GrantStation Insider: August 19, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 32

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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.

Community Improvement Support for Small Towns Nationwide
T-Mobile Hometown Grants Program

The T-Mobile Hometown Grants Program is intended to help build stronger, more prosperous small towns and rural communities throughout the United States. Up to 100 towns each year for the next five years will receive community improvement grants of up to $50,000 each. The focus is on providing support to revitalize community spaces in towns with 50,000 people or less that help foster local connections. Examples of eligible projects include revitalizing a town hall, a senior center, a local little league field, a library, or any space where friends and neighbors gather. Elected leaders, town managers and employees, and nonprofit leaders are eligible to submit applications. Requests will be reviewed quarterly. Online application information is available on the T-Mobile website.

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

Aura Cacia's Positive Change Project supports nonprofit 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. Grants support organizations and programs that 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; and create opportunities for women to drive curriculum or programming that can be applied to program development and mentoring other women. The application deadline is September 30, 2021. Visit the Aura Cacia website to access the application guidelines.

Grants Promote Diversity in the Performing Arts
Sphinx Venture Fund

The Sphinx Organization is a national initiative dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. The Sphinx Venture Fund supports highly impactful programs offered by nonprofit organizations that address cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion in the performing arts, with an emphasis on classical music. The focus is on programs that will have field-wide impact, that typically go beyond a single geographic area, and that involve more than one partner. Grants generally range from $50,000 to $100,000. The application deadline is September 30, 2021. Interested organizations may begin the application process by selecting the Sphinx Venture Fund link on this page.

Initiatives to Enhance the Lives of Young Children Supported
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, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the application process.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Funds for Community Conflict Resolution in Arizona, Mississippi, and Nebraska
Kindle Project: Crossing Divides

Kindle Project is a women-founded, women of color-led, grassroots philanthropic organization working intersectionally to build bridges, flip power, and support community-driven philanthropy. Crossing Divides, a pilot program of the Kindle Project in collaboration with the Cotyledon Fund, will provide grants to grassroots nonprofit organizations in Arizona, Mississippi, and Nebraska that are working with members of their community to resolve conflict and make meaningful positive change in their hometowns, across aisles, and regardless of social differences. Crossing Divides will provide small grants of up to $10,000 to community-based organizations that are addressing conflict through person-to-person interaction. Applying organizations must be working specifically in some manner of localized conflict resolution and reconciliation pertaining to a specific community-level crisis, discord, or conflict. Funded projects may include anything from art to restorative justice initiatives. The application deadline is December 1, 2021. Visit the Kindle Project website to learn more about the Crossing Divides open call.

Grants Strengthen Environmental Efforts in New England
New England Grassroots Environment Fund

The mission of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund is to energize and nurture long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe, and environmentally sustainable communities. The Fund is currently offering the following competitive grant programs designed to foster local, volunteer-driven, community-based environmental initiatives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Seed Grants of $500 to $1,000 help groups launch and build their newly evolving projects. Requests for this program may be submitted throughout the year. Grow Grants of $1,000 to $4,000 help groups deepen their work by further developing a community vision, lowering barriers to participation, identifying new stakeholders, and working to bring more voices into core decision-making processes. Young Leader Grants of up to $6,000 support groups led by young adults, 15 to 25 years old. The upcoming application deadline for Grow Grants and Young Leader Grants is September 21, 2021. Visit the Fund's website for more information about these grant programs.

Support for Organizations in Company Communities in the U.S. and Canada
Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund

The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in company communities, and fostering the understanding of the importance of sustainable working forests. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that serve communities with major Weyerhaeuser facilities in the U.S. and Canada. The Fund's focus areas include affordable housing and shelter; education and youth development; environmental stewardship; workforce development; human services; civic and cultural growth; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. The application deadline is September 30, 2021. Visit the Weyerhaeuser website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.

Grassland Protection Programs in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota Funded
First Nations Development Institute: Tribal Stewardship in the Northern Great Plains Grant

The mission of First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. The Tribal Stewardship in the Northern Great Plains Grant program, an initiative of First Nations, will support organizations in Native communities that are growing or expanding programs that support sustainable economic opportunities and preserve native grasslands in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Ten grants averaging $25,000 to $30,000 each will be provided. Organizations eligible to apply include Native American-controlled nonprofit organizations, Native §7871 organizations, and Native American community-based groups that are involved in conservation and ecological stewardship activities directly related to the protection of grasslands in the Northern Great Plains. The application deadline is September 14, 2021. Detailed guidelines for the Tribal Stewardship in the Northern Great Plains Grant program are available on the First Nations website.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Program Addresses Health Hazards in Homes
Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Healthy Homes Production Grant Program seeks to address multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time. Examples of supported direct costs include sampling, testing, and analysis for allergens, carbon monoxide, radon, or other housing-related health and safety hazards; temporary relocation for families and individuals temporarily displaced during hazard remediation; and soft project costs for home remediation. Support is also considered for capacity building, outreach, and evaluation. The application deadline is September 21, 2021.

Funding Supports Healthcare Provision
Department of Health and Human Services

The Service Area Competition supports organizations that provide primary healthcare services to medically underserved populations. Support is available for community health centers, as well as programs targeting migrants, the homeless, and public housing residents. Supported service types vary by location, but include medical services, dental health, mental health, substance use, and vision issues. The application deadline is October 4, 2021.



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

Quick Guide to Converting a For-profit to Nonprofit News Outlet
Are you interested in learning how to convert a media business into a nonprofit? If so, you may want to read the Quick Guide to Converting a For-profit to Nonprofit News Outlet. Published by the Institute for Nonprofit News, this online report outlines the main considerations and next steps for publishers thinking of converting to nonprofit 501(c)(3), with tools and resources for further research.



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
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, August 24, 2021.

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 25, 2021.

Motivating Underpaid Staff
Mindy Muller, President/CEO of Community Development Professionals, LLC, will introduce participants to eight key ways to motivate employees to reduce turnover, improve service, and stimulate productivity. This training is appropriate for nonprofit executives, volunteer administrators, managers, supervisors, and board members. Participants will have the opportunity to understand drivers and motivators of charitable staff and volunteers; gain an awareness of management styles and impact on employee motivation; explore the impact of effective employee engagement in employee performance and retention; learn strategies to remove barriers to employee motivation; and acquire knowledge of strategies to effectively motivate employees. The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021.



GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation

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Grant Professional Association's Salary Survey
The Grant Professionals Association (GPA) is conducting its annual compensation and benefits survey among consultants and other professional members and non-members in our profession, and we hope that you can participate. The survey is designed to take about 12 to 15 minutes of your time.

Please note that we will share the results only with those who submit a complete survey, so please complete all questions no later than our deadline of Friday, August 27. Thank you for helping us help you.

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National Funding Opportunities
Community Improvement Support for Small Towns Nationwide
Programs Helping Women and Girls in the U.S. and Canada Funded
Grants Promote Diversity in the Performing Arts
Initiatives to Enhance the Lives of Young Children Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Community Conflict Resolution in Arizona, Mississippi, and Nebraska
Grants Strengthen Environmental Efforts in New England 
Support for Organizations in Company Communities in the U.S. and Canada
Grassland Protection Programs in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Addresses Health Hazards in Homes
Funding Supports Healthcare Provision