Funding Opportunities for Wisconsin and California Nonprofits for the week of Sept. 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

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Support for Litigation Addressing Social Justice – The Impact Fund
The Impact Fund assists nonprofit organizations who advance social justice using impact litigation in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, or poverty law. The Fund support the following sectors: The Social Justice sector provides grants and legal support to assist in human and civil rights cases in the United States. The Economic Justice sector focuses on cases fighting for economic justice, from worker’s rights to housing for vulnerable populations. The Environmental Justice sector funds impact litigation for environmental justice, with a focus on marginalized communities. The final letter of inquiry deadline for 2019 is October 8. 

Nonprofits With Technology Solutions – Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants
Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants support nonprofit organizations with scalable, replicable, and sustainable solutions that use Internet and network technology to benefit individuals and communities around the world. In the Education category, Cisco supports technology-based solutions and education delivery models that improve student performance and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Economic Empowerment category focuses on programs that encourage employment success, entrepreneurship, and long-term self-sufficiency by providing access to skills, knowledge, and financial products and services via technology-based solutions. Through the Critical Human Needs category, Cisco grants help overcome the cycle of poverty and dependence by supporting organizations that address the basic needs of underserved communities. Organizations can begin the application process at any time. Visit the Cisco website to review the grantmaking criteria and to take the Eligibility Quiz.

Grants Strengthen Japanese Performing Arts Programs  – Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation’s Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program is designed to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences in North America. PAJ supports initiatives created nonprofit organizations to provide geographically diverse audiences with greater exposure to Japanese performing arts, as well as encouraging collaborations between Japanese and North American artists. PAJ Touring Grants assist in the presentation of Japanese performing arts in the U.S. and Canada, emphasizing locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants allow Japanese and American/Canadian artists to create new works that will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American and Canadian audiences. The application deadline is October 31, 2019. Visit the Japan Foundation website to download the PAJ program guidelines and application form.

K-12 Projects Promoting a Diverse Democracy Supported – Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants
The mission of Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants support educators who embrace and embed anti-bias principles throughout their schools. These grants, ranging from $500 to $10,000, support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. These grants fund projects on three levels: school, classroom, and district. Educators nationwide in public or private K-12 spaces, as well as in alternative schools, therapeutic schools, and juvenile justice facilities are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted at any time. 

Support for Live Performance Projects – MAP Fund
The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining—and ultimately co-creating—a more equitable and vibrant society. Each year MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. MAP has a particular interest in supporting artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape, including issues of class, sexual orientation, gender, generation, religious affiliation, and other aspects of cultural difference. Up to 45 grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 will be awarded in the upcoming grant cycle. 

Proposals Addressing Challenges for Low-Income Seniors – AARP Foundation
The AARP Foundation has issued the following two Requests for Applications (RFAs): The Improving Social Connectedness for Older Adults RFA and the Improving Food Security Among Older Adults RFA. The focus is on projects with evidence that low-income older adults who participate in the proposed project experience improved social connectedness or increased food security. Both RFAs will support nonprofit organizations with projects that fall under Direct Service, Research, Education, Outreach, and Field-Building. The application deadline is October 18, 2019. 

Grants Promote K-12 School Gardens – Annie’s Grants for Gardens
Annie’s Grants for Gardens are provided to K-12 school gardens to help children start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Grants may be used to purchase any supplies for an edible garden, such as plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses, and drip irrigation systems. New applicants may apply for grants of $3,000; returning applicants are eligible for one of three $5,000 grants. Public, charter, and private schools, as well as school districts and nonprofit organizations supporting a school garden, are eligible to apply. Online applications must be submitted by November 1, 2019. 

Recorded Sound Projects and Music Research – GRAMMY Museum Grant Program
The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program supports  organizations and individuals in the following areas: The Archiving and Preservation Projects category supports efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas through Preservation Implementation grants of up to $20,000, and Assistance, Assessment, or Consultation grants of up to $5,000. The Scientific Research Projects category provides grants of up to $20,000 for research on the impact of music on the human condition. The letter of inquiry deadline is October 15, 2019. 

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