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Featured Grants from GrantStation Insider, September 7, 2017

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for New Live Performing Arts Work
MAP Fund

The MAP (Multi-Arts Production) Fund supports original live performance projects throughout the United States that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape, including issues of class, sexual orientation, gender, generation, faith, and other aspects of cultural difference. Up to 40 grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 will be awarded in the upcoming grant cycle. Round One applications are due October 30, 2017; Round Two applications must be submitted by February 26, 2018. (MAP is offering support to applicants who would like staff to respond to the project description of their 2018 Round One applications through October 16, 2017.) Visit the MAP website for eligibility information and application guidelines.

Technology Programs for Underserved Teens Funded
Best Buy Foundation: National Partnership Request for Proposals

The Best Buy Foundation is committed to giving underserved teens hands-on access to the tech education and tools they need to be prepared for the tech-reliant jobs of the future. The Foundation’s National Partnership Request for Proposals seeks nonprofit partners that generate interest and awareness in tech-related careers; improve access to training, credentialing, and employment; and support tech career progression. Program grants, generally ranging from $100,000 to $350,000, are provided. Nonprofit organizations with a proven track record of serving youth, ages 13 to 21, are eligible to apply. Organizations must be located within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or operation center, and have the ability to conduct programming in at least one to five cities across the country (preferred locations are listed in the RFP). The application deadline is October 1, 2017. Interested applicants should carefully review the RFP, including the eligibility criteria. (Best Buy will host a webinar to provide an overview on the National Partnership RFP on Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm CST.) Visit the Best Buy website to learn more about the National Partnership RFP.

Grants Promote the Protection of Wild Places
The Conservation Alliance

The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots citizen-action groups and their efforts to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. Funded projects should seek to secure lasting and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway. Priority is given to landscape-scale projects that have a clear benefit for habitat. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided. Before applying for funding, an organization must be nominated by one of the Alliance's member companies. The upcoming nomination deadline is November 1, 2017. The Alliance will send each nominated organization a request for proposal, including instructions on submitting a full proposal, which is due December 1, 2017. Funding criteria and application guidelines are available on the Conservation Alliance website.

Youth Volunteers Nationwide Recognized
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is a nationwide program that honors young people in grades five to twelve who are volunteering in their communities. The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Youth who have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of application are eligible to apply. Local Honorees are selected in late fall and from those winners two State Honorees (one middle level school student and one high school student) are chosen in each state and the District of Columbia. State Honorees receive an award of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for national recognition events. Out of the State Honorees, ten National Honorees are selected to receive an additional award of $5,000 as well as a $5,000 grant for a nonprofit organization of their choice. The application deadline is November 7, 2017. Visit the Prudential website for online application information.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas



Grants Enhance Football Fields in NFL Target Markets
NFL Foundation Grassroots Program

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program, administered by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and funded by the National Football League Foundation, provides support for nonprofit neighborhood-based organizations and middle or high schools to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. Matching Field Surface Grants of up to $250,000 are available to help finance the resurfacing of community, middle school, or high school football fields. General Field Support Grants of up to $50,000 are available for capital projects not associated with the actual field surface, such as the installation/refurbishment of bleachers, concession stands, lights, etc. All organizations applying for funds must be located within NFL Target Markets and serve low- to moderate-income areas within those markets. A list of eligible communities is included in the Request for Proposals (RFP). The application deadline is October 16, 2017. Visit the LISC website to download the RFP.


Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Wetlands Conservation Funded
Fish and Wildlife Service

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants Program supports the long-term protection, restoration, enhancement, or establishment of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. The application deadline is October 19, 2017. 

Program Helps Public Housing Residents
Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinator program provides support to enable public and Indian housing residents to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. The application deadline is October 23, 2017. 

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