Don’t Get Locked-Out Of Foundations And Government Grants For Nonprofits, That Only Accept Solicited Grant Proposals

Philanthropy is, for the most part, a world of insiders. If you haven't yet penetrated into the inner sanctum, don't despair. All grants listed on GrantWatch are open to anyone who meets the eligibility requirements, not just a chosen few. Occasionally you may find some grants on GrantWatch where there is a percentage of the total funding that will only be given to a solicited proposal – but for the most part of the funding, you will be able to apply.

"Many foundations clearly state they do not accept unsolicited proposals or even unsolicited LOIs (letters of interest), and it seems the list of those that do is shrinking every grant cycle, so having a database to search like GrantWatch can save grant seekers a lot of time and effort.  This means that the foundation or government entities contacts (solicits) the organizations and invites them to apply. If you apply to a foundation that only accepts "solicited Proposals" then your application or LOI is considered an "Unsolicited proposal".  That differs greatly to an "open call for grant proposals".  GrantWatch focusses on the open call for proposals, listing only currently available grants.

Grant seekers should not waste time submitting unsolicited proposals to organizations that are not open to them.  Unsolicited grant proposals are proposals sent out after an organization researches funding sources and submits written grant proposals to those whose past or current funding areas match the organization's proposal idea though they have not been asked to do so.

GrantWatch and our site for businesses, MWBEzone, can save grant seekers a lot of work. About 33 percent of corporate foundations and 23 percent of family foundations are open to considering unsolicited grant proposals,  

"From a foundation perspective, not accepting proposals can be like building a dyke to hold back the flood," according to Rick Smith.  

GrantWatch weeds out all foundations that don't accept unsolicited proposals. One reason foundations don't accept unsolicited proposals is due to the foundation's size. Most have three or less people on staff, and are often inundated with proposals. For every grant approved about eleven more are declined, but the ratio can be much worse. One year at the Ford Foundation – which accepts unsolicited proposals and has hundreds of staff – received 144,000 letters of inquiry, e-mail requests, and actual proposals, but were only able to approve under 3,000.   The situation could be improved if foundations were more clear about their priorities and the type of projects and programs they're looking to fund and if the nonprofits were more careful in targeting and responding to the priority initiatives of the grant application. 

With an increased emphasis in philanthropy on strategy and social impact a new wave of business-oriented, often younger philanthropists have entered the field and brought with them notions of social investment, metrics and assessment. All this adds up to a trend among some foundations to design their own theories of change and either implement programs themselves or select the organizations from which they are willing to entertain proposals. The actual design of these strategies frequently is done in collaboration with nonprofits and universities, so they only accept solicited proposals, proposals from those they ask to apply. 

At GrantWatch, we've gone through the lists of foundation offering grants, (there are about 100,000 of them), and list for you all those that are open to receiving inquiries that they haven't solicited. If grant seekers search on their own, it often it takes knowing someone on the inside, or for an intermediary to provide a referral.

To raise your chances of being awarded a grant, grants begin with relationships, so find the way to build one. 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with their mission to support pioneering ideas and innovative solutions to ensure they stay on the cutting edge in their efforts to foster a culture of health in America, is a part of an increasing rare breed of foundations in their acceptance of unsolicited proposals. They award grants throughout the year. Current RWJF grants are listed on the GrantWatch website.

Some other foundations still open to unsolicited proposals or LOIs are the National Science Foundation with a current Computer Education for All grant, and the Park Foundation,  see their guidelines as to whether you are eligible for one of their five grants listed on GrantWatch.  

The Department of State and USAID also accept valid unsolicited grant proposals and are looking for new and innovative ideas consistent with the agency’s mission. However, the requirements for contractor resources are normally program specific and must be responsive to the Department’s needs. Prospects are encouraged to make preliminary contact with agency personnel prior to preparing detailed unsolicited proposals or submitting proprietary information to the government. Submit unsolicited proposals to the Unsolicited Proposal Coordinator at USAID once you've determined whether you're eligible. 

    Search the GrantWatch database for all the information you need to apply for grants. If you're having trouble finding what you're looking for, please contact our team on a chat or our office: 561-249-4129. 

     

     

    About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantWatch.com.

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    Nonprofits Look for Grants to Help Seniors and To Provide Senior Programs

    More and more people are now living well into their eighties and often into their nineties, with a 25% chance that they'll live till they're 93 for men, and till 96 for women. People are choosing to work longer, go back to work after retiring or are struggling to make ends meet in retirement. So, what happens to those who can't find new jobs, are forced to take very low paying jobs, or are not healthy enough to continue working? 

    "Nonprofits, municipalities and local government agencies working with the aging population are looking for ways to help this growing demographic. Many turn to GrantWatch, to find grant opportunities to fund their programs that assist seniors living on tight fixed incomes," said Libby Hikind, CEO and founder of GrantWatch.  

    Grants to USA Nonprofits to Provide Pro Bono Financial Planning Services to Underserved Populations: Deadline 4/31/2019

    Grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 to USA nonprofit organizations that provide underserved groups with free financial planning services. Funding may be requested for new programs, proven and ongoing programs, or new financial planning components that will enhance an existing program. In the past, grants have supported programs helping diverse groups. Programs should be scalable, replicable, and sustainable.  They provide grants to a range of community-based and national nonprofit organizations whose programs reach underserved families with free, quality financial advice from Certified Financial Planner professionals.  

    Grants to USA Nonprofits for Programs that Benefit the Elderly and Veterans: Ongoing

    Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for programs that meet the needs of veterans and older adults. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry in advance of a full proposal. Funding is available for program and operating support. The Foundation supports organizations that help low-income and vulnerable older adults to age in their communities with independence and dignity as well as veterans and their families to help them reintegrate into their communities. 

     

    Top nonprofit advocacy groups that assist seniors and address issues of the aging population include: AARP, The National Council on Aging (NCOA)Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE), The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER), and The Pension Rights Center (PRC). A great website called Senior Advisor, has some wonderful articles and resources for seniors. 

    Other organizations that assist seniors include faith based organizations and special interest groups. Some of these cater to veterans, people with disabilities, hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, the aging LGBTQ population, and many local communities have nonprofits that supply assistance to seniors. Here are two examples of grants for seniors and aging individuals currently on GrantWatch.com.  

    Having trouble sorting through all the information and finding grants for your organization to aid the elderly population and other populations? GrantWatch.com has them listed by state and category. 

    About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantWatch.

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    Recent Grants Awarded for State, County, Community, Neighborhood, Arts and Farm Programs

    Did you for a single moment think that funding has dried up?  Well if you did, you would be very wrong.  You need to know where to look for grants. GrantWatch.com adds on average, about 500 to 800 new currently available grants, per week to the website. The money is out there and you can see that by the over 35 million grant awards across the country for state, county, community, neighborhood, arts and farm programs.

    Look below to see the grants awarded over the past few weeks that include many local and state grants as well as some national grants. Here are some of them. 

    New York State Awards

    New York State has awarded more than $4 million in farmland protection grants to preserve four farms in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties.

    The grants, announced Thursday, are part of $35 million awarded to 40 farms in 19 counties across the state. The program is designed to offset some of the costs that local governments, land trusts and soil-and-water conservation districts incur in acquiring conservation easements to protect agricultural land from being converted to non-agricultural use.

    The grants include:

    • Town of Warwick: $989,700 to protect 145 acres of a beef cattle operation owned by William Brown and Barbara Felton in Warwick. The town previously purchased development rights for 293 acres and another state grant protected 78 acres at the same farm. The town will contribute $329,900.

    • Orange County Land Trust: $2 million to protect 152 acres of a horse-boarding operation and summer riding camp with Wallkill River frontage owned by Annette Mohn and Denise Dahms in Montgomery. The grant will help the owners transition to retirement as well as convert some acreage to other farm purposes.

    • Scenic Hudson Land Trust: $803,700 to protect 157 acres of a vegetable, fruit and livestock operation and agritourism destination owned by Chris Kelder and Alonzo Grace in Accord. The award will help the Kelders transfer ownership of their portion to their son. Scenic Hudson will contribute $300,700.

    • Sullivan County: $491,250 to protect 233 acres of a livestock operation and agritourism destination owned by Andrew and Tanya Hahn in Jeffersonville. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will contribute $5,000. (Forbes: www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2019/01/01/college-completion-grants)

    Grants for $10 million to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities and Programs 

    State and federal agencies as well as corporate and private foundations are taking the problem seriously, offering grants for addiction treatment, recovery and prevention. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced an additional $10 million dollars in state funding for expanding addiction treatment services across New York state, (AP), to support development of dozens of new withdrawal and stabilization or residential treatment beds. The funding is being administered by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The money will be distributed through a request-for-applications process. 

    (AP Nes: www.apnews.com/ab1bd0b9131246848b920e01a13806b6)

    Cedar Falls, Iowa Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa awarded grants to 22 non-profit organizations in Black Hawk County totaling $306,677, in their fall 2018 grant cycle, according to News 7 KWWL.
    (kwwl.com/news/2019/01/14/0ver-300000-in-grants-awarded-from-community-foundation-of-northeast-iowa/)

    Grants fell into the categories of community betterment, education, environment, health and community services. 

    Community Betterment

    • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Community Center
    • Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, Service-Learning: Engaging Youth in Service to the Cedar Valley

    Education

    • Hawkeye Community College, Hawkeye Community College Family Literacy Program
    • Cedar Valley Readers, Coalition Building
    • The Job Foundation, Financial Stewardship Mentoring Program

    Environment

    • City of Waterloo, 2019 Ash Tree Replacement Project

    Health

    • Allen Memorial Hospital, Allen Child Protection Center
    • Cedar Valley Hospice, People Development System and Training Lab
    • SuccessLink, Success Street Coordinator

    Human Service

    • Friends of the Family, Victim Services
    • EMBARC, REACH | Refugee Empowered Access to Community Health
    • Exceptional Persons, Inc , Employment Services
    • Family & Children’s Council, Parent Education
    • House of Hope, General Operating Support
    • Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Neighborhood Revitalization
    • Iowa Legal Aid, Improving Efficiencies Through Technology
    • Lutheran Services in Iowa, Black Hawk County HOPES
    • North Star Community Services, Inclusion Through Theater
    • Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Produce & Perishable Distribution
    • Operation Threshold, Refugee Services
    • Waypoint Services, Waypoint’s Domestic Violence Victim Services Program
    • YWCA of Black Hawk County, Multicultural Services

    Capital Improvement Grants, Ft. Wayne, Indiana  – 11 Neighborhood Grants Awarded 

    Motorists waiting for the light to change in Fort Wayne, Indiana will soon have something colorful for their eyes to peruse – a new mural to be created by Jerrod Tobias.  The public art piece on the north wall of 1434 Wells St. is one of 11 neighborhood improvements funded by the city's neighborhood grant program this year.

    Grants of up to $5,000 were awarded Monday, January 7th.

    The grants fund capital improvements that enhance spaces within public view. They are given to Fort Wayne's registered neighborhood associations and area partnerships that apply and meet federal income qualifications – a majority of households must be at or below 80 percent of the area's median income.

    The qualifications are set by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, which distributes the dollars. 

    Shawna Nicelley, proprietor of GI Joe's Army Surplus Store and president of the Wells Corridor Business Association, said she had been talking to the artist about painting a mural on the north side of  the former Linda Lou's used furniture store next to GI Joe's.

    Nicelley and her parents recently bought the building and are restoring it to two storefronts and upstairs apartments, she said.

    When she heard about the neighborhood grant, she collaborated with Bud Mendenhall, president of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood Association, to develop the application.

    The 30-by-80-foot mural will play off nature and historic themes, she said, because the street is named for William Wells, a white man who lived among the Miamis during pioneer days.

    Tobias plans to depict a howling coyote, foxes, a river, sunset, a field of flowers a building to represent the street's history.

    “We gave him our thoughts, and he just ran with it,” Nicelley said.

    “I don't know how he does it.”

    She added the $5,000 grant, plus she and the business association will pick up the costs, which include additional site preparation.

    The new mural is one of two funded by the neighborhood grants.

    The other neighborhood grant, also awarded $5,000, will be on the wall of Tasty Pizza at Fairfield Avenue and Maxine Drive in the Historic Fairmont neighborhood. 

    Other projects funded for $5,000 are a dozen pole-mounted signs in the West Central neighborhood and a recreational green space called Peace Park, which was created from an underused parking lot by Simpson United Methodist Church and the Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood Association.

    A new heating and air conditioning system for the Oxford Community Association's community center also received $5,000. (www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20181219/11-neighborhood-grants-awarded)

    Other grants awarded:

    • Nebraska Neighborhood Association, $4,800 for a welcome marker for the West Main Street business district

    • Lafayette Place Improvement Association, $3,707.78 for a neighborhood market at Petit Avenue and South Calhoun street and landscaping for the blighted lot containing it

    • Southwest Area Partnership, working with the Packard Area Planning Alliance, $1,526 for a marker that recognizes the former site of the historic Packard Piano and Organ Co. along Fairfield Avenue at Packard Park

    • Pettit-Rudisill Neighborhood, $492 for sign replacement in a neighborhood-owned pocket park at Rudisill Boulevard and Robinwood Drive

    • Historic South Wayne Neighborhood, $1,184 for seven pole-mounted neighborhood identification signs

    • Mount Vernon Park Neighborhood, $4,800 for two neighborhood identification markers 

    Projects must be completed by October.

    St. Paul, Minnesota  – Regional Fire Departments Receive Grants for Equipment, according to the West Central Tribrune of Willmar, Minnesota, $600,000 in funds were awarded in total to 73 state fire departments.  
    (wctrib.com/news/government-and-politics/4549148-regional-fire-departments-receive-grants-equipment)

    National – Scholarships, Financial Aid 

    College Completion Grants or Home Stretch Grants (Ongoing). These grants are awarded by a number of universities including the University of Missouri – St. Louis and Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis. (Forbes: January 1, 2019).

    In cities where students often live at home, or are already out on their own, students often are already working, still living at home and might be responsible for contributing to the family's expenses. 

    According to former university president, author Thomas Nietzel, College completion or home stretch grants are something every college should offer. 

    There are plenty of grants out there and you need to be in it to win it.  Search for grants on GrantWatch.com.

     

    About the Author: This article is a compilation of news articles on grants, compiled by staff at GrantNews.

    Sources:

    https://kwwl.com/news/2019/01/14/0ver-300000-in-grants-awarded-from-community-foundation-of-northeast-iowa/
     

    How To Find The Community Health Grant You’re Searching For On GrantWatch

    "Community Health" refers to programs that seek to improve the health characteristics of different communities by involving the community in health decision-making.

    "Half a century ago, Martin Luther King said 'Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.' Today we have deep insights on how to pinpoint and address those very inequalities," the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation tweeted Monday. The RWJF is just one organization that furnishes grants to nonprofits in the field of community health and environmental medicine that you can find on GrantWatch

    If I search the most appropriate main category on the left side of the website of Health & Medical, I can review about 1,000 grants.

    However, after reviewing a few of these grants you find the term "community heath" is a more targeted term for what you are looking for and you start a keyword search with the term community health.

    FYI: The Community Health Network for North Central Massachusetts recently awarded mini-grants totaling $20,000 to 13 North Central Massachusetts community organizations. How did those organizations know they were eligible to apply for the grant? How did they find it? 

    Today, as this article is being written we searched with the key word of community health and identified 65 possible grants. 

     

    Search for Grants by Keyword Search

     

    Here are just two of the 65 community health grants listed on Grantwatch. 

    Grants to USA, Canada, and International  Nonprofits to Promote Health Equity: Deadline, Ongoing

    Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations that are working to reduce health disparities and improve community health navigation. Funding is intended to enable individuals throughout the world to achieve the best possible health. The overall focus of this program is health equity, helping people overcome barriers to their health and well-being related to factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, age, geography, or economics. 

    Grants to USA Nonprofits to Provide Services to International Populations of Vulnerable Children: Deadline: Ongoing

    Grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations for programs and activities in the developing world. Funding will typically be provided to organizations that work at the grassroots level providing direct services to children. The funding source's current grantmaking program is focused on several international populations of particularly vulnerable children and also supports organizations that enable entrepreneurs to build sustainable economic communities for their children and families. 

    The term community health refers to communities and therefore you need to know the target area you plan to search: a specific community, city, state, country, international or anywhere around the world. 

    Combining keywords  with your service area will help you find grants that will meet the needs of the individuals and whole communities that your organization serves.

    OTHER KEYWORDS: The term "community health" refers to programs and assistance for people ranging in age from infants to the elderly, immigrants and native born citizens. The programs eligible for funding can fall under grant categories such as health & medical, mental health, nutrition, environmental health and more. 

    Use the keyword search bar with words that refer to the programs you want to develop or fund, like: medical, dental, family services, nutrition, environmental, food, water, soil and air quality, quality of life, or words that describe stressors of life, like: traffic, financial concerns, work satisfaction or employment on our mental, emotion and physical health; or women's issues, like: women's health, pregnancy, mother and child, health of fetuses, rate of miscarriage, and others.

    Grantors for research and evaluation type activities in community health seek to develop and increase the evidence around a set of approaches which may be listed under "public health", that improve community health and well-being and advance health equity.

    To find grants on any of the topics under the "community health" umbrella you might need to get creative. Many are listed under that title, but still others can be found under headings of their individual categories listed on the right hand column of the GrantWatch website, or through an advanced search. Search terms such as "academic research grants," "community grants," "social services," "environmental medicine, or "healthcare" might list the grant you're searching and eligible for. 

    "Try searching under a different category or using different keywords in our advanced search. At GrantWatch, new grants are posted daily, so keep coming back to check.  My staff is available to help you navigate our website.  To better assist you, we have a live chat and phone during business hours and emails for during and after hours," offers Libby Hikind, creator, founder and CEO of GrantWatch.  "Once you've found one grant, don't stop, you can apply for more than one grant at the same time, in order to fully fund your programs." 

     

    Here are some of the winners of this year's mini-grant awards for community health in Massachusetts: 

    Fitchburg's Community Health Connections that will use its grant to offer transportation to patients, in hopes of reducing missed appointments and delayed healthcare. 

    The YWCA of Central Mass will provide North Central domestic violence survivors with bus passes, cab/ride sharing fares, and gas cards so that survivors can access crucial services that help them progress from a state of crisis to stability.

    Leominster's Growing Places, Inc. will use grant funds to support the Winchendon Community Garden Project, developing a customized garden plan for Winchendon.

    The Spanish American Center will expand its community meals program, which works to reduce hunger and social isolation for low income members of the Leominster community.  

    Fitchburg's Be PAWSitive Therapy Pets and Community Education will expand operations and train new pet therapy teams.

    Sign up to get an updated lists of grants in your state sent directly to your inbox. 

    About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantNews and all the GrantWatch websites.

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    An In-Kind Grant Could Be Just What You Need – Donations In-Kind and or Pro-Bono Services

    What could be better than getting something that you thought you'd have to go out and buy? In-kind grants can be equipment a company provides to your organization.

    The term pro bono originally applied to established professions such as medicine, the law, accounting, etc., pro bono publico work meant, literally, "for the public good" — and it was considered a duty of members of a profession to offer some part of their services at reduced fee or free to those in need.

    Today, the use of the term has expanded to encompass any sort of volunteer service in which someone donates skills for which he or she would otherwise be paid. So if a web designer creates a web site for an organization at no charge, or a financial planner offers to give a lecture to your staff and community with proceeds going to your organization, that's pro bono service. 

    GrantWatch includes many in-kind grants, some are from major companies like Best Buy and other well-known computer and technology companies.  In-kind grants and donations provide goods, and pro-bono services instead of cash. The process of applying for the grant is basically the same as with monetary grants. 

    Goods awards can include tangible items such as computers, software, cars, clothing, furniture, books, supplies, and office equipment, for use by your organization or for special events like silent auctions and raffles. Goods may also be intangible, such as advertising, meeting space, photocopies, patents, royalties,and copyrights. Goods can range from brand new to used items. They can be surplus items or equipment that is even just loaned for a period of time. 

    Another type of in-kind grant can be cash equivalents like gift certificates.

    In-kind services are pro bono professional services donated by groups such as corporations, small businesses, vendors, colleges, individual professionals or tradespeople. For example, your organization could be given training by an expert fundraiser, or a specific number of hours of professional development, accounting or legal services. 

    What could be better than the gift of time? When a successful expert like the CEO of a financial planning company, an up and coming web designer or professional photographer offers their time and expertise, the recipients profit greatly, often more than they would have if they'd gotten the cash equivalent of that expert's time and services. 

    GrantWatch posts in-kind donation grants that add great value for organizations and businesses fitting the granter's requirements. Two are listed below.

    Grants and In-Kind Technical Support to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, 
    and Agencies for Innovative Plastics Recycling Programs, Deadline: 1/31/19.

    Grants and in-kind support to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, materials recovery facilities, and for-profit organizations to initiate a plastics recycling program in local communities throughout the country. Funding and technical assistance are intended to support the Funding Source's new innovative program, where difficult-to-recycle plastics are diverted from landfills and converted into reusable materials.

    Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible States
    to Establish Technology Centers for Teens
    , Deadline: 2/1/19

    Grants of up to $50,000 and in-kind services to California, Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Kansas, and Missouri nonprofit organizations in eligible cities to help establish technology centers and programs for teenagers. Funding is intended to support community-based organizations that have an existing after-school teen program and a commitment to serving youth in underserved communities. 

    The mission is to provide a fun, interactive learning space where teens explore technology to discover new interests, collaborate with one another, and prepare for the future. 

     

    Many corporations and businesses prefer to provide in-kind support, so, if your funding request has options for in-kind support, this may be a great way to start a relationship with a corporate funder. Look for a match between what you need and a company's products.

    It's important to note, in-kind gifts must be accounted for differently than cash for tax purposes, so be sure to consult a tax expert.

     

    About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantWatch.com.

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    Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Grant Awarded to JED Foundation

    Getting back to school after a break can trigger feelings of anxiety and stress for many teens and young adults. When one is able to shake off those feelings after a day or two, it's normal, but when those feelings are profound and continue for weeks or months, it's best to seek assistance and learn coping methods to avoid a downward spiral leading to feelings of hopelessness and despair. 

    Approximately half of all young adults with a mental health condition are not receiving adequate treatment, and mental health support tends to be underfunded among even the best colleges and universities. Untreated, mental health issues and the consequences of bullying can lead to suicidal thoughts and feelings, and in more and more cases, to suicide itself.  

    The Suicide Prevention Coalition states suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between 10 and 24 years old and results in approximately 5,000 deaths a year in the U.S. 

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.

    About 30% of those who attempt suicide tell someone before, so if you know or suspect that someone might be suicidal, there's a good chance that you can help.

    • When some talks to you, that is the moment for intervention
    • With each suicide attempt, risk of suicide increases.

    Your organization can locate grants for mental health and suicide prevention programs in the GrantWatch.com database. 

    The JED Foundation is a national nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, equips teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults; and encourages community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

     The JED Foundation was recently awarded a grant for $300,000 by the US HBC Foundation to expand JED Campus, efforts in partnering with colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programming and systems.  Some JED programs include: JED Campus, Settogo.org, Ulifeline.org, Halfofus.com and Loveislouder.com.

    The U.S. HBC Foundation, the charitable arm of Hudson’s Bay Company, announced their $6 million (CAD) commitment to mental health initiatives across North America by 2021. The HBC Foundation is dedicated to making mental health a priority in every community by increasing understanding and improving access to care.

    The grant will establish the HBC Foundation Campus Scholarship Fund to support JED Campus – a nationwide initiative designed to help guide colleges and universities through assessing and building upon their existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. 

    The Fund will enable JED to increase their reach by over half a million students, working with more colleges and universities nationwide to invest in mental health resources and substance abuse programming. In addition to supporting these schools, JED Campus also brings the importance of mental health to the forefront of national attention. 

    “We are incredibly grateful to receive HBC’s generosity and support,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director and CEO of The Jed Foundation. “Their gift will help us work with more campuses to help develop and implement plans to better support the well-being of their students by strengthening their policies, programs and systems around mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention.”

    The HBC Foundation first announced the launch of the HBC Foundation Campus Scholarship Fund at a Get With The Times event on Thursday, November 29th, 2018. Get With The Times is The New York Times’s live event series that explores provocative issues college students face today. Hosted at Tufts University in Boston, the HBC Foundation awarded its first scholarship to the Tufts campus. The event also featured a conversation with five-time NBA All-Star and champion, Kevin Love, and Sports of The Times columnist, Juliet Macur, about Love’s personal mental health journey.

    Suicide Risk Factors

    Risk factors are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take their life.

    Health Factors

    • Mental health conditions
      • Depression
      • Substance use problems
      • Bipolar disorder
      • Schizophrenia
      • Personality traits of aggression, mood changes and poor relationships
      • Conduct disorder
      • Anxiety disorders
    • Serious physical health conditions including pain
    • Traumatic brain injury

    Environmental Factors

    • Access to lethal means including firearms and drugs
    • Prolonged stress, such as harassment, bullying, relationship problems or unemployment
    • Stressful life events, like rejection, divorce, financial crisis, other life transitions or loss
    • Exposure to another person’s suicide, or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of suicide

    Historical Factors

    • Previous suicide attempts
    • Family history of suicide
    • Childhood abuse, neglect or trauma

    Here are some suggestions. 

    1.   Take it seriously, even if your friend brushes it off. Suicidal ideation (continual suicidal thoughts) is not typical, and it reflects a larger problem.
    2. Do not leave the person alone.
    3. Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
    4. Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.
    5.  Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
    6.  Ask, listen, tell, if the threat is immediate stay with the person.
    7.    Bring friend to a trusted adult. If they don’t know what to do or don’t take it seriously find another adult.
    8.    Be a good listener but remember that having suicidal thoughts reflects a bigger underlying problem such as depression, substance problems, abuse, or problem-solving difficulties. You can listen, but they need to speak to a professional.

      Other places to reach out to for help:

      Crisis Text Line: Text Home to 741741 for a confidential text conversation any time of the day or night. 

      The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time.

      Tevor Lifeline provides suicide prevention counselling and assistance for the LGBTQ community. Tel: 866-488-7386. 

      The International Association for Suicide Prevention or Befrienders Worldwide have resources and numbers to call in different countries around the world for assistance. 

      Find grants for mental health and suicide prevention programs in the GrantWatch.com database. 

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      Research Grants to Prevent Drug Abuse and the Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports

      Substance abuse in our communities and especially in sports is a major problem.

      Grantmakers, nonprofits, small businesses and individual researchers can do much to eliminate substance abuse in our communities. 

      The class of drugs known as anabolic steroids are legally available only by prescription and are prescribed to treat a variety of conditions that cause a loss of lean muscle mass.

      Anabolic steroids (anabolic-androgenic steroids) are synthetic versions of the male hormone testosterone that help the body metabolize ingested proteins and facilitate the synthesis of skeletal muscle. They also delay fatigue and may create a feeling of euphoria. These substances can be natural or artificially produced. 

      From high school level to Olympic and professional athletes, steroid use was prohibited due to the unfair advantage it gives to athletes due to the performance enhancing effects of these drugs, but in addition, they've become an even more serious problem due to the dangerous side effects and health risks involved with taking them. 

      In January 2005, the Anabolic Steroid Control Act was amended with the Controlled Substance Act making possession of anabolic steroids and prohormones (a precursor to a hormone) a federal crime.

      Despite criminalization of non-medical use of anabolic steroids and evidence that using them can cause many serious health problems, some athletes continue to use them to build muscle mass, increase their speed and be able to withstand grueling workout schedules and continue playing despite pain and injuries.

      Even with a prescription, use of anabolic steroids is banned by all major sports associations including the Olympics, the NBA, the NHL, and the NFL. In addition, steroids are highly addictive and coming off them must be done gradually, with caution, to avoid severe, possibly life threatening consequences. 

      Steroids are taken in either pill form or injections. The most common dosing is done in cycles of weeks or months, with a short break between. This is called "cycling," other methods include "stacking" which refers to the use of several different types of steroids at the same time and "pyramiding," which involves slowly increasing the number, the amount, or the frequency of steroids to reach a peak and then gradually tapering the amount and frequency of the drug. 

      Doses taken by steroid abusers are often 10 to 100 times higher than the what would be medically prescribed for legitimate use. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) maintains an extensive list of all banned performance-enhancing substances.

      Some organizations and agencies are seeking to find a solution to the use of drugs by athletes by offering research grants to eligible academics and researchers.

      Projects which enhance knowledge surrounding (suspected or known) performance enhancing substances, provide reference materials, collect and test samples from critical populations, or justify/impact anti-doping policies are excellent candidates for the grant listed below.

      Grants to USA, Canada, and International Investigators for Short-Term Research Projects to Prevent Drug Use in Sports

      Grants of up to $75,000 to USA, Canada, and International researchers to complete a short-term (less than 6 months) research project that works towards solving an acute anti-doping problem or prepares for a larger-scale project. Projects could include expanding knowledge on performance enhancing substances, providing reference materials, or collecting and testing samples from critical populations.

      Projects eligible for micro-grant funding will satisfy the following guidelines:
      – The applicant seeks to solve an acute anti-doping problem or gather preliminary data for a larger scale grant.
      – The research does not require IRB approval, or IRB approval has been obtained ahead of applying for a micro-grant.
      – The application is not designed to supplement existing funds from a primary funder. If this organization is not the sole funder of the project, the rationale behind seeking multiple funding sources must be provided within the application. 
      – The project’s investigators represent a single institution. If investigators from multiple institutions wish to collaborate on a Micro-Grant, a letter of support or cooperation from the secondary institution must accompany the application. 
       

      Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits for Projects and Research on HGH and Performance-Enhancing Substances, deadline: 5/3/19

      Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations for projects in the areas of outreach, education, science, and research that investigate medical uses or the health repercussions of using human growth hormone, steroids, or other performance-enhancing drugs or substances. In 2015, the Fund provided a grant of $115,000. Although multi-year grants are not awarded, applicants are eligible to apply each year.

      Health Risks 

      There are many health risks from the use and abuse of anabolic steroids, some are gender specific, while others effect both sexes. Troubling gender specific effects have been found. These include: For men: infertility, breast development, shrinking of the testicles, male-pattern baldness and severe acne and cysts, while women develop deeper voices, excessive growth of body hair, male-pattern baldness, severe acne and cysts.

      Other Effects include delayed growth in adolescents, tendon rupture, increased heart and blood pressure problems, (cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks, enlarged left ventricle), cancer, jaundice, fluid retention, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and emotional and psychological effects such as rage and aggression (commonly referred to as “roid rage”), mania and delusions. Withdrawal symptoms can also be acute. They include mood swings, depression, fatigue and irritability, loss of appetite, insomnia, and aggression. Depression can even lead to suicide attempts, if untreated.

      Search for grants on GrantWatch and MWBEzone. New grant listings are posted daily to the database. For more information contact support@grantwatch.com or call 561-249-4129.

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      How Can Grants Help You or Your Organization?

      Unlike loans, grants are essentially “free money" that never needs to be repaid. Whether you're an individual, a business, or a nonprofit, there can be grants out there that can help you with the funding you need to meet your basic needs or advance to the next level.

      Getting a grant requires preparation, planning and following through, but grants allow many people to pursue projects and go after goals they wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to achieve. Grants are generally categorized by type and who is eligible. 

      Applicants need to meet the criteria for what the grant makers are looking to fund.  Some grants might fall under a number of categories at the same time, such as disaster relief aid for schools, or grants for day care, stem, arts programs, after care and health care for underprivileged populations.

      Here are some popular categories and some opportunities. 

      Social Programs and Education Oriented Grants

      Grants support many other social programs, such as environmental improvement projects, literacy centers and helping people with disabilities. Many corporations invest funds in such programs at home or abroad, as the Chronicle of Philanthropy website says. Often a program must have nonprofit status, be a government institution, or be affiliated with a school to receive such a grant. These grants help communities to grow stronger and take care of those in need of assistance.  

      Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Communities for Summer Reading Programs and Environmental Education, Deadline: 01/31/19

      Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible states and counties for reading and educational programs for K-12 children. Funding is intended to support programming to prevent summer reading loss for K-3 children as well as to promote K-12 instruction of environmental, engineering, and energy-related subjects. Counties in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina that are served by the Foundation are eligible to apply.

      Emergency Preparedness Homeland and National Security Grants

      With security issues as they are, and disasters unfortunately being so frequent, preparedness is of top priority. These grants allow towns, cities, schools and community centers, faith-based organizations and other entities to prepare for emergencies. Funds may support training and equipment that facilitate preparedness, or pay the salaries of emergency workers. Such grants help communities to stay safe and give people a sense of security.

      Grants for Disaster Relief 

      These grants allow individuals and communities to recover following floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, acts of war and other natural disasters, airplane and train crashes. Such grants assist impacted individuals, communities, schools and more. 

      Grants to Improving Facilities – Capital Funding

      Some grants help schools, nonprofits and other entities to improve their facilities when they don't have the funds to complete repairs and renovations on their own. Grants often provide funds for rebuilding or renovating damaged structures, weatherproofing buildings, making structures more environmentally friendly, or adding additional structures to serve the needs of a growing population. These are often called capital campaigns or capital funding. 

      Education and Technology Grants

      Some grants provide funds for technology, books and other crucial materials in schools and community centers, as well as professional development for teachers, or for students to go to college or for adults to go back to school. Others provide funds to enrichment programs like summer camps to support economically disadvantaged children who wish to participate. 

      Competitions and Research Grants

      Numerous grants for environmental and health concerns from associations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSH), the USDA and other institutions support groundbreaking academic research. Others are available through academic institutions and state utilities like electric or gas companies. Through this funding, researchers learn how to overcome diseases, environmental ills, social disparities and other major concerns. Some researchers use grants to travel to study in other countries to learn from them or find out the different problems and conditions there that need to be addressed . Institutions of higher education depend on research and research grants to develop and maintain reputations for excellence in scholarship.  

      Prizes to USA, Canada, and International Students and Professionals for Designing an Energy Efficient Building: Deadline: 1/28/19

      Prizes of up to $25,000 to USA, Canada, and International architects, urban planners, engineers, landscape architects, designers, and students for designing an energy efficient recreation center on a California university campus. All applicants must first register before the final deadline. The purpose of this competition is to demonstrate and promote net-zero energy building projects.

      Grants for Arts and Culture

      Grants fund artistic endeavors as well, supporting visionary projects that may help people to see the world from a new perspective. The National Endowment for the Arts and many foundations provide such funding. Like research grants, these sources of funding help colleges and universities build their reputations, and students and professors advance.  

      Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible States 
      for Arts, Education, Health, and Environment,
      Deadline: 4/01/2019 

      Grants starting at $50,000 to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, and Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for projects, operating, and capital support that will benefit underserved communities. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Focus areas include arts and culture, education, the environment, health, and welfare. Collaboration and joint applications that bridge two or more areas of interest are encouraged.

      GrantWatch.com can help you find grants in these and other categories. 

       

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      Four Reasons to Apply for A Small Grant

      When looking for a grant, it's only natural to look for as large a monetary sum as possible, but that's not always the best approach to take. Smaller grants might be easier to find and win, especially if you're a small nonprofit or business just starting out. Sure you need lots of capital to fund your new venture, but sometimes several smaller, more specific grants can supply the funding you need while you learn the ropes and develop relationships with funders.  

      At GrantWatch.com, we list grants of all sizes for nonprofits, small business and individuals. We are here to tell you: 

      Don't overlook the impact of small grants.

      There are 4 things to remember about small grants: size is relative, small grants can be powerful, and small grants are comparable to large grants.

      1. The size of the grant is relative. The size of your organization will determine how large the grant really is. A grassroots organization or a start-up might see a $5,000 grant as sizeable. Sometimes, a small, flexible spending grant can be easier to manage than a large grant with many stipulations. The size of the grant can also be relative to where you are located. $5,000 may go further in Kansas than New York City.

      2.  Small grants can provide non-financial supports like contacts or capacity building. Once you prove yourself to grant funders and foundations with small grants, getting larger ones will be much easier. 

      3. Small grants can be powerful. They can enable innovation. While they may not be able to fund the entirety of a new program, they could help you buy a computer or two, get supplies you need, pay your utilities for a few months, or acquire new technology or training. Small grants can raise awareness of bigger issues. For instance, a small grant to health and human services could specify eligibility for runaway youth services, bringing to light the issue of homeless youth. Further programming and development could work to meet these needs. 

      4. Small grants are comparable to large grants. Despite the size of the grant, the grants management process is the same. For instance, awarded grants are often monitored. Also, a small grant can be an anchor for larger funding and growth in the future. And, no organization would be unappreciative of a grant. Any amount of funding is better than no funding at all.

      Keep these things in mind while you search GrantWatch.com for your organization’s funding needs. We have both large and small grants. Use the green chat box to start a conversation with one of our grant specialists and receive lists of grants by area of interest. Or, search for grants yourself by using our categories listed to the right of the homepage. 

      About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantWatch.com

      Disaster Relief Doesn’t End When the News Moves On

      Can you name all the hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires of the past season? Thank G-d, many barely reach our radars – or the hurricane storm tracker radar – but others are remembered, with relief efforts continuing, for many years to come. 

      When disasters make the news and are fresh in our memories, the collective conscious and conscience, donations pour in, but often don't reach all those in need, and are just a start of all the funds required to rebuild towns, cities and countries, long after the reporters and most volunteers have packed up and gone home.

      Grants for disaster relief can be found on GrantWatch.com. Here are three of them:

      Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to 
      Support Volunteer Staff Providing Community Services, 1/30/19

      Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs to support volunteer staff members carrying out a broad range of community services. National applicants must consult with state commissions prior to applying. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take at least three to four weeks to complete. 

      Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Counties 
      to Assist Individuals Affected by Hurricane Maria, 12/28/18.

      Grants to New York nonprofit community organizations and government agencies in eligible communities to assist individuals who have migrated from Puerto Rico or are unemployed or underemployed due to Hurricane Maria. Funding is intended to provide job readiness and career development services, outreach and enrollment activities, employment access, follow-up services, and supportive services to the target population.

      Grants to USA School Libraries in Multiple States to Recover from Natural Disasters, Ongoing

      Grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to USA public school libraries in multiple states that have been affected by a natural disaster. Funding is available to help libraries in PreK-12 schools replace and restore collections, equipment, and media. In addition to the regular grants program, a limited number of catastrophic grants of $50,000 will be issued to schools that have experienced significant damage or loss of library materials.

      For over a year, Arkansas Pass citizens have been hard at work rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey destroyed their homes, businesses and public buildings. Harvey wasn’t expected to cause such devastation to this coastal bend Texas town, over 20 miles from Corpus Christi. Nevertheless, Landmark Apostolic Pentecostal Church lost their building, which housed the sanctuary, offices, a day care center and gymnasium. They canceled church the Sunday the hurricane hit but were back to preach and commune together the next Sunday, just six days later. Pastor William Riley said, “We were getting ready to add on to the building, so we had some money saved dedicated for that, but instead, it’s been used to clean up the site, demolish the building, and rent a tent, so we could continue to meet right away.”

      “It was amazing to see the military presence, army, troopers, police and national guard came. There was no power for two to three weeks. We had to drive 20 to 30 miles to Corpus Christi to get any provisions we needed like food and gas." 

      "We just pushed forward. Singing, playing music, preaching, when we’re in that tent you can hear us for a country mile.”

      “The office was blown apart. Paper work was all gone. The storm surge came in and around from the back side of the property and destroyed it all.”

      They’ve had church in a tent for over a year now, in makeshift accommodations. The gymnasium, 'phase one' in their recovery efforts, is due to be completed. “We’re putting in 10 to 18 hours a day to finish phase one. We still need light fixtures, electrical, framing, sheetrock, metal studs, insulation and such.”

      Next, they’ll get to work on the Lighthouse Learning Center Day Care and finally on a new sanctuary and offices, but the money’s already run out. They’ve gotten some donations, but most of their community was so hard hit their members need help themselves.

      Apparently, since Hurricane Rita, all the big insurance companies dropped wind and storm damage coverage. The policy they got through the state, only covered half the value of the property plus all the repairs, when the insurance payment finally came through. They got a loan from SBA and met with 5-6 FEMA representatives. "They didn’t give us anything, even though we had a day care.  I’d have to hire a full-time staff just to get through the re-tape and requirements they set. It was just not workable.  We paid for everything out of our savings and the associate pastor, my family and I have been doing all the work ourselves.”  People were out of work, many businesses were destroyed including Riley’s own, supplying dump-trucks, back hoes, tools and heavy equipment. It all got salt water damage. 

      The day care, which should be back up and running in January, should generate some income and bring a few jobs back to the community, but they don’t know where the rest of the funding will come from, so they’ve started looking for grants.   

      In the past the Florida Irma Emergency Flood Relief Fund raised money on YouHelp.com. Let's Build 100 Homes in Puerto Rico and the citizens of  South West Georgia have current crowdfunding campaigns on YouHelp. There communities were some of the hardest hit by hurricanes. Many have lost everything, but all have been dramatically affected by lack of access to food, water, and power. Donations help provide much needed supplies to children and families to their fulfill basic needs. 

      Find grants on GrantWatch.com for disaster relief and a host of other categories, or  Donate to Disaster  Assistance campaigns on YouHelp.com.

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