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Funding and Resource Opportunities | March 2020


Updated March 27 to add new link to COVID-19 support list.

New opportunities in this month’s roundup include funding for community center improvements, strengthening democratic institutions, music instruction programs, student-led projects, conservation efforts, supporting veterans and military families, and much more – including a $50,000 prize for nonprofit founders 50 years and older.

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Georgia Balance of State Continuum of Care
Deadline: Open
Nonprofits working to prevent and end homelessness in one of 152 HUD-designated Georgia counties are invited to join the 192-member Continuum. Benefits include networking and information-sharing, a voice in statewide priorities and initiatives, and more. View details.

AWARD opportunities

Manhattan Institute
2020 Civil Society Awards
Deadline: March 20
Four nonprofit leaders will be recognized for addressing or preventing social challenges, and working toward a common purpose in their communities, with a $25,000 prize. View details.

Purpose Prize
Deadline: March 31
Nonprofit founders aged 50 and older are eligible to receive prizes of up to $50,000 for their organization, meant to broaden the scope of their work. View details.

Independent Sector
Gardner Leadership Award
Deadline: April 17
Each year, the Gardner Award goes to a social innovation champion who has significantly and demonstrably empowered constituencies, strengthened participation and/or inspired movements, and raised the capacity of others to advance the common good. View details.

GRANTS now available

Braitmayer Foundation
Grant program
Deadline: March 15 (letter of inquiry), October 15 (full proposal)
Grants of up to $35,000 will support innovative practices in K-12 education, especially regarding reform initiatives and professional development opportunities for teachers. View details.

Unitarian Universalist Association
Fund for a Just Society
Deadline: March 15
Grants of up to $15,000 will go to non-Unitarian Universalist groups engaged in community organizing to bring about systemic change and mobilize the disenfranchised to create a more just society. View details.

Grey Muzzle Organization
Grant program
Deadline: March 16
Nonprofit programs designed to improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs are eligible for grants of up to $7,500. View details.

HomeServe Cares Foundation
Caring for Community
Deadline: March 24
Grant packages of up to $20,000 are available to support projects enhancing local parks and community centers in terms of accommodating residents with disabilities, ensuring visitor safety, boosting inclusion, or uniting communities. View details.

Corporation for National and Community Service
Day of Service Grants
Deadline: March 25
Funding is available for service programs commemorating either Sept. 11th or Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and aimed toward mobilizing more Americans to engage in activities that meet community needs. View details.

The Home Depot Foundation
Veteran Housing Grants
Deadline: March 27
Grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 will be awarded in support of the construction and rehabilitation of permanent supportive multifamily housing for veterans. View details.

National Endowment for Democracy
Grants program
Deadline: March 27
Grants averaging $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofits (civic organizations, associations, independent media, etc.) working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. View details.

Youth Service America
Youth Service Zone Grants
Deadline: March 27
Private-public collaboratives (at least three organizations of differing types) working to increase volunteerism among youth are eligible for $15,000 support grants. View details.  

U.S. Forest Service
National Forest Resiliency Innovation Challenge
Deadline: March 30
Cost-sharing grants are available for innovative approaches to program development, study, and collaboration that will address urban and community forest resilience. View details.

Classics for Kids Foundation
Matching grant program
Deadline: March 31
Matching grants will be awarded to schools and nonprofits to support the incorporation of string instruments (all kinds, including guitars and ukuleles) into music education programs. View details.

D’Addario Foundation
Grant program
Deadline: March 31
Grants are available for music instruction programs, in particular those that focus on getting kids playing early and frequently. View details.

Department of Agriculture
Rural Energy for America Program
Deadline: March 31
Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance loans and grants are available for rural-based small businesses to make energy efficient improvements. View details.

Sun Life
Team Up Against Diabetes
Deadline: March 31
Grants of up to $100,000 will be provided to nonprofits focused on diabetes prevention, awareness, education, care, and management; recovery from diabetes-related complications; obesity prevention; and nutritional programs. View details.

Outdoor Access Initiative
Deadline: March 31 (recurring quarterly)
Nonprofits with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable public use of outdoor spaces may apply for grants. View details.

Community Challenge
Deadline: April 1
Grants are available to support quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages, especially those 50-plus, in areas like housing, transportation, public space, technology ("smart cities"), civic engagement, and more. View details.

Amphion Foundation
Grant program
Deadline: April 1
Nonprofit performing ensembles can apply for general operating or special project support to help fund projects that begin between September 2020 and August 2021. View details.

Brady Education Foundation
Program Evaluations Grants
Deadline: April 1
To support the effectiveness of education programs aimed at children from underserved groups or low-resourced communities, funds will be awarded to support their evaluation. View details.

Charlie’s Heart Foundation
Grant program
Deadlines: April 1 (letter of interest), June 1 (full application)
Supporting innovative human service projects that empower families to stay together in difficult circumstances, grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 will fund specific program or project expenses. View details.

Karma for Cara Foundation
Microgrant Program
Deadline: April 1
Grants of up to $1,000 are available for student-led projects, helping young citizens execute and magnify initiatives to benefit their communities. View details.

Technical College System of Georgia
Deadline: April 1
Eligible providers can receive federal and state matching funds to provide adult education and literacy activities to individuals over the age of 16 without a high school diploma, those who are basic skills deficient, and English language learners. View details.

Centers for Disease Control
Drug-Free Communities Support Program
Deadline: April 3
Awards go to fund community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth, in terms of limiting access to substances, changing the culture and context, and shifting the consequences associated. View details.

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Frances Hollis Brain Fund
Deadline: April 3
Grants of up to $10,000 will go to support nonprofits addressing primary needs (food, shelter, clothing, education, or healthcare) for vulnerable and underserved populations in the Metro Atlanta area. View details.

Imaginable Futures
Rise Prize
Deadline: April 6
Ten awards will be granted in support of solutions that drive economic mobility and well-being for student-parents. Three types of awards are available through a single application process. View details.

Wildlife Conservation Society
Climate Adaptation Fund
Deadline: April 8
Grants of at least $50,000 will go to nonprofits for applied, on-the-ground climate adaptation projects, prioritizing those that manage dynamic ecological processes, landscape functionality, and species assemblages. View details.

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
Grassroots Organizing for Social Change
Deadline: April 15 (pre-application)
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofit community-organizing groups in the U.S. working to advance social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. View details.

National Endowment for the Arts
Challenge America
Deadlines: April 9 (grants.gov,) April 21 (NEA portal)
Supporting projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations (limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability), grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. View details.

Fisher House Foundation
Newman’s Own Awards
Deadline: April 21
Grants will recognize and support innovative programs that improve the quality of life of active duty, Reserve, and National Guard members and their families facing the stress of long deployments and separation, and/or the long-term effects associated with service. View details.

Community Grants
Deadline: Open
The rideshare company Lyft will award three ride-credit grants per quarter to Atlanta-area nonprofits. View details.

The Glaser Progress Foundation
Independent Media
Deadline: Open
Grants will go to nonprofits with a national focus that work to foster independent voices, and give voice to underrepresented populations, for the purpose of strengthening democracy. View details.

The Glaser Progress Foundation
Measuring Progress
Deadline: Open
Grants will go to nonprofits with a national focus that work to improve understanding and measurement of human progress in service of building a more just, sustainable, and humane world. View details.

These opportunities have been sourced from Candid’s Philanthropy News Digest, GrantStation, and Grant Gopher, as well as grantmakers’ online notices.

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