GrantStation Insider: March 18, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 11

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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 Land Acquisition Efforts to Conserve Critical Habitats
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Acres for America

Acres for America, a partnership between Walmart Stores and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), was established to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements. Preference will be given to projects that achieve more than one of the following program priorities: conserve critical habitats for birds, fish, plants, and wildlife; connect existing protected lands to unify wild places and protect critical migration routes; provide access for people to enjoy the outdoors; and ensure the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching, and wildlife. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, tribal governments and organizations, and educational institutions are eligible to apply. Applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate NFWF regional office to discuss project ideas prior to applying. Pre-proposals are due April 15, 2021; invited full proposals must be submitted by June 30, 2021. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website to review the 2021 Request for Proposals.

Cancer Education and Prevention Projects Funded
Prevent Cancer Foundation: Community Grants

The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection. The Foundation's Community Grants program supports nonprofit organizations and government agencies that develop new or implement existing community projects or programs for cancer prevention (including education or vaccination) and early detection in rural or urban areas. Nonprofit organizations located in the United States, including U.S. territories, and outside of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, are eligible to apply. In 2021 the Foundation invites applications focused on mandated guidelines-driven cancer screenings (breast, cervical, colorectal, or lung), as well as education projects focused on these screenings. Additionally, the Foundation is open to vaccination applications that address the prevention of cancer or HPV-related cancers. All applications must be directed towards underserved communities, with special emphasis on rural populations and LGBTQ+ communities. The application deadline is April 21, 2021. Guidelines and Submission Instructions may be downloaded from the Foundation's website.

Grants Benefit the Health of Native American Youth
Notah Begay III Foundation: Community Empowerment Grants

The Notah Begay III Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that Native children achieve their full potential by advancing cultures of Native American community health. The Foundation has just issued the Community Empowerment Grants Request for Applications (RFA) that will support Native American communities and/or organizations engaged in efforts to measurably impact Native American youth health. Applying organizations should address one or more of the following core areas: increasing opportunities for physical activity, increasing access to healthy and affordable foods, building youth leadership and advocacy, and deepening cultural connections. Up to five 22-month grants of $200,000 each will be awarded. U.S.-based Native American-controlled nonprofit organizations, federally or state recognized tribal governments or programs, and Native American community-based groups with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply. The application deadline is April 12, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to download the RFA.

Resident-Driven Groups in Small Cities and Towns Supported
Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program

Community Heart & Soul is a resident-driven process that engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it. The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in startup funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns across the United States to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or a partnering organization. Applying organizations must be from communities with populations of 2,500 to 30,000. Applications that are submitted by the last day of the month will be considered the following month. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all grants have been awarded. Visit the Community Heart & Soul website to download the Seed Grant Program guidelines.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Funds for Family Empowerment Initiatives in the Southeast
Charlie's Heart Foundation

Charlie's Heart Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that operate in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia. The 2021 Charlie's Heart Family Empowerment Grant will fund 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 may be submitted through the link found at Charlie's Heart Foundation website through April 15, 2021; invited full grant applications will be due by June 1, 2021. Detailed application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website.

Grants Promote Youth Opportunities in Oklahoma and Surrounding States
The Kerr Foundation

The Kerr Foundation primarily provides support to nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma; however, the Foundation also considers requests from organizations in the surrounding states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as organizations located in Washington, DC. The Foundation offers grants to organizations that provide new or enhanced opportunities, particularly for youth, which address the following areas of interest: education, health, arts and culture, and human services. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $50,000. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is April 30, 2021; full applications must be submitted by June 30, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to review the grant guidelines and application process.

Support for Healthcare Access Projects in Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation: Special Initiatives

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation seeks to expand access to healthcare for low-income and vulnerable residents of Massachusetts. The Foundation's Special Initiatives grants provide one-time support of up to $25,000 for innovative projects throughout the state that make a positive impact on health or healthcare access for people with low-incomes and residents who have been economically, socially, ethnically, or racially marginalized. Funded activities must be aligned with the Foundation's strategic priorities to promote access to quality care and coverage, promote access to behavioral health services, and eliminate structural racism and racial inequities in health. The deadlines for 2021 are April 22 and August 30. Visit the Foundation's website to review the grant guidelines and submit an online application.

Nonprofit Organizations Serving Idahoans Funded
Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation

The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation is dedicated to advancing the great state of Idaho. Although requests from any nonprofit organization in the state are considered, the Foundation's focus is on supporting organizations that address one of the following priorities: rural healthcare, educational programs for children, and programs in underserved communities and for underserved populations. Priority is given to organizations serving large numbers of people who are truly in need. The grant application deadline is May 1, 2021. Online application information is available on the Foundation's website.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Community Forestry Efforts Supported
Forest Service

The Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program focuses on restoring, sustaining, and managing urban and community forest lands for the benefit of communities. The Forest Service seeks innovative grant proposals for program development, study, and collaboration that will address urban and community forest resilience. Grant categories include increasing the resiliency of urban forests through reforestation and management and planning disaster mitigation strategies for urban forests. The application deadline is April 16, 2021.

Funds Available to Address Violence Impacting Youth
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Preventing Violence Affecting Young Lives (PREVAYL) program seeks to address multiple forms of violence impacting adolescents and young adults, particularly in communities with high rates of violence. The program requires recipients to implement community/societal level strategies and approaches that address multiple forms of violence impacting adolescents and young adults, develop or enhance a jurisdictional violence prevention strategic plan, develop and implement an evaluation plan, develop a sustainability plan, and participate in a multi-sector coalition. In addition, this funding will address risk factors such as social determinants of health (e.g., concentrated poverty, limited educational and employment opportunities) and racial inequity (e.g., structural, systemic, and institutional racism). The application deadline is May 1, 2021.



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

2021 Collective Impact Action Summit
Are you a nonprofit leader looking to attend an engaging conference? The 2021 Collective Impact Action Summit shares lessons learned from across the social change field, including the role of collective impact initiatives on advancing equitable systems change, centering anti-racist work, contributing to the COVID-19 response and rebuilding, and other pressing challenges. This conference will take place online from April 27 to 29, 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.

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.

Exploring Public Funding
Community nonprofits often struggle to compete with larger organizations for public dollars. This webinar, presented by Mindy Muller, is an opportunity to arm nonprofits with the information needed to make an informed decision about whether or not to pursue these funding options. The webinar will review the structure of public funding from the federal level to the state and local levels, as well as the process of considering the pros and cons of pursuing public funding. Participants will learn more about tapping into public funds, the request for proposal process, and how to prepare, qualify, and apply for public funds. Federal requirements to consider before pursuing public dollars, like OMB Circulars, the Davis-Bacon Act, and environmental reviews, will also be covered. Finally, participants will learn tips on competing for public funds with excellence. Participants will learn about public funding streams, including federal, state, and local funding; develop strategies to make intentional decisions about pursuit of public funding; acquire an awareness of additional mandates required when using federal funds; and learn about the common request for proposal funding structure. This session is excellent for nonprofits looking to explore public funding as well as experienced proposal writers looking for a refresher. The webinar will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2021.



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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Land Acquisition Efforts to Conserve Critical Habitats
Cancer Education and Prevention Projects Funded
Grants Benefit the Health of Native American Youth
Resident-Driven Groups in Small Cities and Towns Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Family Empowerment Initiatives in the Southeast
Grants Promote Youth Opportunities in Oklahoma and Surrounding States
Support for Healthcare Access Projects in Massachusetts
Nonprofit Organizations Serving Idahoans Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Community Forestry Efforts Supported
Funds Available to Address Violence Impacting Youth