GrantStation Insider - December 19, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 47

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The GrantStation Insider will not be published on December 26th or January 2nd. Happy Holidays to you all from the GrantStation staff!


 

National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Initiatives to Address Cardiovascular Health in the U.S.
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation: Connections for Cardiovascular Health

The mission of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s program, Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM (CCH), is to improve cardiovascular health within the United States. Through the CCH Next Generation program, grants of $125,000 to $150,000 will be awarded to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations, who have never before received funding from the CCH program, for initiatives that address patient cardiovascular health issues in the U.S., work to address an unmet need related to cardiovascular health in the community, respond to the urgency around cardiovascular health issues, and improve the lives of patients and non-professional caregivers in connection with the services provided. In addition, initiatives should be focused on measurable results and the recipient organizations must be able to demonstrate sustainability of their programs after the Foundation grant funds are expended. Applications from every state are welcome, with preference for applications from the top 20 states by cardiovascular disease mortality and from states where the Foundation has never previously funded a program. Online applications will be accepted from February 3 through February 21, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the current call for applications. Click here to register for an informational webinar on January 16, 2020.

Community Grassroots Groups Funded
Clif Bar Family Foundation: Small Grants Program

The Clif Bar Family Foundation supports nonprofit grassroots organizations that have the ability to engage local groups, positively impact their communities, and focus most of their resources on useful and positive actions. Grants are provided to organizations throughout the United States, with some emphasis on California. Through the Small Grants Program, the Foundation supports innovative small and mid-sized groups working to protect the Earth’s beauty and bounty, create a healthy food system, increase opportunities for outdoor activity, reduce environmental health hazards, and build stronger communities. Applications are reviewed three times per year; the application deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Small Grants Program and to take the eligibility quiz.

Fellowships for Pre-K-12 Teachers Nationwide
Fund for Teachers

Fund for Teachers believes that extraordinary leaders are made more extraordinary when they are empowered to push past the boundaries of knowledge. Teachers throughout the U.S. are invited to join a community of educators who are transforming what learning looks like, charting a new course for their students, and revolutionizing their teaching by applying for a life- and career-changing Fund for Teachers fellowship. The Fund awards individual fellowships (funding limit of $5,000) and team fellowships (funding limit of $10,000) to pre-K-12 classroom teachers to immerse themselves in their fields of study. Teachers must have a minimum of three years of experience and be full-time teachers spending at least 50% of their time in the classroom. The application deadline is January 30, 2020. Visit the Fund’s website for detailed fellowship guidelines and application information.

Grants Promote Sustainably Managed Forests in the U.S. and Canada
Sustainable Forestry Initiative: Community Grants

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is a solutions-oriented sustainability organization that collaborates on forest-based conservation and community initiatives in the United States and Canada. SFI’s Community Grants promote collaboration with the SFI Network to support local communities’ understanding of the value of and benefits from sustainably managed forests. Projects supported have included traditional Indigenous knowledge transfer from elders to youth, workshops to discuss forest management, educational field trips for underserved populations, and programming focused on the value of mass timber. Grants will range from $5,000 to $10,000. All projects must include an SFI Implementation Committee and/or SFI Program Participant and be based in the U.S. or Canada. The application deadline is January 31, 2020. Visit the SFI website to review the Community Grants request for proposals.

 

 

Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Efforts to Strengthen Health Equity in Colorado Supported
The Colorado Trust: Building and Bridging Power to Advance Health Equity through Policy and Advocacy

The Colorado Trust is dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of the people of Colorado. The Trust’s Building and Bridging Power to Advance Health Equity through Policy and Advocacy funding opportunity will support the work of organizing people in communities and building policy infrastructure with and between grassroots and grasstops organizations in Colorado. Grassroots grants, ranging from $30,000 to $90,000 per year for 4.5 years, will support the organizing of people and resources to build infrastructure and capacity of community organizing organizations and groups to advocate for health equity across the state. Grasstops grants, ranging from $50,000 to $75,000 per year for 4.5 years, will support building policy infrastructure to meaningfully engage with and advance priorities of communities, strengthen relationships with communities and grassroots groups, and build relationships to learn from each other. Letters of intent will be accepted from January 6 through February 7, 2020; invited applications will be due April 3, 2020. Visit the Trust’s website to download the information document for the Building and Bridging Power funding opportunity.

Funds for Organizations in Bank Communities in New Jersey and New York
Investors Foundation

The Investors Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the communities that Investors Bank serves, which include most of the state of New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island. Grants are provided for creative initiatives offered by diverse community organizations in the areas of arts, education, health and human services, youth, and affordable housing. Preference is given to applicants that strive to collaborate with other organizations working in the same community or on complementary issues. The application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1, annually. Visit the bank’s website to submit an online application.

Grants Focus on Toxics Issues in California
As You Sow

The mission of As You Sow is to promote environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. The As You Sow grant program supports nonprofit organizations throughout the state of California that address toxics reduction, environmental education, protection of communities, and enforcement of environmental laws. Priority is given to proposals in the following areas: enforcement of California state consumer- and environment-related laws; education of consumers about the risks of toxic exposure and their right to know what goes into consumer products; and toxics education, reduction, and protection in under-represented and underserved communities. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $10,000. Applications will be accepted from January 15 through February 28, 2020. Visit the As You Sow website to learn more about the grant guidelines.

Support for Initiatives to Improve the Health of South Carolinians
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation: Health Priority Grants

The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation awards grants to health-focused initiatives that directly impact South Carolina’s most economically disadvantaged residents. For the Spring 2020 Health Priority Grants cycle, the Foundation is particularly interested in supporting projects that address oral health, mental health during the prenatal period and ages birth to five, and multi-sector collaboration around social determinants of health. Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions throughout the state are eligible to apply. The deadline for letters of intent is January 15, 2020. (Prior to submitting a letter of intent, organizations should contact the Foundation to discuss the proposed project.) Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

 

 

Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Available for Organic Agriculture Programs
Department of Agriculture

The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of the program is to enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The application deadline is January 30, 2020.

Arts Projects Supported
National Endowment for the Arts

The Grants for Arts Projects program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. The program encourages projects that celebrate America’s creativity or cultural heritage, invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups, and enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society. Applications are due to grants.gov by February 13 and July 9, 2020.

 

 

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

The Intrepid Nonprofit: Strategies for Success in Turbulent Times
As we enter the new year, many nonprofit directors may be thinking strategically about how to meet upcoming challenges. Tim Plumptre’s The Intrepid Nonprofit: Strategies for Success in Turbulent Times is a playbook for nonprofit leaders to help them navigate the turbulent environment ahead. It examines difficult challenges facing nonprofits, such as shrinking or stagnating revenue sources, technological change, under-performing boards, staff turnover, mission drift, or measuring intangible results.

 

 

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 GrantStation.com, 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 21, 2020.

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.

Exploring Public Funding (NEW)
Community nonprofits often struggle to compete with larger organizations for public dollars. This webinar, presented by Mindy Muller, is an opportunity to arm nonprofits with the information needed to make an informed decision about whether or not to pursue these funding options. The webinar will review the structure of public funding from the federal level to the state and local levels, as well as the process of considering the pros and cons of pursuing public funding. Participants will learn more about tapping into public funds, the request for proposal process, and how to prepare, qualify, and apply for public funds. Federal requirements to consider before pursuing public dollars, like OMB Circulars, the Davis-Bacon Act, and environmental reviews, will also be covered. Finally, participants will learn tips on competing for public funds with excellence. Attendees will learn about public funding streams, including federal, state, and local funding; develop strategies to make intentional decisions about pursuit of public funding; acquire an awareness of additional mandates required when using federal funds; and learn about the common request for proposal funding structure. This session is excellent for nonprofits looking to explore public funding as well as experienced proposal writers looking for a refresher. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 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.


The Spirit of Connection and Building Relationships
By David Preis and Christine Richardson
We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of GrantStation by interviewing some of our longstanding Members. Christine Richardson of North Kohala Community Resource Center in Hawi, Hawai’i, has been a Member since 2003, so I wanted to gain insights from her years in grantseeking. One of the wonderful aspects of the holiday season is relationships. Christine highlights the importance of building and nurturing relationships throughout the year.

 


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National Funding Opportunities
Support for Initiatives to Address Cardiovascular Health in the U.S.
Community Grassroots Groups Funded
Fellowships for Pre-K-12 Teachers Nationwide
Grants Promote Sustainably Managed Forests in the U.S. and Canada

Regional Funding Opportunities
Efforts to Strengthen Health Equity in Colorado Supported
Funds for Organizations in Bank Communities in New Jersey and New York
Grants Focus on Toxics Issues in California
Support for Initiatives to Improve the Health of South Carolinians 

Federal Funding Opportunities
Funds Available for Organic Agriculture Programs
Arts Projects Supported