Grant Opportunities




For More Information about these Grants, Contact:

Missionary Evangelist Elizabeth Wilson

Vice President, Economic Development, COGIC Urban Initiatives

[email protected] or [email protected] 404-344-2601


MARCH 2014

Training to Work 2-Adult Reentry — SGA-DFA-PY-13-03

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $30 million to serve male and female ex-offenders, referred to in this SGA as returning citizens, in work release programs (WRPs) as authorized by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Second Chance Act of 2007. The term returning citizens refers to formerly incarcerated individuals (i.e. ex-offenders). This solicitation provides the opportunity for organizations to develop and implement career pathway programs in demand sectors and occupations for men and women who are at least 18 years old and who are enrolled in WRPs. ETA plans to award approximately 15 grants of up to $2,000,000 each. These grants have a performance period of operation of 39-months, which includes a planning period, implementation, and a follow-up period. Additionally, grants will be awarded to areas with high-poverty and high-crime rates, including promise zones that have a large proportion of returning citizens in these communities and typically experience higher rates of recidivism.

·         Issue Date: February 18, 2014

·         Closing Date: April 18, 2014

·         Read the Full Announcement (PDF)


YouthBuild 2014 — SGA-DFA-PY-13-04

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $73 million in grant funds authorized by the YouthBuild provisions of the Workforce Investment Act (29 USC 2918a). The Department will award grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. DOL hopes to serve approximately 4,950 participants during the grant period of performance, with approximately 75 projects awarded across the country.

·         Issue Date: February 18, 2014

·         Closing Date: April 22, 2014

·         Read the Full Announcement (PDF)


H-1B Ready to Work Partnerships — SGA-DFA-PY-13-07

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) the availability of approximately $150 million in funds for the H-1B Ready to Work Partnership (Ready to Work) grant program. DOL expects to fund approximately 20-30 grants with individual grant amounts ranging from $3 million to $10 million. This grant program is designed to provide long-term unemployed workers with individualized counseling, training and supportive and specialized services leading to rapid employment in occupations and industries for which employers use H-1B visas to hire foreign workers. Grants will be awarded to the lead applicant of a public and private partnership of entities that includes: the workforce investment system; training providers, such as community colleges and community-based and faith-based organizations; and, business and business-related groups, trade associations, nonprofit business or industry, organizations functioning as workforce intermediaries for the expressed purpose of serving the needs of businesses, individual businesses, or consortia of businesses. As a pre-condition to be considered for Ready to Work funding, there must be at least three employers or a regional industry association consisting of at least three employers who are actively engaged in the project. Additional partners that reflect the character and resources of the local or regional economy and the community are strongly encouraged. Finally, the department is committed to producing strong evidence on the effectiveness of the grantee programs and full participation in any national evaluation initiated by DOL is a condition of all grants awarded.

·         Issue Date: February 19, 2014

·         Closing Date: June 19, 2014

·         Read the Full Announcement (PDF)


Workforce Data Quality Initiative Grants — SGA-DFA-PY-13-05

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $6 million from funds made available through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 DOL appropriation for Training and Employment Services for grants to State Workforce Agencies (SWA) to expand the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI). These grants will provide SWAs the opportunity to develop or expand State workforce longitudinal administrative data systems. These State longitudinal data systems will, at a minimum, include information on programs that provide training, employment services, and unemployment insurance; connect with education data contained in Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) databases; be linked longitudinally at the individual level to allow for enhanced opportunity for evaluation of federally and State-supported education and workforce programs; be capable of generating workforce training provider performance information and outcomes in a standardized, easy to understand format (e.g. scorecards), consistent with all applicable Federal and State privacy laws; and, lead to better information for customers and stakeholders of the workforce system.

·         Issue Date: January 27, 2014

·         Closing Date: March 25, 2014

·         Read the Full Announcement (PDF)


Stand Down' Grants to Assist Homeless Veterans

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $600,000 in "Stand Down" grants that will provide an estimated 10,000 homeless veterans with opportunities to reintegrate into society. The grants are being awarded under the department's Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program. Approximately seventy grants in each of the three fiscal years covered by this solicitation are expected to be awarded. A maximum of $10,000 per multi-day event or $7,000 for a one-day event can be awarded. Stand Down grant funds must be used to enhance employment and training opportunities or to promote the self-sufficiency of homeless veterans through paid work. Applications for Stand Down funds will be accepted from State Workforce Agencies, State and local Workforce Investment Boards, Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), local public agencies, and non-profit organizations including community and faith-based organizations. All applications for Stand Down grant funding must be submitted to the appropriate State Director for Veterans' Employment and Training (DVET) at least ninety (90) days prior to the event.

·         Find the address and contact information for each State DVET

·         Learn more about Stand Down grants and apply


Support for Native American Youth Projects
First Nations Development Institute: Native Youth and Culture Fund
First Nations Development Institute invests in innovative institutions that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities. The First Nations’ Native Youth and Culture Fund provides grants of $5,000 to $20,000 for projects that focus on youth and incorporate Native culture and tradition to address issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health, and other social issues. Funded projects should address one or more of the following priority areas: preserving cultural and/or spiritual practices, beliefs, and values; engaging both youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices, and/or beliefs; increasing youth's capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs; and increasing access to cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies as a means of preserving tribal language, arts, history, etc. Online proposals must be submitted by March 20, 2014. Visit the First Nations’ website to review the funding guidelines.

Awards Honor Volunteer Programs for Military Families
Newman's Own Awards Program  
The purpose of the Newman's Own Awards Program is to recognize volunteer and nonprofit organizations supporting our nation's military families. Eligible applicants must be comprised primarily of volunteers or be a nonprofit organization, and be working with the families of Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserve units and/or veterans. Applying organizations will be evaluated on their innovative plans for improving the quality of life for members of the military and their families. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided. The application deadline is April 23, 2014. Visit the program’s website to submit an online application.

Organizations Serving Individuals with Autism Funded
Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants 
The goal of Autism Speaks is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. The organization’s Family Services Community Grants support programs nationwide that work to build the field of services for individuals with autism and to expand the capacity to effectively serve this growing community. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 are provided in the following categories: Education, Recreation/Community Activities, and Young Adult/Adult Services. Letters of intent will be accepted from February 19 through March 28, 2014. Visit the Autism Speaks website to download the Request for Applications after February 19. Note: Canadian nonprofit organizations are supported through Autism Speaks Canada.

PTA Grants Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Young Children
Smart from the Start: Community Outreach Grant Program
The Smart from the Start: Community Outreach Grant Program, an initiative of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), is dedicated to helping PTAs nationwide educate families about healthy lifestyles. This program supports locally-driven, grassroots prevention strategies that educate families about practical ways to ensure their children, ages three to five, achieve a balanced intake of nutritious foods and physical activity every day, using the Energy Balance Pre-K curriculum. An additional objective is to mobilize community-based stakeholders to focus on increasing access to nutritious foods and physical activity options in the community, especially for families of young children. Ten grants of $10,000 each will be awarded to PTA Regions, Districts, and Councils. The application deadline is March 28, 2014. Visit the National PTA’s website to download the Request for Proposals.

K-12 Science and Math Programs in 39 States Supported
Monsanto Fund: America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, an initiative of the Monsanto Fund, helps farmers positively impact their communities and support local school districts. The program gives farmers in selected counties in 39 states the opportunity to nominate their public school districts to compete for grants to promote science and math education. Once nominated by a local farmer, school district administrators are eligible to submit an application for either a grant of up to $10,000 or a grant of up to $25,000 to support a science and/or math educational program. The more farmers that nominate a school district, the more it demonstrates community support and strengthens the school district’s application. Farmers must submit nominations by April 6, 2014, and schools must apply by April 21, 2014. Visit the Monsanto website to learn more about the program and submit an online nomination.

Funds for Water Resources Protection in Pennsylvania
Water Resources Education Network
The Water Resources Education Network (WREN) is a nonpartisan collaboration among organizations and public officials working for the protection and management of Pennsylvania’s water resources, both surface and ground water, through grassroots education and informed policymaking. For 2014, WREN is offering two grant tracks. The WREN Watershed Education Grants of up to $5,000 support projects that educate Pennsylvania citizens and local officials about how to protect, improve, or remediate the watershed from the impacts of nonpoint source pollution. Source Water Protection Grants of up to $7,000 support regional or county-level Source Water Protection Collaboratives in Pennsylvania that will educate local officials and residents about ways to protect public drinking water resources from contamination, improve emergency response coordination, and ensure the community water supply will be sustainable. Proposals for both programs must be postmarked by March 21, 2014. Visit the WREN website to download the application instructions and forms.

Mini-Grants Encourage Motorist/Bicyclist Safety in Florida
Bike Florida: Share the Road Mini-Grant Program
Bike Florida’s Share the Road Mini-Grant Program provides funds to nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the state that are promoting motorist and bicycle education, as well as awareness of proper, legal roadway sharing. Preference will be given to applicants that teach the Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program while garnering significant media coverage. A match of at least equivalent dollars and/or in-kind contributions is required to receive these mini-grants of $200 to $2,000. Applications may be submitted at any time and are processed as they are received. Visit the Bike Florida website to download the application form.

Support for Healthy Children Programs in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas 
Health Care Service Corporation: Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Initiative
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families, an initiative of Health Care Service Corporation, is designed to improve the health and wellness of children in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The goal of the initiative is to support nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children and their families in the following areas: nutrition education, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and safe environments. The application deadlines for 2014 vary by state: March 7 for Illinois, May 1 for Texas, September 10 for New Mexico, and September 30 for Oklahoma. Download the application instructions and FAQs from the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant page in order to learn more about this initiative.

Support for Children’s Mental Health Services
Department of Health and Human Services
The Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program provides support to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for improving, expanding, and sustaining services provided through a system of care approach for children/youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The application deadline is March 19, 2014.

Funds Available to Preserve Tribal Heritage
Department of the Interior 
The Tribal Heritage Grants program provides support for cultural and historic preservation projects in order to assist Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian organizations in protecting and promoting their unique cultural heritage and traditions. The application deadline is March 21, 2014.

Program Supports Rural Health Improvement
Department of Health and Human Services 
The National Rural Health Policy and Community Development Program supports projects that will help improve health in rural communities. The application deadline is March 31, 2014.

Agriculture Education Funded
Department of Agriculture 
The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program provides support to promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in agriscience and agribusiness. The application deadline is April 3, 2014.

Awards Honor Exemplary Justice Programs
Foundation for Improvement of Justice
The Foundation for Improvement of Justice works to enhance local, state, and federal systems of justice by rewarding the accomplishments of innovative programs throughout the United States. Each year, awards of $10,000 are provided to up to six nominees for justice-related programs that have proven to be effective and can serve as models for others. The award categories include the following: legal reform, crime prevention, child protection, speeding the process, effecting restitution, crime victims' rights, alternative sentencing, reducing recidivism, lowering the cost, and other significant efforts. The program is open to all individuals, programs, and organizations within the United States. The nomination deadline is May 15, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website for nomination guidelines.

Grants Enhance National Wildlife Refuge Support Groups
National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program
The National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, funds projects that assist organizations in being effective co-stewards of important natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System.  The program's goals are to help refuge Friends organizations develop projects, expand their capacity and skills, meet local refuge challenges, gain community support, and build long-term relationships. Grants, ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, are provided for start-up expenses, capacity building, project support, and Friends peer-to-peer coaching. Proposals must be submitted by April 14, 2014. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s website to review the Request for Proposals.

Support for Music, Education, and Grassroots Organizing Initiatives 
Sparkplug Foundation 
The Sparkplug Foundation primarily provides grants to nonprofit organizations that are addressing the fields of music, education, and grassroots 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 Grassroots Organizing, the Foundation encourages activist strategies for addressing institutional injustices and for building a reasoned, just society. The current focus is on ground-level community organizing at the intersection of utilities/energy infrastructure, housing/community resources, and racial justice. The Foundation also provides limited support for projects in Israel that involve Palestinian communities. Online questionnaires must be completed by April 1, 2014. Letters of intent are due April 15, and the deadline for final applications is May 15, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines and online application instructions.

K-12 Educators Nationwide Recognized
ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program
The ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program provides educators with awards to help fund their innovative class projects. Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning are eligible to apply. Applicants must work at an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States. The 100 finalists each receive an award of $2,000. At least one award will be granted in each of the 50 United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Of the 100 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards of $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. Applications must be submitted online by April 30, 2014. Visit the ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program website to access the application and learn more about the program

Funds for Performing and Literary Arts Presentations in Western States 
Western States Arts Federation: TourWest 
The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. WESTAF, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, provides TourWest grants of up to $2,500 for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists in communities within the 13-state WESTAF region. Funded projects must have at least one public performance and one educational outreach activity, such as lecture-demonstrations, master classes, in-school educational activities involving students with the artist, etc. The application deadline is April 1, 2014. Visit the WESTAF website to learn more about the program and submit an online application.


Grants Promote Youth Programs Throughout New England
Boston Bruins Foundation
The mission of the Boston Bruins Foundation is to assist nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. The Foundation concentrates its grantmaking on the following four areas: The Athletic category focuses on nonprofit youth sports organizations. The Academic category supports programs that provide homework assistance and a safe learning environment to develop social and learning skills for pre-school, primary, and middle school children. The Health category addresses research, healthcare, and prevention issues. The Community Outreach category enhances organizations that are working with at-risk youth, including after-school activities. The application deadline is April 1, 2014. Visit the Bruin’s website to learn more about the Foundation and to download the application form.

Awards Honor Healthy Mississippi Towns
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation: Healthy Hometown Award
The Healthy Hometown Award, an initiative of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, rewards exemplary community health and wellness in Mississippi. This award assists municipal leaders throughout the state in their efforts to make their communities – and ultimately the state – a healthier place to live. The Foundation will award four grants: One small, medium, and large town will each receive a $25,000 grant. One municipality will be designated as The Healthiest Town in Mississippi and will be awarded a $50,000 grant. (A town of any size may receive this designation.) The application deadline is April 1, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application information.

Organizations Helping Texans Supported
The Meadows Foundation
The Meadows Foundation is dedicated to helping the people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. The Foundation provides grants throughout the state of Texas, but generally allocates between one-third and one-half of its grants to organizations helping those in the Dallas area. In response to the current economic climate, the Foundation’s first priority is grants to ensure that essential human services are there for those in need. The Foundation will also support programs to help families avoid home foreclosure, provide job training for those out of work, and promote healthcare for those without insurance. In addition, grants and no-interest loans will provide emergency operating funds for nonprofit organizations. Grants will continue to support the Foundation’s current initiatives: improving public education, reducing mental illness, and protecting the natural environment. The Foundation will also support programs that focus on reducing crime and recidivism. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant strategy and application guidelines.

Post-Incarceration Success Efforts Funded
Department of Justice 
The Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities program provides support to improve probation and parole success rates, which would in turn improve public safety, reduce admissions to prisons and jails, and save taxpayer dollars. The application deadline is April 7, 2014.


Support Available for Sex Offender Registration Act Implementation
Department of Justice 
The Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program provides support to assist jurisdictions with developing or enhancing programs designed to implement the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The application deadline is April 10, 2014.

Program Supports Economic Development in Native Communities
Department of Health and Human Services
The Social and Economic Development Strategies program supports community-driven projects that will grow local economies; strengthen Native American families, including the preservation of Native American cultures; and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses and social and economic infrastructure in Native American communities. The application deadline is April 15, 2014.

Brownfields Efforts Supported
Environmental Protection Agency 
The Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants program provides support to conduct research or provide technical assistance to communities facing brownfields cleanup and revitalization challenges. The application deadline is April 18, 2014.

eWomenNetwork Foundation

The eWomenNetwork Foundation aims to encourage an environment of caring, healing, and growth for women and children by helping them to achieve optimum potential in all spheres of their lives. To that end, the foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects designed to improve the emotional and financial well-being of women and children. 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. In addition to the cash grants, 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 organizations must have been in existence for over three years and have an annual budget of over $25,000 and under $1 million. Organizations affiliated with a national organization will not be considered for a grant. All grant applications will be available March 1 – March 31, 2014. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2014.

2014 Champions for Healthy Kids Program

Through the Champions for Healthy Kids program, the General Mills Foundation will award 50 grants of $10,000 to nonprofit organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth. Organizations must have a current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), be a school or a unit of government. Programs should be focused towards youth ages 2-18 and must incorporate physical education and nutrition education. A registered dietician or registered dietetic technician must oversee the delivery of the nutrition education. The online application will be available February 1, 2014. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2014.

Classics for Kids Foundation aims to bridge the funding gap and enhance school music programs by providing matching grants for new stringed instruments. The program has supported about 40 music programs since its inception in 1997. Underserved music programs receive priority. Application deadline is March 31, 2014.