Funding Opportunities

Challenge Promotes Financial Security Solutions in the U.S. and Canada
TD Bank Group: TD Ready Challenge

The TD Ready Challenge, an initiative of the TD Bank Group, is an annual North American initiative that provides up to ten $1 million (CAD) grants to catalyze innovative solutions for a changing world. Grants are awarded to organizations in the United States and Canada that have scalable solutions that will help open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. The theme of the 2018 Challenge is Financial Security. Support will be provided to organizations with innovative solutions focused on helping create greater income stability in a changing world, including those that will help prepare people for the economy of the future so that everyone can thrive. Applications must address the 2018 problem statement and propose a scalable pre-existing solution that is tested, innovative, and achievable. The application deadline is July 27, 2018. Visit the TD Bank website to learn more about the Challenge.

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Support for K-12 School Improvement Projects
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program

The Toolbox for Education Grant Program, offered by Lowe’s Gives Foundation, provides grants from $2,000 to $100,000 to public K-12 schools, as well as parent-teacher groups associated with those public schools. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations, and safety improvements. Projects should address a critical need and align with Lowe’s company purpose—to help people love where they live. The 2018 fall grant cycle opens on August 6 and closes on September 28.

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Support for Projects Benefiting Women and Girls
Open Meadows Foundation

The Open Meadows Foundation is dedicated to funding projects that are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities in the U.S. and worldwide. The Foundation supports projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls, reflect the diversity of the community served by the project, and promote building community power. Priority is given to organizations that have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. The Foundation provides grants of up to $2,000 to nonprofit organizations with annual budgets of $75,000 or less. (The Foundation also administers several special funds that are targeted to specific groups or activities.) Proposals for all of the Foundation’s grant opportunities may be submitted between July 1 and August 15, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.

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How to Use CDBG for Public Facilities and Improvements

You will learn how to integrate infrastructure activities into the overall community development strategy and why that’s important from both a federal and local citizen perspective.  You will also learn ways to pair and leverage other CDBG activities and non-CDBG resources to install and improve infrastructure systems—from funding through construction completion…Watch Video.

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.

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.

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.

 

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

Challenge Promotes Financial Security Solutions in the U.S. and Canada
TD Bank Group: TD Ready Challenge

The TD Ready Challenge, an initiative of the TD Bank Group, is an annual North American initiative that provides up to ten $1 million (CAD) grants to catalyze innovative solutions for a changing world. Grants are awarded to organizations in the United States and Canada that have scalable solutions that will help open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. The theme of the 2018 Challenge is Financial Security. Support will be provided to organizations with innovative solutions focused on helping create greater income stability in a changing world, including those that will help prepare people for the economy of the future so that everyone can thrive. Applications must address the 2018 problem statement and propose a scalable pre-existing solution that is tested, innovative, and achievable. The application deadline is July 27, 2018. Visit the TD Bank website to learn more about the Challenge.

Read more.

Support for K-12 School Improvement Projects
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program

The Toolbox for Education Grant Program, offered by Lowe’s Gives Foundation, provides grants from $2,000 to $100,000 to public K-12 schools, as well as parent-teacher groups associated with those public schools. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations, and safety improvements. Projects should address a critical need and align with Lowe’s company purpose—to help people love where they live. The 2018 fall grant cycle opens on August 6 and closes on September 28.

Read more.

Support for Projects Benefiting Women and Girls
Open Meadows Foundation

The Open Meadows Foundation is dedicated to funding projects that are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities in the U.S. and worldwide. The Foundation supports projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls, reflect the diversity of the community served by the project, and promote building community power. Priority is given to organizations that have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. The Foundation provides grants of up to $2,000 to nonprofit organizations with annual budgets of $75,000 or less. (The Foundation also administers several special funds that are targeted to specific groups or activities.) Proposals for all of the Foundation’s grant opportunities may be submitted between July 1 and August 15, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.

Learn More.

How to Use CDBG for Public Facilities and Improvements

You will learn how to integrate infrastructure activities into the overall community development strategy and why that’s important from both a federal and local citizen perspective.  You will also learn ways to pair and leverage other CDBG activities and non-CDBG resources to install and improve infrastructure systems—from funding through construction completion…Watch Video.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.