Oral Health Proposals Due Aug. 3

The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry opens its 2015 Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: Access to Care Grants to improve the oral health of children

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits; local health jurisdictions; county health departments; hospitals and clinics; state government agencies; colleges/schools of dentistry; colleges/schools of medicine (pediatric and family medicine departments only); national, state and local dental societies; national, state and local pediatricians’ groups; and state and local gynecological/obstetric groups; Funding: Multiple awards up to $20,000 each. Continue reading

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Student Awards to Launch Soon

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will soon open its 2016 Young Scholar Awards for colleges, students and alumni.

Geographic Focus: National; Funding: Varies (the foundation gave about $20 million in grants last year),

Deadline: TBA, the application opens in mid-January and closes in April. Continue reading

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Finding $$$ in Your Own Backyard: Virginia

Virginia

The George J. & Effie L. Seay Foundation was established in 1957 to support and promote education human services programs provided by qualifying charitable organizations in Virginia. The Seay Foundation makes grants primarily for programs and projects designed to provide specific services or training. Requests for general operating grants will not be considered. Grants from the Seay Foundation are one year in duration. The deadline is Nov. 1.

Washington

The Catherine Holmes Wilkins Charitable Foundation was created in trust to provide charitable grants to qualified social service agencies in the Puget Sound region. Organizations must operate within or significantly affect the residents of the Greater Seattle region: Tacoma to Everett, Seattle, and the Eastside. The Humanitarian Services Grants go for programs providing immediate support to those in need with a particular emphasis on services for abused women and children. Average grant size ranges from $3,000 to $10,000. Most grants are $5,000. Requests to assist with debt retirement or to correct an operating deficit will not be considered. The deadline is Oct. 9.

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Cable Network to Offer $100K for Student Video Projects

C-SPAN, the cable news network that covers Congress, will soon launch its student video documentary competition, StudentCam, which seeks projects that examine national issues important to youth. Continue reading

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Finding $$$ in Your Own Backyard: Multi-State

AR, IN, KY, LA, MI, OH, OK, TN, TX, VA, WV

American Electric Power (AEP) offers grants to nonprofits in communities with major AEP facilities. Focus areas include: early childhood through higher education, the environment, basic human services (such as hunger, housing, health and safety), art, music and cultural heritage. The AEP Teacher Vision grants support projects with an academic focus and a goal to improve student achievement. Awards up to $500 each; the deadline is Feb. 26. Continue reading

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Finding $$$ in Your Own Backyard: Maryland

Maryland

The Baltimore Community Foundation’s Leonard & Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation supports projects researching causes and modes of treatment for mental illness. The foundation also supports programs which increase access to mental health treatment for underserved populations, including children. Strategies of interest include integrating mental health care into community and primary care settings and providing services to minority communities, including those with limited English proficiency. Award amount is typically $50,000. Deadlines are rolling.

Massachusetts

The Ezra M. Cutting Trust was established in 1965 under the will of Ezra Cutting. The Trust supports charitable organizations serving residents of Marlborough. Areas of special interest include agencies serving youth as well as those with programs fostering economic growth. Grants are restricted to organizations located in Marlborough and are generally made for special projects and programs, with a limited number of capital gifts made each year. The typical grant range is $2,500 – $10,000. The deadline is Dec. 1.

Minnesota

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council is inviting applications from nonprofit arts groups for arts education and access programs based in the eleven-county region it serves. Arts & Cultural Heritage grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support activities in the areas of arts and arts access, arts education, and arts and cultural heritage. Schools are eligible. A 20% match is required. The deadline is Oct. 1.

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Finding $$$ in Your Own Backyard: Connecticut

Connecticut

The Frederick W. Marzahl Memorial Fund was established in 1974 to support and promote quality educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations in Woodbury. Preference is given to charitable organizations that serve the people of Woodbury. Grants from the Marzahl Memorial Fund are one year in duration. Applicants will not be awarded a grant for more than three consecutive years. Funding varies; deadline: Nov. 1.

Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon & Washington

The purpose of the Native Voices Endowment: A Lewis & Clark Expedition Bicentennial Legacy Project, administered by the Endangered Language Fund, is to revitalize and perpetuate the aboriginal languages of the American Indian Nations whose ancestors encountered the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Support is provided for Native language education programs, curricula, or projects; individual study by Native language students; and research efforts to document and record a Native language for future preservation and education. Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, and require a one-to-one match. The next round of funding is to open later this year; last year’s deadline was Oct. 15.

Contact: baldwidw@miamioh.edu

Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Foundation offers a range of funding for community groups. For example, the Norco Community Fund seeks to improve the quality of lives for people in Norco. Focus areas are: arts and humanities, community development, education, environment, human services, health care, community building, and youth development. That program will offer new grants in the fall. The McClure Fund supports the emergency bricks & mortar projects (e.g., repairs, replacements, and additions to facilities) of eligible United Way partner agencies. Awards vary; deadlines vary by program.

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You have Vision; You have Passion; Now You Just Need Money

Vision and passion are wonderful things; they are driving forces behind the creation of most nonprofits. But, it’s money that keeps the organization running.

Behind the lofty public goals of the organization lie the organization’s basic needs, from making payroll to buying equipment and paying the electric bill. And all that takes funding. Going after money is hard work; in fact, it’s probably the hardest part of any grant-seeker’s job.

Grant-seekers must be willing to go hat-in-hand seeking funding, and they have to be able to show why their organization — as opposed to somebody else’s — deserves to be funded. That means they have to make the organization as attractive as possible to potential donors.

Keep in mind that there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States, including: 1,036,255 public charities, 100,796 private foundations and 370,180 other types of nonprofits such as chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues.

Private grant-making organizations dispense about $335 billion per year. Public charities reported over $1.65 trillion in total revenues and $1.57 trillion in total expenses last year.

Of the revenue: 21% came from contributions, gifts and government grants; 73% came from program service revenues, which include government fees and contracts and 6% came from “other” sources including dues, rental income, special event income, and gains or losses from goods sold. Continue reading

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State and Local Funding News – New York

Clinton Foundation to Restrict Foreign Government Donations: Just after Hillary Clinton announced that she is running for president, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation issues a series of changes to its policies that will increase transparency with respect to its donors, as well as limit donations from foreign governments.

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Bill Would Improve Early Ed, Head Start

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) introduces the Caring Start Act (H.R.2217), which is aimed at helping children from birth to age 5 who experience higher barriers to learning due to chronic stress or trauma outside of school.

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