GrantStation Insider - February 14, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 6

National | Regional | Federal | Partner Depot | PathFinder | Online Education


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Collaborations to Strengthen Educational Instructional Materials
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Professional Learning Partnerships

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has issued a Professional Learning Partnerships Request for Proposals to fund partnerships that advance professional learning (PL) services that support the implementation of high-quality, core instructional materials in ways that are effective for student learning and efficient for providers. Successful partnerships should focus on one of the following five disciplinary segments: middle school mathematics, high school mathematics, middle school English language arts, high school English language arts, or middle school science. This RFP is particularly interested in supporting service development in middle and high schools serving student populations that are at least 50 percent Black, Latino, emerging multilingual or English learners, or low-income in California, Florida, Georgia, New York, and North Carolina. Applicants proposing projects outside those geographies must submit proposals together with a local education agency serving at least 50,000 students. Grants of up to $1 million over 2.5 years will be made to six to ten partnerships, which can include curriculum authors, PL providers, intermediate units, and schools. The application deadline is March 8, 2019. Visit the Gates Foundation website to review the RFP.

Programs Focused on Diabetes Prevention Funded
Sun Life Team Up Against Diabetes

The Sun Life Team Up Against Diabetes grant program is dedicated to addressing the prevention of diabetes and its related complications. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations throughout the country that focus on the following areas: diabetes prevention, awareness, education, and care; diabetes management; recovery and support from diabetes-related complications; obesity prevention; and nutritional programs, including education, management, and awareness. Grants of $25,000, $50,000, or $100,000 will be provided. The application deadline is March 31, 2019. Visit the Sun Life website to submit an online application.

Grants Promote Outdoor Adventures and Environmental Protection
The North Face Explore Fund

The North Face Explore Fund supports nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that are looking to increase participation in the outdoors and work in innovative ways to protect our environment. Grants are made in the following categories: The Enabling New Explorers category focuses on programs that introduce underrepresented communities to outdoor adventures in potentially new and interesting ways. The Protecting Our Environment category focuses on programs that work to protect our ecosystems and our ability to continue to enjoy them. Across both categories, programs with strong outdoor engagement in activities such as skiing, kayaking, backpacking, etc. are preferred. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Applications will be accepted from February 25 through April 2, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the program categories and application process.

Native American Youth Projects Supported
First Nations Development Institute: Native Youth and Culture Fund

First Nations Development Institute is a Native American-run nonprofit with a mission to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. The First Nations’ Native Youth and Culture Fund provides grants of $5,000 to $19,500 for projects that focus on youth and incorporate Native culture and tradition to address issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health, and other social issues. Funded projects should focus on one or more of the following priority areas: preserving cultural and spiritual practices, beliefs, and values; engaging both youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices, and beliefs; increasing youth's capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs; and increasing access to cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies as a means of preserving tribal language, arts, history, etc. Online Stage I proposals must be submitted by March 12, 2019; invited Stage II proposals will be due May 1, 2019. Visit the First Nations’ website to review the funding guidelines.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Watershed and Water Protection Efforts in Company Communities
American Water Environmental Grant Program

The American Water Environmental Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations that address a watershed or source water protection need in local communities within American Water service areas in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Source water protection projects should result in the protection or improvement of the community’s public drinking water supplies. Watershed protection projects should focus on activities that improve, restore, or protect one or more watersheds. Grants of up to $10,000 will be provided for environmental sustainability activities such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, hazardous waste collection efforts, community education, etc. Applications must be postmarked by March 29, 2019. Visit the company’s website to download the 2019 Program Brochure and the Grant Application Form, and to access contact information for each state.

Grants Address Child Abuse in Alaskan Communities
Alaska Children’s Trust: Community Based Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grants

The mission of Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) is to improve the status of children in Alaska by generating funds and committing resources to eliminate child abuse and neglect. Nonprofit organizations throughout Alaska working to prevent child abuse and neglect are invited to apply for Community Based Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grants. Support will be provided in the following focus areas: primary prevention programs, advocacy and community building, and positive social norming. These Tier 1 Grants range up to $10,000. The application deadline is March 15, 2019. Visit the ACT website to download the Tier 1 Community Investment Guidelines and submit an online application.

Support for Behavioral Healthcare Programs for Underserved Coloradans
The Denver Foundation: Colorado Health Access Fund

The Colorado Health Access Fund, administered by The Denver Foundation, is dedicated to improving health outcomes for underserved Coloradans. The Fund currently focuses on supporting four areas of behavioral healthcare: education of those with high health needs, as well as their families and caregivers; transitions in care; innovation of care delivery; and improved access to care, particularly in rural communities. Grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 are provided through three funding opportunities: project/program support, capital improvements, and collaboratives. The application deadline is March 8, 2019. (Organizations must register with the web-based application system by February 28, 2019.) Visit The Denver Foundation’s website to download the request for proposals.

Direct Services for Low-Income Maine Residents Funded
John T. Gorman Foundation

The John T. Gorman Foundation is dedicated to advancing ideas and opportunities that can improve the lives of disadvantaged people in Maine. The Foundation's Direct Services Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations throughout the state that work to address the immediate basic needs of low-income Mainers (food, shelter, clothing, physical and mental health, transportation, etc.). Grants of up to $25,000 are provided for programmatic work and general operating support for existing programs. The application deadline is April 1, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online application.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Awards Recognize Environmental Projects by Youth
Environmental Protection Agency

The President’s Environmental Youth Award recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. Previous winning projects have covered a wide range of subject areas, including restoring native habitats; recycling in schools and communities; construction of nature preserves; tree planting; installing renewable energy projects; creating videos, skits, and newsletters focused on environmental issues; and other creative sustainability efforts. The application deadline is March 8, 2019.

Rural Historic Preservation Supported
National Park Service

The Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program supports the rehabilitation of rural historic properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Applicants must make subgrants for physical preservation projects. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.



Partner Depot

Learn How to Become a Certified Grant Professional
(and Win a Free Grant Professionals Association Membership too!)

Are you looking to further your career as a grant professional and get recognition for the skills, expertise, and knowledge you’ve acquired? The Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) administers the nationally recognized Grant Professional Certification (GPC) credential to grant professionals who meet eligibility requirements and successfully demonstrate proficiency in the required competencies.

Visit the Grant Professionals Certification Institute’s website to learn:

  • What are the nine competencies and skills grant professionals must have to be certified?
  • Are you eligible to pursue your GPC?
  • Why should you consider getting your GPC?

Click here to sign up for the GPCI quarterly newsletter and you will automatically be entered into a drawing for a FREE one-year Grant Professionals Association (GPA) membership—a $220 value! (If you are already a GPA member, you can apply this to your upcoming renewal.)

The lucky winner will be chosen on February 22nd!



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

Creating a Partnership Strategy: A Field Guide
Partnering up with another organization can have far-reaching benefits, but working out the details of such arrangements can seem like a daunting process. For those new to the process, Community Wealth Partners has put out Creating a Partnership Strategy: A Field Guide to help readers as they create a partnership strategy and grapple with questions about whom to partner with and how to make those partnerships meaningful and effective. It walks readers through common stages of a partnership and offers actionable tools, questions to explore, and examples of what this work looked like for one nonprofit organization.



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.

Online Workshop: QuickBooks Budgeting & Year End Donor Receipts - Desktop Version
Do you spend hours every month getting budget reports ready for your board meeting? Do you put time into reentering and then manipulating data in Excel to get that “challenging” board member the report he wants? Do you manually generate donor thank you letters in Word? Are you double entering donations in QuickBooks and then again in another donor database that you don’t really like or understand? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then this workshop is for you! We are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, CPA and president of QuickBooks Made Easy, deliver one of his most popular webinars exclusively for GrantStation. In this workshop we will first explore how to enter budgets and generate budget reports in minutes for your organization right in QuickBooks. (No more fooling with Excel!) The webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. (The webinar for the online version of QuickBooks will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.)

Logic Models: More Than Just Extra Work!
Logic models are not a passing fad. If you need to create a logic model for your program, but don’t know where to start, this webinar is for you! Using the Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach from the United Way of America, Alice Ruhnke will demonstrate why logic models are critical for program planning and evaluation. During this webinar, you will learn how to create and use a logic model to help you improve services and your impact on your community. Executive directors, program managers, and grantwriters from a broad range of human service organizations will benefit from this 90-minute presentation. The webinar will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Secure the Future: Build a Diversified Base of Support
Just as your organization cannot rely on just one or two funders, you also need to develop multiple types of revenue streams beyond grants. This webinar will offer proven ideas and techniques that will lead to more and larger giving from a broader range of donors. First you’ll learn to draft a Development Plan. Then we’ll focus on how to develop relationships with diverse kinds of donors to assure a long-lasting source of philanthropic revenue to sustain your nonprofit. Look around you—there are all kinds of people waiting to help you, but you need to reach out to them in ways they can respond to. Learn how to engage your board to maximize their potential and tap into their networks. Likewise, we’ll explore what else volunteers can do for your organization. This webinar will benefit executive directors, board members, and all development staff who interact with donors and prospects. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.


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Editor: Julie Kaufman
Contributing Writer: Kevin Peters
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Collaborations to Strengthen Educational Instructional Materials
Programs Focused on Diabetes Prevention Funded
Grants Promote Outdoor Adventures and Environmental Protection
Native American Youth Projects Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Watershed and Water Protection Efforts in Company Communities
Grants Address Child Abuse in Alaskan Communities
Support for Behavioral Healthcare Programs for Underserved Coloradans
Direct Services for Low-Income Maine Residents Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Awards Recognize Environmental Projects by Youth
Rural Historic Preservation Supported