GrantStation Insider - May 10, 2018

Volume XVII | Issue 18

National | Regional | Federal | PathFinder | Online Education


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Contest Seeks Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategies
The Solution Search Contest: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change

Rare, Conservation International, National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, The United Nations Development Programme, and the World Wildlife Fund have teamed up to launch The Solution Search Contest: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change. This contest is designed to reward successful strategies for helping consumers reduce their carbon footprint through behavior change. The contest is open to all organizations worldwide who have a proven solution in working with people to adopt climate-friendly behaviors. The focus is on sustainable solutions that could be replicated by other communities and can continue into the future. Two grand prizes of $25,000 will be awarded, in addition to a prize of $5,000 given to the best entry received by June 1, 2018. Finalists will also receive support to attend a capacity building workshop and the awards ceremony in Washington, DC. Visit the Solution Search contest page to submit an entry by August 7, 2018, or email with any questions.

Grants Promote Training for Transgender Leaders Addressing HIV/AIDS
AIDS United: Transgender Leadership Initiative

AIDS United is offering grant support through the Transgender Leadership Initiative to identify and expand the leadership capabilities of transgender individuals in local communities throughout the United States. The Initiative will support the ability of transgender leaders to respond to HIV-related stigma and improve provider competency, and will bring to the table a vitally underrepresented voice in the national response to HIV. Having transgender leaders at the helm ensures that transgender-specific needs stay at the forefront of these critical efforts, demonstrating the necessity of meaningful involvement of community members in HIV leadership. The average grant award will be $15,000; however, applicants are eligible to apply for grants up to $20,000. Community-based organizations, AIDS service organizations, other nonprofit organizations, and community-based organizations with a fiscal sponsor are invited to apply. Letters of inquiry must be submitted by May 31, 2018. Visit the AIDS United website to download the Request for Proposals.

Support for Public Media, the Environment, and Animal Welfare
Park Foundation

The Park Foundation is dedicated to the support of education, quality media, and the protection of the environment. The Foundation’s national grantmaking addresses the following program interests: In the Media category, support is provided for public interest media that raises awareness of critical environmental, political, and social issues to promote a better informed citizenry in the United States. The Environment category considers efforts that work to ensure that the country’s drinking water is clean, affordable, and accessible and is protected and managed as a public necessity. The Animal Welfare category focuses on nationally significant programs to ensure the humane treatment of domestic animals and the protection of endangered wildlife and wildlife in captivity. Both letters of inquiry and full proposals are reviewed quarterly; the upcoming proposal deadline is July 12, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website for application guidelines and forms.

Competition Rewards Organizations Serving Domestic Violence Survivors
Allstate Foundation: Purple Purse Challenge

The Allstate Foundation is inviting U.S. nonprofit organizations that address domestic violence to join the annual Purple Purse Challenge. This competition gives nonprofits that offer financial empowerment services to domestic violence survivors a chance to compete for a total of $800,000 in incentive funding. This year, the Foundation will partner with up to 250 national, state, and local nonprofit organizations. These organizations will be divided into three divisions based on organizational budget. Each selected Community Partner will have its own “Team Page” where it can raise funds through the Challenge from October 2 through October 31, 2018. At the end of the Challenge, the Foundation will award grand prize grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 to the top five organizations in each division. The deadline to apply to be a Community Partner is August 1, 2018. (Organizations are encouraged to apply early to give them more time to prepare as well as early access to helpful resources and potential prizes.) Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Challenge.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Sustainable Forestry Projects in Northern New England Funded
Open Space Institute: Community Forest Fund

The Open Space Institute (OSI) protects scenic, natural, and historic landscapes to provide public enjoyment, conserve habitat and working lands, and sustain communities. OSI’s Community Forest Fund awards grants in the northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The focus is on projects that integrate community, economic, and conservation goals, such as efforts that create and retain jobs, promote sustainable forestry, conserve land, and increase and deepen community involvement in land stewardship. The Fund awards matching capital grants to support the purchase of conservation easements and fee interest in land. Smaller support grants of under $30,000 are available for planning, transaction, and stewardship activities directly related to community forest projects. The application deadline is June 18, 2018. Visit the OSI website to learn more about the Fund’s application guidelines.

Grants Enhance K-12 School Gardens in California
California Fertilizer Foundation: School Garden Grant Program

The mission of the California Fertilizer Foundation is to enhance awareness and understanding of plant nutrients and agriculture in California. The Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program provides funding for California public and private elementary, middle, and high schools for sustaining or establishing school gardens. The Foundation awards 24 grants of $1,200 annually to schools in California; 12 awards are made in each of two grant cycles. The upcoming application deadline is June 15, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the grant application guidelines and form.

Programs for Needy Families in Company Communities Supported
Big Lots Foundation

The Big Lots Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of families and children in the communities the company serves throughout the United States, with the exception of Alaska, Hawaii, and South Dakota. The Foundation’s areas of interest include hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. Priority is given to organizations that help needy families transition from poverty to self-sufficiency. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the upcoming application deadline is July 2, 2018. Visit the company’s website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online request.

Funds for Healthy Eating Programs for Youth in the DC Region
Washington Nationals Dream Foundation

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is committed to developing community partnerships across the Washington Capital Region. The Foundation provides support through the Delta Dream Grants, sponsored by Delta Air Lines. For 2018, grant applications may be submitted for out-of-school-time programs that provide K-12 students in the Washington, DC, area with programming and experiences focused on healthful nutrition and food preparation. Selected nonprofit organizations will receive grants of $5,000 to $15,000. Delta Dream Grants will also support the creation and renovation of youth baseball fields. The application deadline is June 22, 2018. Visit the Nationals website for information about submitting an online application.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Support Available for Economic Development
Administration for Children and Families

The Community Economic Development Projects program supports innovative efforts to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low income. The application deadline is June 15, 2018.

Program Funds Behavioral Health for Tribal Youth
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program seeks to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian and Alaska Native youth through the age of 24 years. The application deadline is June 22, 2018.



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

What Donors Want: Online Giving
In a digital world, it's easy for savvy fundraisers to test and identify what is most likely to inspire giving. But scouring data doesn't matter if you don't understand what donors like and dislike. The Chronicle's exclusive report, What Donors Want: Online Giving, will show you how nonprofits are focusing on donor needs to transform the online-fundraising experience and boost donations.



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 Capacity Building Grants
Developing a capacity building grant request requires a specific approach which is distinct from the application process for operating or program grant requests. During this presentation, Alice Ruhnke will walk participants through the introduction, needs statement, objectives, and evaluation components of capacity building grant requests, using "real life, real time" examples of what funders are looking for. The 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. Participants will receive the power point presentation and the notes upon completion of the webinar. The webinar will be held Thursday, June 14, 2018.

The Invisible Yellow Line: Nonprofit Governance
Who 'owns' your nonprofit? The line defining the governance responsibility of board and staff is often hard to see. This fast-paced webinar will help to clarify that line using a football metaphor that everyone can understand. You've seen that yellow line that appears on the screen when you watch a football game. When you apply that line to the key roles of board and staff, it provides an easy way to discuss governance roles and helps to open lines of communication so both teams work compatibly toward the same goal - serving you organization's mission. Jean Block, the webinar presenter, is the author of "The Invisible Yellow Line ™ - Clarifying Board and Staff Roles." She will share easy, practical examples of best practices in board and staff roles in governance, including the board's responsibilities to the Three Duties and how the CEO can support the board in its governance role. The webinar is a great basic review for the novice and a refresher for the experienced nonprofit volunteer or chief executive. The webinar will be held Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Funding the Fight Against Poverty in North America
Poverty in all of its many forms is a huge issue facing nonprofits throughout North America. Cynthia M. Adams, GrantStation CEO, is offering a webinar for those of you working to reduce, even eliminate, poverty in your region. The webinar will focus on the current funding trends around this issue and the grantmakers who are determined to help you in the work you do. In addition, this webinar will cover the types of collaborations happening around the poverty issue and how you might develop your own partnerships. Whether you're working with children, single or low-income parents, indigenous cultures, recent immigrants, the disabled, the elderly, or any population mired in poverty, this webinar will help you think about creative, new ways to engage funders in your important work. The webinar will be held Thursday, July 19, 2018, and will be helpful to those working in the area of poverty in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.


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

National Funding Opportunities
Contest Seeks Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategies 
Grants Promote Training for Transgender Leaders Addressing HIV/AIDS
Support for Public Media, the Environment, and Animal Welfare
Competition Rewards Organizations Serving Domestic Violence Survivors

Regional Funding Opportunities
Sustainable Forestry Projects in Northern New England Funded
Grants Enhance K-12 School Gardens in California
Programs for Needy Families in Company Communities Supported
Funds for Healthy Eating Programs for Youth in the DC Region

Federal Funding Opportunities
Support Available for Economic Development
Program Funds Behavioral Health for Tribal Youth