GrantStation Insider: July 15, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 27

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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 Justice Programs in Local Communities Nationwide
American Bar Endowment: Opportunity Grant Program

The Opportunity Grant Program, an initiative of the American Bar Endowment (ABE), supports new, boots-on-the-ground, innovative projects that serve the immediate and critical legal needs of the public and are of importance to the legal profession and its concerns for access to justice. This program's funding focus areas include the following: 1) increasing access to justice, especially for vulnerable and underserved populations, using innovations to legal services delivery, capacity building, and pro bono service delivery; 2) improvement of the justice system, including ensuring equal justice and the elimination of bias; and 3) increasing public understanding of legal rights and responsibilities so people can recognize legal problems and know how to address them. ABE is particularly interested in supporting projects that have a direct effect on the needs of individuals and communities. National organizations that apply should carefully draw the connection between their proposed work and its impact on local communities. Grants typically range up to $25,000. Nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and its territories are eligible to apply. Optional letters of intent are due August 18, 2021; the deadline for full proposals is October 1, 2021. Visit the ABE website to learn more about the Opportunity Grant Program.

Equipment, Training, 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 funds 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, 2021; the deadline for invited applications is October 1, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to review the guidelines for the Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program.

Grants Promote Healthy Climbing Environments in the U.S.
American Alpine Club: Cornerstone Conservation Grant

The American Alpine Club's Cornerstone Conservation Grant, funded by REI, creates healthy climbing landscapes, promotes respect for the places people climb, and empowers local climbing communities. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 are provided for projects that improve land conservation and climber practices. Examples of funded projects include new trails and human-waste management systems, clean-up projects, and signage at trailheads. Nonprofit organizations, or organizations with nonprofit fiscal sponsors, are eligible to apply. The application deadline is August 15, 2021. Visit the American Alpine Club's website to access the grant guidelines and to download the application form.

Program Aids Communities Impacted by the War on Drugs
Good Green Giving Grant Program

Good Green is dedicated to fighting back against the War on Drugs and its devastating impact on Black and Brown communities in the United States. The Good Green Giving Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations working in underserved communities to create opportunity and change in three key areas: The Education category focuses on organizations that offer education and career training for individuals and communities directly impacted by the War on Drugs. The Employment category focuses on ensuring that employment opportunities in the cannabis industry are accessible to the communities most impacted by discriminatory cannabis laws and providing a path towards career opportunities for individuals directly affected by the War on Drugs. The Expungement category focuses on advocating for clemency towards all non-violent cannabis offenders nationwide and offering resources and criminal justice services to help those granted clemency expunge their records. Five grants of at least $60,000 will be provided in 2021. The application deadline is August 18, 2021. Application forms and requirements are available on the Good Green website.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Programs for K-12 Students on the East Coast and in Canada Supported
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 support to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that are developing innovative, impactful, and measurable solutions for a changing world. The theme of the 2021 Challenge focuses on addressing predicted learning loss in math and reading for disproportionately impacted students in grades K-12 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Preference will be given to programs that have wide demographic or geographical reach in areas where TD operates, including specific states in the U.S. and all of Canada. Grants will range from $325,000 to $1 million USD for U.S. organizations and $375,000 to $1 million CAD for Canadian organizations. The application deadline is August 26, 2021. Detailed information about this year's Challenge is available on the TD Ready Challenge website.

Funds for Health Initiatives Throughout Texas
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas: Healthy Kids, Healthy Families

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is committed to improving the health and well-being of the residents in communities across the state. The company's Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant program supports nonprofit organizations throughout Texas that focus on disease prevention and management, nutrition, physical activity, and/or safe environments. The 2021 grant cycle will also place emphasis on programs that address and account for the current public health pandemic as well as the social factors that exacerbate health inequalities in the community. Applying organizations must have annual budgets of $2 million or more. Letters of intent will be accepted from August 2 to 16, 2021, and applications may be submitted from September 13 to 24, 2021. More information about the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant program is available on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas website.

Grants Enhance Social and Economic Justice in Colorado
Chinook Fund

Chinook Fund supports community organizations working on issues of social and economic justice in the state of Colorado. Chinook provides grants to organizations that engage in community organizing to challenge the root causes of oppression, rather than treating the symptoms. In 2021, Chinook will provide grants from $1,000 to $10,000 to a range of groups working on human rights, racial justice, economic justice, environmental protection, peace, and other social justice issues. Eligible applicants must be based in communities facing injustice or oppression, including, but not limited to, communities of color, low-income communities, LGBTQ communities, disabilities communities, and immigrant communities. Organizations should have democratic leadership, decision-making, and organizing that is led by and accountable to the people most directly impacted by the issue or injustice. Start-Up Grants of up to $4,000 are provided to groups that are less than four years old; Established Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to groups that have been working successfully on social justice issues for a number of years. The upcoming application deadline for both grant programs is September 21, 2021. Visit Chinook Fund's website to review the funding criteria and to access the online grant application portal.

Rural Community Projects in the Pacific Northwest Supported
Northwest Farm Credit Services: Rural Community Grant Program

Northwest Farm Credit Services (FCS) is committed to improving the economic and social well-being of rural communities within the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Rural Community Grant Program, an initiative of Northwest FCS, provides support to nonprofit organizations in the Northwest region for projects that improve a community's infrastructure, viability, and prosperity. Examples of eligible community projects include the following: a new fire engine for a rural fire department, a new multi-purpose community building, improvements to a community park's facilities, and computers for a community center's educational classes. Grants range from $500 to $2,500. Online applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. (Applying organizations must have a letter of support from a current Northwest FCS employee or an active Northwest FCS customer.) Guidelines and application information for the Rural Community Grant Program are available on the Northwest FCS website.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Program Seeks to Increase Tribal Tourism
Department of the Interior

The Tribal Tourism Grant Program supports Tribal tourism feasibility studies and Tribal tourism business plan development, including plans for businesses recovering from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program seeks to increase capacity to plan, develop, and manage tourism and related infrastructure in support of economic development and the NATIVE Act. The application deadline is August 13, 2021.

Professional Development for Librarians Funded
Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports the development of a diverse workforce of librarians and archivists in order to meet the information needs of their communities by enhancing the training and professional development of library and archives professionals, developing faculty and information leaders, and recruiting, educating, and retaining the next generation of library and archives professionals. Grants are available for planning, implementation, and applied research. The Program also offers forum grants to support the convening of qualified experts and key stakeholders. The application deadline for preliminary proposals is September 24, 2021. Invited full proposals are due March 25, 2022.



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

Women Give 2021: How Households Make Giving Decisions
Are you a fundraiser looking to understand the dynamics of household giving? If so, you may want to check out Women Give 2021: How Households Make Giving Decisions. This report, published by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, explores charitable giving decision-making in the general population. It analyzes the first new data on this topic for 15 years, and finds that household giving dynamics are changing, with fewer couples making decisions jointly.



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.

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.

Exploring Social Entrepreneurship (NEW)
This webinar will give participants an introduction to the concept of social enterprise and how to employ business principles to make social change. Mindy Muller, President/CEO of Community Development Professionals, LLC, will discuss using social enterprise to raise funds within nonprofits, as for-profit businesses, and how to create a business to employ the hardest to serve residents of a community. This training is appropriate for people interested in launching a mission-driven business, nonprofits considering raising money through social enterprise, or others interested in learning more about applying business principles in mission-driven work. Participants will have the opportunity to develop working knowledge of concepts of social enterprise and entrepreneurship, learn various business structures of social enterprise, and explore how to increase organizational impact through deployment of social enterprise constructs. The webinar will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

FREE: Tour of the GrantStation Website
Curious to know exactly what resources are at your fingertips when you enter the GrantStation website? Join Jeremy Smith, Director of Communications Technology, and Kerry Glauser, Research Specialist, for a quick tour of the GrantStation website. Jeremy will demonstrate all of the GrantStation features including how to best use the searchable databases of private funders, how to navigate government funding sources, and how to set up and use your personal dashboard. This quick overview is a great way for current Members to ensure that they are getting the most out of their Membership, and for potential Members to see GrantStation in action! The webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.



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Editor: Julie Kaufman
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Contributing Writer: Kevin Peters

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Justice Programs in Local Communities Nationwide
Equipment, Training, and Technology for Fire Departments Funded
Grants Promote Healthy Climbing Environments in the U.S.
Program Aids Communities Impacted by the War on Drugs 

Regional Funding Opportunities
Programs for K-12 Students on the East Coast and in Canada Supported
Funds for Health Initiatives Throughout Texas
Grants Enhance Social and Economic Justice in Colorado
Rural Community Projects in the Pacific Northwest Supported

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Seeks to Increase Tribal Tourism
Professional Development for Librarians Funded