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Suzette's Funding Letter, September 11, 2015


Kids in Need Foundation Invites Applications for 2015 Teacher Grants Programs - DEADLINE: September 30, 2015

Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to educators in support of projects that strengthen creativity, critical thinking skills, and/or core knowledge by engaging students in the learning process....


APF Invites Applications for Grant to Decrease Discrimination in Education - DEADLINE: October 1, 2015

A single grant of $20,000 will be awarded in support of research, education, or an intervention with the potential to reduce disparities in education and achievement as a result of discrimination....


Safe Places to Play Grant - Deadline: Oct 2, 2015
Funder: US Soccer Foundation

Research: Art Works Funding Opportunity  - Deadline for submitting an application is October 20.

As the federal agency of record on arts research, the NEA is offering the Research: Art Works grant funding opportunity. The NEA is interested in research which will measure or clarify one or more factors, characteristics, and conditions of the U.S. arts ecosystem; will investigate the direct and indirect benefits of arts participation; or will address topics on the value and/or impact of the arts. We encourage applications from diverse research fields, such as sociology, economics, psychology, medicine and health, education, and urban and regional planning) and research partnerships between arts practitioners and researchers.

Learn about the grant process at an upcoming NEA grant guidelines webinar on September 9 at 3:00 PM ET, or view the webinar soon thereafter on the NEA's archive page. Organizations may apply for a Research grant in addition to other NEA grant opportunities in the same year.

Jobs Plus Pilot Initiative - Application Deadline: September 28, 2015

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Public and Indian Housing. The purpose of the Jobs Plus Pilot program is to develop locally-based, job-driven approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. The place-based Jobs Plus Pilot program addresses poverty among public housing residents by incentivizing and enabling employment through earned income disregards for working families, and a set of services designed to support work including employer linkages, job placement and counseling, educational advancement, and financial counseling. Ideally, these incentives will saturate the target developments, building a culture of work and making working families the norm. The Jobs Plus Pilot program consists of the following three core components:

  • Employment-Related      Services
  • Financial Incentives –      Jobs Plus Earned Income Disregard (JPEID)
  • Community Supports for      Work

In addition to these components further defined below, applicants are encouraged to develop key partnerships to connect participants with any other needed services to remove barriers to work. An Individualized Training and Services Plan (ITSP) should be developed for each participant to establish goals and service strategies, and to track progress. View the Jobs Plus Initiative NOFA.

View the webcast.  More information is available on the Public and Indian Office website.

APF Seeks Applications to Support Mental Health Projects for the Underserved - DEADLINE: December 31, 2015

The Pearson Early Career program will provide a single grant of $12,000 to encourage an early career psychologist to devote his or her career to underserved populations....


Emergency Medicine Residents' Association Seek Applications for Local Action Grants - DEADLINE: February 15, 2016

A single grant of $1,000 will be awarded to a project that promotes the involvement of emergency medicine residents in community service and other activities supporting the specialty of emergency medicine....


RGK Foundation Accepting LOIs for Education, Community Programs - DEADLINE: Rolling (Letters of Inquiry)

Grants will be awarded in the areas of K-12 education, community, and health and medicine....

Sports and Community Development - Deadline: Open
Funder: Adidas Group

Community Facility Loans - Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Developing Healthy Places - Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: The Kresge Foundation

Suzette's Funding Letter September 4, 2015

Ceres Trust Organic Research Initiative - Deadline: September 25, 2015. Ceres Trust, a privately administered charitable trust based in the Midwest, seeks applications from universities and other nonprofits in the North Central Region that focus on organic farming systems research. Approximately ten grants of up to $60,000 over three years will be awarded in the region. For more details visit the Ceres Trust website.


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies through the Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program. The purpose of this program is to equip HUD's customers with the skills, tools, and knowledge to ensure effective program delivery and efficient stewardship of federal funds. Deadline: 9/25/2015. Click here to review funding guidelines.

Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center Grant Program - Letter of Intent (Optional): Sep 1, 2015,  Application deadline: Sep 30, 2015
Geographic Coverage: Available in 15 states. Offers grants for projects that use creative strategies to improve coordination among USDA-FNS Child Nutrition programs and other nutrition programs, with the aim of increasing participation rates among families with children in persistently poor, rural counties. Sponsor: Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center


USDA Funding to Assist with Organic Certification CostsDeadline:September 30, 2015. through the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program and the AMA Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Purpose: to make organic certification affordable for organic producers and handlers across the country. Funding: $11.9 million. Deadline: applicants for cost share assistance through the AMA are encouraged to apply early; funds are only available through


Broadband Loans & Loan Guarantees  - Application Deadline: September 30, 2015.
Notice of Solicitation of Application, July 30, 2015, ppt from August 26 & 27 webinar in pdf. USDA Rural Development


Jamba Juice “It’s All About the Fruits and Veggies Garden Grant” - Deadline: September 30, 2015

Purpose: Recipients will be selected based on plans to promote nutrition education, ideas for incorporating fruit and vegetable activities into the curriculum, and the ability to sustain the program over multiple years. Eligibility: schools, community organizations, and nonprofit programs gardening with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Funding: 29 programs will receive a check for $100 to be used to purchase soil amendments and fruit and vegetable plantings and $400 in gardening supplies from the KidsGardening.org Shop. One program will receive a grand prize of $1,500. Apply here.


Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages - Application deadline: Oct 14, 2015
Grants for the development of Indian and Alaska Native communities, including new housing construction; housing rehabilitation; land acquisition to support new housing; green energy projects; mold remediation; homeownership assistance; public service facilities such as healthcare entities, child care facilities, and employment-related agencies; economic development; and microenterprise programs.
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Levitt Pavilions Issues CFA for 2016 Outdoor Music Concert Program - DEADLINE:October 15, 2015. Matching grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to support free outdoor concerts in small and mid-sized towns and cities across the country....


NEA Foundation Invites Applications for Learning and Leadership Grants - DEADLINE: October 15, 2015

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support the professional development of public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education....


LOWE'S CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION is offering grants to public K-12 schools and school parent-teacher groups associated with public schools through the Toolbox for Education Grant Program. Grants of $2,000 to $5,000 are offered for projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Preference is given to funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) and landscaping or cleanup projects. Deadline: 10/16/2015; however, if 1,500 applications are received before the application deadline, the application process may close. Visit the program’s website here to submit an online application.  

Singing for Change Accepting LOIs for Projects to Address Social and Environmental Problems - DEADLINE: Ongoing (Letters of Interest)

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to progressive nonprofit organizations working to address the root causes of social or environmental problems....


Perceptive Software Accepting Nominations for Educating Excellence Award - DEADLINE: Ongoing

Grants will be awarded to outstanding STEM educators who are making a difference in their students' lives....


Veteran Housing Projects in Rural Areas - Application deadline: Oct 30, 2015
Offers funding to construct, renovate, or rehabilitate veteran housing projects in rural areas of the United States. Sponsor: Home Depot Foundation, Housing Assistance Council


2015 RIS Program Competition, Applications Due: Oct 5, 2015 Includes $10 MM to support two unique grant opportunities this year: 

  1. i6 Challenge: Launched in 2010 as part of the      Startup America Initiative, the i6 Challenge is a national competition      based on the most impactful national models for startup creation,      innovation, and commercialization. In an effort to promote and support      inclusion, EDA expects to award up to $2.5 million of the total $8 million      to projects that provide services to rural areas. Additionally, the      evaluation criteria for applications include the strength of specific      outreach plans to populations and communities that are underrepresented in      innovation and entrepreneurship and of specific, quantitative metrics to      measure the effectiveness of that outreach.
  2. Seed Fund Support: These cluster grants provide      funding for technical assistance to support feasibility, planning,      formation, or launch of cluster-based seed capital funds that are offered      to innovation-based, growth-oriented start-up companies in exchange for      equity. Funds must include job creation in their consideration for issuing      capital, and the evaluation criteria for applications include the strength      of specific outreach plans to populations and communities that are      underrepresented in innovation and entrepreneurship and of specific,      quantitative metrics to measure the effectiveness of that outreach.

Recorded Webinars

Micro-Grants/Karma for Cara Foundation - Deadline: Rolling.

Purpose: Tofund service projects in communities, with ideas including rebuilding a playground or turning a vacant lot into a community garden. Eligibility:  For children 18 and under. Funding: between $250 and $1,000. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools Purpose: Salad bars for schools. Deadline: Rolling.

Jewel-Osco Community Grants - Deadline: Rolling. Purpose: fund organizations promoting nutrition education and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet. Jewel-Osco is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable operations and will support local efforts toward sustainability. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations. Click here for more information.


The American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Voices for Healthy KidsDeadline: Rolling - Purpose: to advance public policy that reverses childhood obesity by investing in state, local and tribal public policy issue campaigns whose efforts are linked to its six priority areas. Eligibility: Non-profit organizations. Funding: Up to $100,000. Contact: Jill Ceitlin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education- Farmer Rancher Grant Program. Purpose: The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NC-SARE) seeks farmers and ranchers with projects offering sustainable solutions to farm management. Funding: up to $7,500 for individual grant projects and up to $22,500 for group grant projects. Deadline: Early August-Mid November. Find out more information about the Farmer Rancher Grant Program and the application process.*NOTE: Visit the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Website for more grant opportunities specific to your state.


Over $63.2 million in Specialty Crop Block grants are allocated to U.S. States and territories based on a formula that considers both specialty crop acreage and production value. Purpose: The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Interested applicants should apply directly through their state department of agriculture. Eligibility: Organizations or individuals should contact their state department of agriculture for more information. Deadline: A listing of state contacts and application due dates can be found at www.ams.usda.gov/scbgp.

USDA Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative -Deadline: Varies by state. Purpose: Assist producers to extend the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner. Eligibility:  Individuals, legal entities, Indian Tribes, and joint operations engaged in agricultural production.

Beginning Farmers Grants and Resources

Students Invited to Apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards - DEADLINE: November 4, 2015

Middle and high school students who volunteered to help a community at home or abroad in the previous year are eligible to apply for an award of $1,000....


NCTM Accepting Proposals for Teacher Professional Development Grants - DEADLINE: November 6, 2015

Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded in support of professional development efforts that improve the classroom competence of one or more middle-school mathematics teachers....


THE HARRY AND JEANETTE WEINBERG FOUNDATION is offering grants to nonprofit organizations for general operating, program, and capital project support to help lower income older adults to live dignified, meaningful, and engaged lives in the community and to maintain their independence for as long as possible. Deadline: letter of inquiry accepted any time. Click here for funding guidelines.


Newsletters and email from where I gather this information include:


v  Foundation Center RFP Service -  To subscribe visit: http://foundationcenter.org/newsletters/

v  To subscribe to the RAC Health Listserv - click here to go to the subscription form.

v  Electronic newsletter of the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Rural Entrepreneurship NewsTo subscribe, http://team.energizingentrepreneurs.org/news2/public_html/lists/?p=subscribe  

v  Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City newsletter: http://www.kansascityfed.org/alert/

v  Blue Avocado Nonprofit Magazine - They have a newsletter on boards and nonprofit management, down-to-earth and useful.  http://www.blueavocado.org/

v  Rural LISC e-newsletter - http://www.lisc.org/rural

v  National Association for Development Organizations (NADO) – www.nado.org

v  ERS - A notification service is provided by USDA's Economic Research Service for Charts of Note and other research to keep you informed of the latest and most relevant research on the topics that interest you. You can subscribe at http://www.ers.usda.gov/Updates/

v  Orton Family Foundation – email sign-up - http://www.orton.org/sign_up

This is the bulk of them, a few others are random.

Suzette's Funding Letter August 28, 2015


First Nations Development Institute Invites Applications for Agriculture Scholarships - DEADLINE: September 15, 2015

Through the program, five $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to Native American college students majoring in agriculture or an agriculture-related field....


Constellation Seeks Applications for E2 Energy to Education Grants - DEADLINE: October 1, 2015

Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of local community projects that inspire students to think differently about energy....


Road Runners Club of America Accepting Applications for Kids Run the Nation Fund Grants - DEADLINE: October 1, 2015

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to running clubs and other nonprofits organizations in support of structured youth running programs....

A Little Hope Announces Youth Bereavement Support Services Grants - DEADLINE: Open (Introductory Emails)

Grants will be awarded to organizations that provide support services and grief counseling to children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one....


Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation Accepting Applications for Toolbox for Education Grants - DEADLINE: October 16, 2015

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects such as facility enhancement or landscaping/clean-up projects with the potential to have a permanent impact on a K-12 school community....


USDA Rural and Tribal Stakeholder Webinars: On August 12, 2015, USDA held two distinct webinars for rural and tribal communities to provide an overview of the Third Round Promise Zones initiative.

View the PowerPoint slides and the Rural Webinar.  View the PowerPoint slides and the Tribal Webinar.


Applications Invited for Soros Justice Fellowships in Advocacy and Media - DEADLINE: October 21, 2015

Fellowships of up to $110,250 will be awarded to outstanding individuals working to implement innovative projects that advance reform and spur debate on a range of issues facing the criminal justice system in the United States.....


Heritage Preservation Seeks Nominations for Collection Preservation Award - DEADLINE: December 15, 2015

The award is presented annually to an organization that has been exemplary in its commitment to the preservation and care of cultural property within the context of its broader mission....


Aaron Copland Fund for Music Invites Applications for Contemporary American Music Recording Projects - DEADLINE: January 15, 2016

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to projects that document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers....


DDCF Accepting Grant Proposals to Strengthen Performing Arts - DEADLINE: February 26, 2016 (Letters of Inquiry)

Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and theater fields....



Suzette's Funding Letter, August 21, 2015


U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has announced the launch of the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) $10 million funding opportunity for the 2015 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program competition. Under this program, the EDA is soliciting applications for two funding opportunities: the i6 Challenge, which funds organizations that help innovators and entrepreneurs turn ideas and research into viable, sustainable companies, and Seed Fund Support Grants, which funds regionally-focused seed capital funds that provide early-stage capital to innovation-based startups with a potential for high growth.  Read more.  Applications due:  Oct 5, 2015


Rural Health Fellows Program - Application deadline: Aug 31, 2015
A year-long, intensive program designed to develop a community of rural health leaders. Sponsor: National Rural Health Association

Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (IMPACT) Demonstration - Application deadline: Aug 31, 2015
Provides technical assistance and other support for up to 10 rural and tribal communities to develop innovative, two-generation strategies to reducing child poverty. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Grant Announcement: Small Grants Program for Transporting Healthy Food - Application Deadline: September 18th

CSX and The Conservation Fund (The Fund) have joined forces to help combat food insecurity for a second year!  Specifically, CSX and The Fund will provide small grants to support our country's local food distributors transport and distribute fresh, healthy food to communities in need. More than 23 million Americans across the country have limited or no access to fresh produce, dairy, meats, and seafood.  One of the contributing factors to these "food deserts" is the lack of local infrastructure to distribute fresh food to markets.  We need to connect people to food, and food to people! >>Learn more and download an application!

Loving Support Makes Breastfeeding Work WIC Breastfeeding Curriculum and Training solicitation is posted on   http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=278466. This solicitation is open to non-profit organizations and closes on September 28, 2015.  Only non-profit organizations, for-profit educational institutions and WIC State agencies with extensive experience in the provision of breastfeeding education and training and breastfeeding course development may apply.  http://origin.drupal.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-breastfeeding-curricula-and-training-request-application

Funding for youth-based environmental programs - The deadline for spring and summer projects is Sept. 30.  The Captain Planet Foundation funds projects that give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live.

Safe Places to Play Grant - Deadline: Oct 2, 2015. Funder: US Soccer Foundation


Developing Healthy Places - Deadline: Ongoing. Funder: The Kresge Foundation

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) - Application deadline: Oct 22, 2015
Provides loan repayment assistance to medical students (MD and DO) who agree to provide primary care health services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) of greatest need. Sponsor: National Health Service Corps

Community HealthCorps - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Offers monetary sums for education or loan repayment in exchange for full-time service in a rural or underserved community. Community HealthCorps Members perform a variety of activities associated with health services and programs for patients and communities, often by functioning as community health workers. Sponsor: National Association of Community Health Centers

Community Response Fund - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Supports organizations, activities, and events that offer short-term, immediate solutions to oral healthcare challenges in underserved communities. Sponsor: DentaQuest Foundation

SBA 7a Loans - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Provides loans to small businesses (including small healthcare practices) for working capital; equipment purchase; real estate purchase; building construction or renovation; business acquisition; and debt refinancing. Sponsor: Small Business Administration

USDA Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Funding to construct, enlarge, or improve essential community facilities for healthcare, public safety, education, and public services in rural areas. Sponsor: USDA Rural Development

AAUW Invites Applications for Career Development Grants - DEADLINE: December 15, 2015

Grants of up to $12,000 will be awarded to women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce....


Applications Invited for Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards - DEADLINE: January 4, 2016

Fifty pre-K teachers will be selected to receive grants of $1,000 in honor of their dedication to providing high-quality child care....


Humane Society of the United States Foundation Invites Nominations for 2016 National Kind Teacher Award - DEADLINE: February 15, 2016

One winner will receive a framed certificate and a scholarship to the Humane Society University's Certified Humane Education Specialist program....

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