GrantStation Insider: July 29, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 29

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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 Research to Address the Impacts of Disinformation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Combatting Disinformation in Communities of Color

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is dedicated to fostering informed and engaged communities. The Foundation is currently seeking proposals for research that can inform near-term interventions that mitigate the impacts of disinformation and targeted online manipulation of communities of color. Grants of up to $175,000 will support research projects that will yield actionable insights to mitigate the effects of targeted disinformation in communities of color. This opportunity is open to a range of experts working within research institutions, including universities, policy centers, and journalism and civil society organizations within the United States. Submissions are especially encouraged from minority-serving organizations such as HBCUs, Hispanic- and AAPI-serving colleges and universities, news organizations, and early-career scholars. Proposals must be submitted by September 15, 2021. Detailed information about this grant opportunity is available on the Foundation's website.

ATV Safety and Access Initiatives Funded
Polaris Industries: T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program

The T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program, an initiative of Polaris Industries, provides support to national, state, and local organizations in the United States to ensure the future of ATV riding. The grant program encompasses two main objectives—promoting safe and responsible riding, and preserving access. Funds can be used by organizations for trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying, and other projects to increase and maintain land access. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the country. (Fire, rescue, and law enforcement organizations are not eligible for this program.) Requests are reviewed two times per year; the upcoming application deadline is September 1, 2021. Visit the Program's website to access the grant guidelines and submit an online application.

Grants Enhance Animal Sheltering and Adoption Efforts
Petco Foundation: Animal Welfare Organizations Grant Program

The Petco Foundation provides grants to animal welfare organizations performing sheltering and adoptions nationwide. The Foundation seeks to support organizations that continually endeavor to achieve a high standard of doing more and are determined to save as many lives as possible. U.S.-based nonprofit animal shelters and foster-based rescue organizations, as well as municipal animal shelters, are eligible to apply. For the 2021 funding cycle, applications will be accepted through August 31. Visit the Petco Foundation's website for additional information and to download the Animal Welfare Organizations Performing Sheltering and Adoptions grant application instructions (PDF).

Youth Organizing Groups Supported Nationwide
Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing: The GenPower Labs

The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) is dedicated to advancing youth organizing as a strategy for youth development and social change. The GenPower Labs, an initiative of FCYO, is a three-tiered strategic grantmaking and capacity building initiative designed to build a more powerful, strategic, and aligned youth organizing field with the capacities to address the challenges of this moment. The GenPower Labs has issued the Organizing to Win Lab request for proposals, which will support a broad range of youth organizing groups and will include sessions to strengthen assessments of sociopolitical conditions, tools to internally evaluate organizing methodologies, and opportunities to grapple with peers regarding the strengths and limitations of youth organizing. In 2021, 35 grants of $25,000 each will be provided to nonprofit organizations that share decision making power with youth and have a practice of running grassroots organizing campaigns. Black-led and Indigenous-led organizations are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is August 20, 2021. Visit the FCYO website to review the Organizing to Win Lab request for proposals.

 

 

Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Funds for Arts and Community Welfare Integration in Colorado
RedLine Contemporary Art Center: Arts in Society

The RedLine Contemporary Art Center fosters education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change. Arts in Society, administered by RedLine, encourages cross-sector work through the arts by supporting the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans. The program provides grants ranging in size from $5,000 to $35,000 for projects that utilize the arts as an integral element in promoting social justice and community welfare. The focus is on projects that best illustrate artistic excellence, broaden the understanding of the role arts play in society, demonstrate cross-sector work, exhibit cultural relevancy, foster community engagement, and present opportunities for shared learning. Colorado artists, activists, nonprofit organizations, universities, schools, and government agencies are all eligible to apply. The application deadline is September 14, 2021. Visit the RedLine website to read the FAQs and submit an online application.

Planning Grants for Climate Change Adaptation in California
California Resilience Challenge

The California Resilience Challenge is a statewide effort, led by businesses and a diverse range of partners, to build local climate resilience and support a shared vision for a resilient California in the face of increasing climate threats. The Challenge's 2021 RFP invites local communities across California to apply for funding for planning projects that address a unique climate threat. The focus is on projects that are targeted at improving local or regional resilience to one or more of the following four climate challenges: drought; flooding, including from sea level rise; extreme heat and increasing frequency of hot days; and wildfires. The Challenge is providing grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 for replicable and innovative climate change adaptation planning projects that will reflect California's diverse geography and showcase leadership in climate change adaptation. Priority will be given to projects that benefit disadvantaged, low-income, or other disproportionally climate-vulnerable communities. Nonprofit organizations, public entities, and community-based organizations are eligible to apply. The application deadline is September 13, 2021. Visit the Challenge's website to download the 2021 RFP.

Support for Illinois Legal Aid Providers
Illinois Equal Justice Foundation

The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation supports nonprofit legal aid providers in order to increase Illinois residents' access to the legal system. The Foundation makes grants in the following five categories: Legal Information for the Public, Self Help Legal Assistance Projects, Mediation Services, Telephone Advice and Referral Services, and Civil Legal Assistance. Applying organizations must provide services to low-income people free of charge or on a sliding scale based on income. Applications for this year's funding cycle are due on August 16, 2021. Funding guidelines and the online application are available on the Foundation's website.

Energy Upgrade Projects in the Southeast U.S. Funded
Southface Institute: GoodUse

Southface Institute promotes sustainable homes, workplaces, and communities through education, research, advocacy, and technical assistance. Southface is offering GoodUse grants to nonprofit organizations in the Southeast United States to fund the incremental cost of energy or water efficiency project upgrades. These matching grants help organizations with facility and operational upgrades that increase resource efficiency, lower expenses, and improve indoor health. Grants range up to $75,000 depending on the organization's annual operating budget. Applying organizations must own a building or have a long-term lease of at least five years. The final application deadline for 2021 is September 24. Visit the Southface website to learn more about the GoodUse grants guidelines.

 

 

Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Program Improves Transit in Impoverished Communities
Department of Transportation

The Areas of Persistent Poverty Program supports projects that will improve transit services or facilities in areas of persistent poverty through planning, engineering, technical studies, or financial plans for projects. The goals of the Program are to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities and protect public health and the environment; support transportation planning to improve transit service in areas experiencing long-term economic distress; improve transit access for environmental justice populations, provide equity-focused community outreach in underserved communities, and remove barriers to opportunity; and increase access to jobs and healthcare through enhanced transit options and improved facilities. The application deadline is August 30, 2021.

Environmental Health Improvements for Children Supported
Environmental Protection Agency

The Children's Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities Grant program supports capacity building activities to address disproportionate children's environmental health harms and risks in school or childcare settings in, or that primarily serve, low-income or minority communities. Projects should be multi-media (involving multiple environmental health hazards stemming from air pollution or unsafe drinking water) and holistic (involving multiple stakeholders and built on strong partnerships). Funding is also considered for outreach and education as part of capacity building. The application deadline is September 10, 2021.

 

 

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

Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose, by Jean Case
Are you a changemaker looking for a bit of inspiration? If so, you may want to read Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose, by Jean Case. This book explores five principles common to people and organizations that change the world, and how to put these principles to work so that you too can spark remarkable breakthroughs.

 

 

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.

FREE: Five Things to Do NOW to Increase Fall Fundraising Results (NEW)
The attention span of your donors is shorter than ever. They are certainly NOT thinking about year-end giving right now. But YOU must think about it to meet or exceed your fundraising goals. Join fundraising culture change expert Lori L. Jacobwith for a fast-paced, fun webinar to jump-start your fall fundraising results. Spend 90 minutes to learn (or remind yourself and your team) about five powerful actions to take that aren't time consuming but yield HUGE results. During this webinar you will learn the difference between fundraising and fund development and whose job each is, understand the power of one simple action to increase revenue up to 40%, and learn why year-end fundraising doesn't start in Q4 and what to do about it. The session will benefit development and communication staff, executive directors, board members, and other volunteers. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

LIVE Workshop: Tracking In-Kind Contributions in QuickBooks (DESKTOP Version and ONLINE Version)
Do you get in-kind contributions of stuff (computers, furniture, food, clothing, household items for clients, auction items, etc. . .)? What about services (IT help, advertising, graphic design, professional services, rent, etc. . .)? In-kind gifts are an important way nonprofits receive support from donors and are REQUIRED to be booked by nonprofits. More than that, they can frequently count towards meeting the matching requirements of traditional grants and when booked more accurately reflect the true cost of running your nonprofit. Figuring out what can be booked, how to value them, and how to get them into your QuickBooks file can be challenging. If you receive in-kind donations of either stuff or services, then this webinar is for you! We are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, a CPA specializing in nonprofits and president of QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits, deliver one of his most popular webinars exclusively for us! In this webinar, we will first explore everything you ever wanted to know about in-kind gifts but didn’t know who to ask. Topics include the following: What kinds of goods and services received can I book as in-kind gifts? What are the rules for when I can book services received? How do I determine the value I book? How do I book these things in QuickBooks? What am I required to report to the donor? Don't miss this opportunity! The webinar for the DESKTOP version of QuickBooks will be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. The webinar for the ONLINE version of QuickBooks will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

LIVE Workshop: Tracking Volunteers in QuickBooks (DESKTOP Version and ONLINE Version)
Are you tracking your volunteers' contact information somewhere? What about the hours they worked? What they did? Many grantors will allow volunteer hours to count towards meeting the matching requirements for a grant, so it is important to keep track of volunteer activity. All of this information can be easily tracked right in your QuickBooks software. To help you with this process, we are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, a CPA specializing in nonprofits and president of QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits, deliver one of his most popular webinars exclusively for us. In this webinar, you will learn how to set up your volunteers in QuickBooks either manually or by import; query to find a volunteer that possesses a skill that you may need; set up and enter time for volunteers by activity; generate volunteer reports; and get QuickBooks to calculate the exact amount of match created. Don't miss this opportunity! You will be VERY glad you came! The webinar for the DESKTOP version of QuickBooks will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. The webinar for the ONLINE version of QuickBooks will be held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

 

 

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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Research to Address the Impacts of Disinformation
ATV Safety and Access Initiatives Funded
Grants Enhance Animal Sheltering and Adoption Efforts 
Youth Organizing Groups Supported Nationwide

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Arts and Community Welfare Integration in Colorado
Planning Grants for Climate Change Adaptation in California
Support for Illinois Legal Aid Providers
Energy Upgrade Projects in the Southeast U.S. Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Improves Transit in Impoverished Communities
Environmental Health Improvements for Children Supported