Curated Funding Opportunities for Community Benefit Organizations

Curated Funding Opportunities for California and Wisconsin Community Benefit Organizations

Aug 23, 2019 | Fundraising Opportunities

The Kresge Foundation: Human Services Program Support for Social and Economic Mobility Efforts
The Foundation’s programs seek to expand opportunity for low-income people so they can gain the tools and supports needed to lead self-determined lives and join the economic mainstream. To provide greater pathways to social and economic mobility for children and families with low incomes, the Foundation’s Human Services Program is currently inviting proposals that advance place-based opportunity ecosystems; develop supportive, aligned public policy; or build a more robust human services field in cities across the U.S. The proposal deadline is September 30, 2019.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: Effective School Practices to Support the Whole Child
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is using technology to help solve some of the toughest challenges facing us all. Through the Effective School Practices to Support the Whole Child request for proposals, CZI will provide support to teams of schools, nonprofit organizations, and researchers who want to apply the science of learning and human development to improve existing school-based practices that develop self-direction and curiosity, specifically in adolescents (ages 11-18 years old). The focus is on practices that go beyond standalone interventions and are integrated into the core structures of the school model, including teaching and learning, school culture and climate, mentoring/advisory, and/or professional learning. This funding opportunity aims to: 1) identify and improve school practices by leveraging the science of learning and human development, so that more teachers and schools have access to resources that help students build academic skills as well as competencies beyond academics; and 2) leverage various ways to integrate research and practice to accelerate the application of adolescent development knowledge to the design and practice of learning environments. Grants will range from $300,000 to $750,000. The application deadline is September 13, 2019. 

Tomberg Family Philanthropies Grants Address Poverty, the Environment, Health, and Education 
The Tomberg Family Philanthropies consists of two separate charitable funds: the Marty Tomberg Charitable Fund and the Philip and the Helen Brecher Charitable Fund. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and certain government entities, such as public schools and universities, based in the United States for projects in the U.S. and worldwide. The focus is on projects that address the following areas: the environment, poverty alleviation, health, and education. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $15,000. Letters of inquiry are due September 9, 2019; invited full proposals must be submitted by December 19, 2019. Visit the Philanthropies website to learn more about the application process.

Hydro Flask: Parks for All
Parks for All, the charitable giving program of Hydro Flask, supports the development, maintenance, and accessibility of public green spaces so people everywhere can live healthier, happier, and more fulfilled lives. Grants are provided to national nonprofit organizations in the U.S. (organizations covering at least five states), as well as regional organizations in the following states: Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia/DC. Charitable organizations in British Columbia, Canada, and Germany and the United Kingdom are also eligible to apply. Applying organizations must be dedicated to building, restoring, maintaining, or providing public access to parks and recreational public lands or beaches and coastal areas. Grants are provided in the following categories: New Parks, Park Access/Education, and Park Maintenance/Restoration. The application deadline is September 6, 2019. Visit the Hydro Flask website and choose the relevant geographic region to review the Parks for All funding guidelines and application procedures. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Culture of Health Prize
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members throughout the country who are working together in new ways so that everyone can live their healthiest life possible. The Prize honors outstanding communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health. Up to ten winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories shared broadly, with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. For the purposes of this prize, “a community” is defined as one of the following: town, village, city, borough, county, parish, tribe or tribal community, Native Hawaiian organization, or region (such as contiguous municipalities, counties, or reservations). The Phase One application deadline is November 4, 2019; Phase Two applications will be due on January 16, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the call for applications.

NewSchools Venture Fund Support for Public Education Initiatives
The mission of NewSchools Venture Fund is to reimagine public education through powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs so that all children—especially those in underserved communities—have the opportunity to succeed. The Fund’s Diverse Leaders program aims to close the diversity gap by recruiting, retaining, and supporting Black and Latino leaders in education. Efforts to recruit new diverse leaders, accelerate the careers of diverse leaders, create networks of diverse leaders, etc. are supported. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for one-year grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000. The application deadline is September 13, 2019. The Fund’s NewSchools Invent program invests in teams of educators planning to launch new, innovative public schools that prepare young people to finish high school prepared and inspired to live the lives they want. Planning grants of $200,000 will be provided; at the end of the planning phase, teams may apply for an investment that would support their first two to three years of operation. The application deadline is November 11, 2019. Visit the NewSchools website to learn more about both programs.

Unitarian Universalist Association: Fund for a Just Society
The Fund for a Just Society, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that address issues of social and economic justice. The Fund supports organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society; mobilize with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination; and have an active focused campaign to create systemic change. Consideration is given to projects that are less likely to receive conventional funding because of the innovative or challenging nature of the work or the economic and social status of the constituency. The maximum grant amount is $15,000; however, most grants range between $6,000 and $8,000. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the next application deadline is September 16, 2019. Visit the Unitarian Universalist Association website to review the funding guidelines.

Justin J. Watt Foundation Grants Provide Sports Uniforms and Equipment for Middle School Programs
The Justin J. Watt Foundation is dedicated to providing after-school opportunities for middle school-aged children throughout the U.S. to become involved in athletics so that they may learn the character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance while in a safe and supervised environment with their peers. Funding for uniforms and/or equipment is provided to approved schools that have an after-school athletic program for 6th to 8th graders and where over 60% of students are eligible for the Free/Reduced Lunch program. Schools must provide a secure place to store uniforms and equipment, as well as staff, transportation, and space for the after-school program. Requests for winter sports (basketball, wrestling, and volleyball) may be submitted in August, September, and October of each year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the Frequently Asked Questions page to confirm eligibility to submit an online application.

Constellation E2 Energy to Educate Support for Energy Education Programs
The Constellation E2 Energy to Educate initiative provides grants for educational projects in company communities in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. that help foster energy conservation and progress. Priority is given to projects that are designed to enhance students’ understanding of science and technology and that inspire them to think differently about energy. The focus is on projects that reach a minimum of 100 students and that align with one of the following three themes: Smart Home, Electrification, and Clean Energy and Zero Waste. Grants of up to $25,000 are available for programs in grades six to 12; higher education programs are eligible for grants of up to $50,000. The application deadline is October 1, 2019. Visit the company’s website to learn more about E2Energy to Educate and to submit an online application.

Petco Foundation: Animal Welfare Organizations Grant Program
The Petco Foundation provides grants to animal welfare organizations performing sheltering and adoptions nationwide. The Foundation seeks to support organizations that continually endeavor to achieve a high standard of doing more and are determined to save as many lives as possible. U.S.-based nonprofit animal shelters and foster-based rescue organizations, as well as municipal animal shelters, are eligible to apply. For the 2019 funding cycle, applications will be accepted through September 26. Visit the Petco Foundation’s website for additional information and to download the Animal Welfare Organizations Performing Sheltering and Adoptions grant application instructions.

The Herb Block Foundation: Defending Basic Freedoms
The Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending the basic freedoms guaranteed all Americans, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the conditions of the poor and underprivileged. The Foundation’s Defending Basic Freedoms grant program provides support to nonprofit organizations nationwide that seek to safeguard the basic freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, to help eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and to assist government agencies to be more accountable to the public. The Foundation also considers support for contemporary societal issues that may arise. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Letters of inquiry must be submitted by October 3, 2019; invited full proposals will be due December 12, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development Grants Strive to Break the Poverty Cycle
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), established by the Catholic bishops of the United States, is committed to supporting organizations led by low-income individuals as they work to break the cycle of poverty and improve their communities. CCHD’s grant programs include the following: Community Development Grants support nonprofit organizations that are led by people living in poverty and work to address the root causes of poverty. Economic Development Grants support economic development initiatives that include the voice of the poor and marginalized in developing new businesses that offer good jobs or develop assets that will be owned by local communities. Grants range between $25,000 and $75,000. Pre-applications for both programs may be submitted between September 1 and November 1, annually; the online application deadline is December 15, annually. Visit the CCHD website for more information.

Target Field Trip Grants K-12 Field Trips Supported Nationwide
The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. Grants of up to $700 each will be awarded to educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff who are employed by accredited K-12 public, private, or charter schools. (Parents, volunteers, after-school programs, pre-K groups, and childcare centers are not eligible to apply.) Types of funded trips include art, science, and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may be used to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, resource materials, and supplies. Online applications will be accepted through October 1, 2019. Visit the Target website to learn more about the program.

BBVA Foundation Support for Organizations in Bank Communities
The BBVA Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are making a positive impact in the communities the bank serves in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, and Texas. The Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 through the Small Grants Program to organizations that address one of the following focus areas: community development, education, health and human services, arts and culture, environment and natural resources, and diversity and inclusion. Online applications are due September 30, 2019. Visit the BBVA website to learn more about the Foundation’s Small Grants Program application process.


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