Sample GrantStation Insider Ė April 10, 2014
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Volume XIII | Issue 14
Support for Grassroots Environmental Organizations
Norcross Wildlife Foundation
The Norcross Wildlife Foundation provides support to local grassroots organizations throughout the United States that work to protect wild land. Priority is given to organizations that have difficulty raising the modest funds they need to do their critical work in the trenches of environmental conservation. Grants averaging $1,000 to $5,000 are primarily provided for program-related office and field equipment, and public education and outreach materials. The Foundation also provides no-interest loans to local organizations to help them acquire land they have prioritized for conservation. Applications for both grants and loans may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.
Youth Education Programs Funded
American Honda Foundation
The American Honda Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions nationwide that address the areas of youth and scientific education. The Foundation's primary funding priority is youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; the environment; job training; and literacy. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000. The annual application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Visit the Foundation’s website to take the required eligibility quiz and submit an online application.
Grants Address the Well-Being of Humanity Worldwide
The Rockefeller Foundation
The mission of the Rockefeller Foundation is to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that fit within one of the following four core issue areas: advancing health, including creating incentives for better nutrition and wellness; revaluing ecosystems, including accounting for nature's role in people's economic and social well-being; securing livelihoods, including expanding opportunity and creating inclusive markets in the changing global economy; and transforming cities, including embracing urbanization to catalyze equity. Funded organizations must also address one or more of the Foundation's current initiatives. Online inquiries are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.
Programs Providing Services for People with HIV/AIDS Supported
M·A·C AIDS Fund: U.S. Community Grants Program
The M·A·C AIDS Fund supports nonprofit organizations that are providing vital services to people affected by HIV/AIDS. The Fund's U.S. Community Grants Program provides support to service providers for U.S.-based programs that offer food and nutrition or housing services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Online applications for Food and Nutrition Programs grants are currently available on the Fund’s website and must be submitted by May 2, 2014. The Housing Programs online grant application will be available on the website at the beginning of August and applications will be due on September 5, 2014. (The Fund also offers separate programs for organizations in Canada as well as countries throughout the world where M·A·C Cosmetics has affiliate offices.) Visit the Fund's website to review the guidelines for the U.S. Grants Program.
Funds for Innovative Organizations in Louisiana and New Mexico
The Frost Foundation
The Frost Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in the states of Louisiana and New Mexico. The Foundation's areas of grantmaking interest include education, human service needs, and the environment. The Foundation’s efforts are directed primarily to supporting exemplary organizations that can generate positive change beyond traditional boundaries, to encouraging creativity that recognizes emerging needs, and to assisting innovation that addresses current urgent problems. Priority is given to programs that have the potential for wider service or educational exposure than an individual community. The application deadlines are June 1 and December 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines and download the application form.
Grants Enhance Bank Communities in the Northeast
Santander Bank Foundation
The Santander Bank Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the communities the bank serves in the Northeast, including locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. The Foundation’s grant categories include Community Investment and Economic Development, Youth and Education, Health and Human Services, and Arts and Culture. Priority is given to requests benefiting low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. The remaining application deadlines for 2014 are June 6 and September 5. Visit the Bank’s website to review the application guidelines.
Support for Native Organizations in the Pacific Northwest
The mission of the Potlatch Fund is to inspire and build upon the Native tradition of giving and to expand philanthropy in Northwest Indian Country. The Fund provides support exclusively to Tribes, Tribal nonprofits, Native nonprofits, and Native artists based in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Fund’s Community Building Grants program supports Native-led organizations that address the root causes of social, economic, environmental, and racial injustices that impact Northwest Natives, with priority given to programs that provide leadership opportunities for Native youth. The Language Preservation and Education Fund promotes language preservation and documentation efforts, educational enrichment, and after-school Native youth programming. The Native Arts program supports individual artists and arts organizations, with an emphasis on projects that address the revitalization of endangered Native art forms through intergenerational opportunities that transfer knowledge from elders to a new generation. The application deadline for all three programs is June 6, 2014. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the grant programs.
California K-12 Garden Programs Funded
California Fertilizer Foundation: School Garden Grant Program
The California Fertilizer Foundation's mission is to enhance awareness and understanding of plant nutrients and agriculture in California. The Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program provides funding for California public and private elementary, middle, and high schools for sustaining or establishing school gardens. The Foundation awards 24 grants of $1,200 annually to schools in California; 12 awards are made in each grant cycle. At the end of each year, winning schools can re-apply for a progress grant of $1,500 and a free agricultural field trip. The upcoming application deadline is June 15, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the grant application guidelines and form.
Support for At-Risk Youth Services
Department of Health and Human Services
The Street Outreach Program offers support to provide services to youth living on the streets and in unstable situations. The program aims to increase young people's safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with caring adults, with the goal of getting them off the streets. The application deadline is May 12, 2014.
Funds Available for Citizenship Services
Department of Homeland Security
The Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services program provides support to expand the availability of high quality citizenship preparation services for lawful permanent residents in communities across the nation. The application deadline is May 16, 2014.
Youth Suicide Prevention Efforts Supported
Department of Health and Human Services
The Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention program supports states and tribes in developing and implementing youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies, grounded in public/private collaboration. The application deadline is May 19, 2014.
Program Seeks to Improve School Safety
Department of Justice
The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative provides support to increase the safety of schools nationwide through research on the root causes of school violence, the development of technologies and strategies for increasing school safety, and pilot grants to test innovative approaches to enhance school safety. The application deadline is May 20, 2014.
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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.
Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2015
This webinar will take participants 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. All participants will also receive a set of worksheets that they can use to create their own approach to building an overall grantseeking strategy for their organization. This webinar, which will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, is geared towards beginning and intermediate grant writers. Advanced grant writers may also find it useful as a refresher course. Visit the link above to register.
Writing Federal Grants
The federal government is increasingly interested in funding the important work done by community and faith-based groups throughout the country. Every year the government releases millions of dollars to help nonprofit organizations serve their communities. During this webinar, Alice Ruhnke will talk about how to identify federal grant opportunities, and she'll outline the major elements of grant applications required by most federal agencies. Resources to help your organization through the government grant seeking process will also be discussed. This webinar will be held Thursday, March 5, 2015 and is for intermediate participants. Visit the link above to register.
The Anatomy of a Business Plan for Social Enterprise: It's not brain surgery! (NEW)
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, March 12, 2015. Visit the link above to register.
How to Track Restricted Grants in QuickBooks
Wouldn't it be great if at any point during a grant's life cycle you could simply push a button and see exactly how much and to which categories the grant dollars have been spent? Considered the country's foremost expert in using QuickBooks for nonprofits, Gregg S. Bossen, CPA, will demonstrate how to easily and accurately track restricted grants in QuickBooks. Participants will learn how to set up a restricted grant, enter the grant budget, mark checks and bills as being paid out of the grant, point payroll to the grant, and finally create a memorized report to see how the dollars have been spent and compare the results to the grant budget. Gregg will be working in QuickBooks throughout the webinar. No power point slides here! There will also be plenty of time for questions. And one more thing: Gregg is really entertaining! This webinar will be held Thursday, March 19, 2015. Visit the link above to register.
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