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Grants for Veterans, Military Personnel

  
  
  
  

As we embark on the Fourth of July holiday, the GrantHelpers.com wants soldierto send a sincere thank you to all men and women who have served or are serving our country. It is because of your sacrifice that we are all free.

There are many grants that assist veteran or active duty military organizations in a variety of capacities. Shelter, food, housing, job assistance, and many more items are all fundable through grants. Following is a short list of grants hand-picked to help fund those organizations that aim to serve one of our most valuable commodities – our military members.

DAV Charitable Trust Service

This trust awards grants to non-profit organizations throughout the country. Programs supported by the trust include:

  • Food, shelter, and other items necessary to homeless or at-risk veterans

  • Mobility items or assistance to veterans with blindness, hearing loss, or amputations

  • Therapeutic activities for both veterans and their families

  • Physical and psychological rehabilitation projects

  • Education, training, and career readiness

Priority is given to long-term programs that provide direct assistance to those veterans in need and their families. Applications are now being accepted until July 20 for this grant program. Our team of experts can assist you with this tight deadline if this grant is a good fit for your organization.

2015 Small Business Grant

Very rarely do we find grants to fund start-up businesses, yet MerchantNegotiators.com is offering just that. Grants of up to $1,500 in cash and in-kind services are available to entrepreneurs from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are hoping to start their own business. Included in the eligible underrepresented backgrounds are military veterans and active duty military. Three grants will be awarded. First place receives $1,000 cash and the Tech Pack ($500 total value). Second and third place finishers receive the tech pack, which includes a website design, a year of website hosting, six months of website monetization coaching, and six months of at-cost credit card processing. Deadline for application is Aug. 1.

Special Housing Adaptation Grant

Another rarity in the grant world is funding for individuals. However, this grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs is for veterans and service members who have suffered permanent of serious service-related injuries. The grants can be used to purchase, construct, or modify a home adapted to their special needs. These grants total $14,093 per individual. Additionally, this program offers grants of $5,523 to disabled veterans or service members who are or will be temporarily residing in a family member’s home. The temporary grants are also to be used to make adaptations necessary to live in the home. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with no deadline.

The Fallen Patriot Fund of the Mark Cuban Foundation

These grants award up to $1,500 to spouses and children of United States military personnel who were killed or seriously injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Soldiers must be discharged from the military to be eligible for the grant. Applicants must also be 100% disabled per the VA and unemployable as a direct result of the injury suffered. The fund’s goal is to help reduce or resolve immediate financial needs not long-standing financial problems. The fund accepts applications at all times throughout the year.

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Grants for Animal Needs, Shelters

  
  
  
  

There are approximately 4,000-6,000 animal shelters in the United States dogproviding temporary care for 8-10 million dogs and cats. Sadly, 4-6 million of these animals are euthanized annually, due to a lack of available homes or people willing to adopt them. Animal shelters and non-profit organizations that support animal rights need funding for programs, education, and even building projects. Below are a few grant opportunities we selected that support animal shelters.

The Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund

Albert Schweitzer lived his life with a philosophy of reverence for life, including animal life. This fund supports a variety of animal needs including protection of wild animals, enhancement of efficiency of animal shelters, and humane solutions to the pet overpopulation problem. Wildlife sanctuaries and large animal rescue groups that are accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) are given preference. Non-profit organizations in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Proposals are accepted throughout the year with grant determinations made in April and October yearly.  The website indicates that funding amounts are flexible.

Greg Biffle Foundation

U.S. non-profit humane societies, spay/neuter clinics, and no-kill animal shelters have until Aug. 31 to apply for funding from the Greg Biffle Foundation. Grants are given for spay/neuter initiatives, vet/care medical supplies, and operating expenses. Grant determinations are made in December. Last year, this foundation awarded 82 different grants to organizations throughout the United States. The foundation does not specify any maximum amounts.

Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design

Animal shelters in need of a new building can look to the Mason Foundation for funding needs. This funding can be used for an initial needs assessment, which provides data to determine the size and scope of a new facility, or for schematic architectural designs. These two items can then be used to start a capital campaign for actual construction of an animal shelter. This grant does require a match. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, and funds are awarded twice a year. Last year’s grants were $4,000 apiece.

Other resources

The grants listed above are for organizations, though if you are having trouble affording your pet, the humane society has put together a listing of possible sources for individual funding. Check out the page.  Additionally, they have a page with helpful information if you need help paying for your vet care.

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Substance Abuse Grant Opportunities

  
  
  
  

By the time they are seniors, almost 70% of high school students drugswill have tried alcohol, half will have taken an illegal drug, nearly 40% will have smoked a cigarette, and more than 20% will have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical purpose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In adults, illicit drug use is also on the rise. In 2012 (the most recent year for which data are available), an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older—or 9.2% of the population—had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication (such as a pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer) in the past month.

Substance abuse disorders take a toll emotionally, physically, financially, and socially—not only on the users, but also on their family, friends, and community. There are thousands of organizations dedicated to help individuals with prevention and intervention of substance abuse, as well as entities that help families and communities. Below we have selected a few of these organizations to highlight.

Healthy Living Grant Program

The American Medical Association sponsors this grant program to support organizations working to create healthy lifestyles. Specifically, funding is given to grassroots, public health projects that target the issue of healthy lifestyles, including alcohol and substance abuse. The AMA favors programs that partner with medical institutions. In 2014, twenty-one $10,000 Healthy Living Grants were awarded. Organizations that already have a 501(c)(3) designation are favored; however, those entities that have not received that IRS designation can also apply for funding. Applications for the 2015 cycle will be available on the website starting sometime this month.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Nonprofit organizations, governments, and foundations can look to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for financial support for youth-centered substance abuse programs. The foundation favors long-term relationships, so those programs or projects that can be carried out over long periods of time would be preferred. Funding is focused on proposals that impact prevention or early intervention to reduce youth substance abuse. Currently the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. While this may seem like a hurdle, building relationships with this foundation’s personnel or other entities that have benefited from this grant program could open the door to an application solicitation. For more tips on how to handle unsolicited proposals, see our blog article.

Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation

Closer to TheGrantHelpers.com home base in Champaign, Illinois, the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation supports non-profit organizations that help prevent and treat substance abuse in the Chicago area. This foundation has supported a wide variety of programs, one of which supports 33 Chicago-area high schools for prevention activities including alcohol education classes, professional substance abuse counselors, parent education programs, and more. There is no maximum grant award. This foundation will award grants for both operation and program support. It also funds building construction and renovating, as long as the building will be used to meet a priority area. To begin the application process, grant seekers should complete an online form.

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Five Grant Basics: Grant Types and Grant Processes

  
  
  
  

There is a lot to know about grants and successful applying for them.  handWe try to pick areas for our blogs that cover some of the more important areas.  Here are five items about types of funding and grant application processes that we hope you find useful.

1.       Government Grant Differ from Foundation Grant

    While both can support for your efforts, they can have different requirements and timelines.  Government grants—grants given by the federal, state, or local government—are typically awarded to projects that the government deems within its sphere of responsibility.  Topics include health care, education, or human services.  These grants can take anywhere from six months to a year for review and often require detailed application packages. Governmental units such as states, counties, cities, park districts, etc. are among the prime recipients of Government grants.

    A private foundation is a non-profit organization that awards money for a specific cause.  This cause is clearly stated by the foundation and only organizations working within the foundation’s guidelines will be funded.  Dollar amounts and turnaround times vary by foundation, but most will set up specific timelines and application requirements.  Foundation grants are typically awarded within three months, and grants are in most cases only awarded to other non-profits.

    You will want to consider both government grants and foundation grants when determining what to apply for. Many private foundation award grants only to not-for-profit organizations that have been granted 501(c)(3) status by IRS.

      2.       Formula Grants Differ from Project Grants

        Formula grants, sometimes called state-administered programs, are non-competitive grants awarded based on a specific formula.  For example, a state may be awarded a formula grant from the federal government based on the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) program, and a set number of dollars would be awarded based on the number of people who qualify in an area.

        Project grants, on the other hand, are just what the name suggests.  These grants are awarded to non-profit organizations, municipalities, and schools to support a specific, described project.  The project type is typically determined by the organization giving the money. 

          3.       Grants Aren’t Always Money

            Not all grants are going to show you the money.  Some can help in other ways.  Other awards that can be given might be for pro bono servicespaid release days for employees to volunteer their time, or materials (such as food companies providing food to food pantries or The Home Depot that awards materials for projects from what is sold in its stores).  Sometimes companies are willing to help out with products rather than cash donations. 

              4.       Grant Proposals and Processes Differ Widely.

                While most grants are available for any non-profit, municipality, or school, some grant-givers are not taking unsolicited proposals, or only award grants to particular geographic areas.  When a foundation states that it is not taking “unsolicited proposals,” it means that it already funds particular organizations and is not interested in reading about other projects at this time.  This does not mean that you cannot attract their attention, though.  Take a look at what they are currently funding and reach out to those organizations.  Often you can work with another non-profit to reach common goals.

                That being said, some proposals work differently than others.  For instance, some foundations ask for a letter of intent (or inquiry). This letter typically outlines your project goals, what need you are addressing, how you will address it, and what results you expect.  This (usually) two-page or three-page page document sets forth the basic reasons the foundation should fund you. Because every grant is a competition, be sure to make your case to the funders.

                If a letter of intent is required and you received positive feedback, foundations may ask for a letter proposal or full proposal.  The letter proposal is shorter than the full proposal, and therefore must make its case more quickly and efficiently.  The full proposal, on the other hand, is probably what you think of when you picture a grant proposal.  It often follows a standard format of cover letter, project summary, project plan, budget, and whatever additional information is requested by the foundation.  These tend to vary in length from 5 to 25 pages depending on what is requested.

                  5.       Avoid the Most Common Errors

                    Although there are enough of these to write several blog articles of its own (and we have!—check out: Common Errors of Grant Writing), here are some common grant mistakes to avoid:

                    --Make sure your project follows the foundation’s purpose. You may have a great project that will help thousands, but if you apply to the wrong foundation you will not get the funding.  Pay close attention to what the foundation wants to fund and tailor your project accordingly.

                    --Make your request clear.  Ask for a specific amount of money and show how every dollar will be used.  When including a budget sheet, make sure the information you are providing makes sense.

                    --Follow deadlines and get your proposal in on time.  Submitting a late proposal will all but guarantee a refusal.  Watch for deadlines and plan accordingly. 

                    --Most importantly, follow the grant proposal instructions.  Include the information asked for and leave out what isn’t.  Put your pages in the correct order and double check before you send it that you have done exactly what was asked.  Don’t let your hard work be set aside because you didn’t follow the directions.


                    Have a question about an opportunity or how to apply for a grant?  Let us know!  Comment on the blog, or contact us.  We can help with every step of the process.  The initial consultation is always free. 

                     

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                    Two Public Safety Grant Programs Accepting Applications

                      
                      
                      
                      

                    The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Grant Program and police-1The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program are now accepting applications. Both programs are supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. See below for details on both of the public safety grant opportunities. As always, we can help make your application stand out.

                    We have prevously highlighted the COPS Save our Schools (SOS) grant program, which at the time of heightened school security was a popular grant program to fund school resource officers. However, SOS has not been funded since 2011. The COPS program highlighted below will fund school resource officers so it is a viable alternative to the SOS grant.

                     

                    The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Grant Program

                    Applications are now being accepted for the Fiscal Year 2015 COPS Hiring Program. This grant money can be used to hire or rehire entry-level career law enforcement officers. All state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies are eligible to apply. Applicants may apply for the number of officer positions equal to 5% of their actual sworn force strength, up to a maximum of 15 officers for agencies with a service population of less than 1 million, or 25 officers for agencies with a service population of 1 million or more. These grants will provide up to 75% of the approved entry level salaries and fringe benefits of full-time officers for a 36-month grant period with a minimum 25% local cash match requirement. All applicants will be asked to demonstrate how hiring or rehiring police officers will help solve a specific crime or problem area. Special consideration will be given to agencies who identify homicide/gun violence, homeland security problems, or building trust as a problem area. Agencies planning to hire School Resource Officers or hiring veterans will also be given higher consideration. Deadline for application is June 19. Grant award announcements will be made in September.

                    COPS funds several grant programs throughout the year. Check out our past blog about past programs, and check back here often for more grant announcements.

                    The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) 

                    There are actually two different grant programs under the JAG heading. The first is for local units of government. Any towns, cities, counties, villages, etc. can apply for this grant program. Additionally, a law enforcement agency or judicial enforcement district with authority to establish a budget and impose taxes is also eligible to apply. All applications for the local grant program are due June 26. Funding from this grant can be used to support a range of program areas including “law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.” The priority areas for this grant are: reducing gun violence, body-worn cameras, recidivism reform, pretrial reform, justice system realignment, indigent defense, and mental health services. To have the best shot at funding, tailor your program and application toward one of these priority initiatives. Over 1,000 total local awards will be made. Local grants either total $25,000 or more and last four years, or they total less than $25,000 and are made for two years.

                    The second program is for states. These applications are due by June 30. Covered program areas are the same as under the local solicitation. However, the DOJ emphasizes that this grant funding should be used to support a statewide strategic plan. State grants are awarded on a statutory formula based on each state’s share of violent crime and population.

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                    10 Grants in Your Community

                      
                      
                      
                      

                    When looking for grants, you may want to start in your own community.  Many businesses that you frequent regularly have foundations set up to support you.  It is worth your time to shoppingconsider what your own community has to offer.  Here are 10 big businesses that make it their business to give back.

                    Target and Walmart:

                      1. The Target Foundation

                        Field trips, public safety, social services, Target supports it all.  Field trip grant applications are accepted in August and September, grant applications for the arts are taken in January, and social services applications are due in April.  Grant amounts typically run between $2,000 and $5,000, but you can set your own amount with some grant applications. If you are within a 100-mile radius of a Target store, find their online application and give it a shot.

                          2. Walmart Foundation    

                            Walmart Foundation grants range in value from $250 to $250,000. Grants are primarily given to non-profit organizations in the areas of “hunger relief, healthy eating, or career opportunity.” The next deadline is July 31, so start crafting your application now.  

                            CVS and Walgreens

                              3.CVS Health Foundation               

                                CVS awards grants in the areas of health care, the environment, economic growth, and children’s needs.  Depending on your focus and grant amounts, deadlines vary. On April 7 CVS Health Foundation announced 55 new grant recipients as part of a $5 million commitment. Check the website for more details and to apply.    

                                  4. Walgreens Foundation

                                    Walgreens supports programs that provide “access to health and wellness in their community, pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives, civic and community outreach, and emergency and disaster relief.” A list of information requested for all grant requests is available on the website.  Smaller gifts of merchandise and gift cards bot exceeding $20 can be obtained by contacting your local Walgreens store.

                                    Home Depot and Lowes

                                      5. The Home Depot Foundation   

                                        The Home Depot Foundation funds product grants of up to $5,000 for organizations using volunteers to improve the “physical health of their community.” These grants are for products sold at Home Depot stores. Projects aimed at helping military veterans and/or low income families are favored.  Applications are currently being accepted and organizations can submit their proposals online. 

                                          6. The Lowes Foundation

                                            In 2014, The Lowes Foundation gave $28 million in charitable donations. The Lowes Foundation supports K-12 public education programs (including technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations, and safety improvements) and community programs (including building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements).  Grants range from $2,000 to $100,000, and applications are available online now. The spring application cycle ends May 29—so act quickly.  

                                             

                                            State Farm and Nationwide

                                              7. State Farm      

                                                With 2016 grant award applications only taken from September 1 to Oct 30, it’s important to plan ahead and have this grant application ready and waiting.  Safety grants, education grants, and service grants are all offered.  Grants must be at least $5,000 and youth-led service grants can range from $25,000 to $100,000.  

                                                  8. The Nationwide Foundation

                                                    The Nationwide Foundation is accepting grant applications now through September 1 to aid people in poverty or crisis, and to improve communities.  Start by taking their eligibility quiz online to see if your organization’s ideals align with theirs.  The Nationwide Foundation also partners with many other organizations such as the United Way, Feeding America, and the American Red Cross.  Giving millions each year in grant funding, consider how Nationwide might be on your side.    

                                                    McDonalds and Wendy’s

                                                      9. The Ronald McDonald Foundation        

                                                        Working to improve the health and well-being of children, The Ronald McDonald Foundation provides grants for dental care, literacy training, and much more.  A new grant cycle will open in July, so read up on what they have funded in the past and tailor your project accordingly (see tip below).

                                                          10. The Dave Thomas Foundation 

                                                            Working on funding adoption programs?  Wendy’s is: “The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption awards grants to public and private adoption agencies to hire adoption professionals who implement proactive, child-focused recruitment programs targeted exclusively on moving America’s longest-waiting children from foster care into adoptive families.” Take the online quiz to see if you qualify for a grant from the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program.


                                                            When planning your grant proposal, don’t overlook the foundations in your own backyard.  These 10 foundations are giving nationwide and may be a good fit for you. Start your applications today and let us help you with the process.  Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can work with you to find grants, write grant proposals, and get the funding you need.  

                                                             

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                                                            10 of the Most Money-Giving Private Foundations:

                                                              
                                                              
                                                              
                                                              

                                                            dollar sign resized 600When looking for a grant to fit your organization’s needs, consider both government grants and foundation grants.  While both types can provide the funding you need, government grants can take six months to a year for review while private foundations typically take only three months.  So, if you need a quicker turnaround, you may want to look at which private foundations are giving the most money and consider how you can appeal to those foundations’ goals.  Here are 10 foundations that are giving the most money. 


                                                            10. The PNC Foundation
                                                            The PNC Foundation supports programs for education and economic development. PNC’s Grow Up Great program has funds set aside for early childhood education. Organizations supporting students in the classroom or community, teacher professional development, and family engagement are specifically targeted by this program. Additionally, the economic development grants support programs to help low-to-moderate-income communities with affordable housing, community development, community services, and community programs for revitalization, stabilization, arts, and culture. Having giving more than $50 million in grant support, the PNC program has shown a commitment to building better communities in the regions it supports.  For a closer look at these regions and an on-line application, visit the Foundation’s website.          


                                                            9. Caterpillar Foundation
                                                            The Caterpillar Foundation has given more than $55 million in grants since its launch.  This foundation supports programs for women and girls in poverty by “champion[ing] programs that support education, environment, and basic human needs.” Applications are accepted by invitation only, but the Caterpillar Foundation works with the United Way, so contacting your local United Way may be your first step in attracting the attention of the Caterpillar Foundation. This foundation has a “partnership philosophy” and does a lot of grant matching.  Therefore, if you already have some grant funding, you may be able to work with them to get more. The current list of Caterpillar Foundation partners is available on their website.   

                                                                
                                                            8. ExxonMobil Foundation
                                                            Supporting “math and science education, economic opportunities for women, and malaria prevention,” the ExxonMobil Foundation has given more than $72 million in grant support.   $100,000 was given for the 2014-2015 school year to support STEM programs in classrooms with individual grants of up to $4,000 offered.  Teachers, last year’s application was due at the end of September and is still available for you to work from on their website. Plan some proposal writing into your summer break and be ahead of the game when the new application goes up!
                                                             
                                                             
                                                            7. Citi Foundation
                                                            Focusing on financial inclusion, youth economic opportunities, and urban transformations, the Citi Foundation has given more than $80 million to worthy organizations.  Although this foundation does not take unsolicited grant proposals, your program might benefit from looking into the Pathways to Progress program.  Last year alone, this program helped 24,622 youth and invested $15 million.      
                                                             


                                                            6. The Coca-Cola Foundation Inc.
                                                            The Coca-Cola Foundation says they are committed to “women, water, and well-being.” In 2013, their grants ranged from $25,000 to over $100,000.  The Foundation takes applications via their online process year-round and reviews them as quickly as possible.  There is no deadline for submission, and no limitation on dollar amount.  A special emphasis is given to programs that support healthy communities.  The Cola-Cola Foundation has given more than $100 million dollars to programs around the world.  


                                                            5. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation
                                                            According to their website, “In 2013, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation gave more than $210 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations across 42 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 44 countries around the world.” The JPMorgan Chase Foundation supports programs providing workplace development, financial capability, small business development, and community development. In order to apply for a grant you must first submit your letter of inquiry stating your mission and explaining who and where your project serves.  Grant applications are accepted year-round and are broken down by region.   

                                                             

                                                            4. GE Foundation
                                                            GE Foundation focuses on health, education, and disaster relief. Through its gift-matching program, the GE Foundation has given away more than $1 billion in the last 60 years.  Although the Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, it does work with current or former employees, as well as with The United Way.  You may want to consider whom you know when thinking about this possible grant matching program.
                                                             
                                                             
                                                            3. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
                                                            The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is working for stronger neighborhoods, a better-educated workforce, and support of basic human needs by helping programs that teach financial stability and create better money habits. This Foundation has invested $2 billion over 10 years toward this goal. Currently two applications are available: Housing—community development (applications accepted April 20-May8); and Hunger—basic human services (applications accepted July 20-August 7). Act fast and submit your application on time.  

                                                                
                                                            2. The Wal-Mart Foundation
                                                            In 2013 alone, the Wal-Mart Foundation gave $1.3 billion in charitable donations globally. The Wal-Mart Foundation accepts proposals for small, local grants as well as for large, more comprehensive grants. The foundation’s focus areas are: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and career opportunities. Grant awards range from $250 to several thousand dollars.  Grants for 2015 are being accepted now through December 31, 2015 and will be reviewed in May, July, October, and January.  Grant applications are available on-line.       


                                                            1. Wells Fargo Foundation 
                                                            Wells Fargo Foundation is proud of its charitable abilities, and rightly so: “In 2014, we donated more than $281 million to 17,100 nonprofits and surpassed our $1 billion philanthropy goal three years early.” Wells Fargo Foundation supports programs in almost every state in the U.S. Each state has a different set of guidelines to be followed when seeking a grant, but they all have commonalities.  Wells Fargo Foundation supports programs in housing, education, the arts, the environment, and civic services. In order to apply for a grant, check your state’s requirements online and contact your local Wells Fargo store for information.     


                                                            Foundations are ready to support worthy programs, so work to make your program stand out above the rest.  That’s where we can help. We work with you to find the grant that’s right for you, develop grant proposals, and more.  Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.   

                                                             

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                                                            Grants to Fund Summer Youth Programs

                                                              
                                                              
                                                              
                                                              

                                                            Summer school, summer camp, summer programs? What summer situation are you in need of funding? With the school year coming to a rapid end, many parents are looking for activities to keep their kids busy for the summer months, and many foundations are looking to support SummerProgram resized 600organizations that can make this happen.  Time is running out on getting grant funding for this summer, so here is a sampling of the grants you should know about.

                                                             

                                                            State Farm Youth Advisory Board: Service-Learning Grants 

                                                            State Farm is accepting applications now through May 1st for grants of $25,000 to $100,000 that address one of its chosen key areas.  Access to higher education/closing the achievement gap, environmental responsibility, and arts and culture and just a few of these areas. If your summer program helps struggling students, or is centered on the environment or the arts, give these categories a look.  Each of these is described on the website, and an online application is available now.

                                                             

                                                            The American Honda Foundation

                                                            Awarding grants of $25,000 to $75,000 at a time, the American Honda Foundation is accepting online applications from non-profit groups and schools. Generally concerned with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, Honda is specifically looking to fund programs “which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative.” Organizations can submit applications at any time, but only one application can be submitted per 12-month period. This is a national program hoping to achieve long-term benefits.    

                                                             

                                                            The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation

                                                            Will your organization’s summer work have a national impact? Look into an MEAF grant.  The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation is accepting applications until June 1st.  MEAF prefers to support programs that teach leadership skills and help youth with disabilities. Six to 12 grants of $10,000 to $75,000 are given a year.  "EcoChanges," a program that gives youth with disabilities the chance to participate in outdoor activities, is one that MEAF has funded in the past.  Take the “grant eligibility quiz” on the website to see if your organization should apply.

                                                             

                                                            The Captain Planet Foundation 

                                                            The Captain Plant Foundation funds as many small project grants, between $500 and $2,500, as its yearly resources allow.  With rolling deadlines throughout the year, Captain Planet grants are awarded to schools and non-profit organizations for student-led, project-based environmental programs. Organizations can apply online now. Captain Planet funds projects that get kids involved in protecting the earth and using its resources.  In addition to supporting garden programs, The Captain Planet Foundation even puts on its own Earth Day Celebration for kids in its local area of Atlanta.

                                                             

                                                            Where will your organization get its funding this summer? If you’d like to know about more grant opportunities and get help finding grants specifically tailored to your group, contact TheGrantHelpers.com. We have the resources you need, and the first consultation is always free.  

                                                             

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                                                            Fighting the War on Poverty in America

                                                              
                                                              
                                                              
                                                              

                                                            According to feedingamerica.org, in 2013 45.3 million people were in poverty. poverty resized 600With poverty in America this high, the need for help is paramount.  Many foundations are helping with grants to aid the war on poverty. Here are just a few of the foundations providing support for poverty relief:

                                                                                                   

                                                            The Ford Foundation 

                                                            This foundation is working for social change wherever and however possible. The goals of this foundation are broad, allowing many opportunities for funding. Take a look at the foundations vision for supporting economic growth over a lifetime before heading over to review opportunities for poverty funding. There are no submission deadlines—grant proposals are accepted all year.  Remember that showing the ways in which your goals line up with theirs, the number of people you can help, and what you have done so far, will all help in capturing grant dollars. There is no specific amount of money that is typically awarded; The Ford Foundation has awarded as much as a million dollars at a time, so dream big!

                                                             

                                                            The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

                                                            The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has awarded grants from $500 to several million dollars. Its primary goal is to support programs that “serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, childhood health and family economic stability.” This foundation looks specifically at your program’s goals, how you will reach them, and how many children you will help. Applications are submitted on-line, and can be started at any time.

                                                             

                                                            Charles Stewart Mott Foundation 

                                                            The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s program “Pathways to Opportunity” supports afterschool and other educational programs that use education to provide opportunities out of poverty. This foundation is looking for programs supporting “education, employment and community engagement” as a means of helping those in need. If you are interested in learning more about their program, you can submit a letter of inquiry before developing a full grant proposal application. Some of their grantees have received as much as $750,000.  

                                                             

                                                            These three foundations all support poverty programs nationwide, but don’t overlook the support in your own back yard. The Denver Foundation supports community programs fighting poverty in and around Denver. The Barrett-Bateman Foundation supports programs in and around Seacaucus, New Jersey (application address: c/o Global Anti-Poverty and Disease, Harmon Cove Towers, Apt. 403, Seacaucus, NJ 07094). The Community Foundation supports programs in Northern Virginia. Knowing what’s available locally is just as important as looking into the national programs.

                                                             

                                                            We can help you find lots more opportunities with our search experience, streams of grant notification services, and subscriptions to multiple grant database services. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.

                                                             

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                                                            Our Top Five Grant Writing Blog Articles

                                                              
                                                              
                                                              
                                                              

                                                            TheGrantHelpers.com blog strives to provide its audience with useful information and resources to help organizatiGrant_Writing_Top_Fiveons meet and exceed their funding needs. In the past, we have featured grant writing tips, grant opportunities, advice on funding strategies, and much more. Much of the content comes from questions we answer during our free grant consultations.

                                                            In this blog, we highlight our “Top 5,” that is, the top five blog articles, defined by the number of views they have received since January 1, 2013. Enjoy, and if you want more of our “tops” or if you would like to submit an idea or question that we have not addressed on our blog, please to not hesitate to contact us.  Here are teh Top 5 in order, with number one first:

                                                             

                                                            Let’s Play – Grants for Community Recreation and Outdoor Spaces

                                                            This article features grants for recreation and outdoor spaces that could potentially fund municipalities, educational entities, and other non-profit groups. Funding from the grants featured in this article could be used to support a variety of projects and programs, including improving existing playgrounds, creating and sustaining community gardens, constructing or improving community facilities, and more.

                                                             

                                                            No Unsolicited Grant Proposals? How to Get Noticed By a Foundation

                                                            Don’t get discouraged by foundations that will accept proposals by invitation only. Get motivated to get noticed! Part of being a great candidate for any funding opportunity is your ability to prove that your organization can support a network of others, whether directly or indirectly. Therefore, forming partnerships and networking with others can be key to establishing your organization’s presence. This article provides ideas to help you can get noticed by more select foundations.

                                                             

                                                            Grant Opportunities: Playgrounds

                                                            This third-most-viewed blog topic is no surprise. Funding for playgrounds is also among the top most requested information we receive from our audience. Whether you are looking for funding to build a new playground, funding to improve an existing playground, funding to make a playground handicapped accessible, or more, this article’s information could be a great resource for your organization.

                                                             

                                                            Grant Writing Tip #4: Clear, Measurable Objectives

                                                            Part of a series on our top ten grant writing tips, this article directly addresses how to best include measurable objectives in your grant proposal.

                                                             

                                                            Grant Writing Tip #5: Tips for a Strong Evaluation Plan

                                                            Another article in the series on our top ten grant writing tips, this article provides ideas on how you can improve the evaluation piece of your grant proposal. Most funders want to see more than just your ideas. They want to see a concrete plan for demonstrating successful project results and impact. This article can provide suggestions on how to create your evaluation plan to be more attractive to potential funders.

                                                            TheGrantHelpers.com will continue to publish strategies and funding opportunities that we believe could be of great value to our readers. As mentioned above, if you have an idea, question, or topic that you would like to see addressed in our blog, please email Tammi Hughes at tgh@thegranthelpers.com. If you need assistance in finding funding, applying for funding, or other grant-related support items, please do not hesitate to contact us

                                                             

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