GrantStation Insider: April 15, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 15

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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 Mental Health Projects Managed by Medical Students
American Psychiatric Association Foundation: Helping Hands Grant Program

The American Psychiatric Association Foundation is dedicated to advancing public understanding of mental illnesses. The Foundation's Helping Hands Grant Program was established to encourage medical students to participate in community service activities, to raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness, and to build medical students' interest in psychiatry and working in underserved communities. The program provides grants of up to $5,000 to medical schools for mental health and substance use disorder projects that are created and managed by medical students, particularly in underserved minority communities. Funded projects can be conducted in partnership with community agencies or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach activities. The application deadline is May 31, 2021. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website.

Fellowships Advance the Work of Native Innovators
MIT Solve: Indigenous Communities Fellowship

The Indigenous Communities Fellowship, administered by MIT Solve, serves to provide Native innovators throughout the United States with the support and resources they need to advance their work. For 2021, Solve welcomes Native-led solutions that 1) increase access to community wealth, including through access to new economic sectors and diverse forms of capital; 2) support culturally-grounded K-16 education, including language, cultural revitalization, and non-traditional learners; 3) provide greater access to healthy and sovereign food, sustainable energy, and safe water; or 4) improve healthcare access and outcomes, including around telehealth, health systems infrastructure, and availability of traditional and Western medicines. A $10,000 grant will be provided to each selected Fellow. The deadline for submitting solutions is June 1, 2021. Visit the MIT Solve website to learn more about the Indigenous Communities Fellowship and to submit a solution online.

Efforts to Address Climate Change and Inequality Funded
The Nathan Cummings Foundation

The Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) is a multigenerational family foundation, rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice, working to create a more just, vibrant, sustainable, and democratic society. NCF partners with social movements, organizations, and individuals who have creative and catalytic solutions to climate change and inequality. NCF accepts letters of inquiry year-round. Visit the NCF website to review the funding focus and grant FAQs to determine project eligibility.

Grants Promote Athletic Programs Nationwide
The Bill Belichick Foundation

The Bill Belichick Foundation is dedicated to bringing the love of sports, coaching, and teambuilding to the athletic leaders of tomorrow. The Foundation provides grants of $10,000 to educational institutions and qualifying sports organizations, such as club teams, high school teams and athletic programs, college teams and athletic programs, community athletic centers and fields, and nonprofit athletic programs. Applicants must have been in existence for two years or more, and must illustrate need for funding or plans for growth. The application deadline is June 1, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Local Organizations in the West and Midwest Supported
Union Pacific Foundation: Community Ties Giving Program

The Union Pacific Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities served by Union Pacific Railroad, primarily in the midwestern and western United States. Through the Community Ties Giving Program, the Foundation provides Local Grants to nonprofit organizations that address the following categories: Safety, Workforce Development, and Community Spaces. Grants generally range from $2,500 to $25,000. Organizations interested in receiving a grant must complete an online survey to determine eligibility from June 1 through July 31, 2021, which is also the last day that eligible organizations may submit an online application. Visit the Foundation's website for detailed information about the funding priorities and application process.

Funds for Racial Equity Initiatives in the Washington, DC, Region
Consumer Health Foundation

The Consumer Health Foundation envisions "Black people and people of the global majority living powerfully, abundantly, and beautifully in healthy, self-determined communities free of social, economic, and ideological violence." The Foundation achieves its vision "by centering the leadership and expertise of Black people and people of the global majority in the Washington, DC, region who live at the sharpest intersection of systems of oppression, in particular race, class, and gender identity." The Foundation's community power grantmaking program supports organizations that are committed to racial equity and are operationalizing it, undertaking community organizing or community engagement, and undertaking advocacy. Support is provided for the organizing of low-income patients/clients, workers, community members, immigrants, and others. Community-based organizations that use advocacy strategies with a racial equity lens at the local, state, and regional levels to create positive social changes are also supported. Grants will range from $15,000 to $20,000. The application deadline is July 16, 2021. (There will be an online information session about the RFP held on May 6, 2021.) Visit the Foundation's website to register for the session and to review the 2021 Request for Proposals in English, Spanish, or Amharic.

Grants Promote the Health of Maine's Children
Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation: Small Grants Program

The Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of Maine children's health. The Foundation's Small Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that promote the health of children in Maine, with general priority given to programs that address the state's poorest and most underserved populations, e.g., low-income, rural, etc. Successful applicants typically have strong track records and take approaches that are creative but well grounded. The Foundation strongly prefers to fund organizations with budgets under $5 million. Grants generally range from $3,000 to $15,000. The application deadline is May 31, 2021. The online application becomes available on April 15th each year. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the Small Grants Program and to review the application details.

Support for Wyoming Organizations Focusing on Communities' Needs
Wyoming Community Foundation

The Wyoming Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming. The Foundation provides General Grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the state in the areas of arts and culture, the environment and conservation, education, civic and community building, and health and human services. Priority is given to organizations that address an identified community need. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. The upcoming application deadline is June 15, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website for more information on the application process.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Funds Available to Help Humanities Organizations Affected by the Pandemic
National Endowment for the Humanities

The American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations program provides emergency relief to institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants are available for museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, academic presses, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other humanities organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the pandemic. Organizations may propose new humanities projects or focus on sustaining core humanities programs and activities. The application deadline is May 14, 2021.

Program Supports Mental Health Needs
Department of Health and Human Services

The Community Mental Health Centers Grant Program seeks to enable community mental health centers to support and restore the delivery of clinical services that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and effectively address the needs of individuals with serious emotional disturbance, serious mental illness, and substance use disorders. This program works to address the unmet needs of individuals with behavioral health conditions, including minority populations and economically disadvantaged communities. These needs include timely access to and availability of early intervention, as well as treatment for the mental health impact of the pandemic and worsening of pre-existing mental health conditions; the availability of in-person socially distanced or virtual intensive treatment programs; the availability of and access to timely medications; access to private and safe spaces to conduct virtual treatment sessions; and underutilization of crisis services due to fear of the pandemic. The application deadline is May 21, 2021.



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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, April 20, 2021.

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 22, 2021.

FREE Proposal Writing in 2021: What's Different and What's the Same? (NEW)
2020 was quite a year! There was not much "business as usual" and we all had to adapt to new ways of doing things. Nonprofit organizations were significantly impacted by the epidemic and not only suffered from a lack of funds, but also saw an increase in people needing services. How do we move forward in our proposal writing strategies in 2021? During this webinar, we will discuss trends in giving, what has changed, and what remains the same so we can weather the storm and continue providing important, mission-driven services. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.



GrantStation Announcements
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Funding Alerts
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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Mental Health Projects Managed by Medical Students
Fellowships Advance the Work of Native Innovators
Efforts to Address Climate Change and Inequality Funded
Grants Promote Athletic Programs Nationwide

Regional Funding Opportunities
Local Organizations in the West and Midwest Supported
Funds for Racial Equity Initiatives in the Washington, DC, Region
Grants Promote the Health of Maine's Children
Support for Wyoming Organizations Focusing on Communities' Needs

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Available to Help Humanities Organizations Affected by the Pandemic
Program Supports Mental Health Needs