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Volume XIV | Issue 13

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

National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Community Improvement Projects
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation: Community Partners
The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities where Lowe's operates stores and distribution centers throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Community Partners grant program supports nonprofit organizations and local municipalities undertaking high-need projects such as building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades, and safety improvements. Most grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. The application deadline for the spring funding cycle is May 29, 2015; the fall funding cycle will be open from June 29 to August 28, 2015. Visit the company’s website to take the eligibility quiz and submit an online application.

K-12 Healthy School Initiatives Funded
Action for Healthy Kids: School Grants for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids fights childhood obesity, undernourishment, and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. School Grants for Healthy Kids, administered by Action for Healthy Kids, provides support to K-12 schools throughout the U.S. for school breakfast and physical activity programs. The following grant opportunities are available: School Breakfast Grants support programs that help schools pilot or expand their school breakfast programs. Three grant types are offered; two are nationwide and one targets selected states. Every Kid Healthy Grants support physical activity programs at schools in selected states with an optional nutrition component to promote becoming recognized as a health-promoting school. The application deadline for each of the grant programs is May 1, 2015. Visit the Action for Healthy Kids website to learn more about the programs.

Grants Enhance Spay/Neuter Programs in Underserved Communities
PetSmart Charities: Community Pet Program
PetSmart Charities is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all companion animals through programs that save the lives of homeless pets and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The Community Pet Program, an initiative of PetSmart Charities, supports projects in underserved communities nationwide that will help increase access to reduced cost or free spay/neuter and preventative care services for owned pets. Funded projects should produce significant impact through a model of outreach and service that is designed to change the dynamic of the pets in a defined area. Applications will be accepted from April 6 through July 7, 2015, or until all funds have been committed. Visit the PetSmart Charities website to review the program guidelines.

Food and Housing Programs for People Living 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 1, 2015. (The application information for Housing Programs for people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. will be available in April. 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 submit an application for a Food and Nutrition Programs grant.

Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Innovative School Discipline Programs in Texas Funded
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Behavior in Schools
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health advances recovery and wellness in Texas by supporting mental health services, policy analysis, research, and public education. The Foundation has issued a request for proposals, Trauma-Informed Approaches to Behavior in Schools, to fund programs throughout the state that employ emerging practices to move school-based discipline programs away from exclusionary, punitive models and towards equity-driven, trauma-informed proactive models that improve behavioral and educational outcomes. The Foundation plans to award grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to one to three public schools, charter schools, or school partnerships over a one-year period. Applicants must register with the Foundation’s grants management system by April 30, 2015; online proposals must be submitted by May 6, 2015. (An optional information teleconference for potential applicants will be held on April 15.) Visit the Foundation’s website to download the RFP.

Capacity Building Grants for Hawaiian Organizations
First Foundation: Supporting Our Communities Initiative
The First Foundation is committed to building the strength and integrity of the nonprofit organizations in the communities the company serves. The Foundation's Supporting Our Communities Initiative is currently offering grants to nonprofit organizations in the state of Hawaii to strengthen their organizational and fundraising capacity. (Organizations in Southern California and Las Vegas, NV, are eligible to apply in a separate funding round.) Selected organizations receive a cash grant of up to $5,000, to be applied towards implementing any of the grantee’s capacity building programs, and up to 20 hours of consulting services. The application deadline for nonprofit organizations in Hawaii is May 1, 2015. Visit the First Foundation website to submit an online application.

Support for K-12 STEM Programs in Selected States
Dominion Educational Partnership
The Dominion Educational Partnership provides elementary and secondary educators with the tools they need to revitalize math and science programs. Support is provided in specific geographic areas of the states of Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, and throughout the states of Virginia and West Virginia. The Partnership provides grants of up to $10,000 to encourage the development of new programs to strengthen math and science education through the study of energy or the environment. Public and private elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations are invited to apply. The application deadline is May 15, 2015. Visit the company’s website to submit an online application.

Education, Environmental, and Economic Initiatives in Illinois Funded
Grand Victoria Foundation: Core Grants Program
The Grand Victoria Foundation invests in building strong communities in Illinois by strengthening education, protecting the natural environment, and promoting economic vitality. Through the Core Grants Program, the Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that address the following categories: Employment, Land and Water Conservation, and Early Childhood Education. Statewide organizations, regional organizations that focus on the Chicago metropolitan area, as well as organizations that focus on suburban Chicago counties are eligible to apply. The 2015 deadlines for letters of inquiry are May 1 and October 2. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Core Grants Program.

Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Personal Responsibility Education Programs Funded
Department of Health and Human Services
The Personal Responsibility Education Program is funding education programs in Florida, Indiana, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Palau. Funds will support the design, implementation, and sustainability of teen pregnancy prevention and adulthood preparation for youth between the ages of 10 and 21. The application deadline is May 5, 2015.

Support Available for Sports Exchange Programs
Department of State
The SportsUnited: International Sports Programming Initiative is funding exchange projects designed to reach underserved youth or their coaches/sports administrators who manage youth sports programs. This initiative uses sports to help underserved youth around the world develop important leadership skills, achieve academic success, and promote tolerance and respect for diversity. These exchanges between the United States and selected countries will be either reciprocal or one-way, and will employ sports to address specific themes. The application deadline is May 8, 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.

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 Tuesday, June 2, 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.

How to be a Successful Fundraiser (NEW)

Fundraising has never been more competitive. The number of nonprofit organizations has increased dramatically over the past decade, with growth in the sector outpacing business or government. In order to thrive, today's nonprofits must have competent fundraisers on board. In this webinar, Rich Brown will cover three ingredients essential to being a successful fundraiser: attributes that reflect character and integrity, skills that contribute to fundraising competency, and techniques to successfully ask for money. The webinar concentrates on direct person-to-person fundraising, whether the other party is a major gift prospect or a corporate or foundation officer. Both those looking to accelerate their careers and those thinking about entering the fundraising field will benefit from this webinar. This webinar will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Baiting the Hook: Hiring Powerful Leaders (NEW)

Effective leadership is essential to the long-term health of an organization. Leaders articulate the organization's vision and call its constituency to action. Absent good leadership, even a well-managed organization will eventually founder -- overtaken by changing times, new ideas, and more competitive organizations. Hiring committees often mistakenly select a manager when they wanted a leader. Why? True leaders are rare, leadership is poorly understood, management and leadership are frequently confused, and leadership functions are often qualitative and difficult to specify.

In this webinar, Russell Heath will cover:

  • Leadership: What it is, what it is good for, and how it differs from management.
  • Assessment: Is your organization ready for a leader?
  • Hiring: How to advertise to, attract, and interview a leader.

The webinar is for board members and senior staff who hire executive and program directors, plan transition strategies, and want to keep their organizations vibrant, nimble, and creative. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

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 grant writers who want to learn specifically about proposals to foundations. The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

For a complete list of upcoming Online Education Trainings, click here.

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