Grant Funding Opportunities

    • Grants Promote Nonprofit Feedback Resources
      Fund for Shared Insight: Listen4Good

      Fund for Shared Insight is a funder collaborative working to improve philanthropy by elevating the voices of those least heard. Through Shared Insight’s signature grantmaking initiative, Listen4Good (L4G), nonprofits and funders are invited to join in building high-quality feedback loops, a systematic and rigorous way to listen to, and respond to, the people nonprofits serve. To participate in the 2019 co-funded L4G grant round, a nonprofit must be customer-facing, have a minimum annual budget of $500,000, and be nominated by an existing or new funder. Grantees will receive $30,000 over 18 months, half covered by Shared Insight, half by the nominating funder. Applications will be accepted through September 20, 2019. Visit Shared Insight’s website to learn more about the L4G grant process.
    • Support for STEM Projects in Company Communities
      FirstEnergy STEM Classroom Grants

      FirstEnergy STEM Classroom Grants provide support to educators at pre-K-12 schools and youth groups in communities served by the company in Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Grants of up to $1,000 are available for creative classroom projects in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Resources requested should be integral components of a well-planned classroom project or lesson plan, and vital to its success. Grants may be used to compensate experts who come to work with students, but not to pay teachers or staff. The application deadline is September 20, 2019. Visit the FirstEnergy website to download the application form.
    • Grants Foster Social and Economic Justice in Colorado
      Chinook Fund

      Chinook Fund supports community organizations working on issues of social and economic justice in the state of Colorado. Chinook provides grants to organizations working to challenge the root causes of oppression, rather than treating the symptoms. Eligible applicants must be based in communities facing injustice or oppression, including, but not limited to, communities of color, low-income communities, LGBTQ communities, disabilities communities, and immigrant communities. Organizations should have democratic leadership, decision-making, and organizing that is led by and accountable to the people most directly impacted by the issue or injustice. Start-Up Grants of up to $4,000 are provided to groups that are less than four years old; Established Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to groups that have been working successfully on social justice issues for a number of years. The upcoming application deadline for both grant programs is September 23, 2019.
    • Program Supports Librarians
      Institute of Museum and Library Services

      The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports the development of a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public. The focus is on enhancing the training and professional development of library and archives professionals, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of library and archives professionals. The deadline for preliminary proposals is September 27, 2019.
    • Support for Social and Economic Mobility Efforts in U.S. Cities
      The Kresge Foundation: Human Services Program

      The Kresge Foundation is dedicated to promoting human progress by helping to improve the lives of low-income people living in America’s cities. The Foundation’s programs seek to expand opportunity for low-income people so they can gain the tools and supports needed to lead self-determined lives and join the economic mainstream. To provide greater pathways to social and economic mobility for children and families with low incomes, the Foundation’s Human Services Program is currently inviting proposals that advance place-based opportunity ecosystemsdevelop supportive, aligned public policy; or build a more robust human services field in cities across the U.S. The proposal deadline is September 30, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about each of these funding opportunities.
    • Community Programs in Hawaii Funded
      Alexander & Baldwin Kokua Giving Program

      The Alexander & Baldwin Kokua Giving Program creates opportunities to help build vibrant communities, with healthy and fulfilling lives for the people of Hawaii. The program’s areas of interest include the following: health and human services, education, environment and land stewardship, arts and culture, and community development. Applying organizations should have the proven support of the community the organization serves. Upcoming application deadlines are October 1, December 1, April 1, June 1, and August 1, annually.
    • Funds for Minority Groups to Engage in Civic Planning in Oregon and SW Washington
      Northwest Health Foundation: Civic Health Assessment and Planning

      The Northwest Health Foundation is committed to promoting the health of the people of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Foundation’s Civic Health initiative’s goals are to 1) build the skills and infrastructure in Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC) communities to elect leaders and change policies at the local and state level so everyone has access to the resources and opportunities they need; 2) develop leaders and talent rooted in, and supportive of, BIPOC communities; and 3) establish a vibrant democratic culture that values and supports BIPOC. Organizations selected to participate in the Civic Health Assessment and Planning process will commit to joining groups around Oregon and Southwest Washington to explore what it means to build power within and across communities and how that power can win campaigns and policy change. Through an interactive process of engagement, participants will be asked to examine what it means to have power, what building power for people of color requires, and how people-of-color-focused voter engagement work transforms power relationships. Around 20 organizations will receive $3,750 to participate in Assessment and Planning, including attending planning meetings. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations or fiscally-sponsored organizations. The application deadline is October 1, 2019. 
    • Book Acquisition Grants Offered to Rural Libraries
      The Pilcrow Foundation: Children’s Book Project

      The mission of the Pilcrow Foundation is to provide new, quality, hardcover children’s books to rural public libraries across the United States. The Foundation’s Children’s Book Project supports libraries located in a rural area within the 50 United States that have a limited operating budget and an active children’s department. Through the program, a library’s local sponsors can contribute from $200 to $400, which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,200 worth of children’s books. The Foundation provides a list of over 500 quality hardcover children’s books from which grant recipients can select books best suited for their community. The Foundation accepts applications from independent rural public libraries and Native American Tribal libraries as well as libraries that are part of a county, regional, or cooperative system. The application deadlines are October 1 and April 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information about the Children’s Book Project.
    • Children’s Nature Programs and Conservation Initiatives Funded
      Papoose Conservation Wildlife Foundation

      The Papoose Conservation Wildlife Foundation is devoted to perpetuating the world’s diversity of species and their habitats and to engage children in nature to learn about and witness the wonders of wildlife. The Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout the country for programs that take place in the United States or internationally. Grants are awarded in the following two categories: The focus of the Children in Nature category is on programs that offer opportunities for children to explore nature or that expand children’s appreciation of nature. The Applied Conservation category funds projects that focus on free-ranging wildlife or plant species and support the conservation of the species in their natural habitat. The application deadline is October 1, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines.
    • Support for Pacific Northwest Environmental Initiatives
      The Lazar Foundation

      The Lazar Foundation is dedicated to supporting innovative and strategic projects that protect the environment in the Pacific Northwest, including Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The Foundation’s specific grantmaking areas of interest include the conservation of large, biologically significant terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; the preservation of biological diversity; initiatives that broaden the environmental movement; and projects that strengthen the capacity of the environmental movement’s ability to develop, shape, and communicate its message. Letters of interest may be submitted at any time; invited full proposals are due October 1 and April 1, annually. Application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.
    • Health Initiatives in Utah Funded
      Utah Medical Association Foundation
      The Utah Medical Association Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that strive to promote the health of the citizens of Utah. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that work to improve or support education of physicians and nurses, improve facilities and treatment options, and support public health projects that serve to mitigate or prevent disease. The Foundation is interested in supporting specific projects rather than providing general operating support. The application deadlines are October 15 and April 15, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application form.
    • Organizations Dedicated to Pet Welfare Supported
      Banfield Foundation

      The Banfield Foundation is committed to improving the well-being of pets nationwide through four different grant programs. These programs include Veterinary Medical Equipment Grants, Veterinary Assistance Grants, Pet Advocacy Grants, and Disaster Relief Grants. Applications can be submitted at any time for all of the programs, except Pet Advocacy Grants, which have submission deadlines of October 31 and April 30, annually. Visit the Programs page of the Foundation’s website to apply. For additional information about any of these programs, please email info@banfieldfoundation.org.
    • Funds for Arts Education Programs in Florida, New York, New England, and DC
      Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation: P/Arts Program

      The P/Arts (Philanthropic Arts) Program, an initiative of the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations, accredited schools, universities, government agencies, and public agencies in Florida, New York, New England, and Washington, DC. The focus is on organizations that implement or enhance programs utilizing art and art education in daily curricula, early childhood education, and to assist alternative learners. Proposed programs must impact at least 30 children or students within the first six months of implementation and no less than 60 by the end of one year. In 2019, 25 grants totaling $1 million will be provided. Online applications may be submitted through the month of October. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the P/Arts Program.
    • Support for Litigation Efforts to Ensure Fair Immigration Enforcement
      Borealis Philanthropy: Immigration Litigation Fund

      The goal of the Immigration Litigation Fund (ILF), administered by Borealis Philanthropy, is to ensure that the nation’s immigration enforcement system is fair, humane, and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation. The ILF supports impact litigation efforts that challenge discriminatory, unlawful, and overly punitive immigration enforcement policies and practices at any stage of the enforcement trajectory from identification and apprehension, to detention and removal, as well as efforts to exclude certain immigrants from entering the country. Project grants of up to $75,000 will be provided for impact litigation costs, organizing and communications efforts that are related to impact litigation efforts, legal trainings and training materials on immigration enforcement related issues, and convenings meant to advance coordination and strategy on an issue related to enforcement and impact litigation efforts. Public interest legal groups, advocates, and community-based organizations are eligible to apply.
      Deadline: November 1.
    • Programs to Enhance Communities in Appalachian OH, PA, and WV Funded
      EQT Foundation

      The EQT Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the communities where the company operates in eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania, and northern West Virginia. The Foundation gives priority to programs that address the following areas: The Education category focuses on providing access to programs that enhance proficiency in core academic skills, with emphasis on STEM programs. The Community and Economic Development category promotes the development of livable communities that can attract residential and commercial growth and sustain a healthy local economy. The Environment category supports the preservation of local natural resources as well as activities to minimize adverse impacts on the environment. The Arts and Culture category encourages initiatives that are designed to give communities more exposure to artistic programming, or that promote expanded awareness of the diverse culture and heritage of Appalachia. The Diversity category promotes programs that foster racial diversity. Upcoming application deadlines are November 1, May 1, and August 1. Visit the company’s website to review the funding priorities and submit an online application.
    • Informal STEM Efforts Supported
      National Science Foundation

      The Advancing Informal STEM Learning program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM. The application deadline is November 6, 2019.
    • Innovative Organizations in Louisiana and New Mexico Funded
      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 proposal summary deadlines are December 1 and June 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application instructions.
    • Projects to Enhance Ohio’s Justice System Funded
      Ohio State Bar Foundation 

      The Ohio State Bar Foundation is committed to promoting public understanding of the law and to encouraging improvements in the justice system throughout Ohio. The Foundation’s core values include a commitment to a society served by a fair, impartial, and accessible system of justice. The Foundation’s grant program assists nonprofit organizations with law-related projects that promote the pursuit of justice, or promote public understanding of the rule of law. The application deadlines are February 15 and August 15, annually. (Potential grant applicants are required to participate in a pre-submission conference with Foundation staff prior to completing a grant application.) Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.
    • ONGOING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
    • Support for Community Organizing Efforts to Confront Poverty
      Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People
      The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) participates in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people who are seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression, and injustice. SDOP currently supports groups in the United States who are oppressed by poverty and social systems, want to take charge of their own lives, are organizing to do something about their own conditions, and have decided that what they are going to do will produce long-term changes in their lives or communities. Supported projects must be presented, owned, and controlled by the groups of people who will directly benefit from them. In addition, projects should utilize some combination of the SDOP core strategies to promote justice, build solidarity, advance human dignity, and advocate for economic equity. Applications may be submitted throughout the year.
    • Sponsorships and Grants Enhance Quality of Life in Texas Communities
      NRG Retail Charitable Foundation

      The NRG Retail Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that strive to improve the quality of life in communities served by Reliant Energy throughout the state of Texas. The Foundation’s areas of interest categories include the following: Community and Economic Development, Education, Environment and Energy Efficiency, and Health and Well-Being. The Foundation gives priority to initiatives that strengthen community involvement and inclusiveness. Applications for sponsorships and grants may be submitted at any time. Visit the Reliant Energy website to review the areas of interest categories and learn more about the application process.
    • Native Land Control Initiatives Supported
      Indian Land Tenure Foundation

      The Indian Land Tenure Foundation is a national, community-based organization serving American Indian nations and people in the recovery and control of their rightful homelands. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, state and local government agencies, and educational institutions that are working in the following strategic program areas: education, cultural awareness, economic opportunity, and legal reform. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year.
    • Grants Promote Social Justice and Environmental Protection Programs Worldwide
      Wallace Global Fund

      The mission of the Wallace Global Fund is to promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends. Grants are provided for initiatives at the national and global levels, as well as for significant local or regional programs offering the potential to leverage broader impact. The focus is on nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations that are catalyzing significant change in line with one of the following priority areas: Challenge Corporate Power, Defend and Renew Democracy, Protect the Environment, Promote Truth and Creative Freedom in Media, and Advance Women’s Human Rights and Empowerment. Online letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the priority areas and application guidelines.
    • Oregon Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative
      The purpose of the Oregon Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative, a joint initiative of the Collins Foundation, MRG Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Pride Foundation, and the Oregon Community Foundation, is to create a coordinated funding approach to address urgent and emerging issues impacting immigrants and refugees in Oregon, and to support local organizations responding to these issues. Grants support projects that provide legal information, services, and representation for immigrants and refugees; outreach and education about policies, programs, services, and preparedness; information gathering, research, and analysis on immigration and refugee issues; basic human needs for immigrants and refugees; and community organizing, civic engagement, and advocacy. Most awards through the Collaborative are under $50,000 and decisions are generally made within four weeks; small requests of up to $4,000 with a one-week turnaround are also considered. Visit any of the participating funders’ websites to learn more about the Collaborative and to download the application form.
    • Support for Conservation Efforts in New England and Upper New York State
      Fields Pond Foundation

      The primary mission of the Fields Pond Foundation is to provide financial assistance to nature and land conservation organizations that are community-based and that serve to increase environmental awareness by involving local residents in conservation issues. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the six New England states and upper New York State that request one of the following: project grants for trailmaking and other enhancement of public access to conservation lands, rivers, coastlines, and other natural resources; land acquisition for conservation; assistance in establishment of endowments as a means of funding stewardship of conservation areas; and support for related education programs and publications as components of a land protection project. Grant applications may be submitted throughout the year. Application guidelines and forms are available on the Foundation’s website.
    • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, foundation deadlines in Minnesota, http://tinyurl.com/j7x5ac8
    • Programs Aiding the Homeless in Minnesota Funded
      Edina Realty Foundation

      The Edina Realty Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the communities the company serves throughout the state of Minnesota and in western Wisconsin. The Foundation focuses on organizations that support homeless individuals, children, and families as well as homelessness prevention programs. Examples of funded programs include providing safe shelter, food, and clothing; promoting education and job readiness; aiding families facing financial crisis; and providing outreach medical care. Requests may be submitted at any time to the Foundation Representative at the local Edina Realty office.Visit the Foundation’s website to download the grant application form.

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