GrantStation Insider - June 1, 2017

Volume XVI | Issue 22

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



National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Social Change Initiatives Worldwide
Wallace Global Fund

The mission of the Wallace Global Fund is to promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends. Grants are provided for initiatives at the national and global levels, as well as for significant local or regional programs offering the potential to leverage broader impact. The focus is on nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations that are catalyzing significant change in line with one of the following priority areas: Challenge Corporate Power, Defend and Renew Democracy, Protect the Environment, Promote Truth and Creative Freedom in Media, and Advance Women’s Human Rights and Empowerment. Online letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the priority areas and application guidelines.

Boating Safety Programs Funded
BoatU.S. Foundation: Grassroots Grants Program

The goal of the BoatU.S. Foundation is to be a leader in boating safety and environmental education and outreach, with the purpose of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of the nation’s waterways, and keeping boating a safe, accessible, and enjoyable pastime. The Foundation's Grassroots Grants Program supports local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations, as well as boating clubs and student groups, that develop innovative projects to promote safe and clean boating on local waterways. Past topics have ranged from PSAs on the effects of boating under the influence to hands-on education about the effects of marine debris. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided. Letters of intent may be submitted throughout the year. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.

Grants Enhance the Lives of People Living with Paralysis
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: Quality of Life Grants

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy. The Quality of Life Grants program provides funding of up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations that mirror the Foundation’s mission by providing programs and services for individuals with paralysis (caused by spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, ALS, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions) and their families and caregivers that foster independence, inclusion, and engagement in the community. Grants are provided in three thematic areas: Actively Achieving projects provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in activities that engage their bodies and minds, including sports, arts, recreation, and education and employment initiatives. Bridging Barriers projects address and offer solutions to barriers for independent living across the disability community. Caring and Coping projects provide services that address the complex day-to-day health and personal issues for individuals living with disabilities, their families, and caregivers. Nonprofit organizations, municipal and state governments, school districts, recognized tribal entities, and other institutions such as community or veterans hospitals are eligible to apply. The application submission period opens on July 1, with a deadline of August 15, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

Programs Helping Children and Families Thrive Supported
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation wants all children to live a full life with high-quality, early childhood experiences, to grow up in homes with families that have stable, high-quality jobs, and to live in a community where they are nurtured. The Foundation’s grantmaking addresses the following priorities: Thriving Children, which supports a healthy start and quality learning experiences for all children; Working Families, with a focus on efforts to help families obtain stable, high-quality jobs; and Equitable Communities, which promotes vibrant, engaged and equitable communities. Embedded within the Foundation’s work is a commitment to racial equity, to developing leaders, and to engaging communities in solving their own problems. Geographic priority areas in the United States include the states of Michigan, Mississippi, and New Mexico, and the city of New Orleans; however, promising programs throughout the U.S. are also supported. International grants, which have distinct funding priorities, are currently concentrated in selected regions of Haiti and Mexico. Requests for both national and international grants are reviewed throughout the year. Online application information is available on the Foundation’s website.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Healthcare Initiatives in Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation: Special Initiatives
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation seeks to expand access to healthcare for low-income and vulnerable residents of Massachusetts. The Foundation’s Special Initiatives grants provide one-time support of up to $50,000 for innovative projects throughout the state that expand access to healthcare for low-income consumers. The priorities are to protect the availability of coverage and care for the most vulnerable people in the state, and to support linkages between social services and healthcare that help to improve outcomes for residents. Funded programs should also advance knowledge about a healthcare issue aligned with the Foundation’s strategic focus areas including coverage and care, behavioral health, and social equity and health. The remaining deadlines for 2017 are August 18 and October 19. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the funding guidelines and submit an online application.

Grants Promote Social Justice in Colorado
Chinook Fund
Chinook Fund supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social, and economic justice in the state of Colorado. Chinook provides grants to organizations working to challenge the root causes of oppression, rather than treating the symptoms. Eligible applicants must be based in communities facing injustice or oppression, including, but not limited to, communities of color, low-income communities, LGBTQ communities, disabilities communities, and immigrant communities. Organizations should have democratic leadership, decision-making, and organizing that is led by and accountable to people most directly impacted by the issue or injustice. Start-Up Grants of up to $4,000 are provided to groups that are less than four years old; Established Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to groups that have been working successfully on social justice issues for a number of years. The next application deadline for both grant programs is August 21, 2017. Visit Chinook Fund’s website to download the funding guidelines and application forms.

Support for Ohio Nonprofit 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 carried on 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. Request Summaries may be submitted between June 1 and July 31, 2017; invited proposals will be due on September 15, 2017. (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.

Sponsorships Assist West Coast Communities
Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program
The Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program supports nonprofit organizations in the communities the bank serves in California, Oregon, and Washington. Sponsorships of up to $1,000 are provided to organizations that are engaged in transformative social justice and environmental work. Focus areas include affordable housing, sustainable community and economic development, minority-owned businesses, clean and efficient energy, recycling, and sustainable food, fisheries, and agriculture. Sponsorship applications are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online sponsorship request form.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Program Supports Addiction Recovery
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act: Building Communities of Recovery program seeks to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from substance abuse and addiction. The application deadline is July 3, 2017. 

Funds Available to Hire Police Officers
Department of Justice
The Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program provides support to law enforcement agencies to hire career law enforcement officers in an effort to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. The application deadline is July 10, 2017.



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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.

Now Is the Time - Mobilize Your Board to Raise Funds
In today's highly competitive grantseeking economy, nonprofit organizations that fail to attract outside funding most often are those with boards who are unable or unwilling to engage in efforts aimed at contributing to their agency's financial security. Stated quite simply, nonprofit board members no longer have the option of saying "I don't raise funds." In this webinar, Judith Margolin addresses the change in perspective necessary to turn weak boards into powerful fundraising entities, beginning with a new and much broader definition of "fundraising". Topics covered include: who should and should not be on your board, how to address your board member's reluctance to raise funds, and what specific roles board members can and should play vis a vis your prospects and funders. The webinar concludes with advice on developing an action plan to more fully engage your board in fundraising. This presentation will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 2 pm EDT.

Grantwriting 101
If you are new to grantwriting, this webinar is for you! During this 90-minute webinar, Alice Ruhnke, founder and owner of the Grant Advantage, will teach you how to use a Program Planning Framework to plan through grant applications so they tell a strong, consistent story. As we go through the Framework, each section of a typical grant application will be highlighted with information on what funders are looking for and tips on how to write that section. By the time the webinar is over, you will (1) understand what funders are looking for in grant applications; (2) be able to decipher confusing grant-related terminology; (3) have a usable system to connect all the pieces of an application together; and (4) have strategies to infuse your organization's strengths in your proposal to make it strong and competitive. This webinar will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 2 pm EDT.

The Anatomy of a Business Plan for Social Enterprise: It's not brain surgery!
If your nonprofit's traditional funding sources are not as reliable as in the past, it might be time to invest in social enterprise to protect your vital programs and services. Many savvy nonprofits have successfully launched an earned income venture and are generating sustainable funds as a result. Is your organization ready to learn more? In this fast-paced webinar, Jean Block, a nonprofit trainer who has guided nearly 100 nonprofits from idea to business plan, will explain what social enterprise is - and isn't - and explore the critical steps required to develop a business plan for social enterprise. Writing a business plan for a social enterprise isn't difficult when it is based on thorough market research and feasibility studies. It's not brain surgery and it's not rocket science! Follow the necessary steps and your organization, too, can find sustainable funding. This webinar will be held Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 2 pm EDT.



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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Social Change Initiatives Worldwide
Boating Safety Programs Funded
Grants Enhance the Lives of People Living with Paralysis
Programs Helping Children and Families Thrive Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Healthcare Initiatives in Massachusetts
Grants Promote Social Justice in Colorado
Support for Ohio Nonprofit Organizations
Sponsorships Assist West Coast Communities

Federal Funding
Program Supports Addiction Recovery
Funds Available to Hire Police Officers