Funding & Grants Opportunities
The Strong Foundation for Environmental Values Grants
Application Deadline: Saturday, February 15, 2020
The Strong Foundation for Environmental Values grants focus is on projects located in California, specifically the geographic areas of Northern California, the Central Valley, and the Sierra Nevada. They provide grants for environmental and conservation efforts, eco-spirituality, grassroots action, environmental education, capacity building, citizen participation, collaborative efforts, innovative programs, planning and training, and climate change. Click here for more information.
First Nations Development Institute
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2020, no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Time
With the generous support of the Indigenous Peoples Fund at Tides Foundation, First Nations established the Gather Food Sovereignty Grant that supports work contributing to building a national movement that will fulfill a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced and supported by community policies and systems. Click here for more information.
NEW Access Fund Climbing Conservation
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020
The Access Fund’s Climbing Conservation Grant Program funds projects that preserve or enhance climbing access and opportunities and conserve the climbing environment throughout the US. Since our inception in 1991, Access Fund has funded over $1.2 million to local organizations, climbers, and public agencies. Click here for more information.
NEW Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation 2020 Request for Proposal
RFP Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020
The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation invites proposals for 2020 funding from the Hillman Innovations in Care Program. The goal of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program is to advance leading-edge, nursing-driven models of care that will improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing quality health care services. Click here for more information.
NEW Autism Speaks Local Impact Grant
Application Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020
The Autism Speaks Local Impact Grant Program accepts applications from nonprofit, 501(c)3 organizations for grant awards up to $5,000. The objective of the Autism Speaks Local Impact Grants is three-fold:
- to promote local services that enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders
- to expand the capacity to effectively serve the ASD community
- to increase the field of national service providers
Click here for more information.
NEW AARP Purpose Prize Award
Application Deadline:Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The AARP® Purpose Prize® award supports AARP’s mission by honoring extraordinary people ages 50 and older who tap into the power of life experience to build a better future for us all. Each winner’s founded 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization will receive $50,000. Click here for more information.
NEW D’Addario Foundation Grants
Grant Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The D’Addario Foundation is a nonprofit organization that identifies the highest quality, most impactful instrument instruction programs in communities of need and awards grants and product donations to assist their growth and development. They believe in the power of music to unlock creativity, boost self-confidence, and enhance academics. By making music education accessible, they can positively affect social change and foster better citizens of the world. Click here for more information.
Accepted Throughout the Year
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.
Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorships
Requests may be sent throughout the year. Must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event.
The Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program supports nonprofit organizations in the communities the bank serves in California, Oregon, and Washington. Event sponsorships of up to $1,000 are provided to organizations that are engaged in transformative social and environmental work. Visit their website for more informartion.
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.
Educational Foundation of America
Project and program ideas for all three categories may be submitted at any time
The Educational Foundation of America was established to preserve the lifelong altruistic commitment of its founders. The Foundation is currently accepting project and program ideas that address the following categories: The Environment Program supports collaborative efforts that will help to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy, especially efforts that bridge climate and democracy. The Make Democracy Work Program supports initiatives that will help to increase access to the ballot box in Florida and North Carolina. The Reproductive Health and Justice Program supports state-based organizations that will help to improve access to abortion and contraception across the United States, with a particular focus on Appalachia. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more.
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.
Justin J. Watt Foundation After School Program Funding
Applications must be received by the 15th of the month in order to be considered for review that month.
Their mission is to provide after-school opportunities for middle-school aged children in the community to become involved in athletics, so that they may learn the character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance while in a safe and supervised environment with their peers. Click here for more information.
Kaiser Permanente Grants & Investments
Applications may be submitted throughout the year
Kaiser Permanente provides support to nonprofit organizations that focus on community health in the locations the provider serves, including communities in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The funding priorities include the following: Community Health Initiatives, Safety Net Partnerships, and Subsidized Care and Coverage. It is particularly important for applying organizations to note how they will address social determinants of health and the elimination of health disparities and inequities. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Kaiser Permanente website to complete the eligibility questionnaire and submit an online application.
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.
Kresge Foundation: Human Services Program
Online applications may be submitted throughout the year
The Kresge Foundation’s Human Services Program supports the advancement of human services to accelerate social and economic mobility for people with low income in America’s cities. One of the program’s focus areas, “Advancing innovative, multi-sectoral policy solutions in human services,” supports efforts to change the way the human services sector operates through testing, disseminating, and advocating for policy-driven approaches to improving social and economic mobility. The focus is on helping groundbreaking ideas enter the mainstream at the state and national level and encouraging collaboration across multiple sectors, including the public sector, private sector, and nonprofit sector. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to apply. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information.
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.
Teaching Tolerance: Educator Grants
Applications accepted on a rolling basis, and reviewed monthly
Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants support educators who embrace and embed anti-bias principles throughout their schools. These grants, ranging from $500-$10,000, support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. The grants fund projects on three levels: school, classroom and district. Click here for more information.
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.