GrantStation Insider: September 8, 2022

Volume XXI | Issue 36

Special Opportunities | National | Regional | Federal | Partner Depot | PathFinder | Online Education | Announcements | Subscribe


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.

Funds Enhance Equitable Water Management in U.S. Cities
Pisces Foundation: Urban Water Request for Proposals

The Pisces Foundation's mission is to advance strategic solutions to natural resource challenges and prepare the next generation by supporting environmental learning. The Pisces Foundation's Water program is now accepting concept notes for grants to support advancement of integrated, equitable water management (or "One Water") in urban communities throughout the U.S. Support will be provided to organizations in U.S. cities that are working toward a particular One Water policy or program and are on the cusp of securing substantive change via integrated policy or regulation, innovative funding or financing, or inclusive governance and planning. Grants are not designed to fund implementation of a singular One Water project (e.g., incorporation of green stormwater infrastructure into a specific site); rather, the grants will support organizations working toward durable change through local One Water policy and programs. Grants will range from approximately $100,000 to $150,000 for a 12-month period. The primary applicant must be a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, or be fiscally sponsored by one. Online concept notes will be accepted until September 30, 2022. Visit the Foundation's website to review the request for proposals.

Projects Improving Bicycling in U.S. Communities Supported
PeopleForBikes: Community Grant Program

The mission of PeopleForBikes is to get more people riding bikes more often and to make bike riding better for everyone. The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program provides funding for projects that make bicycling better in communities across the U.S. Support is provided for work that aligns with PeopleForBikes' mission. The application deadline is October 31, 2022. Visit the PeopleForBikes website to submit the online application.

Grants Promote Education, Community Organizing, and Music
Sparkplug Foundation

The Sparkplug Foundation provides grants to startup nonprofit organizations and new projects of established nonprofits in the areas of education, community organizing, and music. In the Music category, the Foundation supports emerging professional musicians in developing new work, sharing existing work with a wider community, bringing together musicians to collaborate on creating or performing pieces, or facilitating new workshops that bring music to oppressed communities. In Education, the Foundation funds projects that engage excluded students in new ways, that restore knowledge that has been marginalized through racism or colonialism, and that rebuild community and collective problem-solving. Through Community Organizing, the Foundation funds work by members of a community for their community—work that aims to create justice by making systemic change and shifting power. The Foundation also provides limited support for projects in Palestine and in Israel that involve Palestinian communities and work for justice. Prospective applicants should read the entire website carefully for the Foundation's mission, guidelines, FAQs, and previous grantees, and then may begin the application process online. The grant application process can be initiated any time before October 31, 2022. Visit the Foundation's website at to review the information for grantseekers, as well as the online application instructions.

Efforts to Safeguard Basic Freedoms Funded
Herb Block Foundation: Defending Basic Freedoms

The Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged. The Foundation's Defending Basic Freedoms program provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States to help safeguard the basic freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, to help eliminate all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and to assist government agencies to be more accountable to the public. The Foundation also considers support for contemporary societal issues that may arise. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Letters of inquiry are due October 6, 2022; invited full proposals must be submitted by December 15, 2022. Visit the Foundation's website to access the application guidelines.


Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Support Available for Autism Programs in New England and Central Florida
Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism: Signature Grant

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism’s Signature Grant provides support to nonprofit organizations helping individuals and families with autism live life to the fullest. For the 2022 grant cycle, unsolicited letters of inquiry will be accepted from nonprofit organizations in New England and Central Florida, including Marion, Volusia, Sumter, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, and Brevard counties. Letter of inquiry and requirement information will be available on the Foundation’s website,, early September 2022.

Grants Strengthen Organizations Promoting Public Lands in New York
Parks & Trails New York: Park and Trail Partnership Grants

Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) works to expand, protect, and promote a network of parks, trails, and open spaces throughout New York State for use and enjoyment by all. PTNY's Park and Trail Partnership Grants program provides matching capacity-building grants to organizations working in preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance, and promotion of New York parks, trails, historic sites, or public lands. Types of grants include Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants of up to $100,000; Stewardship and Public Access Capacity Grants of up to $150,000; Professional Development Grants of up to $150,000 over two years; and Step-Up Grants of up to $20,000. The application process will open September 15, 2022. Letters of intent for Professional Development Grants are due October 11, 2022; applications for the other grants must be submitted by December 9, 2022. Visit the PTNY website for more information on each grant category and to download the Round 8 Request for Applications.

Oral Health and Nutrition Programs Supported in Arizona
Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation

The mission of Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is to improve lives by promoting optimal oral health. The Foundation’s grant program provides support throughout Arizona focusing on oral health services and education, plus nutrition programs for underserved and uninsured Arizona residents of all ages. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 support dental disease prevention, oral health education, dental treatment, medical-dental integration, and food access and nutrition programs. Funds may be used for dental equipment and supplies, staffing, and other appropriate programmatic expenses. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, public schools, federally recognized Indian tribes, and governmental entities. The application deadline for the 2023 grant cycle is October 13, 2022. Visit the Foundation's website to download the grant applications, supply requests, grant guidelines, and application instructions.

Funds Provided in Company Communities
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation | Dominion Energy

The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation provides support in the communities served by Dominion Energy, including areas within Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Grant funding is provided to nonprofit organizations with proposals in the following four focus areas: 1) human needs, including food security, housing and shelter, and access to healthcare; 2) environmental stewardship, with a focus on protecting natural resources and making efficient use of energy; 3) education, with a focus on future workforce, especially in STEM and energy fields; and 4) community vitality grants to foster an appreciation of diversity, revitalize neighborhoods, and ensure a vibrant community and cultural life. Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Visit the Dominion Energy website to access the application guidelines, including a list of the eligible states and counties, and to begin the application process by completing the Eligibility Quiz.


Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Archive Access Programs Supported
National Archives and Records Administration

The Archival Projects program works to significantly improve online public discovery and use of historical records collections. The program welcomes projects that engage the public, expand civic education, and promote understanding of the nation's history, democracy, and culture from the founding era to the present day. Projects focused on collections of America's early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation's legal history, are encouraged. Collections that center the voices and document the history of Black, Indigenous, and people of color are especially welcome. The application deadline is October 6, 2022.

Funds Available to Help Families Receiving Housing Assistance
Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Family Self-Sufficiency program seeks to increase economic opportunity for HUD-assisted families. The program supports the salaries and training needs of program coordinators who assist participating families receiving housing assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs. These coordinators develop local strategies to connect participating families to public and private resources to increase their earned income and financial empowerment, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency. The application deadline is October 7, 2022.


Partner Depot

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

The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale, by John A. List
Are you a nonprofit leader looking to scale your impact? If so, you might want to read The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale, by John A. List. This book explains that scalable ideas share a common set of attributes, while any number of attributes can doom an unscalable idea. Drawing on original research, as well as examples from the realms of business, policymaking, education, and public health, the author identifies five measurable vital signs that a scalable idea must possess, and offers proven strategies for avoiding voltage drops and engineering voltage gains.


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.

The Power of 3: Image is Everything
Nonprofits often believe that strong programs will naturally equate to support and funding. The reality is that people give to organizations they THINK are making a difference. If your nonprofit wants to compete for funds, people, and donations, image is everything. In this Power of 3 series, Mindy Muller will help ensure your organization's forward face matches the value you provide behind the scenes. She will help you take control of your nonprofit's image and walk you through the essential aspects of image management. The first webinar, Image Management: Telling Your Story, will help you find and tell those compelling stories within your organization that need to be shared. The second webinar, Building a Nonprofit Brand, will demonstrate how branding is much more than logo and look. It is the total of perceptions about what a nonprofit stands for, what it does, and how much social impact it is thought to achieve. The final webinar, Working With the Media, will help you build confidence when interacting with the media. Mindy will offer tips you can utilize whether you’re approaching the media, handling inquiries, or managing an unfortunate crisis. The webinars will take place on September 13, October 4, and October 25. You may register for all three or take them separately.

The Power of 3: Strategic Planning for Long-Term Success
A well-crafted strategic plan is a cornerstone of your nonprofit organization's long-term success. Without knowing where you're headed, how do you know where to focus today? In this Power of 3 series, Marie Palacios, Lead Consultant at Funding for Good, will help ensure your strategic plan avoids this fate and instead drives your organization's growth. She will walk you through essential aspects of strategic planning that can help your organization turn goals into actions. The first webinar, Build Capacity Through Strategic Planning, will break down the top ways a strategic plan contributes to fundraising success. You'll learn why a well-crafted plan is the greatest tool in an organization's fundraising toolkit. The second webinar, Strategic Planning: The Beginning, will share different approaches to the strategic planning process and will give you professional tips on what works and what does not. You will walk away with an arsenal of strategies to generate buy-in from your board, staff, and stakeholders on the strategic planning process. The final webinar, Strategic Planning: The Final Document, will highlight the essential components of your final written strategic plan. Marie will share strategies to ensure that your end product is clear, concise, and compelling. You will walk away with actionable tips on how to craft a plan that captures the shared vision of your collective group. The webinars will take place on September 15, September 29, and October 13, 2022.


GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation

An Introduction to Our Director of Marketing, Jill Cochran

I started working at GrantStation six years ago to manage social media and assist with marketing and partner programs. I was new to the nonprofit sector and didn't know much about the grantseeking process. I have since learned a lot about the hard work and dedication it takes behind the scenes to find support for your programs. My focus is always on how to help our Members learn more about the resources on GrantStation that can help in the search for funding.

I work closely with our CEO, Ellen Mowrer, to keep you updated on everything that's happening at GrantStation. We update GrantStation's homepage weekly and send emails to make it easier for you to find out about sales, webinars, and important information. We also run the Partner Depot program, which offers trusted partners a way to share their events and information with you.

While you're reading our newsletter or checking out, I hope you have a chance to read TrendTrack, which features Tracks to Success articles and our GS Insights blog. I work to update it each week with articles from our talented staff and guest authors. They research and write in-depth, relevant articles that we are proud to publish.

I'm also the person behind our social media pages. I share content that is helpful or interesting for grantseekers and nonprofits, and news that is relevant to the philanthropy sector. My goal is to make a positive impact on those who take the time to connect with us. Say hi and join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube!

Grand Grant Goals: Strengthening Your Grant Proposals
GS President Alice Ruhnke will be speaking on the upcoming panel hosted by NXUnite called, "Grand Grant Goals: Strengthening Your Grant Proposals."

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my expertise and hear from some of my fellow industry experts. Check out the other panelists here.

During this panel, you will hear about:

  • how to clearly communicate your organization's goals;
  • what to keep in mind when preparing the goals and objectives section of your grant; and,
  • strategies for writing strong goals and objectives and what to avoid.

When you register and join us live you will earn 20 Cause Coins which can be redeemed for discounts on software for mission-driven organizations and free consultations with industry experts! Check out to learn more!

Introducing SEA's Coffee Chats
Tuesday, September 20th / 12pm CT via Zoom

Join Social Enterprise Alliance each month for Coffee Chats—an informal, practical, skills-building discussion to help you grow your impact-focused enterprise. No matter your stage of growth or business model, you'll walk away with new insights and connections to the social enterprise community! Register today for this FREE virtual event, open to all who are looking to start or grow their social enterprise venture. Join Cynthia Adams, Founder of GrantStation and a member of the SEA Board of Directors, when she discusses how to find funding to launch or expand your social enterprise.

Funding Alerts
Have you visited our homepage this week? Additional local, national, Canadian, and international funding opportunities are featured there weekly!


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National Funding Opportunities
Funds Enhance Equitable Water Management in U.S. Cities
Projects Improving Bicycling in U.S. Communities Supported
Grants Promote Education, Community Organizing, and Music
Efforts to Safeguard Basic Freedoms Funded

Regional Funding Opportunities
Support Available for Autism Programs in New England and Central Florida
Grants Strengthen Organizations Promoting Public Lands in New York
Oral Health and Nutrition Programs Supported in Arizona
Funds Provided in Company Communities

Federal Funding Opportunities
Archive Access Programs Supported
Funds Available to Help Families Receiving Housing Assistance