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Opportunities throughout the U.S.
Funding Available to Protect Wild Places
The Conservation Alliance
The Conservation Alliance (TCA) protects outdoor spaces and wild places through the collective power of its member companies. TCA members' annual contributions go directly to its grants program. Twice a year, TCA's Member-Directed Grants provide support for projects that seek to secure lasting and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway. As part of this process, TCA member companies nominate up to two organizations to apply for funding of up to $50,000 and help to select grantees who are committed to creating a healthy, liveable planet for all. Organizations should connect with member companies in their state to secure a nomination. Realizing that its network of partners did not include everyone working to protect natural places, TCA launched the Confluence Program in 2021 to provide multi-year grant funding to groups led by and supporting historically racially excluded people. This program is led by an advisory committee made up of individuals from member companies, philanthropy, and grantee organizations. Visit the Conservation Alliance's website for further information on its grant programs.
Grants Benefit Domestic Violence Shelters Nationally
Mary Kay Ash Foundation: Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program
The Mary Kay Ash Foundation's Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program awards grants to shelters across the United States that are providing critical, life-saving services to women and children seeking safety from an abusive situation. Grants of $20,000 are awarded to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state. The application deadline is April 30, 2023. Visit the Foundation's website to access the online application.
Social Justice and Anti-Racism Education Supported
Learning for Justice Educator Fund
The Learning for Justice Educator Fund, a program of the Southern Poverty Law Center, supports educators who embrace and embed social justice, anti-bias, and anti-racist principles throughout their classrooms and schools. Educators across the U.S. may apply, with priority given to proposals in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. All projects must incorporate at least one Learning for Justice resource, framework, or publication and must also address one or more of the following key outcomes: restorative discipline, youth civic engagement, and dismantling oppressive narratives. Classroom level grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 are available to individual educators or small peer groups, while school level and district level grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 are provided to educator networks and school or district leadership teams. The fall semester application deadline is April 14, 2023. Visit the Learning for Justice website to review the guidelines and frequently asked questions.
Fellowship Promotes Indigenous Innovations
MIT Solve: Indigenous Communities Fellowship
The 2023 Indigenous Communities Fellowship, a program of MIT Solve, supports innovators in the U.S. and Canada, including territories, with community-based solutions by and for Indigenous communities that build upon traditional knowledge and technology to meet the social, environmental, and economic goals of Indigenous communities. Solve seeks solutions that 1) strengthen sustainable energy sovereignty and support climate resilience initiatives by and for Indigenous peoples; 2) support the creation, growth, and success of Indigenous-owned businesses and promote economic opportunity in Indigenous communities; 3) drive positive outcomes for Indigenous learners of any age and context through culturally grounded educational opportunities; and 4) promote culturally informed mental and physical health and wellness services for Indigenous community members. Solutions do not need to be cross-border or international in scope and can focus on specific Indigenous communities in either country. Each selected Fellow will receive a $10,000 grant and the possibility of receiving additional prize funding. The submission deadline is May 9, 2023. Visit the Solve website for more information on the Fellowship.
Opportunities for specific geographic areas
Support Provided for Capital Projects and Endowments in 12 States
Gladys Brooks Foundation
The Gladys Brooks Foundation provides support in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. The focus is on nonprofit libraries, educational institutions, and hospitals and clinics. Grants, generally between $50,000 and $150,000, may be used for endowments, capital projects, or capital equipment. The first step in the application process is to fill out an online request form. This form will provide information on developing a grant proposal letter, which must be submitted within two weeks from the date of the request form. (The final deadline for online grant proposal letters is May 31, 2023.) Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.
Basic Needs, Education, and Civic Efforts Funded in Wyoming
John P. Ellbogen Foundation
The John P. Ellbogen Foundation seeks to empower the people of Wyoming to lead healthy lives in thriving communities. The Foundation's grantmaking prioritizes work in the areas of basic needs, including food, housing, transportation, and healthcare; early childhood through postsecondary education and quality teaching; and civics education and engagement. Priority is given to statewide initiatives and activities, or those that serve a region of the state. (Particularly innovative or enterprising initiatives that serve only a single community may occasionally be funded.) In addition, the Foundation values a systemic approach to problem solving that recognizes the multidimensional nature of needs and problems as well as solutions. Letters of inquiry for the next grant cycle will be accepted from March 13 to 17, 2023. Visit the Foundation's website for information on the application process.
Grants Advance Racial Equity in Washington
Legal Foundation of Washington: Race Equity Grants
The Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW) aims to achieve equal civil justice for low-income people in the state of Washington. LFW's Race Equity Grants provide multi-year funding to advance racial justice in civil legal aid and build power in communities most impacted by structural racism and oppression. The goals of the grants are to invest in communities most impacted by structural racism and oppression, support community- and client-centered approaches to civil legal aid, increase civil justice for communities of color, build and support anti-racist organizations and leadership, and center those most impacted in the decision making process. Grants of $40,000 support civil justice projects including direct civil legal aid services, systemic advocacy, policy reform, and tribal issues. The application deadline is April 15, 2023. Visit the LFW website for more information on the Race Equity Grants, as well as LFW's other grantmaking programs.
Maine Arts and Environmental Initiatives Supported
The Onion Foundation encourages conservation and stewardship of the natural environment and promotes music and the arts in the state of Maine. The Foundation's Arts Program seeks to connect Maine residents to arts experiences, with a focus on supporting arts-mission nonprofit organizations offering ongoing events and educational opportunities. The application deadlines for large grant awards between $7,500 and $20,000 are March 15 and September 13, 2023. Smaller project applications, for grants up to $7,500, are due May 11, August 10, and November 9, 2023. The Environment Program aims to enable all Maine residents to enjoy the state's natural resources and to develop the knowledge, skills, and motivation to protect the state's environment. Grant cycles will be arranged by strategy area, with the following 2023 deadlines: April 12 for equitable outdoor access proposals, July 12 for nature learning proposals, and September 27 for advocacy and movement building proposals to protect the environment and mitigate climate change. Visit the Foundation's website for updated information on both programs.
Opportunities from the U.S. government
Agriculture Education Funded
Department of Agriculture
The Secondary Education, Two-Year Post-Secondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to 1) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year post-secondary education in the food and agriculture sciences; 2) help ensure the existence of a workforce in the United States that's qualified to serve the food and agriculture sciences system; and 3) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year post-secondary, and higher education programs in the food and agriculture sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the food and agriculture sciences. The application deadline is April 5, 2023.
Program Supports Wildlife on Public Lands
Department of the Interior
The Bureau of Land Management Headquarters Wildlife Program is focused on ensuring self-sustaining populations and a natural abundance and diversity of wildlife on public lands for the enjoyment and use of present and future generations. The Program works with partners and cooperating agencies/governments to align efforts to manage priority habitats and species and identify and implement strategies that promote building resiliency to climate change and environmental stressors, including drought, wildland fire, unusual weather events, and insects/disease. The application deadline is April 3, 2023.
March Membership Sale
Grant Professionals Association (GPA) is a membership-based association that represents a range of grant professionals who service a variety of organizations. GPA is dedicated to providing its members with educational training and resources to help them advance themselves and, in turn, the industry.
All grant professionals that join during the month of March will receive 15 months of membership for the price of 12! Join before March 31, 2023, and receive three additional months for free!* We believe you'll find your professional home with GPA.
*Applicable for new members only. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
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2023 Just Economy Conference
Are you concerned about widening inequality in the U.S.? Are you passionate about promoting economic justice? If you answered yes to these questions, you may want to attend the 2023 Just Economy Conference in Washington, DC. Hosted by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, this conference is a national event for community, policy, government, and business leaders who want a nation that not only promises but delivers opportunities for all Americans to build wealth and live well. From March 29 to 30, 2023, national and local luminaries, visionaries, and changemakers will gather to network, share ideas, learn, and ask hard questions to chart out a better future. The conference will be preceded by Virtual Advocacy Week, which takes place from March 20 to 24, 2023.
Upcoming Online Education Trainings
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 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.
(FREE) Is Your Organization Grant Ready?
If you're like most nonprofit organizations, when asked if your organization is grant ready, you answer with a resounding, "Yes—we are ready to get grant money to support the important work of our organization!" However, while your organization may be ready to reap the benefits of grant awards, many nonprofits have not developed the infrastructure necessary to be competitive in the application process. During this webinar, GrantStation President Alice Ruhnke will guide you through a process which can help you assess your organization's grant readiness. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
Multiply Your Revenue Through Major Grants
Major gifts are a staple of fund development plans. A nonprofit's largest private grants? They rarely get the same attention. Yet many corporations and foundations are consolidating their giving into fewer, larger awards. This webinar will offer specialized strategies to secure significant private grants in this increasingly competitive environment. Susan Schaefer of Resource Partners will help you understand the key differences between competing for your nonprofit's annual grants and awards that stand to make up your largest private grants to date. The webinar will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2023.
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