GrantStation Insider: September 24, 2020

Volume XIX | Issue 37

COVID-19 | National | Regional | Federal | Tracks to Success | Partner Depot | PathFinder | Online Education | Announcements | Subscribe


COVID-19 Related Funding
Opportunities Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Borealis Philanthropy: Spark Justice Fund
The Spark Justice Fund is a donor collaborative at Borealis Philanthropy that supports grassroots organizing to end the use of money bail in the criminal justice system, transform pretrial justice, and build power in communities most impacted by incarceration in the United States. The Fund is currently accepting applications from grassroots organizing groups for rapid response funding to meet the needs arising out of the current COVID-19 pandemic in jails and communities. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the fund is expended or until October 20, 2020.

Sipp Culture Artist Relief Fund
The Sipp Culture Artist Relief Fund aims to provide financial resources to independent artists and under-resourced tiny arts organizations as emergency relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individual applicants must be a person of color who is working and/or living in one of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Tennessee. Organizations applying must have a total operating budget of less than $250,000, be led by a person of color, serve people of color, and be located in an eligible state. The application deadline is October 1, 2020.

TD Charitable Foundation: Housing for Everyone Grant Competition
The TD Charitable Foundation is dedicated to sustaining the well-being of the communities served by TD Bank in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The Foundation's 2020 Housing for Everyone grant competition focuses on "direct relief and supportive services for renters affected by COVID-19." Support will be provided for programs that provide access to safe, clean, physically accessible affordable rental housing units and needed wraparound services for families, individuals, the elderly, new Americans, veterans, the disabled, women, and youth. The application deadline is October 30, 2020.

For more grant opportunities, visit our COVID-19 Related Funding page.



National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Efforts to Empower the Disadvantaged
Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People

The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) participates in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people who are seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression, and injustice. SDOP currently supports groups in the United States who are oppressed by poverty and social systems, want to take charge of their own lives, are organizing to do something about their own conditions, and have decided that what they are going to do will produce long-term changes in their lives or communities. Supported projects must be presented, owned, and controlled by the groups of people who will directly benefit from them. In addition, projects should utilize some combination of the SDOP core strategies to promote justice, build solidarity, advance human dignity, and advocate for economic equity. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the SDOP website to review the grant criteria.

Youth Softball and Baseball Programs Funded
MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation

The MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, is dedicated to promoting the growth of youth baseball and softball in the United States and throughout the world by funding programs that encourage youth participation in the game. Grants may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and school districts involved in youth baseball or softball are eligible to apply. Letters of inquiry are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the grant criteria and application process.

Grants Promote Social Justice, Climate Change, and Innovative Arts Efforts
David Rockefeller Fund

The David Rockefeller Fund aims to foster and embody a more just, creative, and flourishing world. The Fund currently provides support to nonprofit organizations nationally in three program areas: The Criminal Justice Program focuses on supporting bold new ideas and policy proposals for transforming U.S. detention and incarceration policy. The Environment Program focuses on funding new ideas, initiatives, and policy breakthroughs in support of bipartisan U.S. climate leadership. The Arts Program focuses on cultivating, showcasing, and disseminating the stories of innovative art for social change. Letters of inquiry are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Fund's website to review the FAQs and to learn more about the Fund's guiding principles and program areas.

Young Volunteers Throughout the U.S. Honored
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is a nationwide program that honors young people in grades five to twelve who are volunteering in their communities. The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Youth who have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the twelve months prior to the date of application are eligible to apply. Local Honorees are selected in late fall and from those winners State Honorees are chosen in each state and the District of Columbia. State Honorees receive an award of $1,000 and an invitation to the program's national recognition events. Out of the State Honorees, National Honorees are selected to receive an additional award of $5,000 as well as a $5,000 grant for a nonprofit organization of their choice. The application deadline is November 10, 2020. Visit the Prudential website for online application information.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Organizations in Arizona, California, and Nevada Supported
Smart & Final Charitable Foundation

The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the communities the company serves in Arizona, California, and Nevada. The Foundation's areas of interest include health and wellness, education, hunger relief, disaster relief, and team sports and youth development. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the company's website to review the Foundation's guidelines and submit an online request.

Funds for Art Education in Connecticut, Florida, and New York
Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation: P/Arts Program

The P/Arts (Philanthropic Arts) Program, an initiative of the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations, accredited schools, universities, government agencies, and public agencies in Connecticut, Florida, and New York. The focus is on organizations that implement or enhance programs utilizing art and art education in daily curricula and early childhood education, and to assist alternative learners. Proposed programs must impact at least 30 children or students within the first six months of implementation and no less than 60 by the due date of the annual report. Online applications are due November 15, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the P/Arts Program.

Grants Further Just and Sustainable Communities in Five States
Harris and Frances Block Foundation

The Harris and Frances Block Foundation supports grassroots nonprofit organizations that work to foster just and sustainable communities. The Foundation provides grants to organizations in the states of Colorado, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Foundation gives priority to the following areas of interest: The focus of the Human Rights category is on issues pertaining to immigrants and refugees, reproductive rights, access to healthcare, and livable wage campaigns. The focus of the Environmental Protection and Justice category is on grassroots organizing around climate change, environmental education opportunities for children, efforts to work with underserved communities being disproportionately affected by environmental issues, and the protection of the forest ecosystem. The focus of the Food Access category is on nutrition and farm education for youth, primarily in Appalachia and Colorado. Letters of inquiry (LOIs) may be submitted throughout the year; the online LOI form is available on the Foundation's website.

Community-Based Programs in Maine Funded
The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation

The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation focuses on promoting, strengthening, and supporting communities throughout the state of Maine. The Foundation provides grants of $500 to $50,000 for community-based projects that address the underlying causes of social and environmental problems, as well as those that address the consequences. Priority is given to nonprofit organizations that promote literacy, provide community services, or focus on the arts. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the upcoming application deadline is October 15, 2020. Funding guidelines and application forms are available on the Foundation's website.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Program Addresses Lead Paint and Other Hazards in Public Housing
Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program provides support to public housing agencies to evaluate and reduce lead-based paint hazards and other housing-related hazards, including carbon monoxide and mold, in public housing. Support is available for risk assessments, abatement, and interim controls in target housing. The application deadline is November 2, 2020.

Funds Available to Train Rural Healthcare Workers
Department of Labor

The H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program seeks to alleviate healthcare workforce shortages by creating sustainable employment and training programs in healthcare occupations (including behavioral and mental healthcare) serving rural populations. Applicants are encouraged to design their programs to assist unemployed individuals seeking entry or reentry into the workforce and underemployed workers in need of new skills and full-time employment opportunities. The application deadline is November 13, 2020.



Tracks to Success
Feature articles focused on a particular grantmaker or philanthropic trend.

Grantseeking is a Contact Sport: Member Interview with Venetia Weeks
by David Preis
"A phone call raises your chance of getting a grant by 300%!"
In our ongoing quest for insights to share with our community, we interview current Members of GrantStation. Venetia Weeks has been a Member since 2005. She discusses the importance of reaching out and making connections to improve your grantseeking outcomes.



Partner Depot

A Free Resource Library for Grant Professionals
The grantwriting experts at Elevate are proud to share the newest addition to their suite of helpful resources for grant professionals: the Resource Library!

Inside you'll find some of their favorite tools, templates, and trainings to support you in your work as a grantwriter or fundraising professional—from recorded webinars and virtual events, to downloadable templates and worksheets. Come take a look! We recommend bookmarking this page and checking back often for new additions.

Get Your Board—On Board!
ONE DAY can make a difference for your nonprofit board. Wherever you are in the United States, tune in and GET YOUR BOARD—ON BOARD!


Find out more and register for this VIRTUAL conference for nonprofit board members and executive leaders—"ALL ABOARD"! Brought to you by Community Development Professionals.

Use the day to:

  • have LIVE sessions with Mindy Muller, CFRE & CEO of CDP (Whew, that's a lot of initials!);
  • engage in breakout sessions to brainstorm and strategize with your board; and,
  • envision what could be in 2021!

Visit the conference page for details.

Are You a Certified Grant Professional?
(Learn More and Win a Grant Professionals Association Membership Too!)

Are you a grantwriter looking to further your career? Or do you want to earn recognition for the skills, expertise, and knowledge you've acquired? The Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) administers the nationally accredited Grant Professional Certification (GPC) credential.

Visit the GPCI website to learn:

  • the competencies and skills required for certification;
  • if you are eligible to pursue the GPC credential; and,
  • why you should consider getting your GPC.

Sign up for the GPCI newsletter to automatically enter the drawing for a FREE one-year Grant Professionals Association (GPA) membership—a $220 value! (Can also be applied to membership renewals.) Enter today! The lucky winner will be notified on November 30th.



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

International Review of Philanthropy and Social Investment
Are you interested in learning more about philanthropy from an African perspective? If so, you may be interested to know that The Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment has just released the first issue of the International Review of Philanthropy and Social Investment. This interdisciplinary international journal examines cutting-edge primary research on philanthropy and social investment. It explores the emergent and developing field of philanthropy and social investment in Africa and beyond.



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: Capital Campaigns With
Is a capital campaign in your future? You're not alone, as 74% of nonprofits recently indicated they were in a campaign or planning one. These three webinars, presented by Kevin Wallace and Carlyn Runnels of, are designed to help your nonprofit organization understand and prepare for the process of raising big dollars for capital projects. The first webinar, Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?, will help you ask and answer six questions vital to preparing for the pre-campaign process and the campaign itself. In the second webinar, Essential Capital Campaign Preparations, learn about the pre-campaign steps of needs assessments and feasibility studies, what to expect from these tools, and how they can help you understand the financial capacity of your organization and its donors. The third webinar, The Stages and Challenges to Expect During a Capital Campaign, will help you understand the five phases typical to most capital campaigns and the stages and challenges that come with each phase. These webinars can be taken together to methodically build your organization's readiness to take on a capital campaign or as stand-alone learning opportunities. Executive directors, development directors, and board leaders from a broad range of nonprofit organizations will benefit from these 90-minute presentations. The deadline to register for the Power of 3 is Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Leading a Nonprofit Organization During the Pandemic (NEW)
If you are in a senior leadership role in a nonprofit organization during this pandemic, chances are you are experiencing tremendous anxiety. Why? First of all, we all are. According to a CDC survey released in August 2020, anxiety levels in the U.S. are, on average, three times higher than they were a year ago. Yet your anxiety may be even higher. Why? As a nonprofit leader, there’s a lot to be uncertain about. You may be asking yourself questions such as "How will we meet payroll?" and "Our staff and volunteers are wondering what will happen next and we are unsure how to answer them?" and so on. You support so many people—staff, volunteers, board members, clients—but where do you go for support? In this cutting-edge webinar, Dr. Anthony Silard, CEO of The Global Leadership Institute and the President of The Center for Social Leadership, will share strategies to help you maintain and build your poise, determination, and leadership abilities in the largest public health crisis of our lifetimes. The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Making the Case to Advocacy Funders
Fundraising for advocacy can be particularly challenging! Systemic reforms and policy change can take years to accomplish, if ever, and often depend on factors outside of your nonprofit's control—while most funders want to see meaningful progress each grant period. The pool of advocacy funders is distinctive, but the good news is that those interested in investing in advocacy typically do understand that change requires a longer timeline and are willing to award larger grants to support it. The question is: how do you find and pursue them? In this webinar, Alayna Buckner, CEO of Elevate, will do a deep dive into the nuances of how to effectively find, pursue, and win more grants for your advocacy organization. By the end of this webinar, you'll have a solid understanding of how to clarify and articulate your theory of change for advocacy in order to demonstrate your progress more clearly, how the cultivation and solicitation processes look different for advocacy-based fundraising, the difference between advocacy funders and direct service funders, and the difference between raising money for a 501(c)(3) vs. a 501(c)(4) organization. This webinar is ideal for grantwriting professionals in the advocacy space, including anyone new to fundraising and grantwriting as well as experienced grantwriting professionals looking for a refresher. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.



GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation.

Grantmaker Profile Notifications
We have an exciting new feature for Members of GrantStation! Our researchers continually update the profiles of grantmakers on our website. If you have saved a grantmaker on your dashboard, we will immediately send you an email listing any changes we have made to the profile. If you have any questions, contact us at

Free Webinar With Gregg Bossen
New Nonprofits PPP Update: Getting PPP Forgiveness—What's the Latest?!

2020 is one for the history books! Join Gregg Bossen, CPA, as he wraps up 2020 with the free webinar Nonprofits PPP Update: Getting PPP Forgiveness—What's the Latest?! This fast-paced and fun webinar will cover the latest information for nonprofits concerning PPP forgiveness, tracking PPP in QuickBooks, and reporting PPP on their year-end 990 and audit. Please join us on Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 2-3:30 pm EST for this free webinar.

Funding Alerts
Interested in GrantStation's funder profiles? View the weekly Funding Alerts to see profiles of grantmakers currently accepting applications.


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

COVID-19 Related Funding
Borealis Philanthropy: Spark Justice Fund
Sipp Culture Artist Relief Fund
TD Charitable Foundation: Housing for Everyone Grant Competition

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Efforts to Empower the Disadvantaged 
Youth Softball and Baseball Programs Funded
Grants Promote Social Justice, Climate Change, and Innovative Arts Efforts
Young Volunteers Throughout the U.S. Honored

Regional Funding Opportunities
Organizations in Arizona, California, and Nevada Supported
Funds for Art Education in Connecticut, Florida, and New York
Grants Further Just and Sustainable Communities in Five States
Community-Based Programs in Maine Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Addresses Lead Paint and Other Hazards in Public Housing
Funds Available to Train Rural Healthcare Workers