Monday, April 8, 2013


National Funding Opportunities

Support for Outdoor Youth Programs
The North Face Explore Fund aims to inspire the next generation of young explorers and conservationists by supporting nonprofit organizations throughout the country that are working to get youth outdoors to explore their natural world. Grants are provided to organizations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on creating more connections of children to nature, increasing access to both front and backcountry recreation, as well as providing experiential education for both personal and environmental health. Funded programs should seek a specific audience and reach out to a specific community or place of interest. In 2013, the Fund will award 30 grants of $2,500; ten additional grants of varying amounts will be awarded based on online voting taking place this summer. The application deadline is May 1, 2013. Visit the Fund’s website to submit an online application.

Healthy Communities Nationwide Recognized
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Roadmaps to Health Prize honors outstanding community efforts and partnerships across the United States that are helping people live healthier lives. Up to six winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. For the purposes of this prize, "a community" is defined as one of the following: town, city, county, tribe or tribal community, or region (such as contiguous towns, cities, or counties). The application deadline is May 23, 2013. Visit the program’s website to review the selection criteria and learn more about the application process.

Grants Promote Community Organizing for the Disadvantaged
The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) participates in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people who are seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression, and injustice. SDOP currently supports groups in the United States who are oppressed by poverty and social systems, want to take charge of their own lives, are organizing to do something about their own conditions, and have decided that what they are going to do will produce long-term changes in their lives or communities. Supported projects must be presented, owned, and controlled by the groups of people who will directly benefit from them and must address long-term corrections of the conditions that keep people bound by poverty and oppression. Grants of up to $20,000 are provided. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the SDOP website to review the grant criteria.

Regional Funding Opportunities

Grants Address Hunger Issues in the Southeast U.S.
The BI-LO Winn-Dixie Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of people in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The Foundation's primary focus is on providing funding to organizations that address hunger. The Foundation also funds a limited number of programs focused on health, education, women, and children. The application deadline is June 30, 2013. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online application.

Federal Grant and Loan Programs

Support to Improve Quality of Drinking Water
The Improving State and Local Capacity to Assess and Manage Risks Associated with Private Wells and Other Small Drinking-Water Systems program supports efforts to better understand the possible exposures, hazards, and health outcomes in communities and populations using private wells or small drinking-water systems. Letters of intent are due April 29, 2013. The application deadline is May 15, 2013.

Program Offers Second Chance for Adult Offenders

The Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adult Offenders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders program supports the provision of services and treatment during and after incarceration in prison or jail. The application deadline is May 16, 2013.

Delta Region Health Services Supported
The Delta Health Care Services Program provides support to address continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region. Funds may be utilized for the development of healthcare cooperatives, healthcare services, health education programs, healthcare job training programs, and for the development and expansion of public health-related facilities. The application deadline is May 28, 2013.

Program Helps Improve Neighborhood Housing
Department of Housing and Urban Development
 The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants program provides support to improve severely distressed public or multifamily housing that is located in distressed neighborhoods. The application deadline is May 28, 2013.


Program Funds Arts Organizations
National Endowment for the Arts <>  
The Challenge America Fast-Track program supports small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. The application deadline is May 23, 2013. 

Capacity Building Grants for Humanities Organizations
National Endowment for the Humanities <>  
The Challenge Grants program provides support for capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. The application deadline is May 1, 2013.

Support for Arts Education and Childhood Reading Initiatives
Target Store Grants support nonprofit organizations in the communities where the company's stores are located. Arts, Culture, and Design in Schools grants support programs that enhance students' classroom curriculum by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist in residency programs, and workshops in schools. Early Childhood Reading grants support programs that foster a love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Grants of $2,000 are provided in both categories. Online applications will be accepted through April 30, 2013. Funding guidelines are available on the company's website. 

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