GrantStation Insider: June 11, 2020

Volume XIX | Issue 23

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COVID-19 Related Funding
Opportunities Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Momentum Fund
The Momentum Fund will provide grants to nonprofit organizations that manage COVID-19 funds, with priority given to organizations that are helping other nonprofits meet the needs of communities and populations whose health or financial situations have been most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been historically underserved in the United States, U.S. Territories, or on Native American Reservations. Grants of up to $100,000 will be provided. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, community foundations, women's funds, identity-based funds, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, nonprofit service organizations, and community-led nonprofits. Online applications are due June 18, 2020.

The Center for Craft: Craft Futures Fund
The Center for Craft's Craft Futures Fund will support craft communities throughout the United States and their creative responses to COVID-19. These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that seed resilience, foster community, and amplify impact. Requests will be reviewed monthly through October 2020.

Con Alma Health Foundation: COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Project
The Con Alma Health Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Project awards grants to nonprofit organizations in New Mexico that are providing basic needs, including food, housing, and income assistance for stressed communities (lower-income workers, frontline and other essential workers, communities of color, immigrants, indigenous communities, and people with disabilities). Grants range from $7,500 to $20,000. Requests will be reviewed through early 2021.

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



National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Social Justice Struggles Nationwide
Emergent Fund

The Emergent Fund supports grassroots organizing and power building in communities of color throughout the United States who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious, and other forms of discrimination. Grants are provided to develop innovative strategies to transform our country. The focus is on the following two types of activities: 1) efforts that support emergent strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions, including resisting new or amplified threats and building power to move a proactive agenda; and 2) efforts seeking long-term social justice and economic justice in a political and social climate that seeks to dismantle such efforts. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Fund's website for application details.

Training, Equipment, and Technology for Fire Departments Funded
The Leary Firefighters Foundation: Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program

The Leary Firefighters Foundation is dedicated to funding equipment, education, training, and technology for firefighters nationwide. The Foundation's Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program provides grants to paid and volunteer departments in three areas of support: training, with the goal of enhancing the professional development of departments; equipment, with the goal of providing the best equipment to help keep firefighters and the communities they serve safe; and technology, with the goal of ensuring that fire departments update along with technological advances. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000. Letters of inquiry are due August 15, 2020; the deadline for invited applications is October 1, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program.

Grants Promote Post-Secondary Education Initiatives
ECMC Foundation

The ECMC Foundation works to improve post-secondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds nationwide. The Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: The College Success category aims to increase the number of students from historically and presently underserved backgrounds who persist through and graduate from an institution of higher education with a bachelor's degree. The Career Readiness category aims to improve post-secondary career and technical education outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds. The Foundation is giving priority to requests that address the immediate challenges and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies are eligible to apply. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year; proposals are reviewed by invitation only. Visit the Foundation's website to review the grant criteria and application process.

Youth Running Programs Supported
Road Runners Club of America: Kids Run the Nation Grant Fund

The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is dedicated to supporting the growth of grassroots running clubs, training programs, and running events while promoting the common interests of runners throughout the United States. The Kids Run the Nation Grant Fund, an initiative of the RRCA, supports nonprofit organizations and schools in the U.S. that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Grants of $500 to $1,000 are provided to running clubs and other nonprofit organizations such as parent booster clubs, PTAs, etc. Elementary and middle schools that provide organized after-school running programs are also eligible to apply. Since the goal of the grant program is to have kids running at least once a week for multiple weeks, funded programs should offer more than just one-time events. The grant application deadline is August 1, 2020. Visit the RRCA website to submit an online application.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Community Organizing Campaigns in the Pacific Northwest
Social Justice Fund Northwest

Social Justice Fund Northwest is a member-funded foundation working to foster significant, long-term social justice solutions throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The Fund's primary grantmaking focus is to support organizations that are community-based and that use community organizing to achieve their goals. For 2020, the Fund's Giving Project grant categories include the following: The Black Led Organizing Grant will support Black-led groups that are working to dismantle anti-Black racism and organizing towards Black Liberation across the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West. The deadline for this grant will be in September. The Forced Migration and Displacement Grant will support organizations working to stop forced migration and displacement due to gentrification, colonialism, anti-immigration policies, eviction and foreclosure, environmental racism, and climate change. The deadline for this grant will be in August. Two-year grants of $15,000 per year will be provided in both grant categories. Visit the Fund's website to learn more about the 2020 grant programs.

Grants Advance Broadband Education and Use in Company Communities
Spectrum Digital Education Grant Program

The Spectrum Digital Education Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations that educate community members on the benefits of broadband and how to use it to improve their lives. Applying organizations must serve communities located in a Spectrum market. Grants are provided for programs focused on families and seniors in diverse, low-income, or minority-based communities. Funded programs should have a lasting, meaningful, and tangible impact (e.g. development of a new digital site or app, expansion of the capacity of a digital learning center, creation of a mobile computer lab, etc.). Grants range from $2,500 to $50,000. Applications will be accepted through June 26, 2020. Visit the Spectrum Digital Education website to review the selection criteria and grant eligibility.

Support for Healthy Living Projects in Mississippi
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation

The mission of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is to improve the health and wellness of all Mississippians. The Foundation's grantmaking focus is on healthy eating and exercise programs, with measurable outcomes demonstrating improvement in the health of Mississippians. The Foundation provides support for health and wellness efforts offered by nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and municipalities throughout the state. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Information on the guidelines and the application procedure is available on the Foundation's website.

Reading Programs in Ohio Funded
Buckeye Book Fair: Literacy Awards

Through the Literacy Awards program, the Buckeye Book Fair provides support to Ohio reading programs, Ohio public and community libraries, as well as Ohio school librarians and teachers, by offering gift certificates of up to $500 to enhance their book collections or grants of up to $500 for an author visit. Proposals for the Literacy Awards should describe a special project using Buckeye Book Fair books or participating authors. The application deadline is August 1, 2020. Visit the Buckeye Book Fair's website to learn more about the Literacy Awards program.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Available for Native Social and Economic Development
Department of Health and Human Services

The Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program promotes social and economic self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Projects should focus on one or more of the following three interrelated concepts, which form a foundation for self-sufficiency: social development that supports local access to, control of, and coordination with programs and services that safeguard the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples; economic development that fosters the development of stable, diversified local economies and economic activities that provide jobs and business opportunities that promote economic well-being and self-sufficiency in Native American communities; and governance that assists tribes, Native organizations, and Alaska Native village governments to increase their ability to enhance their administrative infrastructure and capacity to develop and enforce laws, regulations, codes, and policies that reflect and promote the interests of community members. The application deadline is July 15, 2020.

Creative Placemaking Efforts Supported
National Endowment for the Arts

Our Town is a creative placemaking grants program that supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, or social outcomes. These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization, and should engage in partnership with other sectors, such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development. Applications are due to by August 6, 2020. Applications must be submitted to the NEA applicant portal by August 18, 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.

Nonprofit Fundraising Survey: Fundraising Impact of COVID-19
Has COVID-19 impacted your nonprofit's fundraising efforts? Are you curious how it has affected other organizations? The report "Nonprofit Fundraising Survey: Fundraising Impact of COVID-19," put out by CCS Fundraising, uses survey results to analyze how COVID-19 has impacted fundraising for nonprofits in all major sectors.



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
Join Jeremy Smith, Communications and Technology Director, and Kerry Glauser, Research Specialist, for a quick tour of the GrantStation website. This tour will cover all of the features in, including navigation, search interfaces, and charitable database search criteria. This tour will provide tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects. By using GrantStation's databases and resource tools, you can begin to develop a successful grantseeking strategy for the next 12 to 18 months. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

LIVE Workshop: Tracking Volunteers in QuickBooks (DESKTOP Version and ONLINE Version)
Are you tracking your volunteers' contact information somewhere? What about the hours they worked? What they did? Many grantors will allow volunteer hours to count towards meeting the matching requirements for a grant, so it is important to keep track of volunteer activity. All of this information can be easily tracked right in your QuickBooks software. To help you with this process, we are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, a CPA specializing in nonprofits and president of QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits, deliver one of his most popular webinars exclusively for us. In this webinar, you will learn how to set up your volunteers in QuickBooks either manually or by import, query to find a volunteer that possesses a skill that you may need, set up and enter time for volunteers by activity, generate volunteer reports, and get QuickBooks to calculate the exact amount of match created. Don't miss this opportunity! You will be VERY glad you came! The webinar for the DESKTOP version of QuickBooks will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. The webinar for the ONLINE version of QuickBooks will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2020.

How to Know if Your Programs Are Effective (NEW)
Strong programmatic outcomes are vital to the success of any grant program. As a nonprofit professional, you know that measuring these outcomes and understanding your organization's impact is important—not only to achieve your mission, but also to communicate your work effectively. But programmatic monitoring and evaluation can be complicated! This 90-minute webinar, presented by Alana Buckner, CEO of Elevate, is for non-experts who want to understand the fundamentals better. It will make monitoring and evaluation easy to understand and focus on practical tips and case studies. We will cover the answers to questions like these: Why is monitoring and evaluation important for every nonprofit? What does monitoring and evaluation mean exactly? What about concepts like theory of change, logic model, data collection, assessment, and instrument, as well as qualitative and quantitative data? How does a nonprofit get started, or improve, their existing monitoring and evaluation? By the end of the webinar, you will be able to understand the purposes of program evaluation, link it to your organization's goals, and have concrete tips and techniques to begin or improve your evaluation efforts. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.



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

COVID-19 Related Funding
Momentum Fund 
The Center for Craft: Craft Futures Fund
Con Alma Health Foundation: COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Project

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Social Justice Struggles Nationwide
Training, Equipment, and Technology for Fire Departments Funded
Grants Promote Post-Secondary Education Initiatives
Youth Running Programs Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Community Organizing Campaigns in the Pacific Northwest
Grants Advance Broadband Education and Use in Company Communities
Support for Healthy Living Projects in Mississippi 
Reading Programs in Ohio Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Available for Native Social and Economic Development
Creative Placemaking Efforts Supported