Grants & Funding Opportunities

Grants and Funding Opportunities
Compiled by Judy Stein, Volunteer Mississippi
Midweek March 12, 2018


March, 2018

March is National Nutrition Month — Disabilities Awareness Month — National Kidney Month — National Colon Cancer Awareness Month — National Music in Our Schools Month

March 11-17 = AmeriCorps Week
March 9, 1959 — Barbie makes her debut
March 11 — Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 12 = National Napping Day
March 17 = Saint Patrick’s Day
March 19, 2003 — War in Iraq begins
March 20 — Spring Begins
March 22 = National Goof Off Day
March 23 = National Puppy Day

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Supporters can also contribute directly to charity by purchasing Gifts that Give More™, where one hundred percent (100%) of their donation is given to charity, or by purchasing one of the 4500+ products that we carry, including jewelry, apparel, and gifts. There is a charity royalty of from 5-30% paid on every item purchased from any of the GreaterGood Network’s online stores.

Scroll down the page & you’ll see “HELPING ANIMALS / ANIMAL RESCUE SITE,” which affords you the opportunity to CLICK IT DAILY, for which you’ll receive a “Thank You — your click has been counted!  Today, you have given the value of .6 bowls of food to rescued animals.” 

And you can spend another moment clicking on the Breast Cancer site to receive the message:  “Thank You — your click has been counted!  Today, you are helping another woman in need get a free mammogram.”



The Mississippi Humanities Council grants program supports projects that stimulate meaningful community dialogue, attract diverse audiences, are participatory and engaging, and apply the humanities to our everyday lives. Grants may be used to support public humanities programs, exhibits, the planning of larger projects, and the development of original productions in film, television, radio or online resources.  The Council also offers special grants to support oral history projects around the state.  Larger grants ($2,001-$7,500) deadlines are May 1 and September 15. Funded events may not occur fewer than ten weeks from the deadline date, and pre-consultation with MHC staff is required before submitting an application.



USTA Diversity grant is intended to fund programs or ideas that will impact and grow minority participation in USTA programs.  Any CTA, pro, facility, or other potential partner is eligible to submit an application.  Deadline:  April 26, 2018.

The Games 4 Good Foundation (G4G) is accepting grant proposals from organizations that harness the power of sport to effect positive change.  G4G will consider sport-for-development projects addressing issues such as: education, social integration, health, gender equality, leadership and (more generally) localized needs for community development.  Funding is available nationwide.  Deadline:  April 20, 2018.  Games 4 Good Foundation

Founded in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. The foundation is accepting applications for the Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo.  The fund was established in 2009 to provide direct financial assistance to aspiring judo athletes with successful competitive records who have the potential to achieve even higher performance levels and rankings. To that end, grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for coaching, specialized training, the purchase of equipment and athletic clothing, and/or travel.  To be eligible, applicants must be a female U.S. judo athlete in training for national and international competition.  Deadline:  September 30, 2018. Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo



Ben and Jerry’s Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the United States and is our most competitive grant program.  We make one-year grants for up to $25,000, to organizations with budgets under $500,000. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply.  While our broad goals are to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems, we focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change rather than on the specific issues the organization is addressing.  See previously funded grants here.  Deadline:  April 18, 2018.  Ben and Jerrys

The Foundation’s AMP Music Series brings the joy of free, live music to people of all ages and backgrounds living in small to mid-sized towns and cities, transforming neglected public spaces into thriving community destinations. AMP Music Series grants are awarded to organizations or municipalities partnering with a nonprofit to present a minimum of 10 free outdoor concerts presented over 10 consecutive weeks between May 1 and November 15, 2019. The concerts must take place within the United States in small to midsized towns and cities with a population of up to 400,000 people and within a metropolitan area with a population of no more than one million. For towns or cities located within a metro area with a population that exceeds one million, the town or city must be at least 25 miles from the anchor city of the metro area. Applicants must display a successful track record of presenting professional quality concerts or community events, or apply with a partner organization or individual that has done so. Applicants must also demonstrate dollar-for-dollar matching funds from other sources.  Online applications open in the summer and close in the fall, typically between June and October.



The National Environmental Education Foundation is dedicated to securing a safer and healthier world for ourselves, our children, and for generations to come. The Foundation’s Every Day Capacity Building Grants, with support form Toyota, offer support to nonprofit organizations, such as “Friends Groups,” whose missions focus on serving our nation’s public land sites, and the improvement and responsible use of those sites. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided to increase organizational effectiveness so that grantees can better conserve public lands. Applying organizations must have been in existence at least two years.   The application deadlines for 2018 are April 23, July 17, and November 5.  NEEF Every Day Capacity Building Grants

MS Dept. of Environmental Quality’s Solid Waste Policy, Planning, & Grants Branch administers several solid waste assistance programs that provide grant funding to support a variety of solid waste management activities. These programs include the following:  ** The local governments solid waste assistance grants program ** The local governments waste tire collection and clean up grants program ** The waste tire incentive recycling and research grants program ** The solid waste planning grants program.  Brochure.  **Grants & loans for wastewater, drinking water, storm water, and solid waste projects **

The Recycling Partnership is a national  nonprofit transforming recycling in towns all across America.  Geared specifically to help counties, municipalities, tribes and solid waste authorities with 4,000 or more households seeking to upgrade to cart-based curbside recycling collection, awardees will receive up to $7/cart in grant funding, tailored educational materials paired with a communications grant, and best in class technical assistance.  The application is one simple form that must be submitted with letters of recommendation.  and


SavingSpecies helps local conservation groups purchase land for conservation and habitat restoration and sometimes considers projects for restoration of habitat on land that is within an existing protected area. The organization maximizes its effectiveness by providing grants for the purchase and restoration of land that connects existing habitat fragments or that prevents isolation of habitat that would otherwise continue due to habitat loss.  To that end, the organization has issued a Request for Proposals for projects involving small land purchases — at most a few hundred hectares — with the aim of creating several thousand hectares of contiguous habitat. By restoring habitat connections, such purchases improve the survival of dozens of endangered species. Previously funded projects have involved collaborations and land purchases that, in some cases, were spread out over several years.  Projects should preserve or restore an area of high biodiversity and/or habitat for critically endangered species; be administered by local or host-country NGO and staff; include proactive measures to reclaim and restore degraded land or preserve existing habitat; foster connectivity between forests and other habitats and existing protected areas; and/or involve local people to ensure accrual of benefits to them.  Letters of Interest are accepting on a rolling basis. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.



The mission of the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education is to raise, steward, and distribute funds that promote excellence in nursing education.  To that end, the NLN Foundation Scholarship Awards program supports the goal of attracting more seasoned and ethnically diverse nurses to become nurse educators. Scholarships of up to $8,000 will be awarded to assist in the completion of nurses’ graduate education, which could include tuition, support for a dissertation or thesis, or travel for classes or attendance at an onsite internship.  To be eligible, applicants must be a nurse pursuing an advanced degree in preparation for a career as a full-time academic nurse educator. In addition, applicants must be a member of NLN  either through individual dues or through their schools’ NLN membership.  Deadline:  May 24, 2018.  NLN Foundation Scholarship Awards


The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation advances the values of family medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational, and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people. To that end, the academy is accepting applications for its Family Medicine Cares USA program.  Launched in 2011, the program is designed to help new and existing free clinics care for the uninsured in areas of need across the United States by providing new grants of up to $10,000 for the purchase of tangible items such as exam tables, EHR systems, and medical equipment. Family Medicine Cares USA also gives AAFP members, residents, and students the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents.  To be eligible, applicants must be a new clinic nearing completion of the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) clinic development process and have an AAFP member in a leadership role. Primary consideration will be given to clinics with an AAFP member serving as medical director and to those who have family medicine residents and/or medical students involved as volunteers.  Deadline:  August 15, 2018.



A Community Thrives (ACT) is a social impact fundraising program, supported by the USA TODAY NETWORK and the Gannett Foundation, that is focused on empowering communities to take on local challenges and share the issues important to them around education, wellness, and culture, on a national platform. During the campaign, nonprofit organizations have the chance to raise funds for their charities through the CrowdRise platform. At the end of the crowdfunding period, the Gannett Foundation will award a total of $600,000 in grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 to selected organizations. Interested organizations must apply for a CrowdRise campaign by March 15, 2018.


The Sparkplug Foundation primarily provides grants to start-up nonprofit organizations or new projects of established nonprofits that are addressing the fields of music, education, and community organizing. In the Music category, the Foundation supports emerging professional musicians or music-development programs. In Education and Teaching, the Foundation funds projects that deal with “the whole student” and with learning as a community activity. Through Community Organizing, the Foundation encourages activist strategies for addressing institutional injustices and for building a just society. The current focus is on ground-level community organizing at the intersection of utilities and energy infrastructure, housing and community resources, and racial justice. The first step in the application process is to complete the online questionnaire by March 28, 2018Sparkplug Foundation


The United Fresh Start Foundation Community Grants Program was established with the goal of extending the Foundation’s work beyond the school day, providing children with access to fresh fruits and vegetables in after school programs, on the weekends, during the summer, and through other creative venues.  The Community Grants Program supports programs, events and activities organized by non-profit, community-based organizations that share our commitment to increasing children’s access to fresh produce and helping kids develop lifelong healthy eating habits. Grants are available in various amounts up to $2,500.  The Foundation’s goal is to support a variety of community programs, and therefore, awards may be made at lower amounts.  Organizations applying must be a not-for-profit organization that holds a current tax-exempt status from the IRS.  Deadline:  March 30, 2018


McGuffin Creative Group, Inc., a Chicago-based creative services firm, is accepting applications for the 2018 McGuffin Grant. The McGuffin Grant was created to provide creative strategies and design solutions to worthy 501(c)(3)s working to help people or the planet.  The McGuffin Grant gives one nonprofit recipient per year the expertise and guidance of McGuffin Creative Group’s team of designers, copywriters and account executives for in-kind services. The scope of that work is defined by the client’s needs and goals, whether they include building a more compelling brand, launching a fundraising campaign or building awareness.  This program is open nationwide.  Deadline:  March 31, 2018


AccessLex Institute conducts research and provides grants that address some of the most critical issues facing legal education today, including access to legal education for students from diverse backgrounds; the affordability and financing options for students pursuing legal education; and the value and relevance of legal education.  The center’s Legal Education Diversity Pipeline Grant Program is accepting letters of inquiry for current or proposed programs that conduct effective interventions aimed at enhancing access to legal education for students from diverse backgrounds, specifically historically underrepresented minority students and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  Funding is available nationwide.  Deadline:  March 31, 2018AccessLex Institute


The Pool Safely Grant Program provides state and local governments with assistance to help implement enforcement and education programs, with the goal of preventing drownings and drain entrapments in pools and spas.  Each applicant may apply for a maximum amount of up to $250,000. The project period is 2 years. CFDA:  87.002.  Eligibility:  Local Governments—political subdivisions of a state, which may include a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government.  Deadline:  April 2, 2018.


The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces the availability of funds under the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Maternity Group Home (MGH). THE PURPOSE of  FYSB’s TLP and MGH grant programs are to implement, enhance, and/or support effective strategies for successful transition to sustainable living for runaway and homeless youth ages 16 to under 22 and/or pregnant and parenting youth ages 16 to under 22 and their dependent child(ren). Both projects must provide safe, stable, and appropriate shelter for 18 months. Under extenuating circumstances, shelter stay can be extended to 21 months with comprehensive services that supports the transition of homeless youth to self-sufficiency and stable, independent living.  Through the provision of shelter and an array of comprehensive services, TLP youth will realize improvements in four core outcome areas (i.e., safe and stable housing, education/employment, permanent connections, and social and emotional well-being.) GRANTS AWARDED under this announcement will have a start date of May 1, 2018 and the project period will be 41 months.  The initial award will be for 17 months and run from May 1, 2018 through September 29, 2019. Applicants should not request more than $283,322 for the initial award. In addition to the initial 17 month award, the 41 month project period will include two 12-month non-competing continuation awards of not more than $200,000 each.  The total 41 month project period should not exceed $683,322.  Funding Opportunity Number:  HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-CX-1352.  CFDA:  93.550Deadline:  April 5, 2018.


The Learning Disabilities Foundation of America is accepting grant applications for projects which conform to the mission of the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America by responding to an unmet need in the field of learning disabilities.  Funds are granted for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes or for the identification, ongoing evaluation and education of and services for children and adults with learning disabilities. With the exception of LDA committed funds, grants will not be made for routine organizational operations or for endowment funds.  Examples of project areas that fall within this philosophy:  * Innovative research into the causes, the prevention and/or the alleviation of learning disabilities; * Distinctive public awareness programs to advance public understanding of the needs of persons with learning disabilities; * Innovative programs to advance the competence of persons with learning disabilities, and the support skills of their families, professional advisors, and employers.  Applications for grants from the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America must be received in the Foundation office by April 15 or September 15.  Funding is available nationwide.


Started by a former school librarian, the Snapdragon Book Foundation exists to put books in the hands of kids. In a time when many schools are reallocating their funds to technology and audiovisual equipment, the foundation works to make sure that school libraries are still offering children good books to read.  The Foundation’s School Library Grant Program provides funding for the purchase of traditional books. Projects that include significant technology are not likely to be funded unless they express a strong connection to the mission of the Foundation.  Any school library in the United States that serves disadvantaged youth in grades prekindergarten through twelve may apply.  Grants typically range from $2,500 to $10,000 each.  Deadline:  April 20, 2018.


Enter the Siemens Possibility Grant Sweepstakes DAILY for your chance to win $10,000 for STEM at your school! “Fab” your lab with the latest and greatest gadgets, or purchase top-tier technology and supplies for STEM students.  One school will be selected as our Grand Prize Winner in May of 2018. The Grand Prize will consist of a $10,000 Siemens Possibility Grant, awarded in the form of a check made payable to the winning school and intended to be used by the school for a science lab makeover and/or STEM-related equipment, supplies, or technology.  Eligible educators may enter the Sweepstakes once per day for the full duration of the open period: December 14, 2017 – April 27, 2018.


Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-based Adult Reentry Program.   BJA is seeking applications for funding under the Second Chance Act to provide grants to nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes to provide reentry services and programs.  Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with a documented history of providing comprehensive, evidence-based reentry services, and federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).  CFDA:  16.812.  Deadline:  May 1, 2018.


The Online News Association is accepting applications for its $1 million 2018 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education competition.  The goal of the challenge is to “hack” the journalism curriculum using customized versions of the teaching hospital model. To that end, the fund will support the efforts of universities to partner with local news organizations and explore new ways of providing information to their communities.  Winners will receive up to $35,000 in grants in support of their local news experiment and be invited to compete for up to $100,000 in additional prizes for best project and evaluation.  In 2018, the challenge will focus on four areas:  1) Diversity, Technology, Community Engagement and Civic Participation, and Building Trust.  The competition is open to teams made up of educators, students, researchers, media professionals, technologists, and designers with an interest in providing local news coverage and investigating issues of interest to their community. Endorsements from the dean or program director are encouraged but not required. In addition, the ability to obtain matching funds is considered in project selection but not required.  Deadline:  May 4, 2018.  2018 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education competition


The American Library Association Public Programs Office will be accepting applications for the 2018 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming from February 2 to May 4.  Public and private school libraries in the United States that served children in in any combination of grades K-8 and conducted humanities programs during the prior school year are eligible. The library must be staffed by a state-certified librarian.  The library’s humanities program or program series can be focused in many subject areas, including but not limited to social studies, poetry, drama, art, music, language arts, and foreign language and culture.

Maximum grant:  $5,000.  Deadline:  May 4, 2018.


The goals of Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grants are to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.  Eligible entities include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, community supported agriculture networks, community supported agriculture associations, and other agricultural business entities (for-profit groups); nonprofit corporations; public benefit corporations; economic development corporations; regional farmers’ market authorities; and local and tribal governments.  A total of $13,400,000 is available for this program. FMPP offers both Capacity Building (CB) projects and Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance (CTA) projects. For CB projects, the minimum grant award is $50,000 and maximum award is $250,000. For CTA projects, the minimum grant award is $250,000 and maximum award is $500,000.  CFDA:  10.168.  Deadline:  May 7, 2018.  Farmers Market Promotion Program


Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. Two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP-planning grants and implementation grants. Applicants can apply for either but will receive only one type of grant in the same grant cycle.  Eligible entities include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks, CSA associations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities, and tribal governments.  A total of $13,400,000 is available for this program. For planning projects, grant awards will be between $25,000 and $100,000. For implementation projects, grant award will be between $100,000 and $500,000.  CFDA:  10.172.  Deadline:  May 7, 2018.


The Gamma Mu Foundation is accepting applications for grants in the following program areas: •HIV/AIDS Services.  These are services and programs benefiting individuals, caregivers, and families directly impacted by HIV/AIDS. It also includes HIV prevention and education programs.  •Community Services. These are services and programs that support LGBTQ sub-populations, e.g., youth, seniors, victims of domestic abuse, etc.  •Research and Public Education. These are services and programs aimed at helping to make the world a more hospitable place for people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  The Foundation’s objective is to award grants that are tied specifically to a new or ongoing project within the recipient organization.  Funding is available nationwide.  Deadline:  May 31, 2018.


The Walmart Foundation is accepting applications through its Community Grant Program.  Through the annual program, grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support local nonprofit organizations within the service area of individual Walmart stores in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities.  To be eligible, an organization must be tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code; be a recognized government entity (i.e., state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments) that is requesting funds exclusively for public purposes; be a K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or be a church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31.


The Groundswell Fund supports a stronger, more effective U.S. movement for reproductive justice by mobilizing new funding and capacity building resources to grassroots organizing and policy change efforts led by low-income women, women of color, and transgender people. Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund seeks to meet unforeseen needs and opportunities in the struggle to advance and defend social and reproductive justice organizing by women of color and trans people of color. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 are provided to organizations on the frontlines, with emphasis on funding in states and communities where women of color, transgender people of color, and low-income women and trans people-led organizing is under-resourced. Applications may be submitted throughout the year.   Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund



DARTdrones is accepting applications to their Public Safety Grant program. This program offers funding towards drone training for police and fire departments hoping to learn to utilize drones. Because adding drones to public safety operations can be complex, the company is making resources and training available to help successfully implement this industry-altering technology.  The grant provides full or partial funding to departments for courses such as Part 107 Test Prep Training, Basic Flight Training, Search and Rescue Training, Accident Investigation and Aerial Disaster Response Training, and a number of consulting and legal documentation writing services.  This program is available nationwide.  Deadline:  Rolling.  DARTdrones



The grantmaking philosophy of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi is to effect social change through efforts that address the roots of a social problem and/or explore new approaches to solving an issue. We are interested in funding efforts that create lasting change in our communities and our state.  Eligibility:  1. Your organization must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; or must be a governmental, educational or research institution with tax-exempt status, and 2. Your grant proposal must be for a program based in Mississippi that impacts women and girls.  March 22 webinar.  Deadline for Letter of Intent:  April 16, 2018Women’s Foundation of Mississippi


Sponsored by the Ascena Foundation, the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards program provides financial awards to everyday heroes who are making the world a better place for women and girls, specifically in the areas of health, education, social reform, and esteem.  Each year, the program chooses a single Grand Prize winner to receive $100,000 and two runners up to receive $25,000 based on work that empowers women and children in the fields listed above. Now in its third year, the program has issued a call for anyone to nominate themselves or a peer at any eligible organization for a chance to win the 2018 Jaffe Award.   Nominees must be a legal resident of the United States; at least 18 years of age on the date of nomination; and the creator or founder of a social impact organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. The nominee also must be the organization’s principal decision maker in management and development matters. In addition, the organization must be independent and autonomous and must not be substantially supported by, or serve the purpose of promoting, religious or political organizations or beliefs.  The Jaffe Awards nomination period opens March 15 and will close on May 24, 2018Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards

Judy Stein, Senior AmeriCorps Program Officer
MS Commission for Volunteer Service