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Funding and Resource Opportunities | September 2020


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New funding available this month for grassroots justice efforts, preserving the stories of military veterans, more equitable greenspace, nonprofits led by people with disabilities, nonprofits led by low-income individuals, promoting diversity in performing arts, energy education, and much more – including multiple opportunities for work to make healthcare more equitable.

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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:

Cobb Community Foundation
Relief Grants
Deadline: September 11
Cobb County nonprofits adversely affected bythe COVID pandemic are eligible for grants of up to $25,000. 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.

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.

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AWARD opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Culture of Health Prize
Deadline: September 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.

Grinnell College
Innovator for Social Justice Prize
Deadline: October 1
Awards of $50,000 will honor individuals who have demonstrated leadership, creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change; half the award goes to the individual and half to their organization. View details.


GRANTS now available

Grant program
Deadline: September 4, December 4 (for next cycle)
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.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Dialogues on the Experience of War
Deadline: September 8 (optional draft), October 14 (full application)
Funding supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, primarily those projects designed to reach military veterans. View details.

Tomberg Family Philanthropies
Grant program
Deadline: September 8 (open July 27)
Projects focusing on the environment, poverty alleviation, health, and education in the U.S. are eligible for grants. View details.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Equitable Parks and Green Spaces in Small and Midsize Cities
Deadline: September 9
Nonprofits working (together or in collaboration) to rectify the inequitable distribution of green spaces in a city of 50,000 - 500,000 can apply for a planning grant of up $400,000. View details.

Center for Sharing Public Health Services
Small Grants Program
Deadline: September 11
Grants of up to $10,000 support work that advances health equity across jurisdictions, and addresses areas like social determinants of health, COVID-19, or structural racism. View details.

USA TODAY NETWORK / Gannett Foundation
A Community Thrives
Deadline: September 11 (apply)
Nonprofits that participate in the crowdfunding campaign A Community Thrives, taking place Sept. 21 to Oct. 16, are eligible for grants of up to $100,000. View details.

Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants
Deadline: September 14
Grants are available to support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans focusing on three core “goals” of housing, people, and neighborhood. View details.

Jewish Helping Hands
Tikkun Olam Grant Program
Deadline: September 14 (initial inquiry), December 14 (full application)
Grants of up to $5,000 support projects focused on economic development and social empowerment, particularly for demographics that have been overlooked. View details.

Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation
Grant program
Deadline: September 15
Hunger relief nonprofits operating within a 20-mile radius of a Food Lion store are eligible for grants, with a focus on reducing the number of children at risk of hunger. View details.

Borealis Philanthropy
Disability Inclusion Fund
Deadline: September 16
Grants of up to $100,000 support nonprofits serving people with disabilities, prioritizing those led by people with disabilities, and who are also a member of a second minority group. View details.

Amazon Web Services
Imagine Grant Program
Deadline: September 30
Nonprofits using technology to solve pressing challenges are eligible for grants of up to $100,000 in unrestricted funds, and up to $100,000 in web service credits. View details.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
Grant program
Deadline: September 30
Supporting programs that enhance the lives of young children in three categories: Early Childhood Welfare, Early Childhood Education and Play, and Parenting Education. View details.

Cigna Foundation
Healthier Kids for Our Future
Deadline: September 30
A total of $5 million will be awarded over the next year to nonprofits creating greater access to mental health services for children; those working in childhood hunger can also apply. View details.

Georgia Humanities
Grant program
Deadline: September 30
Support is available for cultural, civic, and educational entities for a range of projects, including tours, exhibitions, events series, and festivals, both in-person and virtual. View details.

Roth Cheese
The Goddess Project
Deadline: September 30
Grants of up to $2,500 will support nonprofits working to empower and alleviate challenges in their communities. View details.

Sphinx Organization
Sphinx Venture Fund
Deadline: September 30
Grants are available to catalyze initiatives designed to solve a challenge related to diversity, equality, and inclusion in performing arts, especially in classical music. View details.

Giving Fund
Deadline: September 30
Funds are available for nonprofits serving Weyerhaeuser company communities in housing, education, environmental stewardship, workforce development, or civic growth. View details.

E2 Energy to Educate
Deadline: October 1
Educational projects in communities served by Constellation that concern science, technology, and energy are eligible for grants of up to $50,000. View details.

Fund for Wild Nature
Grant program
Deadline: October 1
Grants of up to $3,000 are available for campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with a priority on issues not receiving sufficient attention or support. View details.

Sparkplug Foundation
Grant program
Deadline: October 5
Aiming primarily at start-ups and new projects, funding supports music, education, and community organization activities. Applications open September 15. View details.

Dept. of Health and Human Services
Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children
Deadline: October 6
Funding is available for community-based initiatives that increase access to preventative healthcare for children and families in rural and other underserved communities. View details.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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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