GrantStation Insider - April 20, 2017

Volume XVI | Issue 16

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


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Organizations Serving Seniors
Kendal Charitable Funds: Promising Innovations
Kendal Charitable Funds is dedicated to supporting improvements in serving older adults that are reflective of a pioneering spirit in the field of aging. Kendal’s Promising Innovations grants are intended for nonprofit organizations that work to meet the needs of a burgeoning population of elders. In 2017, the program is seeking proposals that support aging in place and combat isolation of older adults through engagement in purposeful and meaningful ways within the greater community, designed to affirm their value and connectedness. The program hopes to identify factors that lead to isolation and to address them before and/or after they occur, especially utilizing new, replicable models. Grants will range up to $50,000 for a two-year period. Several smaller requests may be granted rather than one or two larger ones. Letters of intent must be submitted by May 19, 2017; invited proposals will be due on August 4, 2017. Visit the Kendal website to learn more about the application process.

Programs Using Interactive Games as Teaching Tools Funded
Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of today's youth. The Foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations for programs that serve youth ages 7 to 18. Funded programs and services should utilize technology or computer and video games to educate America's youth and young adults. Programs must be available nationwide, or reach at least two or more states. The letter of inquiry deadline is May 15, 2017; invited full proposals must be submitted by July 10, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online grant application.

Seed Grants for Local Animal Shelters
Maddie’s Fund: Innovation Grants
The mission of Maddie’s Fund is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. Maddie's Fund grants help build and sustain a no-kill nation so shelter dogs and cats can be guaranteed a loving home. The Fund’s Innovation Grants of up to $5,000 are intended to help implement new programs at local shelters and rescue organizations that will advance lifesaving. U.S.-based nonprofit organizations and government animal welfare organizations focused on dogs and/or cats are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted from May 15 through May 22, 2017. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the Innovation Grants program.

Nutrition Programs for Native American Children Supported
First Nations Development Institute: Nourishing Native Children: Feeding our Future
First Nations Development Institute has launched the new Nourishing Native Children: Feeding our Future grant program, which will support Native communities interested in expanding nutrition resources for existing programs that serve American Indian children. Eligible applicants include schools serving a primarily Native student body, Native nonprofit organizations that are Native-controlled or tribally-controlled, and tribes. Applying organizations should be rural- or reservation-based and have existing feeding programs (not startups) that provide nutritious food to Native children, ages 6 to14. Up to ten grants of up to $15,000 each will be awarded. The application deadline is May 5, 2017. Visit the First Nations website to review the request for proposals and to submit an online application.


Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Capital Projects in Thirteen States
Gladys Brooks Foundation
The Gladys Brooks Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations located in the states of Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on libraries, educational institutions, and hospitals and clinics in the targeted states. Grant applications will be considered for major expenditures, generally between $50,000 and $100,000. Funds are intended to be used for capital projects, including equipment and endowments. Applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to request the application materials online.

Major Grant for Women's Organization in Georgia
Ribbons of Hope - Invest in Women
Ribbons of Hope - Invest in Women is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of women and girls. Each year Ribbons of Hope awards one $100,000 grant to a nonprofit organization in Georgia that works to improve the lives of women and girls in one or more of the following areas: education, health, economic independence, social well-being, and human rights. The grant can be used for special projects or capital improvements that can be sustained by the organization after the grant allocation. Applying organizations must have been in operation at least three years and have an annual operating budget of $500,000 or more. Applications will be accepted from April 15 to May 31, 2017. Visit the Ribbons of Hope website to download the application guidelines and form.

Support for LGBTQ Initiatives in the Pacific Northwest
Pride Foundation
The Pride Foundation is dedicated to expanding opportunities and advancing full equality for LGBTQ people across the Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Foundation provides Community Grants to nonprofit organizations that work to enhance the lives of and address the needs of LGBTQ youth, adults, and families who are positively impacting local communities. Grants generally range between $2,500 and $10,000. Applications will be accepted from May 1 through June 30, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines and sign up for a Q&A session about the 2017 Community Grants application and process.

Organizations in Company Communities in the U.S. and Canada Funded
Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund
The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in company communities, and fostering the understanding of the importance of sustainable working forests. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that serve communities within a 50-mile radius of major Weyerhaeuser facilities in the U.S. and Canada. The Fund’s interest areas include Affordable Housing and Shelter; Education and Youth Development; Environmental Stewardship; and Human Services, Civic, and Cultural Growth. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the upcoming application deadline is June 30, 2017. Visit the Weyerhaeuser website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.


Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Grants Available to Address Labor Issues
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 
The Labor-Management Cooperation Grant Program supports labor-management committees focused on the 21st century economy and the challenges of a rapidly evolving workplace, such as job security and skills, working conditions for an increasingly mobile workforce, consensus solutions to workplace standards, economic development and competitiveness for entire communities, and hiring and retaining the next generation of workers. The application deadline is May 31, 2017. 

Program Supports the Preservation of Community Heritage
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Common Heritage program supports both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of outreach through community events that explore and interpret these materials as a window on a community's history and culture. The application deadline is June 1, 2017.


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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.

Getting Started: Making Your Grant Requests Sparkle
Are you new to grant writing? This webinar will help you prepare the basic documents needed to write compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Participants come away with a clear picture of exactly what documents they should have at hand and how to polish and present these documents in order to submit successful grant requests. Why not make your first grant proposals not only a joy to write, but also make them stand out from other submissions? Cynthia M. Adams, CEO of GrantStation, has been teaching grant writing workshops for over 20 years, and presents a webinar full of "how to's" and "examples" for the novice grant writer. Participants will receive several handouts/worksheets before the webinar to help guide their success. This presentation will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits (NEW)
Facebook is now the equivalent of the world's largest country, with active users spanning every generation and every corner of the globe. More importantly, social media has fundamentally changed the way that people communicate, interact, and engage with causes. But what are the keys to successful fundraising, marketing, and community building online? Join us for an interactive, intensely practical workshop as Darian Rodriguez Heyman, the former E.D. of Craiglist Foundation, co-founder of the world's only conference series focused on social media for social good, and best-selling author of Nonprofit Fundraising 101 and Nonprofit Management 101 shares actionable insights on why social media presents huge opportunities, how to capitalize on those, and where to go for more information and free resources. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.


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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Organizations Serving Seniors
Programs Using Interactive Games as Teaching Tools Funded
Seed Grants for Local Animal Shelters
Nutrition Programs for Native American Children Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Capital Projects in Thirteen States
Major Grant for Women's Organization in Georgia
Support for LGBTQ Initiatives in the Pacific Northwest
Organizations in Company Communities in the U.S. and Canada Funded

Federal Funding
Grants Available to Address Labor Issues
Program Supports the Preservation of Community Heritage