GrantStation Insider: December 17, 2020

Volume XIX | Issue 48

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COVID-19 Related Funding
Opportunities related to the COVID-19 pandemic

Grant Opportunity for Alaskan Organizations Impacted by COVID-19
Alaska Community Foundation: AK Can Do Grant Fund

The Alaska Community Foundation's AK Can Do COVID-19 response grant opportunity will support nonprofit organizations throughout the state who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those who have funding gaps that remain as a result of low or no funding awarded through the CARES Act and other foundation funding sources. This final round of funding will focus on supporting housing stability, but not to the exclusion of other needs. Grants will range from $5,000 to $20,000. Alaska nonprofit organizations, tribal organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, housing authorities, and local government agencies may apply. Applications will be accepted through January 14, 2021.

Funds for Community Organizations in Maine and New Hampshire Addressing the Pandemic
Seacoast Women's Giving Circle: Strengthening Resilient Communities During a Pandemic

The Seacoast Women's Giving Circle is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations in Kittery, ME, and Hampton, Hampton Falls, New Castle, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rye, and Seabrook, NH, that are focused on strengthening resilient communities during this pandemic. Successful proposals should address one or more of the following: childcare, food insecurity, heath, or homelessness. Organizations may request a grant of $15,000 in unrestricted funding. The application deadline is January 25, 2021.

Resources Enhance the Provision of Services in Green Bay, WI
Greater Green Bay Community Foundation Emergency Response Fund/Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has activated an Emergency Response Fund to support organizations in Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto counties in Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers have established the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund (for Brown County only). The focus is on providing nonprofit organizations with flexible resources to address the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on the community, including immediate basic needs, gaps in service, and operational challenges. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

For more grant opportunities, visit our COVID-19 Related Funding page.



National Funding
Opportunities throughout the U.S.

Support for Efforts to Foster Economic Opportunity for Minorities
Frontline Solutions: Elevate Initiative

Through the Elevate Initiative request for proposals, Frontline Solutions, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is focused on addressing structural and systemic barriers to economic opportunity and ensuring equitable outcomes in the American workforce. Up to ten grants of between $100,000 and $300,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations nationwide that demonstrate a strong commitment to intersectional racial justice, and an ability to address economic disparities that affect Black and Brown workers as the result of structural racism. Examples of approaches include emerging industry access, systems change initiatives, and workforce development programs. Preference will be given to organizations with people of color in leadership positions. Initial applications are due January 11, 2021; invited full proposals must be submitted by February 12, 2021. Visit the Frontline Solutions website to review the RFP.

Youth and Scientific Education Programs Funded
American Honda Foundation

The American Honda Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions nationwide that address the areas of youth and scientific education. The Foundation's primary funding priority is youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; the environment; job training; and literacy. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000. The 2021 deadlines for organizations that have never received funding from the Foundation are February 1 and August 1. Visit the Foundation's website to take the required eligibility quiz and submit an online application.

Construction Grants for Skateparks in Low-Income Communities
The Skatepark Project

The Skatepark Project is dedicated to promoting the construction of new, quality skateparks located in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Foundation primarily supports projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, particularly in the form of planning and fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups. Priority is given to projects that are designed and built from concrete by experienced skatepark contractors and include local skaters in the planning, fundraising, and design process. Grants of $1,000 to $25,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and state or local agencies, including public school systems and public projects. Requests are reviewed two times per year. Applications for the upcoming grant cycle will be accepted through January 27, 2021. Visit the Skatepark Project's website to learn more about the grant criteria.

Awards for Childcare Educators Nationwide
Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards program, administered by First Up, acknowledges the critical role of childcare teachers in providing quality early care and education. Childcare 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 childcare teachers employed in a home, group, or center-based program for a minimum of three years and meet other eligibility guidelines. Fifty selected teachers will each receive a $1,000 grant. 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 29, 2021. Visit the First Up website to download the application form.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

Organizations Improving the Lives of Southern Women and Girls of Color Supported
Ms. Foundation: Ms. South

The Ms. Foundation is launching Ms. South, a multi-year strategy to strengthen the financial sustainability and leadership development capacity of organizations led by women and girls of color (WGOC) in the U.S. South. The initial grantmaking will support WGOC-led groups in 14 southern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Grants ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 will support nonprofit organizations that use movement building and organizing strategies to improve the lived experience of women and girls of color. The deadline for letters of inquiry is January 8, 2021; invited full applications will be due February 26, 2021. Additional details about the Ms. South initiative are available on the Ms. Foundation's website.

Funds for the Protection of Natural Areas in Illinois
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

The mission of the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation is to improve energy efficiency, advance the development and use of renewable energy resources, and protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in communities all across Illinois. The Foundation is currently accepting applications for the following funding opportunities in the Natural Areas Program: Capacity Building, Land Acquisition, Planning for Land Acquisition, Community Stewardship Challenge Grant, K-12 Pollinator Schools Program, Pollinator Meadows Program, and Public Amenities and Events. The application deadlines vary by opportunity. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the Natural Areas Program and the grant application procedure for each funding opportunity.

Grants for Ohio Charitable Organizations
The Kettering Fund

The mission of The Kettering Fund is to support scientific, medical, social, and educational studies and research conducted by nonprofit organizations and 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 through January 31, 2021. (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 and application process.

Support for Youth and Military Programs in Nevada
Raiders Foundation: Community Investment Grants

The Raiders Foundation is committed to increasing community and civic health in the state of Nevada. The Foundation's Community Investment Grants support nonprofit organizations across Nevada that meet community needs within the areas of military/veterans, youth development, and youth football. The application deadline is February 1, 2021. Visit the Raiders website to learn more about the Community Investment Grants program and to submit an online application.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. government

Program Supports Women and Minorities in STEM
Department of Agriculture

The Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) supports research, education and teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. The program addresses educational needs within broadly defined areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. Projects should work to improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged. The application deadline is January 21, 2021.

Funds Available for Historic Preservation
National Park Service

The Save America's Treasures Grants program helps preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation's rich heritage to future generations. The program has separate applications for preservation projects (for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places for national significance or listed as a National Historic Landmark) and for projects involving collections (including artifacts, museum collections, documents, sculptures, and other works of art). The application deadline is January 26, 2021.



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

Manage Your Time and Energy: A Path to Personal Sustainability
Has 2020 depleted your energy reserves? Are you looking to replenish them in the new year? If so, you may want to attend the online workshop "Manage Your Time and Energy: A Path to Personal Sustainability." Hosted by CompassPoint, this workshop helps participants to identify obstacles that are hindering personal sustainability, understand a framework for energy management that includes four core energy needs, and learn strategies and practices for better time management and personal organization. The workshop takes place on January 20 and 21, 2021, as well as March 2 and 4, 2021.



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, January 12, 2021.

The Power of 3—Jump-Start Your Grants Success With Maryn Boess (NEW)
Are you ready to jump-start your grants success in 2021 with fresh perspectives, brand-new tools, and powerful new ways of approaching familiar tasks and challenges? Ready to bust a few big myths and misunderstandings that may be sabotaging your success without your even knowing it? Join long-time grants professional and grantmaking program officer Maryn Boess for a Power of 3 series designed to get your new year of grantseeking off to a high-energy, practical, and inspiring start! In Power Writing for Grants...and More!, you'll fill your writing toolkit with a host of simple, powerful techniques that will have you writing more clearly, quickly, and confidently, right away—so you can get the results you want! In Building the "Total-Value" Proposal Budget, you'll learn step-by-step how to end the 'Nonprofit Starvation Cycle' and build budgets that clearly and compellingly show the total value of everything it takes to do your work successfully (with plenty of opportunity for hands-on practice). And in our ground-breaking final session, Inside the Grantmaker's Black Box, you'll travel with Maryn through a real-life grant review process, from start to finish, tracking proposals through the eight key "qualifying rounds" and busting some big myths about what really happens in the finals! Come with an open mind, and be ready for inspiration as well as great takeaways you and your team can put to work right away! Join us for all three workshops in the Power of 3 series or as stand-alone learning opportunities. The deadline to register for all three is Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Transformational Leadership: A Coached Seminar Experience (NEW)
As the current or future executive director or senior leadership team member of a nonprofit organization, the pressures you deal with are enormous. Every day you are called upon to create and sustain an environment that enables your staff to renew their commitment and refine their skills. But where do you, the executive director or senior management team member, go to renew your commitment and refine your skills? Transformational Leadership: A Coached Seminar Experience, presented by Dr. Anthony Silard, CEO of The Global Leadership Institute and the President of The Center for Social Leadership, is a ten-part seminar series in transformational nonprofit leadership. In this interactive course you will learn 'transactional' skills such as how to manage your staff, how to cultivate donors, how to build your board of directors, and how to create a strategic plan—all through the lens of the transformational leader. There has been a recent surge in complex emotions such as loneliness, anxiety, and depression, which can easily destabilize nonprofit organizations. Transformational Leadership: A Coached Seminar Experience will cultivate nonprofit leaders with enhanced abilities in emotion management so they can transform these challenging emotions—within both themselves and their staff, board members, and donors—into empathy, passion, and a renewed commitment toward organizational goals. Both individuals and groups can participate in Transformational Leadership: A Coached Seminar Experience, either as a complete series to methodically build their leadership knowledge and skills, or as stand-alone (single session) learning opportunities. All participants who take the entire course will receive a certificate from The Center for Social Leadership. The deadline to register for the entire series is January 21, 2021; registration for individual seminars in the series will be open monthly through October 2021.



GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation

The Gifts of 2020: Fools Gold or 24 Carat?
by Cynthia Adams
As 2020 continues to deliver one challenge after another, I keep trying to mine the hidden jewels amongst all this chaos. I’m a 40-year Alaskan. I tend to think in terminology that resonates with fellow Alaskans even though I now live in southwestern New Mexico. To help me make sense of it all, I have started to visualize panning for gold. By sorting through these bits and pieces of sparkling rock I have realized that many of the challenges that we're dealing with have resulted in stronger leaders and more resilient organizations.

Free Webinar: Proposal Writing—What the Pros Know (NEW)
Are you new to proposal writing or do you find yourself writing proposals without success? This free webinar will give you a comprehensive introduction to proposal writing, outline what should be included in each proposal component, and help you steer clear of the most common pitfalls. This fast-paced online event will provide an overview of the building blocks necessary for a strong grant proposal.

As funding becomes more difficult to secure, nonprofit organizations face significant challenges to fulfilling their missions. In this webinar, Amanda Pearce of Funding for Good, Inc., will review the questions you need to answer prior to searching and applying for grant funds, outline the seven basic elements of most proposals, and show you how to match your needs to funder priorities.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 2:00 PM ET.

Funding Alerts
More funding opportunities are featured on the GrantStation homepage. Click here to see the grantmakers spotlighted this week!


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COVID-19 Related Funding
Grant Opportunity for Alaskan Organizations Impacted by COVID-19
Funds for Community Organizations in Maine and New Hampshire Addressing the Pandemic 
Resources Enhance the Provision of Services in Green Bay, WI

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Efforts to Foster Economic Opportunity for Minorities
Youth and Scientific Education Programs Funded
Construction Grants for Skateparks in Low-Income Communities 
Awards for Childcare Educators Nationwide

Regional Funding Opportunities
Organizations Improving the Lives of Southern Women and Girls of Color Supported
Funds for the Protection of Natural Areas in Illinois
Grants for Ohio Charitable Organizations
Support for Youth and Military Programs in Nevada

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Supports Women and Minorities in STEM
Funds Available for Historic Preservation