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Opportunities related to specific current issues
Current funding opportunities for COVID-19 and Ukraine are available to the public on our website.
Opportunities throughout the U.S.
Small Grants Improve U.S. Communities
AARP Community Challenge
The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities throughout the U.S. become more livable for people of all ages—especially those age 50 and older. In 2023, the AARP Community Challenge is accepting applications across three different grant opportunities: Flagship Grants focus on improving public places, transportation, housing, diversity/equity and inclusion, digital connections, community resilience, civic engagement, and community health and economic empowerment. Capacity-Building Microgrants, new in 2023, fund projects that improve walkability and community gardens. Demonstration Grants, also new in 2023, fund projects that build capacity towards transportation systems change and build awareness of new housing options through accessory dwelling unit design competitions. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to apply. Other organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications are due March 15, 2023. Visit the AARP website for more information on the Community Challenge and to apply online.
$100,000 Awards Available for Native Arts Projects
Native Arts and Cultures Foundation: SHIFT
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) focuses on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change in the United States. NACF's SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program aims to increase attention to Native communities and shift a narrative of invisibility, misunderstanding, and misappropriation through two-year awards for Native artists working on projects responding to social, environmental, or economic justice issues. Support is provided to Native artists and artist collectives for projects that engage communities and the public to address community issues and that build upon community cultural assets. Native artists or artist collectives apply in partnership with an organization to develop and present the work. The two-year awards total $100,000, with $50,000 earmarked for the lead artist or arts collective and the remaining monies for project partners. The program also provides professional development training for artists, as well as evaluation, communications and marketing, and advocacy support. (NACF's LIFT program provides early career support of $10,000 to Native artists to develop and realize new projects.) The application deadline for both programs is March 14, 2023. Visit the NACF website to review the eligibility criteria and application process for both the SHIFT and LIFT programs.
Funds Address Patient Safety in Healthcare
The Doctors Company Foundation
The Doctors Company Foundation supports patient safety education for healthcare professionals and patient safety research with clinically useful applications. The focus is on projects and activities that develop knowledge, techniques, and tools whose application reduces or eliminates risk of adverse events that cause harm to patients while under care. Nonprofit entities and education institutions are eligible to apply. Letters of intent will be accepted from February 8 to March 14, 2023. Invited full proposals will be due June 20, 2023. Information on the application process is available on the Foundation's website.
Gender Justice Organizations Supported
Third Wave Fund: Mobilize Power Fund
Third Wave Fund's Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund that resources gender justice organizations in the U.S. and U.S. territories to adapt or pivot their work when met with unanticipated, time-sensitive opportunities or threats to their movement building work and organizing conditions. Supported efforts can include community organizing and mobilization, healing justice work, conflict resolution, community accountability, transformative and restorative justice work, direct action, and more. Support is provided to organizations that are led by young women of color and trans, queer, gender non conforming, and intersex young people of color under 35. Organizations must demonstrate how the issues they are responding to are connected to patriarchy, transphobia, homophobia, gender inequity, or gender-based violence; be led by and for communities directly impacted by the issues they focus on; and have a total organizational budget under $500,000. The next application deadline is March 7, 2023. Visit the Third Wave Fund website for details on how to apply.
Opportunities for specific geographic areas
Rural Arts and Environmental Efforts Funded in Six States
Laura Jane Musser Fund
The Laura Jane Musser Fund will accept applications through the Rural Arts Initiative and Environmental Initiative beginning in February 2023. The Rural Arts Initiative provides grants of up to $12,000 per year to arts organizations in rural communities to develop, implement, or sustain artistic opportunities for adults and children in the areas of literary, visual, music, and performing arts. Nonprofit arts organizations that are physically located in rural communities with populations of less than 20,000 in Colorado, Hawaii, Wyoming, and specific counties of Minnesota, New York, and Texas are eligible to apply. The Environmental Initiative provides support to public and nonprofit entities for projects that enhance the ecological integrity of publicly owned open spaces, while encouraging compatible human activities. Planning grants of up to $8,000 and implementation grants of up to $35,000 are provided for projects in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Wyoming, and specific counties of New York and Texas. Applications for the Rural Arts Initiative will be accepted from February 8 to March 8, 2023; applications for the Environmental Initiative must be submitted between February 15 and March 15, 2023. Visit the Fund's website for more information on each program.
Grants Advance Racial Equity and Social Justice in the South
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation supports nonprofit organizations helping people and places move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice in 11 southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. With the aim of advancing racial equity and social and economic justice, the Foundation supports collaborative, multi-strategy, place-based work focused on democracy and civic engagement, economic opportunity, and supportive policies and institutions. Funding may be used for general operating support, project support, "glue" support for networks of grassroots and partner organizations, and organizational development. Organizational summaries are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation's website to access the organizational summary form.
Support Strengthens Healthcare in OR, ID, MT, and Parts of WA
PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement
The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement seeks to improve access to high-quality healthcare in communities statewide in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, and within Clark, Pierce, and Spokane counties in Washington. The Foundation's grantmaking focuses on advancing health equity through strategies that increase access to healthcare and eliminate health disparities for marginalized people and communities. Priorities include access to healthcare services for vulnerable and underserved populations through both direct healthcare services and indirect supports or services, and prevention of health inequities through clinical and community-driven solutions in areas including, but not limited to, infant and maternal health, early childhood and parent education, supportive housing, nutrition access and education, and building resilience. Awards typically range from $10,000 to $60,000. Letters of inquiry are reviewed four times per year. Visit the Foundation's website to download the application guide for 2023 and to access the grant portal.
Funds Promote Legal Services in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Bar Foundation: IOLTA Grants Program
The Massachusetts Bar Foundation's IOLTA Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts whose programs either provide civil legal services to low-income clients or improve the administration of justice. The grants increase the capacity of legal aid organizations to offer critical assistance to those who have few resources to address legal issues, including domestic violence, housing, immigration status, child advocacy, family law, discrimination, and healthcare. For the 2023/2024 grant cycle, applications will be accepted from February 1 to March 24, 2023. (New applicants should contact the Foundation to discuss their proposal prior to submission.) Visit the Foundation's website for more information and to access the grant portal.
Opportunities from the U.S. government
Program Seeks to Expand Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Department of Health and Human Services
The Adult Reentry Program's purpose is to expand substance use disorder treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced adults in the criminal justice system with a substance use disorder or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, who are returning to their families and community following a period of incarceration in state and local facilities including prisons, jails, or detention centers. The application deadline is March 6, 2023.
Arts Research Funded
National Endowment for the Arts
The Research Grants in the Arts program supports research that investigates the value or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other or with other domains of American life. The focus is on research that evaluates art's impact on health, education, and the economy; art's role in community transformation and healing; diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the arts; and the evolving ecosystem of the arts in the U.S. Applications are due to grants.gov by March 27, 2023. Applications must be submitted to the NEA applicant portal by April 6, 2023.
$7 million in grants available through TD Charitable Foundation's Housing for Everyone. Apply today!
The 17th annual Housing for Everyone grant program will award a total of $7 million to nonprofit organizations providing rental assistance, restoring affordable housing units, and/or increasing organizational capacity to do the above. This program supports TD's longstanding commitment to help people live with greater financial confidence through its corporate citizenship platform, the TD Ready Commitment. Through the TD Ready Commitment, TD is targeting $775 million towards community giving by 2030 across four drivers of change—Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities, and Better Health—to open doors to a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.
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LIVE Workshop: Mastering QuickBooks (for DESKTOP and ONLINE versions of QuickBooks)
Do you want to help your nonprofit use QuickBooks to its fullest potential? If so, QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits and GrantStation are presenting an event just for you: nonprofits and the accounting firms that serve them. Join Gregg Bossen, CPA PC, for this two-day workshop (120 minutes each day) as he addresses special topics, including restricted grants, easy-to-read reports for the board, in-kind contributions, tracking volunteers, and auto-allocating expenses based on memorized percentages. You'll see a live QuickBooks demo and have the opportunity to get your questions answered on the fly—so you walk away with tools needed to take your QuickBooks knowledge to the next level. CPAs earn four hours of CPE credit for the live workshops (both days). The webinar for QuickBooks DESKTOP users will be held on Monday, January 30 and Tuesday, January 31, 2023. The webinar for QuickBooks ONLINE users will be held on Wednesday, February 1 and Thursday, February 2, 2023.
Power Dynamics in Proposal Writing
As a proposal writer and fundraiser, you can use storytelling as a tool for change. Your power as a writer is to reframe the very world in which we work. The language choices you make frame how your community members are perceived and how the challenges and barriers affecting your community are understood. They also shape the relationship between funding partners and communities served. During this webinar, ViNiceia Carter and Alison Hight will walk you through how to identify and utilize empowering and culturally relevant language and approaches when writing proposals. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.
Creating Grant Policies and Procedures
Many nonprofits get started quickly due to the immediate needs of their community, and, in the rush, overlook the development of policies and procedures. But if you don't have these documents when tensions or problems occur, your nonprofit will need to scramble to put something into place. That's why creating your grant policies and procedures before any challenges arise is vital. While policies and procedures are not usually submitted in grant applications, funders expect you to have these documents and to use them to guide your grantseeking efforts. During this TargetED, Alice Ruhnke will show you how having sound grant policies and procedures can set your organization up for success. That way you're prepared to apply for and manage your grants. The webinar will be held on Monday, February 13, 2023.
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An Introduction to Our Research Specialist, Sid Davis
I was taught early to read books and play music, which can be good or bad, depending. Not taken too seriously, they can enrich one's life. I took them very seriously, which led to me wanting to live what I read and play what I heard. Those pursuits resulted in a lot of travel and many adventures, from volcano climbing in Guatemala, to aurora spotting in Iceland, to road tripping in Morocco, to island hopping in Greece. Along the way, like Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything, I realized I didn't want to sell anything bought or processed, buy anything sold or processed, process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed.
You'd think it would be hard to find jobs meeting such specific conditions, but it really wasn't. I cleaned windows, dug ditches (literally), worked in a law firm, wrote and edited for several publications, played a lot of music, worked in movies, then found a place at GrantStation, where we help organizations seeking funding achieve that goal. I work in GrantStation's U.S. database, researching and updating the records that our Members pore over for funding possibilities. I also write articles for the Insights Blog and Tracks to Success that I hope bring focus to issues important to grantseekers. I don't sell anything bought or processed, and that's important to me. If you ever want to discuss one of my articles, I'm always available via email.
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