Funding Opportunities

Federal and State Grants:  

Environmental Health Improvements for Children Supported
Environmental Protection Agency
The Children's Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities Grant program supports capacity building activities to address disproportionate children's environmental health harms and risks in school or childcare settings in, or that primarily serve, low-income or minority communities. Projects should be multi-media (involving multiple environmental health hazards stemming from air pollution or unsafe drinking water) and holistic (involving multiple stakeholders and built on strong partnerships). Funding is also considered for outreach and education as part of capacity building. The application deadline is September 10, 2021.

Program Assists Public Housing Residents
Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) grant program is designed to assist residents of public and Indian housing in making progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional, and health barriers they face. The program focuses on areas of need such as digital inclusion, education, the elderly and people with disabilities, employment, financial literacy, health and wellness, re-entry, and substance abuse. The application deadline is September 17, 2021.

Program Addresses Health Hazards in Homes
Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Healthy Homes Production Grant Program seeks to address multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time. Examples of supported direct costs include sampling, testing, and analysis for allergens, carbon monoxide, radon, or other housing-related health and safety hazards; temporary relocation for families and individuals temporarily displaced during hazard remediation; and soft project costs for home remediation. Support is also considered for capacity building, outreach, and evaluation. The application deadline is September 21, 2021.

Funding Supports Healthcare Provision
Department of Health and Human Services
The Service Area Competition supports organizations that provide primary healthcare services to medically underserved populations. Support is available for community health centers, as well as programs targeting migrants, the homeless, and public housing residents. Supported service types vary by location, but include medical services, dental health, mental health, substance use, and vision issues. The application deadline is October 4, 2021.

Foundation Grants:  

Support for Justice Programs in Local Communities Nationwide
American Bar Endowment: Opportunity Grant Program
The Opportunity Grant Program, an initiative of the American Bar Endowment (ABE), supports new, boots-on-the-ground, innovative projects that serve the immediate and critical legal needs of the public and are of importance to the legal profession and its concerns for access to justice. This program's funding focus areas include the following: 1) increasing access to justice, especially for vulnerable and underserved populations, using innovations to legal services delivery, capacity building, and pro bono service delivery; 2) improvement of the justice system, including ensuring equal justice and the elimination of bias; and 3) increasing public understanding of legal rights and responsibilities so people can recognize legal problems and know how to address them. ABE is particularly interested in supporting projects that have a direct effect on the needs of individuals and communities. National organizations that apply should carefully draw the connection between their proposed work and its impact on local communities. Grants typically range up to $25,000. Nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and its territories are eligible to apply. Optional letters of intent are due August 18, 2021; the deadline for full proposals is October 1, 2021. 

Health Equity Efforts in Under-Resourced Communities Funded
Medline Community Impact Grant Program
The Medline Community Impact Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and its territories that address prevalent health challenges, stimulate health equity, and improve population health in under-resourced areas. Health outcomes for people living in vulnerable communities, and already disproportionately impacted by social determinants of health (the economic and social conditions that influence health status), are at an even greater health risk. Medline will provide grants of up to $25,000 for community-centered solutions to health challenges that offer immediate impact on these vulnerable communities. (Healthcare providers are not eligible to apply.) The application deadline is August 27, 2021.

Initiatives to Enhance the Lives of Young Children Supported
Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that offer programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age. The Foundation's areas of interest include the following: The Early Childhood Welfare category supports projects that seek to perfect child rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive. The Early Childhood Education and Play category focuses on improving the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning through the development of innovative curricula and research-based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments. The Parenting Education category promotes programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, and health, prenatal care, and diet, as well as programs that provide support to parents. The Foundation's goal is to serve as an incubator for new, innovative projects and research that will have a nationwide impact. In that regard, the Foundation does not provide grants for the revision or implementation of existing programs or research, or for capital equipment, such as playgrounds. In addition, programs located outside the U.S. are not funded. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is September 30, 2021.

 

 

Community Improvement Support for Small Towns Nationwide
T-Mobile Hometown Grants Program
The T-Mobile Hometown Grants Program is intended to help build stronger, more prosperous small towns and rural communities throughout the United States. Up to 100 towns each year for the next five years will receive community improvement grants of up to $50,000 each. The focus is on providing support to revitalize community spaces in towns with 50,000 people or less that help foster local connections. Examples of eligible projects include revitalizing a town hall, a senior center, a local little league field, a library, or any space where friends and neighbors gather. Elected leaders, town managers and employees, and nonprofit leaders are eligible to submit applications. Requests will be reviewed quarterly.

Grants Promote Solutions Using Technology to Help the Underserved Worldwide
Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants
Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants support nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and worldwide with scalable, replicable, and sustainable solutions that use Internet technology to benefit individuals and communities around the world. In the Education category, Cisco supports technology-based solutions and education delivery models that improve student performance and engagement 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. Organizations can begin the application process at any time.

Resident-Driven Groups in Small Cities and Towns Supported
Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program
Community Heart & Soul is a resident-driven process that engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it. The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in startup funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns across the United States to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or a partnering organization. Applying organizations must be from communities with populations of 2,500 to 30,000. Applications that are submitted by the last day of the month will be considered the following month. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all grants have been awarded.

Funds for Economic Opportunity Programs in Bank Communities
MUFG Union Bank Foundation
The MUFG Union Bank Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the communities where the Bank has operations in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. The Foundation awards grants to organizations that expand access to economic opportunity in low- and moderate-income communities, specifically in the following areas: Affordable Housing, Economic Development, and Stewardship and Sustainability. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year.

National Geographic: COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators
National Geographic's COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators supports individual educators, or individual educators working in collaboration with other educators or National Geographic Explorers, to design instructional resources that help educators effectively teach in remote or hybrid learning environments. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 are provided in the subject areas of science, social studies, and geography. Priority is given to educators working in communities that have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. K-12 teaching professionals worldwide who work directly with students in the classroom are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted on a continual basis.

Support for Efforts to Empower the Disadvantaged
Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People
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. In addition, projects should utilize some combination of the SDOP core strategies to promote justice, build solidarity, advance human dignity, and advocate for economic equity. Applications may be submitted throughout the year.

Support for Efforts to Enhance the Health of Americans
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. Information about Program Grants is published at www.anthem.foundation on the "Request Funding" page along with the most up-to-date eligibility guidelines.

LyftUp COVID-19 Community Grants
Lyft
The LyftUp COVID-19 Community Grants program provides support to organizations in the U.S. as well as British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. Through the Essential Deliveries program, organizations that need delivery services for essential goods—such as groceries, medical supplies, auto parts, and home necessities—are matched with Lyft drivers, who can carry the deliveries out. Additionally, in collaboration with 500+ community partners, Lyft is helping provide essential services, including trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, healthcare appointments, etc., to those in need. Requests may be submitted at any time.

Emergency Action for Resident and Partner Stability program
Enterprise Community Partners
In response to COVID-19, Enterprise Community Partner's Emergency Action for Resident and Partner Stability program is working to ensure that vulnerable, low-income families and individuals can remain in their homes and access support during this crisis. The program offers nonprofit community partners a broad range of support. Owners or operators of affordable housing that are interested in learning more about the program may submit an online inquiry at any time.

Robin Hood Relief Fund
The Robin Hood Relief Fund is open to all frontline nonprofit organizations that are responding to the COVID-19 crisis in New York City. The focus is on organizations serving vulnerable populations, including low-income children and families, low-wage workers, individuals and families who are homeless, and immigrant communities. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

International Association for Volunteer Effort: COVID-19 Response Fund
The International Association for Volunteer Effort's COVID-19 Response Fund will focus on supporting global volunteer leadership organizations working directly to respond to the pandemic among the most vulnerable populations in order to help build their capacity for response. These will include organizations focused on youth, older adults, people with disabilities, and other communities vulnerable to the physical health, mental health, and economic impacts of the pandemic. Applications for grants of up to $500 are currently being accepted.

Borealis Philanthropy: Disability Inclusion Fund
The Disability Inclusion Fund is launching a $200,000 rapid response fund to provide support for organizations on the front lines that are serving people with disabilities during COVID-19.

Circle for Justice Innovations: Strategic Opportunities Support Rapid Response Fund
The Strategic Opportunities Support (SOS) Rapid Response Fund has always provided flexible and immediate funding to organizations responding to changing political landscapes and working to build collective power at critical junctures.

De Colores Rapid Response Fund
Peace Development Fund
As the outbreak of COVID-19 presents growing and unprecedented challenges for organizers nationwide, the De Colores Rapid Response Fund offers grants of $500 to $1,000 to grassroots organizations working to make positive community interventions through strategic, organizing-focused approaches, especially in marginalized communities of color and working-class communities.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
Peace First 

Peace First's COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants program is a coaching and grant process to help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19. Project ideas range from providing meals to elderly neighbors to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated. Rapid response grants are open to young people between the ages of 13-25, anywhere in the world. 

NJ Pandemic Relief Fund
NJ Fund donations will provide grants to organizations caring for vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19. The fund is accepting donations. Grant making criteria and application process has not been defined. First Lady Tammy Murphy is Founding Chair Chair of NJPRF.

ALICE Recovery Fund
United Way of Northern New Jersey has created the ALICE Recovery Fund (#ALICErecovery), a crisis recovery fund that will address emerging needs of ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households and those in poverty in response to the spread of COVID-19. Region includes Morris, Somerset, Essex, Sussex and Warren.   

Support for Community Organizing Efforts to Confront Poverty
Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People
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. In addition, projects should utilize some combination of the SDOP core strategies to promote justice, build solidarity, advance human dignity, and advocate for economic equity. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. 

Support for Criminal Justice Reform and Workers’ Rights
Public Welfare Foundation
The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need nationwide. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. The Foundation's current funding priorities target the following issues: The Criminal Justice Program supports organizations that are working to end overincarceration of adult offenders while also aiming to reduce racial disparity. The Youth Justice Program focuses on organizations working to advance a fair and effective community-based vision of youth justice, with a focus on ending the criminalization and incarceration of youth of color. The Workers’ Rights Program supports 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.

Health Equity Initiatives in the U.S. and Abroad Funded
Cigna Foundation: World of Difference Grants
The Cigna Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for individuals everywhere to achieve the best possible health. The Foundation’s World of Difference Grants focus on health equity, helping people overcome barriers to their health and well-being related to factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, age, geography, or economics. To encourage Health Equity, the Foundation is currently seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations engaged in improving Community Health Navigation. These grants support projects within the United States and internationally that help individuals understand the particular health equity challenges affecting them, and that assist them in finding services in their communities that address those challenges. Online requests may be submitted at any time.

Grants Strengthen Local Organizations in Company Communities in 35 States
Save-A-Lot Corporate Giving Program
The Save-A-Lot Corporate Giving Program supports nonprofit organizations that strive to create healthy, thriving communities in the locations where Save-A-Lot has stores in 35 states and Washington, DC. Priority consideration is given to organizations whose primary mission addresses the following focus areas: Hunger Relief; Health, Wellness, and Nutrition Education; and Environmental Stewardship. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the company’s website to submit an online application.

Programs for People with Disabilities Supported
The Milbank Foundation
The primary mission of the Milbank Foundation is to integrate people with disabilities into all aspects of American life. The Foundation's current priorities include consumer-oriented projects that enable people with disabilities to lead fulfilling, independent lives; innovative policy research and education on market-based approaches to healthcare and rehabilitation; improving and expanding quality health services, especially palliative care; and education and training of health and rehabilitation professionals. Nonprofit organizations may submit letters of inquiry throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines and application procedures.

Support for Social Change Initiatives Worldwide
Wallace Global Fund
The mission of the Wallace Global Fund is to promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends. Grants are provided for initiatives at the national and global levels, as well as for significant local or regional programs offering the potential to leverage broader impact. The focus is on nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations that are catalyzing significant change in line with one of the following priority areas: Challenge Corporate Power, Defend and Renew Democracy, Protect the Environment, Promote Truth and Creative Freedom in Media, and Advance Women’s Human Rights and Empowerment. Online letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time.

Grants Address Public Policy Issues in New Jersey
The Fund for New Jersey
The Fund for New Jersey works to improve the quality of public policy decision-making on the most significant issues affecting the people of New Jersey and the region. The Fund's grantmaking advances systemic and sustainable solutions to public problems through the work of policy, advocacy, analysis, and organizing. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that address issues ranging from the interests of disadvantaged people to housing to the environment. The Fund rarely provides grants for local activities or direct services unless these projects are designed to support systemic change (for example, a demonstration project to inform public policy). Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time; invited proposals are reviewed quarterly.

Support for Education and Youth Development Programs
Kars4Kids Small Grant Program
Kars4Kids is a national Jewish nonprofit organization that funds educational and youth programs in communities throughout the United States. The Kars4Kids Small Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to make a difference in the areas of education and youth development. Grants generally range from $200 to $2,000. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year.

Community Needs Programs in Company Locations Funded
Exelon Corporate Contribution Program
The Exelon Corporate Contribution Program strives to improve the quality of life in the communities where company employees and customers live and work throughout the country. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a proven track record in addressing key community needs. Funding priorities include education, the environment, arts and culture, and neighborhood development. Program and event support are provided. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year.

Grants Address Health Issues in Company Communities
Walgreens Charitable Donations Program
The Walgreens Charitable Donations 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 towards 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. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year.

Health and Welfare Initiatives for Young Children Funded
Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports nonprofit organizations that offer programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age. The Foundation's areas of interest include the following: The Early Childhood Welfare category supports programs that research best child rearing practices and identify models that can provide caring environments to ensure all children thrive. The Early Childhood Education and Play category focuses on improving the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning through the development of innovative curricula and research-based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments. The Parenting Education category promotes programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, and health, and also programs which provide support to parents. Letters of inquiry are accepted 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. 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.

Grants Strengthen the Intersection of Creativity and Urban Revitalization
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local Systems
The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program seeks to build strong, healthy cities nationwide by promoting the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization. The Local Systems focus area funds organizations that infuse creativity into comprehensive community development and urban planning practices. Support is provided for cross-sector and cross-disciplinary projects that embed arts, culture, and community-engaged design into municipal governments and departments and in other non-arts disciplines and sectors. Priority is given to projects that take root in economically distressed communities and ensure that residents with low incomes contribute to, engage in, benefit from, and are empowered by activities. Collaborations of multiple partners from different sectors (public/private) and disciplines (arts, health, environment, human services) are eligible to apply. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year.

Grants Enhance Bank Communities Throughout the U.S.
Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program
Wells Fargo is committed to improving the bank’s local communities across the country through grants and volunteer activities. The funding priorities of the Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program vary from state to state; however, the bank generally supports the following areas of interest: community development, including affordable housing, workforce development, financial literacy, and economic development; education, including K-12 and higher education; human services, including healthcare and basic needs; and arts, culture, and civic projects.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation: Local Grants
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that address pressing social, economic, and cultural needs in the communities the bank serves throughout the United States. While the priorities of specific company communities drive how funding is used, Local Grants typically fall into the following four generic categories: Community Development/Neighborhood Preservation, Education and Youth Development, Health and Human Services, and Arts and Culture. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the bank’s website to access the online application information.


JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Invests in specific neighborhoods in cities where they have major operations. These neighborhoods are typically among the most challenged areas of major urban centers, defined by unacceptably high rates of poverty and historic disinvestment. JPMorgan Chase works to lead a renaissance in the neighborhood, by engaging the most qualified non-profit organizations, neighborhood residents, and other sources of public and private advocacy and funding. Grant applications are considered throughout the year. Support for Creative Placemaking Strategies in U.S. Communities