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Grants to Aid Homelessness

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 10:09 AM

6272470480_242f9cfd87_q.jpgA basic need for pretty much everyone is a roof over his or her head, a safe place to rest at night. We salute the organizations across the country that are working to end homelessness.  With grant money from  grant opportunities like the ones below, we hope that goal is made more obtainable.

Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program

The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs funds this program annually to help community agencies providing services to homeless veterans. The purpose is to promote the development and provision of supportive housing and/or services with the goal of helping homeless veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination. Only programs with supportive housing (up to 24 months) or service centers (offering services such as case management, education, crisis intervention, counseling, services targeted to specialized populations including homeless women veterans, etc.) are eligible for these funds. The program provides both grants and per diem funding.

  • Grants: The limit is 65% of the costs of construction, renovation, or acquisition of a building for use as service centers or transitional housing for homeless veterans. Renovation of VA properties is allowed; acquiring VA properties is not. Recipients must obtain the matching 35% share from other sources. Grants may not be used for operational costs, including salaries.
  • Per Diem: Priority in awarding the Per Diem funds goes to the recipients of grants. Non-grant programs may apply for Per Diem funding under a separate announcement, when published in the Federal Register, announcing the funding for “Per Diem Only.” Operational costs, including salaries, may be funded by the Per Diem component.

Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has several grant programs to help with homelessness and situations that lead to or evolve from homelessness. There are too many programs to list individually. We will highlight two of them. The Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals is a competitive grant program that enables communities to expand and strengthen their treatment services for people experiencing homelessness. Funded projects may be up to five years long and are awarded to community-based organizations or non-profit entities. Funded services can include substance abuse treatment, mental health services, wrap-around services, immediate entry into treatment, outreach services, screening and diagnostic services, staff training, case management, primary health services, job training, educational services, and relevant housing services. Another grant program, the Services in Supportive Housing, helps prevent and reduce chronic homelessness. Grants are awarded for up to five-year projects for non-profit and community-based groups. Fundable items include outreach and engagement, intensive case management, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and assistance in obtaining benefits.

Bank of America

Bank of America has a grant program that funds basic needs, including help with homelessness. This foundation supports non-profit organizations that provide programs and services such as rental assistance, emergency shelter, rapid-rehousing, and permanent supportive housing, that reduce homelessness. This year applications were accepted in May and June, so check back after the new year for the 2018 deadlines. In 2016, Bank of America gave $565,000 to 16 non-profits in the City of Charlotte. In all, the bank has given about $13 million to Charlotte non-profits in the past three years.

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Grants to be Thankful For

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 @ 08:11 AM

7367408150_c197d37af0_q.jpgWe at have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: our clients, jobs we enjoy, our friends, and most importantly our families. Organizations throughout the country that have received grants also have a lot to be grateful for. We thought we would dedicate this space this week to highlight some grant recipients and how they used their money to make a difference in this world.

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Thankful for Helping People Have a Roof Over Their Head

Last week we highlighted grants for food pantries. One of those grant-makers featured was the Cisco Foundation. This foundation awards community grants that help with basic human needs. LifeMoves, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and services for homeless families and individuals in San Mateo County, was a recipient of a grant from the Cisco Foundation. In San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the cost of living is nearly 50% higher than the national average. Many of the people living in the LifeMoves service area are earning minimum wage and live on the brink of homelessness. LifeMoves programs combat homelessness today and tomorrow by teaching comprehensive life skills that help their clients achieve long-term self-sufficiency and effectively break the cycle of homelessness.

Thankful for Healthy and Happy Youth

The Finish Line Foundation recently announced its second quarter grants for 2016. The 17 grants totaled $144,093 and were awarded to organizations in 12 different states. These grants helped with healthy lifestyles for kids, youth development, and those with special needs. One of the recipients thankful this holiday season is the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. It received a $73,500 for the Finish Line for Youth Riding Stables barn renovation at Camp Ohiyesa. This project will serve 3,000 youth. Another recipient of this grant program was U Make A Difference Foundation in Indiana. It received $5,000 for its leadership and anti-bullying summit impacting 3,000 youth.

Thankful for Healthy Food

Twenty schools and youth programs are all appreciative this holiday season after receiving grants from 19 programs received a grant package valued at $500, which included curriculum books, a $350 Gardener’s Supply gift certificate, and $100 cash to be used to purchase soil amendments and fruit and vegetable plantings. One grand prize winner received a package valued at $750, which included curriculum books, a $450 Gardeners Supply gift certificate, and $250 cash. The grand prize winner was Joseph Zito Elementary in Phoenix, Arizona. A few of the other winners were Barbara Bush Elementary School, Hillcrest Middle School, and Sandra Day O’Connor High School.

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Grants for Homelessness Organizations

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 11:05 AM

It’s hard to not have a home to call your own, a warm place to lay your head at night. Yet in January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that n12790452674_d46b12265f_m.jpgumber, 206,286 were people in families according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Organizations around the country are dedicated to helping the homeless. They are providing temporary shelter, opportunities for affordable housing, access to basic needs like showers and food, and services designed to address the underlying problems resulting in homelessness. Grants can help these organizations fund these important services. Below we have listed a few grants available to those that help the homeless.

Open Your Heart Foundation

This foundation has a hunger and homeless grants program that targets hunger relief programs or temporary housing/shelter for homeless people. Agencies that serve the hungry or homeless as their primary function are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $10,000. This foundation has several due dates through the year. The closest upcoming due date is July 1. Applications are also accepted by Sept. 1, Nov. 1, Jan. 1, March 1, and May 1. This foundation also occasionally implements Requests for Proposals for uniquely or timely issues affecting the hungry or homeless. Such opportunities will be posted on the foundation’s website at least two months prior to the deadline.

Bank of America

Assisting Those Most in Need is the motto of the Bank of America’s Foundation. They have donated nearly $22 million to over 1,000 non-profits to address basic human needs such as hunger and homelessness. The foundation only serves areas where the bank has a presence but that includes a large number of cities in the United States. See a complete list on the website. Applications are accepted at any time.

In 2012, the foundation expanded its property donation program, and to date has donated more than 3,000 properties to more than 300 non-profit organizations, landbanks, and municipalities in 47 states.  The foundation has established formal partnerships with several communities to develop strategies that will help provide housing solutions for families in need. These programs are designed to help communities impacted by foreclosure and property abandonment.  The main concept is repurposing unused properties to benefit entire communities.

The Mercy Foundation

Grants to End Homelessness are available for services, initiatives, projects, or research that will help lead to the end of homelessness. Projects that assist chronic homelessness, especially among women, receive priority. Priority grants are eligible for a maximum of $50,000, with other grants averaging between $20,000 and $30,000. Chronic homelessness is defined as an episode of homelessness lasting 6 months or longer, or multiple episodes of homelessness over a 12-month period or longer. Eligible applicants are legal entities, such as associations or companies. Deadlines for 2016 have not been announced. Check back on the website for updates.

When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider Contact 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 for Domestic Violence Programs

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 @ 13:02 PM

We have received requests from nonprofit organizations that need funding for family services programs, often specifically domestic violence programs. We recently noticed several grant opportunities related to domestic violence, most of them for women. In this article, we feature a few of the many grant opportunities that are available to support domestic violence programs. If you are interested in finding more sources, or if you would like to speak with one of our grant experts, please contact us today.

The Allstate Foundation Moving Ahead Grant Programs

The Allstate Foundation’s Moving Ahead Grant Programs support services that help survivors of domestic violence better their financial independence. There are three different grant programs in the Moving Ahead Grant Program.

1)      Curriculum Grant Program: Funds financial literacy programs using some of all of The Allstate Foundation’s Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum. State domestic violence coalitions are eligible to apply for these grants. Dates regarding applications and deadlines are not published.Domestic Violence Grant

2)      Economic Empowerment Grant Program: Funds innovative economic empowerment programs. These include matched savings programs, job readiness and training, financial literacy, and micro-enterprise programs. State domestic violence coalitions, in collaboration with local service providers, are eligible to apply for these grants. In 2010, grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 were awarded to state domestic violence coalitions. Applications were last accepted in August 2012. Check the website for future announcements.

3)      Allstate Foundation Regional Grants: Provides local programs with the opportunity to receive support through Allstate’s Regional Offices for economic empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. According to its website, “On average, the regions give grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.” This program is not accepting unsolicited grant applications in 2013. For information on how to get noticed by a foundation or get an invitation to apply for unsolicited grant opportunities, see our previous blog article, “No Unsolicited Grant Proposals? How to Get Noticed By a Foundation.”


The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) Grant Programs

The USDOJ has a specific office, the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), which funds 21 different grant programs. Three of these programs are “formula” grants, meaning that lawmakers decide how funds are distributed. The other 18 programs are “discretionary,” meaning the OVW is responsible for creating program guidelines and how funds are spent.

The names of all 21 grant programs are too numerous to mention, but some include funding for children who have been exposed to domestic violence, rural programs, tribal and cultural programs, and transitional housing programs for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

Each grant program has different guidelines and deadlines. See each specific program for its unique details.


The Mary Kay Foundation Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program

The Mary Kay Foundation Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program awards a grant to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state each year. In 2012, $20,000 grants were awarded to more than 150 women’s domestic violence shelters, for a total of $3 million.

Shelter Grant Applications for 2013 are available from now until April 30, 2013. Grant Recipients will be announced in the fall to coincide with October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Web of Benefit

According to its website, Web of Benefit promotes “liberation from domestic violence and ensure(s) the personal and financial independence of survivors, while breaking the inter-generational cycle of abuse.” Grants are awarded to survivors of domestic violence for housing stabilization, education, computers, child care, transportation, health care, and micro-financing small businesses.

Currently, only residents of the Boston and Chicago areas are eligible to receive grants from this program. Individuals can visit Web of Benefit’s webpage of services to see if they are eligible for a grant or to apply for a Self-Sufficiency Grant. There is a unique requirement regarding Web of Benefit grants. Each person who receives a grant is required to “pay it forward” by completing three good works for another woman in need. If you are interested in this foundation and how it all began, be sure to read or watch CNN’s story on Web of Benefit and its founder, Johanna Crawford.


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Homelessness Grant Opportunities and Resources

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 21:11 PM

The Grant Helpers is here to help you obtain more funding so that you can meet your organization’s goals. So, when we come across great funding opportunities, we like to share those opportunities with you. In this blog article, we highlight some opportunities for homelessness assistance grants. We can help find more opportunities, develop a proposal, provide strategic advice – whatever steps of the process where we can help you most. Contact a grant expert if you have any questions or would like assistance.


Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sponsors the ESG Program, which replaced the Emergency Shelter Grants program. The ESG program makes grant funds available for assisting individuals and families to regain housing stability after experiencing a housing crisis. Grants are awarded to state governments, large cities, urban counties, and U.S. territories, which then make the funds available to subrecipients. Therefore, if an organization is interested in receiving homeless assistance funds, it needs to apply to a HUD-funded governing body, not directly to HUD itself.

Five program components are eligible to receive funding: street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing assistance, and data collection through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

For more information on each of these five components and on ESG funding in general, visit the ESG webpage.

Deadline to apply: depends on funded government body 

US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care Program

Homeless GrantsHUD’s Homelessness Resource Exchange offers the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The current round of funding opened on November 9, 2012, and will close at 7:59 pm EST on January 18, 2013.  According to the CoC’s webpage, “The CoC program is designed to assist individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families experiencing homelessness and to provide the services needed to help such individuals move into transitional and permanent housing, with the goal of long-term stability.”

The program is also meant to promote community-wide use of resources that address homelessness, improve data collection and performance measurement, etc. For a full description of the program and for additional information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the CoC Program webpage.

Deadline to apply: 7:59 pm EST on January 18, 2013

See the U.S. HUD’s Homeless Assistance Programs webpage for additional programs, resources, and funding opportunities for homeless assistance.


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Grant and Per Diem Program

The VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program is offered annually to provide funding to community agencies that provide services to homeless veterans, which includes building and providing housing, increasing veterans’ skill levels and/or income, helping homeless veterans get residential stability, and helping veterans have greater self-determination.

Only programs with supportive housing or service centers are eligible for this funding, and there are two levels of funding: the Grant Component and Per Diem Component.

The Grant Component: This funding is used for costs of acquiring, constructing, or renovating buildings for use as service centers or transitional housing for homeless veterans. Only 65% of the costs can be funded by these grants, leaving the other 35% to be matched by other funding sources.

The Per Diem Component: This funding can be used to pay for operational costs, including salaries. The maximum amount payable is $41.90 per day per veteran housed for supportive housing.

The 2013 application dates have not yet been announced, but in 2012, applications were open on March 1 and closed on May 30. For additional information on the rules and eligibility requirements for the Grant and Per Diem Program, visit their webpage.



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