Friday, May 15, 2020

City of Boston Funding update


The Funding Update

NDN Collective, 5/29/2020
The COVID-19 Response Project is designed to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, Tribes and individuals to provide gap services during this health crisis, and to artists and entrepreneurs who have suffered the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Average grant: $5,000.

Foundation for Contemporary Art, 8/31/2020
A temporary fund was created to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. One-time grants of $1,500 will be made.

Terra Foundation, Open
Grants will provide ongoing relief for U.S. museums through a new two-year grant program focused on collection projects. Awards will be available until funding is depleted.

City of Boston, Open
Nonprofits that serve homeless households in Boston can apply for an Emergency Solutions Grant to assist with responding to the COVID-19 public health crisis. This CARES Act funding will be available until depleted.

Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, 6/5/2020
Requesting proposals from community-based organizations to partner with the SCDAO to provide pre-arraignment case assessment and management for juvenile and young adults with substance use disorder. The SCDAO will fund the salary of the case manager, at $45,000 max; the partner agency would be responsible for benefits. The case manager would be considered an employee of the partner and a contractor for SCDAO, splitting their time between the partner agency location and the identified courthouses. For application forms and full details, contact renee[dot]algarin[at]massmail[dot]state[dot]ma[dot]us, or call Six One Seven-Six One Nine-Four Two Six Three.

Kaboom, 6/19/2020
Grants of $15,000 are offered for playground equipment. Playgrounds must be assembled and installed using the KaBOOM! community-build model. Municipalities and child-serving nonprofit organizations without a playground, or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children, are eligible for this opportunity. Applicants must provide $24,000 to $50,000 for the projects; other restrictions apply.

USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, 6/26/2020
Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction grants will support 10  sites to develop and test strategies for planning and implementation that will 1) generate compost; 2) increase access to compost for agricultural producers; 3) reduce reliance on, and limit the use of, fertilizer; 4) improve soil quality; 5) encourage waste management and permaculture business development; 6) increase rainwater absorption; 7) reduce municipal food waste; and 8) divert food waste from landfills. Grants will range from $45,000 to $90,000.

Small Business Administration, 6/19/2020
Federal & State Technology Partnership grants support proposal development training, outreach, mentoring, financial support, technical and business assistance to R&D focused small businesses interested in the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Eligible applicants include state and local economic development agencies, colleges and universities, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, incubators, and accelerators. Max award: $125,000.

Small Business Administration, 6/30/2020
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus /COVID-19.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Ongoing
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, small business owners are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000, with working capital loans of up to $2M to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue.

Spencer Foundation, 6/8/2020
Grants support education research projects that contribute to an understanding of the rapid shifts in education in this time of crisis and change. Max award: $50,000.

National Education Foundation, 6/11/2020
COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants will support educator-led initiatives to adapt to the unique circumstances of the pandemic. These $1,500 to $5,000, six-month grant opportunities will help educators to address contributors to educational inequity and educational opportunity gaps. Projects must begin during Summer 2020.

US Education, 6/15/2020
Rehabilitation Counseling grants support academic training in areas of personnel shortages. ED expects to award 31 grants of $200,000. The deadline has been extended to June 15.

Youth Service America, 6/15/2020
Lead Agency Grants are available for up to $9,000 to engage youth volunteers on days of service in 2020 and 2021. Target population: middle and high-school aged youth, especially those from under-served communities.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 7/1/2020
Community-Based Archives grants will fund: operational costs, collections care and programming activities. Awards will range from $25,000 to $100,000, to organizations with an annual operating budget of at least $50,000 and no more than $1 million.

Cigna Foundation, Open
For World of Difference grants, the funding focus is Health Equity: helping people overcome barriers to their health and well-being related to factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, age, geography, or economics. Additional priority is given to community health navigation projects. Average grant: $25,000.

City of Boston, Open
The Boston Resiliency Fund is the City of Boston’s effort to help coordinate fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Funds also support first responders and critical care providers.

American Fundraising Foundation, Open
In response to the COVID-19 crisis which produced unanticipated disruptions in some nonprofit organizations’ fundraising programs, coupled with additional need for the benefits these nonprofits provide, the American Fundraising Foundation has committed to expand AmFund’s support to 650 nonprofits in 2020 and 800 in 2021. AmFund will also accelerate and expand its traditional year-end financial grant program to include awards in both July and December.

PNC Foundation, Open
Funding Focus: Early Childhood Education, Economic Development, Affordable Housing, Community Development, Community Services, Arts and Culture. Funding Priorities: Sustainability and Diverse populations.

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Open
Neighborhood grants, averaging $2,000, support organizations without a 501c3. Funding priorities: community improvement.

Just Beginnings Collaborative, 5/29/2020
Now accepting applications for grants of up to $5,000 from the We See You Fund, for immediate needs related to healing from and preventing child sexual abuse in communities most exposed to crises, public health and otherwise.

A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, 6/29/2020 and 9/21/2020
The Social Justice Fund provides grants of up to $5,000 for grassroots activist projects in the U.S., with a focus on organizations with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources. Priority is given to efforts to end the violence of borders and the criminalization of immigrants, abolish the death penalty, shut down the prison industrial complex, and redefine criminal justice; confront institutionalized repression against racial, ethnic, gender-based, and LGBTQ communities; support progressive workers movements and the eradication of poverty; and dismantle the war machine, end state sponsored terrorism, and expose the dangers of nuclear power. 



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