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Grants to Help the Homeless

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 13:08 PM

Grants to Help the Homeless

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While many people experience America as a “land of plenty,” with opportunities and creature comforts abounding, sadly nearly 554,000 people in our country do not have a home (U.S. News, 2017). Many different factors can lead to homelessness, including economic factors, mental health, and situational issues. Therefore, organizations that seek to combat homelessness must use a variety of techniques and offer diverse services to tackle this multifaceted problem. Whether your non-profit agency seeks funding for programs to support immediate basic needs for those who are homeless or to create long-term housing and solutions, a number of different grants are available to help finance this important work to assist some of our nation’s most vulnerable residents.

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Bank of America Economic Mobility Grants

For 2018, Bank of America is offering two different economic mobility-focused grant programs to organizations that assist vulnerable populations, including the homeless:

The first grant program supports non-profit agencies that assist homeless individuals and families. This grant funds a variety of initiatives that directly help the homeless, such as programs that provide the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter or job-training programs.  Applications for the Economic Mobility Grant are typically due in February of each year.

The second grant program focuses on broader community and social programs, including larger-scale programs whose trickle-down effect will ultimately help reduce homelessness rates. For instance, organizations that seek to build transitional or long-term housing specifically for vulnerable populations, including the homeless, are eligible for this grant opportunity. The application period for this second grant type is usually in the month of June each year.

The Mary Kay Foundation Shelter Grant

Each year, the Mary Kay Foundation offers grants to support operating expenses for non-profit, emergency shelters that provide housing for women and children who become homeless as a result of leaving domestic violence situations. The foundation usually awards grants across all 50 states and to approximately 150 shelters annually. Grant award amounts are typically $20,000. The deadline for this grant is typically at the end of April each year.  

Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers a wealth of grant programs geared toward reducing homelessness and the health and wellness issues that plague those who are or have been homeless. Our September 2017 blog post on Homeless Shelter Grants highlighted the Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals and the Services in Supportive Housing grant offered through HHS. Additionally, there are many grant programs designed to help reduce homelessness among specific populations, such as youth, seniors, and those who are homeless primarily due to struggles with substance abuse. For instance, the Street Outreach Program, administered through the HHS’s Family and Youth Services Bureau, offers support to organizations that help reduce adolescent homelessness and thereby protect young people from the various forms of abuse common for homeless youths.

Open Your Heart - Hunger and Homeless Grant

This grant is available to non-profit organizations in Minnesota that provide temporary housing for homeless people, including those who are homeless due to domestic violence situations and homeless students.  This grant primarily funds facility upgrades and expansions to improve the spaces that direct serve and support the homeless but does not support direct operational costs. See the grant website for specific examples of previously funded projects and a complete list of what the grant will typically not fund.  Award amounts are typically around $7,000 on average. Annual due dates for this grant are on the first of March, May, July, September, and November.

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Need funding to expand your efforts to help the homeless? The Grant Helpers can assist you in your grant search and application process.  Contact us today for a free consultation to get started.

U.S. News: https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-12-06/us-homeless-count-rises-pushed-by-crisis-on-the-west-coast


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Grants for Children, At-Risk Youth

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

7360314936_3b9b9585d4_m.jpgChildren are the world’s most cherished commodity. Organizations around the country work to make sure every child, even those that are at-risk, has the opportunity to live a healthy and happy life. Below is a list of grants that are available for organizations that help children.

Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation

This small family foundation is focused on making the biggest impact it can on non-profit organizations throughout the United States. Two of their priorities are helping with adoption of foster and orphan children and supporting disadvantaged children. The foundation hopes to be pivotal in a funded organization's ability to expand, create new services, or otherwise support people in need. Applications are reviewed three times a year with, an upcoming review in January or February. If that turn around is too fast, applications are also reviewed in April or May and September or October. A previous grant recipient was Gift of Adoption Fund: Adoption Loan Program. This group received $50,000.

The Janus Henderson Foundation

The mission of this foundation is to “create opportunities to help children succeed and achieve their goals and aspirations through education, as well as support communities and organizations around the world.” Programs supported by grants from this foundation include those that focus on blended learning, early childhood literacy, and financial education initiatives. Since its inception the foundation has awarded over $39 million in grant money. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Costco

This retail company provides grants to programs that support children. The United Way, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and the Red Cross are examples of its charitable giving. Only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply, and applicants must be located in a community where Costco does business. There is a search feature on the website to determine if you are located in a serviced area. Grants are normally program-based. Generally, Costco does not grant funds of more than 10% of the total program budget. Applications are accepted year-round.

Hasbro Children’s Fund

Grants from this fund focus on three areas: 1) programs that provide hope to children who need it most; 2) play for children who otherwise would not be able to play; and 3) the empowerment of youth through service. The Hasbro Children’s Fund reaches these goals by providing resources and programs that help teach and inspire empathy. The grant cycle for 2017 is now closed. The cycle for 2018 will open soon after the first of the year. Grant recipients in 2016 included such organizations as Give Kids the World Inc. and No Bully.

 


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Grants for Mentoring Programs

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 09:10 AM

27544475352_c274ecd302_q.jpgI have been lucky enough to have many mentors in different stages of my life. From teachers to coaches to work colleagues there has always been someone to support me. Not everyone is lucky enough to have the advantages of mentors. Mentoring has been shown to improve self-esteem, academic achievement, and peer relationships, as well as reducing drug use, aggression, depressive symptoms, and delinquent acts. There are many funding agencies that support mentoring programs. This blog describes a few of them.

The Global Fund for Children

Letters of Inquiry are accepted year-round for grant money from the Global Fund for Children. Funds from this organization support non-profit programs that provide sustainable improvement in the lives of vulnerable children and youth. This group wants to support smaller organizations, so a prospective grantee partner’s annual budget should not exceed $200,000. In most cases, new grantee partners have budgets in the $25,000 to $75,000 range. Prospective grantees must also work directly with children and youth; organizations that do research or advocacy exclusively are not eligible. Additionally, organizations that are led by individuals who live and work in the community are given special consideration.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

The OJJDP funds a Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiatives grant program. There are three different categories in this program: National Mentoring Programs, Multistate Mentoring Programs, and Collaborative Mentoring Programs. In 2016, OJJDP made $90 million available for this program. Eligible applicants must provide mentoring services to children 17 years or younger. Reviewing the winners from this year's awards, which have already been handed out, will help you plan for a submittal next year, expected to be in the March-May timeframe.

In the national program, five programs like the Boys and Girls National Mentoring Program ($25 million) and the National 4-H Council ($7 million) received funding. In the multistate program, 13 programs received funding. Two of those were: Southwest Key Programs Multi-State Youth Mentoring Program (YM) ($1.9 million) and Girls Inc. Bold Futures Mentoring Program ($2 million). Winners in the collaborative mentoring programs in 2016 included four entities, including My Brother''s Keeper Mentoring in the Alamo City ($1.25 million).

Ford Foundation

This private foundation supports seven different categories, one of which is youth opportunity and learning. Mentioned under this category is next generation leadership and pathways for youth success, so a mentoring program would certainly be eligible for grant funding. The foundation supports both institutions and individuals. Recently the Ford Foundation decided to make some changes to its grant program. The foundation will now make more multi-year, general support grants, and the program will allow 20% overhead funding in every project grant. Additionally, from 2016 to 2020, the foundation is giving $200 million of the grant-making budget each year toward institutional strengthening efforts. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year.


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Grants for Helping At-Risk Youth

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:04 AM

TheGrantHelpers.com have recently received several requests for grants to assist at16640189448_c4398f535a_q.jpg-risk youth. The grant opportunities below range from helping disadvantaged help to making sure all children have access to quality education. Check out these hand-picked selections, which are all foundations. Federal and other agencies also fund at-risk youth assistance. To see some of these, refer to our previous blog Funding for At-Risk Youth--Three Major Areas.

 

The Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation

This private foundation is dedicated to helping people in need, especially disadvantaged youth. It provides funding to non-profit organizations for helping the organization expand, create new services, or otherwise support people in need. According to the website, priority for funding is based on the degree of difference the project will make in the lives of people in need and the cost per individual helped. Grant applications are evaluated and voted on for approval at the foundation board meetings which are held 3 to 4 times a year, normally in fall (September or October), winter (January or February), and spring (April or May). Past grants have ranged from $15,000-$50,000.

The Janus Foundation

Since 1994, The Janus Foundation has awarded more than $38 million in grant funding to non-profits. Its mission is to “help children succeed and achieve their goals and aspirations through education, as well as to support communities and organizations nationwide, and across the globe.” The foundation specifically focuses on making sure every child has access to quality education. Eligible programs primarily serve the pre-K through 18 populations although some funding is provided to those that assist in the transition to post-secondary education. The foundation would rather fund specific programs or projects rather than general operating costs. There is no deadline for submission, and applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.

Allstate Foundation

The Allstate Foundation believes it is important to invest in the next generation. They provide grant funding in four different categories, all of which support youth. The four fundable areas are:

  • Student volunteerism and leadership
  • Character building, including respect, caring, and civic engagement
  • Money management and entrepreneurial skills
  • Adult-to-teen and teen-to-teen mentoring

Eligible entities must be non-profit organizations or a municipal, state, or federal government bodies. The average grant amount ranges from $5,000-$20,000. This foundation is not accepting unsolicited applications for 2016. For ways to get noticed by foundations not accepting unsolicited applications, check out our blog post, No Unsoliceted Grant Proposals?

  Insider Tip:The Allstate foundation has accepted unsolicited applications in the past, so it is a grant opportunity to keep on the radar for next year if they open up the opportunity to everyone again.  

If you are interested in any of these grant opportunities, or want to find out if there are more grants that can help your organization, please contact us today. The first consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers is always free!

 

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