GrantStation Insider - October 17, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 39

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Shakespeare Performances to Engage Youth Nationwide
Shakespeare in American Communities

Shakespeare in American Communities, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest, brings performances and educational activities to audiences across the country. Grants are being offered through the following programs: The Schools program aims to reach middle and high school students in underserved schools throughout the United States with high quality, professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Matching grants of $25,000 will be provided to up to 40 theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for middle and high school students from a minimum of ten schools. The Juvenile Justice program will provide grants of $20,000 to $25,000 to six to ten organizations to support theater education programs exploring Shakespeare’s texts that reach young people within the juvenile justice system. No matching funds are required for this program. Intent to apply emails for both programs will be accepted through December 6, 2019; the application deadline is February 12, 2020. Visit the Shakespeare in American Communities website to review the guidelines for the Schools and Juvenile Justice programs.

Native-Led Nutrition and Health Advocacy Efforts Funded
First Nations Development Institute: Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign

The Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign, a new initiative of First Nations Development Institute, supports Native-led advocacy efforts to advance new policies and innovative policymaking approaches that will benefit Native American nutrition and health. The focus is on improving access to healthy foods, reducing consumption of sugary beverages and foods, and strengthening food sovereignty work that is rooted in tradition, culture, and Indigenous knowledge. First Nations expects to award up to seven grants of $50,000 to $80,000 each. Native nonprofit organizations and tribal governments are encouraged to apply by the deadline of November 14, 2019. Visit the First Nations website to learn more about the Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign and to submit an online grant application.

Grants Promote Companion Animal Welfare
Doris Day Animal Foundation

The Doris Day Animal Foundation is a national charity, founded by legendary performer Doris Day in 1978, with a straightforward mission to help animals and the people who love them. The Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations across the United States that directly rescue, care for, and protect animals. There is a special focus on programs benefiting senior pets and the people who love them. Additional program interests include spay/neuter programs and pet food pantries. Grants generally range up to $5,000. Letters of introduction may be submitted during the months of January, April, July, and October of each year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the guidelines and FAQs.

Programs Enhancing Education and Equality for Women and Girls Supported
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 (including universities), throughout the country for innovative programs that promote education and equality for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-14 women and girls’ achievements in science, technology, or math. One-year grants of $2,000 to $7,000 provide funds for community-based projects. Two-year grants of $5,000 to $10,000 provide startup funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership, training, or advocacy opportunities. The application deadline for both types of grants is December 1, 2019. Visit the AAUW website to submit an online application.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Anti-Litter Efforts in South Carolina
PalmettoPride: Litter Prevention Grant

PalmettoPride, a nonprofit organization in partnership with state agencies, concerned citizens, corporate sponsors, and community and civic organizations, is committed to the eradication of litter and the promotion of beautification throughout South Carolina. PalmettoPride’s Litter Prevention Grant program provides nonprofit organizations and government agencies grants of up to $10,000 to develop successful anti-litter programs and enforcement activities at the local level throughout the state. The application deadline is November 15, 2019. Visit the PalmettoPride website to submit an online application for the Litter Prevention Grant program.

Grants Enhance Breast Cancer Outreach Programs in Minnesota
Susan G. Komen Minnesota: Community Grants

Susan G. Komen Minnesota is dedicated to bettering the lives of those facing breast cancer throughout the state. Komen Minnesota’s Community Grants program provides support for innovative programs in the areas of patient navigation, reducing barriers to care, and breast cancer education, especially among those who are disproportionately affected by this disease. Funded programs must provide culturally-appropriate services to medically underserved individuals that may have low English literacy levels, are physically isolated, or live in poverty. Grants of up to $50,000 are available. (Requests for the purchase of breast cancer screening or diagnostic equipment may not exceed $5,000.) Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply. The application deadline is December 11, 2019; organizations are encouraged to start the application process early. Visit Komen Minnesota’s website to download the 2020 Request for Applications and submit an online application.

Support for Colorado Conservation Programs
Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund: Special Opportunity Open Space

The Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO is currently offering the Special Opportunity Open Space grant program to fund high-quality, impactful conservation projects in Colorado. Project areas include buffers/in-holdings, greenways/stream corridors, community separators, agricultural land, natural areas and wildlife habitat, scenic viewsheds, and urban open space parcels. Each grant request must meet a $1 million minimum. Nonprofit land conservation organizations as well as Colorado municipalities and counties are eligible to apply. Concept papers are available by request starting November 5 and are due December 19, 2019. Visit the GOCO website to access more information about the program.

Services for Women and Girls in Georgia Funded
Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) Foundation

The mission of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) Foundation is to encourage philanthropy by women lawyers in Georgia for the benefit of the greater community. The Foundation provides grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to nonprofit organizations in Georgia serving women and children, especially in the legal system. Preference is given to organizations with missions that align with the following guidelines (in order of priority): organizations that provide free legal services to disadvantaged women and girls; organizations that provide free services to disadvantaged women and girls in the legal system; and organizations that provide free services to disadvantaged women and girls. The upcoming application deadline is November 21, 2019. Visit the GAWL Foundation’s website to access the application form.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Support Available to Preserve Civil Rights History
National Park Service

The African American Civil Rights Grant Program supports projects to document, interpret, and preserve sites related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century. The grants fund a broad range of planning, preservation, and research projects for historic sites, including surveys, inventory, documentation, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and bricks and mortar repairs. The application deadline is December 3, 2019.

Program Engages AmeriCorps Members to Strengthen Communities
Corporation for National and Community Service

The AmeriCorps State and National Grants program supports organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in interventions to strengthen communities. Priority areas include economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, health and reducing prescription drug and opioid abuse, faith-based organizations, and rural organizations. The application deadline is January 8, 2020.



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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.

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

The Grants Manager’s Playbook: Are You Getting the Most out of Your Foundation’s Data?
Are you a grants manager looking to up your game? A report by Fluxx entitled The Grants Manager’s Playbook: Are You Getting the Most out of Your Foundation’s Data? offers valuable guidance. It explores how grants managers are currently using data, where grants managers often hit walls during data collection and analysis, and how grants managers can improve grantmaking processes and better evaluate proposals using data.



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Unless otherwise noted, all Online Education Trainings are webinars,
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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.

Writing Capacity Building Grants
Capacity building grants are unique. While many best practices in writing operational or program grant requests apply to developing capacity building grant requests, there are some critical differences that need to be addressed to create the strongest application possible. During the 90-minute webinar, Alice Ruhnke will define and discuss the fundamentals of capacity building grant requests, highlight the key components that differ from “regular” grants, and outline ways to identify funders who provide capacity building grants. Throughout the session, common mistakes in writing capacity building grant requests will be discussed and remedied. This webinar is appropriate for individuals who have a basic understanding of grant fundamentals and would like to apply those concepts specifically to capacity building grants. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

The Best Story to Tell Before Year-End to Raise More Money (NEW)
What if there was one story you could tell that would help you raise more money before year-end? This is a webinar unlike any you’ve ever experienced. We’ll talk about your personal relationship with money and how it informs your fundraising outcomes. Examining our attitudes toward money—earning it, spending it, and giving it away—offers surprising insight into our lives and our values. Using concepts from the bestselling book The Soul of Money written by Lynne Twist, this session will inspire a paradigm shift for your money conversations both personally and for meeting your fundraising goals. Learning objectives include the following: What is the reason for money? Can we have enough money? Is there a way to talk about money with ease? How do we create mission-focused fundraising that raises MORE money? This webinar will benefit executive directors, fundraising and communication staff, and board members. The webinar will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019.



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GrantStation 20th Anniversary
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The Beginning—BigData
by Steve Schellong
I came to Alaska in 1993 seeking new experiences and adventures in the mountains and wilderness. It turns out that one of my greatest adventures was launching GrantStation. After spending the first few years working around the state in the commercial fishing and oil industries, I decided to pursue my interest in helping organizations leverage technology to be more successful. In 1997 I joined Cindy and team to help lead the statewide sales and marketing for BigData, the original online database of funders that she had built specifically for Alaska nonprofits.


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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Shakespeare Performances to Engage Youth Nationwide
Native-Led Nutrition and Health Advocacy Efforts Funded
Grants Promote Companion Animal Welfare
Programs Enhancing Education and Equality for Women and Girls Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Anti-Litter Efforts in South Carolina
Grants Enhance Breast Cancer Outreach Programs in Minnesota 
Support for Colorado Conservation Programs
Services for Women and Girls in Georgia Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Support Available to Preserve Civil Rights History
Program Engages AmeriCorps Members to Strengthen Communities