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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! Seed Grants for Local Animal Shelters
Maddie’s Fund: Innovation Grants
The mission of Maddie’s Fund is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. Maddie’s Fund grants help build and sustain a no-kill nation so shelter dogs and cats can be guaranteed a loving home. The Fund’s Innovation Grants of up to $5,000 are intended to help implement new programs at local shelters and rescue organizations that will advance lifesaving. Applications will be accepted from May 15 through May 22, 2017. Visit the Fund’s website for more information.


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

New! Program Funds Digital Humanities Projects
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program supports digital methods or techniques that contribute to the humanities, scholarship about digital culture, and efforts to revitalize or recover existing digital projects. The application deadline is June 6, 2017. Click here for more information on this grant opportunity. (Shared: May 3, 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

New! Funds Available to Improve SNAP
Food and Nutrition Service

The SNAP Process and Technology Improvement Grants program provides support to develop and implement simple SNAP application and eligibility determination systems, and to improve access to SNAP benefits by eligible applicants. The application deadline is June 19, 2017. For more information, click here(Shared: May 15, 2017) 


New! Grants Promote Grassroots Organizing for Justice
Resist
Resist offers support to grassroots groups engaged in activist organizing for structural social and economic change in the United States. General support grants of up to $4,000 are provided to groups who struggle towards a broad vision of justice, while opposing political and institutional oppression. Resist’s interests include community organizing and anti-racism projects, economic justice, environmental protection, LGBTQ rights, disability issues, labor organizing, and Native American organizing, among others. Requests are reviewed six times per year; the upcoming deadline is June 2, 2017. For more information, click here(Shared: May 15, 2017)


Grants Available to Address Labor Issues
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 
The Labor-Management Cooperation Grant Program supports labor-management committees focused on the 21st century economy and the challenges of a rapidly evolving workplace, such as job security and skills, working conditions for an increasingly mobile workforce, consensus solutions to workplace standards, economic development and competitiveness for entire communities, and hiring and retaining the next generation of workers. The application deadline is May 31, 2017. Click here for more information. (Shared: April 24, 2017)


Rural Cooperatives Funded
Department of Agriculture
The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program provides support to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting in the startup, expansion, or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. The application deadline is May 26, 2017. For more information on this grant program, click here(Shared: April 19, 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! Support for Organizations Serving Seniors
Kendal Charitable Funds: Promising Innovations
Kendal Charitable Funds is dedicated to supporting improvements in serving older adults that are reflective of a pioneering spirit in the field of aging. In 2017, the program is seeking proposals that support aging in place and combat isolation of older adults through engagement in purposeful and meaningful ways within the greater community, designed to affirm their value and connectedness. Letters of intent must be submitted by May 19, 2017; invited proposals will be due on August 4, 2017. Click here for more information. (Shared: April 24, 2017)


Program Supports Service Dogs for Injured Heroes
Department of Defense
The Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program provides support to connect assistance dogs with service members and veterans. The application deadline is May 22, 2017. For more information, click here(Shared: April 10, 2017)


Mental Health Programs Initiated by Medical Students Funded
American Psychiatric Association Foundation: Helping Hands Grant Program
The American Psychiatric Association Foundation is dedicated to advancing public understanding of mental illnesses. The Foundation’s Helping Hands Grant Program was established to encourage medical students to participate in community service activities, to raise awareness of 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. The application deadline is May 31, 2017. Application guidelines and forms are available on the Foundation’s website(Shared: April 5, 2017)


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)


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

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! Tree Species Restoration Supported
The Oak Hill Fund: Diminished Tree Species Grants
The Oak Hill Fund believes that restoring native tree species will directly improve our natural ecosystems, as well as our society. The Fund supports the following efforts: active restoration of diminished continental U.S. forest species (examples include Eastern Hemlock, Balsam Fir, American Chestnut, and Longleaf Pine); protection of native tree habitat through forest land preservation (can include property easements, as well as creation of newly preserved lands through either state/federal acquisition); and science-based research, seed orchard development, and other associated expenses involved in species restoration. Online letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Fund’s website for more information (Shared: May 15, 2017)


Funds for U.S. Environment Efforts 
Cornell Douglas Foundation
The Cornell Douglas Foundation is dedicated to advocating for environmental health and justice, encouraging stewardship of the environment, and furthering respect for sustainability of resources. The Foundation provides grants averaging $10,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address one or more of the following areas of interest: environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and financial literacy. Introductory letters are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website for information on developing and submitting an introductory letter. (Shared: April 10, 2017)


Grants Promote Grassroots Wilderness Protection Efforts
Fund for Wild Nature
The Fund for Wild Nature provides grants to grassroots nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada for campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity. Priority is given to ecological issues that are not receiving sufficient public attention or funding. Grants, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, are provided for advocacy, litigation, public policy work, development of citizen science, and similar endeavors. For more information, click here(Shared: April 5, 2017)


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

New! Support for Veteran Housing Initiatives
Home Depot Foundation: Veteran Housing Grants Program
The Home Depot Foundation’s Veteran Housing Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations for the development and repair of multi-unit veteran housing facilities. Awards ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 support new construction and rehabilitation/repair of single-family or multifamily housing, permanent supportive housing, or transitional housing. The upcoming application deadline is June 23, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information. (Shared: May 3, 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! Program Strengthens Behavioral Health Workforce
Department of Health and Human Services

The Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program aims to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan, including rural and medically underserved areas. The application deadline is June 12, 2017. For more information, click here(Shared: May 15, 2017)


New! Grants to Adopt Gynecologic Cancer Support Model
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance: Woman to Woman
Woman to Woman, a program of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), seeks to improve the quality of care for gynecologic cancer patients by strengthening coping capacities through a patient-to-patient support model. Woman to Woman trains mentors, themselves survivors of gynecologic cancers, to provide one-on-one emotional support and mentoring through all phases of treatment, recurrence, and recovery. Another key component of Woman to Woman is a patient fund, which provides modest financial assistance to women undergoing treatment and their families. The grant is intended to cover the cost of a part-time Program Coordinator’s salary and to start the patient fund. The application deadline is May 29, 2017. For more information, click here(Shared: May 3, 2017)


Grants Enhance HIV/AIDS Organizations Nationwide
AIDS United: Sector Transformation
AIDS United is dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Sector Transformation, an initiative of AIDS United, supports HIV/AIDS service organizations nationwide that are navigating the challenges to service sustainability posed by shifts in funding, implementation of healthcare reform, and scientific advances in HIV treatment and prevention. Grants of up to $50,000 are available for transformational projects.Organizations led by and focused on serving women, people of color, and transgender communities are strongly encouraged to apply. The upcoming deadline for letter of inquiry forms is May 29, 2017; invited proposals are reviewed quarterly. Click here for more information. (Shared: April 10, 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

Program Supports the Preservation of Community Heritage
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Common Heritage program supports both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of outreach through community events that explore and interpret these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture. The application deadline is June 1, 2017. For more information click here(Shared: April 24, 2017)

Nonprofit Needs

Support for Nonprofit/Foundation Collaborations
Fund for Shared Insight: Listen for Good
Listen for Good, an initiative of the Fund for Shared Insight, invites nonprofit organizations and funders to join in exploring a systematic and rigorous way of getting feedback from the people who are benefiting from foundation funding. In order to participate in Listen for Good, a nonprofit organization must be nominated by an existing or new funder. The application deadline is May 26, 2017. Visit the Fund for Shared Insight website to learn more about the grant guidelines and application details. (Shared: April 10, 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

Bicycle Infrastructure and Advocacy Initiatives Funded
PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program offers funding for important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the United States. 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. Letters of interest for the fall 2017 grant cycle will be accepted from June 12 to July 21, 2017; full applications will be due October 13, 2017. Visit the PeopleForBikes website for more information. (Shared: April 19, 2017)


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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