GrantStation Insider: August 11, 2022

Volume XXI | Issue 32

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Special Funding Opportunities
Opportunities related to specific current issues

Current funding opportunities for COVID-19 and Ukraine are available to the public on our website.


National Funding
Opportunities throughout the U.S.

Programs Aiding Women and Girls in the U.S. and Canada Funded
Aura Cacia Positive Change Project

The Aura Cacia Positive Change Project provides support to organizations in the U.S. and Canada that are committed to helping women and girls facing difficult life situations make transformational improvements in their lives. Support is provided for projects focused on equipping women and girls with the resources to further their commitment to achieve their full potential. To receive funding, a program must provide resources and services directly to women and girls who face substantial barriers to sustaining their commitment to positive change; enable disadvantaged women and girls to become more stable and self-sufficient; employ strategies to help women and girls live healthfully and purposefully; reinforce positive self-image, self-respect, and self-confidence in women and girls; or create opportunities for women to drive curriculum or programming that can be applied to program development and mentoring other women. Nonprofit organizations or grassroots groups serving women and girls in the U.S. and Canada may apply. The application deadline is September 30, 2022. Visit the Aura Cacia website to download the Positive Change Project guidelines and access the online application.

Grants Enhance Music Education for Children
Mockingbird Foundation

The Mockingbird Foundation provides grants to schools and nonprofit organizations in the United States that focus on music education for children, an area of importance to the Phish fan community. The Foundation is particularly interested in projects that foster creative expression in all musical forms, and encourages applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies. Music education may include the provision of instruments, equipment, texts, and office materials, as well as the support of learning space, performance space, and instruction. The Foundation generally targets programs for children up to 18 years of age, but will consider programs that benefit college students, teachers, or adult students. The Foundation gives priority to programs that benefit disenfranchised groups, including those with low skill levels, income, or education; those with disabilities or terminal illnesses; and those in foster homes, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations. Grants range from $100 to $10,000. Initial inquiries are due January 15, 2023. Application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website.

Support Available to Build and Refresh Community Spaces in Small U.S. Towns
T-Mobile Hometown Grants Program

The T-Mobile Hometown Grants Program supports small towns throughout the United States by funding community projects. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided to up to 25 small towns every quarter. The focus is on projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections. Examples of eligible projects include the town square pavilion, a historic building, an outdoor park, a ball field, a library, or any space where friends and neighbors connect. Elected leaders, town managers/employees, and nonprofit leaders in small towns with populations of less than 50,000 are eligible to apply. Requests are reviewed quarterly. Online application information is available on the T-Mobile website.

Funding Advances Revenue Generation for Progressive Organizations
Progressive Multiplier

The Progressive Multiplier seeks to grow the revenue generation capacity of progressive organizations to help build a progressive movement in the U.S. Progressive Multiplier provides nonprofits in progressive program areas with paths to quickly build their mass market revenue generation capacity and ensures that investment is available to meet the sector's growing need. Progressive Multiplier offers grants for experimentation in revenue generation, as well as recoverable grants and loans to scale revenue generation projects, to organizations working in the areas of human rights and social justice, the environment, and realizing democracy. Grantees must be U.S.-based nonprofits and subsidiaries with 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, projects housed in these entities, or LLCs in which a 501(c)(3) or (c)(4) are the only members. Applicants should have an operating budget of $500,000 or more and do some form of domestic policy advocacy, legal advocacy, or civic engagement, or be a media organization. Letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis and applications are invited when the Progressive Multiplier has funding available that matches the grant criteria. Visit the Progressive Multiplier website to review the information for grantseekers and the FAQs.


Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Support Bolsters Hunger Relief Efforts in Company Communities
Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation

The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the communities served by Food Lion stores in Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Grants are provided to hunger relief organizations operating within a 20-mile radius of a Food Lion store. The Foundation's focus is on reducing the number of children at risk of hunger by helping feeding agencies increase their "fresh" capacity so families can put nutritious meals on their tables. Grants are intended to be used for the purchase of food in support of the applying organizations' hunger relief efforts. The upcoming application deadline is September 15, 2022. Visit the company's website to submit an online application.

Grants Promote Grassland Conservation in the Northern Great Plains
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Northern Great Plains Program

The Northern Great Plains Program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), aims to conserve and restore grasslands and wildlife species in the Northern Great Plains of the United States. Approximately $5.4 million in grants will be awarded to 15 to 20 projects in the Dakota Grasslands, Missouri-Milk River Grasslands, Nebraska Sandhills, and the Powder River-Thunder Basin Grasslands, covering areas in Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The goal is to maintain and improve interconnected grasslands in focal areas to sustain healthy populations of grassland-obligate species while fostering sustainable livelihoods and preserving cultural identities. Support is provided for projects that demonstrate successful models for grassland habitat conservation and improve population levels and related outcomes for grassland species in targeted focal areas. Nonprofit organizations, state and federal government agencies, local and municipal governments, Tribal agencies, and educational institutions are eligible to apply. Grants may be up to three years in length, and a minimum 1:1 match is required. Full proposals are due November 17, 2022. Visit the NFWF website to review the request for proposals.

Funds Available for Organizations in Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area
Gerbode Foundation

The Gerbode Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties) of California. Program areas include Advancing Truth, with a focus on organizations that use media and new technologies as tools to inform and engage the public on critical issues, as well as influence change in current policies and practices that cause harm to individuals, communities, and the environment; Justice, with a focus on advancing justice for populations that are currently experiencing trauma and persecution due to factors including the color of their skin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, language spoken, or religious beliefs; and Environment, including conservation, preservation, and environmental justice. (The Special Awards in the Arts Program, which has a different application process, supports the creation of new works in dance, theater production, and music composition in California.) Grants generally range from $2,500 to $100,000, with an average size of $25,000. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation's website to complete the questionnaire and access the letter of inquiry guidelines.

Children's Health Programs Supported in Washington, DC
The Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust

The Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust provides support for nonprofit organizations striving to improve the quality of life for children and for people with cancer residing in the District of Columbia. In the area of pediatrics, the Trust focuses its support on serving children who are physically or mentally ill or handicapped and reside in the most disadvantaged and vulnerable neighborhoods in Washington, DC. Grants fund programs and organizations that improve the quality of life for these children, as well as programs that prevent common childhood diseases. Examples of funded programs and initiatives include community health centers; neonatal care programs; early medical interventions that benefit childhood education; pediatric speech, occupational, and physical therapy; and support for pediatric mental health. In the area of cancer care, the Trust supports cancer treatment for low-income populations in Washington, DC. Applications are due September 16, 2022. (First-time applicants must first submit a letter of inquiry.) Visit the Trust's website to review information on program areas, eligibility, and the application process.


Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Funds Promote Safe Roads
Department of Transportation

The Safe Streets and Roads for All Discretionary Grant program supports planning, infrastructure, behavioral, and operational initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets involving all roadway users, including pedestrians; bicyclists; public transportation, personal conveyance, and micromobility users; motorists; and commercial vehicle operators. Eligible activities include developing or updating a comprehensive safety action plan; conducting planning, design, and development activities in support of an action plan; and carrying out projects and strategies identified in an action plan. The application deadline is September 15, 2022.

Maritime Heritage Preservation Supported
National Park Service

The National Maritime Heritage Grant Program provides support to preserve historic maritime resources and to increase public awareness and appreciation for the maritime heritage of the United States. Separate opportunities are available for education and preservation programs. Education projects foster awareness of and appreciation for historic maritime resources, including new educational exhibits, activities to encourage traditional maritime skills or special skills (such as rigging and sail training), interpretation of artifacts in collections, maritime heritage programs focusing on maritime heritage trails and corridors, and the construction and use of reproductions of historic maritime resources. Preservation projects include all facets of preservation planning and treatment for historic maritime properties, including archeological sites. The application deadline for both programs is September 20, 2022.


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

The Rise of NFT Fundraising
Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, have become all the rage in recent years. How can nonprofits leverage this new technology to bolster their fundraising programs? A new report by The Giving Block offers a roadmap. The Rise of NFT Fundraising covers everything nonprofit organizations need to know about NFTs and launching a successful NFT fundraising strategy. It offers NFT education, trends, case studies, and a step-by-step guide to launch an organization's first NFT fundraising campaign.


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: Tour of 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, August 16, 2022.

Program Designs That Pack a Punch
Before you overcommit your time or dollars, join Amanda Pearce, with Funding for Good, for a masters class focused on program/project design. In this session you will gain the knowledge and tools needed to design programs/projects that are both effective and efficient. Learn best practices to grow mission-focused programs that generate awareness, impact, capacity, and community support. This webinar will engage participants in the program design process from A-Z to ensure you have addressed key questions, budgeting, and program impact goals. At the end of this session, you will be able to understand key components of the program/project design process; evaluate potential strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing your program; craft SMART Program Goals and Objectives; implement best practices and strategies to grow mission-focused programs; and access free tools to support your program development initiatives. This webinar is recommended for nonprofit business owners, executive directors, program managers, mission/ministry leaders, and board members. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

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 Wednesday, August 24, 2022.


GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation

Social Enterprise LevelUP: Free Q&A Session With Stephanie Sample
Want more information to determine if the LevelUP course fits your needs? Then please join us for a live Q&A session with Stephanie on August 19, 2022, at 2pm EST*.

Register for this free informational session.

*This course will have a minimum of six participants and a maximum of 12. If all 12 spaces are filled prior to August 19th, then the Q&A will not take place.

Questions? Contact David Gates, GrantStation's Online Education Specialist.

An Introduction to Our Vice President of Research, Kevin Peters

Like many of GrantStation's staff members, particularly the long-timers, I have a story about my arrival here involving our founder, Cynthia Adams. Back when GrantStation still had a physical office in the heart of Alaska, I had just graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. I was not quite ready to leave the state, and was looking for work in a town of just 30,000 people, a bit of a daunting task. Fortunately, a close friend from the English department told me her employer was hiring.

I met Cindy at the local coffeehouse and told her why I'd be a good fit. She offered me the position on the spot. When I asked if she needed a copy of my resume, which I had dutifully printed out before the interview, she thought about it a moment and said, "Sure, I guess that would be a good idea." She then informed me that she had forgotten her wallet and asked if I could pay for her beverage. I joined the team shortly thereafter.

The ensuing years would solidify how well the company and I were suited to each other. If there has been a mission to my life, it has been words, and helping people to understand them.

In my younger days, I used to teach night classes in technical writing at the university after the GrantStation day was done. At one point, I took a two-year hiatus from the company to go teach English overseas. After I returned to GrantStation, I had the privilege of teaching some of our new team members about the GrantStation ways. And I've had the joy of interacting with our Members, answering their questions about how to use GrantStation most effectively. Words and explanations: they follow me, and are a part of who I am.

As the Vice President of Research, I have the honor of overseeing a wonderful team of researchers, each with their own unique experiences with words. Our work in the research department is all about scouring the wealth of funder information out there—all those words floating around somewhere in cyberspace—and trying to provide it to our members in a user-friendly package. It's that human touch that distinguishes us from our competitors. We don't just hand over a pile of information and say, "Here you go; try to make some sense of it." We have read it ourselves and work to make sure it will make sense to you.

I've learned so much in my time at GrantStation, particularly from my predecessor, Julie Kaufman, and I want to share that information with our Members. I'm here to try to help you with your research needs, as is the rest of our intrepid research crew. Please consider joining us for one of our monthly webinars giving a tour of the GrantStation website, where you can see how we work and get some insights straight from some of our researchers, including myself. Grantseeking can be complicated and daunting, but we're here to help.

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Editor: Ashlyn Simmons
Copy Editor: Diana Holder
Contributing Writer: Kevin Peters

National Funding Opportunities
Programs Aiding Women and Girls in the U.S. and Canada Funded
Grants Enhance Music Education for Children 
Support Available to Build and Refresh Community Spaces in Small U.S. Towns
Funding Advances Revenue Generation for Progressive Organizations

Regional Funding Opportunities
Support Bolsters Hunger Relief Efforts in Company Communities
Grants Promote Grassland Conservation in the Northern Great Plains
Funds Available for Organizations in Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area
Children's Health Programs Supported in Washington, D.C.

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Promote Safe Roads
Maritime Heritage Preservation Supported