THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES is offering grants through The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program, which assists in providing access to healthcare for children, youth, and their families nationwide, and employs preventive health strategies through innovative, community-driven programs. The agency is looking to fund programs that represent either a new initiative within the community or an innovative new component that builds upon an existing community-based program or initiative.

Deadline: 10/14/2014. Click here to review application guidelines and to apply.

HUD is offering grants to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; by providing funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by

Deadline: 10/16/2014. Click here to apply.

THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CHARITABLE SERVICE TRUST is offering grants to nonprofits for programs that support veterans and their families. Programs supported by the Trust typically provide the following: food, shelter, and other necessary items to homeless or at-risk veterans; mobility items or assistance specific to veterans with blindness or vision loss, hearing loss, or amputations; qualified therapeutic activities for veterans and/or their families; and physical and psychological rehabilitation projects. Priority is given to long-term service projects providing direct assistance to sick and injured veterans and their families.

Deadline to apply: 10/20/2014. Click here to review application guidelines.

The YMCA OF THE USA is accepting entries from individuals and groups for its third annual My Fresh Page Project competition. Through the competition, the Y will award a total of $20,000 in support of small ideas that impact ommunities in big ways. Community members from across the nation will be able to vote for their favorite idea once a day,  now through October 24, 2014. Applicants may submit their projects in one of three prize categories: $5,000 prize, $1,000 prize, and $500 prize. The deadline to apply: 10/24/2014. Click here for further guidelines.

THE GRISWOLD CARES FOUNDATION provides grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the country that enhance the quality of life for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities who choose to age in place. The Foundation's 2014 funding priorities focus on support for programs that provide respite care and short-term home care. The Foundation
also supports local community and grassroots organizations who provide other programs and services with the intent of helping those of limited financial means to age in place.

Deadline: 10/31/2014. Visit the Foundation's website here to submit an online application.

WHOLE KIDS FOUNDATION is offering grants to schools and nonprofit organizations working at schools to support
edible gardens at schools serving any grade K-12. These grants of $2,000 are awarded in the U.S. and Canada. Consideration is given to new or existing garden projects at any stage of development, whether planning, construction, or operation, that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Deadline: 10/31/2014. Visit the Foundation's website here to complete the online application.

THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND is offering grants for programs that encourage collaborative and participatory
efforts among citizens in communities in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wyoming. Through the Rural Initiative Program, the Fund supports efforts that will help to strengthen individual rural towns in the targeted
states in a number of civic areas, including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education.

Deadline: 11/1/2014. Specific grant guidelines and application procedures are available on the Fund's website here.

THE CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (CCHD) is offering grants in the following two categories: 1) Community Development Grants supporting nonprofit organizations that nurture the participation of people living in poverty to change structures and policies that affect their lives. At least 50 percent of those benefiting from the applying organization's efforts must be people experiencing poverty. 2) Economic Development Grants supporting Economic
Development Institutions that include the voice of the poor and marginalized in developing new businesses that offer good jobs or develop assets that will be owned by local communities. Grants range between $25,000 and $75,000.

Deadline: pre-applications for both programs are due by 11/1/2014. Visit the CCHD website here for more information.

ArtPlace America has opened the fifth round of its National Grants Program. The National Grants Program is designed
to invest in creative placemaking projects that involve cross-sector partners committed to strengthening the social, physical, and economic fabric of their communities.

Deadline: Letters of Inquiry are due by 11/3/2014. Funding priorities include rural communities throughout Arizona, Iowa, the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.  ArtPlace is also particularly interested in projects from states in which it has not yet issued grants, including Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming. Click here to visit the website for complete information on applying for these grants.

HUD's Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development has issued a Notice of Funding Availability for the Appalachia Economic Development Initiative to increase access to capital for business lending and economic development in the chronically underserved and undercapitalized Appalachian region.

Deadline: 11/3/2014. Click here for funding guidelines.

THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION announced approximately $20 million in funding for the Pilot Program for Transit Oriented Development Planning. These funds are for local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning through a transit capital investment. Award amounts will vary from $250,000 to $2 million.

Deadline: 11/3/2014. For guidelines, click here.

TRIBECA ALL ACCESS will award a $15,000 grant to five narrative filmmakers and five documentary filmmakers whose teams include a U.S.-based director or screenwriter from a community that is statistically underrepresented in the film industry for use in the development, production, post-production, or marketing of their film project.

Deadline to apply: 11/5/2014. Click here for guidelines.

THE AUEN FOUNDATION is accepting Letters of Intent from nonprofits for aging population grants in California.
Deadline: Letters of Intent submitted to the foundation are reviewed on a quarterly basis, and the next deadline is 11/10/2014. Click here to visit the website and review application guidelines.

THE MALONE FAMILY FOUNDATION is offering grants to nonprofit organizations in the state of Alabama, with limited funding in Florida and Georgia, for programs that expand the horizons of and opportunities for children and young adults. Initiatives whose direct objectives are providing better education, promoting self-esteem, and instilling in its beneficiaries a desire for self-improvement are of special interest. Preference is given to creative programs in the area of
education from pre-kindergarten through higher education. Letters of inquiry are due 11/15/2014, with the deadline for invited proposals 12/15/2014. Visit the Foundation's website here to learn more about the application process.

HUD has announced the second round of Promise Zones compeitition. To apply, communities must meet poverty rate and population requirements. HUD will designate six urban communities, one rural community and one tribal community through the competition. Deadline: 11/21/2014. HUD is holding webcasts on the program during the week of September 29. Click here for application guidelines and to register for one of the webcasts.

THE AGSTAR FUND FOR RURAL AMERICA supports nonprofit organizations in the service area where AgStar has a significant business presence in Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. The Fund offers grants of up to $10,000 for direct project or program costs for programs in the following four major areas: education, environment, technology, and quality of life.

Deadline: 11/30/2014. Visit the AgStar website here to review the funding guidelines and application instructions.

THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS (NEA) is offering Our Town grants to support creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, equitable, and resilient places with the arts at their core. The Our Town program supports arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects. The NEA is also offering a new project category this year, funding up to five projects carried out by arts or design service
organizations, or other national or regional membership organizations, that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. The goal is to expand the knowledge base about creative placemaking to their members and the

Deadline: 12/15/2014.  For those planning to apply, there will be two webinars offered on 10/1 and 10/6, 2014. Click here to learn more about this program and to register for one of the webinars.