GrantStation Insider: May 6, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 18

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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 Community Efforts to Document Collective Histories
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Call for Proposals to Community-Based Archives

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has issued the Call for Proposals to Community-Based Archives that represent and serve marginalized communities in the United States or its territories. Grants will fund one or more of the following areas of need: operational costs, including general support for staff, space, and utilities; collections care, including the acquisition of new materials, physical and digital storage fees, and access and preservation efforts; programming activities, including events, exhibitions, and publications; and activation and advocacy efforts, including resident community activist/archivist positions, ethical preservation of social media, and increased community use of the archive. Grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 will be provided to organizations with an annual operating budget of at least $50,000 and no more than $750,000. Applying organizations must have an established archive that has been in operation for two or more years. The registration deadline is June 25, 2021; applications must be submitted by July 2, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to review the 2021 call for proposals.

Initiatives to Promote Safe and Clean Boating Funded
BoatU.S. Foundation: Grassroots Grants Program

The goal of the BoatU.S. Foundation is to be a leader in boating safety and environmental education and outreach, with the purpose of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of the nation's waterways, and keeping boating a safe, accessible, and enjoyable pastime. The Foundation's Grassroots Grants Program supports local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations, as well as boating clubs, environmental organizations, and student groups, that develop innovative projects to promote safe and clean boating. Past topics have ranged from PSAs on the effects of boating under the influence to hands-on education about the effects of marine debris. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided. Letters of intent may be submitted throughout the year. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website.

Grants Address Educational Inequity in the U.S.
NWEA: Educators for Equity Grant Program

The NWEA Educators for Equity Grant Program helps foster growth for students in the U.S. who face systemic barriers to academic opportunities. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to educators so they can better support students and help eliminate inequity in education. Funded programs should seek to remove systemic barriers to academic success for economically disadvantaged students and students of color, including students who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Asian/Pacific Islander; students learning English and speaking a language other than English fluently; and students experiencing economic disadvantage. U.S. schools serving students from pre-K through 12th grade that are public schools or have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status are eligible to apply. The application deadline is June 11, 2021. Visit the NWEA website to access the online application.

Community-Led Solutions for People Living With HIV Supported
ViiV Healthcare: Positive Action Community Grants

ViiV Healthcare is committed to the communities in the United States most disproportionately impacted by HIV, including youth, women of color, gay and bisexual men of color, and people living in the South. ViiV Healthcare's Positive Action Community Grants initiative is currently requesting proposals to support the health and well-being of people living with HIV through innovative, community-led solutions that address disparities in the epidemic. Organizations may request funding for general operating support, special events sponsorships, or project support. Nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are eligible to apply. The application deadline is July 1, 2021. The Positive Action Community Grants request for proposals (PDF) may be downloaded from the ViiV Healthcare website.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Funds for Programs to Address Pollution From Energy Development in Appalachia
Appalachian Stewardship Foundation

The Appalachian Stewardship Foundation seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to protect freshwater streams and tributaries against the effects of pollution from energy development and use in Appalachia, with emphasis on efforts benefiting Virginia and West Virginia. The Foundation's grant program provides support to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following two issues: The Greenhouse Gas Reduction category has a focus on the reduction, sequestration, offset, mitigation, and storage of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. The Stream and Fishery Restoration category has a focus on the mitigation of damage or pollution to streams and fresh water tributaries. The submittal deadlines for Expressions of Interest are February 1 and July 1, annually. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the grant policy and application process.

Grants Foster Community Organizing for Social Justice 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 community organizing in the Midwest—specifically Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Fund seeks to support groups that organize primarily low- and moderate-income people; have a multi-issue agenda that reflects an intersectional approach to addressing issues associated with race, economic justice, and equality; demonstrate a commitment to long-term base building; are democratically run and consist of a dues-paying membership base; have developed a power analysis and a plan for challenging the dynamics of power within their communities; engage in direct action and have demonstrated the ability to win victories of increasingly larger scale; have a vision to continually build power; and are well managed and engage in strategic planning. The application process for Core Grants will be open through June 30, 2021. Visit the Fund's website to review the application guidelines for the Core Grants program.

Support for Initiatives to Improve New York State's Food System
New York State Health Foundation: Advancing Healthy Food, Healthy Lives

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) has released a request for proposals, "Advancing Healthy Food, Healthy Lives," that aims to support a more robust, diverse food system that promotes health and equity throughout New York State. The goals of this RFP include improving food and nutrition quality, increasing access to healthy and affordable food, and growing participation in food benefit and nutrition incentive programs. Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, for-profit organizations, and academic organizations are eligible to apply for grants of up to $300,000. Competitive projects should be committed to improving racial and health equity in New York's food system. The deadline for the online inquiry form is June 9, 2021; invited full proposals will be due August 25, 2021. Visit the NYSHealth website to download the "Advancing Healthy Food, Healthy Lives" RFP.

Organizations Focusing on Issues in Company Communities Funded
Exelon Corporate Giving Program

The Exelon Corporate Giving Program strives to improve the quality of life in the communities where company employees and customers live and work throughout the United States. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a proven track record in addressing key community needs. Funding priorities include education, the environment, arts and culture, and local programs and services. Program and event support are provided. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the company's website for more information on each of the grant categories and the grant application process.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Telemedicine and Distance Learning Supported
Department of Agriculture

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants program offers support to enable and improve services in rural areas. Funds may support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. These grants are intended to increase rural access to education, training, and healthcare resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope. The application deadline is June 4, 2021.

Funds Available for Humanities Material Preservation and Dissemination
National Endowment for the Humanities

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. The program strengthens efforts to extend the life of humanities materials (collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects) and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. Optional drafts are due June 3, 2021. The application deadline is July 15, 2021.



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A library of quality resources designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future
Are you looking to recruit new volunteers to your organization? If so, you might want to attend the free webinar "Engaging the Volunteer of the Future," hosted by VolunteerMatch on May 19, 2021. This webinar examines what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity, how to design opportunities and determine who is the right volunteer for your program, and how word of mouth plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization.



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.

Budgeting to Fully Fund Your Overhead (NEW)
This webinar will identify the building blocks of a strong budget and explain how nonprofits can easily raise the dollars needed to cover overhead costs. Amanda Pearce will discuss how proper budgeting will propel grant proposals to success and how to use messaging to raise these much-needed funds. You’ll see how to accurately describe, budget, and properly package your programs and projects to effectively secure funds from diversified funding streams. In this session you'll learn how to write a realistic budget for your organization, programs, and projects; the three items most budgets are missing; steps to diversifying your funding streams; how to express needs to prospective donors in ways that will ignite their passion to support your work; and the top three metrics you should analyze regularly from your budget.The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

FREE Tour of the GrantStation Website
Curious to know exactly what resources are at your fingertips when you enter the GrantStation website? Join Jeremy Smith, Director of Communications Technology, and Kerry Glauser, Research Specialist, for a quick tour of the GrantStation website. Jeremy will demonstrate all of the GrantStation features including how to best use the searchable databases of private funders, how to navigate government funding sources, and how to set up and use your personal dashboard. This quick overview is a great way for current Members to ensure that they are getting the most out of their Membership, and for potential Members to see GrantStation in action! The webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

FREE: Live Chat With the Experts (NEW)
Do you have a burning question around grantseeking? Is your grantseeking track record just so-so? Are you finding it harder and harder to instill some urgency into your grant requests? Tap into 70 years of proposal writing experience by joining CEO and Founder of GrantStation, Cynthia M. Adams, and Alice Ruhnke, Founder of The Grant Advantage, a progressive, innovative grants consulting business, as they answer a myriad of questions from participants in this no-cost, live chat. Cynthia will share her in-depth experience at finding the right grantmaker for a given program or project, as well as developing strategic and creative approaches to help organizations secure funding. Alice will draw from her years of helping nonprofit organizations unleash their strengths to embrace tomorrow's opportunities. She has raised over $39 million writing federal, state, foundation, and corporate proposals and has overseen the awarding and monitoring of federal funds to nonprofit organizations throughout West Virginia. Cindy and Alice will be online to share their wisdom, wit, and experience as they answer your questions about the art of grantseeking. Hosted by GrantStation's Jeremy Smith, Director of Communications Technology and a 15-year GrantStation veteran, this will be a lively, engaging 90 minutes of Q&A. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.



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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Community Efforts to Document Collective Histories
Initiatives to Promote Safe and Clean Boating Funded
Grants Address Educational Inequity in the U.S.
Community-Led Solutions for People Living with HIV Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Programs to Address Pollution from Energy Development in Appalachia
Grants Foster Community Organizing for Social Justice in the Midwest
Support for Initiatives to Improve New York State’s Food System
Organizations Focusing on Issues in Company Communities Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Telemedicine and Distance Learning Supported
Funds Available for Humanities Material Preservation and Dissemination