GrantStation Insider: May 19, 2022

Volume XXI | Issue 20

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Special Funding Opportunities
Opportunities related to specific current issues

Current funding opportunities for COVID-19 and Ukraine are available to the public on our website.



National Funding
Opportunities throughout the U.S.

Crowdfunding Opportunity for Community Improvement Efforts
A Community Thrives

A Community Thrives, a grantmaking and crowdfunding program of USA TODAY NETWORK with funding from the Gannett Foundation, invests in community-building initiatives across the country. The program is a way to share community improvement ideas on the national stage, gain support through donations and local connections, and get a chance at receiving a portion of an additional $2,000,000 in grants to help projects succeed. During the campaign, nonprofit organizations have the chance to raise funds for their charities on their official A Community Thrives challenge page. At the end of the crowdfunding period, the Gannett Foundation will award grants ranging from $2,500 to $100,000 to selected organizations. Nonprofit organizations and municipal programs such as libraries and schools are encouraged to apply between June 1 and June 30, 2022. To learn more about how to participate in the program visit the A Community Thrives website on June 1.

Support for Experimental Theater Productions
Venturous Theater Fund: Venturous Capital Grants

The Venturous Theater Fund supports ambitious and challenging new work by creating room for experimentation and risk in new play production by small- and medium-sized nonprofit theaters in the United States. The Fund's Venturous Capital Grants program supports the production of text-based, author-driven new plays that are challenging in form, controversial in subject matter, ambitious in scale or scope, audacious and irreverent, and/or experimental in concept. Funds are provided for specific costs that are integral to those plays’ production, and which might otherwise make them difficult or impossible to produce. Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000, with grants above $25,000 awarded only in extraordinary circumstances. (Grants are limited to theaters that produce on Actors' Equity Association contracts; AEA showcases on non-AEA productions are not supported.) The deadline for letters of inquiry is June 15, 2022. Visit the Fund’s website to review the guidelines for the Venturous Capital Grants program.

Volunteer Programs Assisting Seniors and Adults With Disabilities Funded
Community Care Corps

Community Care Corps is a national program that works to increase the number of volunteer programs available at the local level to provide non-medical care to older adults, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers. Community Care Corps has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for innovative local models in which volunteers assist family caregivers or directly assist older adults or adults with disabilities with non-medical care to maintain their independence. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies in all U.S. states and territories are eligible to apply. Funded model volunteer programs must serve one or more of three target populations: family caregivers, persons aged 60 and older who have difficulty living independently, and/or persons over age 18 with a disability. The application deadline is July 8, 2022. The 2022-23 RFP, which includes detailed application guidelines, may be downloaded from the Community Care Corps website.

Grants Promote Human Progress and Independent Media
The Glaser Progress Foundation

The Glaser Progress Foundation aims to build a more just, sustainable, and humane world by supporting nonprofit organizations with a national focus and a strong history of success and recognized leadership within its field. The Foundation is currently accepting application letters in the following program areas: The mission of the Measuring Progress program is to build a better future by improving our understanding and measurement of human progress. The Independent Media program works to strengthen democracy by fostering independent voices and giving voice to the world's silent majority. Application letters in these two program areas may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation's website to review the funding guidelines and grant application information.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Racial Equity Initiatives in the Washington, DC, Region Supported
if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility

if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility envisions an equitable and just region and nation in which Black people and people of the global majority live 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 and 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 15, 2022. Visit the Foundation's website to download the 2022 Request for Proposals in English or Spanish.

Sponsorships for Organizations in Bank Communities in California, Oregon, and Washington
Beneficial State Bank Sponsorship Program

The Beneficial State Bank Sponsorship Program supports nonprofit organizations in the communities the Bank serves in California, Oregon, and Washington. Event sponsorships of up to $1,000 are provided to 501(c)(3) organizations that are engaged in transformative social justice and environmental work. Focus areas include affordable housing and multi-family housing; arts, culture, and community building; education and youth development; beneficial financial services; economic, business, and job development; making, manufacturing, and production; social justice; environmental sustainability; health and well-being; and healthy food. Sponsorship applications are reviewed throughout the year, and must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event. Online sponsorship request forms may be submitted through the Bank's website.

Planning Grants for Historic Sites in the Midwest
The Jeffris Family Foundation: Jeffris Heartland Fund

The Jeffris Family Foundation is dedicated to the development of historic sites in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Foundation's Jeffris Heartland Fund supports the development of important historic preservation projects in small towns and cities in the eligible Midwest states; projects in communities with more than 150,000 in population and projects located within a major metropolitan area are not eligible to apply. The site must be individually listed on, or have documentation that it is individually eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places. The Fund provides matching grants for advanced planning studies for historic preservation projects in preparation for a capital campaign and a restoration project. Grants will be made in the range of $5,000 to $50,000 to cover 50% of the cost of a Historic Structure Report, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar with cash from sources unrelated to the Jeffris Family. Preliminary Inquiry forms may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation's website to review the Fund's guidelines and to take the eligibility quiz.

LGBTQ+ Organizations in Texas Funded
Texas Pride Impact Funds

Texas Pride Impact Funds (TPIF) provides grants to nonprofit organizations whose work is consistent with TPIF's mission of securing the future of the LGBTQ+ community in Texas. The Foundation's Community Grants Program seeks to invest in LGBTQ+ organizations addressing critical needs, finding solutions to the communities' most pressing challenges, fostering creativity, building power, and promoting resilience for a more just and inclusive Texas. While TPIF funds groups that work statewide and in local communities throughout the state, for the next five years the focus is on these geographic areas: rural underserved areas, border communities, towns and small cities, and under-resourced areas and neighborhoods within urban centers. The application deadline for the Community Grants Program is June 17, 2022. Visit the TPIF website to learn more about the grant process information and to access the 2022 application.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Program Helps Veterans Gain Agricultural Skills
Department of Agriculture

The Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program seeks to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on, and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. This program encourages the development of training opportunities specifically designed for military veterans. Supported projects will offer onsite, hands-on training and classroom education leading to a comprehensive understanding of successful farm and ranch operations and management practices. Projects may also offer workforce readiness and employment prospects for service-disabled veterans. The application deadline is June 20, 2022.

Funds Available to Shelter Pregnant and Parenting Youth
Department of Health and Human Services

The Maternity Group Home program offers support to provide safe, stable, and appropriate shelter for pregnant or parenting youth. The focus is on youth ages 16 to under 22 and their dependent children for 18 months and, under extenuating circumstances, up to 21 months. Service providers must accommodate for the needs and safety of the dependent children, including facility safety standards for infants and children on the premises. Supported group homes may provide services including, but not limited to, parenting skills, child development, family budgeting, and health and nutrition education. The application deadline is June 27, 2022.



Partner Depot

Spring Membership Sale to Grant Professionals Association (GPA)
All grant professionals that join GPA during the month of May will receive one of the following special offers:

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Join before May 31, 2022, and receive one of the above discounts!



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

Raise 2022
Are you looking to build your skills and knowledge in the area of event fundraising? If so, you may want to consider attending Raise 2022. This conference enables participants to connect with fellow fundraisers and experts, grow professionally, and be inspired by the top event fundraising experts. Scheduled to be held from September 12 to 13, 2022, in Chicago, IL, Raise 2022 features session tracks on event and auction fundraising, fundraising strategy and donor engagement, peer-to-peer and online giving, and leadership and storytelling. Those not able to attend in person may register for virtual attendance.



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
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 24, 2022.

The Low-Down on Executive Summaries and Letters of Inquiry
How do you keep appeals "short and sweet," while still making sure they are complete? This micro-course focuses on the skills needed to break down a large proposal and effectively communicate key information in the form of an executive summary or letter of inquiry. Join Marie Palacios to learn what donors are looking for in these "compact proposal" narratives and what should be reserved for the full proposal or in-person dialogue. In this session you'll learn the difference between an executive summary and a letter of inquiry, key components of an executive summary and a letter of inquiry, quick tips to make sure every sentence packs a punch and gets the donor's attention, and helpful hints on what NOT to include in an executive summary or letter of inquiry. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

LevelUP - Social Enterprise for Nonprofits (NEW)
Fundraising professionals are weary of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to sustain critical work. It's no wonder that fundraisers experience high rates of burnout. Take heart; there is another way! Most organizations plan strategic solicitations, but only some plan strategic revenue generation. Would you like to increase organizational sustainability by creating recurring, predictable revenue streams for general operating expenses? Then join Stephanie Sample for the new LevelUP series, Social Enterprise for Nonprofits. Topics covered will include how to identify and monetize your organizational assets, examples of successful nonprofits with social enterprises, components of a social enterprise business plan, how your social enterprise impacts your nonprofit mission, and tax repercussions for nonprofit organizations who generate revenue through social enterprise. The six-session course begins June 3, 2022.



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Editor: Julie Kaufman
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Contributing Writer: Kevin Peters

National Funding Opportunities
Crowdfunding Opportunity for Community Improvement Efforts
Support for Experimental Theater Productions
Volunteer Programs Assisting Seniors and Adults With Disabilities Funded
Grants Promote Human Progress and Independent Media 

Regional Funding Opportunities
Racial Equity Initiatives in the Washington, DC, Region Supported
Sponsorships for Organizations in Bank Communities in California, Oregon, and Washington 
Planning Grants for Historic Sites in the Midwest 
LGBTQ+ Organizations in Texas Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Helps Veterans Gain Agricultural Skills
Funds Available to Shelter Pregnant and Parenting Youth