Grants Available to Small Nonprofits

The Massage Therapy Foundation’s Community Service Program promotes working partnerships between the massage therapy profession and community-based organizations. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for organizations or affiliates of organizations that have been in existence for at least one year in the respective state or province, currently provide some therapeutic or other service programs to the community; and have designated a qualified staff member to oversee the program. Community Service grants are awarded to charitable organizations that provide massage therapy to people who currently have little or no access to such services.  Avg. Grant: $5,000.  Deadline:  April 1, 2014.

The EWOMENNETWORK Foundation exists to help small organizations make a big difference. In the spirit of “lifting as we climb,” the Foundation supports small nonprofits whose mission includes improving the emotional and financial well-being of women and children.  Grantmaking aims to encourage an environment of caring, healing, and growth for women and children by helping them achieve optimum potential in all spheres of their lives.   The Foundation awards individual grants of $6,000 to small, entrepreneurial organizations that address the health, wellness, and/or safety of underprivileged women and/or children.  Besides the cash grant, the Foundation will sponsor a representative of each recipient organization to attend a special grants program at the eWomenNetwork International Conference and Business Expo in Dallas.  Eligible applicants must have been in existence for over three years and have an annual budget over $25,000 and under $1 million. Applicants affiliated with a national organization are not eligible.  Avg. Grant: $6,000 .  Deadline:  March 31, 2014.

Grant Writing Made Easy on Feb. 13-14 in Jackson

Grant Writing Made Easy: Financing Your Vision

February 13-14, 2014 (Baker Donelson law offices, Jackson)

Next Valentine’s Day, share the love and the wealth!  Seasoned professional Ann Willett teaches you how to finance your amazing vision. The “hot topic” is up to you!  Reserve your spot today!

In this intensive two-day workshop, you will learn

  • How to sharpen and clarify your vision
  • How to make your mission sing
  • Best places to search for grant funds
  • How to select the opportunities that best fit your mission and vision
  • How to write an irresistible needs statement
  • Sure-fire ways to write sizzling copy – and get your proposal noticed
  • Plenty of time for actual, hands-on practice; bring an idea or a proposal-in-progress and leave with real progress towards a completed proposal!

DOVIA Mississippi is hosting this sizzling two-day intensive on Thursday and Friday, February 13-14, 2014 (hosted by the law offices of Baker Donelson, Jackson).  Special Valentine’s Day prices for current DOVIA members:  just $109* includes materials, expert instruction, refreshments, and special Valentine’s Day goodies!  Limited to the first lucky 15 people to sign up!  Reserve your spot today!

About Ann Willett  — A leader in the nonprofit world since 1985, Ann began her work in Oklahoma in the 70s. After moving to Mississippi, she worked with the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, the Girl Scouts of Middle Miss, the Salvation Army, and numerous state agencies. She has taught hundreds of classes on grant writing, fundraising, marketing and PR, board development, strategic planning and organizational assessment. Since moving to Florida, she has continued her career in marketing and organizational development. In her own words, her claim to fame is that she was on the creative team that developed the famous slogan “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, onions on a sesame seed bun.”

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*$109 for current DOVIA members; $139 non-members. Membership is $25 per year. DOVIA accepts cash, checks, and credit cards via Square (convenience fee may apply).  Reserve your spot today!