Funding & Grants Opportunities

Accepted Throughout the Year

Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis after a thorough and selective review process.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, is dedicated to promoting the growth of youth baseball and softball in the United States and throughout the world by funding programs that encourage youth participation in the game. Grants may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Grants average around $40,000. Nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and school districts involved in youth baseball or softball are eligible to apply. Grant applications are due January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1, annually. Visit the BTF website to learn more about the grant criteria and application process.

BoatU.S. Foundation: Grassroots Grants
Letters of intent may be submitted throughout the year

The goal of the BoatU.S. Foundation is to be a leader in boating safety and environmental education and outreach, with the purpose of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of the nation’s waterways, and keeping boating a safe, accessible, and enjoyable pastime. The Foundation’s Grassroots Grants Program supports local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations, as well as boating clubs and student groups, that develop innovative projects to promote safe and clean boating on local waterways. Past topics have ranged from PSAs on the effects of boating under the influence to hands-on education about the effects of marine debris. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided. Letters of intent may be submitted throughout the year. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.

Cigna Foundation: World of Difference Grants
Online requests may be submitted at any time.

The Cigna Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for individuals everywhere to achieve the best possible health. The Foundation’s World of Difference Grants focuses on health equity, helping people overcome barriers to their health and well-being related to factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, age, geography, or economics. To encourage Health Equity, the Foundation is currently seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations engaged in improving Community Health Navigation. These grants support projects within the United States and internationally that help individuals understand the particular health equity challenges affecting them, and that assist them in finding services in their communities that address those challenges. Online requests may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

Doris Day Animal Foundation
Letters of Introduction may be submitted during the months of January, April, July, and October of each year

The Doris Day Animal Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations across the United States that directly care for and protect animals. Currently, the majority of the Foundation’s grants are focused on assisting senior companion animals by addressing issues such as food, care, veterinary costs, and need for adoption. Additional program interests include spay/neuter programs and pet food pantries. Grants generally range up to $5,000. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the guidelines and FAQs.

Emergent Fund
Fund will make grants on a rolling basis throughout 2018.
The Emergent Fund was established after the 2016 election to help move quick resources to communities that were and continue to be under attack by federal policies and priorities – immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, Black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color. The Fund focuses on grassroots organizing and power building in communities of color who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious, and other forms of discrimination. Grants are considered for the following: efforts that support emergent strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions, including resisting new or amplified threats and building power to move a proactive agenda; and efforts seeking long-term social justice and economic justice in a political and social climate that seeks to dismantle such efforts. Visit the Fund’s website to submit an online application.

Groundswell Fund: Rapid Response Fund
Fund will make grants on a rolling basis.
The Groundswell Fund supports a stronger, more effective U.S. movement for reproductive justice by mobilizing new funding and capacity building resources to grassroots organizing and policy change efforts led by low-income women, women of color, and transgender people. Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund seeks to meet unforeseen needs and opportunities in the struggle to advance and defend social and reproductive justice organizing by women of color and trans people of color. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 are provided to organizations on the frontlines, with emphasis on funding in states and communities where women of color, transgender people of color, and low-income women and trans people-led organizing is under-resourced. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Groundswell website to learn more about the Rapid Response Fund’s guidelines and application process.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation Grants
Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year
The Indian Land Tenure Foundation is a national, community-based organization serving American Indian nations and people in the recovery and control of their rightful homelands.

Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program – Local Systems
Applications may be submitted throughout the year

The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program seeks to build strong, healthy cities nationwide by promoting the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization. The Local Systems focus area funds organizations that infuse creativity into comprehensive community development and urban planning practices. Support is provided for cross-sector and cross-disciplinary projects that embed arts, culture, and community-engaged design into municipal governments and departments and in other non-arts disciplines and sectors. Priority is given to projects that take root in economically distressed communities and ensure that residents with low incomes contribute to, engage in, benefit from, and are empowered by activities. Collaborations of multiple partners from different sectors (public/private) and disciplines (arts, health, environment, human services) are eligible to apply. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Local Systems focus area.

The Milbank Foundation Grants
Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year
The primary mission of the Milbank Foundation is to integrate people with disabilities into all aspects of American life.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation Grants
Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year
The Nathan Cummings Foundation is committed to creating a more just, vibrant, sustainable, and democratic society. The Foundation is currently focused on finding solutions to the two most challenging problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality.

National Alliance for Accessible Golf Grants
Requests may be submitted throughout the year
Accessible Golf Program Grants, administered by the National Alliance for Accessible Golf and funded by the United States Golf Association, support nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and education institutions in their efforts to make the game of golf more accessible to people with disabilities.

Third Wave Mobilize Power Fund
Proposals accepted all year and reviewed monthly.

The Third Wave Fund supports youth-led gender justice activism to advance the political power, well-being, and self-determination of communities of color and low-income communities in the United States. Third Wave’s Mobilize Power Fund provides grants for urgent organizing and activism led by young women of color, low-income youth, or queer, trans, and intersex youth of color around the country who are taking on this country’s most challenging issues. Grants range up to $5,000 for individual organizations and up to $15,000 for coalitions and partnerships. Grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to organizations with budgets under $500,000 that are based in areas with limited access to philanthropic resources. Proposals are accepted all year and reviewed monthly. Visit the Third Wave website to learn more about the application process.

Pop Culture Collaborative: Pop Up Rapid Response Grants
Requests may be submitted at any time by nonprofit organizations, for-profit, and individuals.

The Pop Culture Collaborative represents an innovative hub for high impact partnerships and grants designed to help organizations and individuals leverage the reach and power of pop culture for social justice goals. Pop Up Rapid Response Grants are designed to help organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive positive narrative and social change in popular culture. Funded projects must impact, support, or engage at least one of these community groups: people of color, immigrants, refugees, or Muslims. Examples of funded projects include public events and private retreats; tool and resource prototypes; network and partnership building; story, narrative, and strategy design process; and creative content including short film/video, concerts, music recordings, etc. Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000. Requests may be submitted at any time by nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and individuals. Visit the Collaborative’s website to learn more about the Pop Up Rapid Response Grants program.

Wish You Well Foundation
Requests are reviewed on a rolling basis.
The Wish You Well Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States. The focus of the Foundation is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $10,000. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online Donation Request Form.

October

National Endowment of the Arts: Research Art Works Grants
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
The Research: Art Works program supports research on arts participation, including event attendance, art creation, and learning in the arts, and on cultural assets, including artists and arts workers, arts venues and platforms, and arts organizations and industries. Click here for more information.

Family Caregiver Alliance: Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards
Application Deadline:
Friday, October 12, 2018
The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards, administered by the Family Caregiver Alliance, promote innovation in the field of Alzheimer’s caregiving by recognizing efforts that lead the way in addressing the needs of Alzheimer’s caregivers. One award of $20,000 will be 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. Visit the Family Caregiver Alliance website to submit an online application.

Red Rover Domestic Violence Safe Housing Grants
Application Deadline:
Monday, October 15, 2018
RedRover Domestic Violence Safe Housing Grants enable domestic violence shelters to create spaces for co-shelter survivors and their pets. Grants of up to $20,000 are offered throughout the United States in the On-site, Off-site, and Startup categories. Visit the Red Rover website for full information.

Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grants
Application Deadline:
Monday, October 15, 2018
The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to supporting schools and inspiring families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. The Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program provides support for edible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. These grants of $2,000 are awarded to schools and nonprofit organizations working in partnership with schools. Consideration is given to new or existing garden projects at any stage of development that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Applications are due October 15, 2018, for both U.S. and Canadian projects. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the program.

Department of the Interior: Fish and Wildlife Service
Application Deadline:
Thursday, October 18, 2018
The NAWCA (North American Wetlands Conservation Act) Small Grants program supports public-private partnerships that involve the long-term protection, restoration, enhancement, or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds. Click here for more information.

Satterberg Foundation: Core Support Grants
Letter of Inquiry Deadline:
Monday, October 22, 2018
The Satterberg Foundation is dedicated to strengthening communities in California and Washington by promoting a just society and a sustainable environment. The Foundation provides Core Support Grants of up to $100,000 per year for up to three years to nonprofit organizations working in the following categories: Environmental Justice; Advocacy and Civic Engagement; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Multi-Issue. Letters of inquiry from California organizations will be accepted from October 8 to 22, 2018; letters of inquiry from Washington organizations will be accepted from January 14 to 29, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Core Support Grants guidelines and application process.

Association for Medical Imaging Management
Application Deadline:
Monday, October 22, 2018
The AHRA (Association for Medical Imaging Management) and Canon Medical Systems Putting Patients First Program seeks to improve pediatric and adult patient care and safety in diagnostic imaging. In 2018, the program will provide six grants of up to $7,500 each to single-site hospitals and imaging centers located in the United States. Two grants will be awarded for projects that improve the safety and comfort of pediatric imaging, two grants will be awarded for projects that improve overall patient care and safety in imaging, and two grants will be awarded for projects focusing on oncology imaging. In addition, two grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to Integrated Delivery Networks (IDN) or hospital systems. One grant will be awarded for projects that improve overall patient care and safety in imaging implemented across the IDN/hospital system, and one grant will be awarded for projects that improve cybersecurity in imaging implemented across the IDN/hospital system. The projects funded by these grants will be used to create a best-practices tool to share with other hospitals and institutions. The application deadline is October 22, 2018. Application guidelines and forms are available on the AHRA website.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deadline:
Friday, October 26, 2018
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is focused on ensuring all students in the United States, especially Black, Latino, and low-income students, have access to a great education. The Foundation’s strategy to achieve this includes funding intermediary organizations to form Networks for School Improvement (NSIs). An NSI is defined as a group of secondary schools working both collectively and individually with an Intermediary to use a continuous process to improve outcomes for Black, Latino, and low-income students. Through the current RFP, the Foundation seeks to expand the outcomes and indicators that networks are working on to include outcome areas addressing College Readiness, High School College Access, and Postsecondary On-Track. The plan is to identify up to four experienced intermediary organizations to receive large “Type 1” grants, of three to five years duration, to address these specific problems. First stage applications must be submitted by October 26, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grantmaking guidelines for this RFP.

Association of Performing Arts Professional
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The Cultural Exchange Fund, an initiative of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, 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 2018 deadline is October 30. Applications must be submitted online through the Association of Performing Arts Professionals website.

Actors’ Equity Foundation: Theatre Grant Application Form
Application Deadline:
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The Foundation’s Theatre Grants are awarded to theatres which have a current 501c3 tax exempt status, an established artistic and administrative track record, a history of fiscal responsibility, and have worked to improve the state of the theatre. Modest grants from a limited fund are awarded by the end of the year. This application form must be submitted between September 1st and October 31st. Please submit additional materials (grant proposal letter, annual budget) along with this online application. Click here for more information.

NEW Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: Quality of Life Grant Program
Application Deadline:
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy. The 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. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

November

Annie’s Grants for Gardens
Application Deadline:
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Annie’s believes that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. When you eat Annie’s, you support food education and make healthy gardens accessible to hundreds of students across the country. Connecting kids to gardens help them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Click here for more information.

Comer Family Foundation: Syringe Access Program
Application Deadline:
Thursday, November 1, 2018
The Comer Family Foundation is dedicated to seeding ideas and supporting innovative programs that make a lasting and positive impact on the lives of individuals and their communities. The Foundation’s Syringe Access Program seeks to improve the health and wellness of people affected by drug use nationwide. Support is provided for harm reduction-centered syringe access programs, which offer free sterile syringes, education, and often community wrap-around services to reduce transmission of HIV, hepatitis C, and opiate overdose. Grants range from $2,500 to $20,000. The upcoming application deadline is November 1, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Syringe Access Program.

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
Application Deadline:
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. This special initiative is designed to inspire small museums to apply for and implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three project categories: Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors and Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship and Public Access. Visit their website for more information.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: 2019 Culture of Health Prize
Application Deadline:
Thursday, November 1, 2018
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize honors outstanding communities throughout the United States that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health. Up to ten winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. For the purposes of this prize, “a community” is defined as one of the following: town, village, city, borough, county, parish, tribe or tribal community, Native Hawaiian organization, or region (such as contiguous municipalities, counties, or reservations). The application deadline is November 1, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the call for applications.

National Environment Education Foundation: Every Day Capacity Building Grants
Application Deadline:
 Monday, November 5, 2018
The National Environmental Education Foundation is dedicated to securing a safer and healthier world for ourselves, our children, and for generations to come. The Foundation’s Every Day Capacity Building Grants, with support form Toyota, offer support to nonprofit organizations, such as “Friends Groups,” whose missions focus on serving our nation’s public land sites, and the improvement and responsible use of those sites. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided to increase organizational effectiveness so that grantees can better conserve public lands. Applying organizations must have been in existence at least two years. The application deadlines for 2018 are April 23, July 17, and November 5. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the program and the online application process.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is a nationwide program that honors young people in grades five to twelve who are volunteering in their communities. The program’s goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Youth who have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the twelve months prior to the date of application are eligible to apply. Local Honorees are selected in late fall and from those winners, two State Honorees (one middle-level school student and one high school student) are chosen in each state and the District of Columbia. State Honorees receive an award of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for national recognition events. Out of the State Honorees, ten National Honorees are selected to receive an additional award of $5,000 as well as a $5,000 grant for a nonprofit organization of their choice. The application deadline is November 6, 2018. Visit the Prudential website for online application information.

2018 Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program
Application Deadline:
Monday, November 12, 2018
The Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) seeks to facilitate and encourage innovative homeownership opportunities on a national, geographically diverse basis. Homebuyers must be low-income and must contribute a significant amount of sweat equity towards the development of the SHOP units.

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation
Application Deadlines:
 Thursday, November 15, 2018
The mission of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills, and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. The Foundation provides grants to journalism schools and other nonprofit media organizations, with special preference given to programs focusing on ethics and new media. The Foundation focuses its giving on the following program areas: Investigative Reporting, Professional Development, Oklahoma Journalism, and Special Opportunities. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant program and to submit an online letter of inquiry.

NEW Academy Grants Program
Application Deadline:
Friday, November 16, 2018
The Academy Grants Program, an initiative of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, seeks to inspire imagination and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures. The program is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in two areas: FilmWatch grants support curated screening programs at North America-based film festivals, film societies, and other film-related organizations. Targeted programs include those that create culturally diverse viewing experiences, promote motion pictures as an art form, provide a platform for underrepresented artists, and cultivate new and dedicated audiences for theatrical film. FilmCraft grants support high-quality educational programs worldwide that identify and empower future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds. Targeted programs include those that encourage an appreciation of film as both a vocation and an art form, and those that provide hands-on opportunities for participants to gain the filmmaking skills they need to tell their stories. Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. The application deadline for both grant programs is November 16, 2018. Visit the Academy’s website to learn more about each grant program’s guidelines and to submit an online application.

NewSchools Venture Fund: NewSchools Invent
Application Deadline:
Monday, November 26, 2018
The mission of NewSchools Venture Fund is to reimagine public education through powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs so that all children—especially those in underserved communities—have the opportunity to succeed. Visit their website for more information.

NEW The Atlantic: The Renewal Awards
Nomination Deadline:
Friday, November 30, 2018
The Renewal Awards program, sponsored by The Atlantic and the Allstate Insurance Company, was created to celebrate the social innovation demonstrated by nonprofit organizations that are finding creative solutions to America’s most pressing problems. The program recognizes these organizations and individuals as they drive positive change in their communities, and helps them make an even bigger impact. Five winners will each receive $20,000 in funding from Allstate; one of the winners will additionally be presented with the Allstate Youth Empowerment Award. Visit The Atlantic website to review the official rules and submit an online nomination.

USArtists International
Application Deadline:
 Friday, November 30, 2018 (For projects taking place between March 15, 2019 and March 14, 2020), and Wednesday, April 3, 2019 (For projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020)
USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets. USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 towards support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation. Click here for full details.

December

Borealis Philanthropy: Immigration Litigation Fund
Application Deadline:
Saturday, December 1, 2018 (Applications accepted on a rolling basis)
The Immigration Litigation Fund (ILF) is a national funder collaborative whose goal is to ensure that the nation’s immigration enforcement system is fair, humane, and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation. ILF believes that litigation is an essential tool in achieving public policy and social change on immigration issues. The Fund’s grantmaking prioritizes litigation efforts that are connected to, and coordinated with, immigrant communities and organizations. Click here for the full application and description.

Arts Midwest: Shakespeare in American Communities
Intent to Apply Deadline:
Friday, December 7, 2018
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 that reach young people within the juvenile justice system. No matching funds are required for this program. Intent to apply emails for both programs will be accepted through December 7, 2018; the application deadline is February 14, 2019. Visit the Shakespeare in American Communities website to review the guidelines for the Schools and Juvenile Justice programs.

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence
Application Deadline:
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) is a national urban design award that seeks to promote innovative thinking about the built environment and advance conversation about making cities better. The award discovers and celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design along with their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Click here for more information.

NEW Air Force Association Educator Grants
Application Deadline:
Saturday, October 15, 2018
The Air Force Association’s (AFA) Educator Grant Program is designed to promote aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Each year 40 grants of $500 are provided to K-12 classroom teachers throughout the United States for innovative aerospace projects. Examples of funded activities and items include classroom science or technology demonstration kits, science and technology software for K-12 use, supplies for making flying objects, etc. Visit AFA’s website to download the Educator Grant guidelines.