GrantStation Insider: September 16, 2021

Volume XX | Issue 36

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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.

Support for Contemporary Visual Arts Endeavors
VIA Art Fund

VIA Art Fund supports innovative artistic endeavors through direct engagement with contemporary visual art. VIA offers the following two competitive grantmaking programs: Artistic Production Grants fund individual artists, nonprofit organizations, and institutions for the production of new artistic commissions. Support is geared towards high-impact projects in non-traditional exhibition venues and those mounted in the public realm. The letter of inquiry deadline for this program is October 25, 2021. The Incubator Grant Fund aims to build a robust and inclusive national arts ecosystem in the U.S. by awarding unrestricted funding to small nonprofit visual arts organizations throughout the country, with a particular focus on regional diversity. The letter of inquiry deadline for this program is December 1, 2021. Detailed guidelines for each program are available on the VIA Art Fund's website.

Efforts to Keep Domestic Violence Survivors and Pets Together Funded
RedRover Domestic Violence Safe Housing Grants

RedRover Domestic Violence Safe Housing Grants are offered to nonprofit domestic violence and animal organizations across the United States to help survivors of domestic violence by removing a barrier to safety and allowing pets and people to escape abuse together. Grants of up to $60,000 may be used to build or renovate spaces dedicated to housing survivors' pets, begin a foster program to care for survivors' pets, pay for temporary boarding for survivors' pets, or a combination of services that will best serve the community. Grant funds may also be used for routine veterinary care, emergency veterinary care, and pet deposits. Shelters in Hawaii and Rhode Island are especially encouraged to apply since there are currently no pet-friendly domestic violence shelters in these states. For quick answers to the most commonly asked questions visit the Safe Housing FAQ page. The upcoming application deadline is October 15, 2021. Visit the RedRover website to review the funding guidelines for Safe Housing Grants.

Grants Enhance the Lives of People Living With Paralysis
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy. The Foundation's Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants of up to $25,000 are currently being offered for specific budget items to support a wide range of projects that will impact individuals living with paralysis and their families. Examples of funded projects include sports wheelchairs for a wheelchair basketball team, kayaks for a rowing program, accessible lockers in a gym, wheelchair accessible picnic tables at a county fairground, subsidized lessons for a therapeutic horseback riding program, accessible student transportation costs for an inclusive after-school program, and stipends for support group leaders. Nonprofit organizations, municipal and state governments, school districts, recognized tribal entities, and other institutions such as community or veterans' hospitals are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted through October 14, 2021. (Note: Priority Impact Quality of Life grants of $30,000 to $50,000 are also being offered.) Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the funding guidelines for both programs.

Theatre and Dance Companies Supported Nationwide
The Shubert Foundation

The Shubert Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theatre and a secondary focus on dance. The Foundation provides general operating support to nonprofit, professional resident theatre and dance companies that have an established artistic and administrative track record, as well as a history of fiscal responsibility. A limited number of grants are also made to arts-related organizations that help support the development of theatre and dance, as well as graduate drama departments of private universities. Applications for theatre grants are due December 1, 2021. All other grant applications must be submitted by October 14, 2021. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application instructions.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Funds for Programs to Improve the Health of Arizonans
Vitalyst Health Foundation: Systems Change Grants

The mission of the Vitalyst Health Foundation is to connect, support, and inform efforts to improve the health of individuals and communities throughout Arizona. The Foundation's Systems Change Grants program supports collaborative work that transforms systems through changes to policies aimed at improving the health of Arizona communities. Grants are designed to address one or more of the following: increasing community capacity to identify and address issues affecting community health and well-being; leveraging infrastructure, systems design, and policies to improve people's health; improving the environmental, social, behavioral, and health infrastructure conditions that impact determinants of health and enable Arizonans to be healthy and resilient; and creating sustainable solutions to the problems being addressed. Letters of intent are due October 29, 2021; invited full proposals must be submitted by January 28, 2022. Details about the Systems Change Grants program are available on the Foundation's website.

Small Grants Strengthen Company Communities
Baltimore Life Companies Community Grants Program

The Baltimore Life Companies Community Grants Program supports a wide range of nonprofit organizations that benefit the communities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Washington, DC, where the company has offices. The program provides grants of $500 to fund community-based organizations addressing family, safety, and community enhancement issues. Examples of eligible programs include child safety education, community cleanup campaigns, neighborhood watch activities, etc. Priority is given to ambitious organizations that already have "volunteer power" in place, but need financial support to implement their home-grown projects. Applications will be due October 15, 2021. Visit the company's website to download the grant guidelines and application form, or to submit an online application.

Support for Coastal Education and Stewardship Initiatives in California
California Coastal Commission: WHALE TAIL® Grants Program

The California Coastal Commission's WHALE TAIL® Grants fund projects that connect children and adults to the California Coast and its watersheds through experiential education, stewardship, and outdoor experiences. Eligible projects fall into one or more of the following categories: 1) youth education programs; 2) programs for educating the general public; 3) climate change education and stewardship; and/or 4) shoreline cleanup and enhancement programs. Projects that engage communities that have historically received fewer opportunities for coastal and marine education and stewardship, as well as applicant organizations based in and composed of the communities they are engaging, are strongly encouraged. Projects must engage California audiences and can take place anywhere in California. Grants of any amount up to $50,000 may be awarded, with at least 25% of funds awarded for amounts of $20,000 or less. Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, projects of a nonprofit fiscal sponsor, schools or districts, government entities, and Federally Recognized Tribes and other California Native American Tribes as defined by Governor's Executive Order B-10-11. Applications must be submitted by email or postmarked by November 5, 2021. Details are available at

Georgia Organizations Aiding Women and Girls Funded
Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) Foundation

The mission of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) Foundation is to encourage philanthropy by women lawyers in Georgia for the benefit of the greater community. The Foundation provides grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to nonprofit organizations in Georgia serving women and girls, especially in the legal system. Preference is given to organizations with missions that align with the following guidelines (in order of priority): organizations that provide free legal services to disadvantaged women and girls; organizations that provide free services to disadvantaged women and girls in the legal system; and organizations that provide free services to disadvantaged women and girls. The upcoming application deadline is October 24, 2021. Visit the GAWL Foundation's website to access the application form.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Program Addresses Public Health Needs

The State and National Public Health AmeriCorps program seeks to enable the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who are ready to respond to the public health needs of the nation by providing public health service in communities. Grants are awarded to organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members. The program helps provide needed capacity and support in state and local public health settings and advance more equitable health outcomes for communities that are currently or historically underserved. In addition, the program supports efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The application deadline is November 8, 2021.

Funding Available for Humanities Projects
National Endowment for the Humanities

The Public Humanities Projects program supports efforts to bring the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. The focus is on projects that are intended to reach broad and diverse public audiences in non-classroom settings. Projects should engage with ideas that are accessible to the general public and employ appealing interpretive formats. Optional drafts are due December 8, 2021. The deadline for final applications is January 12, 2022.



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Register for the 2021 GPA Annual Conference!
November 3-6, 2021 - The 2021 GPA Annual Conference is in-person and online. The Grant Professional Association's Annual Conference attracts over 1,000 grant professionals for three days of grant professional 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 offering 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

Nonprofit Power: Engaging Voters for a More Inclusive Democracy
Voter turnout gaps along the lines of race, age, income, and education level distort democracy and the policy debates that flow from it. A recent report by Nonprofit VOTE entitled Nonprofit Power: Engaging Voters for a More Inclusive Democracy shows how nonprofit service providers are uniquely well-positioned to foster a more inclusive democracy. It examines how nonprofits like food pantries, health centers, housing clinics, and family service agencies reach demographic groups underrepresented at the polls and how nonpartisan voter engagement conducted by these nonprofits has its biggest turnout impact among these target groups, contributing to a more representative electorate.



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.

Fundraising for the Future: Get Grants
In this 90-minute training, Stephanie Sample, Founder and CEO of Sample Consulting Studio, will introduce a concept called futures thinking and explore how it can directly increase grant revenue streams. She will also identify how COVID-19 has changed funding practices and demonstrate how your grant proposal writing, nonprofit storytelling, and communication with funders can evolve to attract and retain funding. The following topics will be covered: how to examine potential outcomes by identifying trends and new funding patterns, increasing your ability to adapt quickly in the present; how futures thinking applies to increasing grant revenue streams; a quick checklist to identify where your organization spends its mental energy: past, present, or future; and communication with funders in the COVID-19 era. You will walk away with real time exercises to expand innovative thinking, examples of nonprofits that pivoted and attracted more grant revenue during the pandemic, examples of current open RFPs that indicate a new culture of funding, an increased ability to identify nascent trends and be the first to respond, and examples of scenario-based grant projections to present to leadership teams. The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Logic Models: More Than Just Extra Work!
Logic models are not a passing fad. If you need to create a logic model for your program, but don't know where to start, this webinar is for you! Using the Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach from the United Way of America, Alice Ruhnke will demonstrate why logic models are critical for program planning and evaluation. During this webinar, you will learn how to create and use a logic model to help you improve services and your impact on your community. Executive directors, program managers, and grantwriters from a broad range of human service organizations will benefit from this 90-minute presentation. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

The Power of Collaborative Innovation
High-Performing Social Sector Leaders are pioneers in their space and are constantly exploring new partnerships. Through innovation and collaboration, these leaders have significantly increased their organizations' capacity to overcome even the most challenging of circumstances. In this webinar, you will discover various nonprofit organizations' approaches to collaboration, and learn about the mindsets of their leaders, who will inspire you to take the leap to develop your organization's high-performance culture. In this webinar, you will learn how to begin developing your organization's high-performance culture, identify opportunities for collaboration, and approach collaboration and innovation as instruments for building resilience and ensuring long-term sustainability. Measurement Resources has selected case studies from more than 200 social sector organization clients to showcase the stories of High-Performing Social Sector Leaders. Following the presentation, there will be ample time for questions and comments. The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021.



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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Contemporary Visual Arts Endeavors
Efforts to Keep Domestic Violence Survivors and Pets Together Funded
Grants Enhance the Lives of People Living With Paralysis 
Theatre and Dance Companies Supported Nationwide

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Programs to Improve the Health of Arizonans
Small Grants Strengthen Company Communities
Support for Coastal Education and Stewardship Initiatives in California
Georgia Organizations Aiding Women and Girls Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Addresses Public Health Needs
Funding Available for Humanities Projects