GrantStation Insider - March 21, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 11

National | Regional | Federal | Partner Depot | PathFinder | Online Education


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Worldwide Competition for Funds to Address a Critical Issue
MacArthur Foundation: 100&Change

100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time. 100&Change is open to organizations and collaborations working in any field, anywhere in the world. Proposals must identify a problem and offer a solution that promises significant and durable change. Each application will be evaluated on the following criteria: impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable. Applications may be submitted from April 30 to August 6, 2019. Visit the 100&Change website for details about the competition and application information.

Support for Bereavement Programs for Underserved Youth
National Alliance for Grieving Children: Grief Reach

The goal of Grief Reach, administered by the National Alliance for Grieving Children with funding from the New York Life Foundation, is to provide support for bereavement programs in order to expand their reach to underserved youth under the age of 25. In 2019, Grief Reach is offering the following two programs: Community Expansion Grants, ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, fund program expansion to include bereaved youth not currently served by existing services. A total of 50% of the children served must be from low-income families or from minority communities. The application deadline is April 22, 2019. Capacity Building Grants of $10,000 or $20,000 help nonprofit organizations to secure the professional assistance necessary to enhance organizational capacity and address issues of organizational development and effectiveness. Applications will be accepted from June 13 through July 19, 2019. Visit the National Alliance for Grieving Children’s website to learn more about each grant program.

Significant Habitat Conservation Efforts Funded
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 recreation. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, Indian tribes, 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 17, 2019; invited full proposals must be submitted by June 27, 2019. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website to review the 2019 Request for Proposals.

Grants Strengthen Pro Bono Financial Planning Services
Foundation for Financial Planning

The mission of the Foundation for Financial Planning is to help people take control of their financial lives by connecting the financial planning community with people in need. The Foundation awards grants to community-based organizations and nonprofit organizations nationwide to support the delivery of pro bono financial planning to populations who could not otherwise afford or access financial planning services. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 fund programs helping many diverse groups, including active military members and wounded veterans, people with cancer, seniors and family caregivers, domestic violence survivors, low-income families, etc. Grants are provided to organizations that engage Certified Financial Planner professionals as volunteers, include one-on-one engagements between financial planner volunteers and pro bono clients, and help people in need of financial guidance or in a financial crisis who are underserved by the market and couldn’t ordinarily access quality, ethical advice. Online applications must be submitted by April 30, 2019. Grant guidelines and application information are available on the Foundation’s website.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Health and Youth Development Initiatives in Tennessee Supported
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust supports nonprofit organizations, state colleges and universities, and government agencies in the communities served by the company throughout Tennessee. Areas of interest include charitable clinics; organizations dedicated to the prevention, early detection, and curing of disease; and community-based programs for youth health and development. Organizations promoting diversity and inclusion are also considered. The application deadlines are May 1 and November 1, annually. Visit the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s website to learn more about the Community Trust’s application process.

Innovative Leaders in California Recognized
James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize Californians who are advancing innovative solutions to critical issues facing the state. Individuals or pairs working in any field (such as education, health, public safety, housing, economic development, or the environment) or any sector, whether public, private, or nonprofit, may be nominated. The Foundation provides each recipient’s organization with a grant of $250,000 to support his or her work benefiting the people of California, and helps recipients share their approaches with policymakers and practitioners. The nomination deadline is April 26, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Leadership Awards.

Funds for Programs Serving Disadvantaged Youth in Massachusetts
Amelia Peabody Foundation

The primary mission of the Amelia Peabody Foundation is to increase the number, range, and depth of positive learning experiences available to materially disadvantaged young people living in the cities and towns of Massachusetts. Priority is given to organizations that serve disadvantaged, inner-city youth populations. The Foundation prefers to make grants that bring about real changes in neighborhoods. Such grants may help an existing organization to increase its capacity for service where it is currently situated, but sometimes such grants will help the organization to establish a new facility where no such facility exists, bringing services to a neighborhood for the first time. Examples of funded organizations and programs include youth centers, charter schools, and out of school time and sports programs with educational and mentoring components. Requests are reviewed quarterly; the remaining application deadlines for 2019 are April 9, July 9, and October 1. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online application.

Grants Enhance the Health and Well-Being of Montanans
Montana Healthcare Foundation

The Montana Healthcare Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all Montanans. The Foundation’s 2019 Call for Proposals will provide grants to organizations that focus on one of the following areas: Behavioral Health, American Indian Health, and Partnerships for Better Health. The Foundation is offering grants ranging between $10,000 and $50,000 for projects implemented within a 12-month period and grants up to $100,000 for projects implemented within a 24-month period. Montana-based nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies are eligible to apply. The application deadline is May 30, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the 2019 Call for Proposals.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Program Funds Youth Mentoring
Department of Justice

The Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative supports a wide range of mentoring initiatives aimed at preventing and reducing juvenile delinquency, drug abuse (especially opioid abuse), victimization, and other problem and high-risk behaviors such as truancy. The application deadline is April 22, 2019.

Rural Schools Supported
Department of Education

The Small, Rural School Achievement Program seeks to address the unique needs of rural school districts. Interests include improving basic programs, supporting effective instruction, supporting language instruction for English learners and immigrant students, strengthening student support and promoting academic enrichment, and creating 21st century community learning centers. The application deadline is April 26, 2019.



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Upcoming Online Education Trainings
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Unless otherwise noted, all Online Education Trainings are webinars,
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Writing a Powerful Case for Support (NEW)
Choosing the right words is key if you want approval for your grant request, or to secure any financial contribution. Your case should define and describe WHY you do what you do, WHO you do it for, HOW your work is relevant, and WHAT IT TAKES financially to do it. A powerful, well-written case inspires action. Too often a case for support is dry, long-winded, written by committee, and rarely read after it is created. This high-energy, interactive webinar, presented by Lori Jacobwith, will shift how you craft a case for support. By the time this session is over, you will (1) understand what a case for support is and why it’s critical to craft before asking for money; (2) identify key words to include in your case for support; and (3) learn how to succinctly answer seven simple questions that must be answered in any case for support. This webinar is ideal for new and intermediate grantwriters. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Writing Capacity Building Grants
Capacity building grants are unique. While many best practices in writing operational or program grant requests apply to developing capacity building grant requests, there are some critical differences that need to be addressed to create the strongest application possible. During the 90-minute webinar, Alice Ruhnke will define and discuss the fundamentals of capacity building grant requests, highlight the key components that differ from “regular” grants, and outline ways to identify funders who provide capacity building grants. Throughout the session, common mistakes in writing capacity building grant requests will be discussed and remedied. This webinar is appropriate for individuals who have a basic understanding of grant fundamentals and would like to apply those concepts specifically to capacity building grants. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019.


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Editor: Julie Kaufman
Contributing Writer: Kevin Peters
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

National Funding Opportunities
Worldwide Competition for Funds to Address a Critical Issue 
Support for Bereavement Programs for Underserved Youth
Significant Habitat Conservation Efforts Funded
Grants Strengthen Pro Bono Financial Planning Services

Regional Funding Opportunities
Health and Youth Development Initiatives in Tennessee Supported
Innovative Leaders in California Recognized
Funds for Programs Serving Disadvantaged Youth in Massachusetts
Grants Enhance the Health and Well-Being of Montanans

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Funds Youth Mentoring
Rural Schools Supported