GrantStation Insider - April 13, 2017

Volume XVI | Issue 15

National | Regional | Federal | Partner Depot | Online Education | Announcements

National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Programming for Boys and Young Men of Color
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Forward Promise Empowerment Projects
Forward Promise, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, promotes culturally responsive practices that buffer the effects of historical and systemic trauma on boys and young men of color. Forward Promise Empowerment Projects will support nonprofit organizations that provide culturally relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma to boys and young men of color, ages 12-24, while promoting opportunities for them to heal, grow, and thrive. Through this grant opportunity, Forward Promise will fund up to nine organizations to help strengthen their capacity to provide programming for boys and young men of color; enhance their ability to use data and research; and increase their ability to influence policy and practice in support of culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and healing-promoting strategies for boys and young men of color. Selected organizations will receive a grant of either up to $150,000 or up to $450,000 over two years. The deadline for brief proposals is May 2, 2017; full proposals will be due June 22, 2017. Visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s website to review the call for proposals.

Bicycle Infrastructure and Advocacy Initiatives Funded
PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program offers funding for important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the United States. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided for bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development; city or county agencies or departments; and state or federal agencies working locally. Letters of interest for the fall 2017 grant cycle will be accepted from June 12 to July 21, 2017; full applications will be due October 13, 2017. Visit the PeopleForBikes website to review the grant guidelines.

Grants Address Media Ethics Issues
Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation
The mission of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills, and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. The Foundation provides grants to journalism schools and other nonprofit media organizations, with special preference given to programs focusing on ethics and new media. The Foundation focuses its giving on the following program areas: Investigative Reporting, Professional Development, Oklahoma Journalism, and Special Opportunities. The deadlines for letters of inquiry are May 15 and November 15, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant program and to submit an online letter of inquiry

Programs to Promote Healthy Drinks for Native American Children Supported
Notah Begay III Foundation: Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures
The Notah Begay III Foundation’s national program, Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures has issued the  “Drop Sugary Drinks!” Request for Applications. Tribes and Native-led organizations working to significantly reduce sugary drinks and to increase the consumption of healthy beverage alternatives (such as water, breastfeeding, indigenous teas, etc.) may apply for a grant between $10,000 and $40,000. Applications will be accepted from tribes and Native-led organizations across the country that specifically focus on the reduction of sugar-sweetened beverages and increase the consumption of healthy beverages for young children up to age eight. The application deadline is May 8, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Request for Applications.

 

Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Organizations Impacting the Great Lakes Region
The Joyce Foundation
The Joyce Foundation supports efforts to protect the natural environment of the Great Lakes, to reduce poverty and violence in the region, and to ensure that its people have access to good schools, decent jobs, and a diverse and thriving culture. The focus of the Foundation’s grantmaking is on initiatives that promise to have an impact on the Great Lakes region, specifically the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Foundation’s program areas include the following: Culture, Democracy, Education, Employment, Environment, Gun Violence Prevention, and the Joint Fund for Education and Employment. (Several program areas have specific geographic limitations within the Great Lakes region: K-12 education grantmaking focuses on the cities of Chicago, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis. Employment grants focus on federal and state policy grants, with some grants to support targeted metro-level progress in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Culture grants are primarily provided to organizations in the City of Chicago.) Letters of inquiry should be submitted at least six to eight weeks prior to the proposal deadline. The remaining proposal deadlines for 2017 are August 9 and December 5. Visit the Foundation’s website for detailed guidelines for each of the program areas.

Grants Enhance Environmental Programs in Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia
Virginia Environmental Endowment
The mission of the Virginia Environmental Endowment is to improve the quality of the environment by using its capital to encourage all sectors to work together to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and promote environmental literacy. The Endowment provides grants to nonprofit organizations for programs conducted in the state of Virginia and in the Kanawha and Ohio River Valleys of Kentucky and West Virginia. The Virginia Program focuses on water quality, land conservation and use, Chesapeake Bay environmental issues, and environmental education. The Kanawha and Ohio River Valleys Program focuses on research, education, and community action on water quality and the effects of water pollution on public health and the environment. The upcoming deadline for both programs is June 15, 2017. Visit the Endowment’s website for application guidelines.

Support for Music and Arts Initiatives in Louisiana
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation: Community Partnership Grant Program
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is dedicated to promoting the music, arts, culture, and heritage of communities in Louisiana. The Foundation's Community Partnership Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions throughout the state in the following categories: Jazz & Heritage After-School and Summer Education Programs in Music, Arts, and Cultural Traditions; Jazz & Heritage In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts, and Cultural Traditions; Jazz & Heritage Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts; and Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided. The application deadline is May 15, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more.

Programs for Children, Women, and Minorities in Arizona Funded
Cardinals Charities
Cardinals Charities, the grantmaking program of the Arizona Cardinals, supports initiatives designed to improve the quality of life and enhance opportunities for children, women, and minorities in the state of Arizona. Grant requests of up to $5,000 are preferred, with priority given to grants that support special programs. Nonprofit organizations throughout the state are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted from April 3 through July 14, 2017. Visit the Cardinals’ website for more information.

 

Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Program Supports Alternative Education for Youth 
Department of Labor
The YouthBuild program is a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are high school dropouts, aging out of foster care, or are disabled or homeless. The application deadline is May 9, 2017.

Rural Cooperatives Funded
Department of Agriculture
The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program provides support to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting in the startup, expansion, or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. The application deadline is May 26, 2017.

 

Partner Depot
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We at GrantStation know that Partner Depot advertisements and announcements carry our implied endorsement. Therefore, the Partner Depot Program is limited to current GrantStation Members, partners, and participants in other GrantStation programs to ensure the veracity of the marketing content. To learn more about how Partner Depot can work for you, please contact Jill Cochran.

 

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.

Saving Time and Energy with Excel Pivot Tables
Pivot tables are the fastest, easiest way to make sense of spreadsheets. Whether you spend 10% or 100% of your day working with data, pivot tables are a must-have spreadsheet skill.

In this 90-minute webinar, you'll learn how to:

  • design your spreadsheet to be compatible with pivot tables;
  • create pivot tables from scratch;
  • navigate the field list, row headers, column headers, and filters;
  • run descriptive statistics such as averages, means, counts, and frequencies;
  • make sure your pivot table still works even after you've updated the raw numbers in your spreadsheet; and,
  • group items like names and dates together so that you can analyze them in aggregate.

We'll look at several different types of datasets together, like demographic data on people from your organization's member database and survey responses similar to your organization's latest consumer satisfaction survey. Finally, we'll conclude with additional time-saving spreadsheet strategies: formatting numbers, designing printer-friendly and PDF-friendly pivot tables, performing calculation on dates, and dealing with names and other chunks of text. You'll get to keep the spreadsheets used during the webinar, and we'll give you access to the webinar recording so you can watch it again while you're practicing on your own.This webinar will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Visit the link above to register.
(To get a feel for pivot tables and Ann's teaching style, please view the video tutorials at http://annkemery.com/excel/pivot/.)

Creating Time: Keeping the Pipeline Full for 2017
The number one reason people give for not applying for a particular grant is that they don't have the time. And it's probably true. In this webinar, Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, is going to share with you some of the tricks of the grantseeking trade. She will cover everything from big picture thinking and how it can drive your grantseeking efforts, to how to use volunteers effectively (when it's a help and when it's a hindrance). You will also learn the common barriers that keep you from accomplishing as much as you would like. In addition, Cynthia will go over some new tools, resources, and processes you can use to help jumpstart your grantseeking program for 2017 and keep it active throughout the year. These "tricks" should help you organize your approach to grantseeking by teaching you how to create the time to do the job and do it well. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Visit the link above to register.

The Golden Key to Successful Grant Requests
The need statement is arguably the most important part of a grant proposal. Uncover the most effective methods for documenting the need, as well as ways to use that information to engage the reader, by joining GrantStation's CEO, Cynthia Adams for this new webinar! Ms. Adams will share how to call attention to the problem or need facing your organization or community, and how to take that information and create a sense of urgency so the grantmaker feels compelled to act now. This webinar is fast-paced and full of new ideas and usable resources, as well as numerous examples of need statements taken from winning grant proposals. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2017. All levels of grantwriters are encouraged to attend. Visit the link above to register.

 

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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Programming for Boys and Young Men of Color
Bicycle Infrastructure and Advocacy Initiatives Funded
Grants Address Media Ethics Issues
Programs to Promote Healthy Drinks for Native American Children Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Organizations Impacting the Great Lakes Region
Grants Enhance Environmental Programs in Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia
Support for Music and Arts Initiatives in Louisiana
Programs for Children, Women, and Minorities in Arizona Funded

Federal Funding
Program Supports Alternative Education for Youth
Rural Cooperatives Funded