GrantStation Insider - September 20, 2018

Volume XVII | Issue 35

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Innovative Urban Design Projects Honored
Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, an initiative of the Bruner Foundation, is a national design award that seeks to promote innovative thinking about the built environment and advance conversation about making cities better. The Award discovers and celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design along with their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. To be eligible, projects must be urban, built (not just a plan or a program), and in operation long enough to demonstrate impact. Eligible projects must be located in the contiguous United States, which excludes Alaska and Hawaii. The Gold Medal winner will receive a $50,000 award, and four Silver Medal winners will receive $10,000 each. The application deadline is December 12, 2018. Visit the Award’s website to learn more about the application process.

Support for the Protection of Wilderness Areas
The Conservation Alliance

The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots citizen-action groups and their efforts to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. Funded projects should seek to secure lasting and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway. Priority is given to landscape-scale projects that have a clear benefit for habitat. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided. Before applying for funding, an organization must be nominated by one of the Alliance's member companies. The upcoming nomination deadline is November 1, 2018. The Alliance will send each nominated organization a request for proposal, including instructions on submitting a full proposal, which is due December 1, 2018. Funding criteria and application guidelines are available on the Conservation Alliance website.

Fellowships for Social Entrepreneurs Worldwide
Echoing Green Fellowship Program

Echoing Green invests in outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to help them launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions to society’s most difficult problems. Echoing Green offers the following three distinct fellowship programs: The Global Fellowship supports young leaders worldwide who are connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities. The Climate Fellowship invests in the best next-generation social entrepreneurs committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The Black Male Achievement Fellowship supports emerging leaders dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States. Fellowships are provided to individuals (at least 18 years of age) or two-person partnerships. Fellows receive stipends of $80,000 ($90,000 for partnerships) over two years, as well as leadership development and technical support. Applications will be accepted from October 9 to October 30, 2018. Visit the Echoing Green website to learn more about the Fellowship.

Supplies for K-12 School Gardens Funded
Annie's Grants for Gardens

Annie's Grants for Gardens are provided to K-12 school gardens nationwide to help children start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Grants may be used to purchase any supplies for an edible garden, such as plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses, and drip irrigation systems. Public, charter, and private schools, as well as school districts and nonprofit organizations supporting a school garden, are eligible to apply. Online applications must be submitted by November 1, 2018. Visit the company’s website to review the grant guidelines.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Grants Address Healthcare Needs in Idaho, Montana, and Oregon
PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement

The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement provides support to nonprofit organizations working to improve health status and meet healthcare needs in the communities the company serves in Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. The Foundation's priority areas include the following: 1) access to healthcare services for children and youth, as well as adults with barriers to care; 2) healthcare innovations, with a focus on integrated healthcare, care for chronic disease, care coordination, healthcare through a patient-centered primary care home or medical home model, and prenatal and postnatal care for pregnant woman and infants; and 3) health and wellness, with a focus on encouraging physical activity, eating fruits and vegetables, tobacco prevention and cessation education, and parent education programs. The Foundation provides support through Healthcare Access Grants and Strategic Grants. Letters of intent for both grant programs may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.

NY State Friends Groups Supported
Parks & Trails New York: Park and Trail Partnership Program

Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) is dedicated to improving health, the economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space across New York State. PTNY’s Park and Trail Partnership Program provides matching grants to nonprofit Friends organizations that support New York State parks, trails, public lands, and state historic sites. The following four types of grants are available: Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants of up to $35,000, Step-Up Grants of up to $7,500, Professional Development Grants of up to $75,000, and Stewardship and Public Access Capacity Grants of up to $50,000. The application deadline is November 30, 2018. (Professional Development Grants require the submission of a letter of inquiry by October 12, 2018.) Visit the PTNY website to learn more about the grant categories and download the Request for Applications.

Funds to Enhance Classroom Technology in Colorado Schools
Jared Polis Foundation: Technology Mini Grants for Colorado Teachers

The Jared Polis Foundation is committed to enhancing technology learning opportunities for Colorado’s children. The Foundation's Technology Mini Grants for Colorado Teachers provide support to Colorado pre-K-12 public school teachers to purchase computer hardware, such as digital or video cameras, interactive whiteboards and response systems, tablets, e-readers, or chromebooks. Grants may also be used to purchase software or technology curriculum, or pay technology conference registration fees. (Requests may not be made for laptop or desktop computers.) The maximum grant award is $1,500. The next application deadline is November 9, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application form.

Grants Promote Water Quality and Watershed Conservation in the Carolinas
Duke Energy Water Resources Fund

The Duke Energy Water Resources Fund, administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation, provides grants for projects benefiting waterways in North Carolina and South Carolina or immediately downstream of Duke Energy operational facilities in Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. The Fund supports efforts to address water quality and quantity issues in streams or watersheds; education and awareness of water quality, quantity, and conservation issues; river management plans; watershed and water quality research; purchase of conservation easements; and public use and access to waterways. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Nonprofit organizations and local government agencies are eligible to apply. The next application cycle will be open from October 1 through November 1, 2018, at 12 noon. Visit the North Carolina Community Foundation’s website to learn more about the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

African American and Native American/Native Hawaiian Museums Supported
Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services seeks to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations. The Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program supports activities that build the capacity of African American museums and promote the growth and development of museum professionals. The Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program provides support to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship. The application deadline for both programs is November 1, 2018.

Program Supports Student Exchanges
Department of State

The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program: Host Family and School Placement and Monitoring component provides support to organizations that will help administer a student exchange program. Organizations will identify host schools; vet, select, and monitor host families; and place, support, and monitor students. The application deadline is November 5, 2018.



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

What Corporations Want—and Can Give in Return
In today’s competitive corporate giving landscape, it’s important to keep on top of trends to maintain your edge when seeking grants from the for-profit sector. The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s recent report, What Corporations Want—and Can Give in Return, provides analysis and strategies to help charities benefit from companies that increasingly want to be seen as good citizens of their community and the world.



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.

Funding the Fight Against Poverty in North America
Poverty in all of its many forms is a huge issue facing nonprofits throughout North America. Cynthia M. Adams, GrantStation CEO, is offering a webinar for those of you working to reduce, even eliminate, poverty in your region. The webinar will focus on the current funding trends around this issue and the grantmakers who are determined to help you in the work you do. In addition, this webinar will cover the types of collaborations happening around the poverty issue and how you might develop your own partnerships. Whether you're working with children, single or low-income parents, indigenous cultures, recent immigrants, people with disabilities, the elderly, or any population mired in poverty, this webinar will help you think about creative, new ways to engage funders in your important work. The webinar will be helpful to those working in the area of poverty in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

Online Workshop: Tracking In-Kind Contributions and Volunteers in QuickBooks
Want to learn the ins and outs of in-kind contributions? Not sure what counts as in-kind and what doesn't? Join Gregg Bossen and David Webb for a QuickBooks Made Easy training on how to enter and track in-kind contributions and volunteer hours in QuickBooks. Topics covered include what is an in-kind contribution, why in-kind contributions are important, which in-kind contributions should be included in your financial statements and tax returns, how to value in-kind contributions, what your responsibilities are for donor reporting, how to customize fields for tracking your volunteers in QuickBooks, and how to enter time for your volunteers based on type of work. The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Building a Stellar Grantseeking Team
One of the most time consuming tasks for an Executive Director of a nonprofit organization is the research, writing, and submission of grant requests. And, unfortunately, it is often a task that is both daunting and isolating. This webinar taught by GrantStation's CEO, Cynthia Adams, takes you through a step-by-step process to develop a grantseeking team, all working toward a common vision: to strengthen and build your grants program. This online training focuses on a step-by-step process to craft the perfect committee, develop a process to energize your team, and discover ways to create a sustainable program. Ms. Adams' unique approach will help you develop a team that will generate stellar results. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.


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Editor: Julie Kaufman
Contributing Writer: Kevin Peters
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

National Funding Opportunities
Innovative Urban Design Projects Honored
Support for the Protection of Wilderness Areas 
Fellowships for Social Entrepreneurs Worldwide
Supplies for K-12 School Gardens Funded

Regional Funding Opportunities
Grants Address Healthcare Needs in Idaho, Montana, and Oregon
NY State Friends Groups Supported
Funds to Enhance Classroom Technology in Colorado Schools
Grants Promote Water Quality and Watershed Conservation in the Carolinas

Federal Funding Opportunities
African American and Native American/Native Hawaiian Museums Supported
Program Supports Student Exchanges