GrantStation Insider: February 23, 2023

Volume XXII | Issue 8

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Special Funding Opportunities
Opportunities related to specific current issues

Current funding opportunities for COVID-19 and Ukraine are available to the public on our website.


National Funding
Opportunities throughout the U.S.

Prizes Advance Environment, Heritage Conservation, and Social Justice Innovations
J.M. Kaplan Fund: J.M.K. Innovation Prize

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative, early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. In 2023, up to ten Prizes will be awarded, each including unrestricted funding of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 in technical assistance funds, for a total award of $175,000. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network, accessing tools and a community of support to help turn their innovative ideas into life-changing social impacts. The first-round application deadline is April 28, 2023. Visit the J.M. Kaplan Fund's website for more information.

$15 Million Available for New Initiatives Improving Pre-K-12 Education
NewSchools Venture Fund

The mission of the NewSchools Venture Fund is to reimagine public education through powerful ideas, passionate educators, and visionary innovators so all children—especially those in underserved communities—have the opportunity to succeed. Through its 2023 funding opportunity, NewSchools will provide $15 million in funding to new ventures focused on creating a more excellent and equitable pre-K-12 education system. Unrestricted grants between $150,000 and $250,000 will support early-stage organizations and new initiatives across the following investment areas: learning solutions, diverse leaders, racial equity, and innovative schools. In addition, the EDge Fund invests in solutions that extend beyond any single investment area, with a focus on innovations that empower students with learning differences, as well as innovations that are emerging to meet the moment. Applications are due March 29, 2023. Visit the NewSchools website to complete the eligibility form and access applicant resources.

$250,000 Awards Enhance Partnerships Promoting Health Equity
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Culture of Health Prize

The Culture of Health Prize, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), honors the work of communities throughout the U.S. that foster health and well-being for all by addressing systemic inequities. The Prize is awarded to whole cities, towns, tribes, reservations, or counties that are addressing structural racism and other structural injustices in order to create conditions that advance health equity. The Prize recognizes diverse, cross-sector partnerships that center people who are most impacted by local or regional health inequities and the opportunities they see to improve health and well-being. Eligible applications must represent the work of multiple organizations. In 2023, RWJF will select up to ten winning communities to receive a $250,000 award, national and local promotion of communities' stories, training to enhance outreach, opportunities to expand networks, and access to technical assistance, coaching, and workshops. Applications will be accepted through March 29, 2023. Visit the RWJF website for more information and to access the online application.

Energy Efficiency Projects of Visual Arts Organizations Funded
Helen Frankenthaler Foundation: Frankenthaler Climate Initiative

The Frankenthaler Climate Initiative, launched by Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in partnership with RMI and Environment and Culture Partners, is a national grantmaking program that addresses climate change through cultural institutions. Support is provided to cultural institutions located in the U.S. or its territories that have visual arts as a key part of their mission and programming. The Initiative funds energy efficiency and clean energy generation projects in the following categories: Scoping Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000, Technical Assistance Grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000, and Implementation Grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000. The deadline for Scoping and Technical Assistance applications and Implementation letters of interest is March 31, 2023. Application guidelines are available on the Initiative's website.


Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Support Provided in Company Communities
CSX Community Investment Program

The CSX Community Investment Program provides support in the communities where CSX employees live and work, primarily in the Eastern, Southern, and Midwest regions of the United States. The main focus is on Pride in Service Grants, which provide funding to organizations serving veterans, active military, first responders, or their families. In addition, Community Service Grants support local and regional organizations that serve the needs of the communities in which CSX operates. In-kind donations of transportation services and railroad equipment and materials are also provided. Nonprofit organizations, schools, and government entities, including law enforcement and fire rescue departments, are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the CSX website to complete the eligibility quiz and submit an application.

Grants Foster Positive Youth Development in OR, WA, and ID
Silver Family Foundation

The Silver Family Foundation strives to support positive youth development by making grants to nonprofit organizations in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho that work with at-risk youth. The focus is on transformative youth development programs that offer in-depth, long-term investments and opportunities for motivated, low-income youth. Grantmaking priorities include youth mentorship, academic intervention and enrichment, high school completion, and college and postsecondary preparation and retention. Letters of inquiry are reviewed on a continuous basis, and may be submitted at any time during the year. Invited applications are due March 31 and September 30, annually. The online letter of inquiry form is available on the Foundation's website.

Funding Promotes Racial Equity in Massachusetts
New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund

The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund seeks to address systemic racism and racial inequality, while fostering inclusion, representation, opportunity, and prosperity for Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities in Massachusetts. The Fund focuses support on five pillar areas to advance racial equity: economic empowerment, policing and criminal justice reform, health equity, youth development, and identity and culture narrative. Applications are currently being accepted for the following types of investments: Disruption Investments provide multi-year support and are designed to encourage collaboration among multiple nonprofit partners. Pillar Investments provide multi-year support to impact one or more of the Fund's pillars. Off-Cycle Investments provide off-cycle support to address the more immediate needs of nonprofit organizations. Organizations based in Massachusetts are eligible to apply. The application deadline for Disruption Investments and Pillar Investments is March 22, 2023. Applications for Off-Cycle Investments are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the Fund's application website to access the online applications.

Education, Health, and Science Projects Supported in North Carolina
North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation supports programs in North Carolina that advance science, health, and education. The Foundation's Traditional Grants provide support of $25,000 and above in seed funds for new and worthwhile educational programs. Completed applications must be received by January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1, annually. The Foundation's Ribbon of Hope Grants provide support for projects furthering science, health, and education in local communities. Proposals will be considered that relate to the establishment and implementation of new projects or expansion of an existing program. Completed applications for this program must be received by April 1 or October 1, annually. Nonprofit organizations in North Carolina are eligible to apply for both programs. Visit the Foundation's website to access the application guidelines.


Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Program Supports Urban Agriculture Projects
Department of Agriculture

The goal of the Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Competitive Grants Program is to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production. Two types of grants are available: Planning Projects and Implementation Projects. Planning Projects work to initiate, develop, or support the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, members of tribal communities, and other stakeholders in areas where access to fresh foods is limited or unavailable. Implementation Projects are for accelerating existing and emerging models of urban or innovative agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers or gardeners, which may include new and emerging, as well as traditional or Indigenous, agricultural practices. The application deadline is March 27, 2023.

Health Disparity Issues Addressed
Department of Health and Human Services

The goals of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program are to improve health, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk or burden of chronic disease, specifically for African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaska Natives. Eligible projects will support evidence-based, culturally tailored interventions and activities for nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco collaborations that ultimately lead to reduced health disparities in chronic conditions of hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity, as well as vaccination activities to support the prevention of infectious diseases such as flu, COVID-19, and other adult diseases. The application deadline is April 11, 2023.


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

Digital for Good: A Global Study on Emerging Ways of Giving
The digital realm has permeated all aspects of modern life, including charitable giving. Indiana University's new report Digital for Good: A Global Study on Emerging Ways of Giving explores the emerging vehicles of philanthropy, such as crowdfunding, online giving, mobile giving, workplace giving, donor-advised funds, and social impact initiatives. Eight countries with significantly diverse cultures participated in this global study: Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. Findings are shared in a series of reports, including eight country reports and one global report.


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.

The Power of 3: Master Your Messaging
Now, more than ever, your words matter. What word choices are you making to grab attention and cut through the clutter of nonprofit communication noise so you raise more money in 2023? During this Power of 3 series, master storyteller and fundraising culture change expert Lori L. Jacobwith will take you on a deep dive into the world of storytelling and powerful communication to raise more money. In the first session, How to Find and Craft Powerful Stories to Raise More Money, you'll discover how to engage your team to help you find and craft powerful stories. You'll leave with the tools you need to mine for the nuggets of powerful stories plus a framework for telling a mission moment story that inspires action. During the second session, Your Money Story: How to Talk About and Ask for Money, you'll learn the power of being transparent about what more money will do for your nonprofit. This session will help you move past the fear of talking about or asking for money. In fact, it may change how you talk about your fundraising needs forever. The final session, Master Your Messaging: Harness Community Passion to Cause Action, will show you how authentic, clear word choices can help you raise more money, increase donor retention, and increase contribution gift size. You'll walk away ready to change how you communicate about the needs of your organization. The series begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. The webinars may be taken as a series or individually.

Launch Your Nonprofit Consulting Career: Set Your Rates
Setting your rates is one of the most challenging aspects of working as a consultant. Naturally, you may hesitate to charge fair market rates to nonprofit clients. However, undervaluing your work means you'll be stretched thin—which makes it hard to deliver great results. To bridge this gap, many individuals create starter rates by "working backwards" from a full-time salary. Unfortunately, this approach makes it easy to jump into projects with little time spent estimating the full range of hours it will take and the ultimate value of the work to the client. The end result? You underestimate the value you bring to clients and you underbid your work. During this webinar, Stephanie Sample, owner of Fundraising for the Future, will illustrate why setting your rates is not a process to jump into alone. You'll see how getting the right support around developing your rates can increase organizational revenue, client retention, and your own self-esteem. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

How to Highlight Your Strengths When Writing Proposals
Many nonprofits, especially new organizations, try to get attention from funders by putting urgency on their own needs to provide essential services. Unfortunately, this presents your organization as one that needs help. The end result? Your organization is part of the "problem to be solved." Fortunately, there are more compelling ways to get attention from grantmakers. Being a solution-oriented organization that "gets things done" will draw the positive attention you are looking for. During this TargetED, Alice Ruhnke will help you identify ways you can infuse your strengths throughout your proposals. Grantseeking is a competitive process and it is important to demonstrate to a funder (or any donor) the solutions your nonprofit provides to challenges in the community. The webinar will be held on Monday, March 6, 2023.


GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation

Don't Take It for Granted: Best Practices for Grant Writers
GrantStation President Alice Ruhnke will be speaking on the upcoming panel hosted by NXUnite called "Don't Take It for Granted: Best Practices for Grant Writers."

She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her expertise and hear from fellow industry experts. Check out the other panelists here.

During this panel you will hear about:

  • strategies for finding and getting to know potential funders;
  • grant proposal crafting tips and what you should not miss;
  • resources to help you through your grantseeking journey;
  • and more!

Funding Alerts
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National Funding Opportunities
Prizes Advance Environment, Heritage Conservation, and Social Justice Innovations
$15 Million Available for New Initiatives Improving Pre-K-12 Education
$250,000 Awards Enhance Partnerships Promoting Health Equity
Energy Efficiency Projects of Visual Arts Organizations Funded

Regional Funding Opportunities
Support Provided in Company Communities
Grants Foster Positive Youth Development in OR, WA, and ID
Funding Promotes Racial Equity in Massachusetts
Education, Health, and Science Projects Supported in North Carolina

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Supports Urban Agriculture Projects
Health Disparity Issues Addressed