GrantStation Insider - June 29, 2017

Volume XVI | Issue 26

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



National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Healthy Housing Policy Development
The Kresge Foundation: Developing Healthy Places

The Kresge Foundation works to reduce health disparities among children and adults by addressing conditions that lead to poor health outcomes. The Foundation’s Developing Healthy Places program supports place-based, community-driven efforts to promote health and remove barriers to opportunity for people in low-income neighborhoods. In the Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods category, support is provided to organizations working to address policies, systems change, and communication to connect health and housing; policies that promote healthy housing and mitigate the impacts of substandard housing; and innovative investments that connect community development, health, and housing. Preliminary applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.

Initiatives to Aid Vulnerable Populations Funded
Jewish Helping Hands: Tikkun Olam Grant Program

Jewish Helping Hands’ Tikkun Olam Grant Program is intended to advance the goal of inspiring and supporting tzedakah, justice, and righteousness throughout the world. The grant program supports projects that focus on reaching needy and vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad, particularly those that have been overlooked or marginalized. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations that show clear promise to promote self-help and empowerment within communities, or respond to unmet needs of those who are poor or marginalized. The program values projects that aim to bring about positive change for groups of all backgrounds and religious affiliations. For the 2018 grant cycle, the focus is on projects to address infant hunger, clean water access, and paths to independence and self-sufficiency. In addition, projects in the U.S., Africa, and in regions worldwide with impoverished Jewish populations are given priority. Initial inquiry forms must be submitted by September 12, 2017; invited full applications will be due December 11, 2017. Visit the Jewish Helping Hands website to learn more about the Tikkun Olam Grant Program.

Grants Enhance Programs for Young Children
Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that offer programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age. The Foundation's areas of interest include the following: The Early Childhood Welfare category supports programs that research best child rearing practices and identify models that can provide caring environments to ensure all children thrive. The Early Childhood Education and Play category focuses on improving the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning through the development of innovative curricula and research-based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments. The Parenting Education category promotes programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, and health, prenatal care, and diet, as well as programs that provide support to parents. The Foundation's goal is to serve as an incubator for new, innovative projects and research that will have a nationwide impact. In that regard, the Foundation does not provide grants for the revision or implementation of existing programs or research, or for capital equipment, such as playgrounds. Letters of inquiry are due September 30, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

Travel for International Artist Collaborations Supported
Association of Performing Arts Professionals: Cultural Exchange Fund

The Cultural Exchange Fund, an initiative of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, is a travel subsidy program that assists U.S.-based presenters in building partnerships with international touring artists, companies, and their collaborators. The focus of the program is on increasing presenters’ knowledge of international performing artists based outside the U.S. and the cultural context for these artists’ work. In promoting cross-cultural arts programming, travel to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East is strongly encouraged. The maximum amount awarded per individual organization or artist is $2,000. Group travel subsidies of three or more presenters are also available, with a maximum award of $10,000. All applicants must be members of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. The remaining 2017 deadlines are July 31 and October 30. Applications must be submitted online through the Association of Performing Arts Professionals website.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Internet Education Initiatives in Company Communities
Spectrum Digital Education Grant Program

The Spectrum Digital Education Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations that educate community members on the benefits of broadband and how to use the Internet to make their lives better. Applying organizations must serve communities located in a Spectrum market. Priority is given to programs that serve families or seniors and partner with diverse, minority-based communities. Funded programs should have a lasting, meaningful, and tangible impact (e.g. development of a new digital site or app, expansion of the capacity of a digital learning center, creation of a mobile computer lab, etc.). Grants will range from $2,500 to $50,000. Applications will be accepted from June 30 through August 11, 2017. Visit the Spectrum website to review the selection criteria and submit an online application.

Grants Address Health Disparities in Georgia
Healthcare Georgia Foundation: Direct Services Grant Program

The mission of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities. The Foundation’s Direct Services Grant Program will provide grants of up to $50,000 to existing healthcare services and health promotion programs specifically related to the Foundation’s priority area of Addressing Health Disparities. Programs in both community and clinical settings will be considered. The Foundation’s Direct Services Grant Program will be accepting applications until 3 p.m. EDT on August 3, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application materials and submit an online application.

Capital Support for Colorado Nonprofits
Gates Family Foundation: Capital Grants Program

The Gates Family Foundation provides support to Colorado nonprofit organizations that have meaningful impact and enhance the quality of life for those visiting, working, and living in the state. The Foundation supports capital projects that fall within the following categories: Arts and Culture; Parks and Recreation; Education; Well-being of Children, Youth, and Families; and Community Development. Applicant organizations should incorporate green building and sustainable development practices into their projects whenever possible. In addition, applicant organizations must be based in Colorado. Proposals are reviewed three times per year; the next application deadline is October 1, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.

Fellowship Opportunity for Indiana Educators
Lilly Endowment: Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program

The Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program, offered by the Lilly Endowment, is a program of renewal that supports lifelong learning among Indiana K-12 educators by enabling them to pursue dreams and passions, explore new areas of interest, expand existing talents, and develop new ones. The program supports opportunities for intentional exploration and reflection that will result in renewed energy, enthusiasm, and creativity in teachers and thereby in classrooms and schools. Indiana principals, assistant principals, classroom/resource teachers, guidance counselors, and library and media specialists are eligible to apply. Up to 100 educators will receive fellowship stipends of $12,000. Applications must be postmarked by September 1, 2017. Visit the program’s website for application information.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Historic Preservation Funds Available
National Park Service

The Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Underrepresented Communities program supports the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks. The application deadline is July 31, 2017. 

Creative Community Development Efforts Supported
National Endowment for the Arts

The Our Town program supports creative placemaking to improve communities. Program areas include arts engagement, cultural planning, and design of public and cultural spaces. The application deadline is September 11, 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.

The Anatomy of a Business Plan for Social Enterprise
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.

How to Craft a Proposal to a Foundation
Proposal writing is the skill most sought after by savvy nonprofit staff members. On the one hand, writing a grant proposal is quite simple and follows a basic formula. However, submitting a proposal may be your only chance to put the case for funding your organization in front of a foundation, so you want to be sure to do it right. In this webinar, Judith Margolin provides invaluable tips on developing a compelling proposal narrative, what your proposal package should include, how to let your funder take the lead, and advice on writing and submission techniques that get your proposal noticed by foundation decision makers. This webinar is intended for the novice proposal writer. The webinar will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 2 pm EDT.

How to Secure Funding from Foundations
Foundations are mysterious institutions to those not familiar with them. In this webinar, Judith Margolin demystifies the process of securing foundation funding. The webinar provides a thorough grounding in what foundations are all about, including how many there are, who runs them, and trends in foundation giving. The focus is on what motivates foundations to give and how you can determine why they might or might not support your organization. Topics include types of foundations and styles of approach, determining your organization's funding needs, finding the best prospect, what makes a winning grant proposal, introducing your agency to a foundation, and proposal submission techniques. The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 10, 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 Healthy Housing Policy Development
Initiatives to Aid Vulnerable Populations Funded
Grants Enhance Programs for Young Children
Travel for International Artist Collaborations Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Internet Education Initiatives in Company Communities
Grants Address Health Disparities in Georgia
Capital Support for Colorado Nonprofits
Fellowship Opportunity for Indiana Educators

Federal Funding
Historic Preservation Funds Available
Creative Community Development Efforts Supported