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All Ways Up Foundation: Bridging the Gap Awards

Grantor: All Ways Up Foundation, Bridging the Gap Awards
Range: Matching Grant Award up to $20,000
Deadline: October 31, 2014

The Bridging the Gap Awards provides one‐time grants to small, but effective, community nonprofits and individuals dedicated to empowering the lives of promising youth and families who are striving to improve their standard of living. In 2014, the All Ways Up Foundation will have two separate awards: The Bridging the Gap Grants, available to nonprofit organizations, and Community Builder Awards for individual change makers. For more information, please visit: All Ways Up Grants.


Community Services Block Grant - RFP for Designation as Community Action Agency - Monmouth County

Grantor: The New Jersey Department of Community of Affairs
Range: The projected funding is approximately $800,000 annually
Deadline: Usually July 30, with mandatory TA session on June 6

Goals:

  • The purpose of this RFP is to designate an agency as the CAA for Monmouth County. This agency will receive CSBG funding to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in Monmouth County and to foster self-sufficiency in individuals and families.
  • The CSBG program provides assistance to local populations, working through a network of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient.
  • CSBG-funded programs create, coordinate, and deliver a broad array of programs and services to low-income individuals.
  • Agencies receiving funds under the CSBG program are required to provide services and activities addressing
    employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health.

To Apply: Complete the Request for Designation application. CAAs contiguous to Monmouth County are eligible to apply.

For 2014: If applying for the Monmouth County designated CSBG agency, you need to attend the mandatory application meeting which is scheduled for June 6th at 2 pm in the 1st floor conference room at the NJ Department of Community Affairs, 101 South Broad Street, Trenton, NJ. Please contact Ethel Henderson by June 4th with the names of people attending the meeting. She will add them to the guest registry so they will be able to attend the meeting. She can be reached at Ethel.Henderson@dca.state.nj.us

All agencies interested in applying must also inform DCA of your intent to apply. You can do that by indicating it on the sign in sheet at the June 6th meeting and/or by emailing csbgprogram@DCA.state.nj.us.


Social Entrepreneur and Enterprise Development (SE2D) Project Funding

Grantor: The New Jersey Office of Faith-based Initiatives (OFBI)
Range: $10,000 to $50,000
Deadline: Usually end of June
Goals:

  • To be a national and international leader in creating a sustainable environment where SEVs flourish and grow.
  • To develop effective social impact financing approaches designed to drive the complete capital market.
  • To enhance the capacity of faith and community based organizations become investment ready and launch promising and potentially transformative community based approaches that solve intractable social issues.

Visit the NJ OFBI website for details


Social Innovation Funding
Grantor: The New Jersey Office of Faith-based Initiatives (OFBI)
Range: $30,000 to $80,000
Deadline: Usually end of June
Goals:

  • Support socially innovative programs that create new pathways in addressing social issues.
  • Seek creative responses to an opportunity recognized, how social value proposition brings value to its target population, has an articulated theory of social change, and that the program is designed to measure for impact.
  • Nurture an environment that allows for the continual implementation of transformative community approaches.
  • The SI grant program is competitive; and it seeks to support awarded projects with patient capital not to exceed 3 years. All contracts will be one year contracts; awarded organizations will submit renewal applications at the end of the contract year.

Visit the NJ OFBI website for details


Funds for Environmental Programs in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Grantor: Cora L. Brooks Foundation
Range: $1,000 to $20,000
Deadline: December/ January
Goals:

  • Support nonprofit organizations in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania that work to alleviate significant ecological problems within the watersheds of the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers.
  • Focus on environmental conservation and restoration within these watersheds, with particular emphasis on environmental protection issues relating to clean water and water-related ecologies.

Visit the Foundation’s website for more information on the application process.


NATIONAL GRANTS

Grants for Street Outreach Program
Grantor: Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families
Range: $90,000 to $200,000
Deadline: Usually May
Goals:

  • The Family and Youth Services Bureau is now accepting applications for the Street Outreach Program.
  • The Street Outreach Program funds organizations that provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution or sexual exploitation.
  • These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices and ultimately help them leave the streets.

Visit Grants.gov link for details.


Grants for Basic Center Program
Grantor: Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families
Range: $50,000 to $200,000
Deadline: Usually May
Goals:

  • The purpose of the Basic Center Program is to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems.
  • The Basic Center Program works to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families.
  • The programs provide youth up to age 18 with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and referrals for health care.
  • Most Basic Centers can provide 21 days of shelter for up to 20 youth at a time.
  • There are exceptions for jurisdictions that have different standards for licensing.
  • Basic Centers seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements.

Visit Grants.gov link for details.


Grants Address School Library Needs in Communities Affected by Disasters
Grantor: American Association of School Librarians: Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund
Range: $10,000 to $20,000
Deadline: Rolling; applications reveiwed monthly
Goals:

  • Support public school libraries in the communities served by Dollar General.
  • Provide grants to preK-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, and/or library equipment.
  • Eligible applicants must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center, or corporate office.

Visit the AASL website to submit an online application.


Urban Bird Events Supported
Grantor: Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-Grant Program
Range: $100 - $500
Deadline: December
Goals:

  • Support community organizations, educators, and youth throughout the United States that host neighborhood events that introduce the public and youth to birds found in urban areas.
  • Funded events should feature activities involving birds, community service, art, greening, and/or science.
    Eligible events include bird-activity days at local museums, libraries, or community centers, as well as art and gardening activities at clubs, schools, or senior centers.

Visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website to review the application materials.


Grants Promote Latin American Performing Arts
Grantor: Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America
Range: Up to $25,000
Deadline: February
Goals:

  • Promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of Latin American cultures through the work of its contemporary and traditional performing artists.
  • Provide support to consortia of arts presenters from different cities or states to work collaboratively to bring exemplary performing artists from Latin America to audiences across the United States, with an emphasis on communities that have little access to this work.
  • Presenters must foster an appreciation for the visiting artists’ work and the cultures from which it is derived through public performances and activities that provide opportunities for interaction between the visiting artists and members of the local community.

Visit the Southern Exposure website to download the application guidelines.


Healthy Food Initiatives in Native American Communities Funded
Grantor: First Nations Development Institute: Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative
Range: Average $37,500
Deadlines: Usually December
Goals:

  • Invest in innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.
  • Support projects that increase access to fresh, healthy foods and improve the overall health and well-being of Native children and families.
  • Priority will be given to projects aimed at increasing the availability of healthy, locally-produced foods in Native communities; projects that work to reduce food insecurity; and entrepreneurship programs that create systemic change by increasing community control of local food systems.

Native American-controlled nonprofit tribal organizations and community-based groups committed to increasing healthy food access in rural and reservation-based Native communities are eligible to apply. Visit the First Nations website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.


Support for Social Justice Issues
Grantor: Public Welfare Foundation
Range: $500 to $1M
Deadlines: Usually February and June
Goals:

  • Support efforts to ensure fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need nationwide.
  • Bring about systemic changes that can improve lives.
  • Target the following issues:
    • The Criminal Justice program supports organizations that are seeking to reduce incarceration rates of adult offenders in the U.S.
    • The Juvenile Justice program focuses on organizations working to end the criminalization and over-incarceration of youth.
    • The Workers’ Rights program supports organizations that promote policy and system reforms to improve the lives of low-wage working people.

Detailed guidelines for each of the grant programs are available on the Foundation’s website.


USArtists International
Grantor: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Range: $1,000 to $10,000
Deadlines: Usually in December and April.
Goals:

  • Ensure that the impressive range of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through participation at important international festivals. 
  • Support American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists that have been invited to perform at significant international festivals anywhere in the world outside of the United States and its territories.

Eligibility details and application guidelines are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.


Global Impact Cash Grants
Grantor: Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility
Range: $1,000 to $10,000
Deadlines: Usually in December and April.
Goals:

  • Support nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and worldwide that provide assistance to underserved populations and leverage technology solutions to improve the reach, efficiency, and impact of services.
  • Education: Supports technology-based solutions and education delivery models that enable children to master knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
  • Economic Empowerment: focuses on programs that provide technology-based solutions to underserved populations transitioning from education to workforce, or re-entry to workforce.
  • Critical Human Needs: Cisco grants help overcome the cycle of poverty and dependence by supporting organizations that address the basic needs of underserved communities, with a focus on clean water, food, and shelter.
  • Funded programs in all categories must have high potential for replication in multiple environments, and a clear path for long-term sustainability. Organizations can begin the application process at any time.

Visit the Cisco website to learn more about the grantmaking criteria and to take the Eligibility Quiz.


The Conservation Alliance
Grantor: The Conservation Alliance
Range: Up to $50,000
Deadlines: Nominations usually in November; full request due in December
Goals:

  • Support grassroots citizen-action groups and their efforts to protect wild and natural areas in North America where outdoor enthusiasts spend their time.
  • Secure permanent protection of a specific threatened wild place or waterway for its habitat and recreational values.
  • The Alliance is not looking for mainstream education, restoration, or scientific research projects, but rather for active campaigns.

Before applying for funding, an organization must first be nominated by one of the Alliance's member companies. Grant criteria and application guidelines are available on the Conservation Alliance website.


The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Grantor: Prudential
Range: Up to $5,000
Deadlines: Usually in November
Goals:

  • Honor young people in grades 5-12 who are volunteering in their communities.
  • Local Honorees are selected in November and from these winners two State Honorees are chosen in each state and the District of Columbia. State Honorees receive an award of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for national recognition events. Out of the State Honorees, ten National Honorees are selected to receive an additional award of $5,000 as well as a $5,000 grant for a nonprofit organization of their choice.

Youth who have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of application are eligible to apply. Visit the Prudential website for online application information.


GOVERNMENT GRANTS

Funds Available to Advance STEM Education
Grantor: National Science Foundation
Range: $20,000,000 to $27,000,000
Deadlines: January and November
Goals: Provide support to advance new approaches to the design and development of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning in informal environments.


Analyze Maternal and Child Health Policies 
Grantor: Department of Health and Human Services
Range: $200,000
Deadlines: Usually in November
Goals: Supports analyses of policy changes to improve access, quality, and integration of healthcare and services for maternal and child health populations.


Expand Sharing of Environmental Information
Grantor: Environmental Protection Agency
Range: $500,000
Deadlines: Usually in November
Goals: Support developing the capabilities that organizations need to actively participate in the Environmental Information Exchange Network, which is a way to report data electronically, share information, and integrate both regulatory and non-regulatory environmental information.


Museum Advancement
Grantor: Institute of Museum and Library Services 
Range: $5,000–$150,000
Deadlines: Usually in December
Goals: Strengthen the ability of museums to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance their missions, plans, and strategic goals and objectives.


Program Supports Education about Organ Donation
Grantor: Department of Health and Human Services
Range: $250,000
Deadlines: Usually in December
Goals: Provides support to educate the public about the need for solid organ donation and to encourage deceased donation decisions, documentation, and family discussions.