GrantStation Insider: February 24, 2022

Volume XXI | Issue 8

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

Current COVID-19 funding opportunities are available on our website.



National Funding
Opportunities throughout the U.S.

Support for K-12 STEM Projects
Toshiba America Foundation

The Toshiba America Foundation is dedicated to promoting quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in the nation's K-12 schools. The Foundation provides grants through the following two initiatives: Grants for Grades K-5 of up to $1,000 are provided to teachers in public or private schools to help them bring innovative projects into their classrooms. The application deadline is October 1, annually. Grants for Grades 6-12 are provided to teachers who have an idea for making science and mathematics more fun for their students. Requests for grants of up to $5,000 may be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed quarterly. The annual application deadlines for large grants of $5,000 or more are May 1 and November 1, annually. Visit the Foundation's website for details about each of the grant programs.

Efforts to Address Hunger and Poverty Funded
ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants

ELCA World Hunger is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). ELCA World Hunger's Domestic Hunger Grants accompany congregations and their partners throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands as they draw on the strengths of communities to address local issues such as food security, clean water, housing, job readiness, human rights, policy change, leadership development, and more. Together, these ministries are part of a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger—for good. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and be able to demonstrate an established relationship with an ELCA congregation, ministry, or institution. Organizations may register to apply through May 6, 2022; the application cycle will be open through May 20, 2022. Visit the ELCA website to access the funding guidelines.

Grants Advance Environmental Stewardship and Financial Literacy
Cornell Douglas Foundation

The Cornell Douglas Foundation is dedicated to advocating for environmental health and justice, encouraging stewardship of the environment, and furthering respect for sustainability of resources. The Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address one or more of the following areas of interest: environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and K-12 financial literacy. The average grant size is $15,000 to $50,000. Requests are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Foundation's website for information on submitting an online grant application.

Social and Reproductive Justice Initiatives Supported
Groundswell Fund: Rapid Response Fund

The Groundswell Fund supports a stronger, more effective U.S. movement for reproductive justice by mobilizing new funding and capacity building resources to grassroots organizing and policy change efforts led by low-income women, women of color, and trans people. Groundswell's Rapid Response Fund seeks to meet unforeseen needs and opportunities in the struggle to advance and defend social and reproductive justice organizing by women of color and trans people of color. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 are provided to organizations on the frontlines, with emphasis on funding in states and communities where organizing led by women of color, trans people of color, and low-income women is under resourced. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Groundswell website to learn more about the Rapid Response Fund's guidelines and application process.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Funds Available for Health Programs in the Upper Midwest
Medica Foundation

The Medica Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Medica, a Minnesota-based health plan, provides funding to nonprofit organizations and government agencies within the company's service area in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and western Wisconsin. The Foundation offers grants in the following funding areas: The Behavioral Health category provides grants ranging up to $50,000 for programs that help people with serious mental illness and chemical addictions recover and lead productive lives in their communities. The application deadline is April 1, 2022. The Early Childhood Health category provides grants ranging up to $25,000 for programs that focus on developing healthy families to foster optimal growth and development of young children, birth through age 12. The application deadline is April 29, 2022. The Rural Health category provides grants between $5,000 and $10,000 to support organizations located outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area for health-related programming. The application opens July 1 and the deadline is August 31, 2022. Visit the Foundation's website to review the giving guidelines and application process for each funding area. (Note: The Foundation is expanding its philanthropic reach to include funding in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa, and is currently developing relationships and learning about health concerns in these states. The funding process for Nebraska and Iowa will be by invitation only. Please contact Shelly d'Almeida at with questions.)

Grants Empower Hawaiian Women and Girls
Women's Fund of Hawaii

The mission of Women's Fund of Hawaii is to support innovative, grassroots programs that empower women and girls in Hawaii. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that promote women's financial security and girls' strengths and leadership. The focus is on organizations that address the factors that stand in the way of women's success, including violence, low self-esteem, health issues, substance abuse, reproductive rights, poverty, racism, etc. Programs serving Native Hawaiian women and girls, as well as programs in rural areas of the state, are of special interest. The spring 2022 grant cycle opens on March 1 and closes on March 31. Visit the Fund's website to submit an online application.

Support for Watershed and Source 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 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, 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, etc. Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2022. The 2022 Program Brochure and the Grant Application Form may be downloaded from the company's website.

Grants Promote Social Justice Initiatives in Alaska
Alaska Community Foundation: Social Justice Fund

The Alaska Community Foundation works to connect people, organizations, and causes to strengthen Alaska's communities. The Foundation's Social Justice Fund is designed to facilitate strategic collaborations that promote strong civic engagement, access to quality healthcare and education, community leadership, and equal rights. The goal of the Fund is to support Alaskans in their efforts to address the root causes of social justice issues within their communities and across the state. Nonprofit organizations, tribes, schools, faith-based organizations, local government agencies, and grassroots organizations may apply for programmatic and general operating support. Grants will range up to $25,000. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2022. (Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Foundation staff prior to submitting an online application.) Visit the Alaska Community Foundation website to review the Social Justice Fund Application Guidelines.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Funds Support Underserved Violence Victims
Department of Justice

The Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program provides support to develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at, and provide victim services to, adult or youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations. Funds may be used to develop or enhance population specific victim services, develop or enhance outreach strategies to reach underserved survivors, build the capacity of population specific organizations to serve survivors of these crimes, build the capacity of victim services providers to provide victim services that are population specific, train and educate community partners and the criminal justice system on the needs of survivors from underserved populations, and develop culturally and linguistically appropriate materials for underserved survivors. The deadline is March 28, 2022. Applications are due to JustGrants by March 31, 2022.

Grants Available to Improve Rural Maternity Care
Department of Health and Human Services

The Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program seeks to improve access to and continuity of maternal and obstetrics care in rural communities. The goals of this program are to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes within a rural region; develop a sustainable network approach to increase the delivery of and access to preconception, prenatal, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum services; develop a safe delivery environment with support for and access to specialty care for perinatal patients and infants; and develop sustainable financing models for the provision of maternal and obstetrics care in rural hospitals and communities. The application deadline is April 5, 2022.



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

Collecting and Communicating Data in Creative Ways
Are you looking to improve your organization's data collection and utilization efforts? If so, you may want to attend Nonprofit Learning Lab's upcoming webinar, "Collecting and Communicating Data in Creative Ways." This webinar will focus on creative, inclusive ways to collect data from all audiences, including younger and multilingual youth. It will also share effective ways to communicate data with a variety of stakeholders and how to make sure your communication strategy centers on what is most useful and relevant to your audience. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.



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.

Putting Your Plan to Paper
Creating a culture of planning is vital to creating a sustainable and healthy nonprofit organization. Ever heard the phrase . . . "If it's not in writing, it doesn't exist. If it IS in writing, we have to do it." This webinar, presented by Mindy Muller from Community Development Professionals, presents a step-by-step guide to developing effective plans for your organization. Whether you need a strategic plan, program impact plan, image management plan, or resource development plan, you'll discover how to pull a team together, brainstorm effectively, develop the vision, and articulate a plan that can be implemented. This webinar is appropriate for board members, executive directors, managers, or nonprofit practitioners. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

Budgeting to Fully Fund Your Overhead
This webinar will identify the building blocks of a strong budget and explain how nonprofits can easily raise the dollars needed to cover overhead costs. Amanda Pearce, of Funding for Good, will discuss how proper budgeting will propel grant proposals to success and how to use messaging to raise these much-needed funds. You'll see how to accurately describe, budget, and properly package your programs and projects to effectively secure funds from diversified funding streams. In this session you'll learn how to write a realistic budget for your organization, programs, and projects; the three items most budgets are missing; steps to diversifying your funding streams; how to express needs to prospective donors in ways that will ignite their passion to support your work; and the top three metrics you should analyze regularly from your budget. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

The Future of Nonprofit Compensation: Are You Ready?
In this 90-minute webinar, Stephanie Sample will address how the role of compensation packages and salaries has changed leading up to and during the pandemic. Together we will explore tools and strategies for executive and board leadership to increase nonprofit staff compensation. We will also consider strategies for addressing pay equity, and designing growth budgets. Topics covered include the role of executive leadership in increasing staff compensation, trends in nonprofit compensation and staff retention, the role of funders in compensating nonprofit staff, and what staff want: creative ideas for compensation packages. Attendees will walk away with resources for nonprofit performance and compensation practices, examples of foundations that fund nonprofit salary upgrades, and strategies for educating boards about budgeting for staff salaries. This webinar is designed for nonprofit professionals, staff managers, executive directors, and board members. The webinar will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2022.



GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation

FREE Online Education
Walking in Our Moccasins: Seven Strategies to Win More Grants

Walking in Our Moccasins' one-hour training session will be highly interactive, including storytelling and visual arts, to inspire and motivate the audience to win more grants for their community. While the webinar is specially designed for Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native peoples, the strategies can be applied to any community group, government agency, or nonprofit organization. Participants in the course will learn the following:

  • seven strategies to win more grants;
  • innovative project design techniques; and,
  • visualization strategies to get more funding partners.

Walking in Our Moccasins is a Native American name, inspired by Chairman Manuel Heart of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, for a process that generated $100 MILLION in new grant funding for his Tribe in six years. It is a new and improved version of a process developed by Beverly Santicola and her grant consulting team 20 years ago that has generated ONE BILLION in grants for their clients. In this presentation you will hear from the entire Santicola & Company Team: Beverly Santicola and Amanda Shepler (award winning grantwriters), Reiner Lomb (strategic facilitator, author of The Boomerang Approach), Anthony Two Moons (art director), Karina Branson (graphical facilitator), and Bernadette Cuthair (Planning Director for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe). Chairman Manuel Heart will also be invited to present on the panel.

This webinar will be held on Friday, March 4, 2022, at 2 PM EST.

What's Your World Like?
The State of Grantseeking Survey spotlights recent developments in funding so that organizations can be more strategic in their grantseeking. We continue to offer a special section specific to the pandemic and its effect on your world.

The resulting—free—State of Grantseeking reports, published in May and June, serve as valuable analytic tools for organizations to review their grantseeking efforts, report on performance, and plan for the future. The benchmarks suggest reasonable levels of funding to expect for an organization based on median awards by organizational budget and mission. This leading-edge information is key data for all organizations.

Please join thousands of others who find value in the free State of Grantseeking reports and Benchmarker comparative resource. Complete this survey by March 31, 2022, to offer your insights for the latest report.

Level UP
"A week seldom goes by that I don't get a call for help from a proposal writer needing more information than an article or a webinar provides. The idea behind the Level UP series was born from these conversations. Because we limit the number of participants attending, the instructor can work with each person individually, so they walk away with exactly what they need to move their organizations forward." —Cynthia Adams, GrantStation Founder and CEO

Do you need help identifying funders for a particular program or project? Are you having trouble developing a specific funding strategy to secure support for your project or program? Consider taking this Level UP course, One Project: One Strategy, presented by Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, which combines learning new approaches with one-on-one consulting, all focused on your organization's specific needs. The course will be limited to ten participants, and each will come away with a funding plan for a specific program or project.

During this four-part course, you will receive:

  • one-on-one consulting with Cynthia Adams to help develop a funding strategy;
  • a polished letter of inquiry that can be modified for various funders;
  • video documentation of the lectures; and,
  • a one-year GrantStation Membership (or a one-year extension of a current Membership).

Funding Alerts
Want to stay on top of upcoming deadlines? Check out the weekly Funding Alerts on the GrantStation homepage.


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National Funding Opportunities
Support for K-12 STEM Projects
Efforts to Address Hunger and Poverty Funded
Grants Advance Environmental Stewardship and Financial Literacy 
Social and Reproductive Justice Initiatives Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds Available for Health Programs in the Upper Midwest
Grants Empower Hawaiian Women and Girls
Support for Watershed and Source Water Protection Efforts in Company Communities 
Grants Promote Social Justice Initiatives in Alaska

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Support Underserved Violence Victims
Grants Available to Improve Rural Maternity Care