Support for Organizations Serving Seniors
Kendal Charitable Funds: Promising Innovations
Kendal Charitable Funds is dedicated to supporting improvements in serving older adults that are reflective of a pioneering spirit in the field of aging. Kendal’s Promising Innovations grants are intended for nonprofit organizations that work to meet the needs of a burgeoning population of elders. In 2017, the program is seeking proposals that support aging in place and combat isolation of older adults through engagement in purposeful and meaningful ways within the greater community, designed to affirm their value and connectedness. The program hopes to identify factors that lead to isolation and to address them before and/or after they occur, especially utilizing new, replicable models. Grants will range up to $50,000 for a two-year period. Several smaller requests may be granted rather than one or two larger ones. Letters of intent must be submitted by May 19, 2017; invited proposals will be due on August 4, 2017. Visit the Kendal website to learn more about the application process.

Programs Using Interactive Games as Teaching Tools Funded
Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of today’s youth. The Foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations for programs that serve youth ages 7 to 18. Funded programs and services should utilize technology or computer and video games to educate America’s youth and young adults. Programs must be available nationwide or reach at least two or more states. The letter of inquiry deadline is May 15, 2017; invited full proposals must be submitted by July 10, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online grant application.

Seed Grants for Local Animal Shelters
Maddie’s Fund: Innovation Grants
The mission of Maddie’s Fund is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. Maddie’s Fund grants help build and sustain a no-kill nation so shelter dogs and cats can be guaranteed a loving home. The Fund’s Innovation Grants of up to $5,000 are intended to help implement new programs at local shelters and rescue organizations that will advance lifesaving. U.S.-based nonprofit organizations and government animal welfare organizations focused on dogs and/or cats are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted from May 15 through May 22, 2017. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the Innovation Grants program.

Nutrition Programs for Native American Children Supported
First Nations Development Institute: Nourishing Native Children: Feeding our Future
First Nations Development Institute has launched the new Nourishing Native Children: Feeding our Future grant program, which will support Native communities interested in expanding nutrition resources for existing programs that serve American Indian children. Eligible applicants include schools serving a primarily Native student body, Native nonprofit organizations that are Native-controlled or tribally-controlled, and tribes. Applying organizations should be rural- or reservation-based and have existing feeding programs (not startups) that provide nutritious food to Native children, ages 6 to14. Up to ten grants of up to $15,000 each will be awarded. The application deadline is May 5, 2017. Visit the First Nations website to review the request for proposals and to submit an online application.

Grants Available to Address Labor Issues
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 
The Labor-Management Cooperation Grant Program supports labor-management committees focused on the 21st century economy and the challenges of a rapidly evolving workplace, such as job security and skills, working conditions for an increasingly mobile workforce, consensus solutions to workplace standards, economic development and competitiveness for entire communities, and hiring and retaining the next generation of workers. The application deadline is May 31, 2017.

Program Supports the Preservation of Community Heritage
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Common Heritage program supports both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of outreach through community events that explore and interpret these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture. The application deadline is June 1, 2017.