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grants for nonprofits

Current Listings for Local Grants

Cooper Foundation│Community Grants
Junior League of Waco │Critical Needs │Community Grants│Provisional Projects
Rapoport Foundation│Community Grants
Susan G. Komen Central Texas│Special Health Grant
Waco Foundation Grants │Capital & Program/Operating Grants│Immediate Impact Grants
Waco Foundation’s Capacity Building Mini-Grants

Current Listings for Regional & National Grants

We do not guarantee a listing in every category but we do post new opportunities as we learn about them – be sure to check for updates every week! (New postings will be stated as such in red & each category is listed in due-date order).

Animal Welfare

New! Grants Promote Companion Pet Programs
Banfield Foundation
The Banfield Foundation is committed to improving the well-being of pets and communities nationwide. The Foundation’s Pet Advocacy Grants support nonprofit organizations that offer programs designed to keep pets healthy and in loving homes. Priority is given to programs that provide a direct solution to avoid surrender or separation of companion pets from families. Examples of funded programs include the following: basic veterinary care for financially-challenged companion pet owners, programs that help vulnerable populations care for or keep their pets, education programs that relate to keeping companion pets and their people together, and behavior modification programs to correct inappropriate companion pet behaviors so that pets may remain in the home. The application deadlines for this program are April 30 and October 31, annually. (The Foundation’s Veterinary Assistance Grants, Flea/Tick Grants, and Disaster Relief Grants accept applications throughout the year.) Click here for more information about this grant opportunity. (Shared: March 23, 2017)

Arts & Culture

Program Funds Arts for Underserved Audiences
National Endowment for the Arts
The Challenge America program provides support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Applications are due by April 13, 2017. For more information, visit the website(Shared: March 1, 2017)


Grants Promote Contemporary American Music
The Amphion Foundation

The purpose of the Amphion Foundation is to promote excellence in, and public appreciation of, contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers. Grants are provided to publicly-supported nonprofit performing ensembles, presenters, and music service organizations that have a history of substantial commitment to contemporary concert music at a high level of excellence. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2017. Click here for more information. (Shared: March 1, 2017)


Grants Promote Robust Community Arts and Culture Programs
Surdna Foundation: Thriving Cultures
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Thriving Cultures program is based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents. Through the Thriving Cultures program, grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following four categories: Teens Artistic Advancement, Artists Engaging in Social Change, Artists and Economic Development, or Community Engaged Design. Online letters of inquiry that focus on these categories are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review detailed program guidelines. (Shared: October 24, 2016)


Support for Entrepreneurial Programs for Artists
Surdna Foundation: Artists and Economic Development 
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Thriving Cultures program is based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents. Through the Artists and Economic Development funding area, the Foundation supports efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources that enable them to be, and create, valuable economic assets for their communities. The focus is on nonprofit organizations that operate business and entrepreneurship training programs for artists and cultural organizations, provide financing to artists and artist-centered enterprises, and offer arts and culture-based programs and services that directly engage and support the people who live and work in the area as a strategy for equitable economic development. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Artists and Economic Development funding area. (Shared December 21, 2015)

Centers for Abuse
Communities

Recognition for Organizations Serving Military Families 
Newman’s Own Awards Program
Newman’s Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times are joining together in presenting grants to recognize volunteer and nonprofit organizations supporting our nation’s military families. Eligible applicants must be comprised primarily of volunteers and/or be a nonprofit organization, and be working with Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve units, veterans, and their families. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided. The application deadline is May 2, 2017. For more information and to submit an online application, click here(Shared: March 23, 2017)


New! Support for Collaborations to Promote Child-Centered Communities 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Raising Places: Building Child-Centered Communities
The Raising Places: Building Child-Centered Communities initiative, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will engage diverse partners to catalyze local momentum in building healthier communities where all children and their families can thrive. The goal of this grant is to help communities explore both symptoms and root causes of local challenges, identify leverage points, and create tangible solutions that address these challenges at different levels and types of impact. Up to six grants of $60,000 will be awarded to communities from across the country to participate in a nine-month, lab-based process. The letter of intent deadline is March 31, 2017; full proposals will be due May 5, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Funding Opportunity Brochure. (Shared: March 13, 2017)


Funding for Communities Addressing Institutional Injustice
The Sparkplug Foundation
The Sparkplug Foundation is a family foundation that aims to support communities working on issues of local democracy, justice, and sustainable energy. Their average grant amount is $5,000. Preliminary questions are due by April 10, 2017. For more information on this grant opportunity, click here(Shared: March 1, 2017)


Social Entrepreneurs Addressing Urgent Challenges Funded
J.M.K. Innovation Prize
The J.M.K. Innovation Prize, an initiative of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, supports social entrepreneurs across the United States who are spearheading game-changing solutions to our society’s most urgent challenges. Specifically, the Prize seeks to support innovation in the following fields: Heritage Conservation, with a focus on conserving America’s greatest monuments and places; Social Justice, with a focus on supporting decarceration and humane immigrant integration; and Environment, with a focus on reducing the pace and impacts of climate change. Up to ten Prizes will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and mission-driven for-profit organizations. The application deadline is April 28, 2017. Visit the J.M. Kaplan Fund’s website for more information on the J.M.K. Innovation Prize. (Shared: February 15, 2017)


Rural Libraries in Texas Supported
Tocker Foundation: Library Grants
The Tocker Foundation is dedicated to the support of rural, public libraries in Texas serving populations of 12,000 or less. The Foundation’s Library Grants program focuses on improving, expanding, and extending public library services. Additional focuses include access through the effective use of technology and the preservation of history through digitization. Application deadlines are January 15 and June 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more. (Shared: December 19, 2016)


Funding for Community and Civic Engagement
W.K. Kellogg Foundation funding for community and civic engagement
Funding is available for programs that focus on educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, and community and civic engagement. Submission of application is on a rolling basis. For more information about this grant opportunity click here(Shared: July 26, 2016)


Initiatives That Promote an Equitable and Sustainable Society Funded
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
The mission of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is to support efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society. The Foundation provides grants through the following four programs: The Education program works to increase access to high-quality educational opportunities and to support systemic change to increase and improve the pathways to education and work. The Civil Society program seeks to strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as vital vehicles for increasing civic engagement and improving communities and societies in the U.S. and internationally. The Environment program promotes efforts of an engaged citizenry working to create accountable institutions, sound public policies, and appropriate models of development that protect communities and the diversity and integrity of ecosystems. The Flint Area program supports efforts that strengthen quality of life and economic vitality and opportunity in the Foundation’s home community of Flint, MI. Each of these four programs has clearly stated guidelines. Grantseekers are strongly encouraged to visit the Foundation’s website to review this information before submitting online letters of inquiry, which are considered throughout the year. For grant guidelines and procedures, click here. (Shared: July 11, 2016)


Sustainable Economic Development Initiatives Funded
Surdna Foundation: Strong Local Economies Program
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Strong Local Economies Program supports the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a diversity of businesses and access to quality jobs. The Foundation aims to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants. The three main categories of work in this program area include the following: Business Development and Acceleration, Equitable Economic Development, and Job Quality and Career Pathways. Nonprofit organizations may submit online letters of inquiry at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines for each category in the Strong Local Economies Program(Shared: June 8, 2015)


Support for Organizations Serving Low-Income Needs
Walmart Foundation State Giving Program
The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations at the state and regional level throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico for programs that give individuals access to a better life. There are four funding cycles per year; nonprofit organizations in each state have two opportunities per year to apply. Applications will be accepted in all four funding cycles for programs within the scope of one of the following Focused Giving areas: Career Opportunity or Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating. Organizations seeking funding for programs outside of the Focused Giving areas, and whose programs address the unmet needs of underserved low-income populations, can apply in cycles three and four only. Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000, with an average size of $40,000. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the State Giving Program. (Shared: February 17, 2015)

Disabled│Elderly│Mental Health

New! Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans Funded
Department of Veterans Affairs
The Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces initiative provides support to plan, develop, manage, and implement programs to provide adaptive sports activities. The application deadline is April 21, 2017. For more information about this grant opportunity, click here(Shared: March 23, 2017)


New! Programs for Elders with Dementia Funded
Brookdale National Group Respite Program
The Brookdale Foundation Group works to advance the fields of geriatrics and gerontology and to improve the lives of senior citizens. The Brookdale National Group Respite Program awards seed grants to service providers that plan to offer new, dementia-specific Group Respite or specialized Early Memory Loss (EML) programming to participants, along with support to caregivers, in order to help individuals remain in their communities. The application deadline is June 15, 2017. Click here for application information. (Shared: March 23, 2017)


Programs Serving Seniors’ Needs Funded
AARP Foundation: Identifying Evidence-Based Solutions for Vulnerable Older Adults
The AARP Foundation works to ensure that older adults have nutritious food, safe housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds. Through the Identifying Evidence-Based Solutions for Vulnerable Older Adults grant competition, the Foundation will fund programs serving low-income and vulnerable older adults that align with the following four impact areas: food security, income, housing, and isolation. Grants will range from $50,000 to $300,000. . The pre-application deadline is April 7, 2017; invited full applications will be due on May 19, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information. (Shared: March 13, 2017)


Grants Enhance Opportunities for People With Disabilities
The Milbank Foundation
The primary mission of the Milbank Foundation is to integrate people with disabilities into all aspects of American life. The Foundation’s current priorities include consumer-oriented projects that enable people with disabilities to lead fulfilling, independent lives; innovative policy research and education on market-based approaches to healthcare and rehabilitation; improving and expanding quality health services, especially palliative care; and education and training of health and rehabilitation professionals. Nonprofit organizations may submit letters of inquiry throughout the year. For more information, click here(Shared: September 12, 2016)

Education│Youth

School Safety Research Supported
Department of Justice
The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative supports research to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of schools and students. This initiative is carried out through partnerships between researchers, educators, and other stakeholders, including law enforcement and mental health professionals. The application deadline is March 24, 2017. Click here for more information. (Shared: March 1, 2017)


Creative Projects at Schools and Libraries Supported
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: Mini-Grant Program
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers Mini-Grants of up to $500 to public schools, public libraries, and public preschool and Head Start programs for projects that foster creative expression, working together, and interaction with a diverse community. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process. (Shared: March 1, 2017)


Grants Expand Collaborations to Advance College and Career Success
National Education Pathways with a Purpose Initiative
The National Education Pathways with a Purpose Initiative, awards competitive grants to expand creative initiatives that mayors have developed in their cities to advance both college and career readiness and college completion. Cities are recognized for developing strong collaborations between K-12 and higher education systems and employers to address college preparation and long-term career success. Eligible programs must apply innovative approaches to achieve the following two goals: enhance student persistence in and completion of post-secondary education or training programs, and enhance employment of graduates of post-secondary education or training programs in high-value occupations. The deadline for application is March 31, 2017. For more information on this grant opportunity, click here(Shared: February 1, 2017)


Grants Offer Children’s Books to Rural Libraries
The Pilcrow Foundation: Children’s Book Project
The mission of the Pilcrow Foundation is to provide new, quality, hardcover children’s books to rural public libraries. Through the program, a library’s local sponsors can contribute from $200 to $400, which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,200 worth of children’s books. The application deadlines are March 1, May 1, and October 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information about the Children’s Book Project. (Shared: January 11, 2017)


Disaster Relief Grants for School Libraries in Company Communities
American Association of School Librarians: Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund
Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund, administered by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), supports public school libraries in the communities served by Dollar General. The Fund provides grants of $10,000 to $20,000 to pre-K-12 public schools whose school library programs have been affected by a natural disaster, fire, or an act of terrorism. Schools that have absorbed a significant number of displaced/evacuee students are also eligible to apply. Grants are intended to help replace or supplement books, media, or library equipment. Eligible applicants must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center, or corporate office. Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed monthly. Visit the AASL website to submit an online application.(Shared: March 3, 2015)

Environmental

New! Support for Land Acquisition to Conserve Critical Habitats
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Acres for America
Acres for America, a partnership between Walmart Stores, Inc. and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), provides funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements. Preference will be given to projects that achieve more than one of the following program priorities: conserve critical habitats for birds, fish, plants, and wildlife; connect existing protected lands to unify wild places and protect critical migration routes; provide access for people to enjoy the outdoors; and ensure the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching, and recreation. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate NFWF regional office to discuss project ideas prior to applying. Pre-proposals are due April 13, 2017; invited full proposals must be submitted by June 29, 2017. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website for more information. (Shared: March 23, 2017). 


Grants for Grassroots Organizing 
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation makes grants up to $25,000 through their Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program. They fund projects that further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. Pre-application deadline is April 14, 2017. Visit the foundation’s website for more information. (Shared: March 1, 2017)


Programs Advancing Organic Farming Supported
UNFI Foundation
The UNFI Foundation funds nonprofit organizations that support the development of healthy, organic foods and food practices. The grant is geared towards organizations who aim to increase organic agriculture, provide research to develop organic farming practices, protect the biodiversity of our seed supply and the stewardship of genetic resources of organic seed, and teach organic farming practices that promote conservation of resources. The first two letter of intent deadlines are January 19 and April 27, 2017. For more information about this grant opportunity and application process, click here(Shared: November 22, 2016)


Support for Urban Infrastructure Efforts
Surdna Foundation: Sustainable Environments Program
The Surdna Foundation’s Sustainable Environments Program works to overhaul our country’s outdated and crumbling infrastructure with an approach that will foster healthy, sustainable, and just communities. By focusing on urban areas and their surrounding suburbs, the Foundation seeks solutions that connect and improve these infrastructure systems in ways that maximize positive impacts and minimize negative environmental, economic, and social consequences. The four main categories of work in this program area include the following: Sustainable Transportation Networks and Equitable Development Patterns, Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, Urban Water Management, and Regional Food Supply. Nonprofit organizations may submit online letters of inquiry at any time. For more information, and to apply, click here(Shared: October 3, 2016)

Food & Housing Needs

Funding Available to Help the Homeless
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals program supports the integration of behavioral health treatment and services for substance use disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services for families and individuals (including youth) experiencing homelessness. For more information on this grant opportunity, click here. The application deadline is April 25, 2017. (Shared: March 13, 2017). 


Initiatives Connecting Health and Housing Funded
The Kresge Foundation: Developing Healthy Places
The Kresge Foundation seeks to help communities overcome the economic and social disadvantages that contribute to poor health so that all Americans have the chance to enjoy productive, self-determined lives. The Foundation’s Developing Healthy Places program supports place-based, community-driven efforts to promote health and remove barriers to opportunity for people in low-income neighborhoods. In the Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods category, support is provided to organizations working to address policies, systems change, and communication to connect health and housing; policies that promote healthy housing and mitigate the impacts of substandard housing; and innovative investments that connect community development, health, and housing. Preliminary applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines. (Shared: June 9, 2015)

Health

New! Grants Enhance Early Childhood Oral Health
ADA Foundation: Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health 
The American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation works to improve the public’s oral health through a variety of grants, scholarships, and awards that support oral health education programs. The Foundation’s Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health provides grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that sponsor early childhood caries prevention education programs for caregivers of preschool-aged children. The application deadline is April 14, 2017. For more information on this funding opportunity, click here(Shared: March 13, 2017)


Support for Nursing-Driven Healthcare Initiatives
Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation: Hillman Innovations in Care Program
The goal of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, an initiative of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, is to advance leading-edge, nursing-driven models of care that will improve the health and healthcare of vulnerable populations. The program seeks to support patient- and family-centered approaches that challenge conventional strategies, improve health outcomes, lower costs, and enhance the patient and family caregiver experience. The Foundation is particularly interested in the areas of maternal and child health, care of older adults, and chronic illness management. The application deadline is March 20, 2017; invited full proposals will be due July 10, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the 2017 request for proposals. (Shared: February 15, 2017)


Diabetes Education and Awareness Programs Funded
Sun Life Team Up Against Diabetes
The Sun Life Team Up Against Diabetes grant program is dedicated to addressing the prevention of diabetes and its related complications. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that focus on the following areas: diabetes prevention, awareness, education, and care; diabetes management; recovery and support from diabetes-related complications; obesity prevention; and nutritional programs, including education, management, and awareness. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. for more information on this grant opportunity, click here(Shared: February 1, 2017)


National Healthcare Initiatives Funded
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is to improve the health and healthcare of all Americans. The Foundation works with a diverse group of dedicated people and organizations to address problems at their roots and to help make a difference on the widest scale, particularly for the most vulnerable among us. Grants are awarded for projects in the United States and U.S. territories through Calls for Proposals that target specific health issues. In addition, grants are provided in response to unsolicited proposals that explore the potential of cutting-edge ideas and trends to transform health and healthcare and advance a national culture of health. Unsolicited proposals are reviewed throughout the year; Calls for Proposals have specific deadlines. Visit the Foundation’s website for a list of current Calls for Proposals and detailed information on submitting unsolicited proposals. (Shared: September 8, 2014)

Historical Foundations│Museums│Libraries

New! Program Supports Capacity and Professional Development for Museums
Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Museums Empowered: Professional Development and Capacity Building Opportunities for Museums program supports efforts related to digital technology, diversity and inclusion, evaluation, and organizational management. The application deadline is May 1, 2017. For more information, click here(Shared: March 23, 2017)


Preservation and Access Education and Training
National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional education and training programs that reach audiences in more than one state. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices. For more information regarding this grant opportunity, click here. To find more grants avialbe through National Endowment for the Humanities, click hereDeadline is May 2, 2017 for project beginning January 2018. (Shared: July 28, 2016)

Nonprofit Needs

Training, Funding, and Mentorship for Tech Nonprofits
Fast Forward Accelerator
Fast Forward unlocks the power of the tech community to tackle social issues by supporting tech nonprofit organizations who, in the early stages, need to build their product and prove their model. The Fast Forward Accelerator program takes place in San Francisco, CA, each summer. Participating nonprofit organizations receive a $25,000 grant, 13 weeks of training, and connections to 100 high-caliber mentors. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Visit the Fast Forward website to learn more about the program and to submit an online application. (Shared: March 1, 2017)


In-Kind Advertising Support for Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide
Google Ad Grants
The Google Ad Grant
s program supports nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and overseas that help to make the world a better place. Google Ad Grants is a unique in-kind advertising program that harnesses the power of the company’s flagship advertising product, Google AdWords. Through the program, selected organizations receive $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords advertising to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com. The program has awarded AdWords advertising to a wide range of nonprofit organizations whose missions range from animal welfare to literacy, and from supporting homeless children to promoting HIV education. Online applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Google website for program details. (Shared: February 17, 2015)

Recreation/Athletics

Golf Programs for People with Disabilities Funded
National Alliance for Accessible Golf
Accessible Golf Program Grants, administered by the National Alliance for Accessible Golf and funded by the United States Golf Association, support nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions in their efforts to make the game of golf more accessible to people with disabilities. Priority is given to inclusive programming – opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side. Grants of up to $20,000 are provided to assist with core golf program costs such as adaptive golf clubs and bags, golf course access, and transportation of participants to and from programming. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Alliance’s website to download the program guidelines.  (Shared: August 25, 2014)

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