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Thursday, October 15, 2020

City of Boston Funding update

 

CITY of BOSTON

The Funding Update

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City of Boston, 11/16/2020
Boston Cultural Council grants are available to medium-sized organizations with budgets under $2 million. Grants support arts programming including music, film and video, folk and traditional art, visual art, theater, dance, humanities, literary arts, performance or time-based arts, social and civic practices, and multi-disciplinary arts. Max award: $5,000.


The Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture lists additional funding resources here.


City of Boston, Open
The Boston Resiliency Fund helps coordinate philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Funding priorities: providing food to Boston's children, families, and seniors; providing technology to Boston Public Schools students for remote learning; and providing support to first responders, front-line workers, and healthcare workers so they can effectively do their jobs and promote public health.


City of Boston, 10/16/2020
Now seeking eligibility forms to be reviewed for Community Preservation Act applications. The scope of work must address affordable housing, open space, or the preservation of historic sites.

City of Boston, 10/28/2020
The Parks and Recreation Department requests proposals from an Urban Forest planning consultant to develop an equitable vision for the protection and expansion of the City's tree canopy goals.


Dining for Women, 10/24/2020
This giving circle invites Letters of Intent for projects that support women and girls living in extreme poverty in developing countries. Priorities: Education/Training; Health/Clean Water/Sanitation; Economic Empowerment; Healtjhy Environment; Food security/Regenerative Agriculture/Nutrition; Human Trafficking; Leadership Training/Advocacy. Grants will range from $25,000 to $35,000.

New this week: Beacon Hill Community Fund, 11/1/2020
Funding priorities: Arts and Education, Youth Sports and Recreation, Day Care Centers, Playgrounds, activities for Seniors and persons with Special Needs and Disabilities, Community Gardens and Spaces, Affordable Housing, Social Services, and other activities that serve the public interest. Grants range from $500 to $10,000. 

New this week: Collective Future Fund, 11/24/2020
Survivor Safety and Securing Democratic Futures grants channel resources to organizations led by people who identify as Black, Indigenous, women of color, queer, trans, nonbinary and gender non-conforming. Funding goals: to advance safety and support through direct relief and organizing support to frontline workers and survivors of gender-based and state violence during the multiple crises that have unfolded in 2020. Grants of $50,000 will be awarded for 12-month projects beginning December 2020. 

America Walks, 11/9/2020
Community Change grants support the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play. Max project stipend: $1,500. 

New this week: National Endowment for the Humanities, 12/2/2020 to 1/6/2021 Media Projects grants support radio, podcast, television, and long-form documentary film projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas. Grants range from $75,000 to $1M. 

New this week: Peace Development Fund, Open
The De Colores Rapid Response Fund is available for quick, short-term delivery to hot spots of opportunity for organizing in marginalized communities. Grants range from $500 to $1,000. 


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City of Boston, Open
The Reopen Boston Fund was established to help small businesses minimize risk and manage economic recovery. Eligible costs include Personal Protective Equipment, safety partitions for customers and employees, and managing outdoor space that’s approved for business use. The grants are for brick-and-mortar businesses, with fewer than 15 employees, where people work close to each other or to customers.

Boston Local Development Corporation, Open
The Standard BLDC Loan Fund is available for existing businesses, new
ventures, and businesses relocating to Boston. Loans range from $25,000 to $150,000. The Backstreets Boston Back-up Loan Program provides financing of up to $250,000 for Boston companies in the industrial and manufacturing sectors. Also, BLDC recently received a $693,000 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant from the Economic Development Administration at the US Department of Commerce to capitalize and administer a Revolving Loan Fund to provide loans to coronavirus-impacted small businesses in Boston. For more information, contact Bill Nickerson or Gisella Soriano. 


New this week: MassDevelopment, 1/15/2021 
The Cultural Facilities Fund provides major improvement grants to nonprofit cultural organizations in Massachusetts. Funding categories: Feasibility, Technical Assistance and Capital. Grants range from $50,000 to $200,000 with a 1:1 required match.


The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development holds
Virtual Office Hours on Wednesdays from 11AM to 1PM.

Learn about becoming a City of Boston-certified Minority/Woman-Owned Business

New this week: Online News Association, 10/28/2020
The Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education supports experimental projects that encourage collaborative local news coverage and investigations, bridge the academic and professional communities, improve training for students, and generate meaningful lessons for digital news. Max award: $20,000.

New this week: Bezos Scholars Program, 1/11/2021
Seeking passionate and intellectually curious young people who are rising leaders in their schools and communities. Student applicants are required to identify and a trusted adult from their school to become their educator nominee. A formal recommendation is also required.

New this week: National Science Foundation, 1/15/2021 and Continuing
Law & Science grants support research that explores connections between human behavior and law, legal institutions, or legal processes; or the interactions of law and basic sciences, including biology, computer and information sciences, STEM education, engineering, geosciences, and math and physical sciences. Past awards have ranged from $25,000 to $1M.


US Department of Education, 11/4/2020
Center for Excellence grants encourage institutions of higher education to develop model programs to support veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students. Max award $450,000.


American Association of University Women, 11/1/2020 - 12/1/2020
American Fellowships support women scholars who are pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks.
Career Development grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce in education, health and medical sciences, or social sciences.
Community Action Grants support innovative programs that promote education and equity through projects focused on encouraging girls to select, before entering college, the physical sciences or engineering as a career.

Samsung, 12/13/2020
The Solve for Tomorrow contest is designed to boost interest and proficiency in STEM, and challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6-12 to show how STEM can be applied to help improve their communities. Awards include Samsung technology packages. The competition opens with first-round ideas.

JAMS Foundation/Association for Conflict Resolution, 1/11/2021
The Initiative for Students and Youth provides grants for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for K-12 students and for adults working with youth populations in ways that directly transfer conflict resolution education skills from adults to youth. Grants will range from $15,000 to $40,000 in Year One.

New this week: American Humane, 10/31/2020
Meacham Foundation Memorial Grants support nonprofits and public agencies for shelter expansion or improvement that increase or improve the quality of care given to animals. Max award: $4,000. Additional funding opportunities are listed on the website.


New this week: Kids Gardening, 12/18/2020
Youth Garden Grants support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Grants range from $700 to $1,700.


Health Resources & Services Administration, 1/21/2021
Funding goal: to increase the supply of behavioral health professionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce and thereby increasing access to behavioral health services. A special focus is placed on the knowledge and understanding of children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth at risk for behavioral health disorders. Max award: $480,000.

School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network, Open
Grants support under-resourced public and charter schools to implement and expand access to quality behavioral health and general pediatric services on school campuses. Community Grants (up to $100,000) require a 40% match. Principal Grants provide up to $5,000 per academic year to principals of K-12 schools in selected states, as well as a mental health professional to support student behavioral health services on campus. 

GrantStation offers a searchable database of COVID-19 funding.


New this week: Bank of America and Philanthropy Massachusetts, 11/18/2020
The Nonprofit Learning Institute is a series of technical assistance and capacity building sessions with the goal of fostering and empowering leaders in the Massachusetts nonprofit sector. Funding focus: supporting nonprofit leaders who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color. The applicant’s annual operating budget should be between $500,000 and $2M

New this week: Red Sox Foundation, Open
Funding focus: children, families, veterans, and communities in need. Funding priorities: health, educational, and recreational opportunities. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.


Lawrence Foundation, 10/31/2020
Funding priorities: environment, human services, Covid-19 and other causes. Awards range from $5,000-$10,000.

Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, 11/10/2020
Grants support museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs. Awards range from $1,000 to $20,000​

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 11/24/2020
The Foundation has issued a new call for proposals: Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice that will translate findings into actionable evidence about how, and how well, policies work to improve racial equity and racial justice. A total of $2M is available.

National Science Foundation, 1/29/2021
The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; education; mathematics; statistics; and social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Awards will range from $50,000 to $3M.

THE RESOURCE TABLE

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WEBINAR: How Nonprofits Can Use Crowdfunding to Raise More Money
11/10/2020 at 1pm Eastern

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ONLINE LEARNING: Time Management for Grantwriters
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Connecting Communities to Opportunity

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Use CONNECT to search for free and reduced cost services like food, healthcare, job opportunities, benefits enrollment, rent assistance and more.


Family Resources

Emergency Childcare
Good Neighbors
Coping Skills for Youth


Microsoft Digital Skills Center for Nonprofits - a collaboration with TechSoup Courses



Mel King Institute

Expand your knowledge on community development topics through virtual training courses.


XPRIZE Challenge Ideation Workshop
“CRAZY IDEAS WANTED”

In this session, the XPRIZE team will share the signature elements of competition design thinking. Pandemic Alliance Partners will break out into small groups to discuss COVID-19 solution gaps in key areas. The goal is to identify problems that could be solved through collaboration between Pandemic Alliance partners or through XPRIZE competitions.
Click here to contribute ideas that the world needs to focus on now.



Best Times to Post on Social Media
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5 Powerful Strategies for Your 2021 Annual Fundraising Plan
Courtesy of Mobile Cause and Constant Contact
10/27/2020 at 1PM Eastern


Visit the Intergovernmental Relations Resource Page for a wide variety of  fundraising tips, along with back issues of The Funding Update.

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