GrantStation Insider - December 20, 2018

Volume XVII | Issue 47

National | Regional | Federal | PathFinder | Online Education


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for New Solutions to Expand Employment for People with Disabilities
Kessler Foundation: Signature Employment Grants

The Kessler Foundation’s Signature Employment Grants provide support for non-traditional solutions that increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 per year for up to two years are awarded nationally to fund pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, or social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas to solve the high unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities. Preference is given to interventions that overcome specific employment barriers related to long-term dependence on public assistance or advance competitive employment in a cost-effective manner. For 2019, the Foundation has a special interest in projects that use benefit planning, workforce incentives, and part-time employment to help people with disabilities obtain employment or re-enter into the job market following injury. Nonprofit organizations, public or private schools, and public institutions, such as universities and government agencies based in the United States or any of its territories are eligible to apply. Online grant concepts are due February 22, 2019; invited proposals must be submitted by June 14, 2019. Visit the Kessler Foundation’s website to review the Signature Employment Grants guidelines.

Innovative Classroom Designs Offered for Schools in North America
Steelcase Education: Active Learning Center Grant

Steelcase Education helps schools, colleges, and universities create inspiring learning environments through research and innovation in furniture, tools, and technology. Steelcase Education’s Active Learning Center Grant supports educators in 6-12 classrooms and higher education institutions in the United States, U.S. Territories, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico who are ready to use their physical classroom space to advance learning in new and important ways. Up to 16 grants valued at $67,000 will be awarded in 2019. Each grant includes furniture, design review, installation, onsite training, and a Learning Environment Evaluation measurement tool for one of four classroom types designed to elevate connection, improve engagement, and spur collective success of students and staff. These classrooms will support up to 30 students. Eligible academic institutions should focus primarily on formal, instructor-led learning in a designated classroom. The application deadline is February 1, 2019. Visit the Steelcase Education website to learn more about the grant guidelines and application procedure.

Efforts to Promote Equity, Justice, and Human Rights Funded
Arca Foundation

The Arca Foundation is dedicated to advancing equity, justice, and human rights. The Foundation believes that the pursuit of economic and racial justice, an inclusive democracy, human rights, and a clean environment requires an engaged citizenry that has access to information and free expression. In the Domestic focus area, the Foundation supports nonprofit organizations working to advance greater economic and racial equity, specifically by addressing the impacts of financialization on an inclusive economy, democracy, and the environment. (The Foundation’s work is national; in order to receive funding, local and state-based efforts must be part of a national campaign or project.) In the International focus area, the Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that advance a more just U.S. foreign policy that prioritizes human rights and peace and security over militarization. The upcoming application deadline is February 1, 2019; application links will be posted in early January 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information on the Foundation’s grant guidelines.

Summer Fellowships Available for Pre-K-12 Educators
Fund for Teachers

Fund for Teachers awards fellowships to pre-K-12 classroom teachers throughout the United States so that they may design their own professional learning that will improve their instructional skills, deepen their content knowledge, and increase student engagement in learning. Educators should propose a summer professional learning experience and explain how it will improve their teaching, how the applicant will implement his or her new improved skills in the classroom, and how these improved skills will benefit students, curricula, the school, and community. 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. Eligible teachers may apply as individuals (funding limit of $5,000) or as a team (funding limit of $10,000). The application deadline is January 31, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website for detailed fellowship guidelines for each state.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Grants Enhance Services for Elderly Texans
Isla Carroll Turner Friendship Trust

The Isla Carroll Turner Friendship Trust supports nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Texas that provide services to the elderly. Types of programs considered for funding include health centers, recreation programs, retirement services, Alzheimer’s initiatives, meal delivery programs, nursing facilities, etc. Support is also provided for primary caregiver education programs focusing on the elderly and nursing scholarships for students specializing in gerontology. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $50,000. Grant funds must be used within the state of Texas for the benefit of those 60 years of age and above or those born with Down syndrome age 47 years and above. All application forms and supporting documents must be received in the office by no later than January 31, 2019, to be considered. (The PDF forms are incompatible with Google Chrome; all other browsers are compatible.) Application guidelines and forms are available on the Trust’s website, including a list of required supporting documents.

Bank Communities in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming Supported
Zions Bank Charitable Giving Program

The Zions Bank Charitable Giving Program supports nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the bank in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. Grants are provided in the following areas: community service, education, diversity, health and human services, arts and culture, affordable housing, and economic development. Applications for 2019 will be accepted beginning December 15, 2018. Visit the bank’s website to learn more about the Charitable Giving Program.

Funds to Address Greenhouse Gases and Stream Restoration in Appalachia
Appalachian Stewardship Foundation

The Appalachian Stewardship Foundation seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to protect freshwater streams and tributaries against the effects of pollution from energy development and use, with emphasis on efforts benefiting Virginia and West Virginia. The Foundation’s grant program provides support to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following two issues: The Greenhouse Gas Reduction category has a focus on the reduction, sequestration, offset, mitigation, and storage of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. The Stream and Fishery Restoration category has a focus on the mitigation of damage or pollution to streams and fresh water tributaries. The submittal deadlines for Expressions of Interest are February 1 and July 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant policy and application process.

Grants Advance Educational Options for African American Students in Oregon
Black United Fund of Oregon

The mission of the Black United Fund of Oregon is to assist in the social and economic development of Oregon’s low-income communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups. The Fund awards grants of up to $2,000 to grassroots nonprofit organizations that help students have a successful high school and/or higher education completion; ensure access to education; work to close the achievement gap; introduce youth to science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and the medical field; guide youth toward improving academic work and responsible citizenship; and encourage a college going culture among young people. Preference will be given to organizations that serve Oregon and Southwest Washington’s ethnically diverse communities, particularly the African American community. The application deadline is March 3, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to review the grant guidelines and submit an online application.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Program Engages AmeriCorps Members to Strengthen Communities
Corporation for National and Community Service

The AmeriCorps State and National Grants program supports organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in interventions to strengthen communities. Funding priorities include economic opportunity, education, prescription drug and opioid abuse prevention and reduction, veterans and military families, rural communities, safer communities, and faith-based organizations. The application deadline is January 30, 2019.

Boating Safety Efforts Supported
United States Coast Guard

The Coast Guard’s National Nonprofit Organization Grant Program seeks to encourage greater nonprofit organization participation and uniformity in recreational boating safety efforts. The application deadline is January 30, 2019.



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

Should Your Nonprofit Build an Endowment?
If you are looking for ways to increase financial security for your nonprofit organization, chances are you have thought about creating an endowment. For those of you considering this option, Nonprofit Quarterly’s article “Should Your Nonprofit Build an Endowment” is a good place to start. This article defines exactly what an endowment is and outlines the benefits and drawbacks to building an endowment.



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Eight Ways to Learn Online with GrantStation in 2019
Are you interested in learning more this year but aren’t sure where to start? Join Sage Adams, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Instructional Designer for GrantStation, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, for a short webinar on how to maximize the abundance of online learning resources available on GrantStation. You will learn how to enhance your understanding of grantwriting, grant strategies, grants management, and information design through online education. The webinar will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

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.

Free Tour of the GrantStation Website
Join Jeremy Smith, Communications and Technology Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, 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 29, 2019.


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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for New Solutions to Expand Employment for People with Disabilities
Innovative Classroom Designs Offered for Schools in North America
Efforts to Promote Equity, Justice, and Human Rights Funded
Summer Fellowships Available for Pre-K-12 Educators

Regional Funding Opportunities
Support for New Solutions to Expand Employment for People with Disabilities
Innovative Classroom Designs Offered for Schools in North America
Efforts to Promote Equity, Justice, and Human Rights Funded
Summer Fellowships Available for Pre-K-12 Educators

Federal Funding Opportunities
Program Engages AmeriCorps Members to Strengthen Communities
Boating Safety Efforts Supported