Grants & Awards
USA Today is accepting applications to its Community Thrives program. Through the program, grants totaling $2 million will be awarded in support of ideas focused on helping a particular neighborhood or region strengthen its sense of community, with priority given to ideas focused on traditionally underserved populations. Past recipients have submitted ideas in the arts, health and wellness, and education. Grant submissions close February 28, 2019. Link to Complete RFP
New America: Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship
Expanding youth apprenticeship is a strategy for building a more inclusive economy by connecting the learning needs of students with the talent needs of industry. The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA), an initiative of New America, will support organizations in states and cities throughout the country that are collaborating to expand participation in high-quality youth apprenticeship programs and strengthening equitable outcomes for students, employers, and communities. The designated lead organization must be a nonprofit organization, government entity, or educational institution. Learn more and apply. The application deadline is March 8, 2019.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries program supports projects that strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries and archives to serve their communities. Specific topics of interest include transforming school library practice, community memory, and digital inclusion. Learn more and apply. The application deadline is February 25, 2019.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Veterans of Foreign Wars is accepting applications from military service members who have been deployed in the last six years and have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity. The program provides financial assistance of up to $1,500 to assist with basic life needs in the form of a grant. To be eligible, the applicant must be a service member or eligible dependent listed under the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Link to Complete RFP
Rural LISC Community Facilities Fund
The Rural LISC Community Facilities Fund helps develop and improve essential community facilities (such as hospitals, healthcare centers, educational facilities, etc.) in rural areas. Nonprofits and public entities are eligible, though facilities must be located in rural areas with a population under 20,000; preference will be given for high-poverty or persistent poverty areas. Individual awards of $100,000 to $8 million. Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration
The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by natural disasters in 2017. EDA disaster grants are made by its Regional Offices under the agency’s Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program (PDF), which enables EDA to make awards that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities in areas which experience sudden and prolonged severe economic dislocation. There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until all funds are obligated.
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local Systems seeks to build strong, healthy cities nationwide by promoting the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization. The Local Systems focus area funds organizations that infuse creativity into comprehensive community development and urban planning practices. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Local Systems focus area. Kresge accept and review these proposals on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline.
Operation Homefront founded in 2002, is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families. Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.
Humanities Washington Opportunity Grants
Humanities Washington Opportunity Grants are available to small or rural organizations for public humanities presentations. Opportunity grants do not require a funding match, and organizations may request up to $1,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and until all funds are distributed.
NewSchools Venture Fund
NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that supports and invests in promising entrepreneurs and teams of educators who want to reimagine learning and achieve outstanding results for schools, students, and educators. To help advance this mission, the fund is accepting applications from teams of educators and entrepreneurs with bold ideas for reimagining pre-K-12 learning. Various application dates. Link to Complete RFP.
The Pollination Project is accepting applications from individuals for projects in the areas of arts and culture, community health and wellness, the environment, and justice. Seed grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to social entrepreneurs for projects in the early stages of development; Applications are funded throughout the year. Link to Complete RFP
Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program
Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program supports nonprofit organizations in the communities the bank serves in California, Oregon, and Washington. Sponsorships of up to $1,000 are provided to organizations that are engaged in affordable housing, sustainable community and economic development, minority-owned businesses, clean and efficient energy, recycling, and sustainable food, fisheries, and agriculture. Sponsorship applications are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online sponsorship request
The StreetShares Foundation gives away $10,000 in veteran business grants to veteran or military spouse entrepreneurs each month. The Foundation is a non-profit associated with the military social lending platform.
Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP)
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the FY 2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Through it, the EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches in distressed communities. The estimated total program funding is between the award ceiling of $3 million and award floor of $100,000. Additional information on this funding opportunity and eligibility can be accessed here.
Washington Foundation for the Environment
The Washington Foundation for the Environment provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Washington State that offer local environmental education projects. Grants generally range in size from $200 to $2,000, with a typical grant amount of $1,000. Grants are often awarded to projects not traditionally funded by the region’s bigger environmental foundations. Both new and long-established groups are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted throughout the year, and are reviewed every six to eight weeks. Visit the foundation’s website for more information on the type of projects funded and the application process. Grant decisions throughout the year at Board meetings that occur every six to eight weeks.
USDA Small Business Loans and Grants
USDA is accepting applications for loans and grants to support business expansion, create jobs and increase economic opportunities in rural communities. Funding is being provided through USDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). RMAP provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to help microentrepreneurs – very small businesses with 10 or fewer employees – access capital to start or grow businesses. MDOs use the funds to provide training and technical assistance to small businesses or to establish revolving loan funds that provide micro-loans, typically $5,000 to $50,000, to rural microentrepreneurs. Application forms may be obtained from any USDA Rural Development State Office.
State Trade Export Promotion Grant (STEP)
Through a grant provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington State small businesses may apply for an export voucher worth up to $5,000 from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The funds may be used to offset export-related expenses such as international trade show/trade mission fees, international airfare, shipping of samples, compliance testing, website translation, and services from the US Commercial Service. Eligibility requirements apply, as well as a 25% company match of up to $1,250. For more information, contact Michele Ko, Business Development Manager, at Michele.firstname.lastname@example.org
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