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.

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.

August

Gannett Foundation: Community Action Grant Program
Application Deadline:
Friday, August 17, 2018
The Gannett Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that serve the communities where Gannett Co., Inc., owns a newspaper or broadcast station. The Foundation’s Community Action Grant Program’s priorities include education, neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment. Grants are generally in the $1,000 to $5,000 range. Grant requests are considered twice each year; the upcoming postmark deadline is August 17, 2018, for most locations. Proposals should be submitted to the local newspaper publisher or TV station general manager. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines and download the application form.

National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
The Our Town program supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, or social outcomes.

NEW Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Building Bridges 2018-19 Grants Program
Letter of Interest Deadline:
Thursday, August 23, 2018
The Building Bridges Grants Program, an initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations in the planning and implementation of projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations in arts- and culture-based experiences designed to advance relationships and understanding for mutual well-being. Visit their website for more information.

Environmental Protection Agency: Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program
Application Deadline:
Thursday, August 23, 2018
EPA is announcing a grant competition to fund two-year Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) agreements that support source reduction approaches (also known as “pollution prevention” and herein referred to as “P2”). P2 means reducing or eliminating pollutants from entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal. Click here for the full application and description.

Lowe’s Gives Foundation: Community Partners
Application Deadline:
 Friday, August 24, 2018
The Lowe’s Gives Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Community Partners grant program supports nonprofit organizations and local municipalities undertaking high-need projects such as building renovations and upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades, and safety improvements. Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000. Visit the company’s website to review the giving guidelines and to take the eligibility quiz.

Wonderful Community Grants
Application Deadline:
Friday, August 31, 2018
The Wonderful Company is investing $600,000 to help grow a beautiful world. They are launching an initiative in the Central Valley communities of Avenal, Wasco, Sanger/Del Rey, and Delano/McFarland, inviting area nonprofits to apply for grants between $5,000 to $50,000. They will be having an in-person information session to meet the team and ask questions. Click here for more information.

Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation
Letters of Inquiry Deadline:
Friday, August 31, 2018
The Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation is dedicated to the fight against HIV and AIDS. Grant requests from throughout the United States are considered, with a particular interest in smaller communities and rural areas. The Foundation supports community-based nonprofit organizations that focus on HIV/AIDS care and direct services, education, or research. Grants are provided to developing or established programs, with emphasis on those that provide direct benefit to clients or target audiences. Requests are reviewed two times per year. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is August 31, 2018; invited grant applications will be due September 28, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online letter of inquiry.

September

Polaris: T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Application
Application Deadline:
Saturday, September 1, 2018
The T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program, an initiative of Polaris Industries, provides support to national, state, and local organizations in the United States to ensure the future of ATV riding. The grant program encompasses two main objectives—promoting safe and responsible riding, and preserving access. Funds can be used by organizations for trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying, and other projects to increase and maintain land access. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the country. (Fire, rescue, and law enforcement organizations are not eligible for this program.) The upcoming application deadline is September 1, 2018. Visit the program’s website to review the grant guidelines and submit an online application.

The Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts
Application Deadline:
Saturday, September 1, 2018
The purpose of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is to foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by supporting cultural organizations that, in turn, support artists and their work. Grants are provided to curatorial programs at museums, artists’ organizations and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other relevant activities. Proposals that highlight women, artists of color, and under-represented practitioners are encouraged. The Foundation has designated one of its grants, The Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Award, to recognize the work of organizations with a deep-seated commitment to defending the First Amendment rights of artists. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines.

USArtists International
Application Deadline:
Friday, September 7, 2018 (For projects taking place between December 15, 2018 and December 14, 2019), 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.

Lagunitas Brewing Company Grant Program
Application Deadline:
Friday, September 14, 2018
The Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Community Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout California, Oregon, and Washington, and in Chicago and Cook County, IL. Grants ranging up to $5,000 are given in the following categories: animal welfare, the arts, and music education. Organizations in Chicago and Cook County may apply from May 4 through June 8, 2018; California organizations may apply from August 1 through September 14, 2018. (The grant cycle for Oregon and Washington organizations is in February of each year.) Visit the company’s website to learn more about the grant guidelines and application process.

Jewish Helping Hands: Tikkun Olam Grant Program
Inquiry Form Deadline:
Friday, September 14, 2018
Jewish Helping Hands’ Tikkun Olam Grant Program is intended to advance the goal of inspiring and supporting tzedakah, justice, and righteousness throughout the world. The grant program supports projects that focus on reaching needy and vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad, particularly those that have been overlooked or marginalized. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations that show clear promise to promote self-help and empowerment within communities or respond to unmet needs of those who are poor or marginalized. The program values projects that aim to bring about positive change for groups of all backgrounds and religious affiliations. For the 2019 grant cycle, the focus is on projects that provide the basic necessities for a decent life, including food, clothing, shelter, water, and health. Projects in the United States, East Africa, Latin America, as well as regions worldwide with impoverished Jewish populations are given priority. Initial inquiry forms must be submitted by September 14, 2018; invited full applications will be due December 17, 2018. Visit the Jewish Helping Hands website to learn more about the Tikkun Olam Grant Program.

NEW Foundation for Rural Service Grants
Grant Proposals:
Saturday, September 15, 2018
FRS will provide annual grants for programs in rural communities served by NTCA members. Their grants support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Applicants may request grants in the range of $250 to $5,000. Each grant is a one-time award. Projects may be funded at a lesser amount than requested. Visit their website for their full grant information.

NEW Global Connections Grants
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and individual artists through the following two initiatives: Global Connections: On the Road will award grants of up to $5,000 to foster new relationships with international colleagues that will inspire each other’s work and aesthetics by creating opportunities for cultural exchange. Visit their website for full information.

Department of Labor: YouthBuild
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The Department of Lanor will award grants through a competitive process to organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. In addition to construction skills training, YouthBuild applicants may include occupational skills training in other in-demand industries. This expansion into additional in-demand industries is the Construction Plus component, a priority in this grant competition. Click here for full details.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Continuum of Care Program
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness. Eligible project applicants for the CoC Program Competition are nonprofit organizations, States, local governments, and instrumentalities of State and local governments, and public housing agencies, as such term is defined in 24 CFR 5.100, without limitation or exclusion. For-profit entities are not eligible to apply for grants or to be subrecipients of grant funds. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement. Applicants must apply using HUD’s e-SNAPs application system. Click here for full details.

AARP Foundation: Tackling Senior Food Insecurity
Application Deadline:
Friday, September 28, 2018
AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. They are the charitable affiliate of AARP, serving AARP members and nonmembers alike. Through our grantmaking, they collaborate with partner organizations to identify evidence-based programs that can become sustainable — real-world solutions to the challenges facing low-income older adults. Click here for the full application and description.

AARP Foundation: Increasing Social Connectedness for Older Adults
Application Deadline:
Friday, September 28, 2018
AARP Foundation is focused on creating and advancing effective solutions to help people 50 and older build economic opportunity and social connectedness. They have ambitious objectives for increasing the number of people they serve and achieving specific outcomes by 2020. AARP Foundation seeks to fund bold projects with plans to scale proven, effective interventions via exponential growth (as opposed to linear growth), disrupting the current landscape for combating social isolation in low-income seniors. Click here for the full application and description.

Petco Foundation: Sheltering and Adoption Organizations
Application Deadline:
Friday, September 28, 2018
The Petco Foundation provides grants to animal welfare organizations performing sheltering and adoptions nationwide. U.S.-based nonprofit animal shelters and foster-based rescue organizations, as well as municipal animal shelters, are eligible to apply. For the 2018 funding cycle, applications will be accepted from August 1 through September 28. Visit the Petco Foundation’s website for additional information and to download the Animal Welfare Organizations/Sheltering and Adoption Organization’s grant instructions.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
Letter of Inquiry Deadline:
Sunday, September 30, 2018
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare. Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application. The Foundation’s goal is to provide seed money to implement those imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children, on a national scale. Because of the Foundation’s limited funding capability, it seeks to maximize a grant’s potential impact. Click here for full details.

October

Target Field Trip Grants
Application Deadline:
Monday, October 1, 2018
The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. Grants of up to $700 each will be awarded to educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff who are employed by accredited K-12 public, private, or charter schools. (Parents, volunteers, after-school programs, Pre-K groups, and childcare centers are not eligible to apply.) Types of funded trips include art, science, and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may be used to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies. Online applications will be accepted between August 1 and September 30, 2018. Visit the Target website to learn more about the program.

Fund for Wild Nature
Application Deadlines: Monday, October 1, 2018
The Fund for Wild Nature provides grants to grassroots nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada for campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity. Priority is given to ecological issues that are not receiving sufficient public attention or funding. Grants, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, are provided for advocacy, litigation, public policy work, development of citizen science, and similar endeavors. The Fund does not support proposals from organizations with budgets of over $250,000 annually. The application deadlines are May 1 and October 1 of each year. Application guidelines and forms are available on the Fund’s website.

November

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.

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 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.

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.