Funding Opportunities for Wisconsin and California Nonprofits for the week of Sept. 14, 2019

September 14, 2019

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Best Buy Foundation: Support for National Organizations Offering Tech Career Programs for Teens
The Best Buy Foundation Request for Proposals seeks nonprofit partners that generate interest and awareness in tech-related careers; improve access to training, credentialing, and employment; and support tech career progression. Best Buy is searching for organizations with multiple locations nationwide and a demonstrated track record in career pathway programming to build tech skill proficiency as well as provide career readiness and employment opportunities for underserved teens. All applicants must offer at a minimum 9 to 12 months of programming, which includes skills training, work-based learning experiences, and internship placement. Program grants, generally ranging from $100,000 to $350,000, are provided. Applying organizations must be located within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or operation center. The application deadline is October 1, 2019. 

The Shubert Foundation: Established Theatre and Dance Companies Funded
The Shubert Foundation provides general operating support to nonprofit, professional resident theatre and dance companies that have an established artistic and administrative track record, as well as a history of fiscal responsibility. A limited number of grants are also made to arts-related organizations that help support the development of theatre and dance, as well as graduate drama departments of private universities. Applications for theatre grants are due December 4, 2019. All other grant applications must be submitted by October 16, 2019. 

Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Awards: Awards Recognize Outstanding Programs for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
The Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Award is a one award of $20,000 presented to a nonprofit organization, government agency, or university in each of the following categories: The Creative Expression award encourages programs that use novel approaches to support persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their family and informal caregivers. The Diverse/Multicultural Communities award recognizes outreach programs to family and informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias in ethnic, rural, religious, low-income, LGBT, and other diverse communities. The Public Policy award promotes programs that advocate for policy or systems change for the benefit of family and informal caregivers or persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The application deadline is October 4, 2019. 

Youth Service America: After school Grants Promote Service-Learning in Afterschool Programs
Youth Service America (YSA) supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, YSA will award After school Grants of up to $500 each to support youth-led service or service-learning in afterschool programs targeting middle and high school aged youth throughout the country. Applying programs must engage at least 50 youth, primarily from underserved communities, as volunteers in service or service-learning projects between November 2019 and May 2020. The application deadline is October 4, 2019. 

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants  provide Support for Projects Aiding People With Paralysis
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants of up to $25,000 are currently being offered for specific budget items to support a wide range of projects that will impact individuals living with paralysis and their families. Examples of funded projects include sports wheelchairs for a wheelchair basketball team, kayaks for a rowing program, accessible lockers in a gym, wheelchair accessible picnic tables at a county fairground, subsidized lessons for a therapeutic horseback riding program, accessible student transportation costs for an inclusive after-school program, and stipends for support group leaders. Nonprofit organizations, municipal and state governments, school districts, recognized tribal entities, and other institutions such as community or veterans hospitals are eligible to apply. The upcoming application deadline is October 22, 2019.

Academy of Country Music: ACM Lifting Lives Music Therapy Programs
ACM Lifting Lives provides funding to nonprofit organizations that promote healing through the power of music such as therapy programs for people with special needs, military members, people in hospitals and hospices, etc. Music-related relief programs in communities devastated by natural disasters are also supported. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $10,000. The application deadline is October 1, 2019. 

Association of Performing Arts Professionals: Cultural Exchange Fund, Travel Subsidies for Performing Artists and Presenters Supported
The Cultural Exchange Fund is a travel subsidy program that assists U.S.-based presenters in building partnerships with international touring artists, companies, and their collaborators. The focus of the program is on increasing presenters’ knowledge of international performing artists based outside the U.S. and the cultural context for these artists’ work. In promoting cross-cultural arts programming, travel to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East is strongly encouraged. The maximum amount awarded per individual organization or artist is $2,000. Group travel subsidies of three or more presenters are also available, with a maximum award of $10,000. All applicants must be members of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the final 2019 deadline is October 30. 

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom: Literacy for Life Grants
The California Foundation for Agriculture increases awareness and understanding of agriculture among California’s educators and students. Life Grants of up to $500 are provided to California educators to support the integration of agriculture into regular classroom instruction. Both new projects and existing projects are supported. The application deadline is October 1, 2019.

Gannett Foundation Media Grants, Support for Media Initiatives in Company Communities
The Gannett Foundation Media Grants program supports media training, technological advances in the industry, and the study of journalism at the college level, with particular attention to the First Amendment and its responsibilities. The Foundation favors programs or projects that benefit the regions in which Gannett does business and that seek to encourage diversity in newsrooms and in coverage. Priority is given to programs encouraging college students to enter the field of journalism and innovative national and regional training programs for current journalists. The upcoming postmark deadline for applications is October 1, 2019. 

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