Sample GrantStation Insider – December 19, 2013
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Volume XII | Issue 48
Support for National Performing Arts Projects
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Fund for National Projects
The Fund for National Projects, an initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theatre fields. In addition, the Fund works to improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in the targeted fields. Grants of $60,000 to $200,000 are provided for projects that engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field. Examples of eligible projects include research initiatives assessing the national health of arts groups or of individual artists, national convenings for performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences), and special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field. Projects by single performing arts entities are not supported. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is February 28, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website for program details.
Youth Environmental Initiatives Funded
Captain Planet Foundation
The Captain Planet Foundation supports educational programs that enable youth to understand and appreciate our world by getting involved in hands-on projects to improve the environment. The Foundation is interested in funding innovative programs that inspire youth to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. An additional priority is to fund programs that encourage environment-based education in schools. Nonprofit organizations and public schools may apply for grants of $500 to $2,500. Priority is given to projects with matching funds and/or in-kind support. The first application deadline for 2014 is January 31. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.
Grants Promote Employment for People with Disabilities
Kessler Foundation: Signature Employment Grants
The Kessler Foundation’s Signature Employment Grants provide support for non-traditional solutions or social ventures that increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 per year are awarded nationally to fund new pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, or social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas to solve the high unemployment and underemployment of individuals with disabilities. Preference is given to interventions that overcome specific employment barriers related to long-term dependence on public assistance, advance competitive employment in a cost-effective manner, or launch a social enterprise or individual entrepreneurship project. Priority is placed on serving individuals with mobility disabilities, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, epilepsy, or other related impairments. The Foundation requires that 65% of the target grant population meet these criteria. Nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. are eligible to apply. Online grant concepts are due February 7, 2014. Visit the Kessler Foundation’s website to review the Signature Employment Grants guidelines.
Awards for Exemplary After-School/Out-of-School Arts Programs
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, sponsored by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, recognize excellence in after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth. These programs offer high-quality and intensive instruction on weekends, afternoons, and summer vacations, providing a safe and productive space for young people in the hours when they are often the most vulnerable. Twelve winners will receive a $10,000 award and an invitation to accept their award at a White House ceremony. Programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, schools and universities, arts centers, community service organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to apply. Eligible programs must have been in operation for a minimum of five years. The 2014 application deadline is February 10. Visit the program’s website to submit an online application.
Conservation Initiatives in the Pacific Northwest Supported
The Confluence Fund seeks to be a catalyst for innovative conservation solutions designed to preserve wild landscapes. The Fund provides support to nonprofit organizations that work in the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) region. The Y2Y region encompasses five states (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming), two Canadian provinces (Alberta and British Columbia), and two territories (Yukon and Northwest Territories). The Fund’s grant priorities include Developing Conservation Leaders, Making Room for Wildlife, and Saving Wild Landscapes. Letters of inquiry may be submitted from January 1 through February 1, 2014. Visit the Fund’s website to review the grant priorities and funding guidelines.
Funds for Virginia Healthcare Providers
Virginia Health Care Foundation
The Virginia Health Care Foundation promotes public-private partnerships that increase access to primary healthcare services for medically underserved and uninsured Virginians. The Foundation supports projects that will grow or strengthen Virginia's healthcare safety net in the following categories: Develop or Expand Patient Capacity, Establish a Broader Scope of Services, Create Local Coordinated Systems of Care, and Strengthen the Infrastructure of Health Safety Net Providers. In all categories, a successful proposal must demonstrate that all the necessary planning has taken place, and the project management is thoroughly prepared to implement the project. Public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including free clinics and community health centers are eligible to apply. The first concept paper deadline for 2014 is January 22. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant program.
Grants Enhance K-12 School Gardens in California
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; twelve 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. Applications for the first funding cycle of 2014 must be postmarked by January 15. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant program and to download the grant application.
Technology Awards for Georgia Nonprofits
TechBridge Technology Innovation Award Program
The TechBridge Technology Innovation Award Program, sponsored by Accenture, recognizes deserving nonprofit organizations in Georgia that have innovative concepts for using technology to better serve the community. The award provides up to $25,000 in TechBridge consulting services and a cash grant of $5,000 to the nonprofit organization with the most compelling concept. The winner also receives thousands of dollars in donated software. In addition, two finalists each receive a TechBridge technology assessment and a $1,000 cash grant. The application deadline is February 3, 2014. Visit the TechBridge website for program details and application information.
Program Seeks to Reduce Violence in Rural Areas
Department of Justice: Office on Violence Against Women
The Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Assistance Program provides support to enhance the safety of rural victims of violence, and supports projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. The application deadline is January 23, 2014.
Funds Available to Increase Diversity in Nursing
Department of Health and Human Services
The Nursing Workforce Diversity Program provides support to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered nurses. The application deadline is January 24, 2014.
Water and Waste Training and Technical Assistance Supported
Department of Agriculture
The Technical Assistance and Training Grant program offers support to identify and evaluate solutions to water problems relating to source, storage, treatment, and distribution, and to waste disposal problems relating to collection, treatment, and disposal, and to provide training that will improve the management, operation, and maintenance of water and waste disposal facilities. The application deadline is January 31, 2014.
Program Supports Boating Safety
Department of Homeland Security: United States Coast Guard
The National Nonprofit Organization Boating Safety Grant Program offers support to reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths on America’s waterways and provide a safe and enjoyable experience for the boating public. The application deadline is January 31, 2014.
GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report: The Most Comprehensive Analysis Available
The GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report, which helps nonprofit organizations establish appropriate compensation, remains the only large-scale nonprofit compensation analysis based entirely on IRS data. This authoritative report gives nonprofits the information they need to establish appropriate compensation and demonstrate to grantmakers, oversight agencies, and individual donors that the salaries and benefits they offer are justified.
Join Leaders in the Fundraising Profession at the 51st AFP International Conference on Fundraising
Join leaders in the fundraising profession at the 51st AFP International Conference on Fundraising, March 23-25, 2014, in San Antonio, TX. Learn and network with over 3,000 professionals and shift your perspective to a new focus on fundraising. Attending this conference will help you gain insights and refocus on best practices. Hear from Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, and learn from Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO of Change.org, Beth Kanter, co-author of Networked Nonprofit, and Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children, among others. As a GrantStation subscriber, Register Today at www.AFPICON.com using code 2014GS before March 3rd and you may win an Apple iPad!
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 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 webinar will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Visit the link above to register.
FREE Tour of the GrantStation Website
Join Jeremy Smith, GrantStation's Communications and Technology Director, for a free webinar that offers a short tour of the GrantStation website. This tour will provide tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the right grantmaker for any program or project. During this webinar we will also cover Grants2020, an interactive visioning tool to help you realize the grants potential for your organization. There will be plenty of time for questions. This webinar will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Visit the link above to register.
Build Organizational Capacity with This No-Cost Tool (NEW)
The most common question we get at GrantStation from Members and non-Members alike is, "Can you recommend a system that we can use to manage our grants calendar, grant writing, and grant management?" We can! In this 90 minute webinar, you will learn how to go beyond the basics when using Google Apps tools to create, collaborate on, and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and forms (among other things). Start the year off right by organizing your approach to seeking grants and managing grant awards using this no-cost system. Taught by Sage Adams, Senior Instructional Designer for UC Berkeley, you will want volunteers, staff, and board members to participate in this how-to webinar. The webinar will be held Friday, March 28, 2014.Visit the link above to register.
Grants: How to Get Them and What to Do Next
When money is tight or when experiencing a budget gap, or when launching a new program area or expanding an organization's audience base, we often think "Why not get a grant?" This webinar, presented by Judi Margolin, explores the ins and outs of grantseeking, providing some very specific advice about how to be successful at securing outside funding from both foundations and corporations. Topics covered include the various types of grants, which kinds of grants in which dollar amounts work best for different types of funders, types of grant support, alternatives to cash grants, and how to determine where grants fit in your overall funding scheme. What to do when you actually receive a grant to ensure you are well positioned for the next grant is also addressed. The webinar will be held Thursday, April 10, 2014. Visit the link above to register.
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The State of Grantseeking Fall 2013 Report is Available
The State of Grantseeking Fall 2013 Report is completed, and GrantStation is pleased to share the survey results with you.
- The number of award recipients during the first six months of 2013 increased by 21% compared to the Fall 2012 survey.
- In this survey, 31% of respondents reported receipt of larger awards than during the same period in the prior year.
- Compared to the Fall 2012 survey, the median award size decreased by 8%.
- Funding from all levels of government decreased between 5% and 9% compared to last year, yet government at all levels increased as the source of the largest grant award.
Gain additional benchmarking tools and learn the median award size, staff size, and grant activity pattern, and more.
Editor: Julie Kaufman
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons
Contributing Writer: Kevin Peters
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