GrantStation Insider - September 26, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 36

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Litigation Addressing Social Justice in North America
The Impact Fund

The Impact Fund is dedicated to assisting nonprofit organizations, private attorneys, and small law firms who seek to advance social justice using impact litigation in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, or poverty law. The Fund offers support in the following sectors: The Social Justice sector provides grants and legal support to assist in human and civil rights cases in the United States. The Economic Justice sector focuses on cases fighting for economic justice in the United States, from worker’s rights to housing for vulnerable populations. The Environmental Justice sector funds impact litigation for environmental justice, with a focus on marginalized communities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The final letter of inquiry deadline for 2019 is October 8. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the grant guidelines and application process.

Nonprofits With Technology Solutions for Global Challenges Funded
Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants

Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants support nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and worldwide with scalable, replicable, and sustainable solutions that use Internet and network technology to benefit individuals and communities around the world. In the Education category, Cisco supports technology-based solutions and education delivery models that improve student performance and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Economic Empowerment category focuses on programs that encourage employment success, entrepreneurship, and long-term self-sufficiency by providing access to skills, knowledge, and financial products and services via technology-based solutions. Through the Critical Human Needs category, Cisco grants help overcome the cycle of poverty and dependence by supporting organizations that address the basic needs of underserved communities. Organizations can begin the application process at any time. Visit the Cisco website to review the grantmaking criteria and to take the Eligibility Quiz.

Grants Strengthen Japanese Performing Arts Programs in the U.S. and Canada
Japan Foundation: Performing Arts Japan

The mission of the Japan Foundation is to establish international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Foundation’s Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program is designed to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences in North America. PAJ supports initiatives created by U.S. and Canadian nonprofit organizations to provide geographically diverse audiences with greater exposure to Japanese performing arts, as well as encouraging collaborations between Japanese and North American artists. PAJ Touring Grants assist in the presentation of Japanese performing arts in the U.S. and Canada, emphasizing locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants allow Japanese and American/Canadian artists to create new works that will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American and Canadian audiences. The application deadline is October 31, 2019. Visit the Japan Foundation website to download the PAJ program guidelines and application form.

K-12 Projects Promoting a Diverse Democracy Supported
Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants

The mission of Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants support educators who embrace and embed anti-bias principles throughout their schools. These grants, ranging from $500 to $10,000, support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. These grants fund projects on three levels: school, classroom, and district. Educators nationwide in public or private K-12 spaces, as well as in alternative schools, therapeutic schools, and juvenile justice facilities are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Teaching Tolerance website to access the funding criteria, guidelines, and FAQs.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Affordable Housing Initiatives on the East Coast
TD Charitable Foundation: Housing for Everyone Grant Competition

The TD Charitable Foundation is dedicated to sustaining the well-being of the communities served by the 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 2019 Housing for Everyone grant competition focuses on “Refurbishing to increase affordable rental housing.” Support will be provided for programs that provide access to safe, clean, physically accessible affordable housing units for families, individuals, the elderly, new Americans, veterans, people with disabilities, women, and youth. Thirty grants of $125,000 will be awarded to the best applications received by the October 25, 2019, deadline. Visit the TD Bank’s website to review the FAQs and submit an online application.

Core Support Grants Foster Health Equity in Washington State
Group Health Foundation: Community Learning Grants

The Group Health Foundation is dedicated to improving health equity and advancing community aspirations for a vibrant, healthy future in Washington State. The Foundation is currently offering Community Learning Grants to support people-centered and community-led approaches to changing systems and improving well-being. Priority will be given to nonprofit organizations and fiscally-sponsored projects that may be smaller or newer, and that have had less access to philanthropy; culturally-specific, cross-racial, and disability-led groups that are founded by people most impacted and led by the people whom they were created to serve; and community-rooted groups with inventive or overlooked ideas for changing systems—racial, social, legal, economic, governmental, etc.—that underpin opportunity and health. The Foundation will provide core-support funding for three years ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 per year. The deadline for initial proposals is October 25, 2019. All interested organizations should read the Foundation’s FAQs and guidelines carefully before applying. Visit the Foundation’s website to access the guidelines, FAQs, and online application information.

Support for Census Participation Efforts in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Census Equity Fund

The Massachusetts Census Equity Fund is a statewide funding initiative working to increase participation in the 2020 Census, specifically in communities that are at risk of being undercounted. The Fund is offering grants to help grassroots organizations to educate, organize, and empower residents in hard-to-count communities to respond to the 2020 Census. Funded proposals must include all of these key aspects: plans to organize specific geographic areas or demographic communities in Massachusetts at high risk for undercounting in the 2020 Census; efforts to launch public education campaigns, grassroots outreach, media, and multi-linguistic communications, trainings, special events, and community organizing or mobilizing about the 2020 Census; and measurable objectives to address a possible undercount in Massachusetts. Grants will range from $5,000 to $15,000. The application deadline is October 25, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the application process.

Aging in Place Programs Funded in 29 States
Jean Griswold Foundation

The Jean Griswold Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities who choose to age in place. The Foundation offers support to organizations located within a 25-mile radius of Griswold Home Care offices in 29 states. The Foundation’s funding priorities focus on programs that provide services such as home delivered meals, transportation, friendly visitors, home chores and repairs, hospice, and respite and caregiver support. The Foundation also supports local community and grassroots organizations that provide other programs and services with the intent of helping those of limited financial means to age in place. Most grants are in the $500 to $2,000 range. Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2019. Online application information is available on the Foundation’s website.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Available to Improve Rural Health
Department of Health and Human Services

The Rural Health Network Development Program seeks to improve access to and the quality of healthcare in rural areas through sustainable healthcare programs created as a result of network collaboration; prepare rural health networks for the transition to value-based payment and population health management; demonstrate improved health outcomes and community impact; promote the sustainability of rural health networks through the creation of diverse products and services; and utilize and adapt evidence-based or promising practice models in the delivery of healthcare services. The application deadline is November 25, 2019. (Planning grants for future programs are also available, with a deadline of November 29, 2019.)

Historical Records Projects Supported
National Archives and Records Administration

The Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives program supports projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. The program is especially interested in 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. Preliminary proposals are due January 16, 2020. Invited proposals will be due July 9, 2020.



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

Social Compact in a Changing World: How Philanthropies Are Grappling with Growing Scrutiny and Critique
In recent years, philanthropic institutions have increasingly come under fire. A new report by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors entitled “Social Compact in a Changing World: How Philanthropies Are Grappling with Growing Scrutiny and Critique” discusses the “social compact” of foundations, defined as an entity’s explicit or implicit agreement with society about the value it creates. It explores the response of private philanthropy to the rising tide of scrutiny, how foundations have adjusted their social compact as a result, and strategies foundations have adopted over time to become more responsive and accountable in fulfilling social compact.



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.

How to Know if Your Grant Program Is Working
Building a grants program is both high-stakes and time-intensive. But how can you tell if your grants program is working and raising as much money as it can? In this webinar, Alayna Buckner, a grantwriting expert at Elevate, will teach you how to measure the success of your grant strategy and help you avoid inadvertently leaving money on the table. In this webinar we’ll show you how to establish the right timeline and goals for measuring progress; weigh opportunity costs and know which opportunities are worth pursuing; and measure and interpret returns from grants. This training is ideal for grantwriters, development professionals, and other nonprofit leaders who want a better understanding of how to develop a grant strategy, measure grant program outcomes, and set attainable fundraising goals. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Writing Federal Grants
The federal government is increasingly interested in funding the important work done by community and faith-based groups throughout the country. Every year the government releases millions of dollars to help nonprofit organizations serve their communities. During this webinar, Alice Ruhnke will talk about how to identify federal grant opportunities, and she’ll outline the major elements of grant applications required by most federal agencies. Resources to help your organization through the government grantseeking process will also be discussed. The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

LIVE Workshop: Downloading Transactions from Your Bank into QuickBooks (NEW)
When it comes to streamlining your accounting process, utilizing the download feature in QuickBooks is a huge game changer and will literally cut the time you spend dealing with your books in half. We are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, a CPA specializing in nonprofits and president of QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits, present this one of a kind and highly requested webinar. In this session, Gregg will cover how to connect your bank and credit card accounts to your QuickBooks; downloading of transactions for free; pointing downloaded transactions to accounts, programs, and grants; creating “rules” in QuickBooks so that the downloaded transactions are preassigned to the correct categories; matching downloaded transactions that have already been entered manually to avoid double entry; and matching downloaded deposits (bank accounts only) to existing items in QuickBooks. There will also be time for your questions. The webinar for people who use the DESKTOP version of QuickBooks will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The webinar for people who use the ONLINE version of QuickBooks will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.



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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Litigation Addressing Social Justice in North America
Nonprofits With Technology Solutions for Global Challenges Funded
Grants Strengthen Japanese Performing Arts Programs in the U.S. and Canada
K-12 Projects Promoting a Diverse Democracy Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Affordable Housing Initiatives on the East Coast
Core Support Grants Foster Health Equity in Washington State
Support for Census Participation Efforts in Massachusetts
Aging in Place Programs Funded in 29 States

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Available to Improve Rural Health
Historical Records Projects Supported