Grant Opportunities available to Central Valley CBOs for December 2017

Support for Wireless Technology to Tackle Social Issues
Vodafone Americas Foundation: Wireless Innovation Project
The Vodafone Americas Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless-related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Funded projects must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling a social issue in the areas of education, health, access to communication, environment, or economic development. The technology should demonstrate a significant advancement in wireless-related technology, and have the potential for replication and large-scale impact. The Wireless Innovation Project will provide support for projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States. (Although organizations must be based in the U.S., projects may operate and help people outside of the U.S.) Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000, which will be paid in equal installments over three years. The application deadline is March 5, 2018. Visit the Vodafone Americas Foundation website to take the required Eligibility Questionnaire and submit an online application.

Support for Financial Education and Empowerment Programs
Investopedia
The mission of Investopedia, a financial education website, is to educate people to make smarter financial decisions. Investopedia.org, an initiative of Investopedia, supports programs that enhance financial empowerment among low-income individuals and communities. Investopedia.org defines “financial empowerment” as providing the information, tools, and coaching needed to achieve financial sustainability in the short- and long-term. One-year grants in the range of $10,000 to $25,000 are being offered to nonprofit organizations that are working to help low-income individuals and communities reduce bad debt, make the most of their financial resources, and build assets. Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in the United States. The application deadline is January 31, 2018. Visit the Investopedia website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.

Conflict Resolution Initiatives for Youth Funded
JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth
The JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth provides grants for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for K-12 students and for adults working with youth populations in ways that directly transfer Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) skills from adults to youth. The emphasis for 2018 is on programs that advance the development, implementation, or assessment of conflict prevention and resolution strategies to serve youth in families whose integrity is jeopardized by changes in social environment that can lead to gang involvement. The possible contexts for projects include community organizations, alternative education, online education, charter schools, after-school programs, juvenile justice facilities, etc. (Traditional K-12 schools may be considered; however, they are not a priority.) Initial project idea descriptions must be submitted by February 14, 2018; invited full proposals will be due June 26, 2018. Visit the ACR website to download the application information.

Programs Promoting Education and Equity for Women and Girls Supported
American Association of University Women: Community Action Grants
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) works to advance educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States. The AAUW Community Action Grants program provides funds to individuals, AAUW organizations, and local community-based nonprofit organizations (including universities) throughout the country for innovative programs that promote education and equality for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-14 women and girls’ achievements in science, technology, or math. One-year grants of $2,000 to $7,000 provide funds for community-based projects. Two-year grants of $5,000 to $10,000 provide start-up funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. The application deadline for both types of grants is January 15, 2018. Visit the AAUW website to submit an online application.

Veteran Businesses Supported
Small Business Administration
The Veterans Business Outreach Center Program offers support to provide quality training and counseling to veteran small business owners and entrepreneurs. The application deadline is January 8, 2018.

Program Funds Humanities in the Media
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Development and production grants are available. The application deadline is January 10, 2018.

Progressive Justice Initiatives in the U.S., Haiti, and Mexico Funded
Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grants 
The Peace Development Fund believes that the change in values needed to establish a more just and peaceful world can come about only if it is strongly rooted in local communities that value the importance of building movements to create systemic social change. The Fund’s Community Organizing Grants provide support to community-based organizations in the United States, Haiti, and Mexico that are working for social justice. The funding priorities include organizing to shift power, working to build a movement, dismantling oppression, and creating new structures. Priority is given to new or emerging organizations, efforts that have difficulty securing funds from other sources, community organizations working on climate change issues at the local policy level, groups that have a genesis in Occupy or Movement for Black Lives, collaborative peace initiatives led by women, or issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders. Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000. Applying organizations must have an annual budget of $250,000 or less. The application form will be available December 1, 2017, and the application deadline is January 12, 2018. Visit the Fund’s website to download the grant guidelines for the Community Organizing Grants program.

Grants Promote Youth-Led Environmental Education Projects
Captain Planet Foundation: ecoSolution Grants 
The Captain Planet Foundation supports educational programs that enable youth to understand and appreciate our world by getting involved in hands-on projects to improve the environment. The Foundation provides ecoSolution Grants to educators working with youth in the United States to help fund solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grants of $500 to $2,500. Priority is given to projects with matching funds or in-kind support. The first application deadline for 2018 is January 15. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.

Award Strengthens Solutions to Systemic Criminalization
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee: Human Rights Innovation Fellowship
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has selected “Resisting Criminalization” for the topic of the 2018 Human Rights Innovation Fellowship. Nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the United States that have an innovative idea for combating the systemic criminalization of immigrant communities, communities of color, Muslims, LGBTQI communities, or those at the intersections are invited to apply for an award of up to $25,000. Innovations may be legal strategies, methods of mobilization, methods of community outreach, technological or financial products or apps, path-breaking applied research, advances in corporate accountability, or other new approaches. The application deadline is January 17, 2018. Visit the UUSC website to submit an online application.

Program Funds Technology for Historic Preservation
National Park Service
The Preservation Technology and Training Grants program provides support to create better tools, materials, and approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. The application deadline is January 4, 2018.

Transportation Service Learning Supported
Department of Transportation
The Youth Service and Conservation Corps Workforce Development program provides support to youth service or conservation corps to perform projects eligible under the Federal-aid highway program, and to expand youth workforce development opportunities while strengthening transportation career pathways. The application deadline is January 8, 2018.

Funding opportunities for Central Valley CBOs

Funding opportunities for Central Valley CBOs

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.

Funding Opportunities for Central Valley CBOS

Funding Opportunities for Central Valley CBOS

Support for Nonprofit/Foundation Collaborations
Fund for Shared Insight: Listen for Good 
The Fund for Shared Insight, administered by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is a multi-year collaborative effort among funders that pools financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy. Shared Insight emerged from the belief that foundations will be more effective and make an even bigger difference in the world if they are more open. Listen for Good, an initiative of the Fund for Shared Insight, invites nonprofit organizations and funders to join in exploring a systematic and rigorous way of getting feedback from the people who are benefiting from foundation funding. In order to participate in Listen for Good, a nonprofit organization must be nominated by an existing or new funder. Applicants must have a minimum annual budget of $500,000 in the current and previous fiscal years. In 2017, grants totaling $45,000 over two years will be provided to U.S. nonprofit organizations working in any issue area. This amount includes $15,000 from the nonprofit organization’s funding partner and $30,000 from the Fund for Shared Insight. The application deadline is May 26, 2017. Visit the Fund for Shared Insight website to learn more about the grant guidelines and application details.

Skatepark Construction in Low-Income Communities Funded
Tony Hawk Foundation
The Tony Hawk Foundation 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 from May 3 to June 14, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant criteria and submit an online application.

Grants Enhance HIV/AIDS Organizations Nationwide
AIDS United: Sector Transformation 
AIDS United is dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Sector Transformation, an initiative of AIDS United, supports HIV/AIDS service organizations nationwide that are navigating the challenges to service sustainability posed by shifts in funding, implementation of healthcare reform, and scientific advances in HIV treatment and prevention. Grants of up to $50,000 are available for transformational projects. Examples include, but are not limited to, development of integrated care models, expansion of services, strategic alliances and partnerships, post-merger integration, mission expansion or rebranding, mergers or consolidations, responsible closures, and client population expansion. Sector Transformation also offers technical assistance for specific restructuring-related activities, as well as funding for “Reverse Site Visits” to help organizations learn from others that have successfully restructured. Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or have a fiscal agent. Organizations led by and focused on serving women, people of color, and transgender communities are strongly encouraged to apply. The upcoming deadline for letter of inquiry forms is May 29, 2017; invited proposals are reviewed quarterly. Visit the AIDS United website for more information.

Funds for U.S. Environment Efforts 
Cornell Douglas Foundation 
The Cornell Douglas Foundation is dedicated to advocating for environmental health and justice, encouraging stewardship of the environment, and furthering respect for sustainability of resources. The Foundation provides grants averaging $10,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address one or more of the following areas of interest: environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and financial literacy. Introductory letters are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website for information on developing and submitting an introductory letter.

Program Supports Service Dogs for Injured Heroes
Department of Defense 
The Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program provides support to connect assistance dogs with service members and veterans. The application deadline is May 22, 2017.

Foundation Directory Online now available at Central Valley Community Foundation

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