GrantStation Insider: July 8, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 26

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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 College Promise Programs at U.S. Community Colleges
The Kresge Foundation: CoPro2.0: Shaping Equitable and Sustainable College Promise Programs

The Kresge Foundation seeks to expand postsecondary access and success in cities for low-income, first-generation, and other student populations marginalized by higher education systems. Through the CoPro2.0: Shaping Equitable and Sustainable College Promise Programs funding opportunity, the Foundation will support projects that show how College Promise programs at community colleges can 1) advance equity and help dismantle systemic racism; 2) improve postsecondary outcomes for historically marginalized populations; 3) reinforce the capacity of community colleges to provide high-quality postsecondary education and improve the well-being of students and local communities; and 4) partner with other organizations to leverage resources and maximize program contributions to ensure long-term sustainability. Projects should focus on one of three streams of work: 1) Program Innovations and Redesign; 2) Research on Financial Sustainability; and 3) Strategic, Local, and State Implementation Guidance for the Biden-Harris Administration's Tuition-Free Community College Proposal. Concept papers are invited from place-based college promise programs; community college districts; state higher education coordinating boards, systems, or commissions; and other public or nonprofit organizations. The deadline for concept papers is August 9, 2021; invited proposals will be due September 20, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to download the CoPro2.0 Request for Concept Papers.

Health Equity Efforts in Under-Resourced Communities Funded
Medline Community Impact Grant Program

The Medline Community Impact Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and its territories that address prevalent health challenges, stimulate health equity, and improve population health in under-resourced areas. Health outcomes for people living in vulnerable communities, and already disproportionately impacted by social determinants of health (the economic and social conditions that influence health status), are at an even greater health risk. Medline will provide grants of up to $25,000 for community-centered solutions to health challenges that offer immediate impact on these vulnerable communities. (Healthcare providers are not eligible to apply.) The application deadline is August 27, 2021. Visit the Medline website to access the application portal for the Community Impact Grant Program.

Planning Grants and TA Available to Address Climate Issues
Open Space Institute: Land and Climate Catalyst Planning Grants

The Land and Climate Grant Program, an initiative of the Open Space Institute (OSI), is currently offering funding and technical support to land trusts, other nonprofit organizations, and state and federally recognized Tribes to integrate climate science into strategic land protection or land management plans. Land and Climate Catalyst Planning Grants will provide support for the development of strategic land protection or management plans that promote habitat resilience, carbon mitigation, or adaptation to climate impacts such as flood, drought, fire, or extreme heat. Organizations throughout the U.S. can apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 and/or for one-on-one technical support. Letters of interest are due July 23, 2021. Visit the OSI website to learn more about the Land and Climate Catalyst Planning Grants guidelines.

Wellness and Fitness Programs for Women of Color Supported
Women's Sports Foundation: Wellness for All Grant

The Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to empowering girls and women, and to fueling their confidence through movement and connection. The Power of She Fund, an initiative of the Women's Sports Foundation in partnership with Athleta, is offering the Wellness for All Grant program, which supports women of color entrepreneurs and organizations committed to making wellness and fitness more accessible and inclusive to female BIPOC communities. Ten grants of $10,000 each will be awarded. Nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies throughout the U.S. and its territories aiming to better serve these communities through their programs or services are eligible to apply. The application deadline is August 13, 2021. Details about the Wellness for All Grant program are available on the Women's Sports Foundation's website.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Funds for the Protection of New Jersey's Watersheds
The Watershed Institute: Small Grant Program

The Watershed Institute's Small Grant Program, with funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations in their work to protect New Jersey's environment. This program aims to help the efforts of small watershed, conservation, and community-based organizations throughout New Jersey in their work toward building capacity and partnerships in support of a shared vision for watershed protection. The focus areas include the following: Water Quality Science and Education, Stormwater Policy, Green Infrastructure, and Climate Change Resiliency. Priority will be given to New Jersey-based watershed organizations and community groups located in and applying to fund eligible work within under-resourced and under-represented communities. Grants will range from $1,000 to $8,500. Letters of inquiry must be submitted by August 6, 2021; invited proposals will be due September 24, 2021. Visit the Institute's website to review the Grant Program Description and the previously funded grant projects prior to applying.

Grants Promote Economic Security for Colorado Women and Families
Women's Foundation of Colorado: WINcome

The Women's Foundation of Colorado is dedicated to catalyzing community to advance and accelerate economic opportunities for Colorado women and their families. WINcome, an initiative of the Foundation, will provide grants to organizations that promote gender, racial, and economic equity for Colorado women and families of every background and identity. Grantee partners will work to improve women's economic security through direct service programs (including cash assistance to women), community organizing, advocacy, and research for policy and systems change at the local, county, and/or state level. Grants will range from $30,000 to $60,000 per year for up to three years. Nonprofit organizations, American Indian Nations, pre-K-12 and postsecondary schools, local governments, and other tax-exempt organizations are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by August 2, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to access the WINcome grant guidelines.

Support for Projects With Disabled BIPOC Leadership in Oregon and SW Washington
Northwest Health Foundation: Advancing Disability Justice Grants

Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF), in partnership with the Collins Foundation, seeks to support disability justice leadership in the Oregon and Southwest Washington region through the Advancing Disability Justice Grants program. These grants will support groups led by disabled Black, Indigenous, or other people of color (BIPOC), or BIPOC-led groups that have disabled BIPOC leadership for the project. The focus is on community building, civic engagement, community organizing, cultural work, leadership development, movement building, and/or policy advocacy. Four grant awards of up to $5,000 and two grant awards of up to $10,000 will be provided. Interested groups should reach out to the NWHF team prior to applying. The application deadline is July 28, 2021. Visit the NWHF website for more information about the Advancing Disability Justice Grants funding opportunity.

Oral Health Programs in Arkansas Funded
Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation

The mission of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is to improve the oral health of Arkansans through collaboration, innovation, education, and service. The Foundation is currently offering Community Grants, which seek to expand access to oral healthcare in underserved areas by supporting nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and charitable clinics that provide oral health education, dental treatment, and/or preventive oral care for low-income, uninsured, and underserved Arkansans. Grants ranging up to $30,000 will be provided. The application deadline is August 20, 2021. (Requests for Mini Grants that support innovative projects in the field of oral health as well as Super Smiles at School Mini Grants that expand oral health education and treatment in early childhood centers and public schools may be submitted throughout the year.) Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about each grant program.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Support Available for Disadvantaged Rural Groups
Department of Agriculture

The Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant seeks to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Examples of technical assistance include feasibility studies, business plans, strategic planning, and leadership training. Socially-disadvantaged groups include those whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities. The application deadline is August 9, 2021.

Funds Help Arts Organizations Recover
National Endowment for the Arts

The American Rescue Plan Grants to Organizations program is intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations nationwide, and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are intended to support day-to-day business expenses and operating costs, not specific programmatic activities. Eligible uses include salary support, full or partial, for one or more staff positions; fees or stipends for artists or contractual personnel to support the services they provide for specific activities as part of organizational operations; facilities costs such as mortgage principal, rent, and utilities; costs associated with health and safety supplies for staff or visitors and audiences (e.g., personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, etc.); and marketing and promotion costs. Applications are due to by August 12, 2021.



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

Newer Social Media Platforms and Their Potential to Help Non-Profits
Is your organization looking to amplify engagement with Generation Z audiences? If so, you may want to read "Newer Social Media Platforms and Their Potential to Help Non-Profits," which is available on The Philanthropist Journal website. This article discusses how some organizations are looking at platforms such as TikTok and Clubhouse to share information and build relationships with new audiences and potential donors.



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 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 College Promise Programs at U.S. Community Colleges
Health Equity Efforts in Under-Resourced Communities Funded
Planning Grants and TA Available to Address Climate Issues
Wellness and Fitness Programs for Women of Color Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for the Protection of New Jersey’s Watersheds
Grants Promote Economic Security for Colorado Women and Families
Support for Projects With Disabled BIPOC Leadership in Oregon and SW Washington
Oral Health Programs in Arkansas Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Support Available for Disadvantaged Rural Groups
Funds Help Arts Organizations Recover