GrantStation Insider: March 11, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 10

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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.

Funds for Digitizing Cultural Materials in the U.S. and Canada
Council on Library and Information Resources: Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), is intended to help digitize rare and unique content in cultural institutions in the United States and Canada that collect, preserve, and share rare and unique materials with the general public. In 2021, the call for applications will focus on projects that propose to digitize materials that deepen public understanding of the histories of people of color and other communities and populations whose work, experiences, and perspectives have been insufficiently recognized or unattended. This program supports the digitization of historical and cultural materials in a variety of formats and the creation and promotion of online access to those materials. Grants, ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $350,000 will be provided to colleges and universities, nonprofit institutions, research centers, museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural associations, and tribal and government units. Online initial proposals must be submitted by April 30, 2021; final proposals are by invitation only and will be due November 19, 2021. Visit the CLIR website to learn more about the application process.

Exemplary Justice Programs Recognized
Foundation for Improvement of Justice

The Foundation for Improvement of Justice works to enhance local, state, and federal systems of justice by rewarding the accomplishments of innovative programs throughout the United States. Each year, awards of $10,000 are provided to up to seven nominees for justice-related programs that have proven to be effective and can serve as models for others. Award categories include the following: legal reform, crime prevention, child protection, speeding the process, effecting restitution, crime victims' rights, alternative sentencing, lowering the cost, improvements to the civil litigation process, and other significant efforts. (These are awards given for accomplishments, not for future projects; grants and startup funding are not provided.) The program is open to all individuals, programs, and organizations within the United States. The nomination deadline is May 21, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website for nomination guidelines.

Grants Promote Community Recycling Efforts
Can'd Aid Crush it Crusade

The Can'd Aid Crush it Crusade offers support to help get community recycling programs off the ground throughout the United States. Crush it Crusade grants provide recycling bins, training on how to launch and manage a recycling program, and seed funding, typically ranging from $5,000 to $7,000. Support is provided to organizations at all stages of development, launch, and improvement. Seed funding can be used for staff and volunteer training as well as various supplies needed to get a recycling program started. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Can'd Aid Crush it Crusade website to review the FAQs before applying.

Prize Honors Young Leaders in the U.S. and Canada
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds across the United States and Canada. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. The Prize welcomes applications from young people who are between the ages of eight and 18 (not yet age 19), permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S. or Canada, and currently working on an inspiring service project, or have done so within the past 12 months. Winners each receive $10,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project, as well as recognition gifts, networking opportunities, and media coverage. The application deadline is April 15, 2021. The online application is available on the Prize's website.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Organizations Serving Small Businesses in Selected Regions Supported
Citi Foundation: Small Business Technical Assistance

The Citi Foundation seeks to support nonprofit organizations that provide direct technical assistance to small businesses owned by people of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the unprecedented health, social, and economic events of 2020 to help them recover and rebuild. Selected organizations will receive up to $500,000 in one-year, unrestricted grant support. Nonprofit organizations with a mission to serve low- and moderate-income individuals and communities and at least three years of audited financial statements are eligible to apply. Applying organizations must also have a current portfolio of small business clients that falls within one or more of the Foundation's target geographies, including South Dakota, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC, as well as specific counties in CA, CT, FL, IL, MD, NJ, NY, NV, TX, and VA. The application deadline is April 12, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to review the RFP and to submit an online request.

Grants Promote Grassroots Social Change in Hawai'i
Hawai'i People's Fund

Hawai'i People's Fund makes grants to, supports, and amplifies the work of Hawai'i-based grassroots organizations challenging systems of oppression. Grant awards are made to organizations committed to long-term social change through a more equitable distribution of power, resources, and wealth in Hawai'i. Incorporating an intersectional approach to social justice and community organizing, the Fund's broad grant categories include 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. Proposals for up to $10,000 are being accepted from existing projects as well as startup initiatives. The online application deadline is April 30, 2021. Visit the Fund's website to review application materials, funding guidelines, and FAQs.

Funds for Innovative Approaches to Healthcare in Michigan
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 2021 are April 14 and August 11. (Potential grantees are required to submit a concept form for feedback before developing a proposal.) Visit the Foundation's website to review the application guidelines.

Capital Support for Appalachian Land Preservation Projects
Open Space Institute: Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund

The Open Space Institute (OSI) protects scenic, natural, and historic landscapes to provide public enjoyment, conserve habitat and working lands, and sustain communities. OSI's Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund will provide capital grants to protect 50,000 acres in key focus areas along the Appalachian Range, with a focus on reducing climate risks for communities disproportionately affected by flooding and other climate-induced threats. Supported regions include the Cradle of Southern Appalachia (Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee), the Middle Atlantic (New Jersey and Pennsylvania), and the Northern Appalachians (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont). Grants, generally ranging from $50,000 to $400,000, must be used to acquire land or permanent conservation easements. The Fund may also provide short-term, low-interest loans for projects that require bridge financing. Preference is given to projects with a 4:1 or greater match. The application deadline is April 14, 2021. Visit the OSI website to learn more about the Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Grants Help Native American Libraries
Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Native American Library Services: Basic Grants program assists Native American tribes in improving core library services for their communities. The goals for the program are to improve services for learning and accessing information in a variety of formats to support needs for education, workforce development, economic and business development, health information, critical thinking skills, digital literacy skills, financial literacy, and other types of literacy skills, and to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership through training, continuing education, and opportunities for professional development. The application deadline is April 16, 2021.

Environmental Justice Efforts Supported
Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Special emphasis is placed on projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts, as well as climate and disaster resiliency. The application deadline is May 7, 2021.



Partner Depot

#LearnGrants Online Summit
As part of celebrating and showing appreciation for grant professionals on International Grant Professionals Day (March 12), Foundant is excited to partner with DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, the Grant Professionals Association, and a powerful lineup of experienced trainers to share grantseeker tips and strategies.

Learning sessions in this series include:

  • cultural sensitivity in grant teams;
  • strategies for incorporating professional development;
  • decision matrices;
  • grant tools;
  • partnerships;
  • mindfulness for grant pros;
  • MSU: writer's guide to making stuff up; and,
  • grantmaker relationships.

This free four-hour event is designed for you to come and go as your schedule allows.

Click here to learn more or register!

DATE: Friday, March 12
TIME: 9am - 1pm PST / 12pm - 4pm EST



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

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice
Are you looking to strengthen the effectiveness and accountability of your organization? If so, you may want to check out Independent Sector's Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice. This report outlines 33 principles of sound practice for charitable organizations and foundations related to legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, financial oversight, and responsible fundraising.



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.

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 U.K., 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 U.K. 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.

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 23, 2021.

FREE Webinar: Event Plans Shelved? Use Capital Campaign Solicitation Strategies to Generate Funds (NEW)
If you canceled events in 2020 and 2021 or if COVID-19 has negatively impacted your annual or project-oriented fundraising, consider capital campaign solicitation strategies to raise the large donations you need. By integrating capital campaign strategies into your fundraising efforts, you will set goals, identify prospects, create materials, and then educate, cultivate, solicit, and steward donor prospects at an appropriate level. President Kevin Wallace and consultant Melissa Sais will lead you through the process of using capital campaign solicitation strategies to advance your efforts and answer your questions in this free one-hour session. Going through this process may even prepare you, and your staff and board, to enter that capital campaign you have been considering. During the webinar you will learn to translate the steps of a capital campaign into your everyday fundraising, identify the cohesive materials that will carry you through the effort, gain an understanding of the donors on whom to focus using data and research, and learn new strategies to cultivate, ask, and steward those donors at an appropriate level and in a personal way. This webinar is designed to help small to medium-sized nonprofits that do not have major gift ($10,000+) fundraising experience or capital campaign experience. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.



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National Funding Opportunities
Funds for Digitizing Cultural Materials in the U.S. and Canada
Exemplary Justice Programs Recognized
Grants Promote Community Recycling Efforts 
Prize Honors Young Leaders in the U.S. and Canada

Regional Funding Opportunities
Organizations Serving Small Businesses in Selected Regions Supported
Grants Promote Grassroots Social Change in Hawai’i
Funds for Innovative Approaches to Healthcare in Michigan 
Capital Support for Appalachian Land Preservation Projects

Federal Funding Opportunities
Grants Help Native American Libraries
Environmental Justice Efforts Supported