GrantStation Insider - October 31, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 41

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Solutions Addressing Barriers to Economic Mobility
Economic Opportunity Challenge

The Economic Opportunity Challenge is a public competition to award $10 million to scale a game-changing solution aimed at improving the financial health of low-income families in the United States. The Challenge will fund the most transformative evidence-based solutions to address barriers to improved economic opportunity, security, and mobility for individuals and families. The focus is on proven, data-driven solutions ready to serve as a model for implementation across the country. Winning solutions will utilize a powerful strategy to change lives and permanently remove key barriers to economic opportunity. Applying teams should demonstrate that they have the track record, experience, relationships, and resources to create lasting change, using an evidence-based approach that shows promise for delivering significant impact at a larger scale. Up to five finalists will be named, one of which will receive a $10 million grant, and the remaining finalists will each receive a $100,000 grant. Nonprofit organizations based in the United States or its territories with operating budgets of at least $1 million may apply. The registration deadline is January 28, 2020; applications must be submitted by February 18, 2020. More information about the funding guidelines and application process is available on the Challenge’s website.

Strategies to Preserve Rare Audio Recordings Funded
Council on Library and Information Resources: Recordings at Risk

Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program, administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), to support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value through digital reformatting. The program aims to help institutions identify priorities and develop practical strategies for digital reformatting, build relationships with partners, and raise awareness of best practices. Grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000 and will cover costs of preservation reformatting for fragile or obsolete time-based media content by qualified external service providers. Applicants must be U.S. nonprofit academic, research, or cultural heritage institutions. The seventh application cycle will open on November 1, 2019; the application deadline is January 31, 2020. Visit the CLIR website to review the Applicant Resources.

Grants Aid Programs for Individuals With Spinal Cord Injuries
Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation

The Paralyzed Veterans of America is dedicated to veterans’ service, medical research, and civil rights for people with disabilities. The Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation supports educational projects that serve individuals with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D), as well as their families and caregivers. For the 2020 funding cycle, the Foundation will focus on the following grantmaking categories: Consumer, Caregiver, and Community Education; Professional Development and Education; Research Utilization and Dissemination; Assistive Technology; and Conferences and Symposia. Funded projects should be designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with SCI/D, educate consumers about the consequences of and complications associated with SCI/D, improve the knowledge and skills of SCI/D healthcare professionals, or prevent the occurrence and complications of new SCI/D. Members of academic institutions, healthcare providers and organizations, and consumer advocates and organizations throughout the United States and Canada are eligible to apply for grants of up to $50,000. The application deadline is December 2, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the Policies and Procedures document and to submit an online application.

Youth Garden Projects Supported Throughout the U.S. Youth Garden Grants, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing inspiration and support for parents and educators who are gardening with children, awards Youth Garden Grants to support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any U.S. nonprofit organization, school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of three and 18 is eligible to apply. The top five programs will receive award packages valued at $2,360. Twenty programs will receive award packages valued at $775. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The application deadline is December 16, 2019. Visit the KidsGardening website to access application guidelines and forms.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Efforts to Enhance Illinois Communities
Grand Victoria Foundation

The mission of the Grand Victoria Foundation is to empower communities to ensure Illinois is a great place to live and work. It envisions a strong, livable, equitable Illinois where all residents have an opportunity to thrive. The Foundation currently provides support to nonprofit organizations in Illinois that address one of the following program areas: The Economy program focuses on making economic opportunities, experiences, and outcomes stronger and more equitable for workers. The Education program seeks to help students, parents, and educators shape educational policy and practice into experiences resulting in more equitable outcomes. The Engagement program supports community-informed solutions that work to improve civil discourse, civic participation, community engagement, and create a stronger democracy in Illinois. The Environment program aims to diversify the range of voices involved in conservation work. The Elgin program promotes civic engagement towards the improvement of the human services, education, and economic systems in Elgin. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year. Details on the five program areas and application information are available on the Foundation’s website.

Grants Promote K-12 Environmental Education in Oregon
Gray Family Foundation: Environmental Education Program

The Gray Family Foundation believes that fostering an understanding and appreciation of our natural world is a crucial part of a child’s education. The Foundation’s Environmental Education Program supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions in Oregon that promote the teaching of environmental education in K-12 environments and increase outdoor experiences for youth. In 2020, three types of grants will be offered: Capacity-Building, Youth Field Experiences, and Educator Training and Professional Development. Grants will range up to $25,000, depending on the grant type. The application deadline is December 2, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the 2020 Environmental Education Grant Program request for proposals.

Support for Community Organizations in North Carolina
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation: Community Progress Fund

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians. The Foundation’s Community Progress Fund is designed to provide an infusion of short-term funding at the right moment to build on existing momentum to help move an issue or an organization forward. The goal is to award a significant portion of grants to nonprofit organizations that are run by and primarily serve people of color. Preference is given to areas of the state with limited philanthropic resources. Grants will range from $20,000 to $30,000 per year for one or two years. The letter of intent deadline is December 3, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Community Progress Fund.

Statewide Programs in Oklahoma Funded
Sarkeys Foundation

The mission of the Sarkeys Foundation is to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma. The Foundation’s major areas of grant support include education, social service and human service needs, and cultural and humanitarian programs of statewide significance. Preference is given to organizations that have been in operation at least three years. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is December 2, 2019. (Interested applicants should speak with a Foundation staff member prior to submitting a letter of inquiry.) Invited proposals will be due February 3, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information on the application process.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Program Addresses Mental Health for Tribal Youth
Department of Health and Human Services

The Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program seeks to prevent suicide and substance misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through the age of 24 years. The program is intended to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders, foster culturally responsive models that reduce and respond to the impact of trauma in AI/AN communities, and allow AI/AN communities to facilitate collaboration among agencies to support youth as they transition into adulthood. The application deadline is December 10, 2019.

Support Available for Community Reading Programs
National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The Big Read annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book. Selected organizations receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. The application deadline is January 29, 2020.



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

Trends 2020: Results of the Second National Benchmark Survey of Family Foundations
Are you looking to keep up on the latest developments in family philanthropy? If so, you may want to check out a new report from the National Center for Family Philanthropy, entitled Trends 2020: Results of the Second National Benchmark Survey of Family Foundations. This report explores emerging trends in the field of family philanthropy, including issues of equity, place-based giving, transparency, the role of the donor, and the question of spend down versus perpetuity.



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 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.

Forecasting Revenue and Annual Projections
If you are the leader of a nonprofit organization, you have almost certainly been asked to predict the future revenue and expenses during the annual budget season. And if you’ve ever been in a cash crunch, you may have wished you’d planned a little more rigorously earlier in the year. At Elevate, we know this task can feel challenging at best, and near-impossible at worst—which is why we want to share our secrets behind the same forecasting and projection process we use to produce forecasting charts for our nonprofit clients. In this webinar, presented by Alayna Buckner, we’ll cover why forecasting is important; how often to go through the forecasting process; and how to create your own forecasting or projections chart for your organization. This training is ideal for development managers, directors of development, leaders of small nonprofit organizations, and other nonprofit and fundraising professionals who want a better understanding of the budgeting and forecasting process. It is also helpful for grantwriters looking to deepen their understanding of nonprofit budgets and finance practice. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

2020 Payroll Changes and Tools to Save Time (FREE)
So here we are again, another year and more changes to payroll. How do you navigate these yearly changes and still wear all those hats at your nonprofit? Don’t worry, Giving Payroll and ADP are here to help you navigate the 2020 changes, and make sure you completed the 2019 changes, with some extra tips along the way. Whether you process payroll in-house or through a payroll provider, this webinar is for you. In this session we will cover the 2020 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) changes; the leap year extra pay period for some nonprofits; W4 review and discussion; 2020 payroll tax rate changes and 2019 changes (Are you playing catch up?); and how to work smarter—tips and tools to save time and stay compliant. This webinar is intended for executive directors, employees, bookkeepers, and volunteers who enter or process payroll for their organization. A handout will be provided to all attendees before the webinar for easy reference. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.



GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation.

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2019 Grant Professionals Class of Distinguished Fellows Award Recipient
The Grant Professionals Association, Grant Professionals Certification Institute, and Grant Professionals Foundation are proud to announce the 2019 Grant Professionals Class of Distinguished Fellows. This year’s inductee is the late Michael King Wells of Portland, Oregon. The Grant Professionals Class of Distinguished Fellows includes individuals who have raised the level of awareness in the grant profession through their distinguished achievement and excellence or through their contributions to the grant profession in other fields of work.

Read more about the Award and the recipient here.

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.

Celebrate With Us!
Twenty years ago GrantStation was born in a cabin in the wilderness. We are celebrating our anniversary with a special blog series, original content, and monthly Membership giveaways! Visit our anniversary page for recent cartoons and blog posts!


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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Solutions Addressing Barriers to Economic Mobility
Strategies to Preserve Rare Audio Recordings Funded
Grants Aid Programs for Individuals With Spinal Cord Injuries
Youth Garden Projects Supported Throughout the U.S.

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Efforts to Enhance Illinois Communities 
Grants Promote K-12 Environmental Education in Oregon
Support for Community Organizations in North Carolina
Statewide Programs in Oklahoma Funded

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Addresses Mental Health for Tribal Youth
Support Available for Community Reading Programs