GrantStation Insider - August 1, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 28

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Efforts to Adapt to Extreme Events in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Commission for Environmental Cooperation: North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) facilitates collaboration and public participation to foster conservation, protection, and enhancement of the North American environment. The North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA), an initiative of CEC, provides funding to nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations, environmental groups, community-based associations, academic institutions, Tribal nations, and indigenous peoples and communities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Grants support community initiatives focusing on enhancing the community’s ability to prepare for and adapt to extreme events such as drought, floods, wildfires, and extreme temperatures, and advance community-level actions. Priority will be given to initiatives that may be replicable or scalable in other communities or regions. Grants of up to Canadian $165,000 will be provided. Proposals must be submitted by September 6, 2019. Visit the CEC website to download the 2019 Call for Proposals.

Skatepark Construction in Low-Income Communities Funded
Tony Hawk Foundation

The Tony Hawk Foundation is dedicated to promoting the construction of new, quality skateparks located in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Foundation primarily supports projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, particularly in the form of planning and fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups. Priority is given to projects that are designed and built from concrete by experienced skatepark contractors and include local skaters in the planning, fundraising, and design process. Grants of $1,000 to $25,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and state or local agencies, including public school systems and public projects. Requests are reviewed two times per year. Applications for the upcoming grant cycle will be accepted from August 5 through September 3, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant criteria.

Grants Encourage Innovative Projects to Enhance the Lives of Young Children
Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that offer programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age. The Foundation’s areas of interest include the following: The Early Childhood Welfare category supports projects that seek to perfect child rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive. The Early Childhood Education and Play category focuses on improving the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning through the development of innovative curricula and research-based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments. The Parenting Education category promotes programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, and health, prenatal care, and diet, as well as programs that provide support to parents. The Foundation’s goal is to serve as an incubator for new, innovative projects and research that will have a nationwide impact. In that regard, the Foundation does not provide grants for the revision or implementation of existing programs or research, or for capital equipment, such as playgrounds. In addition, programs located outside the U.S. are not funded. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is September 30, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

Basic Needs Programs in the U.S., East Africa, and Central America Supported
Jewish Helping Hands: Tikkun Olam Grant Program

Jewish Helping Hands’ Tikkun Olam Grant Program is intended to advance the goal of inspiring and supporting tzedakah, justice, and righteousness throughout the world. The grant program supports projects that focus on reaching needy and vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad, particularly those that have been overlooked or marginalized. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations that show clear promise to promote self-help and empowerment within communities, or respond to unmet needs of those who are poor or marginalized. The program values projects that aim to bring about positive change for groups of all backgrounds and religious affiliations. For the 2020 grant cycle, the focus is on projects that provide the basic necessities for a decent life, including food, clothing, shelter, water, and health. Projects in the United States, East Africa, and Central America, as well as regions worldwide with impoverished Jewish populations, are given priority. Initial inquiry forms must be submitted by September 16, 2019; invited full applications will be due December 16, 2019. Visit the Jewish Helping Hands website to learn more about the Tikkun Olam Grant Program.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds Promote Employment Options for Floridians With Disabilities
The Able Trust

The Able Trust is a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment. The Strategic Employment Grant Initiative, the Trust’s primary grant program, supports nonprofit organizations that prepare and place individuals with disabilities into employment and that develop relationships with employers in their community. The emphasis is on career potential employment outcomes and promotion opportunities to help individuals with disabilities, especially those that have received a degree or certification in a particular field, to gain a position in that career field of choice. Funded organizations will receive support for three years. The application deadlines for FY2020 are September 6, 2019, and April 6, 2020. Online application guidelines are available on The Able Trust’s website.

Grants Engage Colorado Arts Organizations in Social Challenges
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 $10,000 to $50,000 for projects that engage arts organizations and artists as partners in finding solutions to a wide array of civic and social challenges faced by Colorado communities. 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 16, 2019. Visit the Redline website to review the FAQs and submit an online application.

Support for Social Change Groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
Fund for Southern Communities

The Fund for Southern Communities supports nonprofit organizations working to create just and sustainable communities that are free of oppression and that embrace and celebrate all people. The Fund provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to progressive grassroots groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina that address social change issues, such as workers’ rights, environmental justice, economic justice, non-traditional arts and media, etc. The Fund provides seed grants to new projects, and general or project support to small organizations with a total organizational budget of $150,000 or less. Support is not provided for direct services, social services, or special events. The application deadline is September 6, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the grant application information.

Health Equity Efforts in Kansas Funded
Kansas Health Foundation: Impact and Capacity Grants Initiative

The mission of the Kansas Health Foundation is to improve the health of all Kansans. The Foundation’s Impact and Capacity Grants Initiative funds nonprofit organizations that address the Foundation’s goal of reducing health disparities and promoting health equity throughout the state. Impact Grants focus on efforts designed to make progress toward one or more of the following goals: increase fourth grade reading proficiency, increase access to healthcare, increase access to/consumption of healthy foods, increase physical activity, reduce tobacco use and exposure, and foster civic/community engagement among Kansans working toward any of these goals. Capacity-Building Grants support internally-focused efforts to help organizations addressing these goals fulfill their missions and improve their effectiveness. Priority in both grant categories is given to organizations targeting Kansans with the greatest need and least access and economic opportunity. Grants range up to $25,000. The application deadline is August 30, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the 2019 Impact and Capacity Grants Initiative request for proposals.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Support Health Coverage for Native Children
Department of Health and Human Services

The Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) program seeks to increase the enrollment and retention of American Indian and Alaska Native children who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Letters of intent to apply are due August 19, 2019. The application deadline is September 16, 2019.

Apprenticeship Programs Supported
Department of Labor

The Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap program seeks to promote apprenticeships as a significant workforce solution in filling current middle- and high-skilled job vacancies and closing the skills gap between employer workforce needs and the skills of the current workforce. The goals of the program include accelerating the expansion of apprenticeships to industries and occupations that have not traditionally deployed apprenticeships, such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and healthcare; promoting the large-scale expansion of apprenticeships across the nation; and increasing apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans. The application deadline is September 24, 2019.



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

Grantsmanship Training Program
Are you looking to build a strong foundation in grant research and writing skills? The Grantsmanship Center’s Grantsmanship Training Program, which will be held from October 7 to 11 in Los Angeles, provides a comprehensive, in-depth experience that gives participants a solid grasp on the world of grants. Topics covered include creating a strong grant application, using a proposal model, researching funders, outlining measurable outcomes, and more.



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.

Online Workshop: DIY Dashboards—Make Beautiful, Easy to Follow Dashboards for Your Nonprofit’s Leaders
Why wait until the end of the year to write a lengthy report when you can share data early and often with dashboards? In this workshop, Ann K. Emery will review the best-bang-for-your-buck data visualization design principles, like using color and text to tell your story. Once you’ve designed one great graph, it’s time to combine multiple graphs together for your report, slide show, or handout. You’ll view Ann’s real-life examples so that you can see how grids, white space, and visual hierarchies are applied in each setting. You’ll also explore the major dashboard types. Ann will share her nine sample dashboards with you and you’ll vote on which two or three styles you’d like to create from scratch in Excel. Life is short and Ann is only going to teach you about visualizations that make a difference. The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Practical Grantwriting: How to Answer That Tricky Sustainability Question (NEW)
Sustainability sections of grant applications are inherently tricky: it’s important to show that your organization needs the requested funding, but also, that it is not overly-reliant on those funds (or on any specific grant or source). In this webinar, Alayna Buckner, the CEO and Founder of Elevate, will help you understand how funders think about sustainability and give you practical tips to strengthen your grant requests. By the end of the webinar, you will understand essential information to include when funders ask about sustainability; review ‘under-looked’ strategies that your organization may already be using to promote program sustainability, and how to talk about them in grant requests; and see actual examples of compelling sustainability sections. This training is ideal for grantwriting professionals at all levels, including anyone new to fundraising and grantwriting as well as experienced professionals looking for a refresher. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Advanced Storytelling (NEW)
We all know money talks. The important question is: HOW does YOUR organization talk about money? In this session, Lori L. Jacobwith will dive into the topic of talking about money as a fundraising strategy. You’ll learn how to share “mission moment” stories that include your need for support, but don’t sound like “begging” for money. The secret tool that makes this an advanced storytelling session is discovering how to share action-causing stories. During this webinar, you will (1) learn what your money story is; (2) learn how to talk about money so it inspires more giving; and (3) learn the best questions to ask so you can gather story nuggets to craft action-causing stories. The webinar will benefit executive directors, and fundraising and communication staff, as well as board members. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.



GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation.

GrantStation shares database profiles of Local, National, Canadian, and International grantmakers with upcoming deadlines each week. Check out the current Funding Alerts for more grant opportunities!



GrantStation 20th Anniversary
GrantStation celebrates 20 years of service to the sector.

Fly Little Birdie, Fly!
Part four of the history of GrantStation series
There are five stages that all small businesses go through regardless of what they offer. The first stage is the startup phase and it requires a good, solid business idea, a smattering of initial customers, significant cash, and a heck of a lot of stamina. At GrantStation, we had hammered our way through these early startup pains and by 2007 we had moved on to the second stage of business growth. This second stage is all about survival.


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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Efforts to Adapt to Extreme Events in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico  
Skatepark Construction in Low-Income Communities Funded
Grants Encourage Innovative Projects to Enhance the Lives of Young Children
Basic Needs Programs in the U.S., East Africa, and Central America Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds Promote Employment Options for Floridians With Disabilities 
Grants Engage Colorado Arts Organizations in Social Challenges
Support for Social Change Groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
Health Equity Efforts in Kansas Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Support Health Coverage for Native Children
Apprenticeship Programs Supported