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Volume XIV | Issue 29

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

National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Grassroots Organizations Nationwide
Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good
The Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good initiative supports grassroots organizations throughout the country working to do good in their communities. In 2015, the program will provide grants of $20,000 each to a grassroots nonprofit organization in every state and the District of Columbia. Any individual 18 years of age or older is eligible to nominate a nonprofit organization for consideration. Eligible organizations must be valid 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations in good standing that are community-based. (National organizations are not eligible.) The deadline for submitting online nominations is August 26, 2015. Visit the 50 States for Good website to review the official rules and to submit a nomination via the website, Twitter, or Instagram.

Environmental Partnerships in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico Funded
Commission for Environmental Cooperation: North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) facilitates collaboration and public participation to foster conservation, protection, and enhancement of the North American environment. The North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA), an initiative of CEC, provides grants to nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that focus on sustainable communities and urban initiatives at the grassroots level. Strategic priority areas include the following: climate change mitigation and adaptation, green growth, and sustainable communities and ecosystems. Proposals must be submitted by August 26, 2015. Visit the CEC website to download the Call for Proposals.

Travel Grants Promote International Performing Arts Collaborations
Association of Performing Arts Presenters: Cultural Exchange Fund  
The Cultural Exchange Fund, an initiative of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, 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 Presenters. The application deadlines for the 2015-2017 funding cycle are August 28 and October 30, 2015, and April 29 and October 28, 2016. Applications must be submitted online through the Association of Performing Arts Presenters website.

Community Autism Services Supported Throughout the U.S.
Autism Speaks Family Services Local Grants
The goal of Autism Speaks is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. The focus of Autism Speaks Family Services Local Grants is three-fold: to promote local services that enhance the lives of those affected by autism, to expand the capacity to effectively serve this growing community, and to increase the field of service providers across the country. Local Grants of up to $5,000 are provided to service providers throughout the United States addressing the areas of education and training, recreation and community activities, and young adult/adult services and technology. Both nonprofit and for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Local Grants are divided into Chapter, Regional, and Neighborhood Grants, depending on the location of the service providers. The application deadline for all Local Grants is September 28, 2015. Visit the Autism Speaks website to learn more about the application process.

Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Funds for Charitable Organizations in Eight States
BBVA Compass Foundation
The BBVA Compass Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are making a positive impact in the communities the bank serves in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Texas. The Foundation gives priority to requests that best reflect the following focus areas: community development/financial literacy, education, health and human services, arts and culture, environment and natural resources, and diversity and inclusion. Online applications are due September 30, 2015. (Prior to submitting a grant request, organizations interested in applying are invited to join one of the Charitable Contributions Process Conference Calls/Webinar Presentations to be held on July 24, August 21, and September 11.) Visit the bank’s website to learn more about the Foundation’s guidelines and application process.

Grants for Direct Health Services in Georgia
Healthcare Georgia Foundation
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 current grantmaking priority areas include the following: Addressing Health Disparities, Promoting Health and Preventing Disease, Expanding Access to Affordable Quality Care Services, and Strengthening and Sustaining Health Nonprofit Organizations. The Foundation’s Direct Services Grant Program will be accepting applications until 3 p.m. EST on August 27, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application materials and submit an online application.

Support for Upper Midwest Organizations Addressing LGBT Issues
Philanthrofund Foundation
Philanthrofund Foundation (PFund) is dedicated to building communities in the Upper Midwest states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility, and isolation. PFund provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the Upper Midwest that address the following pillars of social justice: Achieving Equal Rights; Ensuring Access, Safety, and Security; and Creating Power Through Community. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided, with most grants falling in the $3,000 to $5,000 range. The application deadline is September 1, 2015. Visit the PFund website to download the grant guidelines and application form.

Oral Health Programs for Illinois Children Funded
Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation
The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation works to improve the oral health of the residents of Illinois. The Foundation's Community Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and public schools that offer programs that address the oral health of children. Preference is given to programs that focus on the following two key priority areas: oral health education and awareness, and access to oral health, with emphasis on programs that also educate and inform. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. Applications may be submitted between August 3 and September 8, 2015. Visit the Delta Dental of Illinois website to review the Community Grants Program Philosophy and Guidelines.

Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Downtown Housing Projects Supported
Department of Housing and Urban Development
The HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program provides support to small communities to assist in the renovation of historic or traditional central business districts or "Main Street" areas by replacing unused commercial spaces in buildings with affordable housing units. The application deadline is August 27, 2015. 

Program Helps Housing Residents Achieve Self Sufficiency
Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinators program assists residents of public and Indian housing in making progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency. The program provides support to hire Service Coordinators to assess the needs of housing residents and link them to supportive services that enable participants to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. The application deadline is August 31, 2015.

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Online Training
Live Webinars

Upcoming Online Education Trainings
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 registration fee is $89 per person or $150 for a group.

Editing for Excellence: Why Editing Matters

Are your organization's grant submissions the best they can be? Have you ever wondered how much a dangling participle really matters? Editing is the key to making grant submissions go from good to great. This webinar, led by editors Harriette Grissom and Laura Gonzales of Palmetto Grant Consulting, will cover the importance of professional grant-editing, from the need for third party editors to the theory behind editors' and grantors' choices to a step-by-step guide for how to conduct edits on your own material. Content areas include professional and technical writing for an audience of funders, persuasive writing, and grammar and style. Attendees will receive worksheets to use as they follow along with the presentation. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Visit the link above to register.

Online Workshop: Dashboard Design from Start to Finish with MS Excel (NEW)

Have you ever been tasked with reporting on key metrics? Do you need tips for presenting data effectively in dashboards? In this workshop, Ann Emery will spend the first 30 minutes explaining the step-by-step dashboard design process, which involves customizing dashboards for your audience, sketching graphs on paper and within a grid system, adding the right amount of white space, and establishing a visual hierarchy. The remaining 60 minutes will be spent creating two dashboards from scratch with Microsoft Excel. You'll learn to insert spark lines, data bars, and conditional formatting, and to adjust the dashboard so that it can be printed or PDF'd neatly on one page. Ann will provide datasets so that we are all working from the same file. This hands-on workshop will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Visit the link above to register.

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 Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Visit the link above to register.

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. This presentation will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Visit the link above to register.

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