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  1. The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF)

ACF encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia (eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia and all of West Virginia). ACF provides support to community-based organizations working for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice. ACF’s General Fund provides operating support and project grants of up to $3,000 to grassroots organizations that are addressing the underlying causes of poverty and oppression in the region. The focus is on organizations with budgets less than $200,000 that have limited access to traditional funding sources. Deadline: 4/12/2018.


  1. National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Program

NEA is offering support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations-those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability through its Challenge America program. Grants of $10,000 are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development, and require a minimum $10,000 match. The involvement of experienced artists and arts professionals is essential. Each applicant must present a straightforward project that reflects only one of the following three project types: guest artist, cultural tourism, public art. Deadline: 4/12/2018.


  1. Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

HUD has released the Notice of Funding Announcement (NOFA) for the FY 2017 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). The purpose of the YHDP is to promote comprehensive systems of care to address youth homelessness. YDHP will select up to 11 communities, including at least five rural communities, to support them in developing and implementing a coordinated community plan to prevent and end youth homelessness. Deadline: applications are due 4/17/2017.



Aetna Foundation is offering grants to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribes for programs that focus on activities that align with at least one of the following five domains: Healthy Behaviors, Community Safety, Built Environment, Social/Economic Factors, and Environmental Exposures. Applicants can request from $50,000 to $100,000 for projects lasting between 18 and 24 months. Organizations with annual operating budgets below $250,000 are not eligible to apply. Deadlines: Stage 1 application deadline is 4/18/2018; Stage 2 applications are due 6/15/2018.


  1. Newman's Own Award
    Offers grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life for military members and their families, including programs for job training, housing, caregiver support, and mental health.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Apr 25, 2018
    Fisher House Foundation


  1. DOJ Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program

The U.S. Department of Justice is offering funding through The Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program. The program supports efforts in persistently distressed neighborhoods that face significant violent and serious crime challenges. Deadline: 4/29/2018.


  1. National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI)

The Association of American Indian Physicians is offering funding through the National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI). The initiative features a summer program designed to prepare American Indian and Alaska Native high school students to pursue careers in healthcare or biomedical research. Deadline to apply: 4/30/2018.


  1. 6.    Foundation for Financial Planning

Foundation for Financial Planning is offering 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 ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 support programs helping many diverse groups, including active military members and wounded veterans, people with cancer, seniors and family caregivers, domestic violence survivors, general low-income families, etc. Deadline: online applications must be submitted by 4/30/2018.

  1. DOJ Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program

The U.S. Department of Justice is offering grants through The Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program to nonprofits for community programs to help people who are reentering communities from incarceration. Deadline: 5/1/2018.


  1. Native Youth and Culture Fund
    Grants for projects that focus on youth and incorporate culture and tradition to address social and health issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and mental health.
    Geographic coverage:
    Letter of Intent (Required): Mar 8, 2018
    Application Deadline: May 1, 2018
    First Nations Development Institute
  2. AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants
    Funding for programs that are designed to strengthen tribal communities and solve local problems through service and volunteering.
    Geographic coverage:
    Letter of Intent (Optional): Apr 2, 2018
    Application Deadline: May 2, 2018
    Corporation for National and Community Service
  3. AmeriCorps State and National Grants - Targeted Priority
    Funding for programs that are designed to strengthen communities and solve local problems, including those found in rural and underserved areas. Funding priorities in 2018 include prescription drug and opioid abuse, child wellness, and infrastructure.
    Geographic coverage:
    Letter of Intent (Optional): Apr 2, 2018
    Application Deadline: May 2, 2018
    Corporation for National and Community Service
  4. VA Adaptive Sports Grant Program

Department of Veteran Affairs is offering grants to nonprofit and other organizations for programs to support adaptive sports activities for veterans within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sports programs at the regional and national levels. Deadline: 5/2/2018.

  1. USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program

USDA is offering grants for projects that assist in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community‐supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer‐to‐consumer market opportunities. Deadline: 5/7/2018.

  1. The Institute of Museum and Library Services

IMLS has announced the availability of funding through the Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets program. Grants of up to $150,000 are offered to support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library, archive, and museum (LAM) fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice. Libraries, museums, institutions of higher education and community organizations that support these entities are eligible to apply.

Deadline: 5/14/2018.


  1. USDA Community Connect Broadband Grant Program

USDA Rural Utilities Service has announced the availability of funding through the Community Connect Broadband Grant Program which provides grants for communities without broadband service to provide residential and business broadband services and connect facilities via broadband facilities such as police and fire stations, healthcare, libraries, and schools. Deadline: 5/14/2018.

  1. Healthcare Connect Fund
    Provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity at a flat discounted rate of 65%. Participants can apply as a member of a consortium or a stand-alone entity.
    Geographic coverage:
    Application Deadline: May 31, 2018
    Universal Service Administrative Company
  2. Smart Rural Community Showcase Award
    Honors rural communities that have achieved high levels of broadband activity and have used it to support innovative practices in industry sectors, such as healthcare, safety and security, and economic development.
    Geographic coverage:
    Application Deadline: Jul 1, 2018
    Sponsor: NTCA:
    The Rural Broadband Association
  3. Rural Hospital Leadership Award
    Provides an educational stipend to a small or rural hospital administrator or chief executive officer to attend an AHA Annual Meeting or Health Forum Leadership Conference.
    Geographic coverage:
    Application Deadline: Aug 31, 2018
    American Hospital Association


  1. ARC commits $20M for new round of POWER grants

The Appalachian Regional Commission has released a request for proposals for the 2018 POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Program. In this round of funding, ARC will commit up to $20 million to support efforts that create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities in the ARC region by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment. 


Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are proud to present our fourth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest!  Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. After gathering cartons, it’s time to design and construct purposeful garden items and structures using them. Looking for ideas? Check out last year’s winners for inspiration and visit us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest or tips, activities, and lessons.

  1. Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program
    Loan repayment for educational loans in return for full-time clinical service in Indian Health Service programs.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Aug 15, 2018
    Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  1. RURAL LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) 

Rural LISC created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC utilizes this fund to provide permanent and construction-to- permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. Deadline: ongoing.

  1. Walmart Foundation

The Walmart Foundation’s Community Grant Program is offering grants to nonprofit organizations and agencies that work in one of the following areas: hunger relief and healthy eating, health and human service, quality of life, education, community and economic development, diversity and inclusion, public safety, or environmental sustainability. Awards range from $250 to $5,000. Deadline: applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 


  1. Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation provides funding for nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the United States that are using the power of volunteers to improve communities through its Community Impact Grants program. Priority is given to projects that benefit veterans and/or diverse and underserved communities. Projects should be volunteer-friendly, engage people at all skill levels, and be expected to have a strong and lasting impact. Awards of up to $5,000 will be given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.  Deadline: awards are made on a rolling basis.

  1. First Nations Development Institute

First Nations today announced it has received a one-year, $100,000 grant from the Agua Fund as renewed funding to assist Native American communities in South Dakota and on the Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico and Utah). The funding allows First Nations to work with selected communities toward increasing control of their local food systems for improved health and well-being, as well as for asset-building and economic development purposes.

First Nations expects to issue a request for proposals for this grant program in the near future. Eligible entities will be Sioux or Navajo tribes, Sioux or Navajo-controlled nonprofit organizations, or Native community-based groups committed to increasing healthy food access in Sioux or Navajo communities.
First Nations will offer capacity-building training to the four selected participants, while two of these groups will receive direct grants of $30,000 each. The project will focus on tribal hunger, nutrition and healthy foods access, and will engage in activities such as conducting community food assessments and expanding initiatives for food-related business development. Participants will be selected based on their potential to serve as a positive model with replicable or adaptable components for other Native communities, as well as on their communities’ needs related to tribal hunger, food insecurity and healthy foods access.

  1. Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Grants Programs Directorate is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Grant Programs Directorate administers the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Program as part of the AFG Program. The purpose of the FP&S Grant Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development. FP&S Grants are offered to support projects in two activities: (1) activities designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death, injuries, and property damage caused by fire and fire-related hazards ("Fire Prevention and Safety Activity") and (2) research and development activities aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries ("Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity"). The program guidance document provides potential applicants with the details of the requirements, processing, and evaluation of an application for financial assistance for both of these activity areas.

  1. Disaster Response Loans

Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Mercy Loan Fund and Neighborworks® Capital have partnered to offer $15 million in rapid-response loans for community organizations to accelerate recovery from last year’s hurricanes and wildfires. Loan recipients can use the financing for repairing, designing, and planning affordable housing developments; repairing existing or planned developments of other kinds; and relocating offices so organizations can return to work. Unsecured loans up to $500,000 will be available.

  1. 2019 National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

The Secretary of Agriculture has a congressionally designated advisory council that assists the U.S. Forest Service in establishing the grant categories and recommendations of final proposals for the Forest Service to consider. This is the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council). The Council serves to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the status of the nation’s urban and community forests and related natural resources. The Council seeks to establish sustainable urban and community forests, by encouraging communities of all sizes to manage and protect their natural resources, which, if well managed, improves the public’s health, well-being, economic vitality, and creates resilient ecosystems for present and future generations.

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