Grant Funding Opportunities
- Organizations Improving the Lives of Southern Women and Girls of Color Supported
Ms. Foundation: Ms. South
The Ms. Foundation is launching Ms. South, a multi-year strategy to strengthen the financial sustainability and leadership development capacity of organizations led by women and girls of color (WGOC) in the U.S. South. The initial grantmaking will support WGOC-led groups in 14 southern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Grants ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 will support nonprofit organizations that use movement building and organizing strategies to improve the lived experience of women and girls of color. The deadline for letters of inquiry is January 8, 2021; invited full applications will be due February 26, 2021. Additional details about the Ms. South initiative are available on the Ms. Foundation’s website.
- Support for Efforts to Foster Economic Opportunity for Minorities
Frontline Solutions: Elevate Initiative
Through the Elevate Initiative request for proposals, Frontline Solutions, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is focused on addressing structural and systemic barriers to economic opportunity and ensuring equitable outcomes in the American workforce. Up to ten grants of between $100,000 and $300,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations nationwide that demonstrate a strong commitment to intersectional racial justice, and an ability to address economic disparities that affect Black and Brown workers as the result of structural racism. Examples of approaches include emerging industry access, systems change initiatives, and workforce development programs. Preference will be given to organizations with people of color in leadership positions. Initial applications are due January 11, 2021; invited full proposals must be submitted by February 12, 2021. Visit the Frontline Solutions website to review the RFP.
- Program Supports Women and Minorities in STEM
Department of Agriculture
The Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) supports research, education and teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. The program addresses educational needs within broadly defined areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. Projects should work to improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged. The application deadline is January 21, 2021.
- Funds Available for Historic Preservation
National Park Service
The Save America’s Treasures Grants program helps preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation’s rich heritage to future generations. The program has separate applications for preservation projects (for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places for national significance or listed as a National Historic Landmark) and for projects involving collections (including artifacts, museum collections, documents, sculptures, and other works of art). The application deadline is January 26, 2021.
- Construction Grants for Skateparks in Low-Income Communities
The Skatepark Project
The Skatepark Project is dedicated to promoting the construction of new, quality skateparks located in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Foundation primarily supports projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, particularly in the form of planning and fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups. Priority is given to projects that are designed and built from concrete by experienced skatepark contractors and include local skaters in the planning, fundraising, and design process. Grants of $1,000 to $25,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and state or local agencies, including public school systems and public projects. Requests are reviewed two times per year. Applications for the upcoming grant cycle will be accepted through January 27, 2021. Visit the Skatepark Project’s website to learn more about the grant criteria.
- Awards for Childcare Educators Nationwide
Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards
The Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards program, administered by First Up, acknowledges the critical role of childcare teachers in providing quality early care and education. Childcare teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and on U.S. military bases and installations around the world are eligible to apply for these awards. Applicants must be full-time childcare teachers employed in a home, group, or center-based program for a minimum of three years and meet other eligibility guidelines. Fifty selected teachers will each receive a $1,000 grant. Of the 50 teachers, one is selected to receive the Helene Marks Award, which includes an additional $1,000 grant. Applications must be postmarked by January 29, 2021. Visit the First Up website to download the application form.
- Grants for Ohio Charitable Organizations
The Kettering Fund
The mission of The Kettering Fund is to support scientific, medical, social, and educational studies and research conducted by nonprofit organizations and carried out within the state of Ohio. The Fund’s areas of interest include education; environment; public/society benefit; arts, culture, and humanities; human services; and health. For the upcoming funding cycle, Request Summaries may be submitted through January 31, 2021. (It is strongly recommended that interested applicants contact the Fund’s office before starting the application process.) Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the grant guidelines and application process.
- Funds for Historic Preservation Efforts in Hawaii
Historic Hawaii Foundation: Historic Preservation Grants
Historic Hawaii Foundation (HHF) encourages the preservation of historic buildings, sites, and communities relating to the history of Hawaii. HHF’s Historic Preservation Grants support historic preservation as a mechanism for building community, enhancing Hawaii’s sense of place, and improving societal relationships. Nonprofit organizations and public agencies throughout the state may request grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 for rehabilitation or restoration construction projects that preserve the character-defining features of a historic building or site. Following completion of the preservation project, the site or building should be used for a public or community purpose. Grant requests for projects on neighbor islands and in rural communities are strongly encouraged. Requests are reviewed three times per year: February 1, June 1, and October 1.
- Youth and Scientific Education Programs Funded
American Honda Foundation
The American Honda Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions nationwide that address the areas of youth and scientific education. The Foundation’s primary funding priority is youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; the environment; job training; and literacy. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000. The 2021 deadlines for organizations that have never received funding from the Foundation are February 1 and August 1. Visit the Foundation’s website to take the required eligibility quiz and submit an online application.
- ONGOING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- Student Behavioral Health Programs Funded
School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network
School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network (SBHSN) supports under-resourced public and charter schools to implement and expand access to quality behavioral health and general pediatric services on school campuses to children living in rural and urban communities throughout the U.S. SBHSN offers the following funding opportunities: Community Grants are designed to bring highly skilled clinicians into schools, after-school programs, and youth summer programs to assist personnel and other adults who interact with youth in both school settings and local communities. Nonprofit organizations with a proven track record of providing intervention or prevention services on school campuses are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $100,000 may be awarded; each awarded grant requires a 40% cost-sharing match. Principal Grants provide up to $5,000 per academic year to principals of K-12 schools in selected states, as well as a mental health professional to support student behavioral health services on campus. Applications for both programs may be submitted at any time.
- Solar Energy Assistance for BIPOC Organizations
Honnold Foundation: Community Fund
The Honnold Foundation envisions a world where all people have equal access to energy and live in balance with the environment. The Foundation’s Community Fund supports solar PV installations for community-based nonprofit organizations with Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) leadership in the most polluted places in the United States, with a focus on Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Shreveport /Bossier City, LA; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; New York City, NY; Newark, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Memphis, TN; Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston, TX; and Washington, DC. Organizations outside these focus areas are also welcome to apply, including those in U.S. territories. Applying organizations should have an annual budget under $1.5 million and provide community services that enrich peoples’ lives, ensure basic needs are met, or reduce environmental impact. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Community Fund.
- Fund for Investigative Journalism: Coronavirus Rolling Grant for U.S. Freelancers
The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s Coronavirus Rolling Grant for U.S. Freelancers provides grants to U.S.-based freelance investigative journalists working on stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public or private sector. Grants of up to $10,000 will be made on a rolling basis for freelance investigative projects that have a strong U.S. angle involving American citizens, government, or business. Proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color and involving the impact of the coronavirus in U.S. ethnic communities are encouraged. Proposals are reviewed as they are submitted.
- William G. and Marie Selby Foundation
The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Sarasota County, FL, and its bordering counties of Charlotte, DeSoto, and Manatee. The Foundation is currently focusing its grantmaking on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation is accepting grant requests for information technology and capital improvement projects that are specifically related to operational issues attributable to COVID-19. Requests are reviewed on a rolling basis.
- Grants Benefit Adult Literacy Programs Nationwide
Wish You Well Foundation
The primary focus of the Wish You Well Foundation is to support nonprofit organizations in the United States that teach adults the literacy skills they need to communicate, grow, and thrive within their communities. The Foundation’s focus is on the development and expansion of new and existing adult literacy and educational programs. Grants generally range from $200 to $10,000. Requests may be submitted at any time and are reviewed by the Foundation’s Board on a rolling basis. Visit the Foundation’s website to review a list of funded organizations and to download the Donation Request Form.
- Grants Promote Post-Secondary Education Initiatives
The ECMC Foundation works to improve post-secondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds nationwide. The Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: The College Success category aims to increase the number of students from historically and presently underserved backgrounds who persist through and graduate from an institution of higher education with a bachelor’s degree. The Career Readiness category aims to improve post-secondary career and technical education outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds. The Foundation is giving priority to requests that address the immediate challenges and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies are eligible to apply. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year; proposals are reviewed by invitation only. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant criteria and application process.
- Support for Social Justice Struggles Nationwide
The Emergent Fund supports grassroots organizing and power building in communities of color throughout the United States who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious, and other forms of discrimination. Grants are provided to develop innovative strategies to transform our country. The focus is on the following two types of activities: 1) efforts that support emergent strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions, including resisting new or amplified threats and building power to move a proactive agenda; and 2) efforts seeking long-term social justice and economic justice in a political and social climate that seeks to dismantle such efforts. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Fund’s website for application details.
- Peace First’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
Peace First’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants program is a coaching and grant process to help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19. Project ideas range from providing meals to elderly neighbors to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated. Rapid response grants are open to young people between the ages of 13-25, anywhere in the world. The application form is available here.
- CcHUB Funding and Design Support for COVID-19 Projects
Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) is providing research and design support, via their Design Lab, for COVID-19 related projects. These include, but are not limited to, projects in the following areas: educating the public and ensuring the right information reaches even remote locations; support for the infected and the most vulnerable in society; local production of essential medical supplies; and support for the food value chain, from producers to consumers, in the event of movement restrictions. Projects can be focused on a particular African country, the African continent, or the world at large. Organizations and individuals working on a project or with project ideas, with the capability to build out the solution with available resources from CcHUB, are encouraged to fill out this form.
- Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking proposals that develop innovative approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across state lines or national borders. Priority is given to proposals that focus on systemic, under-reported issues underlying the coronavirus crisis; use data-driven or interdisciplinary approaches to reporting on coronavirus; and hold the powerful accountable. This opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
- Coronavirus Local Response Initiative
Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched the Coronavirus Local Response Initiative to help American mayors respond to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus. Bloomberg Philanthropies will work with partners to identify the needs and lessons learned from cities experiencing the outbreak in real time, which can then be shared with additional cities eager to get ahead of the virus’ spread. With public health expertise from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the network will provide mayors with the most up-to-date information on the virus from the Centers for Disease Control and help them understand and act on the most relevant and accurate information available. Mayors will convene virtually and receive coaching on crisis leadership and crisis communications. This initiative is open to all U.S. cities and will accommodate as many participants as possible. Interested mayors and city leaders should email email@example.com to apply.
- Grants Empower Organizations in the State of Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area
The Gerbode Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations that work to cultivate social change and creativity in the San Francisco Bay Area of California and the state of Hawaii. The Foundation’s program areas include the following: The Advancing Truth program area seeks to elevate the voices of truth to counter misinformation, and partners with organizations that use media and new technologies as tools to inform and engage the public on critical issues. The Justice program area seeks to advance justice for populations that are currently experiencing trauma and persecution. The Environment program area promotes conservation of open space, water quality, and environmental justice. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year. (The Special Awards in the Arts Program supports the creation of new works in dance, theater production, and music composition in the San Francisco Bay Area. This program has a separate application process.) Details about each of the Foundation’s program areas are available on the Foundation’s website.
- Funds Promote Racial Equity in the Washington, DC, Region
The Meyer Foundation invests in solutions in the greater Washington, DC, community, including surrounding locations in Maryland and Virginia, that shift systems toward racial equity—when race no longer predicts access, opportunities, how one fares, or who thrives. The Foundation applies a systems approach to achieve a just, connected, and inclusive greater Washington by supporting work that seeks to 1) address the root causes of racial disparities in housing, education, and economic well-being; 2) shift the conditions, policies, practices, priorities, culture, and power to create systems that are equitable and inclusive; and 3) build the power and leadership of the people most directly affected by inequity based on the unique context of their experiences. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $60,000, with a focus on general operating grants. Online Interest Forms may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Grants Guide.
- Support for Youth and Environmental Initiatives in Hawaii and Oregon
The Healy Foundation
The Healy Foundation is dedicated to building community and supporting the environment and youth in the states of Hawaii and Oregon. Grants are provided in the following areas of interest: youth education (up to age 25), youth advocacy, reduction of childhood poverty, climate change mitigation, and protection of ecosystems. The Foundation’s unrestricted grants range up to $50,000. Nonprofit organizations working in Hawaii or Oregon may submit a letter of inquiry at any time throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines and online application procedure.
- 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.
- Organizations Improving the Lives of Southern Women and Girls of Color Supported
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