GrantStation Insider - March 5, 2020

Volume XIX | Issue 9

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Diabetes Prevention Programs
Sun Life Team Up Against Diabetes

The Sun Life Team Up Against Diabetes grant program is dedicated to addressing the prevention of diabetes and its related complications. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations throughout the country that focus on the following areas: diabetes prevention, awareness, education, and care; diabetes management; recovery and support from diabetes-related complications; obesity prevention; and nutritional programs, including education, management, and awareness. Grants of $25,000, $50,000, or $100,000 will be provided. The application deadline is March 31, 2020. Online application information is available on the Sun Life website.

Creative Public School and Library Projects Funded
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: Mini-Grant Program

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers Mini-Grants of up to $500 to public schools, public libraries, and public preschool and Head Start programs in the United States and its territories. The Foundation accepts proposals for creative, innovative projects that give teachers and librarians a unified, flexible way to meet Common Core goals as well as offer students a fun experience, a sense of achievement, and a source of pride. Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants have funded projects in all disciplines and at all grade levels. Approximately 70 projects are funded each year. The application deadline is March 31, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the application process.

Grants Promote 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. The Fund prioritizes projects that manage dynamic ecological processes, landscape functionality, and species assemblages, as opposed to single-species or historical conditions that may not be possible in an altered climate. Grants are provided to U.S.-based nonprofit conservation organizations for projects within the United States and its territories. Pre-proposal application forms are due April 8, 2020. Visit the Wildlife Conservation Society's website to download the 2020 Request for Proposals.

Local Parks and Community Centers in the U.S. Supported
HomeServe Cares Foundation

The HomeServe Cares Foundation's "Caring for Community" grant program supports nonprofit organizations and local government agencies that aim to help communities in the United States improve the quality of life for their residents. In the current funding round, the Foundation will provide grants valued at up to $20,000 each for projects that are intended to enhance local parks and community centers. Supported projects should emphasize one or more of the following areas: upgrades to existing facilities to accommodate residents with disabilities, refurbishment or replacement of equipment and facilities to ensure the safety of visitors, improvements to community centers or spaces aimed at inclusion and/or resident engagement, and establishment of new projects aimed at uniting communities through shared spaces. The application deadline is March 24, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to submit an online application.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Health Initiatives in MN, ND, SD, and WI
Medica Foundation

The Medica Foundation, an affiliate of Medica Health Plans, 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 deadline for initial applications is April 3, 2020. 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. Initial applications are due May 1, 2020. The Rural Health category provides grants ranging up to $5,000 to support organizations located outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area for health-related programming. The deadline for initial applications is August 28, 2020. 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 Enhance Family Services Programs Serving East Coast States
Charlie's Heart Foundation

Charlie's Heart Foundation supports nonprofit human service organizations and local or state government entities headquartered within the Eastern United States (Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, or Virginia). The focus is on supporting innovative human service projects that empower families to stay together when difficult life circumstances challenge the family structure. The Foundation generally provides grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 for specific program or project expenses. Letters of interest/organizational summaries must be submitted by email by April 1, 2020; invited full grant applications will be due by June 1, 2020. Detailed application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website.

Support for Legal Services for Low-Income New Mexicans
State Bar of New Mexico: Access to Justice Fund Grant Commission

The State Bar of New Mexico's Access to Justice Fund Grant Commission supports nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal services to low-income residents throughout New Mexico. Both new and ongoing projects that are consistent with the State Plan for the Provision of Civil Legal Services to Low-Income New Mexicans will be considered. Projects that will make legal services available throughout the state, and in rural areas, will be favored. The application deadline is April 17, 2020. Visit the State Bar of New Mexico's website to download the 2020-2021 Request for Proposals.

Efforts to Address the Social Determinants of Health in Ohio Funded
CareSource Foundation

The CareSource Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children, adults, and families throughout the state of Ohio. The Foundation provides Responsive Grants of $5,000 to nonprofit organizations that address one or more of the social determinants of health, including poverty, domestic violence, hunger, housing, employment, healthy lifestyles, healthcare access, early childhood education, etc. Program support and general operating support are provided. Applications may be submitted at any time and are reviewed six times per year. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the online application process.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Promote Drug-Free Communities
Centers for Disease Control

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program funds the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. Examples of supported strategies include limiting access to substances, changing the culture and context within which decisions about substance use are made, and shifting the consequences associated with youth substance use. The application deadline is April 3, 2020.

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

The Challenge America program offers support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Applications must be submitted to by April 9, 2020. The deadline for submissions to the NEA applicant portal is April 21, 2020.



Partner Depot

#LearnGrants Online Summit
As part of showing their appreciation for grant professionals on International Grant Professionals Day, Foundant is excited to partner with DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, along with a powerful lineup of experienced trainers, as they share some of their best tips and strategies.

Topics in this series include:

  • moving from reactive to proactive;
  • using storytelling in your applications;
  • building a strong evaluation plan;
  • promoting daring leadership;
  • addressing indirect cost rates;
  • serving as a peer reviewer;
  • avoiding noncompetitive practices; and,
  • making connections with funders.

This free four-hour event is designed for you to come and go as your schedule allows. Don't worry if you can't attend the whole time. If you register, you'll have access to all the recordings.

Click here to learn more or register!



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

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement
What is the best way to keep volunteers motivated in support of your cause? To help you answer this question, VolunteerMatch is hosting the free webinar "Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement." Held on Tuesday, March 17, this webinar will cover topics such as the importance of a strategic plan for volunteer engagement, how to incorporate key components into a strategic plan, how you can use a strategic plan to communicate with organization stakeholders, and how creating a strategic plan can elevate the work that volunteers do in your organization.



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 Build Relationships With New Donors (NEW)
Relationships are the life-blood of the charitable sector. It doesn't really matter what segment of the market you work in (individuals, foundations, corporate giving, or even online fundraising). A successful and long-lasting donor partnership almost always boils down to a few key ingredients: a basic alignment of interest, engagement with the right stakeholder, ongoing cultivation/stewardship, and—of course—a well-timed "ask." This webinar will show you how to develop your "prospect pipeline," bring new donors to the table, and enable repeat giving. Participants will learn how to assess the alignment of a prospect, develop an optimal outreach strategy for each prospect, engage effectively with their prospects over time, and recognize and steward donors to enable long-term giving. This webinar is targeted towards beginner to intermediate-level grantwriters, major gift officers, executive directors, board members, and prospect researchers. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

FREE: Tour of the GrantStation Website
Join Jeremy Smith, Communications and Technology Director, and Kerry Glauser, Research Specialist, 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 17, 2020.

The Integrated Fundraising Model: Creating a Sustainable Fundraising Program (NEW)
The key to sustainability for any growing nonprofit is a structurally strong fundraising program—built on best practices, responsive to change, and created with a sensitivity to the unique culture of the organization. When we evaluate high-impact fundraising programs, we find they share five common traits that comprise what we call the Integrated Fundraising Model. These essential five characteristics, all within reach and accessible to every organization, are strategy, board leadership, culture, stewardship, and accountability. During this presentation Jen Pendleton, CFRE, from Aly Sterling Philanthropy, will discuss how your fundraising plans should integrate/compliment the strategic plan; how leadership, organizational culture, and board "buy-in" really impact your bottom line; and the significance of fundraising systems (that aren't just technology). We will also contemplate if stewardship and accountability are the end of the process…or just the beginning. Are we thinking about it all wrong? Join us to learn about the Integrated Fundraising Model and take home the tools to begin the process of integration immediately. This presentation is for nonprofit leaders (board members, executive directors, and fundraising execs) and anyone who wants to strengthen their fundraising program through big picture strategy. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.



GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation.

International Grant Professionals Day
We have partnered with the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) to celebrate the sixth annual International Grant Professionals Day on March 13, 2020. International Grant Professionals Day increases awareness internationally of the work grant professionals perform as administrators, consultants, managers, grantmakers, and grantwriters.

Funding Alerts
Have you visited our homepage this week? Additional local, national, Canadian, and international Funding Alerts are featured there weekly!


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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Diabetes Prevention Programs
Creative Public School and Library Projects Funded
Grants Promote Wildlife Adaptation to Climate Change 
Local Parks and Community Centers in the U.S. Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Health Initiatives in MN, ND, SD, and WI
Grants Enhance Family Services Programs Serving East Coast States
Support for Legal Services for Low-Income New Mexicans
Efforts to Address the Social Determinants of Health in Ohio Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Promote Drug-Free Communities
Program Brings the Arts to the Underserved