Grant Alert Plus

Grant Alert Plus (GAP) is an every other month publication featuring grant opportunities around education, economic mobility, access to health, and more. An added COVID-19 section addresses the current needs of our partner agencies.

 Brave of Heart Fund Welcomes Applications From Families of Frontline Healthcare Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Deadline: May 15, 2021

The Brave of Heart Fund was co-founded in May 2020 by the New York Life and Cigna foundations, industry-leading financial and health service organizations, alongside charitable partner E4E Relief. The fund provides financial and emotional support to the surviving family members of frontline healthcare workers and volunteers who lost their lives in the fight against COVID-19. The two foundations seeded the fund with $25 million each, with the goal of growing it to $100 million through support from other corporations and individuals. New York Life Foundation is also matching gifts from individuals, dollar-for-dollar, up to an additional $25 million.

BoH began disbursing charitable funds in May, supporting more than one hundred families with $15,000 toward their immediate expenses, and it continues to accept applications for grants to support eligible family members of frontline healthcare workers and volunteers who lost their lives to COVID-19 while caring for others. To date, the fund has received applications from families seeking support in nineteen states.

In support of its mission, the fund is accepting applications for Phase II grants. Impacted families may apply for financial support of up to $60,000 per family for long-term needs, including medical care and counseling, housing, food, transportation, and the educational needs of family members. Link to RFP

NEEF Accepting Applications for Restoration & Resilience COVID Recovery Fund

With major support from Toyota Motor North America, International Paper, and the Hilton Effect Foundation, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is making $128,000 in grant funding available to support public lands that have been impacted by increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Through this funding opportunity, NEEF will sponsor sites in order to demonstrate the need for volunteer service to restore public lands that have been impacted by increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic; engage volunteers in restoration and conservation projects that address the impacts of the pandemic; and contribute to improvement of the sponsored public land sites through community engagement, as evidenced by volunteer participation numbers, types of projects, value of volunteer service, and conservation outputs.

Applicants can request up to $2,500 over six months and must clearly describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the public land site (e.g., wear and tear on trails due to increased public use, increased litter, postponed projects such as planting/invasive species removal, etc.) “Public lands” includes parks, nature areas, and other green spaces that are publicly accessible. Publicly accessible property means public or private property to which the public or patrons have a reasonable expectation of relatively unrestricted access. Applicants must clearly describe a project (or projects) they will implement to address the impact of the pandemic. Link to RFP


HealthWell Foundation

HealthWell will provide up to $250.00 in financial assistance for a 12-month grant period to eligible patients who have annual household incomes up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level. Grants awarded through the fund will provide reimbursement assistance for delivered food and medication and transportation costs to manage COVID-19, while maintaining social distancing protocols, including drive-thru testing, delivery of test kits and future treatments. In addition, eligible copayment and incidental costs associated with tele-health treatments and diagnostics related to COVID-19 will also be covered under the fund. Link to Apply


Borealis Philanthropy Invites Applications for COVID-19 Collective Fund for Trans Communities

With a goal of getting financial resources to trans-led organizations and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary communities who are organizing in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Borealis Philanthropy’s Fund for Trans Generations, Destination Tomorrow’s TRANScend Community Impact Fund, and Third Wave Fund have launched the COVID-19 Collective Fund for Trans Communities.

Activities supported by the collective include but are not limited to mutual aid and care support networks; healing and virtual wellness spaces; online/virtual programming needs; living stipends for members and/or staff; basic needs (i.e., food, rent support, shelter, utilities; and organizing and advocacy. Funders will review applications on a weekly basis and collectively decide how to resource prospective grantees.

The fund will adhere to the Trans Justice Funding Project definition of trans-led, which holds that the majority of the people in charge of the group identify as trans or gender non-conforming; priority will be given to trans-led organizations with a racial justice focus. Requests are encouraged from black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC).

Grants of up to $10,000 will be made, with larger grants to be made on a case-by-case basis. Link to RFP


Omidyar Network Welcomes Applications to Economic Response Advocacy Fund

As the coronavirus pandemic upends the economy, it is critical that government respond with action to support the stability and well-being of American families, particularly those already struggling economically and vulnerable to the consequences of an economic recession.

To inform this conversation, Omidyar Network’s COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund will infuse 501(c)(4) funding into national, state, and local advocacy and organizing efforts aimed at passing economic stimulus to address the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people while reshaping economic structures to ensure they are less vulnerable in the future.

Between now and the end of the year, Omidyar Network plans to award $1.5 million to groups working to realign the nation’s economic policies and systems so that they work better for everyone.

The fund is not intended to support entirely new efforts; instead, funds will be awarded to campaigns that are already in motion and can leverage 501(c)(4) dollars to capture the attention of policy makers. Omidyar Network will continue to review applications and award 501(c)(4) funding to support advocacy response work on a rolling basis through the rest of the year, with a focus on direct advocacy efforts aimed at achieving policy or regulatory solutions at the national, state, or local level that protect and assist working people and small businesses now and establish new precedents that improve worker power and well-being in the future; digital organizing that reconfigures campaigns that can no longer be carried out in person due to the virus; and/or strategic communications, coordination, and narrative development efforts that bring like-minded organizations together to create a more unified voice calling for policy and regulatory changes at the national, state, or local level that result in a stronger economy. Link to RFP

The Indian Center

The South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund is a direct response by the India Center Foundation to offer support to South Asian arts workers impacted by COVID-19.
The South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund will distribute project grants of at least $1000 (up to $2000 depending on financial need and availability of funds) to assist United States based arts workers of South Asian descent (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) in performing arts, film, visual arts, and/or literature. Link to RFP

Victims of Human Trafficking – Services and Outreach (VHT-SO) Program – ACF Region 1
Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families-IOAS-OTIP
Deadline: May 21, 2021

The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is announcing funds for the newly developed Victims of Human Trafficking – Services and Outreach (VHT-SO) Program – ACF Region 1. The goal of the VHT-SO Program is to fund local organizations located in ACF Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont). Prime recipients will build, expand, and sustain organizational and local capacity in their selected geographic area to deliver services and financial assistance to foreign national victims of severe forms of human trafficking as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Foreign national includes nonresident alien individuals, and any other person that is not a United States (U.S.) person. Foreign nationals include individuals who are not U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, parolees, refugees, or asylees. Through the provision of direct services, emergency assistance, and referrals, the VHT-SO Program seeks to assist victims of labor and sex trafficking in their pursuit of independence and self-sufficiency. Under the VHT-SO Program, the following activities are required: 1) deliver comprehensive case management, and direct financial assistance, to support foreign national victims of both labor and sex trafficking with out-of-pocket expenses while they seek U.S. Department of Health and Human Services certification; 2) conduct outreach to increase identification of foreign national victims of both labor and sex trafficking; and 3) deliver training to service providers and community partners on effective intervention on behalf of victims, and strategies to identify, respond, and serve victims of human trafficking in a person-centered, trauma-informed, culturally- and linguistically-responsive manner to support victims’ efforts to achieve independence and self-sufficiency.

The VHT-SO Program is informed by a whole family approach that focuses equally and intentionally on services and opportunities for victims and their immediate family members living within their households, when in the best interest of the client. OTIP is encouraging the establishment of community partnerships, meaningful engagement of survivors, and the hiring of qualified professionals that reflect the communities being served in all project implementation strategies. Under VHT-SO, the prime recipient has a 12-month project implementation period to facilitate optional partnerships, on-board new staff, develop victim service protocol, and develop a sustainability plan. Link to RFP


Omaha Community Foundation Welcomes Applications for Community Interest Funds
Deadline: March 1, 2021
The Omaha Community Foundation believes engaged residents are in invaluable part of a strong community. OCF’s Community Interest Funds are designed to empower community members to make decisions about the initiatives that will positively impact their communities.

The foundation currently is accepting applications for:
Omaha Neighborhood Grants
African American Unity Fund
Futuro Latino Fund
Equality Fund for LGBTQIA+

All four programs aim to connect and support on-the-ground organizations taking a grassroots approach to local priorities, growing active citizenship, and building community. Link to RFP


Resist Invites Applications for Social Justice Grants
Deadline: March 5, 2021
Boston-based Resist redistributes resources back to frontline communities at the forefront of change while amplifying their efforts to build a better world.

To help advance this mission, the organization is inviting applications from grassroots organizations led by individuals from groups most impacted by intersecting systems of oppression that are working to advance justice and liberation. Two types of grants will be awarded through this call:

General Support — Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to support groups that are building movements for justice and liberation and resisting systemic oppression through grassroots/cultural organizing, art-making, and resilience building.

Accessibility — Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded for work that specifically allows a group’s work to be more accessible to community members with specific accessibility needs.

To be eligible, applicants must have an organizational budget under $150,000 a year. Link to RFP.


CT Non-Profit Security Grant Program (NSGP)
Deadline: March 12, 2021
The State of Connecticut FY 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (CT NSGP) application period is now open. CT NSGP is a new state funded competitive grant program that provides reimbursement to awarded nonprofit organizations for security infrastructure improvements. Eligible applicants are 501(c) (3) organizations that are at heightened risk of being the target of a terrorist attack, hate crime, or violent act.

Please visit the DESPP/DEMHs website at Grants ( for additional information on CT NSGP and the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP-S).  Questions on both programs can be sent to Link to RFP

The Barney Family Foundation Grants
Deadline: June 30, 2021

The Barney Family Foundation makes grants of up to $50,000 in the educational field, particularly those that benefit children in grades K-8, with emphasis on creating opportunities for better education. The Foundation seeks original ideas with well-outlined plans for project implementation that will lead to tangible, replicable improvements in children’s experiences. Grant-seeking organizations may work directly with children and families or may work on research, policy, and advocacy that demonstrably improves the lives of young people. Link to RFP

Costco Wholesale Grants

The Costco Charitable Contributions Committee oversees charitable donations to nonprofit organizations focusing on supporting children, education, and health and human services. Award amounts vary, and previous grants have gone to organizations such as United Way, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and the Red Cross. Grant-giving focuses on communities in the markets where Costco does business (see the website for a more comprehensive list). Link to RFP

Liberty Bank Foundation – Community Organizing Mini-Grant Program
The most difficult part of developing affordable housing is helping people to understand how it can benefit their town and their local economy. It takes time and conversations to debunk common misconceptions about affordable housing and demonstrate how it contributes to the vibrancy of a community. And then it takes more time and conversations to assess the housing needs of a local community and enable residents to make sound decisions about what kind of housing makes sense for their town, where it should be built, and how to get it built. That calls for community organizing. Liberty Bank Foundation is proud to introduce a new mini-grant program to support expenses related to community organizing to promote affordable housing development. We know that community organizing requires meetings, and meetings may involve expenses. Our mini-grants are designed to help with them.

If you’re nonprofit or a community group working on housing affordability in our service area, and need funding to get people together, we want to help! You can apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to pay up to half of your meeting expenses. Link to RFP


Anthem Foundation
As the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc., the Anthem Foundation promotes the organization’s commitment to improving lives and communities. Through strategic partnerships and programs, the Foundation is addressing the disparities and social determinants that will help create a healthier generation of Americans. The Foundation’s grantmaking focus is on efforts that positively affect the conditions and social drivers addressed in its Healthy Generations program: healthy hearts, cancer prevention, healthy maternal practices, healthy diabetes prevention, healthy active lifestyles, and mental health. Grant requests may be submitted throughout the year.  Link to RFP


Life Comes From It 
Rolling -Letters of introduction may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed from August to December of each year. 
Life Comes From It is a grantmakin circle that supports grassroots movement-building work for restorative justice, transformative justice, and indigenous peacemaking. Grants of up to $25,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations that offer approaches to address violence and repair harm rooted in community solutions. The focus is on investing in leaders of color committed to doing movement-building work. Two categories of grants are offered: Individual Projects and Networks, Convenings, and Collaborations. Link to RFP


Koch Foundation Issues RFP for Substance Abuse Research Grants
According to the foundation, in the summer of 2019 the Centers for Disease Control reported the first decline in drug overdose deaths since 1990. However, the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health report found that one in twelve American adults (18.7 million) have a substance use disorder. The impacts of substance abuse continue to undermine the strength of our communities and more work needs to be done to combat this problem.

To that end, the foundation is seeking proposals for research projects (e.g., papers, conferences, workshops, etc.) that explore innovative community-based solutions that are aimed at destroying the root causes of substance abuse. The foundation is especially interested in research that addresses ways in which individuals can overcome substance use disorders, prevent drug overdoses, and increase their willingness to seek treatment for substance abuse; explores the root causes of addiction and substance use disorders as well as innovative means to prevent substance abuse by remedying these root causes; addresses the unintended consequences of current approaches to reduce drug overdoses and substance abuse; examines solutions that offer a proactive approach to fighting addiction rather than a reactive approach focused on treatment and recovery; and explores opportunities to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders and celebrate success in overcoming addiction and substance abuse. Link to RFP


Emergent Fund
The Emergent Fund supports grassroots organizing and power building in communities of color throughout the United States who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious, and other forms of discrimination. Grants are provided to develop innovative strategies to transform our country. The focus is on the following two types of activities: 1) efforts that support emergent strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions, including resisting new or amplified threats and building power to move a proactive agenda; and 2) efforts seeking long-term social justice and economic justice in a political and social climate that seeks to dismantle such efforts. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Link to Apply

Hartford Foundation for Public Living
The Foundation is prepared to respond to inquiries from nonprofits that are directly addressing resident needs during the crisis, as well as those experiencing significant financial distress due to the loss of revenue. Given the unprecedented need in our community, the Foundation will not be able to award
grants to support every request or may not be able to fund the full amount requested. Link to RFP

If you are a current grantee experiencing financial distress due to the outbreak, contact your Community Investments Officer to explore options for a) repurposing current grants including converting current project grants to general operating support, or b) expediting the payment schedule on your grant to meet current cash flow needs. If you are not sure who your Community Investments Officer is, please email


Dollar Energy Fund
The grant provides assistance to low-income households. Applications for the grant are completed at community-based agencies throughout the utilities’ service territory.

Applications for the program are completed online, in person at the intake site using our web-based application system. All of our participating agencies are responsible for the following:
Screening potential applicants for eligibility
Ensuring all documentation is provided by the applicant
Completing our online application
Uploading or faxing the applicant’s documentation to Dollar Energy Fund

More information


Gawlicki Family Foundation
The Gawlicki Family Foundation is committed to carefully and expeditiously evaluating each grant request that is submitted to us. To do this, we will need to learn about your organization, its long-term goals, how you will use the funds requested to achieve those goals, and how you will measure the success of your proposed project. In evaluating grant requests, our foundation requests specific information on the grantee’s proposed program.

The Gawlicki Family Foundation welcomes grant applications from any qualified 501(c)(3) organization in Connecticut or the Northeast United States that has an innovative idea in at least one of our focus areas: Education, Pulmonary Health and Municipal and Economic Development. Link for RFP


Smith Richardson Foundation Accepting Applications for Domestic Public Policy Program
The mission of the Smith Richardson Foundation is to contribute to important public debates and to address serious public policy challenges facing the United States and ensure the vitality of its social, economic, and governmental institutions. It also seeks to assist with the development of effective policies to compete internationally and to advance U.S. interests and values abroad.

The foundation’s Domestic Public Policy Program supports projects that aim to help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States. To that end, grants will be awarded for research on and the evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates. In previous years, grant amounts have ranged between $25,000 to $104,000. Link to RFP

Cigna Foundation – Healthier Kids for Our Future 
This is a five-year, $25 million initiative to address the health and well-being needs of children around the world. We want to work with organizations that are on the ground, in communities, working to address food insecurity around the world. We have learned that schools—at least in the U.S. and many countries—are a focal point for addressing the issue and in most cases already have programs offering support. We want to fill the gaps that exist in and outside the school environment. For example, weekends and summers present significant challenges and there is a gap that relates to children five years old and younger who have not yet started kindergarten. Link to RFP


Webster Bank
Webster’s Corporate Giving program focuses on organizations involved in the following:
Financial Literacy: Organizations that help low income families and individuals learn how to achieve financial self-sufficiency; Food & Shelter: Agencies that deliver services to cover basic needs and/or address the root causes of hunger and homelessness; Health & Human Services: Programs that are designed to advance economic independence and self-sufficiency with a focus on those that serve a broad cross-section of people.

Webster’s Corporate Giving program accepts online applications only. Prior to proceeding with the online grant application, you will be directed to our eligibility quiz. Grants do not renew year over year and must be applied for annually. Link to RFP

Project Athena Foundation Accepting Applications for Adventures for Women Survivors of Trauma
The Project Athena Foundation is dedicated to helping women survivors of medical or other traumatic setbacks achieve their adventurous dreams. The foundation provides travel expenses, coaching, equipment, and the encouragement and inspiration needed to help these women make the life-affirming transition from survivor to athlete.

The foundation offers several yearly adventures that provide mental and physical challenges in a non-competitive environment. The goal is for the participant to have something to look forward to, a goal set to accomplish, and to be surrounded by like-minded people. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis in March, June, September, and December. Link to RFP

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Grants
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation provides grants ranging from $500 to several million dollars to organizations working hard to improve the lives of urban children living in poverty. The foundation accepts proposals for specific areas within the education, family economic stability, and childhood health sectors. Programs must be able to demonstrate their progress toward helping children achieve their full potential through measurable data relevant to their problem statement. Link to RFP

Adidas Corporate Giving Grants
Adidas Group focuses on projects that address education, children and youth, sports within a social context, and preventive health activities. The group offers cash grants as well as in-kind donations of services and equipment. Previous grants were used to fund after-school literacy, service-learning initiatives, sports programs for underserved and economically challenged urban communities, and before-school physical activity programs for children aged 5 through 12. Eligible applicants are US nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and schools. Link to RFP

International Game Technology After School Advantage Program
The After School Advantage (ASA) Program strives to close the “Digital Divide” for disadvantaged children who do not have the means to access computers in today’s increasingly digital society. Its goal is to address the needs of underprivileged/at-risk children ages 5 to 18 with a meaningful yet fun learning experience during the critical afterschool hours in a safe environment. It does this by providing qualifying nonprofit community agencies and public schools with digital learning centers. Link to RFP

The Lisa Libraries Book Donations
The Lisa Libraries donates new children’s books and small libraries to organizations that work with children in poor and underserved areas. Some of the libraries established have been at daycare centers, visiting areas in prisons for children of incarcerated parents, and afterschool programs. The Lisa Libraries has a strong interest in supporting small, grass-roots organizations. Link to RFP

Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants
Teaching Tolerance support projects that “create affirming school climates and educate young people how to thrive in a diverse democracy.” Ranging from $500 to $10,000, grants fund projects at the school, classroom, and district levels. Projects at the school and district levels should focus on improving school climate, responding to and preventing incidents of hate, and embracing principles of tolerance and inclusion. At the classroom level, grants should help teachers promote empathy and kindness, positive identity development, and critical thinking. Link to RFP

Voya Foundation Education Grants
The Voya Foundation wants to empower youth by preparing them for a lifetime of financial stability and resilience and is offering grants to nonprofit organizations that promote the skills necessary for young people to compete in a 21st century workforce. The Foundation accepts proposals in two categories: organizations that promote early interest in STEM fields and offer innovative, exciting K-8 STEM opportunities, and organizations that provide financial literacy curricula to high school students, including topics such as student debt, credit, home ownership, and family needs. Link to RFP

Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest: Community Grant Program
The Brown Rudnick Center Community Grant Program recognizes, encourages, and collaborates with front-line workers within the educational system who often do not have a voice in funding decisions; and provides funding to assist with small, concrete projects or needs that will make an improvement in inner-city education in Boston, Hartford, New York City, Providence, and Washington, D.C. within a year of the award. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: “front line educational workers” involved in the education field partnered with a non-profit organization or tax-exempt organization (e.g. a public school) that is willing to accept the grant and use it in the required manner. Link to RFP


Educational Assistance and Training Programs
The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) encourages the creation and expansion of learning experiencing and opportunities at the primary, secondary, and higher education levels, particularly for minority and disadvantaged students. Areas of special interest to CICF include educational and training programs designed to improve literacy, teach basic life skills, promote good citizenship and public services, and increase reading, mathematics, and science proficiencies. Link to RFP

Tina B. Carver Fund
Established in memory of a longtime English as a Second Language (ESL) educator, Tina B. Carver Fund provides grants to teachers for funding student classroom learning materials and teacher materials. Grants are available to members of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or its affiliates. The grants must be submitted on behalf of community-based organizations, charitable institutions, or non-profits with 501(c)(3) status. Awards are based on itemized expenses for materials to be purchased with the grant. Applications must be submitted online. Link to RFP

Sony Corporation of America Grants
Sony Corporation of American and its operating companies offer funding to programs that support education and creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills that are necessary for tomorrow’s workforce. Eligible applicants are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Priority is given to efforts that promote literacy and basic educational competency. Link to RFP

Toyota USA Foundation
The Toyota USA Foundation works to enhance quality of education in kindergarten through grade 12 by building partnerships with nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, and environmental science. Eligible organizations must have qualified tax-exempt status and be located in and serve people in the United States. Priority is given to programs that are creative, innovative, and develop the potential of students and teachers; are broad in scope and incorporate a systemic approach; and are cost effective and possess a high potential for success with relatively low duplication of effort. The foundation will support only one program from an organization at a time. Link to RFP

Andrew Family Foundation’s Junior Board Grants
The Andrew Family Foundation Junior Board seeks to fund public, nonprofit organizations under section 501(c)(3) whose purpose is focused on positively impacting the lives of youth. The board aspires to help people enrich their lives by providing opportunities for education in traditional academics and the arts. Preference is given to well-established organizations with five or more years of operating experience (unless a board member has familiarity with the organization) and organizations with a budget of less than $5 million. Link to RFP

Boulware Foundation
Economic Opportunities for Women and Girls
Rolling (Letters of Intent) 
The foundation awards grants of up to $10,000 in support of projects or programs aligned to financial literacy education, workforce and vocational skill development, microfinance, and entrepreneurship. In every case, women and girls must be the targeted beneficiary population.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)()3 of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Letters of Intent will be accepted on a rolling basis. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. Link to RFP

TD Charitable Foundation
Nonprofit Employee Training Program
The TD Charitable Foundation is accepting applications to its Nonprofit Training Research Fund.
Through the fund, grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to eligible community-based organizations so that employees can attend an approved class/course that enhances their job performance. Eligible organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, a public school, or other qualified state or local governmental entity and not be classified as a private foundation; have a mission/focus that promotes affordable housing for low- to moderate-income individuals, increased economic (small business) development, financial literacy for low- and moderate-income people, or afterschool or extracurricular programming for low- and moderate-income children; be located within a TD Bank, N.A. market area; and comply with the TD Charitable Foundation’s anti-discrimination policy. Eligible use of funds include classes and courses that are pertinent to the job performed by the employee, including one-day classes or part of a certification program. Link to RFP

A Little HOPE
Youth Bereavement Support Services Grants
A Little HOPE supports organizations that provide bereavement support services and grief counseling to children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one. To be considered, applicants must e-mail (no telephone calls) the name of their program, website address, names of executive director and program director, and location of the program. No other information is needed or will be processed. Strong preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to the use of community trained volunteers. Grant award amounts are based on the scope and budget of the project. Introductory e-mails are accepted year round. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a complete application. Link to RFP


Kars4Kids Small Grant Program
Deadline: Rolling
The organization’s Small Grant Program supports educational initiatives and youth development programs in North America with grants ranging from $500 to $2,000. The program is especially interested in encouraging continued education outside of school and empowering future citizens and leaders of the community. Fundable activities include libraries, afterschool programs, mentoring, exercise programs, weekend programming, incentives for continued reading and math work, and anti-bullying initiatives.

Applications for small grants are accepted on a rolling basis. Link to RFP

Toshiba America Foundation
Science, Math Projects
Deadline: Various

The Toshiba America Foundation is accepting applications from middle- and high-school teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Grant proposals for amounts of up to $5,000 are accepted on a rolling basis. However, the foundation will consider larger grant amounts twice a year — on August 1 and February 1. Summer projects or afterschool programs will not be considered, nor will salaries, facility maintenance, textbooks, video production, audio-visual equipment (e.g., electronic white boards, Smartboards, document projectors, student response systems), or education research. In addition, grants will not be awarded for the purchase of computer hardware. Science and math teachers in public or private (nonprofit) schools are eligible to apply. Endorsement from a school official is required. Link to RFP

Public Welfare Foundation 
Criminal, Social Justice Programs
Rolling: Letters of Inquiry
The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. To that end, the foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for projects in its focus areas of criminal justice, youth justice, and workers’ rights.

Link to RFP

Peoples United Community Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
To be considered for a grant from People’s United Community Foundation, organizations must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
Organization must be operating as a recognized public 501(c)3 nonprofit organization for a minimum of 2 years, and the program/service for which funding is being requested must be operating for a minimum of 12 months.  Must operate or serve individuals within the cities/towns where People’s United Bank branches are located. Grant request must fit within our three areas of focus (community development, youth development and affordable housing) and align with our priorities of economic stability, employment, education, and housing. Link to RFP

Chef Ann Foundation
School Fresh Produce Program
Deadline: Rolling
The foundation, in partnership with Skoop, is accepting applications for Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools, a program that aims to expand students’ palates and encourage increased consumption of and exposure to fresh produce. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to school districts for programs that engage students in lunchroom education activities that encourage students to taste new vegetables and fruits offered either in a dish, cooked, or raw. Grant funds must be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to support each school’s planned Project Produce programming. In addition, the majority of the produce must be locally accessible and at a price point affordable to all households.

Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by the school district’s food-service director. Districts may apply for up to ten schools at $2,500 per school. Link to RFP

Good Sports
Athletic Equipment Grants
Deadline: Rolling
The organization provides sports equipment, apparel, and footwear to youth organizations offering sports, fitness, and recreational programs to youth in need. To be eligible, organizations must directly serve youth between the ages of 3 and 18 in an economically disadvantaged area; be located in North America (U.S. and Canada); and operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children. Winning organizations may make up to six equipment requests within a two-year period. Winners will be responsible for operational costs, including equipment shipping, up to $1,500. Link to RFP

Veterans for Emergency Financial Assistance
Deadline: Open
Veterans of Foreign Wars is accepting applications from active and discharged military service members who have been deployed in the last six years and have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity. The Unmet Needs Program provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 to assist with basic life needs in the form of a grant – not a loan – so no repayment is required. The hardship must be the result of deployment, a military pay issue, or military-related illness or injury. The Unmet Needs Disaster Assistance program provides grants of up to $500 to active service members and veterans who have been forced to vacate their primary residence due to a state-declared natural disaster. To be eligible, the service member or veteran must have been honorably discharged from the military within the past seventy-two months prior to applying. In addition, the applicant must be the service member or eligible dependent listed under DEERS. Link to RFP

Third Wave Mobilize Power Fund
Deadline: Rolling 15th of Each Month
Third Wave’s Mobilize Power Fund provides grants of up to $3,000 for urgent organizing and activism led by young women of color, queer, and trans youth around the country who are leading movements for justice and are taking on this country’s most challenging issues. Grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives led by and for young people of color and low-income communities are encouraged to apply. Link to RFP

The Jewish Community Foundation
Deadline: Grant proposals are due the first week of the following months: August, November, March, and May.
The Jewish Community Foundation accepts grant proposals on a rolling basis and are reviewed by Foundation staff, a Grants Committee comprised of volunteer community members and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Grant decisions are typically shared within 3-6 months of submission, depending on the follow-up required. The Grants Committee generally meets 4 times per year. Grant proposals are due the first week of the following months: August, November, March, and May. Prior to applying, the Executive Director or chief staff person should consult with the Foundation’s grants department. Link to RFP

Wish You Well Foundation
Family Literacy Grants
Deadline: Rolling; Literacy

The Kresge Foundation
Multiservice Organization Grants
Deadline: Rolling; Multiservice

CVS Caremark
Community Grant Program
Deadline: Rolling; CVS

The Philanthropy Framework

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisor’s newest publication in the Theory of the Foundation initiative is The Philanthropy Framework, a tool for analysis and planning to guide emerging and established philanthropies to better align resources for maximum impact. Link to Report


Report: How Can We Create a System of Schools Worth Choosing for All?
Efforts to expand school choice have raised important questions about the social contract and the ability of current models to provide a quality education for all, a report from the Learning Policy Institute argues. Funded by the Sandler, William and Flora Hewlett, and Ford foundations, the report, The Tapestry of American Public Education: How Can We Create a System of Schools Worth Choosing for All? (34 pages, PDF), examines the various forms of school choice in the United States — intra- and inter-district open enrollment, magnet schools, charter schools, and school networks based on a distinct educational model — in terms of equitable access, student outcomes, and diversity and inclusion. Link to Report


Report: Being the Change
Being the Change, a report which gathers insights from 114 practitioners on how foundations are applying their assets in new ways to create impact at scale. Learn how foundation leaders and staff are taking risks and trying new methods to change old systems, particularly those who are including equity and inclusion in their operations to ensure these elements show up in their impact. Link to Report