GrantStation Insider - July 20, 2017

Volume XVI | Issue 29

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



National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Community-Led Programs Addressing Poverty
Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), established by the Catholic bishops of the United States, is committed to supporting organizations led by low-income individuals as they work to break the cycle of poverty and improve their communities. CCHD’s grant programs include the following: Community Development Grants support nonprofit organizations that nurture the participation of people living in poverty to change structures and policies that affect their lives. At least 50 percent of those benefiting from the applying organization's efforts must be people experiencing poverty. Economic Development Grants support economic development institutions that include the voice of the poor and marginalized in developing new businesses that offer good jobs or develop assets that will be owned by local communities. Grants range between $25,000 and $75,000. Pre-applications for both programs may be submitted between September 1 and November 1, annually. (Organizations are encouraged to submit their pre-application prior to the November 1 deadline.) Visit the CCHD website for more information.

International Festival Participation by U.S. Artists Funded
USArtists International

USArtists International, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through participation at international festivals. Support is available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles, as well as solo artists with fiscal sponsors, that have been invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets. Grants, generally ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, are provided towards support of performance fees, travel, housing, per diem, shipping, visa fees, and agents’ fees. The application deadlines for the 2018 grant cycle are September 7 and December 1, 2017, and April 5, 2018. Eligibility details and application guidelines are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.

Grants Encourage HIV/AIDS Grassroots Activism
AIDS United: Positive Organizing Project

The Positive Organizing Project, administered by AIDS United with funding from Gilead Sciences, Inc., is designed to revitalize a grassroots organizing movement among people living with HIV and AIDS. The goal of this initiative is to increase grassroots mobilization and engagement among people living with HIV within service delivery systems that directly impact stigma, improve the policy and community environment for inclusive and effective HIV programs, and indirectly improve outcomes along the HIV continuum of care. Grants will range from $20,000 to $40,000. Nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are eligible to apply. The application deadline is August 14, 2017. Visit the AIDS United website to download the Request for Proposals.

Public Transportation Advocacy Efforts Supported
American Public Transportation Association: Local Coalition Grant Program

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and its members and staff work to ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country. APTA’s Local Coalition Grant Program supports projects that focus on grassroots advocacy efforts that can help achieve specific state and local public transportation goals. Funded activities could include programs in partnership with local Chambers of Commerce or other business organizations that support public transportation and community mobility, efforts to educate decision-makers about policies favorable to public transportation, national efforts to obtain additional revenue support at the federal level, etc. Any local transit coalition is eligible, provided it has the support of the local APTA transit system member(s) and is a member of the National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates. The application deadline is August 31, 2017. Visit the APTA website to review the grant guidelines.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Oral Health Initiatives in New Jersey and Connecticut
Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation

The Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation's mission is to improve the oral health of New Jersey and Connecticut residents by providing charitable contributions to solve oral health care challenges. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut and New Jersey that focus on dental care for underserved populations. Currently, the Foundation’s funding priorities are to support dental programs that provide access to care for children, developmentally disabled persons, and senior citizens. In addition, the Foundation provides support for dental education initiatives, including scholarship programs and children’s programs. The initial grant application deadline has been extended to August 21, 2017. For more information about the Foundation or to apply for a grant, please email

Grants Promote Coordination Between Housing and Services in Oregon
Meyer Memorial Trust: Affordable Housing Initiative

The Meyer Memorial Trust invests in organizations, communities, ideas, and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon. The Trust’s Affordable Housing Initiative is dedicated to exploring innovation, leveraging resources, and supporting systems change to meet the housing needs of Oregonians. The current Request for Proposals supports collaboratives working to better align affordable housing with services that contribute to residents’ stability and success. Projects addressing housing disparities adversely affecting communities of color and other historically disadvantaged populations are encouraged. The Trust intends to fund projects throughout Oregon and particularly welcomes proposals from underserved rural communities. Most awards will range between $40,000 to $50,000 per year (up to $100,000 over two years). The application deadline is September 12, 2017. Visit the Trust’s website to review the RFP.

Support for Health Initiatives in South Carolina
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation

The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is dedicated to promoting healthier South Carolinians, particularly the economically vulnerable. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions throughout the state that address one of the following grantmaking investment strategies: Access to Care, Building a Stronger Workforce for Health, Improving the Quality and Value of Health and Health Care, Investing in the Health and Well-Being of South Carolina Children and Families, and Research/Special Projects. Letters of Intent must be submitted by August 16, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the eligibility guidelines and submit an online Letter of Intent.

East Coast Affordable Housing Projects Funded
TD Charitable Foundation: Housing for Everyone Grant Competition

The TD Charitable Foundation is dedicated to sustaining the well-being of the communities served by the bank in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The Foundation’s 2017 Housing for Everyone grants will focus on initiatives that provide “Affordable Housing for All” through the creation of new sustainable units that offer safe, affordable, accessible housing for today and tomorrow's families. Twenty-five grants of $125,000 will be awarded to the best grant applications received. The application deadline is September 1, 2017. Visit the bank’s website to review the FAQs and submit an online application.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Economic Development Supported, With a Focus on Coal Communities
Department of Commerce

The Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to prosperity in distressed communities, including areas impacted by coal mining or coal power plant employment loss. The programs accept applications on an ongoing basis.

Program Funds Refugee Employment
Administration for Children and Families

The Refugee Career Pathways Program supports projects helping refugees qualify for licenses and certifications necessary to attain employment and improve self-sufficiency. Allowable activities include case management, training and technical assistance, specialized English language training, and mentoring. 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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100 Days for Good Podcast
Nowadays, the news seems to be moving a mile a minute, and it can be difficult for those working in the social sector to keep up on the latest happenings in Washington D.C. Independent Sector’s 100 Days for Good Podcast can help you to stay up-to-date on the public policy issues affecting your work. This podcast is about “what nonprofits, foundations, and anyone committed to the common good needs to know about what’s happening in Washington.”



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 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.

Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2017-2018
This webinar will take you through the process of establishing a grants calendar for the next 12 to 18 months. Fast-paced, and filled with action steps, Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, will discuss how to design and adopt a Grant Decision Matrix before beginning the process of building a specific grants strategy for each project. You will also receive a set of worksheets that you can use to create your own approach to building an overall grantseeking strategy for your organization. This presentation, which will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 2 pm EDT, is geared towards beginning and intermediate grantwriters. Advanced grantwriters may also find it useful as a refresher course.



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.

Download your free copy of the State of Grantseeking Report today!

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

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Community-Led Programs Addressing Poverty
International Festival Participation by U.S. Artists Funded
Grants Encourage HIV/AIDS Grassroots Activism
Public Transportation Advocacy Efforts Supported

Regional Funding Opportunities
Funds for Oral Health Initiatives in New Jersey and Connecticut
Grants Promote Coordination Between Housing and Services in Oregon
Support for Health Initiatives in South Carolina
East Coast Affordable Housing Projects Funded

Federal Funding
Economic Development Supported, With a Focus on Coal Communities
Program Funds Refugee Employment