December 11, 2023

Grant Watch: Week Ending in 12/08/2023

The Grant Plant routinely reviews funder websites and notices and is pleased to share some upcoming opportunities with you.

Department of Housing and Urban Development The Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator program December 18, 2023. 

The Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) program is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian Housing make progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional and health barriers they face.  Self-sufficiency is defined as an individual’s ability to support their household by maintaining financial, housing, and personal/family stability.  To achieve self-sufficiency, an individual moves along a continuum towards economic independence and stability; such movement is facilitated by the achievement of individual educational, professional, and health-related goals. To help residents make progress towards self-sufficiency, HUD provides ROSS-SC grant funding to eligible applicants to hire a Service Coordinator who assesses the needs of Public and Indian housing residents and links them to local training and supportive services that will enable participants to move along the self-sufficiency continuum.  In the case of elderly/residents with disabilities, the Service Coordinator also links them to congregate and other supportive services which enable them to age/remain in place in addition to providing other desired training and supportive services which are made available to other residents.  In addition, with the ROSS-SC grant, HUD provides funding for grantees to provide direct services to further support the work of the ROSS-SC and ultimately, the goals of the ROSS program.

The Agency Fund AI to Advance Human Agency December 22, 2023. 

Much of the philanthropic conversation around AI has been focusing on its risks: its potential to manipulate or mislead people, render their capacities obsolete, and more generally diminish human agency. However, AI also has the potential to augment human agency. The creation of The Agency Fund was motivated by a rich body of encouraging evidence on the impacts of social workers, role models, mentors, and similar “support personas” that help people navigate their own lives.1 The unifying idea behind these approaches is to empower people – augmenting their decision-making, rather than over-riding it. We seek to fund 6-12 month projects that leverage AI to help people navigate their lives, ultimately enabling them to improve their economic, health, or educational outcomes.

Department of Health and Human Services National Urban Indian Behavioral Health Awareness Program January 1, 2024. 

The purpose of the National Urban Indian Behavioral Health Awareness (NUIBH) program is to increase the awareness, visibility, advocacy, and education for behavioral health issues on a national scale and in the interest of improving Urban Indian health care. The NUIBH program will build, strengthen, and sustain collaborative relationships that support Indian Health Service (IHS) efforts to ensure that comprehensive, culturally appropriate personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people living in Urban Areas. The recipient will administer an annual national forum, such as a Behavioral Health Urban Indian Listening Session where concerns and suggestions related to behavioral health care policy, service delivery, and program development will be heard from all Urban Indian organizations (UIOs). The recipient will also administer programs intended to provide culturally competent education and technical assistance on strategic planning and grant writing to increase the behavioral health care capacity of UIOs, and the likelihood of success in receiving awards from various sources. The recipient will develop and maintain comprehensive information on UIOs, and disseminate information on behavioral health programs, best practices, service delivery, quality improvement, and strategies to all UIOs. The recipient will also develop a quality improvement process, including appropriate evaluation tools to ensure the information developed and disseminated through the project is appropriate and useful for addressing the behavioral health needs of Urban Indian communities. The recipient’s activities funded under this cooperative agreement must support all organizations that meet the statutory definition of a UIO.

The Peace Development Fund January 8, 2024. 

The Peace Development Fund was founded in 1981 on the belief that lasting change will come only when many people are well informed and empowered to make change. The organization invites applications for its Community Organizing Grants program. It will award grants averaging $5,000 to grassroots organizations that will significantly impact their geographic and social justice focus area or are working on issues that still need to be recognized by progressive funders. The organization’s four pillars of grantmaking include: 

  • Organizing to Shift Power: Includes groups that are creating a power base that can hold leaders accountable to the people who are affected by their decisions, groups that allow their membership or constituents to take the lead in collective action planning and decision making, and groups whose leadership comes directly from the people who are most affected by the issues you are organizing around. 
  • Working to Build a Movement: Includes groups that organize in the local community but make connections between local issues and a broader need for systemic change; groups that provide a space for members to develop their political analyses while taking action for change; groups that break down barriers within the progressive movement by building strategic alliances between groups of different cultural or class backgrounds or different issue areas; and groups that explore the root causes of injustice and have a long-term vision for the kind of social change they are working for. 
  • Dismantling Oppression: Includes groups and projects that are proactively in the process of dismantling oppression, confronting privilege, and challenging institutional structures that perpetuate oppression (both internal and external to the organization) and groups that are proactively making connections between different forms of oppression (racism, heterosexism, sexism, ageism, classism, ableism, etc.), and with injustice. 
  • Creating New Structures: Includes groups that have alternative organizational structures that allow power to flow “from the bottom up” and efforts to create new, community-based alternative systems and structures (economic, political, cultural, religious, etc.) that are liberating, democratic, and environmentally sustainable and that promote healthy, sustainable communities. 

The foundation notes that most competitive applications will deeply embody all these funding priorities.

Americana Foundation Applications for American Heritage Project January 8, 2024. 

Established by Adolph H. and Ginger Meyer, the Americana Foundation supports the sustainable development of agriculture and community food systems, the protection of natural resources, and the conservation of early American heritage. The foundation invites applications to its American Heritage program, which aims to support organizations and institutions that preserve, protect, and promote expressions of America’s heritage, particularly American furniture and decorative arts; ensure present and future generations maintain a sense of continuity with the past; and promote the shared values of freedom for the individual and creative pioneer spirit that fostered the innovation and industriousness that built the nation. Through the program, grants generally between $10,000 and $30,000 will be awarded for projects that preserve or restore high-quality classic and handcrafted furniture, decorative arts, and similar objects of early American material culture (“Americana”) and their placement on public display for the appreciation and understanding of present and future generations; offer training, apprenticeships, and other career development opportunities to people interested in the curation, conservation, preservation, or restoration of Americana or America’s historic buildings and cultural landscapes; undertake select preservation or restoration projects in significant buildings that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and other important public spaces and cultural landscapes (with a focus in Michigan); and produce publications, exhibits, visual media, interactive experiences, or educational programs that contribute to a better understanding of Americana and American heritage. Applicants must be nonprofit organizations, tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or municipal government entities, such as cities, townships, and villages. The foundation prioritizes nonprofit organizations whose work benefits the state of Michigan.

The U.S. Department of State Supporting Critical Open-Source Technologies That Enable a Free and Open Internet January 11, 2024. 

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects to strengthen the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms online through an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure global Internet, with a focus on technology development. Competitive proposals will develop and implement programs to develop, improve, implement, and sustain open-source technologies which serve as critical foundations for a free and open Internet. Protecting the open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet requires a precise technical understanding of the open-source communication protocols and systems that operate behind the scenes to enable secure and private communications online (such as certificate authorities and the TLS protocol suite). The successful development, testing, security auditing, standardization, and implementation of these protocols and systems in ways that actively support a free and open internet has a critical impact on protections for human rights online. However, because these protocols and systems do not directly face the end-user, they are often unknown, overlooked, and unfunded.

The Jams Foundation Association for Conflict Resolution Initiative for Students and Youth January 12, 2024.

In partnership with the Association for Conflict Resolution, the JAMS Foundation has requested proposal ideas for the 2024 JAMS Foundation-ACR Initiative for Students and Youth funding cycle. The initiative aims to provide financial support for conflict resolution education and training (CRE) for PreK-12 students and youth. Populations to be served by the funding streams will be 1) youth in PreK-12 age range and 2) adults working with these youth populations in ways that directly transfer CRE skills for adults to the youth populations.

The focus of the 2024 funding cycle is on projects to increase the resiliency skills in youth ages 14 to 18 years old by using conflict resolution education and training intended to increase their ability to 1) cope with violence they may encounter in a school or other gathering places, and 2) de-escalate the violence. 


The Les Paul Foundation Applications for Music Programs January 15, 2024. 

The Les Paul Foundation aims to inspire innovative and creative thinking by sharing the legacy of Les Paul through support of music education, recording, innovation, exhibits about Les Paul, and medical research related to hearing. The foundation invites applications for grants to support programs and projects that encourage innovation in music production and/or performance and innovative STEM or STEAM programs for students and others in challenging situations. Proposals for medical research related to curing tinnitus and other hearing impairment issues are considered.

The Mind & Life Institute Contemplative Changemaking Grant February 1, 2024. 

The Mind & Life Institute seeks applications for its Contemplative Changemaking Grants, which support the use of contemplative approaches by grassroots changemakers addressing urgent community needs. The Contemplative Changemaking Grants, of up to $10,000 (USD), fund small-scale, impact-oriented work undertaken by individuals, community workers, and non-profit organizations that ground themselves in contemplative practices to achieve real impact in people’s everyday lives. Building upon the Francisco J. Varela Research Grants—established by Mind & Life in 2004 to support scientists and scholars conducting contemplative research—the Contemplative Changemaking Grants support contemplative changemakers in transforming lives and communities. For example, we know that young climate activists globally struggle with a profound sense of loss, frustration, and anxiety in the face of failed leadership around this issue. Our hope is to support those seeking to integrate contemplative approaches into their work as a means of building resilience and agency for their community.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Youth Homelessness System Improvement Grant February 15, 2024.

Youth Homelessness System Improvement (YHSI) grants will support selected communities in either improving an existing response system for youth homelessness or establishing and implementing a new youth homelessness response system.  The grants will focus on systemic change by funding projects that create and build capacity for Youth Action Boards; collect and use data on at-risk youth and youth experiencing homelessness; develop strong leaders within a community; and improve the coordination, communication, operation, and administration of homeless assistance projects to better serve youth, including prevention and diversion strategies.  Read more about the YHSI grants in HUD’s Press Release. System change is generally bigger than a single organization; therefore, HUD is encouraging cooperative applications that cover large geographic areas, including state-wide coordination, cross- Continuum of Care (CoC) collaborations, and partnerships that are made up of one or more Tribal nations.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program February 15, 2024. 

Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program (NLGCA) Institutions may use the funds: (a) to successfully compete for funds from Federal grants and other sources to carry out educational, research, and outreach activities that address priority concerns of national, regional, State, and local interest; (b) to disseminate information relating to priority concerns to interested members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities, the public, and any other interested entity; (c) to encourage members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities to participate in priority education, research, and outreach activities by providing matching funding to leverage grant funds; and (d) through: (1) the purchase or other acquisition of equipment and other infrastructure (not including alteration, repair, renovation, or construction of buildings); (2) the professional growth and development of the faculty of the NLGCA Institution; and (3) the development of graduate assistantships.

The National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers Resource Center March 6, 2024. 

The Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program is an applied research and development program that seeks to actualize a diverse future STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and ICT (information and communication technologies) workforce that is prepared to meet pressing local, societal, and global challenges. Because STEM and ICT careers increasingly rely on technologies and computing, the ITEST program funds projects that engage youth, from pre-kindergarten through high school, and pre-K-12 educators in equitable, innovative technology learning and education experiences within and across STEM disciplines in formal or informal settings. These projects build youths’ interest and knowledge in STEM careers, and they prioritize the full inclusion of all groups to include those that have been underrepresented, underserved, or excluded from STEM educational opportunities. This ensures that NSF is better postured to leverage the full spectrum of diverse talent across the country. This solicitation calls for a Resource Center for the ITEST program. The Resource Center will support diverse, multi-sector stakeholders in actualizing the three pillars of ITEST: (1) strategies for equity in STEM education, (2) partnerships for career and workforce preparation, and (3) innovative use of technologies in teaching and learning. It is expected that this Resource Center will facilitate individual and collective dialogue, reflection, and action relative to these pillars, while supporting stakeholders in the conceptualization, actualization, and communication of ITEST projects.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture Renewable Resource Extension Act National Focus Fund Projects March 14, 2024. 

The purpose of the grant program is to provide funds for extension projects that have national or regional relevancy.  In particular, the program supports extension projects that address emerging forest and rangeland resources through  the adoption of climate-smart technologies among forest and rangeland owners.

National Archives and Records Administration Major Collaborative Archival Initiative May 8, 2024. 

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public  discovery and use of historical records collections. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents,  photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may focus on broad movements in  U.S. history, such as law, politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national  experience, or on the papers of individual figure(s) in American history. Collections that center the voices and  document the history of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are especially welcome. With the 250th anniversary  of the Declaration of Independence approaching, the Commission is especially interested in projects that promote  discovery and access to collections that explore the ideals behind our nation’s founding and the continuous debate  over those ideals to the present day.

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