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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Institute of Museum and Library Services Grants
Application Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2018
The National Leadership Grants for Museums program supports projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. Grant categories include collections care and public access; data, analysis, and assessment; digital platforms and applications; diversity and inclusion; and professional development.
Air Force Association Educator Grants
Application Deadline: Saturday, December 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.
Saucony Run for Good Foundation
Application Deadline: Saturday, December 15, 2018
The Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to nonprofit community organizations that initiate and support running programs for youth. Program participants must be 18 years of age or younger. Priority will be given to programs that serve youth populations not traditionally exposed to running programs. Grant requests are reviewed two times per year; the next application deadline is December 15, 2018. Visit the Saucony website to learn more about the application process.
Temper of the Times Foundation
Application Deadline: Monday, December 17, 2018
Temper of the Times Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase awareness about environmental issues. Recognizing that organizations working to protect the environment often have limited access to paid media, the Foundation provides funds to underwrite advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.
Dept. of Housing & Urban Development: Fair Housing Initiative Program
Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
The Fair Housing Initiative Program seeks to increase compliance with the Fair Housing Act. Program areas include the Private Enforcement Initiative, the Fair Housing Organization Initiative, and the Education and Outreach Initiative.
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Proposal Deadline: Friday, December 21, 2018
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is committed to improving the quality of pediatric oral health in the United States. The Foundation’s Access to Care Grants support dentist-led, community-based initiatives throughout the country that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a Dental Home to underserved or 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, provide care to special needs patients, address the needs of specific underserved demographic groups, and incorporate systemic health, i.e., diabetes, cancer, etc. One-year grants of up to $20,000 are provided. Online proposals must be submitted by December 21, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the 2019-20 grant guidelines.
National Science Teachers Association: Shell Science Lab Challenge
Application Deadline: Friday, December 21, 2018
The Shell Science Lab Challenge, administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), recognizes outstanding middle and high school programs in the United States and Canada for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction. The Challenge will showcase the work of teachers who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences to their students utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. One Grand Prize winning school will receive a lab makeover support package valued at $20,000, four national finalists will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $8,500, and 18 district winners will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $3,000. The application deadline is December 21, 2018. Visit the NSTA website to review the application information.
NEW Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-Grants
Application Deadline: Monday, December 31, 2018
The Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-Grant Program, an initiative of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, supports community organizations, educators, and youth throughout the United States that host neighborhood events that introduce the public and youth to birds found in urban areas. Examples of eligible events include bird-activity days at local museums, libraries, or community centers, as well as art and gardening activities at clubs, schools, or senior centers. Mini-grants ranging from $100 to $750 are provided. Organizations working with underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website to submit an online application.
Islamic Relief USA: Community Grants
Application Deadline: Monday, December 31, 2018
Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) is dedicated to providing humanitarian aid in the United States and around the world in a dignified manner—regardless of race, gender, or religion—and to empowering people and giving them a voice in the world. IRUSA provides Community Grants to nonprofit organizations in the United States that provide access to quality healthcare, promote sustainable socio-economic development, and elevate the standard of living of those in need. Projects focused on the following areas will be given priority: refugee resettlement, food security and livelihood, disaster response and preparedness, and health services and promotion. Visit the IRUSA website to learn more about the Community Grants Program.
NEW California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Program
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Program provides support to public middle and high school sports programs negatively impacted by reduced budgets in 44 states. (Schools in Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin are not eligible to apply.) Grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 may be used to help subsidize school sports programs in ways such as purchasing new equipment or paying for competition travel costs. Applications must be submitted by an employee of the public school who is a current member or referred by a current member, of the state NEA affiliate or one of the program’s other participating educator associations. Visit the California Casualty website to review the grant guidelines and submit an online application.
NEW Creating Opportunity & Independence Project Grants
Letter of Intent Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PST)
The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s funding is dedicated to supporting both programs and scientific research to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury. The Foundation’s Creating Opportunity & Independence portfolio supports nonprofit organizations that develop innovative projects to improve participation and independence for people living with spinal cord injury throughout the United States and Canada. Areas of interest include Assistive Technology, Education, Employment, Independent Living, Rehabilitation, and Arts, Sports, and Recreation. Letters of intent for one-year Project Grants, ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, are due January 18, 2019; invited full grant applications must be submitted by April 30, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.
NEW The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation National Child Care Teacher Awards
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 21, 2019
The Terri Lynne Lokoff Children’s TYLENOL, Children’s ZYRTEC National Child Care Teacher Awards acknowledge the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Child care teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and on U.S. military bases and installations around the world are eligible to apply for these awards. Applicants must be full-time child care teachers employed in a home, group, or center-based program for a minimum of three years and meet other eligibility guidelines. As part of the application process, teachers are asked to design an enhancement project for the children in their classroom or home, illustrating the educational, social, and emotional benefits from the project. Fifty selected teachers will each receive a $1,000 grant: $500 to create the project and $500 for the teacher’s personal use. Of the 50 teachers, one is selected to receive the Helene Marks Award, which includes an additional $1,000 grant. Applications must be postmarked by January 21, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application form.
NEW Arcus Foundation: United States LGBTQ Social Justice Program
Concept Deadline: Thursday, January 22, 2019
The Arcus Foundation is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. The Foundation’s United States LGBTQ Social Justice Program has released a Request for Concepts for nonprofit organizations in the Southern U.S. (Arizona, California’s Central Valley, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, and North Carolina). Applying organizations should address one or more of the following three goals: increased safety for LGBTQ people, increased LGBTQ-affirming protections, and increased inclusion and acceptance of LGBTQ people. Grants of up to $200,000 for a maximum of two years will be provided. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the U.S. Request for Concepts. (The Foundation has also issued a Request for Concepts for East and Southern Africa, Mexico, and the Caribbean and Central America.)
NEW National Forest Foundation: Matching Awards Program
Proposal Deadline: Friday, January 23, 2019
Thursday, June 13, 2019
The National Forest Foundation was established by Congress to support the Forest Service in its management of America’s National Forests and Grasslands. The Foundation’s Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides grants to nonprofit organizations, universities, and Native American tribes throughout the U.S. to engage in on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. Funded projects must address one of the following focus areas: The Outdoor Experiences category supports projects that improve the quality, condition, and care of outdoor experiences in National Forests. The Forest Health category supports citizen-involved projects that maintain or restore ecosystem resiliency in National Forests. The Foundation also encourages projects that integrate the Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health program areas. All grants require at least a one-to-one cash match through non-federal donations. In addition, MAP requires projects to show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through the direct involvement of the public. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about each MAP focus area and to submit the required eligibility questionnaire.
D’Addario Foundation Grants
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2019
The D’Addario Foundation identifies the most impactful instrument instruction programs in communities of need throughout the United States and provides support to assist their growth and development. Grants are provided to high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline to improve access to music education. The focus is on programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing as early and as frequently as possible. Cash grants averaging $2,500 and product donations are provided. (The Foundation prefers not to provide funding for the purpose of purchasing equipment or instruments.) The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is January 31, 2019; invited grant applications will be due March 31, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the guidelines and submit an online letter of inquiry.
NEW NCAA CHOICES Alcohol Education Grant Program
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
The NCAA CHOICES Alcohol Education Grant Program provides funding for NCAA member institutions and conferences nationwide to integrate athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse. The purpose of the program is to help create an environment that supports and encourages personal choices that are legal, healthy, appropriate, and safe. Funded projects must partner athletics with other campus departments in the development and implementation of effective alcohol education projects. Grant funds to any one program will not exceed $15,000 for the first year, $10,000 for the second year, and $5,000 for the final year of the grant. Visit the NCAA website to learn more about the program.
NEW Healthy Food Financing Initiative
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 14, 2019
The Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), a public-private partnership administered by Reinvestment Fund on behalf of USDA Rural Development, seeks to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas. HFFI is currently offering grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 as well as technical assistance to eligible healthy food retail projects across the country to overcome the higher costs and initial barriers to entry in underserved areas. Funded projects must 1) plan to expand or preserve the availability of staple and perishable foods in underserved areas with low- and moderate-income populations by maintaining or increasing the number of retail outlets that offer an assortment of perishable and staple foods in those areas, and 2) accept benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP). Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, for-profit business enterprises, cooperatively-owned businesses, institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and tribal governmental agencies. Visit the HFFI website to learn more about the eligibility guidelines and application process.
NEW MAP Fund Grant Application
Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019
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 throughout the United States 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 40 grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 will be awarded in the upcoming grant cycle. The application process opens on December 3, 2018, and closes on February 15, 2019. (During the month of November, MAP offers support to applicants who would like staff to read and respond to a project description draft prior to submitting an application.) Visit the MAP website to download the 2019 Application Guide.
NEW The Strong Foundation for Environmental Values
Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019
One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of environmental projects situated in California, with a focus on Northern California, the Central Valley, or the Sierra Nevada, including the entire California-Oregon Klamath River watershed and the watersheds that arise in the Sierras and terminate in Nevada’s terminal lakes. The foundation’s definition of Northern California extends from the Oregon border in the north down to and ending at the San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino county lines in the south. Projects should involve environmental and conservation efforts, eco-spirituality, grassroots action, environmental education, capacity building, citizen participation, collaborative efforts, innovative programs, land acquisition, and/or planning and training. Climate change programs at the community level are also encouraged.