Curated Funding Opportunities for November 2019

November 4, 2019

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Support for Shakespeare Performances to Engage Youth Nationwide – Shakespeare in American Communities
Shakespeare in American Communities, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest, brings performances and educational activities to audiences across the country. Grants are being offered through the following programs: The Schools program aims to reach middle and high school students in underserved schools throughout the United States with high quality, professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Matching grants of $25,000 will be provided to up to 40 theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for middle and high school students from a minimum of ten schools. The Juvenile Justice program will provide grants of $20,000 to $25,000 to six to ten organizations to support theater education programs exploring Shakespeare’s texts that reach young people within the juvenile justice system. No matching funds are required for this program.

Native-Led Nutrition and Health Advocacy Efforts Funded –  First Nations Development Institute: Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign
The Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign supports Native-led advocacy efforts to advance new policies and innovative policymaking approaches that will benefit Native American nutrition and health by improving access to healthy foods, reducing consumption of sugary beverages and foods, and strengthening food sovereignty work that is rooted in tradition, culture, and Indigenous knowledge. First Nations expects to award up to seven grants of $50,000 to $80,000 each. Native nonprofit organizations and tribal governments are encouraged to apply by the deadline of November 14, 2019.

Grants Promote Companion Animal Welfare –  Doris Day Animal Foundation
The Doris Day Animal Foundation’s mission is to help animals and the people who love them by rescue, care for, and protection of animals. There is a special focus on programs benefiting senior pets and the people who love them. Additional program interests include spay/neuter programs and pet food pantries. Grants generally range up to $5,000.

Programs Enhancing Education and Equality for Women and Girls –  American Association of University Women: Community Action Grants
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) works to advance educational and professional opportunities for wome. The Community Action Grants program provides funds to individuals and AAUW organizations, as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations (including universities), throughout the country for innovative programs that promote education and equality for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-14 women and girls’ achievements in science, technology, or math. One-year grants of $2,000 to $7,000 provide funds for community-based projects. Two-year grants of $5,000 to $10,000 provide startup funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership, training, or advocacy opportunities.

Support for Innovative Human Services Organizations – MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation: Community Partners
The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation works to build on The Network’s innovative approach to human services by seeking new solutions and creative ideas for enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses; youth facing emotional, behavioral, and medically complex challenges; and elders in need of support. This program provides grants to nonprofit organizations that are acting as change agents within human services benefiting these populations by delivering innovative care or developing new ideas and models for doing so. The program accepts grant requests ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. The upcoming deadline for letters of interest is November 15, 2019.

Children’s Oral Health Initiatives Funded –  AAPD Foundation: Access to Care Grants
The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) Foundation is committed to supporting community-based initiatives that provide Dental Homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care. The Foundation offers Access to Care Grants of up to $20,000 for initiatives that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a Dental Home to underserved/limited access children. Special consideration will be given to initiatives that support the age-one dental visit, emphasize care to patients up to age five, address the needs of specific underserved demographic groups, and incorporate systemic health, i.e., diabetes, cancer, etc. Online proposals must be submitted by December 20, 2019.

Grants Promote Human Progress and Independent Media –  The Glaser Progress Foundation
The Glaser Progress Foundation aims to build a more just, sustainable, and humane world by supporting nonprofit organizations with a national focus and a strong history of success and recognized leadership within its field. The Foundation is currently accepting application letters in the following program areas: The mission of the Measuring Progress program is to build a better future by improving our understanding and measurement of human progress. The Independent Media program works to strengthen democracy by fostering independent voices and giving voice to the world’s silent majority. Application letters in these two program areas may be submitted at any time.

Scholarships for Youth Addressing Hunger Issues –  Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation: Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships
The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships, funded by the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, recognize student innovation and youth-led solutions to fight hunger across the country. Applicants must have demonstrated ongoing commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States within the last 12 months. Students between the ages of five and 25 are eligible to apply. The winners receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as a $5,000 grant made in their name to the hunger-related charity of their choice in their local community. In addition, regional honorees receive a $1,000 grant made in their name to the hunger-related charity of their choice. Applications may be submitted through December 5, 2019.

Support for Solutions Addressing Barriers to Economic Mobility – Economic Opportunity Challenge
The Economic Opportunity Challenge is a public competition to award $10 million to scale a game-changing solution aimed at improving the financial health of low-income families in the United States. The Challenge will fund the most transformative evidence-based solutions to address barriers to improved economic opportunity, security, and mobility for individuals and families. The focus is on proven, data-driven solutions ready to serve as a model for implementation across the country. Winning solutions will utilize a powerful strategy to change lives and permanently remove key barriers to economic opportunity. Applying teams should demonstrate that they have the track record, experience, relationships, and resources to create lasting change, using an evidence-based approach that shows promise for delivering significant impact at a larger scale. Up to five finalists will be named, one of which will receive a $10 million grant, and the remaining finalists will each receive a $100,000 grant. Nonprofit organizations based in the United States or its territories with operating budgets of at least $1 million may apply. The registration deadline is January 28, 2020; applications must be submitted by February 18, 2020.

Strategies to Preserve Rare Audio Recordings Funded – Council on Library and Information Resources: Recordings at Risk
Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program, administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), to support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value through digital reformatting. The program aims to help institutions identify priorities and develop practical strategies for digital reformatting, build relationships with partners, and raise awareness of best practices. Grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000 and will cover costs of preservation reformatting for fragile or obsolete time-based media content by qualified external service providers. Applicants must be U.S. nonprofit academic, research, or cultural heritage institutions. The seventh application cycle will open on November 1, 2019; the application deadline is January 31, 2020.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation
The Paralyzed Veterans of America is dedicated to veterans’ service, medical research, and civil rights for people with disabilities. The Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation supports educational projects that serve individuals with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D), as well as their families and caregivers. For the 2020 funding cycle, the Foundation will focus on the following grantmaking categories: Consumer, Caregiver, and Community Education; Professional Development and Education; Research Utilization and Dissemination; Assistive Technology; and Conferences and Symposia. Funded projects should be designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with SCI/D, educate consumers about the consequences of and complications associated with SCI/D, improve the knowledge and skills of SCI/D healthcare professionals, or prevent the occurrence and complications of new SCI/D. Members of academic institutions, healthcare providers and organizations, and consumer advocates and organizations throughout the United States and Canada are eligible to apply for grants of up to $50,000. The application deadline is December 2, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the Policies and Procedures document and to submit an online application.

Youth Garden Projects Supported Throughout the U.S. –  KidsGardening.org: Youth Garden Grants
KidsGardening.org, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing inspiration and support for parents and educators who are gardening with children, awards Youth Garden Grants to support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any U.S. nonprofit organization, school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of three and 18 is eligible to apply. The top five programs will receive award packages valued at $2,360. Twenty programs will receive award packages valued at $775. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The application deadline is December 16, 2019. Visit the KidsGardening website to access application guidelines and forms.

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