GrantStation Insider - June 8, 2017

Volume XVI | Issue 23

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



National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Youth-Led Community Service Projects
Youth Service America: Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grants

Youth Service America and Disney are teaming up this summer to inspire kids and families to make a positive impact in their communities through the Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service campaign. Children and teens, ages 5 to18, can apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grant to create a project or expand an existing project using fun summer activities like sports, arts, reading, or being outdoors to make their communities healthier, greener, and stronger. This fall 250 youth-led service projects will be selected and $500 grants will be awarded to each winner's sponsoring organization to support their projects. The registration deadline is September 15, 2017; applications will be accepted through September 30, 2017. Visit the YSA website to learn more about the program.

Weed Control Partnerships Funded
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Pulling Together Initiative

The Pulling Together Initiative, a program of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), is intended to help local communities throughout the country promote the conservation of natural habitats by preventing, managing, or eradicating invasive and noxious plant species. This program provides grants to develop or advance Cooperative Weed Management Areas and Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas. Priority will be given to projects that include partnerships with a wide cross-section of invasive species stakeholders including private landowners, local nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and federal agencies. Grant awards will range from $10,000 to $100,000. All grants require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services from non-federal sources. Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions are eligible to apply. Pre-proposals must be submitted online by July 12, 2017; full proposals are due September 19, 2017. Visit the NFWF website to review the Request for Proposals.

Grants Promote Children’s Health Projects
American Academy of Pediatrics: Community Access to Child Health Program

The Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program, a national initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is designed to improve access to healthcare by supporting pediatricians who are involved in community-based efforts to enhance the health of children. CATCH Planning and Implementation Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to pediatricians and fellowship trainees to plan innovative community-based child health programs that will ensure all children have medical homes, are properly immunized, and have access to healthcare services not otherwise available in their community. (Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded to pediatric residents addressing the same issues.) The application period will close on July 31, 2017. Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website to learn more about the CATCH Program.

Organizations Advancing Justice for LGBT People Supported
Arcus Foundation: U.S. Social Justice Program

The Arcus Foundation is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. The Foundation’s U.S. Social Justice Program focuses on advancing social justice for LGBT people in the United States, with a significant focus on LGBT youth and communities of color. This program’s grantmaking focuses on the following three goal areas: 1) increased LGBT understanding and acceptance among youth and communities of color through culturally relevant messages and messengers; 2) strengthened leadership among activists working across movements or in alliances where LGBT issues are meaningfully integrated; and 3) increased social and economic protections for LGBT youth, with an emphasis on LGBT youth of color. U.S. nonprofit organizations may submit an online Initial Funding Concept form at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Local Programs in Company Communities
Gannett Foundation: Community Action Grant Program

The Gannett Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that serve the communities where Gannett Co., Inc., owns a newspaper or broadcast station. The Foundation’s Community Action Grant Program’s priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment. Grants are generally in the $1,000 to $5,000 range. Grant requests are considered twice each year; the upcoming postmark deadline is August 29, 2017, for most locations. Proposals should be submitted to the local newspaper publisher or TV station general manager. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines and download the application form.

Grants Strengthen Communications for Californians with Disabilities
Disability Communications Fund

The Disability Communications Fund (DCF) supports nonprofit organizations that offer technology and programs that serve the communication needs of Californians with disabilities. DCF’s funding priorities for 2018 include the following: Training the Next Generation of AT and AAC Experts, Facilitating Research and Innovation, and Building Networks and Replicating Successful Models. Grants of $10,000 to $100,000 will be provided. The deadline for letters of intent is August 9, 2017; full grant applications are due October 6, 2017. Visit the DCF website to learn more about the funding priorities and the application process.

Support for Racial Justice and Equity Programs in Maine
Maine Initiatives: Grants for Change Program

Maine Initiatives cultivates social, economic, and environmental justice through grants and other support to grassroots nonprofit organizations in Maine communities. Maine Initiatives’ Grants for Change Program supports community-based nonprofit organizations advancing racial justice and racial equity in local communities or statewide. Grants of $25,000 will be provided for general operating support spread out over three years. Funded organizations will also be invited to participate in a series of peer learning, training, capacity building, and community outreach activities over the course of the grant period. Support is provided to organizations with budgets under $1,000,000. The application deadline is July 14, 2017. Visit the Maine Initiatives website to review the Grants for Change Program’s guidelines.

Illinois Habitat Protection Initiatives Funded
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
The mission of the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation is to improve energy efficiency, advance the development and use of renewable energy resources, and protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in communities all across Illinois. The Foundation is currently accepting applications for the following grant opportunities in the Natural Areas Program: Capacity Building, Land Acquisition, and Planning for Land Acquisition. The upcoming application deadline for all three grant opportunities is August 29, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Natural Areas Program and the grant application procedure.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Grants Available to Help Street Youth
Administration for Children and Families

The Street Outreach Program provides support for street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of trafficking in persons. The application deadline is July 11, 2017. 

Program Supports Rural Healthcare
Department of Agriculture

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants program supports access to education, training, and healthcare resources for rural Americans through the use of telecommunications services. The application deadline is July 17, 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.

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.

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.



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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Youth-Led Community Service Projects
Weed Control Partnerships Funded
Grants Promote Children’s Health Projects
Organizations Advancing Justice for LGBT People Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Local Programs in Company Communities
Grants Strengthen Communications for Californians with Disabilities
Support for Racial Justice and Equity Programs in Maine
Illinois Habitat Protection Initiatives Funded

Federal Funding
Grants Available to Help Street Youth
Program Supports Rural Healthcare