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Opportunities throughout the U.S.
$1.5 Million in Prizes Recognize High School Skilled Trades Educators
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence
The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence is an annual award recognizing outstanding skilled trades teachers in U.S. public high schools. In 2023, $1.5 million in prizes will be awarded overall. Five grand prize winners will each receive $100,000, with $70,000 going to the public high school skilled trades program and $30,000 going to the teacher. Twenty prize winners will receive $50,000, with $35,000 going to the public high school skilled trades program and $15,000 going to the teacher. Public high school educators who teach skilled trades classes that emphasize the expert use of tools and materials to build, repair, and maintain products and structures are eligible, including teachers of agriculture mechanics, carpentry, construction, electrical, HVAC, manufacturing, plumbing, transportation mechanics, welding, and other trades. Applications are due May 5, 2023. Visit the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools website to review the FAQs and apply online.
Support Available for Grassroots Groups Nationwide
Clif Family Foundation
The Clif Family Foundation seeks to support grassroots groups with inspiring ideas in the U.S. The Foundation's funding priorities include strengthening food systems, enhancing equitable community health outcomes, and safeguarding the environment and natural resources. Through the Foundation's Small Grants Program, general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects is provided to nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. Priority is given to applicants that address two or more of the funding priorities at the same time, demonstrate strong community ties, and operate within viable and clearly defined plans for positive change. Applications are reviewed three times a year; the remaining 2023 deadlines are June 1 and October 1. Visit the Foundation's website to submit an online application.
Mental Health Projects Managed by Medical Students Funded
American Psychiatric Association Foundation: Helping Hands Grants Program
The American Psychiatric Association Foundation's Helping Hands Grants Program seeks to encourage medical students to participate in community service activities focused on underserved populations, raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness, and build an interest among medical students in the psychiatric field and working in underserved communities. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided to medical schools for mental health and substance use disorder projects, particularly in underserved minority communities, which are created and managed by medical students. The projects can be conducted in partnership with community agencies or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach activities, and must be supervised by at least one psychiatrist. The application deadline is May 31, 2023. Visit the Foundation's website to access the online application.
Grants Strengthen Landscape Conservation Partnerships
Network for Landscape Conservation: Catalyst Fund
The Network for Landscape Conservation's Catalyst Fund strives to accelerate the pace and practice of landscape conservation and stewardship across the United States by strengthening the collaborative capacity of place-based, community-grounded landscape conservation partnerships. Approximately $335,000 is available for grantmaking in 2023, with 13 to 15 one- or two-year grants of up to $25,000 anticipated. Funds can be used for partnership coordination staffing or for costs associated with other collaborative process activities such as convenings, communications, partner and community engagement, governance development, and strategic planning and conservation prioritization. Applicants must be U.S.-based nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status. Indigenous-led partnership applicants in the American West are also eligible to apply directly as tribal nations. A portion of funding is dedicated to supporting Indigenous leadership in landscape conservation and stewardship, and partnerships that are led by Indigenous peoples, organizations, and communities are especially invited to apply. The application deadline is April 21, 2023. Visit the Network for Landscape Conservation's website to download the request for proposals and access the online application portal.
Opportunities for specific geographic areas
Funding Enhances Access to Careers in New York's Green Economy
Champlain Hudson Power Express: Green Economy Fund
Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) offers the Green Economy Fund to support disadvantaged communities, low-income individuals, and transitioning fossil fuel workers in accessing and building careers in New York's green economy. The focus is on funding green jobs training programs and wraparound services associated with programs that prepare participants for careers in the green economy. Some priority is given to applicants that serve communities in counties intersected by the CHPE Project Route (Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Ulster, Washington, and Westchester and the neighborhoods of the South Bronx and Astoria in the Bronx and Queens). Grants ranging between $50,000 and $250,000 will support costs related to areas including, but not limited to, training, wraparound services, recruitment from disadvantaged communities, and participant stipends or wage supports for graduates placed in jobs. Nonprofit organizations, chambers of commerce, and unions are eligible to apply, including workforce development nonprofits, community-based organizations, building trades unions, nonprofit pre-apprenticeship programs, and community colleges and career and technical education schools. The application deadline is April 28, 2023. Visit the CHPE website to download the full request for proposals.
Programs Serving Families in North and South Carolina Supported
Charlie's Heart Foundation
Charlie's Heart Foundation envisions a world where no family is torn apart by tragedy, and all families, regardless of their circumstances, have access to the support they need to stay healthy and whole. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations based in North and South Carolina. The focus is on supporting comprehensive human service programs that promote the mental and emotional well-being of families in under-resourced communities. Grants between $5,000 and $50,000 are provided for specific program or project expenses; ongoing operating expenses may be considered if the organization is self-sufficient or moving towards self-sufficiency. The 2023 grant cycle opens on April 3, with letters of interest due May 1, 2023. The full application deadline is June 30, 2023. Visit the Foundation's website to review the eligibility criteria and application process.
Grants Benefit Railroad Company Communities
Union Pacific Foundation: Community Ties Giving Program
The Union Pacific Foundation's Community Ties Giving Program aims to build safe, prosperous, vibrant, and inclusive communities where Union Pacific Railroad operates, primarily in the midwestern and western United States. Through the Community Ties Giving Program, Local Grants provide support to local nonprofit organizations spread widely across Union Pacific's footprint. (A map and list of eligible communities is available on the Union Pacific website.) Funding is provided for direct services and efforts that build the capacity of organizations focused on the following causes: safety, workforce development, community spaces, environmental sustainability, and local needs. Within each focus area, the aim is to support programs and organizations working to advance the diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented populations. Grant awards typically range from $2,500 to $25,000. The application deadline is May 31, 2023. Application guidelines are available on the Union Pacific website.
Support Provided for Oklahoma Health Initiatives
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma: Blue Impact Grants
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) community involvement program supports organizations working to improve the health and well-being of Oklahoma communities. BCBSOK's new major grant program, Blue Impact Grants, is focused on the social determinants of health. Support is provided to nonprofit organizations that offer programs to reach Oklahomans in the following five areas of focus: economic opportunity and stability, nutrition, neighborhood and built environment, locally defined health solutions, and optimal health outcomes. Blue Impact Grant applications are due May 1, 2023. Visit the BCBSOK website to access the online application.
Opportunities from the U.S. government
Pool Safety Efforts Funded
Consumer Product Safety Commission
The Pool Safely Grant Program aims to prevent drowning and drain entrapments of children in pools and spas by providing funding to state, local, and tribal governments that support drowning prevention education and enforcement of pool safety regulations. At least 25% of funding must be used to hire and train enforcement personnel for implementation and enforcement of standards under the state or local swimming pool and spa safety law. The remainder of funds may be used to educate pool construction and installation companies and pool service companies about the standards; educate pool owners, pool operators, and other members of the public about the standards and about the prevention of drowning or entrapment of children using swimming pools and spas; and defray administrative costs associated with such training and education programs. The application deadline is April 30, 2023.
Grants Support Employment Programs for People With Mental Illness
Department of Health and Human Services
The Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment program supports efforts to refine, implement, and sustain supported employment programs for adults with serious mental illness (SMI) or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (COD). The awards provide resources to help individuals with SMI or COD achieve competitive employment and build paths to self-sufficiency and recovery. The application deadline is May 1, 2023.
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The Ethics and Opportunities of Artificial Intelligence in the Nonprofit Sector
Have you been following recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI)? Are you curious about how AI might impact the nonprofit world? If so, you may want to read "The Ethics and Opportunities of Artificial Intelligence in the Nonprofit Sector." Written by Vu Le and published on the Nonprofit AF website, this article explores the ways in which AI might change the way people work in the nonprofit sector as well as issues for ethical consideration.
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2023 Funding Trends: How to Maximize Your Efforts
Integrating current philanthropic trends into your proposals can make them more competitive. But in order to take advantage of the current interests of grantmakers, you must keep up with what is happening in the world of philanthropy, which unfortunately can be very time consuming. During this TargetED, Alice Ruhnke will highlight important trends which are relevant to your grantseeking in 2023. She'll explore the larger trends in grantmaking which can make your proposals more successful. These trends center around building movements, developing leaders, shifting cultures, creating an inclusive economy, and defending democracy. The webinar will be held on Monday, April 3, 2023.
The Future of Nonprofit Compensation: Are You Ready?
If you're like many nonprofit organizations, you may struggle to offer competitive raises in the face of historic inflation. Perhaps your employees believe they can't ask for raises so they hope for a small bump after performance evaluations. Or maybe you're working hard on a wage increase policy but your board will not agree. These challenges can lead to massive turnover in your organization, which will make it difficult to serve your community. During this webinar, Stephanie Sample will address how the role of compensation packages and salaries has changed in recent years. You will explore tools and strategies for executive and board leadership to increase nonprofit staff compensation along with ways to address pay equity and design growth budgets. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
The Power of 3: Preparing for a Successful Capital Campaign
A successful capital campaign will require extra effort on the part of your entire organization, from your staff to your board. During this Power of 3 series, Kevin Wallace and Carlyn Schulzke of CampaignCounsel.org will show you that while all communities, nonprofits, and their projects are unique, capital campaigns are built on a proven process. Following that process can help your organization succeed. In the first session, Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?, you'll explore six vital questions to ask before you launch. This careful pre-planning will help you secure the support of your board, establish a reliable budget, and create your timeline. The second webinar, Essential Capital Campaign Preparations, will help you better understand needs assessments and feasibility studies. You'll see why it's important to assess what your organization should build and what it can sustain before trying to raise funds. During the final session, The Stages and Challenges to Expect During a Capital Campaign, you'll discover what happens during the five phases typical to most capital campaigns: the family, quiet, leadership, close-out, and public phases. You'll leave with an understanding of each phase's goals and the potential challenges you'll face along the way. The deadline to register for the series is Tuesday, April 11, 2023. The webinars may also be purchased individually.
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