GrantStation Insider: May 7, 2020

Volume XIX | Issue 18

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COVID-19 Related Funding
Opportunities Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Booz Allen Foundation: Innovation Fund
The Booz Allen Foundation has established a $1 million Innovation Fund to help nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, innovators at colleges and universities, and startups and small businesses throughout the U.S. harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts. The Foundation is specifically targeting solutions and projects that will build lasting community resilience through protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or providing for the safe return to work. The application deadline is June 5, 2020.

Alkermes COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Alkermes COVID-19 Relief Fund will support nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. that address the comprehensive needs of people affected by addiction, mental health issues, or cancer. The Fund will focus on programs that address the challenges that patients, caregivers, and family members face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofit organizations NOT engaged in the practice of healthcare may apply. The application deadline is May 20, 2020.

Southern Black Girls and Women's Consortium: SBGWC COVID-19 Fund
The SBGWC COVID-19 Fund will rapidly deploy resources to organizations that support Black girls and women in the South that may be experiencing financial crisis or uncertainty due to the coronavirus outbreak. Organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded weekly through May 31, 2020.

For more grant opportunities, visit our COVID-19 Related Funding page.



National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Competition Seeks Solutions to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Lever for Change: 2030 Climate Challenge

The 2030 Climate Challenge, administered by Lever for Change, is a public competition offering one $10 million grant to the most impactful and durable solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by 2030. The Challenge is seeking proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in three sectors: buildings, industry, and/or transportation. The Challenge is open to organizations or a coalition of organizations. A nonprofit organization or academic institution must serve as the lead applicant of a coalition; however, individuals, for-profits, and government agencies can participate as part of a coalition. Competitive proposals will offer solutions that are impactful, feasible, scalable, and durable. Applicants must register online by July 23, 2020; applications are due on August 20, 2020. Visit the Challenge website for detailed funding guidelines.

Support for Voter Education Targeting Youth of Color
Roddenberry Foundation: 7 Million Strong

The Roddenberry Foundation believes that the seven million young people of color that have turned 18 since the 2016 election are one of the most powerful, untapped blocs of citizens in the country, and that their voices—and votes—need to be heard. Through 7 Million Strong, the Foundation will provide grants between $500 and $10,000 to organizations and individuals across the country who support young people of color with voting, voter registration, civic education, and community outreach. Individuals, teams of individuals, nonprofit organizations, and social enterprises are eligible to apply. Grassroots and youth-led organizations, teams, and individual efforts are encouraged. Funds must be for non-partisan purposes. The application deadline is May 29, 2020. Application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website.

K-12 Education Projects Increasing Global Knowledge Funded
Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding

The Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding supports K-12 education projects exclusively in the U.S. that build global perspectives in teachers and students. The Foundation provides one-year grants focused on increasing global dimensions within K-12 education in the U.S. in the following strategy areas: The Internationalizing Teacher Preparation area supports efforts to expand preservice teachers' global knowledge and skills. Preference will be given to teacher preparation institutions that are connected to state or citywide systemic efforts in order to have a greater impact, and to those using online courses for preservice education or professional development. The Innovations in International Education area supports field-building activities that help address gaps in knowledge or capacity, with particular interest in promoting integration of international content into the state standards setting process, bringing international knowledge and skills to out-of-school time programming, bringing international knowledge and skills to career and technical education, including international children's literature in literacy building initiatives, and internationalizing U.S. history resources. Funded proposals should advance the field or impact significant numbers of students. Most grants range between $15,000 to $25,000. Nonprofit organizations throughout the country are eligible to apply. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is June 19, 2020. Invited full proposals will be due August 21, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to submit the online application.

Grants Strengthen Efforts to Promote Fair Immigration Policies
Borealis Philanthropy: Immigration Litigation Fund

The goal of the Immigration Litigation Fund (ILF), administered by Borealis Philanthropy, is to ensure that the nation's immigration enforcement system is fair, humane, and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation. The ILF supports impact litigation efforts that challenge discriminatory, unlawful, and overly punitive immigration enforcement policies and practices at any stage of the enforcement trajectory from identification and apprehension, to detention and removal, as well as efforts to exclude certain immigrants from entering the country. Grants of up to $75,000 will be provided for impact litigation costs, organizing and communications efforts that are related to impact litigation efforts, and convenings meant to advance coordination and strategy on an issue related to enforcement and impact litigation efforts. Due to the current economic and health crisis related to COVID-19, ILF grants awarded will be general operating grants rather than project grants. Public interest legal groups and community-based organizations are eligible to apply. The upcoming application deadline is June 1, 2020. (Interested applicants should contact a Borealis staff person to discuss their projects before applying. Applicants must set up a call with the staff by May 22, 2020.) Visit the Borealis Philanthropy website to learn more about the Immigration Litigation Fund.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Organizations Enhancing the Pacific Northwest Region Supported
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

The mission of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is to serve individuals, families, and communities across the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations that strengthen the region's educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. The Trust's priorities include the following: education, arts and culture, health, human services, and scientific research. Strategic Projects are the Trust's most common grants, with support spanning capital, equipment and technology, and program and staff projects. Letters of inquiry for Strategic Projects are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Trust's website to review detailed Guidelines for Grantseekers.

Funds for Programs to Improve Quality of Life in Texas
Reliant Charitable Foundation

The Reliant Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that strive to improve the quality of life in communities served by Reliant Energy throughout the state of Texas. The Foundation's areas of interest categories include the following: Community and Economic Development, Education, Environment and Energy Efficiency, and Health and Well-Being. The Foundation gives priority to initiatives that strengthen community involvement and inclusiveness. Applications for sponsorships and grants may be submitted at any time. Visit the Reliant Energy website to review the areas of interest categories and learn more about the application process.

Operating Grants for Social Change Initiatives in Central Appalachia
Appalachian Community Fund: General Fund

The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia (eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia, and all of West Virginia). ACF's General Fund provides operating support grants to grassroots groups that help low-income people organize to address systemic problems of poverty, racism, and social inequity in their own communities and neighborhoods. The focus is on organizations with budgets less than $250,000 that have limited access to traditional funding sources. The application deadline is May 31, 2020. (In response to COVID-19, the application process has been simplified.) Visit ACF's website to review the General Fund guidelines.

Internet Access Support for Students in 50 Cities
Mobile Beacon: Connect for Success Student Access Donation Program

Mobile Beacon's Connect for Success Student Access Donation Program was created to offer schools in 50 cities across the United States the laptops and mobile Internet access they need to help students struggling to keep up. The program makes it possible for K-12 schools and higher education institutions in Sprint's 4G LTE service area to provide students without Internet access at home with the tools, connectivity, and hardware they need to complete homework assignments, access educational resources at home, and keep up with their peers. Schools can request up to 25 laptops and 4G LTE hotspots with free 4G LTE high-speed Internet service for 12 months. Requests are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Mobile Beacon website to submit an online application.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Help Street Youth
Department of Health and Human Services

The Street Outreach Program provides street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of human trafficking in persons. These services, targeted in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist such youth in making healthy choices and providing them access to shelter as well as basic needs, including food, hygiene packages, and information on a range of available services. The application deadline is June 29, 2020.

Environmental Justice Efforts Supported
Environmental Protection Agency

The State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program seeks to improve the environment and public health conditions of underserved communities, including communities with environmental justice concerns or vulnerable populations, such as minority, low-income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations. The Program will give special consideration to applications aimed at addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities with environmental justice concerns. The application deadline is June 30, 2020.



Tracks to Success
Feature articles focused on a particular grantmaker or philanthropic trend.

Finding Positives in the Negative During COVID-19
by Sid Davis
The COVID-19 pandemic has in a short span of time sent our world into flux. Nobody knows what its final shape will be, but with social contact limited, events have been cancelled, spending patterns have changed, and people's personal priorities have radically shifted. No sector of society is immune, certainly not the nonprofit sector. Charitable organizations have lost fundraiser revenue, seen volunteer networks disrupted, and been forced to cut back or shutter programs. Most of the organizations still operating have dispersed their paid staff to work from home. GrantStation recently asked nonprofit leaders to share their ideas for delivering their services and fulfilling their missions during this time when everything has changed.



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

Helping Your NFP Organization Weather the Economic Storm
What can you do to keep your organization financially and operationally strong during these challenging times? The free webinar "Helping Your NFP Organization Weather the Economic Storm," hosted by CharityVillage, discusses common issues that nonprofit organizations tend to face during a recession, as well as immediate measures and long-term strategies that organizations can put in place to weather the economic storm. It will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2020.



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.

The Power of Visual Storytelling
In an age overflowing with technology and lives that move at 80 miles an hour throughout the day, what is it that will make your message stand out? Sharing stories. Research tells us that stories are remembered 22 times more often than facts alone. In this session, Lori L. Jacobwith will take you through the power of visual storytelling. You'll see examples of why sharing facts and stories is more powerful when combined with an image. You'll also learn what works and what doesn't when using visuals in your storytelling. During this presentation, you will learn (1) how much faster the brain processes visual vs. words; (2) four key factors for creating powerful visuals; and (3) what type of articles get 94% more views. This webinar will benefit fundraising and communication staff, especially staff making updates to websites and postings on social media. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Branding Your Application
Does your brand belong in your grant application? How does having a clear brand save you time and increase your chances of being awarded a grant? How hard is it to create a clear brand? Branding is your shortcut—it's the words, phrases, and images that give people instant recognition of who you are. While 'brand' might seem like a word that only applies to corporations, your nonprofit has one, whether you think it does or not. In this webinar, Ara G. Beal of Storybook Foundry will share what you need to know about nonprofit branding and grantwriting. Additionally, she'll guide you through two of the Storybook Foundry's tools to clarify and unify your brand. You'll identify words to avoid and words to use in all of your communications and learn how to compile your most compelling testimonials. Grantwriters, executive directors, and board presidents will all benefit from this 90-minute presentation. The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

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, May 19, 2020.



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COVID-19 Related Funding
Booz Allen Foundation: Innovation Fund
Alkermes COVID-19 Relief Fund
Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium: SBGWC COVID-19 Fund 

National Funding Opportunities
Competition Seeks Solutions to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Support for Voter Education Targeting Youth of Color
K-12 Education Projects Increasing Global Knowledge Funded
Grants Strengthen Efforts to Promote Fair Immigration Policies

Regional Funding Opportunities
Organizations Enhancing the Pacific Northwest Region Supported
Funds for Programs to Improve Quality of Life in Texas
Operating Grants for Social Change Initiatives in Central Appalachia
Internet Access Support for Students in 50 Cities

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Help Street Youth
Environmental Justice Efforts Supported