GrantStation Insider: May 20, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 20

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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 Solutions to Address Wealth Inequality in the U.S.
Uncharted: Economic Inequality Initiative

Uncharted is a social impact accelerator that enhances the efforts of nonprofit organizations, foundations, governments, corporations, and communities that are committed to tackling problems to drive towards shared goals. Uncharted's Economic Inequality Initiative will support early-stage solutions addressing economic inequality in the United States. The focus is on elevating solutions that create transformational opportunities for people to increase wealth in the near term while building towards a long-term vision to address the root causes themselves. Support will be provided to eight very early-stage social entrepreneurs, movement builders, and nonprofit innovators who are tackling wealth inequality in the U.S. From universal basic income pilots to rent-to-own home programs, Uncharted is seeking radical ideas with proof of concept and the potential to create a profound impact. Selected participants will receive $25,000 in unrestricted funding, access to subject-matter experts, mental health resources, introductions to potential funders in Uncharted's network, and other personalized support. Nonprofit organizations, individuals, for-profit organizations, hybrid groups, and others are eligible to apply. The application deadline is June 28, 2021. More information about the Economic Inequality Initiative is available on Uncharted's website and by attending one of their application support workshops.

Collaborations to Engage Youth Volunteers Funded
Youth Service America: Lead Agency Program

Youth Service America (YSA) supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. YSA's Lead Agency Program is intended to activate youth volunteers on 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, MLK Day of Service, and Global Youth Service Day. The program provides support to youth development organizations, networks of after-school programs, community-based organizations, and schools and school districts that bring together coalitions of youth development and community-based organizations, K-12 schools and higher education institutions, government agencies, national service programs, faith-based organizations, etc. Applicants should focus on engaging middle and high school aged youth, especially those from underserved communities, in meaningful service and service-learning activities. Grants of up to $8,000, capacity-building training, and ongoing support will be provided. The early application deadline is June 4 and the final deadline is June 25, 2021. Visit the YSA website to review the program guidelines.

Grants Promote Community Improvement Efforts Nationwide
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, 2021. Interested applicants may register for an information session, which will be held June 1. To learn more about how to participate in the program visit the A Community Thrives website.

Contemporary Music Ensembles and Presenters Supported
Aaron Copland Fund for Music: Performance Program

The purpose of the Aaron Copland Fund for Music is to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music. The Fund's Performance Program offers General Operating Support Grants for professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music and with plans to continue that commitment. Project Support Grants are also provided for exceptionally important activities relating to contemporary American music proposed by professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations that do not normally feature contemporary American music in their programming. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $20,000. The application deadline is June 30, 2021. Visit the Fund's website to learn more about the Performance Program.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Funds for Organizations Serving Children and Adults in the Southeastern States
The John and Polly Sparks Foundation

The John and Polly Sparks Foundation is a Christian-based foundation that supports nonprofit organizations in the southeastern United States, with emphasis on Florida and Georgia. The Foundation's goal is to provide support to organizations that help individuals help themselves during times of significant need. The Foundation's areas of interest include medical research and the treatment, prevention, and cure of mental illness, especially as it relates to infants, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse; housing for children and adults; relief during times of crisis; and assistance with health and aging issues. The application deadline is July 1, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to review the grant guidelines and online application procedures.

Grants Address Issues Impacting Immigrants and Refugees in Oregon
Oregon Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative

The purpose of the Oregon Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative, a joint initiative of the Collins Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, the Pride Foundation, and the Oregon Community Foundation, is to create a coordinated funding approach to address urgent and emerging issues impacting immigrants and refugees in Oregon, and to support local organizations responding to these issues. Grants fund projects that provide legal information, services, and representation for immigrants and refugees; outreach and education about policies, programs, services, and preparedness; information gathering, research, and analysis on immigration and refugee issues; basic human needs for immigrants and refugees; and community organizing, civic engagement, and advocacy. Most awards through the Collaborative, ranging between $15,000 and $150,000, are generally made within four weeks; small requests of up to $4,000 with a response within a week are also considered. Visit any of the participating funders' websites to learn more about the Collaborative and to download the application form.

Support for Services for Young Children in Vermont and Northern New Jersey
Turrell Fund

The Turrell Fund supports nonprofit organizations that provide or foster the creation and delivery of quality developmental and educational services to at-risk children, especially the youngest, and their families, in the state of Vermont and Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union counties in New Jersey. The Fund's focus is on programs of exceptional merit serving the youngest children, with emphasis on children from birth to five. Priority is given to programs operating in parts of the Fund's service area where the number and quality of educational and developmental alternatives are limited, and the relative concentration of at-risk children is high. The next funding cycle will be open for applications from July 1 through August 2, 2021. Visit the Fund's website to review the grant guidelines.

Healthcare Initiatives in Arkansas Funded
Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas: Regular Grants Program

The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas is dedicated to creating a state where citizens have access to useful information and needed healthcare services that enable them to lead healthier lives. Through the Regular Grants Program, the Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that positively affect the health of Arkansans. Particular emphasis is given to projects addressing healthcare delivery, policy, and economics. Funded projects must demonstrate strong community, regional, or statewide support, such as co-funding by other organizations or groups. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $150,000. The deadline for submitting online applications is July 15, 2021. (The Foundation also offers a $1,000 mini-grant program from January to February 15 each year.) Visit the Foundation's website to access the application information.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Grants Available to Help Street Youth
Department of Health and Human Services

The Street Outreach Program supports 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. 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 21, 2021.

Farmers Markets Supported
Department of Agriculture

The Farmers Market Promotion Program supports the development, coordination, and expansion of direct-producer-to-consumer markets to increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Program goals include connecting and cultivating regional food economies through public-private partnerships; supporting the development of business plans, feasibility studies, and strategies for value-added agricultural production and local and regional food system infrastructure; strengthening capacity and regional food system development through community collaboration and expansion of mid-tier value chains; and improving income and economic opportunities for producers and food businesses through job creation. The application deadline is June 21, 2021.



Partner Depot

2021 Grantmaker of the Year Award

Do you know a government agency, private foundation, or community grantor doing outstanding things for your community and/or the grants profession? Nominate them for the GPA's Grantmaker of the Year Award!



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

Nonprofit Vendor Reviews
Are you looking for a way to research customer relationship management (CRM) fundraising software before investing in new technology? Nonprofit Vendor Reviews is an independent, peer-reviewed site specializing specifically in the nonprofit technology space. Recently launched by the Nonprofit Times Publishing Group, this tool aims to be a trusted and independent review site for both nonprofits and CRM fundraising software vendors, providing insights on the highest rated, curated, and peer-reviewed software.



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 Social Enterprise (NEW)
Are you looking to diversify your revenue stream? Would you like to increase organizational sustainability by creating recurring, predictable revenue streams for general operating? In this 90-minute training Stephanie Sample, Founder and CEO of Sample Consulting Studio, will introduce Social Enterprise for nonprofits. She will walk participants through the process of identifying organizational assets, strategically selecting an asset to monetize, and developing a business plan around your core competencies. 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. You will walk away with a list of your organization's monetizable assets, examples of nonprofits that create their own revenue, examples of nonprofits that launched social enterprises in the pandemic, a format for starting the conversation about social enterprise at your organization, and inspiration and insight into potential revenue streams. The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

The Change Map and the Bottom-Up Logic Model
This workshop, presented by Maryn Boess, Founder of GrantsMagic U, offers a powerful way of thinking about and assessing the work your organization does—and a simple, step-by-step process for communicating the impact of your work to funders, partners, and the community at large. The Change Map and Bottom-Up Logic Model are two powerful, practical tools that help community agencies organize resources toward change and diagnose misalignments between action and impact. Using these tools together, we can create a visual framework for meaningful, measurable collective impact in a challenging and changing environment—and organize our resources to achieve it. In this engaging, interactive session Maryn will introduce a very big-picture context called The Change Map—bigger than the Logic Model, even bigger than your mission!—for articulating exactly what your organization does and why it matters; explain why the Logic Model is the indispensable do-it-all power tool for planning, managing, and evaluating all our community work—grant proposal or no grant proposal; and demonstrate how to use our X-ray vision to expose the essential "bones" of the Logic Model structure and exactly how all the pieces fit together. (PLUS you'll get hands-on practice constructing a Logic Model right on the spot!) You'll see how flipping the Logic Model on its side to create "The Bottom-Up Logic Model" turns it into a powerful lens for spotting, diagnosing, and fixing problems in our program plans and change initiatives. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

The Low-Down on Executive Summaries and Letters of Inquiry (NEW)
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 Thursday, June 10, 2021.



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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Solutions to Address Wealth Inequality in the U.S.
Collaborations to Engage Youth Volunteers Funded
Grants Promote Community Improvement Efforts Nationwide
Contemporary Music Ensembles and Presenters Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Organizations Serving Children and Adults in the Southeastern States
Grants Address Issues Impacting Immigrants and Refugees in Oregon
Support for Services for Young Children in Vermont and Northern New Jersey
Healthcare Initiatives in Arkansas Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Grants Available to Help Street Youth
Farmers Markets Supported