National LGBTQ Task Force 2016 Creating Change Conference RFP -DUE 10/06/15

Creating Change 2016

The 2016 Creating Change Conference is the nation’s preeminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ movement. For 28 years, Creating Change has been the place where thousands of committed and passionate people have developed and honed their skills, celebrated victories, built community, and been inspired by visionaries of our and other movements for justice and equality. Creating Change builds our movement’s power from the ground up.

Grant Funding Opportunities Across the United States

National Funding
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
N7 Fund
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.

Regional Funding
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.

Federal Funding
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.

3 Tools to Fundraise for Your School or Organizations

We know finding money to support your great work is always a challenge. That’s why we’ve partnered with three organizations that can help you raise funds to support your school or organization’s service projects.

GlobalGiving is accepting applications for new nonprofit partners around the world to join their crowdfunding community. Apply to join the December #OpenChallenge by October 24th and you’ll have a chance to mobilize your donor base and attract new supporters, earn matching funds and bonus prizes, and earn a permanent spot on GlobalGiving. Learn more at: …»

In partnership with, Think It Up invites public school students in grades 7-12 to develop student-powered, teacher-led, crowdfunded learning projects that address real-world problems, generate new ideas, and prepare for 21st-century challenges. With Think It Up, students and teachers develop projects that draw on students’ passions and help them pursue their educational goals.

Now thru October 24th, the Alumni 4 America Make A Difference Challenge invites everyone to invest in America’s students. Schools, teams and squads, libraries, and alumni associations can raise their own funds by selling Rewards Cards or Business Hero Network memberships. 60% of your sales supports your programs and an additional 10% is directed to a preferred charitable foundation, like YSA.

Assistant Director of HIV Prevention, Public Health Program Director 2 -Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville, TN

Assistant Director of HIV Prevention

Public Health Program Director 2

Tennessee Department of Health,  Nashville, TN

Qualified applicants may apply through October 6th 2015 at

This position is located in Nashville, TN

The Assistant Director of HIV Prevention will be responsible for working with health departments and community based-organizations throughout Tennessee with the aim of reducing the public health burden and consequences of HIV.

Job responsibilities include:

* Work closely with the Director of HIV/STD Prevention to implement HIV prevention strategies in county health departments and community-based organizations, including partner services, community planning,  effective behavioral  interventions, and data management

* Through training, equip health departments and community-based HIV Prevention partners throughout Tennessee to provide HIV testing and educational services in their communities

* Monitor and address educational and training needs of disease intervention specialists and community based organizations implementing HIV prevention interventions throughout Tennessee

* Oversee the coordination and guidance provided to the 5 Regional Community Planning Groups across the state

* Direct supervision of four HIV Prevention staff

* Monitor and manage data reporting for HIV Prevention behavioral intervention programs being implemented at community organizations

Required Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree and experience equivalent to a minimum of five or more years of full-time increasingly responsible professional health program work including, a minimum of two years of full-time supervisory work.

Desired Qualifications:

* Strong background in supervision and training of professional staff

* Experience preparing  programmatic and work plans, creating and delivering presentations, and using  professional judgment and discretion to make sound managerial decisions

* Strong oral and written communication skills, team building, program management and evaluation, decision making, leadership and computer skills

* Experience working  effectively with diverse groups (e.g. governmental agencies and officials, professional organizations, and the public)

* Familiarity with HIV Prevention Services and CDC grant writing experience

* Willingness to travel extensively throughout Tennessee

Posting closes 10/06/15


Sexuality Issues for Christian Religious Professionals

Offered by the Religious Institute in collaboration with Lifelong Learning at Episcopal Divinity School
Session runs from October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015

Facilitated by Marie Alford-Harkey, deputy director of the Religious Insitute, this course is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge about sexuality that is critical for religious professionals.

The course addresses an urgent need among Christian religious leaders to be well-educated in issues related to sexuality. In addition, the course helps United Methodist Church candidates for licensed and ordained ministry meet the required professional sexual ethics goals and competencies. The primary texts for the course are the Religious Institute’s A Time to Build: Creating Sexually Healthy Faith Communities and Jung and Stephens’ Professional Sexual Ethics: A Holistic Ministry Approach.

Course topics include:

  • understanding personal values and history
  • components of sexual identity
  • sexual development
  • life behaviors of a sexually healthy adult
  • dealing with attraction and boundaries
  • pastoral care around sexuality issues
  • sexuality education in faith communities
  • church history and sexuality
  • scripture and sexuality
  • preaching/worship

Registration and more information

The course takes approximately 30 hours to complete (plus 1 to 2 hours of reading per week), is a blend of interactive and self-directed learning, and draws on the strengths of peer learning in an online community setting. For optimal learning, students should expect to spend 3 to 5 hours per week (including reading) on the course over the 12 week session.

  • Session runs from October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015
  • Fees: $125 to audit, $200 to receive a certificate of completion; $275 to receive 3 CEUs
  • Download the Sexuality Issues for Christian Religious Professionals Syllabus [PDF]
  • For more information email Marie Alford-Harkey or call 203-222-005

Apply for the “Photography: Agent for Change” Workshop through The Alexia Foundation


Apply for the “Photography: Agent for Change” Workshop

The Alexia Foundation is proud to offer a one-day seminar entitled “Photography: Agent For Change,” for photographers to learn to use photography to effect change. Covering a story or producing a project and getting the work published or exhibited is great, but much more is possible. This workshop will teach you to go beyond raising awareness. You will learn how to truly inform the public and change practices and policies.

The one-day workshop will be held at the International Center of Photography in New York City on November 6, 2015. Participants in the program will be Whitney Johnson, former director of photography at The New Yorker who is now deputy director of photography at National Geographic; Tim Matsui, Alexia Women’s Initiative awardee who produced the “The Long Night” film; and Fred Ritchin, Dean of ICP. Aidan Sullivan, a member of the Alexia Photojournalism Advisory Council and a vice president at Getty Images, will be the Master of Ceremonies and will moderate the afternoon session.

The afternoon panel will include Michael Goldfarb, communications director for Doctors Without Borders; Jan Huber, creative director of Oxfam America, and Emily Verellen, senior director of programs of The Fledging Fund.

Photographers must apply by October 9, 2015. Photographers who are accepted will need to pay a $50 registration fee. Applications requirements are listed at the submission website, linked below: