GrantStation Insider: May 28, 2020

Volume XIX | Issue 21

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COVID-19 Related Funding
Opportunities Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge, in partnership with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and The Rockefeller Foundation, has launched the $10 million Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge. The Challenge is an open call for breakthrough ideas that harness the power of data science to help people and communities thrive, especially in the wake of COVID-19's economic impact. Inclusive growth proposals are encouraged from and for anywhere in the world. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, jobs of tomorrow—leave no worker behind; access to capital—leave no entrepreneur behind; and cities and towns—leave no place behind. The Challenge is open to any individual, organization, or collaboration from anywhere in the world, including nonprofits, for-profits, individuals 18+ and above, and governments and U.N. agencies. The application deadline is July 17, 2020.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Emergency Response for the Healthcare System Innovation Challenge
The Emergency Response for the Healthcare System Innovation Challenge poses the question, "Can you create a digital tool supporting the healthcare system (including providers, government, and public health and community organizations) during a large-scale health crisis (pandemic, natural disaster, or other public health emergency)?" Digital tools can assist the healthcare community as it adapts to quickly changing circumstances and needs by addressing multiple categories: capacity management, clinical integration, communication, data exchange, mental health tools for providers, population health, preparedness, resource management, and data analytics, tracking, and visualization. Teams from throughout the United States are eligible to apply. The application deadline is June 12, 2020.

Alabama Business Charitable Trust Fund: Coronavirus Relief
The Alabama Business Charitable (ABC) Trust Fund's Coronavirus Relief Program supports nonprofit and faith-based organizations throughout the state working to address health and human service needs in response to COVID-19 relief efforts or to provide general health and human service support to low-income citizens. Grants of up to $500 are awarded. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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



National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Efforts to Transition to Clean Energy
The Solutions Project: Fighter Fund

The Solutions Project is dedicated to accelerating the transition to clean energy for all. The Solutions Project's Fighter Fund is a rapid response grantmaking program that provides support to pivotal frontline leaders accelerating the transition to clean energy in the United States. The Fund's interest areas include the following: local and state policy work supporting a just transition to 100% clean energy and a regenerative economy; fossil fuel infrastructure resistance; indigenous organizing and indigenous-led movements; transparent, cleaner, and democratically controlled rural electric cooperatives; and community-led clean energy demonstration projects in need of seed capital. Grants range from $500 to $15,000, typically averaging $5,000. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit The Solutions Project website to learn more about the Fighter Fund.

Social Justice Litigation Projects Funded
The Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation

The Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation aims to improve the economic well-being and social conditions of disadvantaged persons and groups in the United States by supporting nonprofit organizations that undertake systemic litigation. The Foundation provides grants for social justice litigation designed to have systemic impact in a wide range of areas, including access to benefits, children's rights, disability rights, discrimination, domestic violence, homelessness, housing, Native American rights, prisoners' rights, refugee and immigrant rights, voting rights, and veterans' rights. The Foundation seeks to award grants for systemic type cases that will have an impact on a specific area of the law or a legal issue through the establishment of a legal precedent. The Foundation does not support cases where the relief sought is for an individual except if it would involve an important legal precedent addressing a systemic issue. The application deadline is August 1, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to review the funding guidelines.

Grants Benefit HIV/AIDS Care, Education, and Research Programs
Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation

The Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation is dedicated to the fight against HIV and AIDS. Grant requests from throughout the United States are considered, with particular interest in smaller communities and rural areas. The Foundation supports community-based nonprofit organizations that focus on HIV/AIDS care and direct services, education, or research. Grants are provided to developing or established programs, with emphasis on those that provide direct benefit to clients or target audiences. Requests are reviewed two times per year. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is July 31, 2020; invited grant applications will be due August 28, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to submit an online letter of inquiry.

Youth-Led Environmental Solutions Supported
Captain Planet Foundation: ecoSolution Grants

The Captain Planet Foundation invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and empower youth to become local and global environmental changemakers. The Foundation provides ecoSolution Grants to innovative youth-led programs that result in real environmental outcomes. Educators, both K-12 classroom and informal, are eligible to apply for grants of $500 to $2,500 to help youth implement hands-on environmental solutions. Priority is given to projects with matching funds or in-kind support. The final application deadline for 2020 is July 15. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Fellowships for City Leaders in Targeted Cities
Emerging City Champions

Emerging City Champions is a fellowship program, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and managed by 8 80 Cities, for young civic innovators with bold ideas to enhance public space, mobility, and civic engagement. The fellowship is open to anyone with an innovative project idea and the drive to see it through in one of Knight Foundation's investment communities in 16 states. The program is looking for city leaders with creative solutions that activate public life in public spaces, enhance mobility options, and build a culture of civic engagement. Twenty Champions will receive $5,000 in seed funding to implement one community project in one year, as well as ongoing support and mentorship from city building experts. Applicants, who must be 19 to 35 years old at the time they apply, may be activists, educators, tactical urbanists, designers, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. The application cycle will be open from June 1 through July 12, 2020. Visit the Emerging City Champions website to learn more about the fellowship program.

Funds for Public Safety Initiatives in Company Communities
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

The mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is to impact the lifesaving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities. The Foundation supports public safety organizations in the communities served by Firehouse Subs restaurants across the country. The Foundation's areas of interest include the following: Life-Saving Equipment, Disaster Relief, Prevention Education, Support of Members of the Military, and Scholarships and Continuing Education. Public safety organizations, such as fire departments, law enforcement agencies, first responders, EMS organizations, nonprofit organizations, and schools are eligible to apply. Grants generally range from $15,000 to $25,000. Grant applications are reviewed quarterly; the remaining 2020 deadlines are August 19 and November 11. Visit the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation website to access grant FAQs and submit an online application.

Grants Address Environmental and Urban Farming Issues in the Northeast and Southeast Regions
Merck Family Fund

The Merck Family Fund is dedicated to protecting the natural environment and ensuring a healthy planet for generations to come and to strengthening the social fabric and the physical landscape of urban communities. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following three program areas: The Reducing CO2 Emissions Through Energy Efficiency and Carbon Pricing program supports the development of political and economic drivers at the federal and state level in the Northeast and Southeast to establish or expand carbon pricing mechanisms. The Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land program provides grants for land conservation efforts in the Southeast. The Urban Farming and Youth Leadership program supports initiatives in New York City and Philadelphia as well as low-income urban areas in Massachusetts that help young people to create urban farms and local markets. The final deadline for letters of inquiry in 2020 is July 10; invited full proposals will be due July 31, 2020. Visit the Fund's website to learn more about the program areas and application process.

Support for Development, Housing, and Education Efforts in Bank Communities
Old National Bank Foundation

The Old National Bank Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in communities in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin served by the Bank. The Foundation's grant program offers support in the following funding priority areas: Economic Development, Workforce Development, Affordable Housing, and Education Achievement. In all program areas, priority is given to programs that target low- to moderate-income families. Given the impact of COVID-19, the Foundation will give special consideration to applicants who are providing services dedicated to community stabilization and recovery within the targeted funding priority areas. The final application cycle for 2020 will be open from July 15 to August 13 at 12 noon CST. Visit the Bank's website to download the Foundation's guidelines and FAQs document.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Program Helps Preserve Native Languages
Department of Health and Human Services

The Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance program supports assessments of the status of native languages in an established community, as well as the planning, design, restoration, and implementation of native language curriculum and education projects to support a community's language preservation goals. Native American communities include American Indian tribes (federally-recognized and non-federally recognized), Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders. The application deadline is July 1, 2020.

Urban Agriculture Efforts Supported
Department of Agriculture

The Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production Competitive Grants Program supports planning and implementation projects. Planning projects focus on the development of efforts that will either initiate, build upon, or expand the work of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. Implementation projects seek to accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers or gardeners. The application deadline is July 6, 2020.



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

The Collaborative: Virtual Sessions
Do you work in the nonprofit space? Are you looking to adapt to today's landscape while growing your organization during these uncertain times? If so, Classy's free online conference "The Collaborative: Virtual Sessions" may be just what you are looking for. Held from June 9 to 12, 2020, this conference is a virtual experience designed exclusively for nonprofit professionals to gain insights, strategies, and inspiration. Examples of topics covered include fundraising and marketing, organizational priorities and finances, current technology, leadership in times of crisis, and resilience.



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
Capacity building grants are unique. While many best practices in writing operational or program grant requests apply to developing capacity building grant requests, there are some critical differences that need to be addressed to create the strongest application possible. During the 90-minute webinar, Alice Ruhnke will define and discuss the fundamentals of capacity building grant requests, highlight the key components that differ from "regular" grants, and outline ways to identify funders who provide capacity building grants. Throughout the session, common mistakes in writing capacity building grant requests will be discussed and remedied. This 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. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

How Social Service Agencies Can Win National Funding (NEW)
Does your social service agency want to win grants from national funders? It is important to understand that not every agency is set up to deliver what national foundations want when they make grants for social services. Because almost all social service work is local or regional in nature, national funders look to local philanthropy to support those efforts. Instead, national funders tend to see their role differently: they're generally looking to contribute to the knowledge base, advance innovation, or scale promising solutions. With this in mind, social service agencies seeking national funding need to ask themselves specific questions about what they are doing that other organizations can learn from and replicate. (And if it is worth it, given that their ongoing programs are what most need funding.) In this webinar, Alayna Buckner, CEO and Founder of Elevate, will address these types of questions, and offer strategies to help your organization plan programs that attract attention and interest from national funders. Elevate works with many social service clients that attract these investments, and Alayna will share the patterns and insights they've gleaned from seeing what wins funding (and what doesn't). The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Power Writing for Grants…and More! Fast and Easy Tools for Writing (NEW)
Clear, compelling writing is vital to all your on-the-job writing projects—not just grant proposals. In this fast-paced hands-on webinar, Maryn Boess will offer simple, powerful techniques that will have you writing more clearly, quickly, and confidently right away. Our focus: Presenting your message in a way that makes it as easy as possible for your reader to understand—so you get the results you want. Topics in the webinar include the big myths and misconceptions that could be sabotaging your writing without your even knowing it; three fundamental strategies for writing so clearly your reader cannot possibly misunderstand your message; key techniques and tools to help you organize your material for maximum impact; ten steps for busting through the deadly 12-12-12 scenario and bringing your writing to life; figuring out who your readers are, what do they need from you, and how do you make sure you deliver; and advice from the top writing pros on editing, proofreading, and revising. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.



GrantStation Announcements
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COVID-19 Related Funding Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Emergency Response for the Healthcare System Innovation Challenge
Alabama Business Charitable Trust Fund: Coronavirus Relief 

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Efforts to Transition to Clean Energy
Social Justice Litigation Projects Funded
Grants Benefit HIV/AIDS Care, Education, and Research Programs
Youth-Led Environmental Solutions Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Fellowships for City Leaders in Targeted Cities
Funds for Public Safety Initiatives in Company Communities
Grants Address Environmental and Urban Farming Issues in the Northeast and Southeast Regions
Support for Development, Housing, and Education Efforts in Bank Communities

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Helps Preserve Native Languages
Urban Agriculture Efforts Supported