GrantStation Insider: March 4, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 9

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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 Organizations Serving Military Members and Veterans
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 nonprofit organizations that improve quality of life for service members, veterans, and their families. Eligible applicants to the Newman's Own Awards Program must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that support active duty, units, or National Guard and/or veterans and their families. Applying organizations will be evaluated on their innovative quality of life improvement plans. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided. The application deadline for 2021 is April 22. Visit the Program's website to review the FAQs and eligibility requirements.

Music Education Programs in the U.S. and Canada Funded
D'Addario Foundation

The D'Addario Foundation identifies the most impactful instrument instruction programs in communities of need throughout the United States and Canada and provides support to assist their growth and development. Grants are given to high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline to improve access to music education. The focus is on programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing early and frequently, with students receiving instrument instruction multiple days per week, throughout the year, and for as many years as possible in their education. Cash grants averaging $2,500 and D'Addario accessories product donations are available. (The Foundation prefers not to provide funding for the purpose of purchasing equipment or instruments.) Interested applicants should submit a letter of inquiry; invited grant applications will be due June 15, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to access the guidelines for submitting a letter of inquiry.

Grants for Youth Projects Promoting Racial Equity
Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing

The Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing, an initiative of America's Promise Alliance, is a leadership and service opportunity supporting youth-designed projects that promote racial equity and address systemic racism. Teams made up of young people, ages 13 to 19, will have access to a $250 mini-grant to support a COVID-safe service project. Funded projects may encompass a range of activities—from establishing a school anti-racism committee to bolstering the availability of books and resources by racially and ethnically diverse authors in a local library. The deadline for project ideas is April 30, 2021. Visit the Power of Youth Challenge website to review the eligibility criteria and application process.

Gift Card Donations Promote Volunteering in Local Communities
The Home Depot Foundation: Community Impact Grants Program

The Home Depot Foundation's Community Impact Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve their communities. The Program focuses on support for organizations that serve veterans in local communities, as well as organizations that serve vulnerable and underserved communities. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 31, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to submit an online application.

 

 

Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Health Improvement Efforts in the Upper Midwest Supported
Medica Foundation

The Medica Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Medica, a Minnesota based health plan, provides competitive 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 2, 2021. 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 30, 2021. The Rural Health category provides grants to support organizations located outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area for health-related programming. The application deadline is August 27, 2021. 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 Michelle.dAlmeidaAraujo@medica.com with questions.)

Capital Funds for Montana Organizations
Treacy Foundation

The Treacy Foundation is dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations in the state of Montana. The Foundation's areas of interest include arts and culture; children and youth; education, including K-12 and higher education; and health and human services. The main focus of the Foundation is to support capital campaigns and bricks and mortar projects. The application deadline for grant requests over $10,000 is posted on the Foundation's website; requests for grants of $10,000 or less may be submitted at any time. Application guidelines and forms are available on the Foundation's website.

Grants Aim to Conserve New England Habitats
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: New England Forests and Rivers Fund

The New England Forests and Rivers Fund, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), is dedicated to restoring and sustaining healthy forests and rivers that provide habitat for diverse native bird and freshwater fish populations in the six New England states, as well as Lake Champlain and Upper Hudson watersheds in New York. The Fund will award approximately $1.5 million in grants, ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 each, to 12 to 15 organizations during the current funding cycle. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, tribal governments and organizations, and educational institutions. The proposal deadline is April 12, 2021. Visit the NFWF website to review the 2021 Request for Proposals.

Projects to Improve the Lives of Indianans Supported
SIA Foundation

The SIA Foundation, established by Subaru of Indiana Automotive, is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations, institutions, and entities throughout Indiana that work to improve the quality of life and help to meet the needs of the residents of the state. The Foundation's funding priorities are arts and culture, education, and health and welfare. Capital grants, which range from $1,000 to $15,000, must be used for investments in facilities, equipment, or real estate. For the first application cycle of 2021, applications will be accepted through March 31. Visit the Foundation's website for details.

 

 

Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Challenge Seeks Ideas for Cleaner Air
Environmental Protection Agency

The Cleaner Indoor Air During Wildfires Challenge encourages the development of new approaches, technologies, or technology combinations for keeping indoor air as clean as possible during wildfire smoke events and high pollution days. The program is a theoretical challenge requiring submission of a written solution. Depending on the results of the Challenge and on the availability of funds, selected applicants may participate in a follow-on competition where they will be asked to develop and submit a prototype solution for testing. The submission period runs through May 17, 2021.

Capacity Building for Maternal and Child Health Funded
Department of Health and Human Services

The Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health program works to strengthen the capacity of organizations to respond to emerging public health issues affecting maternal and child health populations. Specific capacity building areas include data and informational systems, workforce development, and strategic partnerships. Examples of emerging issues include, but are not limited to, increasing rates of opioid and other substance use disorders, emergent environmental health threats, persistent or increasing disparities in maternal mortality, inadequate availability of and access to behavioral health services, and declining immunization coverage. The application deadline is April 9, 2021.

 

 

Tracks to Success
Feature articles focused on a particular grantmaker or philanthropic trend

International Remittances and the Nonprofit Sector
by Sid Davis

When workers abroad send part of their earnings to family back in their home countries, these transfers are known as remittances. Payments of this type have been growing rapidly in recent years, and are immensely important not only to the people who receive them, but to entire economies.

Two of the foremost researchers in the area—Sabith Khan and Daisha M. Merritt—have collaborated on a book titled Remittances and International Development: The Invisible Force Shaping Community. For the second installment of GrantStation's ongoing partnership with ARNOVA, I had the opportunity to ask these two esteemed scholar-researchers about their book, and a few of the forces that characterize and shape the international remittance sector. Read more...

 

 

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

Shareable Nonprofit Content Q&A Session
If you are looking for insights into how to create and take advantage of shareable nonprofit content, you might want to attend the free webinar "Shareable Nonprofit Content Q&A Session." Hosted by Firespring's director of strategic marketing, this webinar answers questions such as the following: How do we create content that people like and want to share on a budget and with limited time? What type of content does our audience care about? What role can content play in our nonprofit's strategy? This webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

 

 

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.

LIVE Workshop: Budgeting in QuickBooks (DESKTOP and ONLINE Version)
Do you spend hours every month getting budget reports ready for your board meeting? Do you spend hours reentering and then manipulating data in Excel to get that one "challenging" board member the report they want? Do you struggle with getting a Budget to Actual report out of QuickBooks that has prior year/prior period amounts or annual budgets (if budgeting monthly) in the format that you need? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then this webinar is for you! We are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, a CPA specializing in nonprofits and president of QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits, deliver one of his most popular webinars exclusively for us! In this webinar, we will first explore how to enter budgets and generate budget reports for your organization right in QuickBooks! No more fooling with Excel. Get your board report in minutes—not hours! We will show you how to enter budgets by month, quarter, and year; enter separate budgets for specific programs or projects; enter additional budgets for your restricted grants; and generate multiple budget reports for each of your budgets. Don't miss this opportunity! You will be VERY glad you came! The webinar for the DESKTOP version of QuickBooks will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. The webinar for the ONLINE version will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Turning Data Into Dollars: Managing to Outcomes (NEW)
Funding is the lifeblood for all organizations in the business of social change. But when your resources are limited, so is your impact. It has become clear that the antiquated approach to how we should run nonprofits and government organizations is no longer working. Fortunately, there is a new and better way to create an environment that attracts the resources you need to deliver programs and achieve your mission. Join measurement expert and author of the award-winning book Impact & Excellence, Sheri Chaney Jones, president of Measurement Resources Company and SureImpact, Inc., as she shares her game-changing research and data-driven strategies. By moving beyond outputs and focusing on outcomes, your organization can increase revenues, strengthen your relationships with donors and funders, and communicate your organization's unique social impact to all of your community stakeholder groups. This webinar is ideal for executive leadership, board members, proposal writers, development and fundraising staff, program managers, and internal performance measurement champions. The webinar will be held on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Lonely at the Top and Bottom (NEW)
Have you ever asked yourself these two questions: "Do I feel lonely sometimes in my organizational work?" and "Why?" As research from Dr. Anthony Silard and Sarah Wright of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has found, nonprofit leaders often feel lonely due to the stifling of three critical human motives. In the U.S., a recent Cigna survey of 20,000 Americans found that over three in five Americans are lonely, which has raised the decibels on siren calls of a "national loneliness epidemic." In this survey, over 60 percent of Americans acknowledged that they feel isolated from others and that their relationships are sometimes or always not meaningful. The "epidemic" designation has also been used in the UK, where former Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a Minister for Loneliness in 2018. May reached this decision on the heels of two studies that found that nine million UK citizens are often or always lonely and British children spend less time outside than prison inmates. As loneliness becomes increasingly ubiquitous, nonprofit organizations that reduce it—by detecting the three distinct motives Anthony will share with you in this session—will become in higher demand. You will learn about how lonely people act differently than people who are not lonely, and how these differences can derail healthy organizational functioning. We will also explore the determinants of leadership loneliness and how it differs from follower loneliness. Finally, you will develop some strategies to reduce both your loneliness and the loneliness of your staff, volunteers, board members, and donors. Be warned: you may never look at people management or fundraising the same. The webinar will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

 

 

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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Organizations Serving Military Members and Veterans
Music Education Programs in the U.S. and Canada Funded
Grants for Youth Projects Promoting Racial Equity
Gift Card Donations Promote Volunteering in Local Communities

Regional Funding Opportunities
Health Improvement Efforts in the Upper Midwest Supported
Capital Funds for Montana Organizations
Grants Aim to Conserve New England Habitats 
Projects to Improve the Lives of Indianans Supported

Federal Funding Opportunities
Challenge Seeks Ideas for Cleaner Air
Capacity Building for Maternal and Child Health Funded