GrantStation Insider - February 28, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 8

National | Regional | Federal | PathFinder | Online Education


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Projects Strengthening Wildlife Adaptation to Climate Change
Wildlife Conservation Society: Climate Adaptation Fund

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund supports projects that implement effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change. Grants of $50,000 to $250,000 are provided to nonprofit conservation organizations for applied, on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale. In 2019, the Fund is also inviting applications for projects that provide additional co-benefits, in particular those that reduce greenhouse gas emissions through methods like carbon sequestration. The Fund prioritizes projects that manage dynamic ecological processes, landscape functionality, and species assemblages, rather than those aimed at maintaining historic conditions or individual species. Grants are provided to U.S.-based nonprofit conservation organizations for projects within the 50 states and six U.S. territories. Pre-proposal application forms are due April 5, 2019. Visit the Wildlife Conservation Society’s website to download the Request for Proposals.

K-12 School Breakfast and Physical Activity Programs Funded
Action for Healthy Kids: School Grants for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids fights childhood obesity, undernourishment, and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. School Grants for Healthy Kids, an initiative of Action for Healthy Kids, provides support to K-12 schools for school breakfast and physical activity programs. The following grant programs are being offered in 2019: School Breakfast Grants of $1,000, $2,000, or $3,000 will be provided to K-12 schools nationwide to introduce or expand a school breakfast program. Game On Grants of $1,000 will be provided to schools in selected states to improve or introduce new nutrition and physical activity programs. Parent-Led Grants of $1,000 will be provided to parents or parent groups in selected states to revamp or introduce fitness, nutrition, and other wellness programs so that all students have access to healthy choices. The application deadline for all three programs is April 5, 2019. Visit the Action for Healthy Kids website to learn more about the programs and application process.

Grants Address Sexual Exploitation in the U.S.
NoVo Foundation: The Life Story Grants

The NoVo Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a transformation in global society, from a culture of domination and exploitation to one of equality and partnership. The Foundation is offering The Life Story Grants, an initiative to address sexual exploitation by funding system-focused strategies in the United States that help close on-ramps into commercial sexual exploitation while building many more exit ramps. Grants will supports six specific systems: Housing, Medical Needs, Law Enforcement, Trauma and Mental Health, Immigration, and Systems Impacting Youth. Particular emphasis will be given to efforts that focus on girls and women of color, indigenous girls and women, immigrant girls and women, adult women and mothers, and trans girls and women. Grants will be provided for up to three years; minimum grant size is expected to be $100,000 per year and the maximum grant size is expected to be $600,000 per year. Online letters of inquiry must be submitted by April 19, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to download The Life Story Grants request for letters of inquiry document.

Organizations Working with Military Families Recognized
Newman’s Own Awards Program

Newman’s Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times are joining together in presenting $200,000 in grants to recognize volunteer and nonprofit organizations supporting our nation's military families. Eligible applicants to the Newman’s Own Awards Program must be comprised primarily of volunteers or be a nonprofit organization, and be working with Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve units, veterans, and their families. Applying organizations will be evaluated on their innovative plans for improving the quality of life for members of the military, veterans, and their families. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided. The application deadline for 2019 is April 25. Visit the program’s website to submit an online application.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

New Approaches to Healthcare in Michigan Supported
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation: Community Health Matching Grant Program

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of Michigan residents through the support of research and innovative programs. The Foundation’s Community Health Matching Grant Program supports nonprofit community organizations throughout the state that develop, implement, and evaluate new approaches to healthcare issues. Matching grants of up to $25,000 per year for two years are available. Requests are reviewed three times per year; the remaining application deadlines for 2019 are April 5 and August 2. (Potential grantees are encouraged to submit a concept form for feedback before developing a proposal.) Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.

Capital Improvement Backing for Basketball Courts in Targeted Cities
LISC/ESPN Home Court Program

The LISC/ESPN Home Court Program, a collaboration between ESPN and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), provides nonprofit neighborhood-based organizations, middle schools, and high schools with financing and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local basketball courts in Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Jacksonville, FL; Indianapolis, IN; New Orleans, LA; and Minneapolis, MN. The program provides grants of up to $25,000 for capital improvement projects to basketball courts that serve a neighborhood consisting primarily of low- and moderate-income families and individuals. Priority will be given to local partnerships with nonprofit community partners (e.g., Parks and Recreation Departments, YMCA branches, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.) in order to promote youth sports safety and community programming on the courts. The application deadline is May 30, 2019. Visit the LISC website to download the 2019 request for proposals.

Grants Promote Social Justice in Hawaii
Hawaii People’s Fund

The Hawaii People’s Fund provides support to progressive grassroots social change organizations working throughout the state. Grants are provided to organizations committed to social justice through a more equitable distribution of power, resources, and wealth in Hawaii. The Fund’s broad grant categories include the following: action research, cultural activism, human and civil rights, environmental and economic justice, movement building, political organizing, grassroots leadership, youth organizing, indigenous rights, workers’ rights, reproductive justice, public policy advocacy, and peace and international solidarity. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided for existing projects as well as startup projects. The deadline for paper applications is April 1, 2019; online application forms must be submitted by April 5, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to review the funding guidelines and FAQs.

Awards for Community Initiatives in Minnesota and the Dakotas
Bush Foundation: Bush Prize for Community Innovation

The Bush Prize for Community Innovation honors innovative nonprofit organizations and government entities with a track record of making great ideas happen in the regions the Bush Foundation serves: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. The Bush Prize does not prioritize any specific issues and instead is open to community innovations that address all sorts of needs and opportunities. At least half of the Bush Prize winners will be organizations that address racial and economic disparities in the region. Prize winners will receive a package of recognition, along with a flexible grant of 25% of their last fiscal year budget, up to a $500,000 grant. Applications will be accepted from March 5 through April 11, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the 2019 Bush Prize Info Packet.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Substance Abuse Recovery Programs Supported
Department of Health and Human Services

The Building Communities of Recovery program provides support to mobilize resources within and outside of the substance abuse and addiction recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support. These grants are intended to fund the development, enhancement, expansion, and delivery of recovery support services as well as promotion of and education about recovery. The application deadline is April 2, 2019.

Program Brings the Arts to the Underserved
National Endowment for the Arts

The Challenge America program provides support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The application deadline is April 11, 2019.



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

2018 Charitable Giving Report
For those of you looking to keep up on the latest giving trends, Blackbaud has recently released its 2018 Charitable Giving Report. This report tracks over $31 billion in U.S.-based charitable giving from the Blackbaud Index. It examines overall, online, and mobile giving, and provides information on donor trends, global giving, and Giving Tuesday.



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.

How to Know if Your Grant Program is Working (NEW)
Building a grants program is both high-stakes and time-intensive. But how can you tell if your grants program is working and raising as much money as it can? In this webinar, Alayna Buckner, a grantwriting expert at Elevate, will teach you how to measure the success of your grant strategy and help you avoid inadvertently leaving money on the table. In this webinar we’ll show you how to establish the right timeline and goals for measuring progress; weigh opportunity costs and know which opportunities are worth pursuing; and measure and interpret returns from grants. This training is ideal for grantwriters, development professionals, and other nonprofit leaders who want a better understanding of how to develop a grant strategy, measure grant program outcomes, and set attainable fundraising goals. The webinar will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

FREE Tour of the GrantStation Website
Join Jeremy Smith, Communications and Technology Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, 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, March 12, 2019.

Online Workshop: Visualize Survey Results with Excel (NEW)
You collected data with a survey—now what? Surveys, assessments, questionnaires, and forms are one of the most common ways for organizations to collect data. It’s time to get those numbers off of your spreadsheets and into real-world conversations. In this workshop, Ann Emery will describe how to showcase survey results with effective data visualization. We’ll begin with a brief overview of data storytelling principles, like removing unnecessary ink from your graph and then drawing attention to your desired takeaway finding with a dark/light contrast and a storytelling title. Then, we’ll dive into real-life survey questions. You’ll learn how to visualize data from yes/no survey questions, check-all-that-apply questions, rating scales, pre/post questionnaires, and from open-ended comments. The speaker will show you a few ideas for visualizing each type of survey question, and then you’ll vote on your favorite. This session is about software-agnostic critical thinking skills, not about how-to software skills, but the speaker will share the Excel file that she used to create all of the visualizations in case you want to adapt her file for your own projects. The webinar will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019.


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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Projects Strengthening Wildlife Adaptation to Climate Change
K-12 School Breakfast and Physical Activity Programs Funded
Grants Address Sexual Exploitation in the U.S.
Organizations Working with Military Families Recognized

Regional Funding Opportunities
New Approaches to Healthcare in Michigan Supported
Capital Improvement Backing for Basketball Courts in Targeted Cities
Grants Promote Social Justice in Hawaii
Awards for Community Initiatives in Minnesota and the Dakotas

Federal Funding Opportunities
Substance Abuse Recovery Programs Supported
Program Brings the Arts to the Underserved