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Funding and Resource Opportunities | October 2020


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New funding available this month for grassroots justice-reform groups serving urgent COVID-related needs, plus farmer support, environ-mental storytelling projects, legal services, music preservation, workforce training for youth with disabilities, brownfield site prevention and management, and much more.

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COVID-19 support

Check GCN’s continually-updated list of COVID-related funding and support opportunities, where you’ll find national sources, Community Foundations, cause-specific funding, and discount services. What’s new:

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta / United Way of Greater Atlanta
COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
Deadline: October 9
Focusing on education, food security, housing, and mental health, and prioritizing nonprofits led by BIPOC and small nonprofits (budgets under $2 million) meeting local needs. View details.

Borealis Philanthropy
Spark Justice Fund
Deadline: October 20
Grassroots nonprofits working in pretrial justice are eligible for grants of up to $50,000 to meet urgent needs emerging out of the COVID-19 pandemic in jails or communities. View details.

Common Counsel Foundation
Grassroots Exchange Fund
Deadline: November 30
Community organizations that need to adjust networking, collaboration, or organizing strategies due to COVID-19 are invited to apply for rapid response small grants. View details.

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AWARD opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Culture of Health Prize
Deadline: October 15
Honoring U.S. communities for advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all, this $25,000 prize is based on work already done, and is awarded to a local government entity or nonprofit on behalf of the community. View details.


GRANTS now available

The Herb Block Foundation
Defending Basic Freedoms
Deadline: October 6 (letter of inquiry), December 15 (full proposal)
Nonprofits seeking to safeguard basic freedoms, eliminate prejudice and discrimination, or assist government in becoming more accountable, can apply for up to $25,000. View details.

Impact Fund
Grant program
Deadline: October 6 (letter of interest), November 3 (full application)
Grants of up to $50,000 are available for nonprofit legal services providers seeking to advance justice in civil rights, human rights, anti-poverty, and environmental justice cases. View details.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Community Solutions for Health Equity
Deadline: October 7 (letter of intent), January 18 (full proposal)
Three-year grants of $300,000 will go to nonprofits working to make local healthcare systems more responsive to communities of color and other overlooked constituencies; nonprofits with limited experience receiving grants of this size are encouraged to apply. View details.

U.S. Conference of Mayors / Wells Fargo
CommunityWINS Grant Program
Deadline: October 9
Awards go to nonprofits advancing housing affordability solutions in partnership with mayors; USCM members are responsible for nominating nonprofits. View details.

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
Grassroots Organizing for Social Change
Deadline: October 15 (pre-application)
Grants are available for nonprofits that further social and environmental justice or support sustainable and just-food systems. Funds may be used for operations. View details.

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
Grant program
Deadline: October 15
Grants of up to $100,000 over three years are available to support innovative employment readiness programs for youth with disabilities. View details.

Domestic Violence Safe Housing
Deadline: October 15
To help provide shelter for domestic abuse victims and their pets, grants of up to $20,000 are available in four categories: On-site, Off-site, Startup, and Animal Shelter. View details.

The Shubert Foundation
Grant program
Deadline: October 15
Grants are available to support nonprofit dance programs. View details.

Environmental Protection Agency
Farmer to Farmer
Deadline: October 16
Farm-focused organizations that seek to improve water quality, habitat, resilience, and environmental education using working lands are eligible for funding. View details.

National Geographic Society
Stories of Tropical Rainforests
Deadline: October 21
Grants of up to $70,000 will support storytelling projects covering ecosystem-scale stories and solutions-oriented attempts to mitigate negative human impacts. View details.

Christopher & Diana Reeve Foundation
Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants
Deadline: October 22
Grants of up to $25,000 are available for projects that impact individuals living with paralysis and their families. View details.

Environmental Protection Agency
Brownfields Program
Deadline: October 28
Nonprofits working to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, or reuse brownfield sites are eligible for funding. View details.

State Farm Insurance
Good Neighbor Citizenship Community Grants
Deadline: October 31
Grants are available for work in three areas: community development, education, and safety, which includes disaster recovery and preparedness. View details.

Doris Day Animal Foundation
Grant program
Deadline: October 31 (letter of introduction)
Nonprofits that directly rescue, car for, and protect animals – including for senior pet assistance and emergency relief – are eligible for funding. View details.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Grant program
Deadline: November 1 (pre-application), January 15 (full application)
Organizations led by low-income individuals working to break the cycle of poverty in their communities are eligible for grants of up to $75,000. View details.

Comer Family Foundation
Syringe Service Program
Grants are available for nonprofits helping people who use drugs avoid overdose and disease transmission through free syringes, education, and wraparound services. View details.

GRAMMY Foundation
GRAMMY Museum Grant Program
Deadline: November 1 (Letter of inquiry)
Grants are available for music-related work, including scientific research into music’s impact on the human condition, or efforts that advance archiving and preservation. View details.

Annie’s Homegrown
Grants for Gardens
Deadline: November 2
Nonprofits supporting edible school gardens anywhere in the U.S. are eligible for funding. View details.

MIT Solve / Morgridge Family Foundation / New Profit
Reimagining Pathways to Employment in the U.S. Challenge
Deadline: November 9
Programs accelerating pathways to current and future employment in the U.S., especially those focused on racial justice, may apply for competitive grants packages of at least $100,000. View details.

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation
Grant program
Deadline: November 30
Support is available for nonprofits supporting the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Native American self-sufficiency and culture. View details.

Herb Society of America
Herb Garden Grants
Deadline: December 1
Grants are available for establishing herb gardens for classes in grades 3 to 6 with at least 15 students. View details.

The Shubert Foundation
Theatre program
Deadline: December 2
Grants are available for professional theatre organizations with a record of achievement and fiscal responsibility. View details.

Grant program
Deadline: December 4
Small, grassroots nonprofits (annual budgets under $150,000) working to advance justice and liberation are united to apply for grants of up to $4,000. View details.

Love Beauty and Planet Project
Grant program
Deadline: December 31
To support community carbon-reduction efforts, grants of up to $20,000 are available to fund projects centered around plastics, waste, emissions, or climate justice. View details.

Life Comes From It
Grant program
Deadline: December 31
Grants of up to $25,000 are available for grassroots, movement-building nonprofits offering community-based solutions that address violence and repair harm. View details.

Anthem Foundation
Program Grants
Deadline: Open
Nonprofits working to affect the conditions and social drivers of certain health issues – including heart disease, cancer, maternity health, and diabetes – are eligible for funding. View details.

Cornell Douglas Foundation
Grant program
Deadline: Open
Support available for work addressing environmental health and justice, land conservation, resource sustainability, watershed protection, K-12 financial literacy, and more. View details.

David Rockefeller Fund
Grant program
Deadline: Open
Letters of inquiry are accepted year-round in any of their program areas: the arts, criminal justice, and the environment, focusing on innovative ideas. View details.

MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation
Grant program
Deadline: Open
Nonprofits that work to increase participation in or expand access to youth baseball and softball are eligible for funding. View details.

Presbyterian Mission
Self Development of People
Deadline: Open
Grassroots projects to effect long-term change in the lives of those oppressed by poverty and social systems are eligible; grant process may take up to 6 months. View details.

Previously-listed OPEN deadlines

Wish You Well Foundation
Grant program
Deadline: Open
Grants of up to $10,000 are available for nonprofits teaching literacy skills to adults. View details.

The Solutions Project
Fighter Fund
Deadline: Open
Rapid-response grants support those accelerating the transition to clean energy in the U.S. through policy work, resistance, indigenous organizing, electric cooperatives, or demonstrations. View details.

Craig Newmark Philanthropies
Grant program
Deadline: Open
Supporting grassroots organizations “getting stuff done” in areas like journalism and information, voter protection, gender diversity in tech, veterans and military families, and more. View details.

AIDS United
Relief, Recovery, and Resiliency Fund
Deadline: Open
Nonprofits serving people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS can apply for grants of up to $15,000 to help them overcome COVID-related challenges to their work. View details.

School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network
COVID-19 Student Support Recovery Grant
Deadline: Open (first-come first-served)
Private schools, charter schools, charter school management companies, and Local Education Agencies are eligible for funding to support school-based telehealth programs. View details.

Essential Deliveries
Deadline: Open
Organizations needing essential goods delivered, or with clients who need transportation for essential services, can apply to be matched up with Lyft drivers. 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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