GrantStation Insider - June 7, 2018

Volume XVII | Issue 22

National | Regional | Federal | Partner Depot | PathFinder | Online Education


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Music Education Programs
Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation

The Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation is dedicated to shaping the next generation through music education and believes that every child should have access and opportunity to participate in a quality program. The Foundation is focused on the following five priorities: student achievement and participation, public private collaboration, music education innovation, music educator support, and research. First year grant requests should not exceed $20,000. Applications will be accepted from July 1 through July 31, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application guidelines.

Native Fish Protection Initiatives Funded
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Bring Back the Natives

The Bring Back the Natives program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), invests in conservation activities that restore, protect, and enhance native populations of sensitive or listed fish species across the United States, especially in areas on or adjacent to federal agency lands. The program emphasizes coordination between private landowners and federal agencies, tribes, corporations, and states to improve the ecosystem functions and health of watersheds. Priority will be given to projects that address the leading factors in native fish species decline such as habitat alteration, environmental change, and invasive species. Grant awards will generally range in size from $50,000 to $100,000, and require at least one-to-one matching funds. Eligible applicants include local, state, federal, and tribal governments and agencies; special districts; nonprofit organizations; and schools and universities. The pre-proposal deadline is June 28, 2018; invited full proposals will be due August 23, 2018. Visit the NFWF website to review the 2018 Request for Proposals.

Grants Promote Social Justice Through Media and Entertainment Channels
Pop Culture Collaborative: Pop Up Rapid Response Grants

The Pop Culture Collaborative represents an innovative hub for high impact partnerships and grants designed to help organizations and individuals leverage the reach and power of pop culture for social justice goals. Pop Up Rapid Response Grants are designed to help organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive positive narrative and social change in popular culture. Funded projects must impact, support, or engage at least one of these community groups: people of color, immigrants, refugees, or Muslims. Examples of funded projects include public events and private retreats; tool and resource prototypes; network and partnership building; story, narrative, and strategy design process; and creative content including short film/video, concerts, music recordings, etc. Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000. Requests may be submitted at any time by nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and individuals. Visit the Collaborative’s website to learn more about the Pop Up Rapid Response Grants program.

Youth Environmental Community Service Projects Supported
Captain Planet Foundation: ecoSolution Grants

The Captain Planet Foundation supports educational programs that enable youth to understand and appreciate our world by getting involved in hands-on projects to improve the environment. The Foundation provides ecoSolution Grants to innovative programs that inspire youth to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. Public schools and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grants of $500 to $2,500. Priority is given to projects with matching funds or in-kind support. The final application deadline for 2018 is July 15. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Trauma Support Organizations in Communities Affected by Disasters
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities: Building Resilience in the Face of Disaster

Building Resilience in the Face of Disaster, an initiative launched by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the New York Life Insurance Company, will support nonprofit community-based organizations providing long-term trauma and grief support to those in geographic areas impacted by major weather disasters in 2017, including Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma, and the California wildfires, as well as significant human-made tragedies that have occurred in Parkland, FL; Las Vegas, NV; and Sutherland Springs, TX. Types of organizations eligible to apply include community centers, affordable housing programs, early childhood education and care programs, youth and family programs, etc. Applicants must have experience with trauma-informed care or grief services. A total of $750,000 in support will be provided; funded organizations will receive awards of up to $50,000. The application deadline is July 13, 2018. Visit the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to download the request for proposals.

Grants Enhance Quality of Life for Georgia Residents
Georgia Power Charitable Giving Program

The Georgia Power Charitable Giving Program provides support to nonprofit organizations and programs throughout Georgia that seek to improve the quality of life for the state's residents. The charitable focus areas include improving education, civic and community, environmental stewardship, and arts and culture. (Support for health and human services is given primarily through contributions to the United Way and the Salvation Army's Project SHARE.) Grant requests of up to $25,000 are reviewed on an ongoing basis; grant requests greater than $25,000 are reviewed in May, August, and December of each year. Visit the company’s website to learn more about the application process.

Support for Organizations in Company Communities
Gannett Foundation: Community Action Grant Program

The Gannett Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that serve the communities where Gannett Co., Inc., owns a newspaper or broadcast station. The Foundation’s Community Action Grant Program’s priorities include education, neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment. Grants are generally in the $1,000 to $5,000 range. Grant requests are considered twice each year; the upcoming postmark deadline is August 17, 2018, for most locations. Proposals should be submitted to the local newspaper publisher or TV station general manager. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines and download the application form.

Technology Programs to Assist Californians with Disabilities Funded
Disability Communications Fund

The Disability Communications Fund (DCF) supports nonprofit organizations that offer technology and programs that serve the communication needs of Californians with disabilities. DCF’s funding priorities for the 2019 Grant Program include the following: Training AT and AAC Experts, Facilitating Research and Innovation, and Building Networks and Replicating Successful Models. Grants of $10,000 to $100,000 will be provided. The deadline for letters of intent is August 8, 2018; full grant applications are due October 5, 2018. Visit the DCF website to learn more about the funding priorities and the application process.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Program Supports Learning About Agriculture and Food
Department of Agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is intended to increase knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children, and to bring together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations. The application deadline is July 9, 2018.

Funds Available to Manage Cultural Resources
National Park Service

The Cultural Resources Management Services program allows the National Park Service to work collaboratively with partners on a variety of cultural resource activities, including studies, planning, inventory reviews, exhibit design, teaching projects, and more. The application deadline is July 13, 2018.



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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 New Megadonor Archetypes
We’re all familiar with megadonors such as Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates, but what is it that motivates them to give? The New Megadonor Archetypes, a tool created by Lipman Hearne to enrich donor communications, sheds some light on this question. Based on an analysis of Giving Pledge letters, news, and press releases, as well as biographical data about high net worth philanthropists, this tool outlines five new megadonor archetypes.



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
Support for Music Education Programs
Native Fish Protection Initiatives Funded
Grants Promote Social Justice Through Media and Entertainment Channels
Youth Environmental Community Service Projects Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Trauma Support Organizations in Communities Affected by Disasters
Grants Enhance Quality of Life for Georgia Residents
Support for Organizations in Company Communities
Technology Programs to Assist Californians with Disabilities Funded 

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Supports Learning About Agriculture and Food
Funds Available to Manage Cultural Resources