GrantStation Insider - June 28, 2018

Volume XVII | Issue 25

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


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Challenge Promotes Financial Security Solutions in the U.S. and Canada
TD Bank Group: TD Ready Challenge

The TD Ready Challenge, an initiative of the TD Bank Group, is an annual North American initiative that provides up to ten $1 million (CAD) grants to catalyze innovative solutions for a changing world. Grants are awarded to organizations in the United States and Canada that have scalable solutions that will help open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. The theme of the 2018 Challenge is Financial Security. Support will be provided to organizations with innovative solutions focused on helping create greater income stability in a changing world, including those that will help prepare people for the economy of the future so that everyone can thrive. Applications must address the 2018 problem statement and propose a scalable pre-existing solution that is tested, innovative, and achievable. The application deadline is July 27, 2018. Visit the TD Bank website to learn more about the Challenge.

Support for K-12 School Improvement Projects
Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant Program

The Toolbox for Education Grant Program, offered by Lowe’s Gives Foundation, provides grants from $2,000 to $100,000 to public K-12 schools, as well as parent-teacher groups associated with those public schools. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations, and safety improvements. Projects should address a critical need and align with Lowe’s company purpose—to help people love where they live. The 2018 fall grant cycle opens on August 6 and closes on September 28. For more information, visit

Anti-Poverty Efforts Funded Nationwide
Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), established by the Catholic bishops of the United States, is committed to supporting organizations led by low-income individuals as they work to break the cycle of poverty and improve their communities. CCHD’s grant programs include the following: Community Development Grants support nonprofit organizations that nurture the participation of people living in poverty to change structures and policies that affect their lives. At least 50 percent of those benefiting from the applying organization's efforts must be people experiencing poverty. Economic Development Grants support economic development institutions that include the voice of the poor and marginalized in developing new businesses that offer good jobs or develop assets that will be owned by local communities. Grants range between $25,000 and $75,000. Pre-applications for both programs may be submitted between September 1 and November 1, annually. (Organizations are encouraged to submit their pre-application prior to the November 1 deadline.) Visit the CCHD website for more information.

Grants Enhance Education and Youth Development
Kars4Kids Small Grant Program

Kars4Kids is a national Jewish nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping children develop into productive members of communities throughout the United States. The Kars4Kids Small Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to make a difference in the areas of education and youth development. Grants generally range from $500 to $2,000. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Kars4Kids website to learn more about the Small Grant Program.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Organizations in Bank Communities Supported
BBVA Compass Foundation

The BBVA Compass Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are making a positive impact in the communities the bank serves in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, and Texas. The Foundation’s focus areas include community development/financial literacy, education, health and human services, arts and culture, environment and natural resources, and diversity and inclusion. Online applications are due September 28, 2018. (Prior to submitting a grant request, first time applicants must join one of the Charitable Contributions Process Conference Calls/Webinar Presentations to be held on July 20, August 17, and September 14.) Visit the bank’s website to learn more about the Foundation’s guidelines and application process.

Initiatives Addressing Health Disparities in Georgia Funded
Healthcare Georgia Foundation: Direct Services Grant Program

The mission of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities. The Foundation’s Direct Services Grant Program will provide grants of up to $50,000 to existing healthcare services and health promotion programs specifically related to the Foundation’s priority area of Addressing Health Disparities. Programs in both community and clinical settings will be considered. The Foundation’s Direct Services Grant Program will be accepting applications until 3 p.m. EST on August 3, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application materials and submit an online application.

Grants Promote Broadband Services in Company Markets
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. Priority is given to programs focused on families and seniors who have been historically underrepresented in broadband services. 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.). There is no cap on the number of grants awarded; however, except in special circumstances grant awards will not exceed $50,000. Applications will be accepted from July 30 through August 31, 2018. Visit the Spectrum Digital Education website to review the selection criteria and submit an online application.

Book Gift Certificates for Ohio Reading Programs and Libraries
Buckeye Book Fair: Literacy Grants

Through the Literacy Grants program, the Buckeye Book Fair provides support to Ohio reading programs, public libraries, and elementary and secondary school libraries by offering gift certificates of up to $500 to enhance their book collections or up to $1,000 for an author visit. The author visit and free book awards are issued exclusively in conjunction with Ohio's 2018 Buckeye Book Fair. Priority is given to applicants who can show new and creative ways to improve literacy or encourage reading within a specific group and can demonstrate financial need. The application deadline is September 10, 2018. Visit the Buckeye Book Fair’s website to learn more about the Literacy Grants program.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Available to Address Opioid Use
Department of Health and Human Services

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Planning supports treatment for and prevention of substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder, in rural counties at the highest risk. The application deadline is July 30, 2018.

Program Improves Job Prospects for Public Housing Residents
Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Jobs Plus Initiative provides support to develop locally-based, job-driven approaches that increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. The application deadline is August 14, 2018.



Partner Depot

Top International Grants Conference Opens Registration
The Grant Professionals Association is an international membership organization who serves those in the grants industry, from grantwriters to managers and everyone in between. You're invited to the 20th Anniversary of THE Premier Event for Grant Professionals®, the 2018 GPA Annual Conference, Where the Grant People Meet! The conference will be held in Chicago, IL, on November 7-10, 2018. Meet with other grant professionals and make connections to help you every day; build your knowledge and skills by choosing from over 80 learning opportunities. This conference is packed with professional development! Register today!



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

And the Greatest Challenge for Nonprofits Is: A Lack of Time and Staff
“What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge to successful grantseeking?” Writing for the GuideStar Blog, GrantStation’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Ellen Mowrer, shares the most common answer to this question: a lack of time and staff. Her article “And the Greatest Challenge for Nonprofits Is: A Lack of Time and Staff” discusses this perennial problem, as described in GrantStation's Spring 2018 State of Grantseeking Report. The article also provides concrete suggestions on how to overcome the barriers to finding time to engage in the grantseeking process.



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 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.

The Golden Key to Successful Grant Requests
The need statement is arguably the most important part of a grant proposal. Uncover the most effective methods for documenting the need, as well as ways to use that information to engage the reader, by joining GrantStation's CEO, Cynthia Adams for this webinar! Ms. Adams will share how to call attention to the problem or need facing your organization or community, and how to take that information and create a sense of urgency so the grantmaker feels compelled to act now. This webinar is fast-paced and full of new ideas and usable resources, as well as numerous examples of need statements taken from winning grant proposals. The webinar will be held Wednesday, July 25, 2018. All levels of grantwriters are encouraged to attend.


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

National Funding Opportunities
Challenge Promotes Financial Security Solutions in the U.S. and Canada
Support for K-12 School Improvement Projects
Anti-Poverty Efforts Funded Nationwide
Grants Enhance Education and Youth Development

Regional Funding Opportunities
Challenge Promotes Financial Security Solutions in the U.S. and Canada
Support for K-12 School Improvement Projects
Anti-Poverty Efforts Funded Nationwide
Grants Enhance Education and Youth Development

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Available to Address Opioid Use
Program Improves Job Prospects for Public Housing Residents