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Funding Opportunities for nonprofit and educational institutions

Funding Opportunities for nonprofit and educational institutions

Support for Environmental and Financial Literacy Programs, Cornell Douglas Foundation
The Cornell Douglas Foundation provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to nonprofit organizations that address one or more of the following areas of interest: environmental health and justice, land conservation, the sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and K-12 financial literacy. 

Efforts to Combat HIV/AIDS Funded, Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation
The Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation supports community-based nonprofit organizations that focus on HIV/AIDS care and direct services, education, or research for developing or established programs, with emphasis on those that provide direct benefit to clients or target audiences. 

Skilled Trades Teachers in U.S. High Schools Recognized, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, a program of The Smidt Foundation, advances the skilled trades education throughout America. The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding skilled trades teachers and programs in U.S. public high schools. Eligible applicants are individuals who teach skilled trades classes that emphasize the expert use of tools and materials to build or repair products and structures, and which lead to high-demand and high-wage careers. Individual skilled trades teachers, as well as teams of up to three teachers, are eligible to apply. Three first place awards of $100,000 will be provided, with $70,000 for the skilled trades program and $30,000 for the teachers or teacher teams; 15-second place awards of $50,000 will be provided, with $35,000 for the skilled trades program and $15,000 for the teachers or teacher teams. 

Grants Promote Local Climbing Projects, American Alpine Club: Cornerstone Conservation Grants
The American Alpine Club’s Cornerstone Conservation Grants, funded by REI, create healthy climbing landscapes, promote respect for the places people climb, and empower local climbing communities for projects that improve land conservation and climber practices. Examples of funded projects include new trails and human-waste management systems. Nonprofit organizations, or organizations with nonprofit fiscal sponsors, are eligible to apply.

California Specific Opportunities

Funds to Strengthen Folk Art in California, Alliance for California Traditional Arts: Living Cultures Grants Program
The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) promotes ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future by offering advocacy, resources, and connections for folk and traditional artists. ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program will strengthen folk and traditional arts throughout California by providing grants of up to $5,000 to create pathways to nurture, sustain, and engage participation in traditional arts. 

Online Wellness: two tools for nonprofit professionals

Online Wellness: two tools for nonprofit professionals

The web can be a scary place. Two tools to help you focus on work from two of the worst elements of an online life: toxic comments and online ads. 

Online Ads:

Advertising has fundamentally changed. Today’s ads get your attention without letting you know they are trying to sell you something. On average, there are 4-10 ads per each web page – banners, popups, videos, etc. Digital marketing experts estimate that most Americans are exposed to around 4,000 to 10,000 ads each day. 

Introducing Ublock Origin. uBlock Origin comes in many flavors for most browsers. As a nonprofit executive you are already mentally strained to deal with social challenges in our communities. You do not need to also deal with malicious subsconsious and intrusive advertizing. uBlock Origin is an efficient tool that will make your online experience more enjoyable. Below the screenshot shows a Forbes article where 37% of the page has been block as either an ad or tracking script. 


Toxic Comments:

Tune is a Chrome extension that helps people control the volume of the conversation they see online.  It lets you customize how much toxicity they want to see in comments across a number of popular platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Disqus.


Tune lets you turn the volume of toxic comments down for “zen mode” to skip comments completely, or turn it up to see everything—even the mean stuff. Or you can set the volume somewhere in between to customize the level of toxicity (e.g. attacks, insults, profanity, etc) you’re willing to see in comments. Tune builds on the same machine learning models that power Perspective ( 

The machine learning powering Tune is experimental. It does still misses some toxic comments and incorrectly hides some non-toxic comments. Tune isn’t meant to be a solution for direct targets of harassment (for whom seeing direct threats can be vital for their safety), nor is Tune a solution for all toxicity. Rather, it’s an experiment to show people how machine learning technology can create new ways to empower people as they read discussions online.

Canva for Nonprofits

Canva for Nonprofits

Audiences demand engaging high-quality visual content online. The standards for photos and videos posted on social media is getting higher, is your nonprofit keeping up?

For many nonprofits, keeping up a high-quality engagement online can be a stressful ordeal unless they employ a professional designer; however, most cannot afford one. Canva offers a great solution to nonprofits who wish to create great visual content anyway.

Canva assists in the creation of visual content for social media and marketing materials. It offers thousands of templates, making it quick and easy to create appealing graphics. It’s premium version, Canva Work, offers even more tools to try out.

Canva makes creating visual content for social media channels a breeze. It’s very easy to use, includes templates, and lots of useful how-to information.

You can even set up a brand kit including your brand colors, fonts (you can even upload a font if you have one), and logos. It’s also easy to create and save branded templates so that everyone on your team can access them.

Canva offers Canva Work for free to registered nonprofits.


Funding Opportunities for the Week of May 2

Funding Opportunities for the Week of May 2

Support for Local Archives in Marginalized Communities
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Scholarly Communications program will fund community-based archives that represent and serve marginalized communities. Grants will fund one or more of the following areas of need: operational support for the organization, including general support for staff, space, and utilities; collections care, including storage, cataloging, description, and preservation; and programming and outreach activities, including collecting new materials, and exhibitions, publications, or other uses of the collections. Eligible community-based archives must demonstrate that community members actively participate in their archival processes, making key decisions about what to collect and how.

Mental Health Programs Run by Medical Students Funded
The American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s Helping Hands Grant Program encourages medical students to participate in community service activities, to raise awareness of the mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness, and to build medical students’ interest in psychiatry and working in underserved communities. The program provides grants of up to $5,000 to medical schools for mental health and substance use disorder projects that are created and managed by medical students, particularly in underserved minority communities.

Grants Promote Community Bike Park and Pump Track Projects
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program offers to fund important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided for bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride.

Youth Community Service Projects Supported
Karma for Cara Foundation’s Microgrant Program supports youth volunteerism and community service efforts. Youth 18 years of age or younger may apply for grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities.

Support for Organizations in Bank Communities in Wisconsin and California, and other states
The Flagstar Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the communities served by Flagstar Bank in California and Wisconsin, as well as Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. The Foundation’s grant categories include Apprenticeship and Workforce Readiness, Arts and Culture, and Financial Capability. The Foundation is especially interested in supporting nonprofit organizations that serve ethnic groups, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and veterans.