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Featured Grants from GrantStation Insider, July 5, 2018

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

General Operating Support for Native Groups
Native Voices Rising

Native Voices Rising (NVR), a project of Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy, is designed to support organizing, advocacy, and voter engagement in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. NVR provides general operating support grants of up to $10,000 to strengthen Native-led organizations that are building community leadership and power to improve the well-being of their communities. Grants focus on a wide range of critical issues, from human and civil rights, to reproductive justice, to environmental health and sacred sites protection. Eligible organizations should be rooted in a Native community, led by Native people, hold a vision for change that improves the lives of Native community members, engage large numbers of community members to take action together, and seek to improve the policies and rules that impact the community. The application deadline is August 3, 2018. Visit the NVR website to learn more about the application process.

Nonprofit Theatres Funded Nationwide
Actors' Equity Foundation: Theatre Grants

The Actors' Equity Foundation is dedicated to supporting the professional theatre community, from emerging artists to seasoned vets, while promoting and investing in theatre and the performing arts. The Foundation’s Theatre Grants support nonprofit theatres across the nation that have an established artistic and administrative track record, a history of fiscal responsibility, and have worked to improve the state of the theatre. Grant requests may be submitted from September 1 through October 31, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to access the Theatre Grant Application Form.

Grants Promote Social and Economic Justice in the U.S. and Canada
Unitarian Universalist Association: Fund for a Just Society

The Fund for a Just Society, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that address issues of social and economic justice. The Fund supports organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society; mobilize with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination; and have an active focused campaign to create systemic change. Consideration is given to projects that are less likely to receive conventional funding because of the innovative or challenging nature of the work or the economic and social status of the constituency. The maximum grant amount is $15,000; however, most grants range between $6,000 and $8,000. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the next application deadline is September 15, 2018. Visit the Unitarian Universalist Association website to review the funding guidelines.

Leadership Development Opportunity for Nonprofit Professionals
Allstate Foundation: Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program

The Allstate Foundation is seeking nonprofit professionals to join the Class of 2019 Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program starting in October of 2018. Created with Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Nonprofit Management, the program provides a combination of cohort-based academic instruction, one-on-one executive coaching, and a grant for individual development opportunities outside the classroom. The Foundation is interested in supporting a diverse range of leaders from mid-size organizations. Priority consideration will be given to leaders from nonprofits with annual budgets between $1 million and $20 million. To make the program unique from other leadership programs, the Foundation will cover all participants’ travel and program costs. The application to apply for the Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program is open until July 31, 2018. Learn more about this program, including the dates for the in-person sessions, and how to apply on AllstateFoundation.org.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Available to Support Entrepreneurship
Department of Commerce

The Regional Innovation Strategies Program supports capacity building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs. The program also offers operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startups. The application deadline is August 29, 2018.

Program Supports Low-Income Rural Housing
Department of Agriculture

The Rural Housing Preservation Grant program provides support to assist low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. The program also assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low-income persons. The deadline for pre-applications is August 9, 2018.

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