GrantStation Insider - November 14, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 43

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Creative Placemaking Strategies in U.S. Communities
Kresge Foundation: Increase Creative Capacity to Shape Healthier Neighborhoods

The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program is currently accepting letters of inquiry through the Increase Creative Capacity to Shape Healthier Neighborhoods focus area. The emphasis is on Creative Placemaking activities in neighborhoods and field building efforts that seek to position culture and creativity as drivers of more just communities. Through this focus area the Foundation will support arts and community development organizations that advance innovative approaches to community development that lead to inclusionary practices and policies, and use creative strategies to foster residents' agency, social cohesion, and narrative change. Priority will be given to organizations that have existing support infrastructure and that demonstrate particularly well-formed Creative Placemaking practices. Nonprofit organizations and government entities from across the country are eligible to apply by January 31, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.

Partnerships to Sustain Local Natural Resources Funded
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds, and the species and habitats they support. The focus is on ecological improvements, including wetland, riparian, forest, and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation; community tree canopy enhancement; water quality monitoring; and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. Projects should increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards, and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach, and implementation. The program requires the establishment of partnerships of at least five organizations (nonprofit organizations, local and state government agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions). Grants for this program are available nationwide, but additional funding is available for specific geographic priorities. Matching grants will range from $20,000 to $50,000, with an average of $30,000. The application deadline is January 30, 2020. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website to review the 2020 Request for Proposals.

Grants Promote Conflict Resolution Skills for Elementary School Students
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 (CRE) skills from adults to youth. The focus for 2020 is on the reduction in anti-social behavior in the school building as well as outside the schoolhouse and an increase in the development of CRE skills in and with youth that modifies the normative culture and enhances positive school climate in elementary schools. Grants will range from $15,000 to $40,000. Initial project idea descriptions must be submitted by January 6, 2020; invited full proposals will be due May 15, 2020. Visit the JAMS Foundation website to download the 2020 Notice of Funding Availability.

Emerging Projects to Strengthen Tribal Food Sovereignty Supported
First Nations Development Institute: Gather Food Sovereignty Grant

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) works to strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities. The Gather Food Sovereignty Grant program, an initiative of First Nations, will support organizations working to build a national movement that will fulfill a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced, and supported by community policies and systems. The first funding round will provide grants of up to $32,000 for emerging projects that focus on developing Tribal food sovereignty. Funding must be used to advance Native American nutritional and health-related policies; policymaking approaches; community power; and change at the tribal, local, state, and national levels. Tribal governments and Native-controlled nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. The application deadline is February 27, 2020. Visit the First Nations website to review the request for proposals.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Efforts to Enhance the Wellness and Well-Being of Louisiana Residents
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation works to improve the health and lives of Louisianians, especially children. The Foundation currently offers the following opportunities: The New Horizons Grant Program supports innovative approaches in health, education, and social determinants of health with one-time investments of up to $25,000. The Special Projects Grant Program makes one-time growth investments of up to $100,000 to established Foundation partners to scale up proven programs. The Collective Impact Grant program supports grassroots community coalitions working together to address issues in health and its social determinants with grants of up to $1 million over three years. The letter of intent deadlines for all programs are March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1, annually. Visit to learn more about each grant opportunity.

Grants for Organizations in Tennessee, Northwest Mississippi, and Houston, TX
First Tennessee Foundation

The First Tennessee Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations located in communities served by the bank throughout the state of Tennessee, as well as northwest Mississippi and Houston, TX. The Foundation’s areas of interest include arts and culture, education and leadership, environment, financial literacy, and healthcare and human services. Online applications for Middle Tennessee organizations are due January 31, 2020; the deadline for all other regions is January 17, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process for each region.

Services Enhancing the Quality of Life in Company Communities Supported
Highmark Corporate Giving Program

The Highmark Corporate Giving Program offers grants and sponsorships to nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in the communities served by Highmark in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The focus is on programs and services that have compelling potential impact on the health and well-being of individuals, national organizations seeking support for local programs, and grassroots and faith-based organizations. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, health and social services; physical fitness, sports, and recreation; children, youth, and seniors; and people with disabilities. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Highmark website to submit an online application.

Funds for Oral Health Initiatives in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
Northeast Delta Dental Foundation

The Northeast Delta Dental Foundation is dedicated to improving access to, and the quality of, oral healthcare and education for the public and the dental communities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Grants are provided for programs enhancing the awareness of good oral health, with a particular focus on children, the elderly, the indigent, or other populations with identified oral health needs. Priority is given to oral health programs that are preventive in nature and are aimed at decreasing the incidence, prevalence, and severity of dental disease. Grant requests of up to $1,000 are considered throughout the year; the upcoming application deadline for grants of $1,000 to $5,000 is January 31, 2020. Visit the Delta Dental website to review the online application guidelines.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Program Supports Local Food in Schools
Department of Agriculture

The Farm to School Grant Program supports efforts to improve access to local foods in schools. Funds support a wide range of activities from training, planning, and developing partnerships to creating new menu items, establishing supply chains, offering taste tests to children, purchasing equipment, planting school gardens, and organizing field trips to agricultural operations. The application deadline is December 13, 2019.

Funds Available for Substance Use Recovery Efforts
Department of Health and Human Services

The Recovery Community Services Program provides grants to peer recovery support services for individuals with substance use disorders, co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, or those in recovery from these disorders. The Program’s foundation is the value of lived experience of peers to assist others in achieving and maintaining recovery. The application deadline is December 23, 2019.



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

With the year coming quickly to a close, you might be looking for a tool to help you make the most of the fundraising season. Funraise is a state-of-the-art fundraising platform that saves time and resources with a modern approach to data management. It provides organizations with customizable tools to increase donor engagement and data to power their strategies.



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.

FREE: Tour of the GrantStation Website
Join Jeremy Smith, Communications and Technology Director, and Kerry Glauser, Research Specialist, 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, November 19, 2019.

FREE: 2020 Payroll Changes and Tools to Save Time
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.

LIVE Workshop: Tracking Restricted Grants in QuickBooks (DESKTOP and ONLINE versions)
Do you receive grants that are restricted in some way? Do you struggle to complete grant spending reports at the end of these grants? Do you spend hours going through transactions and payroll reports trying to figure out which expenses were paid from a grant? And what about grants with a budget by account that must be adhered to? By simply setting up a few things, you can easily get a profit and loss statement for each of your restricted grants (compared to budget if you’d like). See reports for your grants all on one screen and in real time. All of this and more can be easily tracked right in your QuickBooks software! We are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, a CPA specializing in nonprofits, deliver one of his most popular webinars exclusively for us. In this webinar, Gregg will show you how you can easily track restricted grants in QuickBooks. Topics include how and where to set up your grantors, how to enter grant revenue, how to point expenses to a grant, how to allocate payroll to a grant, how to enter grant budgets, how to generate and memorize reports on your grants, and how to deal with future year grants received this year that make it look like you made more money than you did. Don’t miss this opportunity! You will be VERY glad you joined us. The DESKTOP version webinar will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. The ONLINE version webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.



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

Using Every Angle
By David Preis and Bernita Walker
We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of GrantStation by interviewing some of our longstanding Members. Bernita Walker of Project: Peacemakers in Los Angeles, CA, has been a Member since 2003, so I wanted to gain insights from her years in grantseeking.

Visit our 20th Anniversary page and read the article today!


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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Creative Placemaking Strategies in U.S. Communities
Partnerships to Sustain Local Natural Resources Funded
Grants Promote Conflict Resolution Skills for Elementary School Students
Emerging Projects to Strengthen Tribal Food Sovereignty Supported 

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Efforts to Enhance the Wellness and Well-Being of Louisiana Residents
Grants for Organizations in Tennessee, Northwest Mississippi, and Houston, TX
Services Enhancing the Quality of Life in Company Communities Supported
Funds for Oral Health Initiatives in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Supports Local Food in Schools
Funds Available for Substance Use Recovery Efforts