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Four Grants to Fund Your After-School Clubs

Posted by Lauren Albright on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 09:06 AM

Grants are available for after-school clubs and extracurricular activities.Tight school budgets can often mean cuts to beloved programs—arts, music, sports, and extracurricular activities in general. Yet losing these activities can hurt students’ well-rounded education and chances of success after high school. The National Center for Education Statistics found that students who participate in extracurricular activities have better attendance, GPAs, and test scores.

For sufficient funding to support an extracurricular activity, bake sales, and other fundraisers can get you only so far. We recommend checking out the following grant opportunities.

Grants For Environmental Clubs: Youth Garden Grant

If your school’s environmental club needs funding for a garden project, the Youth Garden Grant can help. This grant program welcomes applications from any public or private school, from pre-K to high school, that is either planning a new garden program or expanding an existing one. A total of 25 programs are awarded:

  • 5 programs receive $1,000 cash, a $100 gift card to Gardener’s Supply Company, and $500 worth of gardening tools and supplies.
  • 20 programs receive a $100 gift card to Gardener’s Supply Company and $500 worth of gardening tools and supplies.

Preference is given to programs that exhibit sustainability and impact. The deadline for 2019 grants will be in December 2018, so the application should be available online soon.

Grants For Chess Clubs: Chess-For-Youth Program

The U.S. Chess Trust helps school administrators establish a chess club at schools where funding is lacking. For Title I schools, the program provides chess-playing equipment and/or up to 10 U.S. Chess Federation memberships for needy students. To apply, a school administrator or principal at a Title I school must download and submit the application, along with a letter of request, by mail to the Chess-For-Youth Program—see full instructions. Applications are accepted year-round.

Grants For Yearbook Clubs: Picaboo Yearbooks for Everyone Fund

Have budget cuts at your school eliminated the yearbook club? Each year, Picaboo Yearbooks accepts requests from schools where a yearbook program has been discontinued due to extenuating circumstances or where some students are unable to pay for their yearbooks. Guidelines for this program are very simple: just email your request to The company states they look especially for compelling stories; our recent blog on demonstrating value and impact provides some guidance on how to use compelling, narrative evidence to strengthen proposals and requests.

There are no limitations about who may apply and no deadlines are given. Picaboo Yearbooks states that they read all requests and will assist as many schools as they can. If yearbooks are in peril at your school, this fund could be a great way to carry on the yearbook tradition.

Grants For Any Extracurricular Activity: The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants to support both extracurricular activities and regular classroom instruction. The Foundation prioritizes programs that serve children in low-income households and nurture academic and creative skills.  Educators grades K-12 in public or private schools may apply for a one-, two-, or three-year grant. The amount requested per year should not exceed $10,000, for a maximum of $30,000 over three years. Applications can be completed online and are accepted January 15-April 15. Apply early—the application system closes after 350 submissions have been received. Special note: The online application requires three letters of recommendation from colleagues that address the applicant’s character, leadership skills, and academic abilities and achievements, so be sure to secure these in advance.

  Expert Advice: Practice good etiquette when requesting a letter of recommendation. Ask early, provide specific instructions, and don’t forget to say thank you.  

If you need more information about educational grants, please contact us—we can help you to plan and write a strong proposal. We offer free consultations, among our other services. Email today.

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Topics: education grants, grants for back to school, back to school, extra-curricular grants

Top Five Most Common Types of Food and Nutrition Grants

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 09:06 AM

In early April of this year, we published a blog about Grants for Nutrition Education. But there’s much more to the field of food and nutrition grants. Check out these top five most common food and nutrition grant categories, with funding opportunities included for each category.

  Expert Advice: Notice the statistics below, and use statistics like these in your proposal. Also, gather similar types of local and regional statistics to support your case for need. You can also review our blog on using stastics and other numerical evidence to help strengthen your grant proposals.   

#1: Food Bank Grants

Food Bank Grants are one of the Top 5 Types of Food and Nutrition Grants

While most people in the United States are aware of hunger problems in other parts of the world, many Americans would be shocked to learn that 1 in 7 people in the U.S. rely on food banks to help meet their nutritional needs (USA Today, 2014). Due to this demand, food banks are in near-constant need of additional food and other resources. Luckily, grants for food banks are probably the most common type of food and nutrition grant available, with funding opportunities offered by governmental entities, private foundations, and businesses. The Bank of America Hunger Relief Program, USDA Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program, and hunger-related grants from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation are just three examples of the many grants available for food banks.

#2: Child Hunger and Nutrition Grants

According to the child nutrition activism group No Kid Hungry, “more than 13 million children in the United States live in ‘food-insecure’ homes” (2018). While food banks are one avenue for helping hungry children, many schools and community organizations also offer programs, resources, and education to help families provide consistent, healthy food for their children. For instance, the Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Grant Program helps schools provide local, healthy foods to students in need, and No Kid Hungry’s Share Our Strength grants provide funding for educational programs that help struggling families budget optimally so they can provide food for their children. 

#3: Agricultural Production Grants

When thinking about ways to help fight hunger, people often don’t consider the most basic, initial step needed for food security: ensuring that farms can afford to produce foods for people to eat. Recently, many American farmers have struggled to stay afloat. In response, there has been a rise in agricultural production grants available to farmers, especially grants provided by governmental agencies. The USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants and Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative are two such examples. Another organization that provides grants for farms is A Well-fed World, which offers funding for food security research, vegan organic (or “veganic”) farming initiatives, and other agricultural production projects.  

#4: Farm-to-Table Initiative Grants

The increase in farm-to-table cooperatives, stores, and restaurants across the U.S. attests to Americans’ growing desire for healthier, farm-fresh foods. But affording such healthy foods is especially difficult for food-insecure individuals and families. To help ensure that hungry Americans have access to healthier foods, some grantmaking organizations have stepped up to support programs that provide fresh, nutritious options for those struggling with food security. For instance, Conagra's food grants support programs that help provide hungry individuals not with just any food, but with “access to the food they need to reach their full potential.” While grants for farm-to-table programs for the hungry are not currently quite as common as grants for other nutrition-related categories, America’s continued focus on reducing obesity rates and reconnecting people with farm-fresh foods will likely cause grants in this area to increase in the future.


#5: Home-Delivered Meal Grant Programs

Senior citizens and people who are homebound are two more U.S. populations that are particularly vulnerable to hunger issues. Financial constraints, physical ailments, and lack of transportation are just a few of the issues common among older and homebound adults that lead to food insecurity. To support these groups in need, many community organizations around the country provide home-delivered meal service to senior citizens and/or people who are homebound. While there are some governmental grant programs to help fund meal delivery initiatives, many businesses have also stepped up to provide grants in this area. Ameriprise and Walmart are two such examples.  

Whether you are looking for more food and nutrition grants, need project-planning guidance for a food and nutrition initiative you have in mind, or are ready to start writing an application for a particular food and nutrition grant, our expert team at can assist you. Contact us today for a free consultation.  


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Hunger in America. USA Today
Kids in America are Hungry. No Kid Hungry


Topics: food program grants, food program for kids, nutrition grants, nutrition program grants, grants for food pantry

U.S. DoT BUILD Grants for Transportation - Open to Public Entities

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 @ 09:06 AM

If your municipality or county organization provides public transportation services, you probably are familiar with U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) grant funding and
the fact that it is usually reBusserved almost exclusively for state departments of transit and other official transit agencies.  However, in late April the DoT announced a new program, the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program, which will be open to any public entities who seek funding for “surface transportation infrastructure” initiatives.

This new BUILD program for FY 2018 replaces the previous Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program through DoT, a program that has provided over $5.6 billion dollars to 463 projects throughout the U.S. and its territories over the last nine years. For FY 2018, preference for BUILD grant awards will be given to projects that focus on or include rural communities, with at least 30% of the overall funding reserved for rural entities / projects. 

Below is some key information about this new grant opportunity.

BUILD Project Focus Requirements

  • Must be a surface transportation infrastructure initiative
    • Examples: roads, bridges, and buses, but not subways or air travel
  • Must provide substantial local or regional impact, including improved quality of life
  • Must include clear safety protocols
  • Must consider and work toward environmental protection
  • Must be innovative
  • Must include partnerships
  • Must generate revenue to use for future transportation infrastructure projects

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to “any public entity, including municipalities, counties, port authorities, tribal governments, MPOs, or others.”

Award Amounts

  • Maximum award is $25 million per institution.
  • A single state cannot receive more than $150 million.

Application Process and Due Dates 

  • Webinars are available for more information on the full grant application process. While the June 5th webinar is already full, and the June 6th webinar is for rural and tribal entities only, all webinars will be recorded and posted here for subsequent viewing.
  • Applications are due Thursday, July 19th, 2018

If you have additional questions about this grant, you can contact the DoT directly.

If you are interested in applying for this grant and could use help planning your project or writing your application, contact The Grant Helpers today.

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Topics: transportation grants, bus grants, transportation, grants for transportation, road grants, bridge grants

Grants to Fund Your Performing Arts Project

Posted by Lauren Albright on Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Fund your performing arts project with grants.Grants for performing arts projects help enrich communities in myriad ways. The performing arts foster creative expression. They help us educate ourselves about our world. Performing arts events can attract tourism and boost the local economy (Study International, 2016). Yet funding for the performing arts is notoriously limited.

If your organization seeks grants to support a performing arts event or project, the following opportunities may be right for you.

Performance Art Focused on Diversity, Cultural Heritage, and Underserved Populations: The National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) offers several performing arts grant opportunities. NEA grants are open to non-profit U.S. organizations, units of state or local government, and federally recognized tribal communities and tribes. Eligible applicants include arts organizations, arts service organizations, and local education agencies, including school districts. Two NEA grants to check out are:

  • Art Works Grants: For projects that celebrate diversity and cultural heritage, Art Works Grants offer matching grants of $10,000-$100,000. Eligible disciplines for a project include dance, musical theater, opera, and theater; visual arts disciplines are also eligible. Applications for Art Works Grants are accepted twice each year in February and July, with the next deadline on July 12, 2018.
  • Challenge America Grants: For projects that enrich underserved populations, Challenge America Grants offer matching grants of $10,000. These grants aim to extend the reach of arts to populations whose access is limited due to geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Proposed projects must either engage a guest artist, develop cultural tourism, or support a public art project. The deadline for Challenge America Grants just passed in April 2018, but it’s never too early to start planning for the next application cycle.

Applicants may apply for only one of the above grants per year. However, it is possible to apply for other NEA funding opportunities for different projects or different phases of the same project.

Performance Art Focused on New Work and Diversity: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Performing arts is one of several program areas for which the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation offers grants. Grant amounts vary widely—since 2015, the Mellon Foundation has awarded grants for the performing arts ranging from $10,000 to $30 million to organizations including local theater groups and nationally-recognized art galleries. Some averages to consider:

  • For all grants since 2015, the average grant amount is about $606,000.
  • For grants under $1 million since 2015, the average grant amount is about $337,000.

The Foundation states it primarily awards performing arts grants in the areas of dance, music, theater, and multidisciplinary forms. Their priorities within these areas are artists and new work, adaptive organizational practices, the public value of the arts, and diversity and inclusion. To begin the application process, prospective grantees must submit an inquiry regarding their proposed grant through the Foundation’s online portal. If the proposed grant fits the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, staff will invite the grantee to submit a proposal. Grantees should expect their proposal to go through several rounds of revision with Foundation staff. Once finalized, staff will determine whether to recommend the grant to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees at one of their quarterly meetings. There are no deadlines or eligibility requirements mentioned, so this grant opportunity could be a good fit for a wide diversity of organizations on flexible timelines.

Innovative Theater: National Theatre Company Grants

The American Theatre Wing offers National Theatre Company Grants to innovative theater companies that help shape their local communities through the performing arts. Eligible organizations should:

Strong applicants will exhibit how they develop new work, foster education and community engagement, and/or revitalize regional theater. The grants offer $10,000 to support general operations, including building infrastructure, enhancing resources, and creating new initiatives. Grant recipients are allowed to reapply for additional support after at least three years. The 2018 application will be posted online in mid-June.

More grant opportunities for the arts can be found on our blog under the topic “Arts Grants.” Need help finding more opportunities or preparing your application for a performing arts grant? Contact our grant experts today.

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Topics: grants for the arts, grants for culture, performing arts

Q&A: Grants for War Memorials and Battlefield Preservation

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Thu, May 24, 2018 @ 13:05 PM


Memorial Day

As Memorial Day approaches, many individuals in the U.S. will privately commemorate loved ones who gave their lives during military service. Communal remembrances of our nation’s fallen soldiers and the battles they fought are also crucial to national healing and progress toward future peace.

War memorials and battlefield preservation sites are just two of the many ways that both public and private organizations can help Americans learn about and remember our country’s wartime history, as well as honor the men and women who fought during our nation's battles. For agencies that seek grant funding to help build or restore war memorials or preserve and enhance battlefield historic sites, there are many questions to consider. This blog addresses some of those questions. 

  Q: Are there really grants for something as specific as building a war memorial or preserving a battlefield?  

A: Absolutely! There are many grants from a variety of sources to help fund such projects.

  Q: Who funds grants for war memorials or battlefield preservation?  
A: While a majority of funding for these patriotic projects unsurprisingly comes from federal U.S. government organizations, especially the National Park Service (NPS), there are also state and local government agencies, private foundations, and even businesses that provide such grants.

  Q: How can I find grant opportunities for war memorials or battlefield preservation?  

A: There are many ways to find grants for any project focus, including war memorials and battlefield preservation. The first way is by doing an internet search using key terms, such as “grants for war memorials” or “grants to preserve battlefields.” You can narrow your search further to find the grants most applicable to your particular project by specifying aspects of your initiative, such as geographical area (e.g. “grants to build a war memorial in North Carolina”) or project focus (e.g. “grants for Civil War battlefield site preservation”).

You can also search online to see if your area has any local or state agencies that handle historical sites, historical preservation, or veteran's affairs. If so, contacting such entities can be helpful, as these types of organizations may have the inside track on war memorial and battlefield preservation grant opportunities for your specific location.

The Grant Helpers can also assist you in your war memorial and/or battlefield preservation grant search. We offer a free initial Fundability Evaluation to get to know your organization and its funding needs. We then offer a paid Grant Opportunity Search, which includes a Grant Opportunity Report with a list of relevant grant opportunities you can apply to. With access to several pay-walled grant-search databases, The Grant Helpers can access many grants not easily searchable by the general public, with specific search criteria to find the grants that best match your organization’s priorities, needs, and even geographical location. By working from a list of grants tailored to your company’s needs and your specific project, you’ll save time and effort by applying only to grants for which you have a strong case for funding.

  Q: How can I increase the likelihood of actually getting a grant for our organization’s war memorial or battlefield preservation project?  

A: For a project focus this specific, the competition for grant funding will likely be substantial: some grantmaking organizations have multiple focuses and thus a large number of applicants; others are more focused but more targeted and compelling applications. So, how can you set your project apart?

The most important way to ensure your proposal is persuasive is to take the time to plan a fundable project. Projects that appeal most to funders, no matter what the project focus is, include the following:

  • A specific focus that fits the funder’s stated priorities or interests
  • Narrative details that clarify to an outsider what, exactly, the project is
  • Specific goals and measurable outcomes, supported by both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Collaborations with other organizations to help prove your project is community-oriented and will have a wide impact

Once you have outlined a well-planned, specific, and compelling project, clear and captivating writing can often be the deciding factor in funding. Grant writing is another aspect of the grant application process where we at The Grant Helpers can assist. Our expert writers can help you present your well-planned war memorial or battlefield preservation project in the most persuasive light possible. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation, whether you need guidance on the planning phase of your project or are ready to start applying for grants and would like writing assistance.

  Q: What grant opportunities for war memorial and/or battlefield preservation can I check out right now?  

A:   Building and Restoring War Memorials that Promote Patriotism
The War Memorial’s Patriot Initiative grants support community-focused projects that “promote patriotism” and celebrate American military heroes.  Non-profit organizations that have been open for at least three years and have “established governance [and] multiple employees” are eligible to apply. While this organization’s initial funding scope is listed as Southeast Michigan, organizations in other locations may be able to apply as well. For more information on the current status of this geographical requirement, contact the War Memorial agency at 313-332-4075. Applications are typically due September 1st of each year, so keep an eye out early this summer for the 2018 cycle opening. 

Preserving "America's Treasures" 
The National Park Service (NPS) provides a variety of funding opportunities relevant to war memorials and battlefield preservation, including the Save America’s Treasures grant program. Since 1999, this grant program has funded over $315 million to support nationally-significant projects that preserve “historic properties and collections that convey our nation's rich heritage to future generations of Americans.” For your project to be eligible, the memorial or battlefield within your initiative must be registered as a National Historic Landmark or contribute to an existing National Historic Landmark.  Most types of organizations are eligible to apply, including governmental agencies at all levels, federally-recognized tribal entities, non-profits, educational organizations, and religious institutions. 

If your project is a collection of war memorials or monuments, your initiative would likely fit into the “collections projects” category, for which the grant award amounts are between $25,000 and $500,000. If your project focuses on preserving or restoring one or more battlefield sites, then your project would likely fit into the “historic property projects” category, for which the award amounts are between $125,000 and $500,000. Check with an NPS representative before applying to confirm into which category your particular projects fits. Applications are usually due mid-February of each year, so mark your calendars to check back late in 2018 for the opening of this program’s 2019 application cycle.

As noted above, the NPS also has many other grant opportunities you can check out that are relevant to war memorial and battlefield preservation projects, such as their National Maritime Heritage grant program and their American Battlefield Protection Program.

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Topics: historical preservation grant, war memorial grants, battlefield preservation grants, grants for war memorials, grants for battlefield preservation

5 Overlooked Grant Basics Part V: Proposal Value Beyond Grant Dollars

Posted by Roland Garton on Thu, May 17, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

6407267873_1cef507819_mAll the hard work that goes into a grant application is designed to attract money from the funding agency. From this perspective, an award is a success, and a rejection is a failure. But even a rejected effort need not be a waste of time!

One important lesson to take away from the grant industry is how to learn and grow from a rejection. We’ve blogged about what to do when you get a rejection letter. If you are prepared to submit multiple grant applications, applying the results from one application to subsequent ones can make them more likely to succeed.  This is an obvious benefit from a rejection.

There are many other ways, some of them not as obvious, that proposal efforts can propel your organization forward, whether or not a grant is awarded.  It’s important to be mindful of these additional potential benefits to maximize the value of proposal preparation to your organization.

Let me hammer once again on a common nail: building a strong proposal is primarily the result of building a strong project (See Part I of this series) and a strong reason to implement the project.  Therefore, the act of constructing a strong proposal means you designed a strong project. The materials you assembled for the project remain in place to re-use and build into other proposals and projects.  Look for ways to leverage what you can going forward.  Here are some to consider:

  • You will have thought through the structure and organization of the project, likely the value and impact (See series Part III ) of such a project. Keep these plans available so you don’t have to re-plan when you work on another version of the project.
  • You will also have considered how the project fits within the mission of your organization. Remember the potential implementation problems and advantages that came to light in proposal preparation, and use those lessons to strengthen your organizational planning in future planning cycles.
  • You may have realized the proposed project is not worth pursuing, that it does not support your highest priorities and should be dropped. If so, document that understanding and the underlying rationale in your stored proposal notes. Also document any other realizations about the potential impact of the project on the organization—how well it meets organizational priorities, potential liabilities that might not be apparent at first glance, etc.
  • You will have prepared a lot of documentation and potential boilerplate materials. For example, overall descriptions of your organization and qualifications of your personnel to Save for re-use in future proposals.
  • You will have developed written materials—boilerplate text, arguments for funding, image-building materials, etc.—which can be used in your communications and marketing materials. We’ve written plenty of abstracts and introductions that have made their way onto websites, Facebook pages, and brochures. These can attract funding and support in many ways beyond formal written grant proposals.
  • You will have developed written materials including hard data you’ve collected and recorded to support your argument for funding (see Part II). Keep these statistics handy to provide as opportunities and requests for them surface.
  • Perhaps as important, a proposal effort often develops partnerships and relationships that can serve you well for years. Keep in touch with potential collaborators after the proposal effort. Often, unforeseen opportunities emerge (see series Part IV).

When we work with you, we strive to extend the value of an application beyond the immediate funding goal. Contact us for a free consultation about ways you can get the most for your grant application efforts. We’d also love to hear any questions or comments related to this blog series.


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Topics: grant proposals, grant proposal writing, Proposal Development, grant proposal, overlooked grant basics, grant basics, proposal rejection, grant rejection

Disaster Relief Grants for School Libraries

Posted by Lauren Albright on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Harvey. Irma. Maria. Communities devastated by these three hurricanes in 2017 are still rebuilding. The massive recovery process takes its toll on a community’s economy, infrastructure, and education system—the latter having a damaging long-term impact on students.

Many grant foundations recognize that learning includes the resources of both classrooms and libraries. By offering funds to rebuild school libraries in these disaster-stricken areas, foundations are investing in the future. Students in schools with endorsed librarians score better on standardized achievement tests (Library Research Service, 2013). Additionally, schools with strong library programs have higher graduation rates, especially for vulnerable or disadvantaged student bodies (Texas Computer Education Association, 2017).

If your school’s library faced severe damage from a recent natural disaster, the following organizations may be able to assist. When applying, emphasize the positive impact of your school library on students and families—for example, better test scores, higher graduation rates, increased cultural awareness, and improved literacy—to demonstrate the importance of your funding request. 

Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund

If you work in a public school that has suffered substantial damage due to a natural disaster in the past three years and is located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, the Beyond Words fund may be able to assist. Money from this grant can help you purchase books, media, and/or library equipment to restock the school library and support student achievement. Awards range from $10,000-$20,000. The Beyond Words grant prioritizes schools with the greatest need in terms of the extent of damage to the school library collection, impact on the library program, and impact on student enrollment, among other factors. Applications, available online, are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Additionally, each year the grant offers “catastrophic awards” of $50,000 to two applicant organizations that have suffered a loss of 90% or greater of their school library resources. No additional application is required to be considered for the catastrophic awards.

Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

School librarians who are members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) may apply for an Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant. This fund offers $30,000 annually to public middle school and high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster within the past three years. Funds can be used to replace or supplement books, media, and/or library equipment. Interested applicants should submit a two-page narrative that describes their need and how they will use the funds, along with a project plan and timeline, a list of key staff involved in the grant, and an itemized budget. Applications are accepted year-round.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries

Since 2002, The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries has awarded more than $13 million to 2,500 schools in need. This year, in light of the devastation caused by catastrophic hurricanes and devastating wildfires, the foundation is dedicating its resources to help schools rebuild their book collections. If your school library was affected by one of the 2017 hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, or Maria) or the California wildfires, you may be eligible for this funding opportunity. All schools serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade—including public, charter, private, and parochial schools—may apply. Grants for this special disaster relief project may range from $10,000-$75,000. Funds may be used to purchase books (print or Braille) and magazine subscriptions. The grant application is available online, and grants are awarded on a rolling basis.

For more information about grants for general disaster relief, visit our blog post on this topic. For organizations wishing to focus on disaster prevention and preparedness, a list of resources is available in our blog post from March 2018.

Do you need information about other types of disaster relief grant opportunities? We can help find specific grant opportunities to meet your organization’s needs with our specialized Grant Opportunity Search. Find out more on our services page. Or start a free consultation with one of our grant experts by contacting us today.


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Topics: education, natural disaster, grants for disaster relief, disaster relief grants, disaster, Disaster Relief Grants for School Libraries, school library grants, school libraries

COPS Grants Now Available

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, May 3, 2018 @ 14:05 PM

2236253452_9338e31dd0_mThe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced that three of its grant funding opportunities are now accepting applications from state, local, tribal, or territorial law enforcement agencies. All COPS are geared toward growing community policing efforts.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

This grant program aims to advance community policing in law enforcement departments through training and technical assistance, the development of community policing strategies, field-directed law enforcement microgrants, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope. Specifically, the 2018 CPD program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  • Community Policing Additions to Contemporary Broken Windows Theory Applications
  • Initiatives that support First Amendment Rights: The Community Policing Approach
  • Partnerships to Address Labor Trafficking
  • Online Law Enforcement Training
  • Programs that support First-Line Supervisors
  • Field-Initiated Law Enforcement Microgrants
    • Peer Support for Officer Safety and Wellness
    • Human Trafficking Prevention and Mitigation
    • Hate Crimes Prevention and Mitigation
    • Recruitment and Hiring
    • Incident-Specific After-Action Reviews
    • Child and Youth Engagement
  • Open Topic Area
  • Tribal Training and Technical Assistance

This program is open to public governmental agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations. The DOJ has set aside $10 million available for this grant program. Applications are due by June 7, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

Funds from this grant program must be used for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids. Approximately $32 million in funding is available for this program in 2018, and the maximum grant award is $3 million. Each awarded grant is funded over the course of two years, and no local match is required. This grant is open to state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. Applicants must have primary authority over state seizures of heroin and other opioids. Treatment programs and other opioid related activities are not eligible for funding. Applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

CAMP funds must be used to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamines. Eligible entities include state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. The maximum grant amount is $2 million, with $8 million total available. Each grant is funded over two years. The website mentions that this particular program will be extremely competitive. Agencies that plan to participate in anti-methamphetamine task forces with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team structures will be given priority. Applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

We offer a wide variety of services that can help in all aspects of your grant-related needs. Schedule your free consultation today with one of our grant experts.


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Topics: US DOJ, COPS, COPS grant, law enforcement grants, law enforcement, grants for law enforcement, grants for police officers, grants for police, DOJ grants, community policing, grants for community policing, anti heroin grants, anti meth grants

Grants for Health and Wellness

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 18:04 PM

“The greatest wealth is health.”  –Virgil
Health and Wellness
It’s easy to take good health for granted. However, there are many people in the U.S. (and worldwide) with neither access to mental and physical healthcare nor adequate health and wellness education. As a result, almost 1 in 5 Americans struggle with mental illness (Newsweek, 2014), and over 50% of Americans have one or more chronic health ailments (Science Daily, 2016). To help improve health in the U.S., especially among underserved and low-income populations, many companies, associations, and foundations offer grant opportunities to fund a variety of physical and mental health and wellness programs.

Community First Foundation

For those most interested in funding mental health and wellness programs, consider the Community First Foundation. Each year, Community First offers several grants for mental health programs, both programs that prevent mental health issues and initiatives that support those who currently experience mental health challenges. In particular, this foundation helps finance non-profit organization programs that improve early childhood mental wellness, enhance existing mental healthcare systems and structures, or help destigmatize mental health issues. Community First usually offers three or four grant opportunities annually, and the award amounts and grant cycles vary for each grant.  

 American Medical Association: Community Health Grants

If your organization’s proposed health and wellness initiative has a narrow focus and seeks to prevent or resolve a specific health challenge, then the American Medical Association (AMA) Community Health Grant program may be right for you. This grant funds physical or mental health programs and medical education aimed at producing specific, measurable health gains. Award amounts are between $40,000 and $60,000 per year and are renewable for up to three years. The deadline for application is usually around mid-December each year. One great support feature of applying for this particular grant is that the AMA holds webinars in late November and early December to help outline the application process and answer questions. 

Aetna: Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Programs

Those non-profits starting or continuing programs to help the most vulnerable members of their community should check out Aetna’s Cultivating Health Communities Grant Program. In 2017, health insurance giant Aetna earmarked $2 million for this new grant initiative, which funds a wide variety of physical and mental health and wellness programs that deliver lasting changes for underserved, low-income, or minority populations throughout the U.S., especially in the areas Aetna serves. Only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply, and this grant only funds projects lasting between 18 and 24 months. Award amounts are either $50,000 or $100,000. Applications for this grant opportunity are due each year in mid-April, and the 2018 cycle closed on April 18th. So, add this opportunity to your calendar for 2019; applications typically open in January or February of each year.  For a list of the particular types of projects Aetna funds through this grant program, review the 2018 request for proposals (RFP) at the website listed above.

Robert R. McCormick Foundation: Cubs Care

For the many non-profit organizations in the Chicago, IL area, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation offers four different grant programs that fund health and wellness initiatives, including the Cubs Care grant program. Since 1990, Cubs Care has awarded $20 million to fund health and wellness programs that serve low-income children, youth, and families in the Chicago metropolitan area. More specifically, this grant program prioritizes initiatives for building community or school-based health centers, initiating mobile health clinics, and creating programs to combat childhood obesity.  Cubs Care accepts letters of inquiry (LOIs) once per year, and requests for LOIs are by invitation only.  To find out more about how to receive submission invitations from organizations that do not accept unsolicited applications, review our previous blog on that topic.

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Grants for Recreation Centers

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 14:04 PM

Finding grant funding for recreation centers can be a challenge that often depends o5035955763_a2afd9d27c_mn the stage of your project. For instance, if you are starting from scratch, securing funding for land or a physical building may take precedence. If you have already completed those initial steps, then you may need grants for program development, equipment, or even personnel. Whether you are starting at the beginning or looking for specific program funding, below are some grants for recreation centers.

National Recreation Foundation

This foundation is dedicated to enhancing the role of recreation in the lives of youth. To that end, The National Recreation Foundation awards two types of grants:  trustee grants and special grants. Trustee grants are limited to $30,000 and must be presented to the foundation’s Board of Directors by a National Recreation Foundation trustee. The foundation also accepts trustee-endorsed special grant proposals from other organizations. These grants do not exceed $100,000. For both grant types, eligible entities must have 501(c)(3) status or be governmental organizations. The foundation favors proposals with matching funds, partnerships, and projects that assist at-risk youth. Since all grant requests must go through a trustee, the first step in application is developing a relationship with a trustee. There is both an email address and phone number on the website linked above.

Federal Grants

There are a bevy of federal grants available for the big-money projects associated with recreation centers. These grants usually have larger maximum award ceilings and support land acquisition and facility building or improvement.

  • Community Facilities Grant Program: The United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Facilities Grant Program awards funding to repair facilities used for community purposes, public safety, and health care. Municipalities with fewer than 20,000 residents are eligible for this grant. Communities with fewer than 5,000 residents or with median incomes below 60% of the state’s median income receive highest priority.
  • Community Entitlement Grants Program: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development supports the Community Entitlement Grants Program, which awards grants to municipalities with over 50,000 residents and counties with more than 200,000 residents. The purpose of the program is to support community projects that improve the economic development and living conditions of residents. Projects may include land acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of facilities, and more.
  • Outdoor Recreational Grant Program: If your recreation center has an outside component, this grant could work for your project. The National Park Service’s Outdoor Recreational Grant Program awards park districts and local government agencies grants to acquire, plan, and develop land for public recreational purposes.

Coca-Cola Foundation

This beverage company is dedicated to improving the communities where they do business. They support initiatives that strengthen and enrich communities. One of those focuses is community well-being. Specifically, in 2007, the foundation expanded its reach to fitness and nutrition efforts in the United States. In 2016, the company supported several community grant initiatives including two that were focused specifically on recreation. Only online applications are accepted. There is no maximum or minimum grant amount. Applications are accepted year-round.

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