GrantStation Insider - December 5, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 45

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

 

National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Out-of-School Programs for Middle Schoolers Nationwide
New York Life Foundation: Aim High

The Aim High grant program, funded by the New York Life Foundation and administered by the Afterschool Alliance, supports out-of-school programs serving middle school youth nationwide. The focus of Aim High is to help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders reach ninth grade prepared to succeed in high school by supporting afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs. Funded programs must serve a high percentage, at least 75 percent, of low-income youth. In 2020, the Aim High grant program will provide 26 awards nationwide as follows: eight awards of $100,000 over two years, eight awards of $50,000 over two years, and ten awards of $15,000 for one year. The application deadline is January 24, 2020. Visit the Afterschool Alliance website to download the grant guidelines and submit an online proposal.

Services for Americans and Canadians With Spinal Cord Injuries Funded
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation: Creating Opportunity & Independence

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is dedicated to supporting both programs and scientific research to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury. Through Community Support Grants, the Foundation’s Creating Opportunity & Independence portfolio supports organizations that provide programs and services that enhance quality of life for individuals and families living with spinal cord injury throughout the United States and Canada. Areas of interest include Arts, Sports, and Recreation; Assistive Technology; Education; Employment; Independent Living; and Rehabilitation. Letters of intent for Community Support Grants, ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, are due January 10, 2020; invited full grant applications must be submitted by April 27, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

Science Teachers in the U.S. and Canada Eligible for Lab Makeovers
National Science Teaching Association: Shell Science Lab Challenge

The Shell Science Lab Challenge, administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), recognizes outstanding middle and high school programs in the United States and Canada for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction. The Challenge will showcase the work of teachers who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences to their students utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. Special attention is given to programs serving urban and underrepresented groups. One Grand Prize winning school will receive a lab makeover support package valued at $20,000, four national finalists will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $8,500, and 18 district winners will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $3,000. The application deadline is January 15, 2020. Visit the NSTA website to review the application information.

Grants Promote Social Change in the U.S., Haiti, and Mexico
Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grants

The Peace Development Fund believes that the change in values needed to establish a more just and peaceful world can come about only if it is strongly rooted in local communities that recognize the importance of building movements to create systemic social change. The Fund’s Community Organizing Grants provide support to community-based organizations in the United States, Haiti, and Mexico that are working for social justice. The funding priorities include organizing to shift power, working to build a movement, dismantling oppression, and creating new structures. Priority is given to new or emerging organizations; efforts that have difficulty securing funds from other sources; organizing efforts across national borders; climate change organizing at the local policy level; groups that have a genesis in Occupy, MeToo, or Movement for Black Lives; collaborative peace initiatives led by women or youth; or issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders. Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000. Applying organizations must have an annual budget of $250,000 or less. The application deadline is December 30, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to download the grant guidelines for the Community Organizing Grants program.

 

 

Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Rural Communities in Idaho and Montana Supported
The Steele-Reese Foundation: Idaho and Montana Grant Program

The Steele-Reese Foundation is dedicated to addressing the unique challenges of rural living and to helping people build healthy, successful, and sustainable communities. For the Idaho and Montana Grant Program, the Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations working in rural Idaho and Montana communities, and in Native nations that share the geography. Organizations serving rural regions in the areas of education, health, human services, arts and humanities, and environmental conservation and historic preservation are eligible to apply. The Foundation encourages potential applicants to review its website and contact the Western Director to discuss proposals before submitting a letter of inquiry. For the 2020 grant cycle, the Foundation will accept 150 letters of inquiry beginning on December 2, 2019. The process will close once 150 letters of inquiry have been received, or by January 8, 2020, whichever occurs first. The 2020 LOI preparation worksheet is available to download at any time. Invited applications will be due April 1, 2020. (The Foundation also supports organizations serving Appalachian Kentucky through a separate funding cycle.) Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines for the Idaho and Montana Grant Program.

Funds for Healthcare Improvement Efforts in DC and Maryland
Qlarant Foundation

The Qlarant Foundation is dedicated to enhancing healthcare in Maryland and Washington, DC, through measurable outcome improvement projects. Priority areas include programs that improve access to healthcare services to the unserved and underserved, improve understanding of health issues, and demonstrate improvement through measurable outcomes of stated goals. The Foundation funds a wide range of programs, including service, demonstration, education, and clinical programs producing high impact results on health outcomes. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2020. Information on how to apply is available on the Foundation’s website.

Grants Strengthen Youth Development and Early Childhood Programs in Minnesota
The Sheltering Arms Foundation

The Sheltering Arms Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Minnesota that benefit children and families who have the least access to resources. The Foundation supports high quality direct service programs for children, ages 0-12, in the areas of early childhood and youth development. In addition, the Foundation supports advocacy efforts that increase access to high quality, culturally appropriate early childhood care as well as out-of-school time opportunities for education and youth development. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $20,000 with an average grant of $10,000. Applying organizations must be based in Minnesota and provide services to residents of the state. The application deadline is January 22, 2020. (Prior to submission of a funding request, organizations are required to contact Foundation staff to talk about how a project fits with the Foundation’s guidelines.) Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the funding guidelines and online application process.

Support for Services Aiding Underserved Hawaiians
Friends of Hawaii Charities

Friends of Hawaii Charities provides support to nonprofit organizations and public agencies that benefit women, children, youth, the elderly, and the needy in Hawaii. Grants focus on the following areas: arts and education, healthcare and basic needs, and social services, such as family abuse programs, drug and job rehabilitation, elderly services, and programs for the terminally ill. Priority is given to direct services that make a significant difference in Hawaiian communities. Grant applications must be submitted by January 31, 2020. Visit the Friends of Hawaii Charities website to download the 2020 application materials.

 

 

Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Environmental Education Supported
Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Education Grants Program supports education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. The application deadline is January 6, 2020.

Funds Support Service Dogs for Veterans and Service Members
Department of Defense

The Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program seeks to help service members and veterans by supporting organizations committed to advancing the service dog industry through continued learning, innovative training programs, and superior industry standards. The application deadline is January 8, 2020.

 

 

Partner Depot


Access More Than 30 GPCI Approved Education Webinars
As the year winds down, preparing for 2020 is at the top of everyone’s mind. Start the year off right with some great learning opportunities, as well as GPC CE credits! Foundant for Grantseekers is proud to provide nearly 30 on-demand webinars that are approved for GPC CE credits. All of the education webinars for grantseekers can be found in one location on Foundant’s resource hub.

Featured webinars address topics such as:

  • Building your grant proposal budget
  • Tips on writing proposals that make an impact
  • Developing your grant strategy for 2020
  • And many more!

Click here to access the webinars.

 

 

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

Behavioral Economics and Donor Nudges: Impulse or Deliberation?
Are you looking for concrete ideas on how to increase donations during the holiday fundraising season? The article entitled “Behavioral Economics and Donor Nudges: Impulse or Deliberation?” provides insights from behavioral economics for charitable organizations looking to help people follow through on their impulsive and deliberate intentions to give.

 

 

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: 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.

The Power of 3—Grantwriting with Alice Ruhnke
Does it feel like everyone else is winning grant awards? These three webinars were designed to systematically help your nonprofit organization develop its capacity to write successful grants. The first webinar, Are You Grant Ready? will help you identify your readiness to be competitive in the grant application process and provide suggestions to increase areas that need additional development. The second webinar, Grant Writing 101, will teach you how to use a comprehensive Program Planning Framework to develop and write strong, impactful, and coherent applications. The third webinar, Logic Models: More Than Just Extra Work! will help you develop logic models to measure the change your programs have on participants. These webinars can be taken together to methodically build your organization’s capacity to write successful grants or as stand-alone learning opportunities. Executive directors, program managers, and grantwriters from a broad range of human service organizations will benefit from these 90-minute presentations. The deadline to register for all three is Thursday, January 23, 2020.

LIVE Workshop: Getting Ready for Your Audit (Desktop and Online Version)
Does the prospect of going through a financial statement audit scare the heck out of you? Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly what the auditor will be asking and expecting from you BEFORE they arrive… and be ready with everything they need? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could easily give them everything right from within your QuickBooks file? We are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, a CPA specializing in auditing nonprofits and president of QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits, present this one of a kind and highly requested webinar! Gregg’s firm audits over 30 nonprofits a year! In this must-see session, we will cover a complete list of what your auditor will need—beyond the list they initially give you, how to generate these items quickly and easily right from QuickBooks, how to attach copies of Grant Agreements and bills from vendors right into QuickBooks, understanding what an auditor typically asks and what are the answers we are looking for, best practices for internal controls, and any questions you’ve always wanted to ask your auditor but were afraid to for fear of creating a problem. Don’t miss this opportunity! You will be VERY glad you came! The webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

 

 

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.


New Contest Winner!
Congratulations to our recent Membership contest winner, S.O.A.R. Outreach! S.O.A.R. Outreach is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization serving Wake County and surrounding areas in North Carolina. They assist underserved youth and families by empowering self-confidence and promoting learning opportunities through their Healthy Hygiene Habits Program and Parents Helping Parents Support Group. Become our next winner by entering the contest today!

 


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 Out-of-School Programs for Middle Schoolers Nationwide
Services for Americans and Canadians With Spinal Cord Injuries Funded
Science Teachers in the U.S. and Canada Eligible for Lab Makeovers
Grants Promote Social Change in the U.S., Haiti, and Mexico

Regional Funding Opportunities
Rural Communities in Idaho and Montana Supported
Funds for Healthcare Improvement Efforts in DC and Maryland
Grants Strengthen Youth Development and Early Childhood Programs in Minnesota 
Support for Services Aiding Underserved Hawaiians

Federal Funding Opportunities
Environmental Education Supported
Funds Support Service Dogs for Veterans and Service Members