just a few of the innovative programs that the Foundation supports. The spring 2020 deadline for letters of intent is February 7; invited applications will be due March 20. Visit the Foundation's website to review the Capacity Building Grant Program guidelines.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Literacy Efforts in 44 States
Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries that offer literacy programs in communities served by Dollar General in 44 states. The Foundation provides support through the following grant programs: Adult Literacy Grants support nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance. Family Literacy Grants support family literacy service providers that combine parent and youth literacy instruction. Summer Reading Grants help nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries with the creation or expansion of summer reading programs for students who are below grade level readers or readers with learning disabilities. Online applications for the three programs described above must be submitted by February 20, 2020. In addition, Youth Literacy Grants support nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries that work to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. The application deadline for this program is May 21, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to access guidelines for each grant program.

Grants Address Colorado Habitat Restoration
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Restoration and Stewardship of Outdoor Resources and Environment Colorado Program

The Restoration and Stewardship of Outdoor Resources and Environment (RESTORE) Colorado Program, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), focuses on the restoration, enhancement, and expansion of wildlife habitat throughout the state of Colorado. In the inaugural year of 2020, RESTORE Colorado is offering up to $2.5 million to fund at-scale habitat improvement projects across priority landscapes including the following: river corridors, riparian areas, and wetlands; eastern Colorado grasslands; sagebrush; big game winter range and migration routes; and forestland projects in specific geographies. Priority will be given to projects that implement conservation practices directly on-the-ground and/or which increase organizational capacity to implement conservation activities. The proposal deadline is February 27, 2020. Visit the NFWF website to download the RESTORE Colorado request for proposals.

Support for Efforts Led by Minorities in Maine
Maine Community Foundation: People of Color Fund

The Maine Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life for all the residents of the state of Maine. The Foundation administers the People of Color Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations throughout the state that are led by and serving people of Native American, Latino, African, Arab, and Asian descent. The Fund's focus areas include health, leadership development, and economic opportunity. Project grants and capacity building grants of up to $10,000 are provided. The application deadline is February 15, 2020. Visit the Maine Community Foundation's website to learn more about the People of Color Fund.

Health and Education Organizations in Hawaii and Northern California Funded
The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation

The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Northern California and the state of Hawaii that focus on healthcare, education, and conservation. In 2020, the Foundation will accept requests for invitations (RFIs) for grants in the healthcare and education categories only. RFIs for grants ranging between $50,000 and $200,000 will be accepted from February 3 through February 24, 2020. RFIs for grants ranging between $10,000 and $49,000 will be accepted from July 6 through July 27, 2020. (Organizations new to the Foundation are encouraged to apply during this cycle.) After the Foundation staff reviews the RFI forms, selected organizations will be invited to apply for grants. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the grant guidelines and application process.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Available to Address School Violence
Department of Justice

The STOP School Violence Grant Program seeks to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence. This program's objective is to increase school safety by implementing training, school threat assessments, or intervention teams to identify school violence risks among students; technological solutions such as anonymous reporting technology that can be implemented as a mobile phone-based app, a hotline, or a website in the applicant's geographic area to enable students, teachers, faculty, and community members to anonymously identify threats of school violence; or other school safety strategies that assist in preventing violence. The application deadline is March 3, 2020.

Program Supports Scholarships in the Health Professions
Department of Health and Human Services

The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program promotes diversity among the health professions by providing awards to eligible health organizations and nursing schools so that the schools can provide scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients and making reasonable determinations of need. The application deadline is March 3, 2020.



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

2020 International Fundraising Congress
Are you a changemaker looking to increase your impact this year? If so, then the Resource Alliance's 2020 International Fundraising Congress (IFC) may be just for you. This conference, held from October 13 to 16, 2020, in the Netherlands, brings together the best ideas, newest concepts, and most innovative solutions from the social impact sector and beyond. This year's theme is "Accelerating Change," and topics covered include fundraising, ethics, social enterprise, corporate partnerships, leadership and strategy, digital marketing, financial innovation, and more.



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: 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 21, 2020.

The Power of 3—Grantwriting With Alice Ruhnke
Does it feel like everyone else is winning grant awards? These three webinars were designed to systematically help your nonprofit organization develop its capacity to write successful grants. The first webinar, Are You Grant Ready? will help you identify your readiness to be competitive in the grant application process and provide suggestions to increase areas that need additional development. The second webinar, Grantwriting 101, will teach you how to use a comprehensive Program Planning Framework to develop and write strong, impactful, and coherent applications. The third webinar, Logic Models: More Than Just Extra Work! will help you develop logic models to measure the change your programs have on participants. These webinars can be taken together to methodically build your organization's capacity to write successful grants or as stand-alone learning opportunities. Executive directors, program managers, and grantwriters from a broad range of human service organizations will benefit from these 90-minute presentations. The deadline to register for all three is Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Exploring Public Funding (NEW)
Community nonprofits often struggle to compete with larger organizations for public dollars. This webinar, presented by Mindy Muller, is an opportunity to arm nonprofits with the information needed to make an informed decision about whether or not to pursue these funding options. The webinar will review the structure of public funding from the federal level to the state and local levels, as well as the process of considering the pros and cons of pursuing public funding. Participants will learn more about tapping into public funds, the request for proposal process, and how to prepare, qualify, and apply for public funds. Federal requirements to consider before pursuing public dollars, like OMB Circulars, the Davis-Bacon Act, and environmental reviews, will also be covered. Finally, participants will learn tips on competing for public funds with excellence. Attendees will learn about public funding streams, including federal, state, and local funding; develop strategies to make intentional decisions about pursuit of public funding; acquire an awareness of additional mandates required when using federal funds; and learn about the common request for proposal funding structure. This session is excellent for nonprofits looking to explore public funding as well as experienced proposal writers looking for a refresher. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.



GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation.

Member Spotlight
Collaboration Is Key
By David Preis and Kristin Olson
Part of our engagement with Members is to uncover their wisdom and insights about grantseeking through interviews. Kristin Olson of Grants Galore has been a Member since 2017. We discuss Kristin's tips for successful grantwriting and the benefits of collaboration.

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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Employment Initiatives Benefiting People With Disabilities
Gun Policy Studies Funded
Grants Encourage Quality Child Care Projects
Programs for At-Risk Veterans Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Literacy Efforts in 44 States
Grants Address Colorado Habitat Restoration 
Support for Efforts Led by Minorities in Maine
Health and Education Organizations in Hawaii and Northern California Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Available to Address School Violence
Program Supports Scholarships in the Health Professions