GrantStation Insider - October 10, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 38

National | Regional | Federal | Partner Depot | PathFinder | Online Education | Announcements | Anniversary | Subscribe


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Marketing to Promote Conservation Initiatives
Temper of the Times Foundation

Temper of the Times Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase awareness about wildland conservation and restoration initiatives. Recognizing that organizations working to protect the environment often have limited access to paid media, the Foundation provides funds to underwrite advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. The application deadline is December 16, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

Nonprofit Theatres Nationwide Funded
Actors’ Equity Foundation: Theatre Grants

The Actors’ Equity Foundation is dedicated to supporting the professional theatre community, from emerging artists to seasoned veterans, while promoting and investing in theatre and the performing arts. The Foundation’s Theatre Grants support nonprofit theatres across the nation that have an established artistic and administrative track record, a history of fiscal responsibility, and have worked to improve the state of the theatre. Grant requests may be submitted from October 1 through December 31, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to access the Theatre Grant Application Form during the open grant cycle.

Grants Advance Reproductive Justice Efforts
Groundswell Fund: Rapid Response Fund

The Groundswell Fund supports a stronger, more effective U.S. movement for reproductive justice by mobilizing new funding and capacity building resources to grassroots organizing and policy change efforts led by low-income women, women of color, and transgender people. Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund seeks to meet unforeseen needs and opportunities in the struggle to advance and defend social and reproductive justice organizing by women of color and trans people of color. Grants generally ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 are provided to organizations on the frontlines, with emphasis on funding in states and communities where women of color, transgender people of color, and low-income women and trans people-led organizing is under-resourced. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Groundswell website to learn more about the Rapid Response Fund’s guidelines and application process.

Journalism Schools and Media Organizations Supported
Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation

The mission of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills, and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. The Foundation provides grants to journalism schools and other nonprofit media organizations, with special preference given to programs focusing on ethics and new media. The Foundation focuses its giving on the following program areas: Investigative Reporting, Professional Development, Oklahoma Journalism, and Special Opportunities. The deadlines for letters of inquiry are May 15 and November 15, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant program and to submit an online letter of inquiry.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Collaborative Programs to Address Arizona Health Systems Funded
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 offers three-year grants ranging from $150,000 to $175,000 to support 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, well-being, and access to care; 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 November 1, 2019; invited full proposals must be submitted by January 24, 2020. Details about the Systems Change Grants program are available on the Foundation’s website.

Grants Strengthen Environmental Education Programs in North Carolina Schools
NC Beautiful: Windows of Opportunity

NC Beautiful, a nonprofit organization that improves North Carolina’s environmental resources through education and environmental stewardship, is offering Windows of Opportunity grants to teachers at public, private, and charter K-12 schools in North Carolina. The Windows of Opportunity program provides awards of up to $1,000 to help teachers develop educational programs that will create student excitement about environmental stewardship and promote the protection of natural resources throughout the state. The focus is on sustainable programs that will cultivate student appreciation of the natural environment by getting them outside. The application deadline is November 30, 2019. Visit the NC Beautiful website to review the application process. 

Support for Legal Aid Initiatives in Illinois
Illinois Bar Foundation

The Illinois Bar Foundation seeks to ensure meaningful access to the justice system for all of the state’s residents. The Foundation’s Access to Justice Grants program supports three organizational objectives: enhancing the availability of civil legal aid to those of limited means; encouraging pro-bono legal work, including facilitating pro bono opportunities, providing educational opportunities for pro bono attorneys, and helping to sustain the efforts of current pro bono attorneys; and educating Illinois residents regarding their rights and responsibilities under the law, including the creation of informational materials for unrepresented Illinois residents with civil legal problems. Nonprofit organizations that address the program’s objectives are invited to submit a letter of inquiry by November 1, 2019; invited grant applications will be due January 17, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application instructions.

California Marine and Coastal Education Projects Funded
Whale Tail Grants Program

The goal of the Whale Tail Grants Program, an initiative of the California Coastal Commission, is to support projects that teach California’s children and the general public to value and take action to improve the health of the state’s marine and coastal resources. Funded projects should fall into one of the following categories: shoreline cleanup and enhancement programs (such as Adopt-A-Beach programs), youth education programs, or programs educating the general public. Priority is given to projects that reach communities that are currently poorly served in terms of marine and coastal education. In addition, applicants have the option to request funding under two special subcategories: 1) projects addressing climate change as it relates to the ocean or coastline, and 2) grants for organizations with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or less that are working with underserved communities. Grants will range up to $50,000; one-quarter to one-half of the funding will be allocated in small grants of up to $12,000. Nonprofit organizations, schools, and government entities may apply. Applications must be postmarked by November 4, 2019. Application guidelines and forms are available on the California Coastal Commission’s website.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Available for Research on Maternal and Child Health
Department of Health and Human Services

The Maternal and Child Health Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (FIRST) Program supports innovative, applied, and translational intervention research studies on critical issues in order to advance the health and well-being of maternal and child health populations. Research findings should be generalizable to the broader U.S. population, and of regional and national significance. The application deadline is November 12, 2019.

Student Awards Support Environmental Improvement
Environmental Protection Agency

The People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition provides support to research, develop, design, and demonstrate solutions to real world challenges in the areas of air quality, safe and sustainable water resources, sustainable and healthy communities, and chemical safety. The program seeks to respond to the needs of people throughout the U.S., including those in small, rural, tribal, or disadvantaged communities. The application deadline is November 19, 2019.



Partner Depot

Budget Week! A 3-Part Webinar Series With Elevate
If you’ve ever had to create a budget for your grant proposal, and panicked—the team at Elevate knows how you feel.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a grant RFP that doesn’t ask you to submit a budget of some kind—be it an organizational budget, a grant budget, or a program budget. These documents can be overwhelming to create, especially when you aren’t sure which information to include or how much detail to provide.

Enter: Budget Week! In this 3-part series from October 29-31, we’ll answer all your questions about the different budget types you’re bound to encounter in your grantwriting career. Save your seat!

Attn: Nonprofits Using Online Learning
Do you use learning as part of your program delivery? Many nonprofits are digitally transforming their learning to the online environment to scale impact and mission, and to take advantage of the best parts of what the Internet has to offer.

Take a look at this white paper: The Challenge of Scaling Learning as Part of a Nonprofit Program.

If your nonprofit organization is using online learning we should talk. Extension Engine helps nonprofits—Youth Entrepreneurs, Year Up, New Teacher Center, Bridgespan—build online learning programs.

If you’d like to learn more, visit



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

A Fundraiser’s Perspective on How to Stand Out on #GivingTuesday
Giving Tuesday falls on December 3 this year. Is your organization ready? Blackbaud’s upcoming webinar, “A Fundraiser’s Perspective on How to Stand Out on #GivingTuesday,” teaches participants how to double their impact on Giving Tuesday by highlighting ways to motivate an organization’s community, and especially donors, to influence Giving Tuesday success. This informative webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.



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.

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.

Writing a Powerful Case for Support
Choosing the right words is key if you want approval for your grant request, or to secure any financial contribution. Your case should define and describe WHY you do what you do, WHO you do it for, HOW your work is relevant, and WHAT IT TAKES financially to do it. A powerful, well-written case inspires action. Too often a case for support is dry, long-winded, written by committee, and rarely read after it is created. This high-energy, interactive webinar, presented by Lori Jacobwith, will shift how you craft a case for support. By the time this session is over, you will (1) understand what a case for support is and why it’s critical to craft before asking for money; (2) identify key words to include in your case for support; and (3) learn how to succinctly answer seven simple questions that must be answered in any case for support. This webinar is ideal for new and intermediate grantwriters. The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

FREE Tour of the GrantStation Website
Join Jeremy Smith, Communications and Technology Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, for a quick tour of the GrantStation website. This tour will cover all of the features in, including navigation, search interfaces, and charitable database search criteria. This tour will provide tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects. By using GrantStation’s databases and resource tools, you can begin to develop a successful grantseeking strategy for the next 12 to 18 months. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.



GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation.

Funding Alerts
GrantStation shares database profiles of Local, National, Canadian, and International grantmakers with upcoming deadlines each week. Check out the current Funding Alerts for more grant opportunities!



GrantStation 20th Anniversary
GrantStation celebrates 20 years of service to the sector.

Comparing and Contrasting
by David Preis and Maria Machado
We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of GrantStation by interviewing some of our longstanding Members. Maria Machado at Shared Housing Center, Inc. of Dallas, TX, has been a Member since 2006, so I wanted to gain insights from her years in grantseeking. She shared her approach to government grants and talked about the value of comparing and contrasting your organization to others.


Information contained in the GrantStation Insider may not be
posted, reprinted, redistributed, or sold without permission.

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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Marketing to Promote Conservation Initiatives
Nonprofit Theatres Nationwide Funded
Grants Advance Reproductive Justice Efforts
Journalism Schools and Media Organizations Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Collaborative Programs to Address Arizona Health Systems Funded
Grants Strengthen Environmental Education Programs in North Carolina Schools
Support for Legal Aid Initiatives in Illinois
California Marine and Coastal Education Projects Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Available for Research on Maternal and Child Health
Student Awards Support Environmental Improvement