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Organic Farming Research Foundation Invites Proposals for Organic Farming and/or Food System Research

Organic Farming Research Foundation Invites Proposals for Organic Farming and/or Food System Research – One-year grants of up to $15,000 are available for research related projects or other social, economic, or policy-related topics of concern to organic farmers and/or ranchers. The foundation supports research that is relevant to and takes place in certified organic systems. OFRF does not normally fund studies that compare conventional with organic systems as a primary objective. Applicants should articulate how the proposed research project will foster the improvement or adoption of organic farming systems, as well as ways in which organic farmers or ranchers can utilize proposed results in their operations. For complete program guidelines and eligibility information, visit OFRF’s Proposal Page(Posted: 3/4/2014)

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Waco Foundation Announces New Grant Guidelines & Processes!

Waco Foundation Announces New Grant Guidelines & Processes!

 In an effort to better serve area nonprofits that are working to improve quality of life in McLennan County, Waco Foundation has revised its grantmaking process and applications. The new process allows for grant requests to be reviewed and responded to year round, as opposed to just two times per year.  Additionally, Foundation staff reports that in an effort to minimize the time and paperwork required of their applicants, requests are now categorized and processed according to type, with each category of giving having a reduced and simplified application in order to help streamline and speed up the decision making process.

The Foundations new grant categories are as follows: large capital grants (requests totaling more than $40,000), small capital grants (requests up to $40,000) and program grants. The Foundation’s eligibility requirements, giving restrictions and giving structure (reimbursements as opposed to upfront cash awards) remain unchanged. The Foundation encourages all potential applicants to review their updated grantmaking guidelines and process and contact the Director of Grants and Capacity Building with any questions they may have.

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Be Aware: Online Donation Scams on the Rise!

Online Donation Scams on the Rise!

In Waco, Texas and beyond, reports are filing in about people using nonprofit online donation tools as a way to launder money and steal from unsuspecting credit card holders. The scam typically works like this: The thief uses a credit card or online payment account such as PayPal to make a large donation through a nonprofit’s online donation page. That person then contacts the organization and says the donation was a mistake. For example, a $2,000 donation was meant to be a $200 donation. He/she then asks the organization to refund the difference of $1800 to a different account than the one used to make the donation. The scammer may claim that the original account had to be closed for security or other reasons.

If you come across a request like this at your nonprofit, here are some things you can do:

  • ONLY offer to refund the money to the original credit card (no matter what story/explanation you are given)
  • Once the refund is made, notify the credit card company and the local police about the situation
  • File a complaint with Internet Crime Complaint Center: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

To learn more about this scam, check out: http://www.rlweiner.com/creative-credit-card-donation-scam

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Support for Hunger Initiatives Nationwide, Presbyterian Hunger Program

Support for Hunger Initiatives Nationwide, Presbyterian Hunger Program The Presbyterian Hunger Program provides grants to nonprofit organizations addressing hunger and its causes in the United States. Grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 are provided in the following five categories: Development Assistance grants focus on creating a multi-faceted approach to the empowerment of poor people. Public Policy Advocacy grants encourage activities that advocate for political and economic policy changes that provide food for the poor. Lifestyle Integrity grants target programs that help the church to move toward sustainable lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the Earth’s limited resources. Education and Interpretation grants promote activities to educate the church and the public at large about the root causes of hunger. Direct Food Relief grants support programs that provide food to poor people in either acute or chronic conditions of hunger. Nonprofit organizations and Presbyterian congregations are eligible to apply. Letters of inquiry must be submitted by April 30, 2014; proposals are due June 30, 2014. Visit the program’s website to review the eligibility and criteria information. (Posted: 2/25/14)

 

Please view more grants under our  Resources Page: Available Grants

 

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Support for Children’s Mental Health Services – Department of Health and Human Services

Support for Children’s Mental Health Services – Department of Health and Human Services The Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program provides support to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for improving, expanding, and sustaining services provided through a system of care approach for children/youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The application deadline is March 19, 2014. (Posted: 2/20/14)

Please view more grants under our  Resources Page: Available Grants

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Have a board member who is not comfortable doing the “ask”?

Encourage them to host  “wine and cheese” events in their homes and incorporate a 10 minute “mission moment” as  way of informing their friends and colleagues about your work. Mission moments are a great way to share your organization’s vision, values and programs with members of the community in an easy, non-confrontational, non-solicitous, thought provoking way.

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PTA Grants Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Young Children – Smart from the Start: Community Outreach Grant Program

PTA Grants Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Young Children – Smart from the Start: Community Outreach Grant Program The Smart from the Start: Community Outreach Grant Program, an initiative of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), is dedicated to helping PTAs nationwide educate families about healthy lifestyles. This program supports locally-driven, grassroots prevention strategies that educate families about practical ways to ensure their children, ages three to five, achieve a balanced intake of nutritious foods and physical activity every day, using the Energy Balance Pre-K curriculum. An additional objective is to mobilize community-based stakeholders to focus on increasing access to nutritious foods and physical activity options in the community, especially for families of young children. Ten grants of $10,000 each will be awarded to PTA Regions, Districts, and Councils. The application deadline is March 28, 2014. Visit the National PTA’s website to download the Request for Proposals.  (Posted: 2/20/14)

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Support for Healthy Children Programs in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas – Health Care Service Corporation: Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Initiative

Support for Healthy Children Programs in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas – Health Care Service Corporation: Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Initiative
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families, an initiative of Health Care Service Corporation, is designed to improve the health and wellness of children in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The goal of the initiative is to support nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children and their families in the following areas: nutrition education, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and safe environments. The application deadlines for 2014 vary by state: May 1 for Texas. Download the application instructions and FAQs from the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant page in order to learn more about this initiative. (Posted: 2/20/14)

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Support for Children’s Mental Health Services – Department of Health and Human Services

Support for Children’s Mental Health Services – Department of Health and Human Services 

The Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program provides support to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for improving, expanding, and sustaining services provided through a system of care approach for children/youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The application deadline is March 19, 2014. (Posted: 2/20/14)

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