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Funding / Grants

STRENGTHENING DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS

Deadline: December 21, 2021
National Endowment for Democracy
Amount: $50,000 average

NED is interested in proposals from nonpartisan programs that aim to promote and defend human rights and the rule of law; support freedom of information and independent media; strengthen democratic ideas and values; promote accountability and transparency; strengthen civil society organizations; strengthen democratic political processes and institutions; promote civic education; support democratic conflict resolution; promote freedom of association; and strengthen a broad-based market economy.

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FM GLOBAL FIRE PREVENTION GRANT

Application Date:  December 31, 2021
FM Global
Amount: $2,500

Funding requests will be considered to help support organizations working to combat fire for a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts.  The following categories are within the scope of the program.
• Pre-Incident Planning
• Fire Prevention Education/Training
• Arson Prevention/Fire Investigation

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CLASSICS for KIDS FOUNDATION GRANT

Application Date:  December 31, 2021
Classics for Kids Foundation
Amount: Funds received through this grant will be used only for the purpose of obtaining instruments through CFKF’s authorized
instrument provider, or after discussion with CFKF, an alternate provider of instruments of similar quality.

If your school or non-profit organization believes in the role of fine instruments in your program, and can show evidence of need and commitment to raising matching funds, you are a strong candidate for the Classics for Kids matching grant program

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KARMA for CARA FOUNDATION INVITES APPLICATIONS for YOUTH SERVICE PROJECTS GRANTS

Application Date:  January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1, 2022
PND for Candid:  Karma for Cara Foundation
Amount: micro-grants up to $1,000

The Karma for Cara Foundation was established by 21-year-old Cara Becker and her family while Cara was being treated for leukemia; the foundation provides assistance to young citizen leaders nationwide.

To that end, the foundation invites applications for its micro-grant program, which will award micro-grants of up to $1,000 to students 18 years of age and younger to complete projects that benefit their communities. Micro-grants are intended to serve as a bridge between ideas and action that assist young citizen leaders in executing and magnifying their initiatives to help repair the world. Examples of eligible projects include transforming a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens ready their home for winter.

If applying on the behalf of an entire class or student group, the foundation requests that applicants designate a maximum of three student leaders to be the main points of contact for the project.

Link to RFP

LITERARY ARTS EMERGENCY FUND OPENS for SECOND ROUND of FUNDING

Deadline: January 5, 2022
PND by Candid: CLMP
Amount:  $5,000 to $50,000

The Academy of American PoetsCommunity of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), and National Book Foundation are welcoming applications for a second round of funding through the Literary Arts Emergency Fund. A total of $4.3 million is available for nonprofit literary arts organizations and publishers experiencing continued financial losses due to COVID-19. Regrants from this fund are made possible by a renewed grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Find the RFP here

IMPACT FUND OFFERS SUPPORT for LITIGATION to ADVANCE SOCIAL JUSTICE

Deadline: January 11, 2022 (letters of interest)
PND by Candid:  Impact Fund
Amount: $10,000-$50,000

The Impact Fund provides grants to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and poverty law.

To that end, grants will be awarded to nonprofit legal service providers, private attorneys, and/or small law firms working to advance justice in the areas of civil rights, human rights, anti-poverty, and environmental justice cases that affect a marginalized group. Grants typically range between $10,000 and $50,000 and are usually awarded for a particular case, but occasionally the fund will support a series of cases connected by a common strategy. Most grants are for class actions, but multi-plaintiff and environmental justice cases that aim to significantly affect a larger system are encouraged.

Find the RFP here

FOREST HEALTH AND OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES GRANTS

Deadline: January 12, 2022
National Forest Foundation
Amount: 1:1 matching grants

The NFF matching awards program provides funding for on-the-ground results-oriented projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences in national forests and grasslands. Two focus areas through the program have been identified: Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health.

Proposals must align with one or both of the strategic focus areas and/or cohesively integrate the two. Projects should show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through direct public participation.

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JAMS FOUNDATION INVITES APPLICATIONS for Pre-K-12 CONFLICT RESOLUTION and TRAINING

Deadline: January 14, 2022 (initial project idea)
PND by Candid: JAMS Foundation
Amount:  up to $40,000

The focus of the 2022 funding cycle is on projects with the potential to increase adolescents’ capacity to engage in and respond constructively to these challenging times by providing them opportunities to be trained in and use conflict resolution skills in one of the following settings: foster care, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, school/afterschool programming organization, and youth correctional facilities.

Find the RFP here

RISING TIDE FOUNDATION INVITES LOIs for FREEDOM in PRACTICE GRANTS PROGRAM

Deadline: November 22, 2022 Rolling (Letters of Intent)
PND by Candid:  Rising Tide Foundation
Amount: $

The Rising Tide Foundation, which aims to promote freedom to improve the quality of life everywhere, was created with the belief that those who are most vulnerable to critical issues and who are willing and ready to take on responsibility are the most effective agents of change and should contribute as members of society with a spirit of freedom to solve their own problems.

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RJE SPROUT FUND

No Deadline:  June, 2021 and continuing on an ongoing basis
The Russell J. Efros Foundation
Amount: Artists should include the amount they are seeking on their application

The RJE Sprout Fund was established in 2021 to support artists across the nation with direct funds in order to provide financial means to projects that will be completed within the next 12 months.

All artists are encourage to apply — formally trained, self-taught, and those whose creative work falls outside of traditional forms of art.  Artists are also encourage to apply for funds for projects that involve their communities such as art classes, therapy, outreach, and non-traditional projects.

Funds will be prioritized for artists working with marginalized and under-served audiences, topics, or subject matter.

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RAPID RESPONSE FOR TRANS-LED GROUPS

Deadline:  Rolling
Borealis Philanthropy Fund for Trans Generations (FTG)
Amount: $2,000-$10,000

Rapid-response funding to trans-led organizations responding to emerging needs in their communities. The fund is still accepting requests for COVID-19 specific funding. FTG’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund supports mutual aid and care support networks; healing and virtual wellness spaces; online/virtual programming needs; living stipends for members and/or staff; survival needs (i.e. food, rent support, shelter, utilities); and organizing and advocacy.

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COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND for JOURNALISTS

Deadline:  Immediate Start Dates
National Geographic
Amount: $1,000-$8,000 for local coverage

We especially encourage reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues. Narratives around the pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers, but ultimately, must also go deeper—telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light.

We seek writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding. Journalists should seek placement of this work within their local media ecosystems and must attribute their support to the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists. However, you do not need to submit any formal commitments of publication or letters of support from editors or publishers. National Geographic Society or National Geographic Partners may also choose to publish some of this work as part of its global coverage.

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Educational Offerings

*Items with an asterisk are not Extension events. The events and organizations hosting/sponsoring them are not being endorsed by Extension. They are provided only as resources of potential interest to nonprofit leaders.

*CommNS CommUnity Conference: CIVIC HEALTH in WISCONSIN and BEYOND

Wisconsin Memorial Union, Madison: April 28, 2022
Event Organizer: UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies

Co-hosted by the Civic Health of Wisconsin Initiative, this day-long conference will be a historic gathering of all those who are interested in making Wisconsin an exemplar in civic engagement for all. We are planning on hosting the event in person at the Wisconsin Memorial Union with virtual hybrid options available. All are welcome!

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General Resources

WHETHER and HOW to FORM A NONPROFIT

Recording of a live session hosted by the UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, UW-Madison Law School, and Marquette Law School. You may be interested in the session f you want to form a nonprofit and are curious about where to begin, are wondering if it’s a good idea, or just want to know what it takes.

Watch the recording on facebook

IDEA, DEI, and JEDI TRAINING for ORGANIZATIONS: CONSULTANT’S PERSPECTIVES

Recording of an event hosted by the UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies featuring several consultants who specialize in helping organizations implement IDEA, DEI, and/or JEDI training. The speakers discussed their unique approaches, why this work is important, and what they have learned throughout their careers.

Watch recording here

COVID-19 Resources

*Items with an asterisk are not Extension resources. The individuals and/or organizations providing these resources are not being endorsed by Extension. They are provided only as resources of potential interest to nonprofit leaders.

PAYROLL PROTECTION PROGRAM plus GRANTS and LOANS for SMALL BUSINESSES and NONPROFITS DURING COVID-19

UW Division of Extension has collated a current list of resources for Wisconsin businesses needing assistance during the pandemic.

*THE COVID-19 EFFECT on WISCONSIN’S NONPROFIT SECTOR

The Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Institute for Nonprofit Management Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and affiliate faculty throughout the UW-System are examining how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed nonprofits. The initial report looks at how organizations are managing issues including: effect on programs and service delivery, human resources, and finance/revenue.

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*COMMUNITY CONVERSATION BRIEFS

UW-Madison’s Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS) and Division of Extension, Organizational and Leadership Development Program hosted a series of virtual conversations this spring to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the nonprofit sector. The CommNS generated 1-page briefs summarizing each conversation and identifying calls to action.

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*SCHOLZ NONPROFIT LAW

This webpage includes archives of webinars, updates and checklists that nonprofits may find valuable as they navigate COVID-19 relief funds and employment options.
ACCESS HERE

*WEGNER CPAs

Their COVID-19 Resource Center webpage provides articles and archives of webinars.
ACCESS HERE

 

 

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