Grant Funding Opportunities

Grant Funding Opportunities

    • Grants Empower Hawaiian Women and Girls
      Women’s Fund of Hawaii

      The mission of Women’s Fund of Hawaii is to support innovative, grassroots programs that empower women and girls in Hawaii. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that promote women’s financial security and girls’ strengths and leadership. The focus is on organizations that address the factors that stand in the way of women’s success, including violence, low self-esteem, health issues, substance abuse, reproductive rights, poverty, racism, etc. Programs serving Native Hawaiian women and girls, as well as programs in rural areas of the state, are of special interest. The fall 2020 grant cycle opens on September 1 and closes on September 30. Visit the Fund’s website to submit an online application.
    • Book Donations for Rural Libraries Nationwide
      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 April 1 and October 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information about the Children’s Book Project.
    • Grassroots Groups Committed to Local Communities Funded
      Clif Bar Family Foundation: Small Grants Program

      The Clif Bar Family Foundation supports nonprofit grassroots organizations that have the ability to engage local groups, positively impact their communities, and focus most of their resources on useful and positive actions. Grants are provided to organizations throughout the United States, with some emphasis on California. Through the Small Grants Program, the Foundation supports innovative small and mid-sized groups working to protect the Earth’s beauty and bounty, create a healthy food system, increase opportunities for outdoor activity, reduce environmental health hazards, and build stronger communities. Applications are reviewed three times per year; the application deadlines are October 1, February 1, June 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Small Grants Program and to take the eligibility quiz.
    • Support for Energy Conservation Educational Projects in Company Communities
      Constellation E2 Energy to Educate

      The Constellation E2 Energy to Educate grant program provides support for educational projects in company communities in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. that help foster energy conservation and progress. Priority is given to projects that are designed to enhance students’ understanding of science and technology and that inspire them to think differently about energy. The focus is on projects that reach a minimum of 100 students and that align with one of the following three themes: Smart Home, Electrification, and Clean Energy and Zero Waste. Grants of up to $25,000 are available for programs in grades six to 12; higher education programs are eligible for grants of up to $50,000. The application deadline is October 1, 2020. Visit the company’s website to learn more about E2 Energy to Educate and to submit an online application.
    • Grants Assist American Performing Artists Participating in Festivals Abroad
      USArtists International

      USArtists International, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through participation at international festivals. USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories. (Artists and ensembles whose otherwise-eligible international festival engagements have determined that an in-person festival is impossible and have decided to offer the festival virtually are also eligible to apply.) Exemplary solo artists and ensembles across all performing arts disciplines, including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts, may apply for grants ranging up to $15,000. The upcoming application deadlines are October 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. Application guidelines are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.
    • 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; the upcoming application deadline is October 1, 2020. Visit the HHF website to download the Historic Preservation Grants application form.
    • 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.
    • Access to Justice Efforts Funded
      American Bar Endowment: Opportunity Grant Program

      The Opportunity Grant Program, an initiative of the American Bar Endowment (ABE), supports new, boots-on-the-ground, innovative projects that serve the immediate and critical legal needs of the public and are of importance to the legal profession and its concerns for access to justice. This program’s funding focus areas include the following: 1) access to justice, especially for vulnerable and underserved populations, through innovations to legal services delivery, including maximizing pro bono service delivery; 2) the rule of law and the improvement of the justice system, including ensuring equal justice and the elimination of bias; and 3) increased public understanding of the law and the legal system to foster greater civic engagement. ABE is particularly interested in supporting projects that have a direct effect on the needs of individuals and communities. National organizations that apply should carefully draw the connection between their proposed work and its impact on local communities. Grants typically range up to $25,000. Nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and its territories are eligible to apply. Optional letters of intent are due August 21, 2020; the deadline for full proposals is October 2, 2020. Visit the ABE website to learn more about the Opportunity Grant Program.
    • Professional Development for Librarians Supported
      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 Program seeks to enhance the training and professional development of library and archives professionals, develop faculty and library leaders, and recruit, educate, and retain the next generation of library and archives professionals. Project categories include lifelong learning, community catalysts, and national digital infrastructures and initiatives. Phase I applications are due October 2, 2020. The deadline for invited Phase II applications is March 26, 2021.
    • Grants Promote Basic Freedoms and Government Accountability
      The Herb Block Foundation: Defending Basic Freedoms

      The Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending the basic freedoms guaranteed all Americans, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the conditions of the poor and underprivileged. The Foundation’s Defending Basic Freedoms grant program provides support to nonprofit organizations nationwide that seek to safeguard the basic freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, to help eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and to assist government agencies to be more accountable to the public. The Foundation also considers support for contemporary societal issues that may arise. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Letters of inquiry must be submitted by October 6, 2020; invited full proposals will be due December 15, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.
    • Support for Community Groups Addressing Local Healthcare Issues
      Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Community Solutions for Health Equity

      Community Solutions for Health Equity, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is focused on elevating the voices of communities of color and other communities left out of discussions when local healthcare systems in the United States and its territories are creating policy. Grants will focus on providing community-based organizations with the financial support to increase the ability to organize members, build partnership with other constituencies, and develop effective communications. The goal of this program is to make local healthcare systems more responsive to the needs of the community. This includes helping systems work with other stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem—such as housing organizations, food security programs, childcare supports, etc.—to address consumer needs. Nine grants of $300,000 each over three years will be awarded. The Foundation is interested in engaging diverse groups and organizations, including those that have limited experience receiving grants of this size. The deadline for letters of intent is October 7, 2020; full proposals will be due January 18, 2021. Information about the call for proposals may be downloaded from the Foundation’s website.
    • rogram Helps Community Colleges Strengthen the Workforce
      Department of Labor

      The Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants program seeks to build the capacity of community colleges to collaborate with employers and the public workforce development system to meet local and regional labor market demand for a skilled workforce. The purposes of this grant are to increase the capacity and responsiveness of community colleges to address the skill development needs of employers and dislocated and unemployed workers, incumbent workers, and new entrants to the workforce; to offer this spectrum of workers and other individuals accelerated career pathways that enable them to gain skills and transition from unemployment to employment or re-employment quickly; and to address the new challenges associated with the COVID-19 health crisis that necessitate social distancing practices, as well as expanding online and technology-enabled learning and the migration of services to a virtual environment. The application deadline is October 8, 2020.
    • Funds Available for Humanities Discussions About War
      National Endowment for the Humanities

      The Dialogues on the Experience of War program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. The program is primarily designed to reach military veterans; however, men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public may also participate. Optional drafts are due September 8, 2020. The application deadline is October 14, 2020.
    • U.S. Communities Working to Advance Better Health Honored
      Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Culture of Health Prize

      The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize elevates the compelling stories of places throughout the country where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing, and more so better health flourishes for all. Up to ten winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories shared broadly, with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the United States. For the purposes of this prize, “a community” is defined as one of the following: county, parish, borough, city, town, village, or other municipality with a publicly elected governing body; federally recognized tribe or a state-designated Indian reservation; Native Hawaiian organization; or region defined as geographically contiguous municipalities, counties, and/or reservations. The Phase One application deadline is October 15, 2020; Phase Two applications will be due on December 21, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the call for applications.
    • Grants Promote Cross-Cultural Understanding in Selected Regions
      Laura Jane Musser Fund: Intercultural Harmony Program

      The Intercultural Harmony Program, an initiative of the Laura Jane Musser Fund, promotes mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas through collaborative, cross-cultural exchange projects. Support is provided to nonprofit organizations in the states of Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Wyoming, as well as Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster counties in New York and the Rio Grande Valley, Deep East Texas, and the Brazos Valley regions of Texas, that include members of various cultural communities working together on projects with common goals. These projects must be intercultural rather than focused on just one culture, and must demonstrate tangible benefits in the larger community. The projects must also describe how they include members of the cultural communities actively in the planning and implementation process. Funded projects can be carried out in a number of areas, including the arts, community service, and youth activities. Online applications may be submitted through October 15, 2020. Application guidelines are available on the Fund’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.
    • Funds for Efforts to Improve Cancer Care
      Livestrong Solution Grants

      Livestrong is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by cancer and rethinking the full range of cancer care. The Livestrong Solution Grants program supports organizations that are developing cutting edge, inventive, and sustainable solutions to overlooked cancer problems. The program’s focus areas and funding priorities include post-treatment care, patient and caregiver education, comprehensive quality of life services, and streamlining systems and care. The following grant types are offered: Livestrong Acceleration Grants provide annual awards between $5,000 and $20,000. Livestrong Transformation Grants provide a smaller number of multi-year awards between $25,000 and $100,000. The Livestrong Racial Equity Subgrant allocates $50,000 in funding, dedicated to finding lasting solutions that improve the cancer experience for Black Americans. U.S.-based organizations, including nonprofits, for-profits, educational institutions, and healthcare providers, are eligible to apply. Expressions of interest will be accepted from September 1 through October 16, 2020; finalist applications will be due December 7, 2020. Visit the Livestrong website for information on the funding priorities and application process.
    • 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 Public Safety Initiatives in Company Communities
      Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

      The mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is to impact the lifesaving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities. The Foundation supports public safety organizations in the communities served by Firehouse Subs restaurants across the country. The Foundation’s areas of interest include the following: Life-Saving Equipment, Disaster Relief, Prevention Education, Support of Members of the Military, and Scholarships and Continuing Education. Public safety organizations, such as fire departments, law enforcement agencies, first responders, EMS organizations, nonprofit organizations, and schools are eligible to apply. Grants generally range from $15,000 to $25,000. Grant applications are reviewed quarterly; the remaining 2020 deadline is November 11. Visit the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation website to access grant FAQs and submit an online application.
    • 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.
    • Matching Funds for Park Friends Groups in New York State
      Parks & Trails New York: Park & Trail Partnership Grants

      Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) is dedicated to improving health, the economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space across New York State. PTNY’s Park & Trail Partnership Grants program provides matching grants to nonprofit Friends organizations that support New York State parks, trails, public lands, and state historic sites. The following four types of grants are available: Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants of up to $50,000, Step-Up Grants of up to $7,500, Professional Development Grants of up to $100,000, and Stewardship and Public Access Capacity Grants of up to $75,000. The application deadline is December 3, 2020. (Professional Development Grants require the submission of a letter of inquiry by October 9, 2020.) Visit the PTNY website to learn more about the grant categories and the application procedure.
    • Carbon-Reducing Initiatives in U.S. Communities Supported
      The Love Beauty and Planet Project

      The Love Beauty and Planet Project supports changemakers who are making a difference in their communities or in underserved communities throughout the United States. Funded projects must provide carbon avoidance, reduction, or sequestration as the primary objective of the project. Grants of $1,000 to $20,000 will be provided to projects that fall into one or more of the following categories: plastics, waste, emissions, and climate justice. Nonprofit organizations, individuals, and for-profit companies are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted through December 31, 2020. Visit the Project’s website to learn more about the grant categories and application process.
    • ONGOING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
    • 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
      ECMC Foundation
      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
      Emergent Fund

      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 coronavirusresponse@bloomberg.org to apply.
    • Grants Empower Organizations in the State of Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area
      Gerbode Foundation

      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
      Meyer Foundation

      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.

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