GrantStation Insider - April 11, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 14

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


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Initiatives to Connect Housing and Health in Urban Areas
Kresge Foundation: Advancing Health Equity Through Housing

The Kresge Foundation is dedicated to promoting human progress by helping to improve the lives of low-income people living in America’s cities. The Foundation has issued a request for proposals, Advancing Health Equity Through Housing, which seeks to identify multi-sector solutions that improve health outcomes by addressing housing stability, affordability, and quality through policy and practice changes. The Foundation plans to support community-led policy and system changes that reduce displacement, segregation, and gentrification; innovative funding strategies that better connect housing and health sectors; and multi-sector partnerships that preserve and increase the supply of stable housing to improve health, well-being, and health equity in low-income communities. Planning grants of up to $100,000, and project and general operating implementation grants of up to $200,000 will be provided. Nonprofit organizations and local government agencies that are leading multi-sector, mission-driven housing enterprises in urban areas of the U.S. are eligible to apply. The application deadline is May 7, 2019. (Organizations must create an online Fluxx account to apply by April 29, 2019.) Visit the Foundation’s website to download the request for proposals.

Aging in Place Programs for Low-Income Seniors Funded
Kendal Charitable Funds: Promising Innovations

Promising Innovations, an initiative of Kendal Charitable Funds, supports advances in serving older adults that positively impact the lives of elders in our society. The 2019 Promising Innovations grant program is seeking proposals from existing nonprofit consortiums that are working to address the needs of individuals 60 or older, aging in place in an urban setting, who are living at or below the federal poverty line. (For this program, urban area refers to towns, cities, and suburbs with a population of a least 5,000.) Grants of up to $50,000 for a two-year period will be provided. Letters of intent are due May 17, 2019; invited proposals must be submitted by August 2, 2019. Visit the Kendal Charitable Funds website to review the grant guidelines and access the grant application portal.

Grants Promote Solar Energy Projects in Native Communities
Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund

The Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund, an initiative of GRID Alternatives with support from Wells Fargo, is committed to serving American Indian/Alaska Native tribal communities by investing in solar energy development and sustainability. The Fund awards grants of up to $250,000 for projects that clearly focus on building renewable energy infrastructure, particularly new solar energy projects in tribal communities that are feasible, cost-effective, and engage broad tribal community participation. The Fund’s priorities include capital support for the development of new solar demonstration projects in tribal communities around the country; solar education, training, and workforce development in tribal communities; and the development of long-term energy plans to increase tribal energy security and resiliency. Tribal governments, and tribally-led nonprofit organizations and schools in the lower 48 states and Alaska are eligible to apply. The application deadline is May 3, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to download the 2019 request for proposals.

Coastal Environmental Protection Efforts Supported
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: National Coastal Resilience Fund

The National Coastal Resilience Fund, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, plans to award approximately $29 million in grants to create, expand, and restore natural systems in areas that will both increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion while also improving valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species. The Fund will invest in projects in three focus areas: Project Preliminary Design and Site Assessment, Project Final Design and Permitting, and Project Restoration and Monitoring. Eligible projects must be located within the coastal areas of U.S. coastal states, including the Great Lakes states, and territories. Pre-proposals are due on May 20, 2019; the deadline for invited full proposals is July 22, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the 2019 Request for Proposals.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Grassroots Justice Organizations in the Rural South
Southern Partners Fund: Regular Grants Cycle

The Southern Partners Fund is dedicated to supporting grassroots community organizations tackling social, environmental, and economic justice issues in the rural South, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Fund’s Regular Grants Cycle helps organizations increase their capacity to address a variety of issues including education reform, immigrant rights, voter engagement, economic reform, juvenile justice, healthcare reform, and labor rights. Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $15,000. The application deadline for the Regular Grants Cycle is May 9, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to submit an online application.

Grants Enhance Community-Based Organizations in New Mexico
Hancock Family Foundation

The Hancock Family Foundation supports community-based nonprofit organizations in the state of New Mexico. The Foundation’s focus is on providing grants to organizations dedicated to women and children’s health and welfare, education, performing arts and cultural organizations, and wilderness preservation and animal protection. Grants average $2,000 and are normally made for a one-year period. The application deadline is June 15, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the proposal guidelines.

Sponsorships Offered for West Coast Organizations
Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program

The Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program supports nonprofit organizations in the communities the bank serves in California, Oregon, and Washington. Event sponsorships of up to $1,000 are provided to organizations that are engaged in transformative social and environmental work. Focus areas include affordable housing and multi-family housing; arts, culture, and community building; beneficial financial services; economic, business, and job development; making, manufacturing, and production; social justice; environmental sustainability; health and well-being; and healthy food. Sponsorship applications are reviewed throughout the year, and must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online sponsorship request form.

Support for Georgia Organization Benefiting Women and Children
Ribbons of Hope - Invest in Women

Ribbons of Hope - Invest in Women is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of women and children. Each year Ribbons of Hope awards one $100,000 grant to a nonprofit organization in Georgia that promotes education, health, economic independence, social well-being, or human rights for women and their children. The grant can be used for special projects or capital improvements that can be sustained by the organization after the grant allocation. Applying organizations must have been in operation at least three years and have an annual operating budget of $500,000 or more. Applications will be accepted from April 16 through May 31, 2019. Visit the Ribbons of Hope website to download the 2019 application guidelines and form.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Telemedicine and Distance Learning Funded
Department of Agriculture

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. The application deadline is May 15, 2019.

Program Seeks to Improve Teacher Quality
Department of Education

The Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program seeks to improve student achievement, strengthen the preparation of prospective teachers and enhance professional development activities for new teachers, and recruit highly qualified individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force. The application deadline is May 20, 2019.



Partner Depot

Where the Grant People Meet - Grant Professionals Association Annual Conference
Each year, the Grant Professionals Association’s Annual Conference attracts 900+ grant professionals for a two and a half day conference chock full of learning and networking opportunities. Grant professionals gather to exchange time, strategies, solutions, resources, and more. With almost three days of learning, growing, and finding inspiration, attendees are equipped with a year’s worth of support in their daily responsibilities as grant professionals. If you are a grant professional, you do not want to miss this conference! We hope you will join us in Washington, DC, on November 6-9 to attend the highlight of the year for the grant industry!



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

20 Simple Things You Can Do to Help End the Nonprofit Hunger Games
In a constantly shifting policy and funding landscape, it can be easy to view other organizations as competition rather than allies working towards a common cause. Nonprofit AF’s article “20 Simple Things You Can Do to Help End the Nonprofit Hunger Games” challenges nonprofit professionals to think differently. It discusses concrete ways that nonprofits can help one another in order to better the entire sector and the community.



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.

Online Workshop: Tracking In-Kind Contributions & Volunteers in QuickBooks
Want to learn the ins and outs of in-kind contributions? Not sure what counts as in-kind and what doesn’t? Join Gregg Bossen and Bill Sims for a QuickBooks Made Easy training on how to enter and track in-kind contributions and volunteer hours in QuickBooks. Topics covered include: what is an in-kind contribution, why in-kind contributions are important, which in-kind contributions should be included in your financial statements and tax returns, how to value in-kind contributions, what your responsibilities are for donor reporting, how to customize fields for tracking your volunteers in QuickBooks, and how to enter time for your volunteers based on type of work. The webinar for the QuickBooks desktop version will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019; the webinar for the online version will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Online Workshop: Visualizing Data for Reports & Slideshows with Word and PowerPoint (NEW)
Good data visualization is about more than designing a single graph. You’ve got to make that graph shine through effective reporting and slide design. In the webinar, you’ll learn a dozen design strategies for producing more effective reports and slideshows, including how to: apply the 30-3-1 approach to your projects; select the "right" amount of visuals per page or slide; arrange content within a grid system; build a text hierarchy; storyboard; and break up big chunks of information into manageable pieces with consistent color-coding, icons, and dividers. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Writing Federal Grants
The federal government is increasingly interested in funding the important work done by community and faith-based groups throughout the country. Every year the government releases millions of dollars to help nonprofit organizations serve their communities. During this webinar, Alice Ruhnke will talk about how to identify federal grant opportunities, and she’ll outline the major elements of grant applications required by most federal agencies. Resources to help your organization through the government grantseeking process will also be discussed. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019.


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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Initiatives to Connect Housing and Health in Urban Areas
Aging in Place Programs for Low-Income Seniors Funded
Grants Promote Solar Energy Projects in Native Communities
Coastal Environmental Protection Efforts Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Grassroots Justice Organizations in the Rural South
Grants Enhance Community-Based Organizations in New Mexico 
Sponsorships Offered for West Coast Organizations 
Support for Georgia Organization Benefiting Women and Children

Federal Funding Opportunities
Telemedicine and Distance Learning Funded
Program Seeks to Improve Teacher Quality