Sample GrantStation Insider – November 12, 2012
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Support for Community Health/Clinical Health Collaborations
Kresge Foundation: Community Health Partnerships
The Kresge Foundation is dedicated to promoting human progress by helping to improve the lives of poor and low-income children and adults, particularly those living in underserved urban and rural areas. Through the Community Health Partnerships initiative, the Foundation seeks to encourage cross-sector collaboration and the integration of community health strategies into health care, especially the primary care safety-net. The focus of the “Innovative Approaches to Improve Community Health” category is on promising new practices that serve vulnerable populations by advancing prevention, improving access, and integrating primary community and clinical care. The Foundation looks for efforts that foster connections between clinical health care and community health by integrating patient care with activity to recognize and “treat” the social and environmental factors that contribute to poor health. Preliminary applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.
Programs Benefiting National Forests Funded
National Forest Foundation: Matching Awards Program
The National Forest Foundation was established by Congress to support the USDA Forest Service in its management of America’s National Forests and Grasslands. The Foundation’s Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides support to nonprofit organizations and Native American tribes throughout the U.S. to engage in on-the-ground conservation and citizen-based monitoring projects benefiting National Forests and Grasslands. Funded projects must address at least one of the following program areas of emphasis: Wildlife Habitat Improvement, Recreation, Watershed Health and Restoration, or Community-Based Forestry. All grants require at least a one-to-one cash match through non-federal donations. The next application deadline is January 9, 2013. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.
Grants Promote Education and Equality for Women and Girls
American Association of University Women: Community Action Grants
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation works to advance educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States. The AAUW Community Action Grants program provides funds to individuals, AAUW organizations, and local community-based nonprofit organizations throughout the country for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls' and women's achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math. One-year grants of $2,000 to $7,000 provide funds for community-based projects that include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls. Two-year grants of $5,000 to $10,000 provide start-up funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls' sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. The application deadline for both types of grants is January 15, 2013. Visit the AAUW website to submit an online application.
National Social Justice Projects Supported
The Glaser Progress Foundation
The Glaser Progress Foundation aims to build a more just, sustainable, and humane world by supporting nonprofit organizations with a national focus and a strong history of success in targeted program areas. The mission of the Measuring Progress program is to build a more equitable and sustainable world by measuring what we value rather than valuing what we measure. The Independent Media program works to strengthen democracy by fostering a strong and diverse community of independent voices. The Animal Advocacy program, which has a regional focus, partners with animal protection organizations to combat companion animal overpopulation in the Pacific Northwest. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to review a list of example grants in each program area and download the application guidelines.
Funds for School Libraries in Company Communities Impacted by Disasters
American Library Association: Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund
Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund, administered by the American Library Association (ALA), supports public school libraries in the communities served by Dollar General in forty states, including the states most affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Fund provides grants of $10,000 to $20,000 to preK-12 public schools whose school library programs have been affected by a natural disaster, fire, or an act of terrorism. Schools that have absorbed a significant number (more than 10% of enrollment) of displaced/evacuee students are also eligible to apply. Grants are intended to help replace or supplement books, media, and/or library equipment. Eligible applicants must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center, or corporate office. Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed monthly. Visit the ALA website to submit an online application.
Grants Enhance Salmon Habitat in the Pacific Northwest
Ecotrust: Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative
The Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative, administered by Ecotrust, is a competitive grant program that funds salmon habitat restoration efforts in targeted areas of high ecological importance in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Support is provided for projects that aim to restore in-stream fish habitat or help recover stream, riparian, floodplain, or upland ecosystem processes. Nonprofit organizations, tribes, local governments, educational institutions, and other non-governmental community groups are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $20,000 to $100,000. The application deadline is December 17, 2012. Visit the Ecotrust website to review the map of eligible geographic areas and download the Request for Proposals.
Support for Breast Cancer Education Programs in Minnesota
Minnesota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Community Grants
The Minnesota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is dedicated to bettering the lives of those facing breast cancer throughout the state. The Minnesota Affiliate provides Community Grants for innovative programs in the areas of breast health and breast cancer education, screening, diagnosis, treatment, treatment support, survivorship, and health care delivery/systems change, especially among those who are disproportionately affected by this disease. Grants of up to $75,000 are available. (Requests for the purchase of breast cancer screening or diagnostic equipment may not exceed $5,000.) Nonprofit organizations, including educational institutions, government agencies, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply. Applying organizations must be located in and providing services in the state of Minnesota. The application deadline is January 11, 2013. Visit the Komen Minnesota Affiliate’s website to download the Request for Applications.
K-12 Teachers in West Virginia, Wyoming, and Utah Recognized
Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards
The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program recognizes excellent K-12 teachers in West Virginia, Wyoming, and the counties of Carbon, Emery, Sanpete, and Sevier in Utah. Nominees must be active, full-time teachers with at least three years of experience, including vocational, special education, and Title I teachers. Awards of $3,500 are provided to each winning teacher. Teachers may be nominated by students, peers, and members of their community. The nomination deadline is January 7, 2013. Visit the company’s website www.archcoal.com, or www.archteacherawards.com to access the nomination form.
Water Efficiency and Conservation Projects Supported
Bureau of Reclamation
The WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants program supports projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. The program supports efforts in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. The application deadline is January 17, 2013.
Program Supports Tribal Watershed Projects
Environmental Protection Agency
The Request for Proposals from Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia for Nonpoint Source Management Grants under the Clean Water Act provides support to develop or implement watershed-based plans and on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving nonpoint source impairments on a watershed-wide basis. The application deadline is December 14, 2012.
Media Programs Funded
National Endowment for the Humanities
The America’s Media Makers program provides support for projects in the formats of interactive digital media, such as websites, games, mobile applications, virtual environments, streaming video, or podcasts; film and television projects intended for national distribution; and radio projects intended for regional or national distribution. Grant categories include development grants and production grants. The application deadline is January 9, 2013.
Support Available for Museums
Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Museums for America program seeks to strengthen the ability of individual museums to serve the public more effectively. Examples of supported activities include planning, managing, and conserving collections; improving public access; training; conducting programmatic research; school and public programming; producing exhibitions; and integrating new or upgraded technologies into museum operations. The application deadline is January 15, 2013.
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.
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 for beginning and intermediate grantwriters who want to learn specifically about proposals to foundations. The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2013. Visit the link above to register.
Customizing Your Grant Proposal to Meet Funders' Needs
Many nonprofits have one standard proposal that they mass mail to potential funders. This is a mistake since it is critical to customize each grant proposal so that it matches the funder's own criteria as closely as possible. With so much information available today on exactly what funders are looking for, and with competition as steep as it is now, it is essential to go the extra mile to make each proposal special. In this webinar Judith Margolin provides specific advice on tailoring grant requests to meet funders' needs. This webinar is ideal for intermediate and advanced grant writers. The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Visit the link above to register.
Free: The State of Grantseeking 2013: How Your Mission, Budget, & Location Affect Your Grantseeking
Which mission-focus organizations receive the largest grant awards? Does your annual budget help or hurt your grant application? Is your organization located in a census division that receives government funding at a higher rate than others do? Gain additional benchmarking tools and learn the median award size, staff size, grant activity pattern and more based on organizational mission, budget, and location. In this webinar, Ellen Mowrer, GrantStation's Business Development Advisor, provides valuable results from the State of Grantseeking 2013 Report. After the webinar, attendees will receive the complete set of survey focus sheets and comparisons. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013. Visit the link above to register.
Funding Rural America: Finding New Grants for Small Communities
When has it ever been easy to secure funding for rural communities? Is there a way to level the playing field so small towns and counties or boroughs without large metropolitan areas can compete for both government and private sector grants? What are the other options for financially supporting a rural project? Are collaborative efforts worth the effort? And, of course the biggest question: who is funding rural America? These, and other relevant questions, along with current trends effecting rural funding will be addressed in this webinar presented by Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation. This webinar will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2013. Visit the link above to register.
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