Support for Initiatives Promoting Healthy Living
Aetna Foundation: Cultivating Healthy Communities
The Aetna Foundation is dedicated to promoting wellness, health, and access to high-quality healthcare for everyone. The Foundation’s Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program is intended to help local communities in the continental U. S. to become healthier places to live, with emphasis on projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribes committed to improving the health of their participants by focusing on activities that align to one or two of the following five domains: Healthy Behaviors, Community Safety, Built Environment, Social/Economic Factors, and Environmental Exposures. Applicants can request between $50,000 and $100,000 for projects lasting between 18 and 24 months. Organizations with annual operating budgets below $250,000 are not eligible to apply. The Stage 1 application deadline is April 14, 2017; Stage 2 applications are due June 16, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the request for proposals.
Patagonia Environmental Grants Program
The Patagonia Environmental Grants Program provides support to small, grassroots organizations with provocative direct-action agendas that are working on multi-pronged campaigns to protect the environment. Patagonia funds activist groups that are dedicated to protecting local habitats in the United States and Canada, as well as in targeted countries around the world. The company is most interested in supporting organizations that work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Grants typically range from $2,500 to $15,000. The application deadlines are April 30 and August 31, 2017. (Applications are accepted year-round at local retail Patagonia stores.) Visit the website listed above to review the program’s grant guidelines.
Foundation for Financial Planning
The mission of the Foundation for Financial Planning is to help people take control of their financial lives by connecting the financial planning community with people in need. The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide to support the delivery of pro bono financial planning to populations who could not otherwise afford or access financial planning services. Grants are provided to organizations that utilize financial planning professionals as volunteers, include one-on-one engagements between financial planners and pro bono clients, deliver programs to specific target audiences who are underserved by the market, and provide opportunities to those of diverse socioeconomic levels to obtain unbiased financial planning advice and counsel. Online applications must be submitted by April 30, 2017. Grant guidelines and application information are available on the Foundation’s website.
Social Change Organizations Supported
Singing for Change Charitable Foundation
Best Buy Community Grants Program
The Best Buy Community Grants Program provides support to community-based organizations that are located within 50 miles of a Best Buy facility. Grants promote programs that offer hands-on learning opportunities for underserved teens to engage in learning, experimenting, and interacting with the latest technologies to build 21st-century skills. Eligible programs must deliver community-based youth programs for teens, ages 13-18, during out of school time, and serve a diverse population. Examples of program activities include computer programming, digital imaging, music production, robotics, and gaming and mobile app development. The average grant amount is $5,000; grants will not exceed $10,000. Public and nonprofit community-based organizations (e.g., community centers, schools, and libraries) are eligible to apply. Online proposals may be submitted between April 1 and May 19, 2017. Visit the Best Buy website to review the program guidelines.
Water Conservation Efforts Supported
Department of the Interior
The WaterSMART Grants: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects program supports efforts in the western U.S. that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through April 27, 2017.
Funds Available for Small Cultural Organizations
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions program helps small and mid-sized institutions (such as libraries, museums, historical societies, cultural organizations, and town and county records offices) improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. The application deadline is May 2, 2017.