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Funding and Resource Opportunities | May 2021

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Just some of the issues addressed in this month’s new opportunities: police reform, childhood wellness, the humanities, rural communities, fighting injustice, boating safety, and HIV/AIDS awareness.

Support opportunities are listed chronologically by deadline, with open-deadline appeals at the bottom. 

MID-MAY UPDATE: Entries highlighted in orange are newly-added as of May 19.

► For our complete list of COVID-related support opportunities, check this continually-updated list, which also includes discount services.

AWARD opportunities

Foundation for Improvement of Justice
Annual Reward
Deadline: May 21
Up to 7 organizations will receive a $10,000 award for implementing justice-related programs that have “proven to be effective and can serve as models for others.” View details.

GRANTS now available

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
First-Responder Grants
Deadline: May 12
Grants up to $50,000 fund efforts to provide lifesaving equipment and prevention education tools to first responders and public-safety organizations. View details.

Ray C. Anderson Foundation
NextGen Committee Grant Program
Deadline: May 14
A single $100,000 grant is available to a new or existing program focused on reducing global warming and managing the effects of climate change. View details.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Youth Literacy Grant Program
Deadline: May 20
Up to $4,000 is available for nonprofit organizations that offer programming to help children reading below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. View details.

The Planetary Society
Science and Technology Empowered by the Public (STEP)
Deadline: May 26
Two $50,000 grants will go to developing projects that help in exploring other worlds, searching for life beyond Earth, or protecting our planet from dangerous asteroids. View details.

Women’s Sports Foundation
The Power of She Fund
Deadline: May 28
Up to $10,000 will go to organizations that utilize movement programs and sports as a way to connect multiple generations of girls and women. View details.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood 
Grant Program
Deadline: May 31 (letters of intent)
Funds available for programs that enhance the mental, physical, and social health and wellbeing of children from birth through 7 years old. View details.

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation 
Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program
Deadline: June 1
Provides up to $30,000 for community-based programs advancing social and environmental justice, as well as sustainable and just food systems. View details.

► Clif Family Foundation
Operational Support Grant Program
Deadline: June 1
Funds available for programs that support environmental protection, outdoor recreation, strong communities, and healthy food systems. View details.

Native American Agriculture Fund

Grant Program
Deadline: June 1
Grants of up to $200,000 support business assistance, technical support, agricultural education, or advocacy for Native American farmers or ranchers; additional funds are available for youth programs that examine the connection between Native Americans and agriculture. View details.

Herb Block Foundation
Encouraging Citizen Involvement Program
Deadline: June 3 (letter of inquiry)
Up to $25,000 available for educational programs that support basic freedoms and combat discrimination and prejudice. View details.

Social Change, Justice Grants
Deadline: June 3  
Provides two grants up to $4,000 each for general support and accessibility within organizations dedicated to building movements for justice and liberation from systemic oppression. View details.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants 
Deadline: June 4
Funding available to organizations that connect rural residents in remote locations with educators and doctors online. View details.

Gas South
Impact Investment and Innovation Investment
Deadline: June 5
Nonprofits serving youth up to 21 years old in terms of basic needs, education, or illness/disability can apply for either or both of their Investment opportunities, one for $50,000 and one for $10,000. View details. (Find the button to apply beneath subtitle “A Look at the Impact.”)

National Forest Foundation
Matching Awards Program
Deadline: June 9
Funds available for results-oriented projects that improve forest health and enhance outdoor experiences within National Forests and Grasslands. View details.

National Endowment for Democracy
NED Grants Program
Deadline: June 11
Grants averaging $50,000 provided for nonpartisan programs that defend human rights, support freedom of information, and/or advance and strengthen democracy. View details.

Educators for Equity Grant Program 
Deadline: June 11
Grants up to $10,000 available for programs that help eliminate educational inequity. View details.

11th Hour Racing
Grant Program
Deadline: June 15
Between $10,000 and $100,000 available to organizations improving the wellbeing of coastal communities via either literacy and stewardship, clean technologies, or ecosystem restoration. View details.

Parelli Foundation
Horse Welfare Grants
Deadline: June 15
Funding available for horse welfare centers to improve the wellbeing of horses, increase adoptability, and promote the principles of natural horsemanship within competitions. View details.

Saucony Run for Good
Grant Program
Deadline: June 15
Provides organizations up to $10,000 to implement and maintain community youth wellness and running programs that focus on ending childhood obesity. View details.

United States Department of Agriculture
Local Food Promotion Program
Deadline: June 21
Grants up to $500,000 available for the development and expansion of programs that increase access to locally grown and produced agricultural products. View details.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Community-Based Archives Grant Program
Deadline: June 25 (registration request)
Up to $100,000 available for the creation of community-based archives that “represent and serve communities marginalized due to oppression based on race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender, sexuality, religion, or ability.” View details.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Economic Mobility Community Needs Grant
Deadline: June 25
Grants from $2,500 to $50,000 available to help communities increase affordable housing, support small businesses, and implement neighborhood revitalization programs. View details.

Youth Service America
YSA Lead Agency Grants
Deadline: June 25
Up to $8,000 is available to help organizations recruit and train youth volunteers for participation in three key national events: 9/11 Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, and Global Youth Service Day. View details.

Amazon Web Services
AWS Imagine Grant Program
Deadline: June 30
Funding provided to organizations using cloud technology to address pressing global challenges. View details.

FM Global
Fire Prevention Grant Program
Deadline: June 30
Funds available to aid in fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts. View Details.

Incyte Ingenuity Award Program
Grant Program
Deadline: June 30
Up to $100,000 is available for unique programs that support the GVHD (graft versus host disease) patient community in overcoming health challenges following stem cell transplants. View details.

Bark for Your Park Grant Program
Deadline: June 30
Grants of $25,000 available to establish community dog parks. View details.

Energize the Environment Grant Program
Deadline: June 30
Exactly $3,500 provided to improve the environment within a community via trail building, park beautification, litter prevention, sustainable land management, community education, and more. View details.

► ViiV Healthcare
Positive Action Community Grants
Deadline: July 1
Funding available to support community-led efforts that address stigma, build trust, and provide preventative and long-term care for anyone affected by HIV and AIDS. View details.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Program
Deadline: July 15
Between $50,000 and $350,000 available to libraries,museums, archives, and historical organizations for projects that support scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. View details.

Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation
Social Justice Litigation Grants
Deadline: August 1
Funding is available for organizations participating in social justice litigation, with a focus on disability, domestic violence, environmental justice, healthcare, homelessness, immigration, voting, and the rights of children, Native Americans, prisoners, veterans, and refugees. View details.

BoatUS Foundation
Grassroots Grants Program
Deadline: Open
Provides up to $10,000 for programs that promote safe and/or clean boating practices. View details.

Borealis Philanthropy
Communities Transforming Policing Fund
Deadline: Open (letter of inquiry)
Up to $30,000 available for programs working toward increasing police accountability advocating for investment in alternatives to police, jails, and prisons within communities impacted by discriminatory policing practices. View details.

Wallace Global Fund
Grant Program
Deadline: Open
Funding provided to organizations “catalyzing significant change” in response to challenging corporate power, defending democracy, protecting the environment, promoting truth in media, and advancing women's rights. View details.


Previously-listed OPEN deadlines

  • Anthem Foundation | Social drivers of health issues. View details.
  • Bob Barker Company Foundation | Reentry post-incarceration. View details.
  • Can'd Aid | Recycling programs and educational services. View details.
  • Cornell Douglas Foundation | Environmental health and justice, K-12 financial literacy. View details.
  • Craig Newmark Philanthropies | Grassroots efforts. View details.
  • David Rockefeller Fund | The arts, criminal justice, environment. View details.
  • First Horizon Foundation | Atlanta-area arts and culture, education, leadership, environment, financial literacy, health, human services. View details.
  • The Glaser Progress Foundation | Measuring progress, independent and unheard voices. View details.
  • The Home Depot Foundation | Volunteerism. View details.
  • Kars4Kids | Education, mentoring, youth development. View details.
  • Lyft | Essential goods delivery or client transportation; COVID-related. View details.
  • MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation | Youth baseball and softball. View details.
  • MUFG Union Bank Foundation | Atlanta-area affordable housing, economic development, social and economic justice. View details.
  • National Geographic | Remote learning in science, social studies, or geography; COVID-related. View details.
  • Open Technology Fund | Human rights. Internet freedom. Open societies. View details.
  • Public Welfare Foundation | Criminal and youth justice system reform. View details.
  • Resist | Efforts in response to timely political or cultural events. View details.
  • School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network | School-based telehealth programs; COVID-related. View details.
  • The Solutions Project | Transition to clean energy. View details.
  • Wish You Well Foundation | Literacy skills for adults. View details.

► These opportunities have been sourced from Candid’s Philanthropy News DigestGrantStation, and Grant Gopher, as well as grantmakers’ online notices.

Kelli Lynn Karanovich is a professional copywriter and educator who publishes poems and essays as Kelli Lynn Grey.



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