Opportunities Throughout the U.S.
Restructuring Support for HIV/AIDS Organizations
AIDS United: Sector Transformation
AIDS United is dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Sector Transformation, an initiative of AIDS United, supports HIV/AIDS service organizations nationwide that are navigating the challenges to service sustainability posed by shifts in funding, implementation of healthcare reform, and scientific advances in HIV treatment and prevention. Grants of up to $50,000 are available for costs of restructuring activities, including staff, program, consultant, and legal expenses. Sector Transformation also offers technical assistance for specific restructuring-related activities, as well as funding for “reverse site visits” to help organizations learn from others that have successfully restructured. Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or have a fiscal agent. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year; invited proposals are reviewed quarterly. Visit the AIDS United website for more information.
Art Projects Addressing Contemporary Issues Funded
Puffin Foundation Artist Grants
The Puffin Foundation seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to art organizations and artists throughout the country who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their genre or social philosophy. For the 2016 grant cycle, the Foundation will provide Artist Grants to encourage emerging artists in the fields of music, photography, and theater. The Foundation is particularly interested in art that educates the public on topical issues, such as the environment, social justice, civil rights, and other important issues facing the country. The Foundation also gives special consideration to communities and school districts that are underserved by the arts. Average grants are around $1,250; the maximum grant size is $2,500. Prospective applicants should request funding guidelines and forms by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Foundation’s office by December 4, 2015. Completed application packets will be accepted from November 1 through December 30, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines.
Grants Promote Sports Programs for Native American Youth in the U.S. and Canada
The N7 Fund, an initiative of Nike, is committed to inspiring and enabling participation in sports for Native American and Aboriginal communities in the U.S. and Canada. The N7 Fund offers grants of up to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations that provide sports and physical activity programs for Native American and Aboriginal youth of high school age or younger. Applicants that demonstrate consistent or sustained community programming and impacts, rather than one-time events, will be given priority. To be considered for funding, grant applicants must have a measurement of success for their programs. The application deadline is November 15, 2015. Application guidelines and forms are available on the N7 Fund’s website.
K-12 School Gardens Supported
Nature Works Everywhere Garden Grants
The Nature Works Everywhere Garden Grants program, an initiative of The Nature Conservancy, supports the building, amendment, or revitalization of gardens on school campuses throughout the U.S. The purpose of this program is to provide teachers with the resources to use school gardens to teach conservation science and engage students in understanding the value of nature, while creating spaces that enhance the natural landscape of schools and communities. The program provides cash grants of $1,000 to $2,000 as well as educational webinars, coaching and support, access to curriculum and teaching materials, and a tablet (iPad, Kindle Fire, etc.). The application deadline is October 28, 2015. K-12 public and charter schools are eligible to apply. Visit the Nature Works Everywhere website to download the Garden Grant Description and submit an online application.
Opportunities for Specific Areas
Funds for National Forest Restoration Projects in West Coast States
National Forest Foundation: Community Capacity and Land Stewardship Program
The Community Capacity and Land Stewardship (CCLS) Program, administered by the National Forest Foundation (NFF), provides capacity building support for local collaborative efforts that benefit the National Forests and Grasslands. The CCLS Programs for Oregon and Washington, and for California, will provide grants up to $24,000 to enable community-based organizations and collaborative groups to build their capacity to facilitate or implement watershed or landscape-level restoration. An additional aim is to build capacity to help meet objectives associated with the creation of living wage jobs that contribute to the economic sustainability of communities. The application deadline for both programs is November 19, 2015. Visit the NFF website to download the CCLS Request for Proposals (RFP) for Oregon and Washington, or the RFP for California.
Grants Enhance Rural Communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin
AgStar Fund for Rural America
The AgStar Fund for Rural America is dedicated to promoting agriculture and rural communities, and to addressing the issues facing rural America. The Fund supports nonprofit organizations in the service area where AgStar has a significant business presence in Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. The Fund focuses its giving program in the following four major areas: education, environment, technology, and quality of life. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided for direct project or program costs. Online applications will be accepted from October 1 through November 30, 2015. Visit the AgStar website to review the funding guidelines and application instructions.
Support for South Carolina Beautification Projects
PalmettoPride: Community Pride Grant Program
PalmettoPride, a nonprofit organization in partnership with state agencies, concerned citizens, corporate sponsors, and community and civic organizations, is committed to the eradication of litter and the promotion of beautification throughout South Carolina. PalmettoPride’s Community Pride Grant Program provides support to organizations to create successful community anti-litter programs and beautification activities in the state. Neighborhood/homeowners associations, community groups, and churches may apply for grants of up to $2,500; cities, towns, colleges, and universities are eligible for grants of up to $5,000; and the maximum grant amount for county and state agencies is $8,000. The application cycle will open on October 1 and applications will be due November 15, 2015. Visit the PalmettoPride website to learn more about the program.
Local Community Initiatives in Florida Funded
Florida Blue Foundation: Build Healthy, Strong Communities
The mission of the Florida Blue Foundation is to improve the health and well-being of Floridians and the communities in which they live. The Foundation’s Build Healthy, Strong Communities grants support nonprofit organizations that address critical issues in local communities throughout the state. Support is provided for programs that focus on arts and culture, community development, health and human services, and education and literacy, especially birth through age five. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.
Opportunities from the U.S. Government
Program Supports Research on the Value and Impact of the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
The Art Works program supports research that investigates the value and impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other or with other domains of American life. The application deadline is October 20, 2015.
Funds Available for Tribal Wildlife Protection
Fish and Wildlife Service
The Tribal Wildlife Grants Program supports the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, with emphasis on species of tribal cultural or traditional importance. The application deadline is October 30, 2015.