GrantStation Insider - December 6, 2018

Volume XVII | Issue 45

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Healthy Food Retail Projects
Healthy Food Financing Initiative

The Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), a public-private partnership administered by Reinvestment Fund on behalf of USDA Rural Development, seeks to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas. HFFI is currently offering grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 as well as technical assistance to eligible healthy food retail projects across the country to overcome the higher costs and initial barriers to entry in underserved areas. Funded projects must 1) plan to expand or preserve the availability of staple and perishable foods in underserved areas with low- and moderate-income populations by maintaining or increasing the number of retail outlets that offer an assortment of perishable and staple foods in those areas, and 2) accept benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP). Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, for-profit business enterprises, cooperatively-owned businesses, institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and tribal governmental agencies. The application deadline is February 14, 2019. Visit the HFFI website to learn more about the eligibility guidelines and application process.

Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiatives Funded
NCAA CHOICES Alcohol Education Grant Program

The NCAA CHOICES Alcohol Education Grant Program provides funding for NCAA member institutions and conferences nationwide to integrate athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse. The purpose of the program is to help create an environment that supports and encourages personal choices that are legal, healthy, appropriate, and safe. Funded projects must partner athletics with other campus departments in the development and implementation of effective alcohol education projects. Grant funds to any one program will not exceed $15,000 for the first year, $10,000 for the second year, and $5,000 for the final year of the grant. The application deadline is February 13, 2019. Visit the NCAA website to learn more about the program.

Matching Grants Promote National Forest Conservation and Restoration
National Forest Foundation: Matching Awards Program

The National Forest Foundation was established by Congress to support the Forest Service in its management of America’s National Forests and Grasslands. The Foundation’s Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides grants to nonprofit organizations, universities, and Native American tribes throughout the U.S. to engage in on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. Funded projects must address one of the following focus areas: The Outdoor Experiences category supports projects that improve the quality, condition, and care of outdoor experiences in National Forests. The Forest Health category supports citizen-involved projects that maintain or restore ecosystem resiliency in National Forests. The Foundation also encourages projects that integrate the Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health program areas. All grants require at least a one-to-one cash match through non-federal donations. In addition, MAP requires projects to show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through the direct involvement of the public. The proposal deadlines for 2019 are January 23 and June 13. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about each MAP focus area and to submit the required eligibility questionnaire.

Awards Recognize Exceptional Child Care Teachers
Terri Lynne Lokoff Children’s TYLENOL, Children’s ZYRTEC National Child Care Teacher Awards

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Children’s TYLENOL, Children’s ZYRTEC National Child Care Teacher Awards acknowledge the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Child care teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and on U.S. military bases and installations around the world are eligible to apply for these awards. Applicants must be full-time child care teachers employed in a home, group, or center-based program for a minimum of three years and meet other eligibility guidelines. As part of the application process, teachers are asked to design an enhancement project for the children in their classroom or home, illustrating the educational, social, and emotional benefits from the project. Fifty selected teachers will each receive a $1,000 grant: $500 to create the project and $500 for the teacher’s personal use. Of the 50 teachers, one is selected to receive the Helene Marks Award, which includes an additional $1,000 grant. Applications must be postmarked by January 21, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application form.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Environmental and Urban Farming Projects in the Southeast and Northeast Supported
Merck Family Fund

The Merck Family Fund is dedicated to protecting the natural environment and ensuring a healthy planet for generations to come and to strengthening the social fabric and the physical landscape of urban communities. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following three program areas: The Reducing CO2 Emissions Through Energy Efficiency and Carbon Pricing program supports the development of political and economic drivers at the federal and state level in the Northeast and Southeast to establish or expand carbon pricing mechanisms. The Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land program provides grants for land conservation efforts in the Southeast. The Urban Farming and Youth Leadership program supports initiatives in New York City and Philadelphia as well as low-income urban areas in Massachusetts that help young people to create urban farms and local markets. The first deadline for letters of inquiry in 2019 is January 15; invited full proposals are due January 29, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the program areas and application process.

Funds for Youth Programs in Oklahoma and Surrounding States
The Kerr Foundation

The Kerr Foundation primarily provides support to nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma; however, the Foundation also considers requests from organizations in the surrounding states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as organizations located in Washington, DC. The Foundation offers grants to organizations that provide new or enhanced opportunities, particularly for youth, which address the following areas of interest: education, health, arts and culture, and human services. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $50,000. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is December 27, 2018; full applications must be submitted by January 18, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines and application process.

Grants Enhance LGBTQ Safety and Inclusion in Southern States
Arcus Foundation: United States LGBTQ Social Justice Program

The Arcus Foundation is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. The Foundation’s United States LGBTQ Social Justice Program has released a Request for Concepts for nonprofit organizations in the Southern U.S. (Arizona, California’s Central Valley, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, and North Carolina). Applying organizations should address one or more of the following three goals: increased safety for LGBTQ people, increased LGBTQ-affirming protections, and increased inclusion and acceptance of LGBTQ people. Grants of up to $200,000 for a maximum of two years will be provided. The deadline for concepts is January 22, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the U.S. Request for Concepts. (The Foundation has also issued a Request for Concepts for East and Southern Africa, Mexico, and the Caribbean and Central America.)

Ohio Nonprofit Organizations Supported
The Kettering Fund

The mission of The Kettering Fund is to support scientific, medical, social, and educational studies and research conducted by nonprofit organizations carried out within the State of Ohio. The Fund's areas of interest include education; environment; public/society benefit; arts, culture, and humanities; human services; and health. For the upcoming funding cycle, Request Summaries may be submitted between December 1, 2018, and January 31, 2019; invited proposals will be due on March 15, 2019. (It is strongly recommended that interested applicants contact the Fund’s office before starting the application process.) Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the grant guidelines.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Program Protects Older Individuals
Department of Justice

The Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program provides or enhances training and services to address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, involving victims who are 50 years of age or older. The application deadline is January 8, 2019.

Agricultural Opportunities for Veterans Supported 
Department of Agriculture

The Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program provides support to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on, and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. The application deadline is January 10, 2019.



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Online Workshop: How to Track Restricted Grants in QuickBooks
Wouldn’t it be great if at any point during a grant’s life cycle you could simply push a button and see exactly how much and to which categories the grant dollars have been spent? Considered the country’s foremost expert in using QuickBooks for nonprofits, Gregg S. Bossen, CPA, will demonstrate how to easily and accurately track restricted grants in QuickBooks. Participants will learn how to set up a restricted grant, enter the grant budget, mark checks and bills as being paid out of the grant, point payroll to the grant, and finally create a memorized report to see how the dollars have been spent and compare the results to the grant budget. Gregg will be working in QuickBooks throughout the webinar. No power point slides here! There will also be plenty of time for questions. And one more thing: Gregg is really entertaining! The webinar will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018.

The Power of 3 - by 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, Is Your Organization 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 grant writers from a broad range of human service organizations will benefit from these 90-minute presentations. The first webinar will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Healthy Food Retail Projects
Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiatives Funded
Matching Grants Promote National Forest Conservation and Restoration
Awards Recognize Exceptional Child Care Teachers

Regional Funding Opportunities
Environmental and Urban Farming Projects in the Southeast and Northeast Supported
Funds for Youth Programs in Oklahoma and Surrounding States 
Grants Enhance LGBTQ Safety and Inclusion in Southern States
Ohio Nonprofit Organizations Supported

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Protects Older Individuals
Agricultural Opportunities for Veterans Supported