GrantStation Insider - April 18, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 15

National | Regional | Federal | PathFinder | Online Education


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Day Programs for Elders with Dementia
Brookdale National Group Respite Program

The Brookdale Foundation Group works to advance the fields of geriatrics and gerontology and to improve the lives of senior citizens. The Brookdale National Group Respite Program awards seed grants to service providers that plan to offer new, dementia-specific Group Respite or specialized Early Memory Loss (EML) programming to participants, along with support to caregivers, in order to help individuals remain in their communities. All funded programs must provide a day program for people affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, which is limited to those who are cognitively impaired. Up to 15 organizations will receive grants of $10,000 in year one, renewable for $5,000 for the second year, based on evaluation of the first year’s activities and potential for future continuity of the program. The application deadline is June 26, 2019. Visit the Brookdale Foundation Group’s website to download the guidelines and application form.

Efforts to Address Hunger Issues Funded
ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants

The Domestic Hunger Grants program, an initiative of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) World Hunger, aims to provide relief and development assistance for those who suffer from hunger and injustices related to hunger in the United States. These grants are intended to address local issues such as food security, housing, job readiness, clean water, human rights, policy change, and leadership development in order to break the cycle of poverty and hunger. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and be able to demonstrate an established relationship with an ELCA congregation. Organizations may register to apply between April 1 and May 31, 2019; the application cycle will be open through June 17, 2019. Visit the ELCA website to review the funding guidelines.

Grants Promote Native Language Preservation
First Nations Development Institute: Native Language Immersion Initiative

The Native Language Immersion Initiative, a program of First Nations Development Institute, seeks to stem the loss of Indigenous languages and cultures by supporting new generations of Native American language speakers, and establishing infrastructure and models for Native language-immersion programs that may be replicated in other communities. (The Initiative includes American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian language programs.) First Nations will award approximately 12 grants of up to $90,000 each to build the capacity of and directly support Native language-immersion programs. Programs should be actively growing new speakers and have assessment and evaluation plans in order to identify progression in student Native language acquisition. Eligible applicants must be Native-controlled institutions and organizations with an existing language-immersion program providing at least 20 hours per week of Native American language instruction with at least ten students within the target group of three to 22 years of age. The application deadline is May 30, 2019. Visit the First Nations website to review the request for proposals and submit an online application.

Organizations Fostering Diversity and Dignity Supported
Wild Geese Foundation

The Wild Geese Foundation works to defend human rights and to promote food sovereignty by supporting nonprofit organizations throughout the country that respect the diversity of human expression and identity. The Foundation’s areas of interest include creating a safe place for the LGBTQ community, racial justice, women’s right to reproductive freedom and self-determination, and community-based food sovereignty efforts to create sustainable agriculture and to expand access to affordable and healthy food. (Food programs are supported in the state of Massachusetts only). The average grant size is $10,000. Online applications are due May 15 and October 15, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Out-of-School Tech Skills Programs in Company Communities
Best Buy Community Grants Program

The Best Buy Community Grants Program provides support to community-based organizations that are located within 25 miles of a Best Buy facility. Grants focus on local organizations with a demonstrated track record of building skill proficiency in technology through out-of-school time programs. Programs should include hands-on learning opportunities and engage youth, ages 13-18, in experimenting and interacting with the latest technologies to close the digital skills gap. Examples of program activities include computer programming, website development, audio production, robotics, and gaming and mobile app development. Grants of up to $15,000 will be provided. Public and nonprofit community-based organizations (e.g., community centers, schools, and libraries) are eligible to apply. Online proposals may be submitted between May 1 and May 31, 2019. Visit the Best Buy website to review the program guidelines and take the eligibility quiz.

Grants Bolster Community Organizing Initiatives in the Midwest
Needmor Fund

The mission of the Needmor Fund is to work with others to bring about social justice. The Fund’s Core Grants program focuses on supporting grassroots community organizing in the Midwest—specifically Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Fund seeks to 1) remove systemic barriers to the practice of democracy by encouraging the efforts of people who are working together for justice and the common good; 2) encourage involvement in community affairs by people whose participation has been systematically denied; and 3) foster the active participation of all citizens in crafting a vision, values, and policies that are more equitable. Support is provided to grassroots, membership-based community organizations that are democratically led, engaged in direct action campaigns, and committed to leadership development. The application process for Core Grants will be open from May 1 through June 30, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the Core Grants program.

Support for Housing, Health, and Education Efforts in Oregon
Meyer Memorial Trust

Meyer Memorial Trust works with and invests in organizations, communities, ideas, and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon. The Trust’s 2019 Annual Funding Opportunity is now accepting applications in the following portfolios: Equitable Education is focused on eliminating the predictable gaps in public education and ensuring increased opportunity for priority students. Healthy Environment is focused on nurturing a resilient natural environment, while supporting the well-being of Oregon’s diverse cultures and communities. The focus of Housing Opportunities is on opening doors to opportunity and strengthening communities through safe and affordable housing. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2019. Visit the Trust’s website to review the funding guidelines for each portfolio.

Foreclosure and Community Development Legal Services in South Carolina Funded
South Carolina Bar Foundation

The South Carolina Bar Foundation is requesting proposals for a special grant program established as a result of a settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Bank of America in a mortgage fraud suit. Grants will be provided to nonprofit organizations in South Carolina that offer legal services relating to foreclosure prevention and/or community redevelopment benefiting low-income South Carolina residents. All applicants must be nonprofit organizations and must either provide legal services or partner with an organization that provides such services. The application deadline is May 10, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the request for proposals.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Program Supports Rural Minorities and Women in STEM
Department of Agriculture

The Women and Minorities in STEM Fields program supports research, education and teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. The program seeks to address educational needs within the broadly defined areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. The application deadline is May 21, 2019.

Funds Available for Economic Development Efforts
Department of Health and Human Services

The Community Economic Development Projects program supports well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low income. The program encourages applications that target hurricane disaster areas, rural areas, and underserved areas. The application deadline is June 3, 2019.



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Sizing the Impact Investing Market
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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.

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.

Forecasting Revenue & Annual Projections (NEW)
If you are the leader of a nonprofit organization, you have almost certainly been asked to predict the future revenue and expenses during the annual budget season. And if you’ve ever been in a cash crunch, you may have wished you’d planned a little more rigorously earlier in the year. At Elevate, we know this task can feel challenging at best, and near-impossible at worst—which is why we want to share our secrets behind the same forecasting and projection process we use to produce forecasting charts for our nonprofit clients. The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

How to Use Stories for Writing Your Grant Proposal (NEW)
Is it possible to use stories in grant proposals? Why would we want to? One of the most important things a story does is help your organization stand out. Research shows that stories are 22 times more memorable than statistics. Sharing a well-crafted story about someone you serve helps to crystallize the impact of your mission. A story puts a face and voice to your work. In this interactive webinar, Lori L. Jacobwith will help you identify multiple ways to share a story before sending the grant request, with the request, and after you’ve received the grant. And yes, we’ll talk about ways to include a story in online grant applications. During this webinar you will (1) learn the difference between a story and a report; (2) identify multiple ways to include stories when submitting a grant proposal; and (3) make a mini-plan for keeping the funders updated by sharing story updates. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.


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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Day Programs for Elders with Dementia
Efforts to Address Hunger Issues Funded
Grants Promote Native Language Preservation
Organizations Fostering Diversity and Dignity Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Out-of-School Tech Skills Programs in Company Communities
Grants Bolster Community Organizing Initiatives in the Midwest
Support for Housing, Health, and Education Efforts in Oregon
Foreclosure and Community Development Legal Services in South Carolina Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Supports Rural Minorities and Women in STEM
Funds Available for Economic Development Efforts