Funding Opportunities

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Pulling Together Initiative

The Pulling Together Initiative, a program of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), is intended to help local communities throughout the country promote the conservation of natural habitats by preventing, managing, or eradicating invasive and noxious plant species. This program provides grants to develop or advance Cooperative Weed Management Areas and Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas. Priority will be given to projects that include partnerships with a wide cross-section of invasive species stakeholders including private landowners, local nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and federal agencies. Grant awards will range from $10,000 to $100,000. All grants require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services from non-federal sources. Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions are eligible to apply. Pre-proposals must be submitted online by July 12, 2017; full proposals are due September 19, 2017. Visit the NFWF website to review the Request for Proposals…Learn More.

Youth Service America: Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grants

Youth Service America and Disney are teaming up this summer to inspire kids and families to make a positive impact in their communities through the Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service campaign. Children and teens, ages 5 to18, can apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grant to create a project or expand an existing project using fun summer activities like sports, arts, reading, or being outdoors to make their communities healthier, greener, and stronger. This fall 250 youth-led service projects will be selected and $500 grants will be awarded to each winner’s sponsoring organization to support their projects. The registration deadline is September 15, 2017; applications will be accepted through September 30, 2017. Visit the YSA website to learn more about the program…Learn More.

Support for Organizations Serving Seniors

Kendal Charitable Funds: Promising Innovations | Kendal Charitable Funds is dedicated to supporting improvements in serving older adults that are reflective of a pioneering spirit in the field of aging. Kendal’s Promising Innovations grants are intended for nonprofit organizations that work to meet the needs of a burgeoning population of elders. In 2017, the program is seeking proposals that support aging in place and combat isolation of older adults through engagement in purposeful and meaningful ways within the greater community, designed to affirm their value and connectedness. The program hopes to identify factors that lead to isolation and to address them before and/or after they occur, especially utilizing new, replicable models. Grants will range up to $50,000 for a two-year period. Several smaller requests may be granted rather than one or two larger ones. Letters of intent must be submitted by May 19, 2017; invited proposals will be due on August 4, 2017.

Program Supports the Preservation of Community Heritage

National Endowment for the Humanities | The Common Heritage program supports both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of outreach through community events that explore and interpret these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture. The application deadline is June 1, 2017.

Support for Oral Healthcare Initiatives for Children

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, an initiative of the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, is committed to improving the quality of pediatric oral health… Read more.

Education Equality Initiatives for Women and Girls Funded

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) works to advance educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States… Read more.

Grants Promote Youth Running Programs

The Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided…Read more.

Grants Enhance Public Greenspaces Nationwide

GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Awards Program
The GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Awards Program, an initiative of The United States Conference of Mayors and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, promotes mayoral leadership in the development of greenscapes across the nation. Read more.

Exemplary Justice Initiatives Recognized

The Foundation for Improvement of Justice works to enhance local, state, and federal systems of justice by rewarding the accomplishments of innovative programs throughout the United States. Each year, awards of $10,000 are provided to up to seven nominees for justice-related programs that have proven to be effective and can serve as models for others. The award categories include the following: legal reform, crime prevention, child protection, speeding the process, effecting restitution, crime victims’ rights, alternative sentencing, reducing recidivism, lowering the cost, and other significant efforts. The program is open to all individuals, programs, and organizations within the United States. The nomination deadline is May 15, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website for nomination guidelines. Read more.

Grants Promote Education, Gender Equality, and Women’s Financial Empowerment

The mission of the PIMCO Foundation is to empower people globally to reach their full potential. The Foundation has recently released a request for proposals (RFP) for nonprofit organizations nationwide that address one of the following categories: Education, or Gender Equality and Economic Development. (A third category, Critical Human Needs, is limited to organizations serving Orange County, CA, or the New York City metropolitan area.) In the Education category, the Foundation supports organizations that are concentrated on early childhood education or college access for low-income, high-risk, first generation college students. In the Gender Equality and Economic Development category, the Foundation supports organizations that empower women and girls to develop their collective voice to bring about change, as well as long-term approaches to women’s and girls’ financial empowerment. In both categories, grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. The application deadline is May 31, 2016. Read more.

Public Transportation Advocacy Efforts Supported

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and its members and staff work to ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country. APTA’s Local Coalition Grant Program supports projects that focus on grassroots advocacy efforts that can help achieve specific state and local public transportation goals. Read more.

Funds Available for Anti-Gang Efforts – Department of Justice

The Comprehensive Anti-Gang Strategies and Programs initiative supports community partnerships implementing anti-gang programs, including primary and secondary prevention, gang intervention, and targeted gang enforcement. The application deadline is May 23, 2016. Read more.

Day Programs for People Affected by Dementia Funded

The Brookdale Foundation Group works to advance the fields of geriatrics and gerontology and to improve the lives of senior citizens. The Brookdale National Group Respite Program awards seed grants to service providers that plan to offer new, dementia-specific Group Respite or specialized Early Memory Loss (EML) programming to participants, along with support to caregivers, in order to help individuals remain in their communities. Read more.

HUD Grant Opportunity: Supportive Services Demonstration in Multifamily Housing

On Jan. 20, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) with additional details available on Grants.gov for the Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing demonstration project. The NOFA offers a total of $15 million (for up to 80 grants for a  three-year demonstration) to eligible owners of HUD-assisted senior housing developments to cover the cost of a full-time enhanced service coordinator and a part-time wellness nurse, and some start-up costs as well.   There is no requirement for cost sharing or cost matching.

Goals of the Demonstration

The goals of the demonstration are to produce evidence about the impact of a supportive services model in existing assisted senior housing developments in the areas of aging-in-place, transition home from hospital stays and/or time in a nursing home, housing stability, improved health outcome, etc. Read more here.

Eligibility

Applicants must be owners of existing eligible federally assisted multifamily properties (Section 202, Section 8, Section 515/8 and others), with at least 50 assisted housing units.  Unit count may be a combined count of total number in a campus setting. The development must be occupied by eligible tenants as defined in the grant synopsis. Read more.

Fund for Shared Insight: Listen for Good

Listen for Good is an initiative dedicated to building the practice of listening to the people we seek to help. We invite nonprofits and funders to join us in exploring a simple but systematic and rigorous way of getting feedback from the people we ultimately hope are benefiting from foundation funding and the services and products that funding supports. We want to explore new and different ways to engage with the perspectives, experiences and ideas shared through high quality feedback loops. As such, Listen for Good is focused on broadly applying the Net Promoter System℠ (NPS®), which has been used widely in customer feedback circles, to the nonprofit beneficiary context. Learn more.

Support for Nonprofit/Foundation Collaborations

Fund for Shared Insight: Listening for Good
The Fund for Shared Insight, administered by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is a multi-year collaborative effort among funders that pools financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy. Shared Insight emerged from the belief that foundations will be more effective and make an even bigger difference in the world if they are more open. Listening for Good, an initiative of the Fund for Shared Insight, invites nonprofit organizations and funders to join in exploring a systematic and rigorous way of getting feedback from the people that are benefiting from foundation funding. In order to participate in Listening for Good, a nonprofit organization must be nominated by one of its existing funders. Listening for Good grants will be for $60,000 over two years, which will include $20,000 from the nonprofit organization’s funding partner and $40,000 from Fund for Shared Insight. The grants are intended to help nonprofit organizations improve their practice of collecting and using feedback from the people they seek to help. The application deadlines for this initiative are October 23, 2015, and January 29 and April 29, 2016. Visit the Fund for Shared Insight website to learn more about the specific grant criteria and application details.

HUD offers over $100 million in grants to clean up lead and other housing related health hazards

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  announced on May 7, 2015, that it is making more than $100 million in grants available to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint hazards from lower income homes in order to protect young children from lead poisoning and other housing related health and safety hazards such as mold and moisture, radon, pests and other asthma triggers. More information on HUD requirements for prospective grantees who wish to submit applications, click here.

Fannie Mae Launches Green Rewards Incentives for Multifamily Housing

Fannie Mae has launched its Green Rewards multifamily financing program for owners of apartment buildings and cooperatives to encourage them to invest in energy- and water-saving improvements.Green Rewards includes a portion of the owner’s and the tenant’s projected energy and water cost savings in the loans’ underwriting, resulting in greater loan proceeds than a typical loan. In addition, Green Rewards reduces the all-in interest rate by 10 basis points.

The program covers investments in solar photovoltaic panels, Energy Star-certified HVAC systems, water-reducing irrigation systems or applications for a green building certification, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification.Both conventional and affordable multifamily properties are eligible for Green Rewards, as well as cooperatives, seniors, military and student housing properties. Properties may be located anywhere in the U.S. and must be able to project a 20% minimum consumption savings in energy and/or water.

To track energy performance over time, owners with a Green Rewards loan must report the property’s Energy Star score annually. The additional loan proceeds must be reinvested in the property within two months of loan closing.For more information on Fannie Mae’s Multifamily Green Initiative, click here.

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Funding Opportunities

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Pulling Together Initiative

The Pulling Together Initiative, a program of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), is intended to help local communities throughout the country promote the conservation of natural habitats by preventing, managing, or eradicating invasive and noxious plant species. This program provides grants to develop or advance Cooperative Weed Management Areas and Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas. Priority will be given to projects that include partnerships with a wide cross-section of invasive species stakeholders including private landowners, local nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and federal agencies. Grant awards will range from $10,000 to $100,000. All grants require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services from non-federal sources. Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions are eligible to apply. Pre-proposals must be submitted online by July 12, 2017; full proposals are due September 19, 2017. Visit the NFWF website to review the Request for Proposals…Learn More.

Youth Service America: Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grants

Youth Service America and Disney are teaming up this summer to inspire kids and families to make a positive impact in their communities through the Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service campaign. Children and teens, ages 5 to18, can apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grant to create a project or expand an existing project using fun summer activities like sports, arts, reading, or being outdoors to make their communities healthier, greener, and stronger. This fall 250 youth-led service projects will be selected and $500 grants will be awarded to each winner’s sponsoring organization to support their projects. The registration deadline is September 15, 2017; applications will be accepted through September 30, 2017. Visit the YSA website to learn more about the program…Learn More.

Support for Organizations Serving Seniors

Kendal Charitable Funds: Promising Innovations | Kendal Charitable Funds is dedicated to supporting improvements in serving older adults that are reflective of a pioneering spirit in the field of aging. Kendal’s Promising Innovations grants are intended for nonprofit organizations that work to meet the needs of a burgeoning population of elders. In 2017, the program is seeking proposals that support aging in place and combat isolation of older adults through engagement in purposeful and meaningful ways within the greater community, designed to affirm their value and connectedness. The program hopes to identify factors that lead to isolation and to address them before and/or after they occur, especially utilizing new, replicable models. Grants will range up to $50,000 for a two-year period. Several smaller requests may be granted rather than one or two larger ones. Letters of intent must be submitted by May 19, 2017; invited proposals will be due on August 4, 2017.

Program Supports the Preservation of Community Heritage

National Endowment for the Humanities | The Common Heritage program supports both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of outreach through community events that explore and interpret these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture. The application deadline is June 1, 2017.

Support for Oral Healthcare Initiatives for Children

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, an initiative of the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, is committed to improving the quality of pediatric oral health… Read more.

Education Equality Initiatives for Women and Girls Funded

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) works to advance educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States… Read more.

Grants Promote Youth Running Programs

The Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided…Read more.

Grants Enhance Public Greenspaces Nationwide

GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Awards Program
The GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Awards Program, an initiative of The United States Conference of Mayors and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, promotes mayoral leadership in the development of greenscapes across the nation. Read more.

Exemplary Justice Initiatives Recognized

The Foundation for Improvement of Justice works to enhance local, state, and federal systems of justice by rewarding the accomplishments of innovative programs throughout the United States. Each year, awards of $10,000 are provided to up to seven nominees for justice-related programs that have proven to be effective and can serve as models for others. The award categories include the following: legal reform, crime prevention, child protection, speeding the process, effecting restitution, crime victims’ rights, alternative sentencing, reducing recidivism, lowering the cost, and other significant efforts. The program is open to all individuals, programs, and organizations within the United States. The nomination deadline is May 15, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website for nomination guidelines. Read more.

Grants Promote Education, Gender Equality, and Women’s Financial Empowerment

The mission of the PIMCO Foundation is to empower people globally to reach their full potential. The Foundation has recently released a request for proposals (RFP) for nonprofit organizations nationwide that address one of the following categories: Education, or Gender Equality and Economic Development. (A third category, Critical Human Needs, is limited to organizations serving Orange County, CA, or the New York City metropolitan area.) In the Education category, the Foundation supports organizations that are concentrated on early childhood education or college access for low-income, high-risk, first generation college students. In the Gender Equality and Economic Development category, the Foundation supports organizations that empower women and girls to develop their collective voice to bring about change, as well as long-term approaches to women’s and girls’ financial empowerment. In both categories, grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. The application deadline is May 31, 2016. Read more.

Public Transportation Advocacy Efforts Supported

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and its members and staff work to ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country. APTA’s Local Coalition Grant Program supports projects that focus on grassroots advocacy efforts that can help achieve specific state and local public transportation goals. Read more.

Funds Available for Anti-Gang Efforts – Department of Justice

The Comprehensive Anti-Gang Strategies and Programs initiative supports community partnerships implementing anti-gang programs, including primary and secondary prevention, gang intervention, and targeted gang enforcement. The application deadline is May 23, 2016. Read more.

Day Programs for People Affected by Dementia Funded

The Brookdale Foundation Group works to advance the fields of geriatrics and gerontology and to improve the lives of senior citizens. The Brookdale National Group Respite Program awards seed grants to service providers that plan to offer new, dementia-specific Group Respite or specialized Early Memory Loss (EML) programming to participants, along with support to caregivers, in order to help individuals remain in their communities. Read more.

HUD Grant Opportunity: Supportive Services Demonstration in Multifamily Housing

On Jan. 20, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) with additional details available on Grants.gov for the Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing demonstration project. The NOFA offers a total of $15 million (for up to 80 grants for a  three-year demonstration) to eligible owners of HUD-assisted senior housing developments to cover the cost of a full-time enhanced service coordinator and a part-time wellness nurse, and some start-up costs as well.   There is no requirement for cost sharing or cost matching.

Goals of the Demonstration

The goals of the demonstration are to produce evidence about the impact of a supportive services model in existing assisted senior housing developments in the areas of aging-in-place, transition home from hospital stays and/or time in a nursing home, housing stability, improved health outcome, etc. Read more here.

Eligibility

Applicants must be owners of existing eligible federally assisted multifamily properties (Section 202, Section 8, Section 515/8 and others), with at least 50 assisted housing units.  Unit count may be a combined count of total number in a campus setting. The development must be occupied by eligible tenants as defined in the grant synopsis. Read more.

Fund for Shared Insight: Listen for Good

Listen for Good is an initiative dedicated to building the practice of listening to the people we seek to help. We invite nonprofits and funders to join us in exploring a simple but systematic and rigorous way of getting feedback from the people we ultimately hope are benefiting from foundation funding and the services and products that funding supports. We want to explore new and different ways to engage with the perspectives, experiences and ideas shared through high quality feedback loops. As such, Listen for Good is focused on broadly applying the Net Promoter System℠ (NPS®), which has been used widely in customer feedback circles, to the nonprofit beneficiary context. Learn more.

Support for Nonprofit/Foundation Collaborations

Fund for Shared Insight: Listening for Good
The Fund for Shared Insight, administered by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is a multi-year collaborative effort among funders that pools financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy. Shared Insight emerged from the belief that foundations will be more effective and make an even bigger difference in the world if they are more open. Listening for Good, an initiative of the Fund for Shared Insight, invites nonprofit organizations and funders to join in exploring a systematic and rigorous way of getting feedback from the people that are benefiting from foundation funding. In order to participate in Listening for Good, a nonprofit organization must be nominated by one of its existing funders. Listening for Good grants will be for $60,000 over two years, which will include $20,000 from the nonprofit organization’s funding partner and $40,000 from Fund for Shared Insight. The grants are intended to help nonprofit organizations improve their practice of collecting and using feedback from the people they seek to help. The application deadlines for this initiative are October 23, 2015, and January 29 and April 29, 2016. Visit the Fund for Shared Insight website to learn more about the specific grant criteria and application details.

HUD offers over $100 million in grants to clean up lead and other housing related health hazards

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  announced on May 7, 2015, that it is making more than $100 million in grants available to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint hazards from lower income homes in order to protect young children from lead poisoning and other housing related health and safety hazards such as mold and moisture, radon, pests and other asthma triggers. More information on HUD requirements for prospective grantees who wish to submit applications, click here.

Fannie Mae Launches Green Rewards Incentives for Multifamily Housing

Fannie Mae has launched its Green Rewards multifamily financing program for owners of apartment buildings and cooperatives to encourage them to invest in energy- and water-saving improvements.Green Rewards includes a portion of the owner’s and the tenant’s projected energy and water cost savings in the loans’ underwriting, resulting in greater loan proceeds than a typical loan. In addition, Green Rewards reduces the all-in interest rate by 10 basis points.

The program covers investments in solar photovoltaic panels, Energy Star-certified HVAC systems, water-reducing irrigation systems or applications for a green building certification, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification.Both conventional and affordable multifamily properties are eligible for Green Rewards, as well as cooperatives, seniors, military and student housing properties. Properties may be located anywhere in the U.S. and must be able to project a 20% minimum consumption savings in energy and/or water.

To track energy performance over time, owners with a Green Rewards loan must report the property’s Energy Star score annually. The additional loan proceeds must be reinvested in the property within two months of loan closing.For more information on Fannie Mae’s Multifamily Green Initiative, click here.