GrantStation Insider: October 8, 2020

Volume XIX | Issue 39

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COVID-19 Related Funding
Opportunities related to the COVID-19 pandemic

Mission Asset Fund: Immigrant Families Fund
The Immigrant Families Fund provides grants of $500 to immigrants to help cover whatever is most pressing in their lives. In order to be eligible, applicants must have experienced an income disruption due to COVID-19, earn less than $99,000 or have a household income of less than $198,000, and not be eligible to receive a CARES Recovery Rebate (coronavirus stimulus check) from the Federal government. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Community Foundations COVID-19 Grant Program
Administered by seven Mississippi community foundations, The Community Foundations COVID-19 Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 to reimburse eligible nonprofit organizations and food pantries for pandemic-related expenses incurred from March 1 through December 30, 2020. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The application deadline is January 15, 2021.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati: COVID-19 Regional Response Fund
The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, a joint effort by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati, is designed to address community needs of the most vulnerable during this pandemic. Nonprofit organizations in the greater Cincinnati region are eligible to apply, which includes Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont, and Brown counties in Ohio; Kenton, Campbell, Boone, and Grant counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn and Ohio counties in Indiana. Current priorities include requests involving basic necessities and safety of families most impacted by COVID-19, such as food insecurity, housing/shelter, childcare, care of the elderly, and support for medical response. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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



National Funding
Opportunities throughout the U.S.

Support for Initiatives to Encourage Walking in Communities Nationwide
America Walks: Community Change Grant

The mission of America Walks is to advance safe, equitable, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and move by giving people and communities the resources to effectively advocate for change. The Community Change Grant program, an initiative of America Walks, awards grants of up to $1,500 to provide support to the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create change at the community level. Projects should create healthy, active, and engaged communities that support walking as transportation, health, and recreation. Of particular interest are projects that center the concerns of minority residents, reach across the demographics of communities to build coalitions, or create unique civic partnerships with new perspectives. The application deadline is November 9, 2020. Funding guidelines and application information are available on the America Walks website.

Exceptional Programs for Alzheimer's Caregivers Honored
Innovations in Alzheimer's Caregiving Awards

The Innovations in Alzheimer's Caregiving Awards, administered by the Family Caregiver Alliance, promote innovation in the field of Alzheimer's caregiving by recognizing efforts that lead the way in addressing the needs of Alzheimer's caregivers. One award of $20,000 will be presented to a nonprofit organization, government agency, or university in each of the following categories: The Creative Expression award encourages programs that use novel approaches to support persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and their family and informal caregivers. The Diverse/Multicultural Communities award recognizes outreach programs to family and informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias in ethnic, rural, religious, low-income, LGBT, and other diverse communities. The Public Policy award promotes programs that advocate for policy or systems change for the benefit of family and informal caregivers or persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. The application deadline is October 30, 2020. Visit the Family Caregiver Alliance website to submit an online application.

Youth Conflict Resolution Education Efforts Funded
JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth

The JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth provides grants for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for K-12 students and for adults working with youth populations in ways that directly transfer conflict resolution education skills from adults to youth. The focus for 2021 is on utilizing conflict resolution education and training to enhance the ability of youth to find their voice and increase feelings of empowerment and safety in the following settings: foster care, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and youth correctional facilities. Grants will range from $15,000 to $40,000. Initial project idea descriptions must be submitted by January 11, 2021; invited full proposals will be due May 21, 2021. (An informational conference call will be held on November 23, 2020, at 3:30 pm EST. Attendance is strongly advised.) Visit the JAMS Foundation website to download the 2021 Notice of Funding Availability.

Grants Promote STEM Education for Girls
American Association of University Women: Community Action Grants

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) works to advance educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States. The AAUW Community Action Grants program provides funds to individuals and AAUW organizations, as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions, throughout the country for projects focused on encouraging girls to select, before entering college, the physical sciences or engineering as a career. Grants range from $3,000 to $10,000. The application deadline is December 1, 2020. Visit the AAUW website to submit an online application.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Efforts to Address Health Issues in Wisconsin Supported
Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) is a statewide health improvement philanthropy established by the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) to propel promising work and ideas to improve health and advance health equity in Wisconsin. AHW has three open funding opportunities aiming to invest up to $4.5 million in Wisconsin-based, community-led projects that will support innovations in Wisconsin's health workforce, advance population and community health studies, and create policy and systems changes for improved health. All three funding opportunities emphasize collaborative applications that include an MCW School of Medicine academic partner. The application deadline for each opportunity is November 16, 2020. Visit the AHW website to download the requests for applications.

Funds for Organizations Improving the Quality of Life in California
The Conrad Prebys Foundation

The Conrad Prebys Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the residents of San Diego County, CA. (Although most of the grants will be made to organizations in San Diego County, requests from California organizations outside of San Diego will be considered on a case-by-case basis.) The Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following categories: medical research; healthcare; higher education, including vocational/trade school education; visual and performing arts; youth development; and animal conservation. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is October 30, 2020. More information is available on the Foundation's website.

Capital Grants Benefit Mini Pitch Soccer Fields in Georgia
Atlanta United Foundation/LISC: GA 100 Initiative

The goal of the GA 100 Initiative, a partnership of the Atlanta United Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), is to provide nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local mini pitch soccer fields across the state of Georgia. The GA 100 Initiative will provide grants of up to $75,000 for capital improvement projects; a minimum local match of one dollar for every Initiative dollar is required. All organizations applying for funds must be located within the state of Georgia and serve low- to moderate-income areas. An RFP informational webinar will be held on October 21, 2020. The application deadline is April 1, 2021. Visit the LISC website to download the request for proposals.

Support for Colorado Initiatives to Foster Self-Reliance
Adolph Coors Foundation

The Adolph Coors Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Colorado that promote the western values of self-reliance, personal responsibility, and integrity. Special consideration is given to organizations serving rural areas of the state. The Foundation places a high priority on programs that help youth to prosper, encourage economic opportunities for adults, and advance public policies that reflect the nation's founding principles. Specifically, the Foundation's areas of support include one-on-one mentoring programs for youth, paid on-the-job training, and a variety of self-help initiatives. The application deadlines are March 1, July 1, and November 1, annually. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the online application process.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

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

The Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program seeks to promote rural health care services by enhancing health care delivery to rural underserved populations in the local community or region. Program goals include expanding the delivery of health care services to include new and enhanced services exclusively in rural communities; delivering health care services through a strong consortium, in which every consortium member organization is actively involved and engaged in the planning and delivery of services; utilizing community engagement and evidence-based or innovative, evidence-informed models in the delivery of health care services; improving population health; and demonstrating health outcomes and sustainability. The application deadline is December 1, 2020.

Employment Programs for Public Housing Residents Supported
Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Jobs Plus program develops locally-based, job-driven approaches that increase earnings and advance employment outcomes for residents of public housing through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy. The program seeks to build a culture of work within housing developments and make working residents the norm. The application deadline is December 1, 2020.



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Shifting Practices, Sharing Power?
How the U.S. Philanthropic Sector Is Responding to the 2020 Crises

How is the U.S. philanthropic sector responding to the public health, racial justice, and economic crises of 2020? The answers to this question can be found in a new report by the Council on Foundations, Philanthropy California, and Dalberg Advisors called Shifting Practices, Sharing Power? How the U.S. Philanthropic Sector Is Responding to the 2020 Crises. Based on a survey of 250 foundation leaders and more than a dozen in-depth interviews, this report assesses how the sector is changing in three ways: resources, priorities, and internal operations.



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.

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.

Essential Capital Campaign Preparations: Needs Assessments and Feasibility Studies
Do your plans pencil out? Do you have the horsepower to get through? Before you start to raise funds, it is important to assess what your organization should build and what it can sustain. For most, this includes a needs assessment followed by a feasibility study. A needs assessment examines operations and programs to determine your current and future capacity and demand, and the external factors that will impact both. A feasibility study will help you determine the financial capacity of your organization and its donor prospects. In this webinar you will learn to identify why you might need these formal assessments, understand what data is gathered to establish needs and feasibility, and know what you should come away with from these assessments. Find out what to expect during these pre-campaign preparations from real-world examples as well as how to get the most out of the preparations. There also will be time for your questions. The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

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

COVID-19 Related Funding
Mission Asset Fund: Immigrant Families Fund
The Community Foundations COVID-19 Grant Program 
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati: COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Initiatives to Encourage Walking in Communities Nationwide
Exceptional Programs for Alzheimer's Caregivers Honored
Youth Conflict Resolution Education Efforts Funded
Grants Promote STEM Education for Girls

Regional Funding Opportunities
Efforts to Address Health Issues in Wisconsin Supported
Funds for Organizations Improving the Quality of Life in California
Capital Grants Benefit Mini Pitch Soccer Fields in Georgia
Support for Colorado Initiatives to Foster Self-Reliance

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Available to Improve Rural Health
Employment Programs for Public Housing Residents Supported