- Grants Promote Livable Communities
AARP Community Challenge
The AARP Community Challenge grant program is supporting quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies may apply for small grants to improve housing, transportation, public spaces, and smart cities. Eligible projects should demonstrate the ability to accelerate and sustain the community’s livability for all, especially those 50 plus. Grants will range from several hundred dollars for smaller short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The application deadline is April 17, 2019. Visit the AARP website to learn more about the Community Challenge and to submit an online application.
- Program Supports Rural Healthcare
Department of Health and Human Services
The Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program supports planning and implementation of quality improvement activities for rural primary care providers or providers of healthcare services, such as a critical access hospital or a rural health clinic, serving rural residents. The application deadline is April 22, 2019.
- Organizations Dedicated to Pet Welfare Supported
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 April 30 and October 31, annually. Visit the Programs page of the Foundation’s website to apply. For additional information about any of these programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Programs to Enhance Communities in Appalachian OH, PA, and WV Funded
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 May 1, August 1, and November 1. Visit the company’s website to review the funding priorities and submit an online application.
- Funds for Health Initiatives in the Upper Midwest
The Medica Foundation, an affiliate of Medica Health Plans, provides competitive grants to nonprofit organizations and government agencies within the company’s service area in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and western Wisconsin. Funding for Early Childhood Health supports programs that focus on promoting healthy families to foster optimal growth and development of young children. The application deadline is May 10, 2019. Funding for the Rural Health category supports the essential health-related programming of nonprofit organizations located outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The application deadline is August 9, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the guidelines and application process for each funding area.
- Funds for Local Organizations in Company Communities
Union Pacific Foundation: Community Ties Giving Program
The Union Pacific Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities served by Union Pacific Railroad, primarily in the midwestern and western United States. Through the Community Ties Giving Program, the Foundation provides Local Grants to nonprofit organizations that address the following categories: Safety, Workforce Development, Community Spaces, and Local Needs. Grants generally range from $2,500 to $25,000. Organizations interested in receiving a grant must complete an online survey to determine eligibility beginning April 1 through May 31, 2019, which is also the last day that eligible organizations may submit an online application. Visit the Foundation’s website for detailed information about the funding priorities and application process.
- Minnesota Commerce Department – Energy Assistance Program for Low-Income Households
Energy assistance is available for homeowners and renters who earn less than 50 percent of the state’s median income, which is $49,698 for a family of four. Funding is limited and administered on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019, or until funds run out. Minnesotans should apply to the local service provider in their area. For more information, call 800-657-3710 or visit https://mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp.
- 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 June 1, August 1, October 1, December 1, and April 1, annually. (Applications for requests of $20,000 or greater should be submitted by August 1.) Visit the Alexander & Baldwin website to review the Kokua Giving Program guidelines.)
- Matching Grants Promote National Forest Conservation and Restoration
National Forest Foundation: Matching Awards Program
The National Forest Foundation was established by Congress to support the Forest Service in its management of America’s National Forests and Grasslands. The Foundation’s Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides grants to nonprofit organizations, universities, and Native American tribes throughout the U.S. to engage in on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. Funded projects must address one of the following focus areas: The Outdoor Experiences category supports projects that improve the quality, condition, and care of outdoor experiences in National Forests. The Forest Health category supports citizen-involved projects that maintain or restore ecosystem resiliency in National Forests. The Foundation also encourages projects that integrate the Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health program areas. All grants require at least a one-to-one cash match through non-federal donations. In addition, MAP requires projects to show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through the direct involvement of the public. The next proposal deadline is June 13. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about each MAP focus area and to submit the required eligibility questionnaire.
- Support for Efforts to Combat Opioid Misuse
AmerisourceBergen Foundation: Opioid Resource Grant Program
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation aims to improve the health and well-being of its patient populations by partnering with organizations to expand access to quality healthcare and provide resources to ensure prescription drug safety. The Foundation’s Opioid Resource Grant Program will provide nonprofit organizations in communities across the United States with grants ranging up to $100,000 to combat the epidemic of opioid misuse. Priority will be given to organizations addressing the following three key areas of focus: safe disposal, education around prevention, and innovative solutions. (Funding requests for treatment, recovery, or treatment-related research will not be considered.) In 2019, letters of intent will be accepted through July 1 through August 15. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Opioid Resource Grant Program guidelines.
- Support for Community Collaborations Addressing Health Issues
The BUILD Health Challenge
The BUILD Health Challenge is a national program designed to support partnerships between community-based organizations, health departments, and hospitals/health systems that are working to address important health issues in their community. BUILD works to strengthen partnerships that have a shared commitment to reducing health disparities creating opportunities for improved community health, and addressing the influence of social, physical, and economic environments on health behaviors. These social determinants of health, addressed in previously funded projects, have touched upon early childhood development, employment opportunities, and food insecurity and air and water quality, as well as transportation, educational attainment, and housing. Through the third Call for Applications, BUILD will support up to 17 innovative collaboratives across the U.S. working together to address upstream challenges and drive sustainable improvements in community health. Grants of up to $250,000 in funding over two-and-a-half years will be provided. The majority of applicants must be working in cities with populations greater than 150,000. (Applicants from specific regions are exempt from this population requirement.) Round Two applications will be due July 26, 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.
- 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.
- ONGOING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- Funds for Initiatives Responding to Immigrant and Refugee Issues in Oregon
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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