Funding Opportunities

Below are funding opportunities that may benefit your agency or program.

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Last updated:   December 21, 2014

  • Projects Serving People with SCI/D Funded in the U.S. and Canada
    Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation
    The Paralyzed Veterans of America is dedicated to veterans service, medical research, and civil rights for people with disabilities. The Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation supports educational projects that serve individuals with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D), as well as their families and caregivers. The Foundation’s five grantmaking categories include the following: Consumer, Caregiver, and Community Education; Professional Development and Education; Research Utilization and Dissemination; Assistive Technology; and Conferences and Symposia. Members of academic institutions, healthcare providers and organizations, and consumer advocates and organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply. The application deadline is February 1, 2015.
  • Grants Address Health Issues in Company Communities
    The Humana Foundation
    The Humana Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and social institutions that focus on supportive relationships and their potential to generate healthy behaviors and prevent chronic disease. The Foundation primarily funds organizations in communities where Humana has a significant presence. (A list of geographic priority areas is available on the FAQ page.) Characteristics of strong funding proposals include engaging multiple generations in ways to improve their health, using evidence-based practices to promote health, supporting the prevention of chronic disease, and encouraging healthy behaviors through supportive relationships. The minimum grant request is $10,000. Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2015.
  • Support for Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living
    The BUILD Health Challenge
    The BUILD Health Challenge is a national program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the Challenge provides awards to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofit organizations, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. Awards will support up to 14 community-driven efforts addressing health-shaping factors that individuals can’t control. Of special concern are people whose circumstances have made them vulnerable to poor health, whether that’s because of limited access to healthy, affordable food, safe places to walk and play, job prospects, or safe, affordable housing. One-year planning grants of up to $75,000 and two-year implementation grants of up to $250,000 are available. The Round 1 application deadline is January 16, 2015; Round 2 applications are due April 10, 2015. 
  • Awards for Seniors Taking on Social Problems 
    The Purpose Prize
    The Purpose Prize, sponsored by Encore.org, awards at least $100,000 each year to people over 60 who are taking on society’s biggest challenges. The prize recognizes those with the passion and experience to create new ways to solve tough social problems. Nominees, who may be working for organizations in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors, must be legal residents of the U.S. or U.S. citizens living abroad who have initiated important innovations in an encore career. The nomination deadline is January 15, 2015.
  • Fellowships for Social Entrepreneurs
    Echoing Green Fellowship Program
    Echoing Green invests in outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to help them launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions to society’s most difficult problems. Echoing Green offers the following three distinct fellowship programs. The Global Fellowship supports young leaders worldwide who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities. The Black Male Achievement Fellowship invests in emerging leaders dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States. The Climate Fellowship supports the best next-generation social entrepreneurs committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Fellowships are provided to individuals (at least 18 years of age) or partnerships (organizations led by two people). Fellows receive stipends ranging from $70,000 to $90,000 and technical support to turn their innovative ideas into sustainable social change organizations. Applications may be submitted from December 2, 2014, to January 5, 2015. 
  • Organizations Working to End Domestic Violence Recognized
    Mary Byron Project: Celebrating Solutions Awards
    The Mary Byron Project cultivates and supports efforts that extend beyond crisis management to attack the root causes of the domestic violence epidemic. The Project’s Celebrating Solutions Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate promise in breaking the cycle of violence and develop solutions to break the cycle. The focus is on pioneering programs that can serve as models for the nation. Four awards of $10,000 are presented each year. (An additional Roth Award of $10,000 recognizes one program that specifically addresses the needs of underserved populations.) Eligible programs must have been in operation for a minimum of three years. The nomination deadline for Celebrating Solutions Awards is December 31, 2014. 

GRANTS WITH NO DEADLINE/ROLLING SUBMISSION:

  • Grants Encourage Technology-Based Solutions to Assist the Underserved
    Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants
    Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants support nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and worldwide that provide assistance to underserved populations and leverage technology solutions to improve the reach, efficiency, and impact of services. In the Education category, Cisco supports technology-based solutions and education delivery models that enable children to master knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Economic Empowerment category focuses on programs that encourage employment success, entrepreneurship, and long-term self-sufficiency by providing access to skills, knowledge, and financial products and services via technology-based solutions. Through the Critical Human Needs category, Cisco grants help overcome the cycle of poverty and dependence by supporting organizations that address the basic needs of underserved communities, with a focus on clean water, food, and shelter. Organizations can begin the application process at any time.
  • Grants Promote Social Justice Organizing
    Resist
    Resist offers support to grassroots groups engaged in activist organizing for economic, social, and environmental justice in the United States. General support grants of up to $4,000 are provided to small budget groups who struggle towards a broad vision of social justice, while opposing political and institutional oppression. Resist’s interests include community organizing and anti-racism projects, economic justice, environmental protection, LGBTQ rights, disability issues, labor organizing, and Native American organizing, among others. Requests are reviewed six times per year.
  • Social Change Initiatives Funded Nationwide
    Public Welfare Foundation
    The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunities for people in need nationwide. The Foundation looks for carefully defined points where funds can make a difference in bringing about systemic changes that can improve lives. The Foundation’s current funding priorities target the following issues: The Criminal Justice Program supports organizations that are working to reduce unnecessary incarceration of adult offenders. The Juvenile Justice Program focuses on organizations working to end the criminalization and over-incarceration of youth. The Workers’ Rights Program supports organizations seeking policy and system reforms to improve the lives of low-wage working people, with a focus on securing their basic legal rights to safe, healthy, and fair conditions at work. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year.
  • Family Literacy Programs Funded
    Wish You Well Foundation
    The Wish You Well Foundation provides private funds 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 up to $10,000. Requests may be submitted at any time and are reviewed four times per year.
  • Grants Address Sexual/Gender Justice
    Arcus Foundation: U.S. Social Justice Program
    The Arcus Foundation is dedicated to a more just and humane world, based on diversity, equality, and fundamental respect. The Foundation’s U.S. Social Justice Program works at the intersection of sexual/gender justice, racial justice, and economic justice, investing primarily in youth, communities of color, and targeted faith communities, with special priority for youth of color, transgender populations, and work by and for affected communities. The Foundation provides grants in the following areas: leadership of young people and people of color to build a diverse network committed to sexual/gender justice; relevant message frames, national and grassroots messengers, and high-profile influencers targeted at youth, people of color, and faith communities; and advocacy efforts to increase social and economic protections affecting LGBT youth of color. U.S. nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply throughout the year; however, it is recommended that interested applicants contact the Foundation before submitting a letter of inquiry.
  • Grants Promote Bonds Between Pets and People
    Banfield Charitable Trust
    The Banfield Charitable Trust provides grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide that keep pets and their people together. Through several grant programs, the Trust provides funding to organizations whose activities provide a direct solution to avoid surrender or separation of companion pets from families. Funding priorities include the following: veterinary care and pet food for financially-challenged companion pet owners; programs that help the homeless, seriously ill, homebound, or disabled care for their pets; education programs that directly relate to keeping companion pets and their people together; behavior modification programs to correct inappropriate behaviors so that pets may remain in the home; and disaster preparedness and response. Grants are also provided to nonprofit hospices interested in starting a Pet Peace of Mind program that can provide pet food, veterinary care, and grooming services to support hospice patients and their pets. Applications are accepted at any time.
  • Grants Address Poverty in the Southeast
    Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
    The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation assists people in the southeast United States to build just and caring communities that nurture people, spur enterprise, bridge differences, and foster fairness. The Foundation is dedicated to helping people and places to move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice. Grants are provided to local, statewide, and regional nonprofits in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia that work with people in low-wealth communities to shape their own destiny. Organizational summaries may be submitted throughout the year.
  • Support for Social Justice Issues Worldwide
    Ford Foundation
    The goals of the Ford Foundation are to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations worldwide that address the following social justice issues: Educational Opportunity and Scholarships; Democratic and Accountable Government; Economic Fairness; Freedom of Expression; Human Rights; Sustainable Development; Gender, Sexuality, and Reproductive Justice; and Metropolitan Opportunity. When assessing grant applications, the Foundation looks for long-term strategies, knowing that lasting social change requires decades of effort. Nonprofit organizations and international NGOs may submit online grant inquiries at any time.
  • Social Justice Programs Supported
    Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
    The Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock supports programs throughout the United States that foster the growth and development of the denomination and increase the involvement of Unitarian Universalists in social action. The Veatch Program also supports non-denominational nonprofit organizations nationwide that are committed to social change and whose goals reflect the principles of Unitarian Universalism. Grant categories include community organizing, democratic participation, civil and constitutional rights, environmental justice, global democracy, economic equity and democracy, progressive philanthropy, and workplace organizing. In addition, the New York Metro Initiative provides funds for advancing economic and social equity in New York City and Long Island. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year.
  • Support for Initiatives Promoting a Fair and Sustainable Society
    Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
    The mission of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is to support efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society. The Foundation provides grants through the following four programs: The Pathways Out of Poverty program supports national initiatives to nurture systemic change in the educational, economic, and community systems that produce and perpetuate poverty in the U.S. The Civil Society program seeks to strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as vital vehicles for increasing civic engagement and improving communities and societies in the U.S. and internationally. The Environment program promotes activities that protect the diversity and integrity of selected ecosystems in North America and around the world. The Flint Area program supports efforts that strengthen quality of life and economic vitality and opportunity in the Foundation’s home community of Flint, MI. Each of these four programs has clearly stated guidelines. Grantseekers are strongly encouraged to visit the Foundation’s website to review this information before submitting online letters of inquiry, which are reviewed throughout the year.
  • Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health
    Prevention and Treatment of Substance Using Populations with or at Risk for HCV (R01) Modification 1
    http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=252081
    The application deadline is May 7, 2017.
  • Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health
    Prevention and Treatment of Substance Using Populations with or at Risk for HCV (R21) Modification 1
    http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=252080
    The application deadline is May 7, 2017.
  • Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health
    Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS (DP2) Grant
    http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=253450
    The application deadline is November 14, 2016.
  • Increased Knowledge and Innovative Strategies to Reduce HIV Incidence–iKnow Projects (R01)
    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote innovative research that addresses one or both of the following objectives: Devise optimal strategies to improve the identification of persons unaware of their HIV-1 infection and successfully link them to HIV testing, treatment, and prevention interventions. Develop and examine the feasibility and acceptability of novel integrated interventions of biomedical and behavioral strategies that substantially reduce the likelihood of onward HIV transmission in these populations. The application deadline is January 7, 2016.
  • Grants Promote Alcoholism Awareness and Prevention
    The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation
    The mission of the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation is to inform the public that alcoholism is a respectable, treatable disease from which people can and do recover; to encourage prevention programs and activities, with an emphasis on high risk populations; and to continually fight to reduce and eliminate the stigma that is associated with the disease of alcoholism. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on a wide range of issues related to alcoholism, including prevention, treatment, research, public education, and creating awareness of alcoholism problems in the nation’s work world. While a number of grants go to national organizations, regional and local organizations across the country are also eligible to receive funds. Grant proposals are reviewed throughout the year.
  • Support for Vulnerable Children’s Programs Worldwide
    Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
    The Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that serve vulnerable children in the United States and around the world. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that offer direct aid to children in need, including those who are ill, orphaned, disabled, injured, abused, or malnourished as well as children who have limited access to education. Most grants are one-time awards in the range of $1,000 to $15,000. Grants can support charities outside of the United States; however, non-U.S. charities must partner with U.S.-based organizations. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year.
  • Local, Regional, and National Organizations Supported
    jcp cares
    The JC Penney Company’s corporate giving program, jcp cares, supports nonprofit organizations at local, regional, and national levels. The grantmaking focus areas include health and welfare, education, and arts and culture. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year.
  • Support for Sustainable Economic Development Initiatives
    Surdna Foundation: Strong Local Economies Program
    The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Strong Local Economies Program supports the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a diversity of businesses and access to quality jobs. The Foundation aims to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants. The three main categories of work in this program area include the following: Business Development and Acceleration, Equitable Economic Development, and Job Quality and Career Pathways. Nonprofit organizations may submit online letters of inquiry at any time.
  • Support for Organizations Assisting Low-Income Communities
    The Kresge Foundation: Human Services Program
    The Kresge Foundation works to improve the life circumstances of poor and low-income children and adults and those living in underserved communities. Through the Human Services Program, the Foundation seeks to expand opportunities for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families by strengthening nonprofit organizations and generating new knowledge about efforts to ameliorate and create pathways out of poverty. One of the program’s focus areas, “Advancing the effectiveness and resilience of multiservice organizations,” provides grants to help human services organizations demonstrate the ways promising approaches can add capacity, enhance performance, and increase resilience. Preference is given to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that have documented program success in moving people out of poverty, work with the potential to inform national policy, and have annual budgets of $1 million to $10 million. (Applied research projects that address the organizational effectiveness of direct human service are also supported.) Preliminary applications may be submitted throughout the year.
  • Technology-Based Solutions Worldwide Funded
    Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants
    Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants support nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and worldwide that provide assistance to underserved populations and leverage technology solutions to improve the reach, efficiency, and impact of services. In the Education category, Cisco supports technology-based solutions and education delivery models that enable children to master knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The Economic Empowerment category focuses on programs that provide technology-based solutions to underserved populations transitioning from education to workforce, or re-entry to workforce. Through the Critical Human Needs category, Cisco grants help overcome the cycle of poverty and dependence by supporting organizations that address the basic needs of underserved communities, with a focus on clean water, food, and shelter. Funded programs in all categories must have high potential for replication in multiple environments, and a clear path for long-term sustainability.Organizations can begin the application process at any time.
  • Support for Organizations in Company Communities
    Walgreens Corporate Contribution Program
    The Walgreens Corporate Contribution Program supports nonprofit organizations in local Walgreens communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides grants to organizations that focus on access, outreach, and education geared toward health in their communities; pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives; civic and community outreach; and emergency and disaster relief. Health is the company’s major area of focus, with priority given to programs that address the health needs of community residents. The company also accepts sponsorship or promotional marketing requests. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year.
  • Organizations Addressing LGBT Issues Funded
    Arcus Foundation: National Social Justice Program
    The Arcus Foundation is dedicated to enabling individuals and families of every sexual orientation and gender identity, race, and ethnicity to live their lives with dignity and respect. The Foundation’s National Social Justice Program focuses on two intersecting groups that will have a critical impact on the future of LGBT freedoms and protections in the coming decades: youth and people of color. The Foundation provides grants in the following areas: increased capacity and leadership of key national cultural or political figures with experience in influencing attitudes related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and LGBT acceptance; organizations allied to youth, faith, and people of color with experience in accelerating change and strengthening alliances; and awareness-raising efforts focused on youth, faith-based groups, and communities of color in shaping perceptions of LGBT experiences of membership in families and in communities. Nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. are eligible to apply throughout the year; however, interested applicants must contact a Foundation staff person before submitting a letter of inquiry.
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