GrantStation Insider: August 5, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 30

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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.

RFP Aims to Strengthen the Environmental Movement
Mosaic: 2021 Movement Infrastructure RFP

Mosaic is a national grantmaking initiative that supports connection, alignment, and scaled action to win key environmental victories throughout the U.S. Mosaic is dedicated to strengthening the field-wide movement infrastructure that supports people working to ensure clean air and water, a safe climate, healthy and just communities for all, and thriving natural systems. Mosaic's 2021 Movement Infrastructure RFP will provide grants for projects that advance one or more of the following six types of movement infrastructure: Communications, Leadership Development, Advocacy Tools and Training, Data and Information, Relationships and Trust, and Philanthropic Innovation. Funded projects must be collaborative by design, engage and benefit multiple stakeholders, and create shared tools that are widely beneficial to movement members as opposed to narrowly focused on one or a small number of organizations. Nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and its territories are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $25,000 to $500,000. Brief letters of inquiry are due September 10, 2021. The 2021 RFP may be downloaded from the Mosaic website.

Support for Projects to Address Poverty and Education
Tomberg Family Philanthropies

The Tomberg Family Philanthropies consists of two separate charitable funds: the Marty Tomberg Charitable Fund and the Philip and the Helen Brecher Charitable Fund. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and certain government entities, such as public schools and universities, based in the United States for projects in the U.S. and worldwide. For the 2021 funding cycle, the Philanthropies will be supporting new projects in the areas of education and poverty alleviation. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $15,000. Letters of inquiry are due September 7, 2021; invited full proposals must be submitted by December 13, 2021. Visit the Philanthropies website to learn more about the application process.

Contemporary Visual Art Initiatives Funded
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The purpose of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the advancement of the visual arts. The Foundation fosters innovative artistic expression and the creative process through its support of cultural organizations that, in turn, support artists and their work. Grants are provided for curatorial programs at museums, artists' organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other relevant activities. Proposals that highlight women, artists of color, and under-represented practitioners are encouraged. The Foundation has designated one of its grants, The Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Award, to recognize the work of organizations with a deep-seated commitment to defending the First Amendment rights of artists. The upcoming postmark deadline for proposals is September 1, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to review the grant guidelines.

Program Aids Bookmobiles Targeting Underserved Youth
Lois Lenski Covey Foundation: Bookmobile Grant Program

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation is dedicated to advancing literacy and fostering a love of reading among underserved and at-risk children and youth. The Foundation's Bookmobile Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and its territories that operate a lending bookmobile that travels into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth. These grants, ranging from $500 to $3,000, are for purchasing books published for young people, preschool through grade eight, and cannot be used for administrative or operational uses. Applications may be submitted through September 1st of each year. Visit the Foundation's website to review the guidelines for the Bookmobile Grant Program.

 

 

Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Grants Target Criminal Justice Reform in New York State
New Yorkers United for Justice

New Yorkers United for Justice (NYUJ) advocates for and advances common sense reforms to New York State's broken, unfair criminal justice system. NYUJ is currently providing impact grants to grassroots nonprofit organizations and individual activists who are leading New York forward through criminal justice reform advocacy. Applicants must have a demonstrated history of criminal justice reform advocacy, community organizing, and/or legislative changemaking. Grants of up to $2,500 are being offered for the current grant cycle. The application deadline is August 31, 2021. Grant guidelines and a list of eligible expenses are available on the NYUJ website.

Strategies to Assist California College Students Supported
Michelson 20MM Foundation: Spark Grants

The Michelson 20MM Foundation invests in education to help remove systemic and financial barriers and increase the number of students with higher education degrees and certificates. The Foundation's current Spark Grants Student Basic Needs funding cycle will support organizations and higher educational institutions in California that are working to increase students' persistence and graduation rates through efforts that help students meet their basic needs. The emphasis is on funding macro-level projects that support systems-level strategies that create impact at scale and inform public policy. Grants will range up to $25,000. Applications will be accepted from August 23 through September 13, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about this cycle's focus areas and to register for an information webinar on August 11th.

Funds for Efforts to Strengthen Rural Communities in Selected States
Laura Jane Musser Fund: Rural Initiative Program

The Laura Jane Musser Fund encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in communities in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Wyoming, as well as Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster counties in New York and the Rio Grande Valley, Deep East Texas, and the Brazos Valley regions of Texas. Through the Rural Initiative Program, the Fund supports efforts that will help to strengthen individual rural towns in the targeted states in a number of civic areas, including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate the rural characteristics of their location and support from a diverse cross-section of community members and institutions. Planning grants of up to $5,000 and implementation grants of up to $25,000 are provided. Online applications must be submitted between September 1 and October 1, 2021. Specific grant guidelines and application procedures are available on the Fund's website.

Grants Promote Quality of Life for Vermonters
Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation

The mission of the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation is to create opportunity, help meet basic needs, and improve the lives of people in Vermont. The Foundation's Community Grants program supports nonprofit organizations throughout the state that are working to ease hardship and help people overcome barriers to independence and success. Grants are primarily focused on the following populations and strategies: Youth: Resilience and Aspiration; Working-Age Adults: Employment and Financial Independence; Seniors: Comfort and Dignity in Aging; and Communities: Local Resources and Investments. Letters of interest may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the Community Grant guidelines.

 

 

Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Program Supports Research on Local Culture and Traditions
Library of Congress

The Of the People: Widening the Path: Community Collections Grants program supports contemporary ethnographic field research focusing on the cultures and traditions of diverse communities across the United States. The major goals are to enable communities to document their cultural life and experiences from their own perspectives, while enriching the holdings of the Library of Congress with diverse materials featuring creativity and knowledge found at the local level. Funding can be used to cover travel, equipment rental or purchase, and other expenses associated with cultural documentation fieldwork. (In addition to organization grants, funding is available for work by individuals.) The application deadline is September 7, 2021.

Eviction Legal Aid Funded
Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Eviction Protection Grant Program supports experienced legal service providers who offer legal assistance at no cost to low-income tenants at risk of or subject to eviction. The focus is on areas with high rates of evictions or prospective evictions, including rural areas. The program seeks to play an integral role in helping individuals and families—including people of color who are disproportionately represented among those evicted, people with limited English proficiency, and people with disabilities—avoid eviction or minimize the disruption and damage caused by the eviction process. The application deadline is September 10, 2021.

 

 

Partner Depot


Register for the 2021 GPA Annual Conference!
November 3-6, 2021, be where the grant people meet—the 2021 GPA Annual Conference! In-person and online, the Grant Professionals Association's Annual Conference attracts over 1,000 grant professionals for three days of learning and networking opportunities. From early-career to advanced/master, the professional development sessions are designed to raise your skillset to the next level. Check out the agenda and breakout sessions, which offer something for all areas of the grant profession.

 

 

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

npEXPERTS: The Great Reset—Moving Into the New Normal With Intention
Has the pandemic thrown your organization into a tailspin? Are you looking for ideas on where to go from here? If so, you may want to read the Blackbaud Institute's new eBook npEXPERTS: The Great Reset—Moving Into the New Normal With Intention. This free online publication is a collection of essays by thinkers in the social good space who share their tips, tricks, and insights for moving forward after such a disruptive year. Topics covered include digital adoption, equity in philanthropy, organizational strategy, modern leadership, 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.

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.

The Stages and Challenges to Expect During a Capital Campaign
In our experience, capital campaigns are hard work. That's why it's so important to surround your capital campaign with people you trust, and why it is imperative to never lose sight of your mission. This combination of people and purpose will sustain you through the ride. Campaigns are based on process. Find out what happens in the five phases typical to most capital campaigns—the family, quiet, leadership, close-out, and public phases. Discover each phase's goals and potential challenges. In this webinar you will learn what to expect from each phase of a typical capital campaign, common challenges most campaigns face and how to overcome them, and how to care for donors. Get real-world examples of these capital campaign stages, learn how to prepare for the most common challenges before your campaign begins, and discover the process nonprofits use to raise the funds they need to grow and improve infrastructure to meet the needs of their clients and community. Executive directors, development directors, and board leaders from a broad range of nonprofit organizations will benefit from this 90-minute presentation. The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

 

 

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National Funding Opportunities
RFP Aims to Strengthen the Environmental Movement
Support for Projects to Address Poverty and Education
Contemporary Visual Art Initiatives Funded
Program Aids Bookmobiles Targeting Underserved Youth

Regional Funding Opportunities
Grants Target Criminal Justice Reform in New York State
Strategies to Assist California College Students Supported
Funds for Efforts to Strengthen Rural Communities in Selected States
Grants Promote Quality of Life for Vermonters

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Supports Research on Local Culture and Traditions
Eviction Legal Aid Funded