GrantStation Insider - July 5, 2018

Volume XVII | Issue 26

National | Regional | Federal | PathFinder | Online Education


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

General Operating Support for Native Groups
Native Voices Rising

Native Voices Rising (NVR), a project of Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy, is designed to support organizing, advocacy, and voter engagement in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. NVR provides general operating support grants of up to $10,000 to strengthen Native-led organizations that are building community leadership and power to improve the well-being of their communities. Grants focus on a wide range of critical issues, from human and civil rights, to reproductive justice, to environmental health and sacred sites protection. Eligible organizations should be rooted in a Native community, led by Native people, hold a vision for change that improves the lives of Native community members, engage large numbers of community members to take action together, and seek to improve the policies and rules that impact the community. The application deadline is August 3, 2018. Visit the NVR website to learn more about the application process.

Nonprofit Theatres Funded Nationwide
Actors' Equity Foundation: Theatre Grants

The Actors' Equity Foundation is dedicated to supporting the professional theatre community, from emerging artists to seasoned vets, while promoting and investing in theatre and the performing arts. The Foundation’s Theatre Grants support nonprofit theatres across the nation that have an established artistic and administrative track record, a history of fiscal responsibility, and have worked to improve the state of the theatre. Grant requests may be submitted from September 1 through October 31, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to access the Theatre Grant Application Form.

Grants Promote Social and Economic Justice in the U.S. and Canada
Unitarian Universalist Association: Fund for a Just Society

The Fund for a Just Society, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that address issues of social and economic justice. The Fund supports organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society; mobilize with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination; and have an active focused campaign to create systemic change. Consideration is given to projects that are less likely to receive conventional funding because of the innovative or challenging nature of the work or the economic and social status of the constituency. The maximum grant amount is $15,000; however, most grants range between $6,000 and $8,000. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the next application deadline is September 15, 2018. Visit the Unitarian Universalist Association website to review the funding guidelines.

Leadership Development Opportunity for Nonprofit Professionals
Allstate Foundation: Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program

The Allstate Foundation is seeking nonprofit professionals to join the Class of 2019 Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program starting in October of 2018. Created with Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Nonprofit Management, the program provides a combination of cohort-based academic instruction, one-on-one executive coaching, and a grant for individual development opportunities outside the classroom. The Foundation is interested in supporting a diverse range of leaders from mid-size organizations. Priority consideration will be given to leaders from nonprofits with annual budgets between $1 million and $20 million. To make the program unique from other leadership programs, the Foundation will cover all participants’ travel and program costs. The application to apply for the Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program is open until July 31, 2018. Learn more about this program, including the dates for the in-person sessions, and how to apply on



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Oral Health Initiatives in New Jersey and Connecticut Supported
Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation

The Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation's mission is to improve the oral health of New Jersey and Connecticut residents by providing charitable contributions to solve oral health care challenges. The Foundation provides S.M.I.L.E. Grants of $50,000 or more to nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut and New Jersey that focus on dental care for underserved populations. Currently, the Foundation’s funding priorities are to support dental programs that provide access to care for children, developmentally disabled persons, and senior citizens. In addition, the Foundation provides S.M.I.L.E. Mini-Grants of up to $10,000 to support dental education initiatives, scholarship programs, and dental care programs. The Round One grant application deadline for both programs is August 3, 2018. Grant application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.

Funds for Community Libraries in Texas
Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation

The Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation supports public libraries serving the residents of the state of Texas. Applying libraries must serve a population of 50,000 or less and be accredited by the Texas State Library. Projects are reviewed for the level of their educational contribution to the community. Grants ranging from $2,000 to $40,000 are provided. The application deadline is September 1, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application form.

Exploration and Renewal Program for Indiana K-12 Educators
Lilly Endowment: Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program

The Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program, offered by the Lilly Endowment, is a program of renewal that supports lifelong learning among Indiana K-12 educators by enabling them to pursue dreams and passions, explore new areas of interest, expand existing talents, and develop new ones. The program supports opportunities for intentional exploration and reflection that will result in renewed energy, enthusiasm, and creativity in teachers and thereby in classrooms and schools. Indiana principals, assistant principals, classroom/resource teachers, school counselors, and media specialists are eligible to apply. Up to 100 educators will receive fellowship stipends of $12,000. Applications must be submitted by September 4, 2018. Visit the program’s website for application information.

Grants Strengthen Colorado Land Conservation
Great Outdoors Colorado: Habitat Restoration Grant Program

The mission of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) is to help preserve, protect, enhance, and manage the state's wildlife, park, river, trail, and open space heritage. GOCO’s Habitat Restoration Grant Program provides support to nonprofit land conservation organizations, municipalities, counties, political subdivisions of the state (with a land conservation focus), and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The focus is on habitat restoration projects encompassing all types of ecosystems, from forests and grasslands to rivers and wetlands. Online applications are due August 31, 2018. Visit the GOCO website to learn more about the program and to download the application instructions.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Available to Support Entrepreneurship
Department of Commerce

The Regional Innovation Strategies Program supports capacity building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs. The program also offers operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startups. The application deadline is August 29, 2018.

Program Supports Low-Income Rural Housing
Department of Agriculture

The Rural Housing Preservation Grant program provides support to assist low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. The program also assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low-income persons. The deadline for pre-applications is August 9, 2018.



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

Partnering With Our Peers for Success
Are you considering seeking collaborative support to enhance your grantseeking efforts? If so, the Grant Professionals Association’s webinar “Partnering With Our Peers for Success” offers some guidance. This webinar looks at specific tools and decision processes to use when considering professional collaborations to determine if there is a strong ROI for a grant professional personally, or for their organization, or for the field as a whole. It also examines tools that enhance the collaborative effort itself by improving communication and flow of information.



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
General Operating Support for Native Groups
Nonprofit Theatres Funded Nationwide
Grants Promote Social and Economic Justice in the U.S. and Canada
Leadership Development Opportunity for Nonprofit Professionals

Regional Funding Opportunities
Oral Health Initiatives in New Jersey and Connecticut Supported
Funds for Community Libraries in Texas
Exploration and Renewal Program for Indiana K-12 Educators
Grants Strengthen Colorado Land Conservation

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Available to Support Entrepreneurship
Program Supports Low-Income Rural Housing