GrantStation Insider: June 24, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 25

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Note: There will not be an issue of the Insider on July 1.

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 Youth Focused Bereavement Services
National Alliance for Grieving Children: Grief Reach

The goal of Grief Reach, administered by the National Alliance for Grieving Children with funding from the New York Life Foundation, is to provide funding to expand the reach and capacity of nonprofit organizations that offer local bereavement services for youth focused on unmet needs and diverse populations. In 2021, Grief Reach is offering the following two grant opportunities: Community Expansion Grants, ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, will fund program expansion to include bereaved youth not currently served by existing services. Support will be provided in the following categories: Geographic Expansion, Number Expansion, Population Expansion, and Program/Service Expansion. Capacity Building Grants of $10,000 or $20,000 will help nonprofit organizations to secure the professional assistance necessary to enhance organizational capacity and address issues of organizational development and effectiveness. Applications will be accepted through July 19, 2021. Visit the National Alliance for Grieving Children's website to learn more about each grant opportunity.

Innovative Initiatives for People With Autism Funded
NEXT for AUTISM: Color the Spectrum Community Grants

The mission of NEXT for AUTISM is to transform the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically designing, launching, and supporting innovative programs. NEXT for AUTISM's Color the Spectrum Community Grants support nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address the transition from school to adulthood in the following three areas: home, work, and social. Applying organizations must have started innovative programs, services, systems, or models of service delivery that make improved outcomes likely. This year grants of $25,000 will be provided, with preference given to programs for the underserved, as well as autistic-led organizations and initiatives. The deadline for letters of intent is August 1, 2021. Visit the NEXT for AUTISM website to review the Color the Spectrum Community Grants guidelines.

Grants Promote Youth Running Programs
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, 2021. Online application information is available on the RRCA website.

Competition Advances Asian American Community Projects
Gold Futures Challenge

Gold Futures Challenge, offered by Asian American Futures and Gold House, is an online grant competition to benefit Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations in the United States. The Challenge will award ten prizes ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations for projects that ensure that AAPI communities are seen, heard, empowered, and united. The prize amounts will be determined by public vote from a pool of ten finalists chosen by the Challenge's Selection Committee. Preference may be given to organizations that serve historically underrepresented communities; organizations, leaders, or communities who are often overlooked by traditional forms of philanthropy; communities with less access to power and opportunity; and/or causes that are harder to fund. The applying organization's work can be in a particular neighborhood, community, city, county, region, or state, or can have a national impact. Both new and existing projects are eligible for submission. The application deadline is July 31, 2021. Visit the Challenge's website to access the guidelines and application process.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Efforts to Enhance Communication for Californians With Disabilities Supported
Ability Central

Ability Central supports community-based nonprofit organizations and educational institutions in California that establish projects and programs designed to benefit the communication needs of Californians with disabilities of all ages. Ability Central's funding priorities for the 2022 funding cycle include the following: Capacity Building Projects, Innovation Projects, Research Projects, and Sustainable Training Projects. Grants ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 will be provided. The deadline for letters of intent is July 23, 2021; full grant applications will be due October 15, 2021. Visit the Ability Central website to learn more about the funding priorities and review the letter of intent guidelines.

Funds for Louisiana Arts and Culture Programs
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation: Community Partnership Grant Program

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is dedicated to promoting the music, arts, culture, and heritage of communities in Louisiana. The Foundation's Community Partnership Grant Program is currently offering grants of up to $5,000 in the following five categories: In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts, and Cultural Traditions; After-School and Summer Education Programs in Music, Arts, and Cultural Traditions; Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts; Media: Documentation + Creation; and Louisiana Cultural Equity Arts Grant. Nonprofit organizations, schools, and individuals are eligible to apply, depending on the category. The application deadline is August 6, 2021, for all five categories. Details about the Community Partnership Grant Program categories are available on the Foundation's website.

Grants Aim to Increase Women Officeholders in Michigan, Mississippi, and Washington
The Ascend Fund: Gender Parity in State Legislatures

The Ascend Fund is committed to accelerating the pace of change toward gender parity in U.S. politics. The Fund's current request for proposals, Gender Parity in State Legislatures, will support state and local nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations in Michigan, Mississippi, and Washington that are working to empower women to seek elected office or become leaders in their community, or that are interested in beginning this work. Selected organizations will work with the Fund to build state-based coalitions, which will train and recruit diverse women to run for office on both sides of the aisle to increase the number of women serving in the state legislature. The Fund prioritizes applicants committed to addressing the unique barriers faced by underrepresented and marginalized communities. Project funding in the form of multi-year, general operating grants will be provided. Applicants may apply for funding up to $50,000 annually, and typical awards will range from $15,000 to $30,000 annually. State and local organizations, as well as national organizations with staffed, state-based chapters, are eligible to apply. The application deadline is August 13, 2021. Visit the Ascent Fund's website to review the RFP guidelines and the online application instructions.

Oral Health Programs for Illinois Children Supported
Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation works to improve the oral health of the residents of Illinois. The Foundation's Community Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations and government entities that offer programs focused on the oral health of children, with emphasis on the following two key priority areas: 1) oral health education and awareness; and 2) access to oral healthcare, specifically programs that also educate and inform. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 will be provided. The application cycle will be open from July 1 through August 13, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to access the Community Grant Philosophy and Guidelines.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Funds Available to Strengthen Tribal Communities

The AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants program seeks to strengthen communities through the use of AmeriCorps volunteers. Priorities include COVID-19 recovery efforts; programs addressing racial equality; economic opportunity initiatives, such as broadband, agriculture, and low-income housing; education, including STEM; environmental stewardship, including traditional food systems; healthy futures, including reducing and preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse; veterans and military families; and programs that reduce child poverty. The application deadline is July 23, 2021.

Projects to Combat Youth Homelessness Supported
Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program supports comprehensive community approaches to serving homeless youth ages 24 and under. The objectives of the program are to build national momentum toward addressing the homelessness issue, promote equity in the delivery and outcomes of homelessness assistance, evaluate the coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness, expand capacity, and evaluate the use of performance measurement strategies designed to better measure youth outcomes. The application deadline is July 27, 2021.



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Testing Your Fundraising Campaigns the Right Way
Does testing your fundraising campaign feel like an intimidating prospect? If so, where do you start? Nonprofit Learning Lab's upcoming webinar "Testing Your Fundraising Campaigns the Right Way" discusses how to put together a testing strategy for a fundraising campaign and how to track the results. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.



Upcoming Online Education Trainings
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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 3: Capital Campaigns With
Is a capital campaign in your future? You're not alone, as 74% of nonprofits recently indicated they were in a campaign or planning one. These three webinars, presented by Kevin Wallace and Carlyn Runnels of, are designed to help your nonprofit organization understand and prepare for the process of raising big dollars for capital projects. The first webinar, Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?, will help you ask and answer six questions vital to preparing for the pre-campaign process and the campaign itself. In the second webinar, Essential Capital Campaign Preparations, learn about the pre-campaign steps of needs assessments and feasibility studies, what to expect from these tools, and how they can help you understand the financial capacity of your organization and its donors. The third webinar, The Stages and Challenges to Expect During a Capital Campaign, will help you understand the five phases typical to most capital campaigns and the stages and challenges that come with each phase. These webinars can be taken together to methodically build your organization’s readiness to take on a capital campaign or as stand-alone learning opportunities. Executive directors, development directors, and board leaders from a broad range of nonprofit organizations will benefit from these 90-minute presentations. The deadline to register for the Power of 3 is Wednesday, July 14, 2021. The webinars will be held on July 14th, July 29th, and August 12th.

Leading in Challenging Economic Times (NEW)
As the executive director, director of operations, chief financial officer, or senior leader of a nonprofit organization, you have a difficult job balancing the demands of programmatic achievement, fundraising, long-term strategic planning, and managing people. In times of economic distress, your job becomes even more difficult as your focus shifts from growth to sustaining the current budget. By using a risk-based approach to leading, you can make your job easier. In this session, Dr. Anthony Silard will begin by examining the key characteristics of successful leaders in tough economic times. You will then learn some innovative fundraising strategies and design creative new ways to leverage resources for your cause. You will also find out how effective leaders manage people with fewer resources, adopt a healthy relationship toward risk, keep staff morale high in the face of cutbacks, and leverage financial resources and board involvement in a tough economy. The webinar will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Partnership RX: What's Slowing Your Collaboration Down?
By now we all really get that thinking and working collaboratively "pays" in many ways for our organizations and the community as a whole. But that doesn't mean creating and sustaining meaningful partnership is trouble-free—have you noticed? Take these three scenarios: 1) Your community collaboration seems to have stalled out. Your team is losing steam and you can't figure out why, much less what to do about it. 2) Yikes! You all were sailing along beautifully and suddenly an issue you thought your team had sorted out a long time ago is rearing its ugly head and jamming the works . . . again. 3) Conflict! All right, we're not talking open argument here, but some really strong differences of opinion have surfaced and you're all spinning around in circles and never really getting anything resolved. Sound familiar? Good news—you're not alone. All these "problems" aren’t really problems at all, but symptoms of very common and predictable partnership challenges. And every one is fixable and even preventable. In this lively session Maryn Boess, Founder of GrantsMagic U, explores three powerful, simple tools for understanding what's going on when your collaboration seems to be going wrong, and what to do about it. You'll learn what to expect during a typical collaboration lifecycle, how to head off predictable problems, and what to do if they crop up anyway. You'll learn how to use GrantsMagic U's exclusive "Bottom-Up Logic Model" to diagnose troublesome gaps, overlaps, and misalignments in your internal and external partnerships. You'll see how our "Collaboration Assessment Checklist" can help you identify where your collaboration is healthy and well—and where it could use a strong dose of tough love and attention. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.



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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Youth Focused Bereavement Services 
Innovative Initiatives for People With Autism Funded
Grants Promote Youth Running Programs
Competition Advances Asian American Community Projects

Regional Funding Opportunities
Efforts to Enhance Communication for Californians With Disabilities Supported
Funds for Louisiana Arts and Culture Programs
Grants Aim to Increase Women Officeholders in Michigan, Mississippi, and Washington 
Oral Health Programs for Illinois Children Supported

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Available to Strengthen Tribal Communities
Projects to Combat Youth Homelessness Supported