GrantStation Insider - July 13, 2017

Volume XVI | Issue 28

National | Regional | Federal | PathFinder | Online Education | Announcements



National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

General Operating Support to Strengthen Native Organizations
Native Voices Rising

Native Voices Rising (NVR), a project of Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy, is designed to support organizing, advocacy, and civic engagement in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. NVR provides general operating support grants of up to $10,000 to strengthen Native-led organizations that are building community leadership and power to improve the well-being of their communities. Grants focus on a wide range of critical issues, from human and civil rights, to reproductive justice, to environmental health and sacred sites protection. Eligible organizations should be rooted in a Native community, led by Native people, hold a vision for change that improves the lives of Native community members, engage large numbers of community members to take action together, and seek to improve the policies and rules that impact the community. The application deadline is August 2, 2017. Visit the NVR website to learn more about the application process.

Community Efforts Led by Girls and Women of Color Funded
NoVo Foundation: Advancing Adolescent Girls’ Rights

The mission of the NoVo Foundation is to foster a transformation from a world of domination and exploitation to one of collaboration and partnership. The Foundation's Advancing Adolescent Girls’ Rights initiative will provide support to community-based organizations led by girls and women of color across the United States. The focus is on movement-building efforts with and for girls that include 1) direct work with girls of color at the local and grassroots level that creates space for connection and healing and spaces for consciousness raising and where their leadership is supported, and/or 2) work that responds to the structural harms and systemic barriers girls of color face through organizing, advocacy, base-building, and narrative-shaping efforts. Successful applicants will be led by the constituencies they serve, be local in scope, and have an operating budget between $150,000 and $2 million. Letters of inquiry must be submitted by August 11, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about becoming a Community Grantee Partner.

Grants Address Criminal Justice and Climate Change
David Rockefeller Fund

The David Rockefeller Fund aims to foster and embody a more just, creative, and flourishing world. The Fund currently provides support to nonprofit organizations nationally in two program areas: The Criminal Justice Program focuses on supporting bold new ideas and policy proposals and initiatives for transforming U.S. detention/incarceration policy. The Environment Program focuses on funding new ideas, initiatives, and policy breakthroughs in support of bipartisan U.S. climate leadership. (The Fund also supports art programs in New York City that address social change.) Letters of inquiry are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Fund’s website to review the FAQs and to learn more about the Fund’s guiding principles and program areas.

Projects Focusing on Health Challenges Supported
Cigna Foundation: World of Difference Grants

The Cigna Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for individuals everywhere to achieve the best possible health. The Foundation’s World of Difference Grants focus on health equity, helping people overcome barriers to their health and well-being related to factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, age, geography, or economics. There are two different types of World of Difference Grants: Community Health Navigation grants support projects within the United States that help individuals understand the particular health equity challenges affecting them, and assist them in finding services in their communities that address those challenges. Community Wellness grants support projects outside the United States that help individuals understand their health challenges and learn how to make healthy choices through information and services made available to them where they work. Online requests for both grant programs may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Animal Welfare Organizations in Colorado
Animal Assistance Foundation

The Animal Assistance Foundation is dedicated to providing leadership in improving animal welfare in the state of Colorado. The Foundation's grant program supports nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Colorado that are working to enhance the Five Freedoms for companion animals: freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury, and disease; freedom to express normal behavior; and freedom from fear and distress. The deadline for letters of inquiry is September 1, 2017; grant applications are due September 29, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information on the grant guidelines and application process.

Grants Promote Student-Centered Learning in New England
Nellie Mae Education Foundation: Transformative Education Governance Grant Program

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation seeks to build the capacity of local communities in New England to transform their school systems into high-performing, equitable, student-centered bodies that prepare all learners for college and career. The Foundation’s Transformative Education Governance Grant Program aims to create new governance designs and refocus governance on ensuring equitable access to student-centered learning. Through this program, the Foundation will award up to eight planning grants of up to $100,000 to organizations in the six New England states. At the end of the planning period, the Foundation will consider applications for implementation grants. State education agencies, local school districts, and nonprofit organizations that have an education focus are eligible to apply. The application deadline is September 14, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the request for proposals.

Youth Services in Company Communities Supported
Nordstrom Corporate Giving Program

The Nordstrom Corporate Giving Program supports nonprofit organizations in the communities where company stores are located, including locations in the U.S. and Canada. The focus is on programs and organizations that care for kids and empower youth. Support is also provided for other efforts that will have a significant impact on company communities. Grants are provided to support programs and services that are not readily available elsewhere. Online applications must be submitted by October 1, 2017. Visit the company’s website to review the giving guidelines.

Funds for Programs Focusing on the Social Determinants of Health in California
The California Wellness Foundation: Advancing Wellness Grants Program

The mission of The California Wellness Foundation is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education, and disease prevention. The Foundation's Advancing Wellness Grants Program is dedicated to helping level the playing field so that all Californians have access to good-paying jobs, safe neighborhoods, and quality healthcare services. The program provides support through the following four grantmaking portfolios: Bridging the Gaps in Access and Quality Care, Promoting Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods, Expanding Education and Employment Pathways, and the Opportunity Fund. Letters of interest may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Advancing Wellness Grants Program funding guidelines.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Neighborhood Planning Efforts Supported
Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program supports efforts to improve neighborhood confidence, which in turn sustains the community's energy, attracts more engagement and resources, and helps convince skeptical stakeholders that positive change is possible. The application deadline is August 28, 2017. 

Program Encourages STEM Grads and Professionals to Become Teachers 
National Science Foundation
The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The application deadline is August 29, 2017.



PathFinder: Featured Resource
A library of quality resources designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional.

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The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age
Are you trying to keep up on the latest industry trends, but find yourself reaching for that summer spy novel instead? For those with an interest in both philanthropy and intrigue, we recommend reading The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age.

This book “provides an inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists--and how they're quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad.” You may even find some funding leads for your upcoming project.



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.

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.

Logic Models: More Than Just Extra Work!
Logic models are not a passing fad. If you need to create a logic model for your program, but don't know where to start, this webinar is for you! Using the Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach from the United Way of America, Alice Ruhnke will demonstrate why logic models are critical for program planning and evaluation. During this webinar, you will learn how to create and use a logic model to help you improve services and your impact on your community. Executive directors, program managers, and grantwriters from a broad range of human service organizations will benefit from this 90-minute presentation. The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at 2 pm EDT.



What's New at GrantStation?

The Spring 2017 State of Grantseeking Report

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Whether you manage a nonprofit organization, an educational institution, or a government agency, there is one truth that is self-evident: there is never enough money to do the good work you feel you need to do. So, we all ask ourselves these questions:

  • Who will fund my organization?
  • What is a reasonable level of funding to expect for my organization?
  • Does my budget, location, or mission affect my organization's ability to be awarded grants?

The free State of Grantseeking™ Report can serve as a valuable benchmark for organizations to review their grantseeking efforts, and will provide leading-edge information months earlier than other annual surveys.

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

National Funding Opportunities
General Operating Support to Strengthen Native Organizations
Community Efforts Led by Girls and Women of Color Funded
Grants Address Criminal Justice and Climate Change
National STEM Education Programs Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Animal Welfare Organizations in Colorado
Grants Promote Student-Centered Learning in New England
Youth Services in Company Communities Supported
Funds for Programs Focusing on the Social Determinants of Health in California

Federal Funding
Neighborhood Planning Efforts Supported
Program Encourages STEM Grads and Professionals to Become Teachers