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Funding Oportunities

MOAPPP is dedicated to strengthening and supporting the development and use of science-based approaches to adolescent pregnancy prevention and parenting in Minnesota. However, no conversation regarding capacity building is ever complete unless community based organizations ongoing need for funding is also acknowledged and supported. For this reason, MOAPPP attempts to give notice of funding opportunities that are appropriate for practitioners who work in the fields of adolescent sexual health with an emphasis on programs that impact adolescent pregnancy and prevention and adolescent parenting.

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Please Note: All deadlines are subject to change. Please verify dates with the funder before submitting a proposal.

Medica Foundation - Behavioral Health, Healthy Living

Behavioral Health: Filling the Gaps is a funding opportunity designed to develop capabilities or change processes related to the continuum of behavioral health care service interventions, accessibility and sustainability. Individual grants may be awarded for amounts up to $50,000.

Healthy Living is a funding opportunity designed to modify and enhance lifestyles to achieve optimal health status and quality of life. Individual grants may be awarded for amounts up to $30,000.

For more information, visit www.medica.com.
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry accepted from March 1 through March 21, 2008

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Teen Relationship Violence Prevention

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced a new initiative to address the prevention of teen dating and sexual violence entitled Building Healthy Teen Relationships. This initiative will support the creation and evaluation of comprehensive community-based models of prevention that aim to decrease relationship violence and increase positive, protective relationship skills. Up to eight geographically and ethnically diverse sites will receive up to $250,000 per year for up to 48 months.

For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.
Deadline: March 17 for online registration of intent to apply and April 16, (3 p.m. ET) for brief proposals

Medica Foundation - Reducing Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care

Reducing Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care is a funding opportunity designed to identify gaps in health care for diverse and low-income populations and to develop programming related to the identified racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in the areas of health care literacy and preventive services. Individual grants may be awarded for amounts up to $40,000.

For more information, visit www.medica.com.
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry accepted from June 1 through June 20, 2008

Pay It Forward Foundation: Pay It Forward Mini-Grants

Funding up to $500 is provided for one-time youth-identified service projects that benefit young people's schools, neighborhoods or greater communities. Projects must based on the concept of one person doing a favor for others, who in turn do favors for others, with ever-expanding results.

For more information, visit www.payitforwardfoundation.org.
Deadline: January 15, April 15 and October 15 of each year.

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3M Foundation - Community Giving Grants

The 3M Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for its Community Giving Grants program. The Foundation's goal is to positively impact communities by investing in youth and families. Current priorities include health and human services and K-12 education.

For more information, visit solutions.3m.com.

ALZA Corporation

The ALZA Corporation is accepting applications for its Health and Human Services Grant program. ALZA contributes to selected activities and organizations that enhance the quality of life in the communities where the company has employees and facilities. The company will provide general support and project funding, with preference given to those programs that serve a broad constituency of communities and people.

For more information, visit www.alza.com.

Ben & Jerry's Foundation - Grants for Social Change

The Ben & Jerry's Foundation supports nonprofit, grassroots organizations which facilitate progressive social change by addressing underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. Applicants must demonstrate that their project will lead to societal, institutional and/or environmental change; address the root causes of social or environmental problems; and lead to new ways of thinking and acting.

For more information, visit www.benjerry.com.

Bristol-Myers Squib Foundation - Health Education Grants

The Bristol-Myers Squib Foundation is accepting applications for its Health Education Grants program. The purpose of this program is to support sustainable programs in health education. Emphasis is placed on novel programs that may be replicated in other communities.

For more information, visit www.bms.com.

CIGNA Foundation Targeted Grants

The purpose of this program is to support innovative programs addressing the health and well-being of children, families and communities.

For more information, visit www.cigna.com.

Dreyer's (Grand Ice Cream) Foundation: Event Grants

Dreyer's funds projects that promote family, school and community environments that build skills and foster talents in young people. Small event grants (up to $3,000) and ice cream products/auction items are provided.

For more information, visit www.dreyersinc.com.

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation - Program for Youth Development Fund

For the past 30 years, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has been committed to improving the lives of people from low-income communities. The Foundation currently focuses the bulk of its resources on strengthening youth-serving organizations so that they can help more young people from low-income backgrounds make a successful transition to independent adulthood. The Foundation seeks to help young people achieve these outcomes:

  • Improved educational skills, achievement and attainment
  • Preparation for the world of work and successful transition to employment and self-sufficiency
  • Success in avoiding high-risk behaviors, such as drug abuse and teen pregnancy

For more information, visit www.emcf.org.

The Educational Foundation of America

The Educational Foundation of America (EFA) makes grants to qualifying non-profit organizations that have tax-exempt status and those that are not private foundations as defined in the Internal Revenue Code. EFA provides grants for specific projects. It does not provide funds for endowment or endowed faculty chairs, building/capital programs, religious purposes, grants to individuals, annual fund-raising campaigns, indirect costs, overhead or general support. The Foundation prefers not to fund projects located outside the United States.

For more information, visit www.efaw.org.

Entergy Corporation

Entergy is accepting applications for its Open Grants Program. The purpose of this program is to improve communities as a whole, including the area of healthy families. Programs should have a direct impact on the children and families served.

For more information, visit www.entergy.com.

Federated Department Stores, Inc.

A new program, Macy's Make It Happen Grants, will provide financial and marketing support to assist small to mid-size nonprofit organizations launch new programs and initiatives that wouldn't be possible without funding and resources from other sources. Applications for this program will be available this fall.

For more information, visit www.fds.com.

FedEx Community Relations Grant Program

The FedEx Global Community Relations department contributes to the following core giving areas:

  1. Health and Human Services: Youth development organizations and others that meet basic health needs
  2. Pedestrian and Child Safety
  3. Emergency and Disaster Relief
  4. Education

For more information, visit www.fedex.com.

Fresh Ideas: Community-based Approaches to Improve Care for Vulnerable Populations

The Vulnerable Populations Portfolio of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is seeking new community-based approaches to health and health care problems that intersect with social factors - such as inadequate housing, poor education, and poverty. The Foundation is interested in projects that serve hard-to-reach individuals and families, especially new immigrants and refugees, frail older adults and at-risk adolescents.

For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.

Girls 4 HOPE HIV Grants

Through a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC DASH), AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families' Girls 4 HOPE (Health, Opportunities, Prevention and Education) program is offering capacity building assistance to help community-based organizations initiate, expand or improve HIV prevention programs for African American and Latina teen girls, ages 13-18. There are currently three openings for community-based organizations to receive comprehensive capacity building assistance through this new program.

For more information, contact xmarquez@aids-alliance.org or cwebb@aids-alliance.org.

Herbalife Family Foundation - Improving the Lives of Children Grant

The Herbalife Family Foundation is accepting grants for its improving the Lives of Children Grant program. The purpose of this program is to support organizations and programs that focus on areas including nutrition, prevention of substance abuse and promotion of physical and emotional health in children.

For more information, visit www.herbalifefamily.org.

Mall of America Foundation

The Mall of America is accepting applications for its Foundation for Youth Grants program. The foundation's mission is to create opportunities that promote the self-development, well being and education of youth, their families and their communities.

For more information, visit www.mallofamerica.com.

Magic Johnson Foundation

The Magic Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for its HIV/AIDS Grants program. The purpose of this program is to support organizations in inner-cities in outreach, education, prevention, health and social services about HIV/AIDS.

For more information, visit www.magicjohnson.org.

McKesson Foundation

The McKesson Foundation seeks to enhance the health and quality of life in communities where McKesson Corporation operates and its employees live. Their emphasis is focused on access to quality healthcare for low-income youth. Grants are made for specific projects and programs, but general operating support will be considered in some circumstances. The majority of grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Grant proposals from the same organization may be submitted no more than once each year.

For more information, visit www.mckesson.com.

MDU Resources Foundation - Health and Human Services and Education Support Program

The purpose of this program is to support institutions and organizations in the geographic areas where member companies conduct business in the categories of health and human services and/or education. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, such as youth agencies, private secondary education institutions, education development foundations, and economic education programs. Tax-supported educational institutions or programs are not generally supported.

For more information, visit www.mdu.com.

Nathan Cummings Foundation Health Program Grants

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is accepting applications for its Health Program Grants. The purpose of this program is to improve people's health and well-being, with priority on addressing barriers due to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity or gender, recognizing the link between physical health and economic, social, environmental, psychological, and spiritual factors that affect individuals, families and communities.

For more information, visit www.nathancummings.org.

New York Life Foundation - Nurturing the Children

The focus of this funding initiative is to:

  • Provide youth with safe places to learn and grow
  • To support their educational enhancement
  • To encourage adults to mentor children

For more information, visit www.newyorklife.com.

Office Depot - Helping Kids and Schools Grants

Office Depot is accepting applications for its Helping Kids and Schools Grants Program. The purpose of this program is to support organizations in the areas of health, education and the welfare of children. Funds should be used to directly provide services.

For more information, visit community.officedepot.com.

Oprah's Angel Network

The Oprah Winfrey Foundation supports grant projects in the areas of:

  • Child/youth/adolescent development
  • Child welfare
  • Education
  • Family services
  • Women & girls programs

Grassroots organizations that assist women, children and families are considered. Focus is placed on programs that generate support for impoverished, at-risk or underserved communities as well as educational initiatives.

For more information, visit www.oprahsangelnetwork.org.

Otto Bremer Foundation Organizational Effectiveness Program.

The purpose of the Otto Bremer Foundations Organizational Effectiveness Program is to help nonprofits strengthen their internal capacity. The Foundation broadly defines organizational effectiveness as anything from increasing their ability to more effectively "tell their story," to providing training for board members, from improving their overall organizational management, to building their capacity for advocacy. Nonprofits are encouraged to think about the kind of capacity building that will help them reach a new level of effectiveness and community impact. Potential applicants are encouraged to carefully read the guidelines and contact the foundation before submitting an application to the fund.

For more information, visit www.ottobremer.org.

Payless ShoeSource Foundation

The Payless ShoeSource Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities where its employees and customers live. Grant requests under $5,000 are considered monthly. Grant requests over $5,000 are considered quarterly.

For more information, visit www.payless.com.

The Prudential Foundation

The Prudential Foundation supports nonprofit, charitable organizations and programs whose mission and operations are broad and nondiscriminatory, or whose activities address social needs or benefit underserved groups and communities. The Prudential Foundation provides support to innovative direct-service programs that address the needs of their communities in three areas: Ready to Learn, Ready to Work, Ready to Live. Prudential gives preference to programs in cities where Prudential has a significant presence. These cities include Minneapolis.

For more information, visit www.prudential.com.

Public Welfare Foundation - Disadvantaged Population Empowerment Grants

Awards ranging from $10,000-$50,000 are available to support organizations that work for lasting improvements in the delivery of services that meet basic human needs in disadvantaged populations, including youth development.

For more information, visit www.publicwelfare.org/index.asp.

RGK Foundation

The RGK Foundation is accepting applications for grants in the areas of community, education and health/medicine. The purpose of this program is to support projects in the areas of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention and youth development. All applicants must complete an electronic letter of inquiry from the website as the first step.

For more information, visit www.rgkfoundation.org.

General Children's Health Grants - Ronald McDonald House Charities

The purpose of this program is to support initiatives that improve the health and well being of children around the world.

For more information, visit www.rmhc.com.

Rosie's For All Kids Foundation

This grant opportunity is to provide financial support to non-profit programs serving economically disadvantaged and at-risk children and their families. The Foundation's main focus is center-based child care, and first priority is given to programs serving low income, urban areas, where many families struggle to find quality child care and early childhood education programs. Non-profit organizations and organizations applying for funds should submit a letter of intent of no more than three typewritten pages. Disbursements are scheduled to occur twice per year in the months of March and October.

For more information, visit forallkids.org.

Saint Paul Foundation Management Improvement Fund

The Management Improvement Fund (MIF) provides funding to nonprofit organizations operating in, or serving a substantial portion of their clients in the Twin Cities East Metro area (Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties). The MIF is specifically targeting the leadership and capacity needs of groups and organizations serving neighborhoods and cultural communities and makes grants for technical assistance and consultation to help improve the capacity and management of nonprofit organizations. Funds must be primarily used for consultation fees or training expenses. Applications must be received two months prior to Foundation board meeting.

For more information, visit www.saintpaulfoundation.org.

Qwest Foundation

The Qwest Foundation (a telephone company) awards grants to nonprofit organizations that focus on enriching the lives of children by supporting solid preK-12 educational programs. They support programs and initiatives that build lasting value for Qwest customers and the 14- state region they serve including Minnesota.

For more information, visit www.qwest.com.

The Ralph & Eileen Swett Foundation - Youth Support Program

The purpose of this program is to support programs that assist orphaned children and promote adoption and programs that intervene in the lives of troubled youth. The Foundation gives priority to projects addressing critical and immediate needs.

For more information, visit www.swettfoundation.org.

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation supports three program areas, one of which is: ensuring access to comprehensive reproductive health information and services nationally through advocacy. The objective of their work in this field is to promote the implementation of laws, policies and practices that protect women's access to comprehensive reproductive health information and services.

For more information, visit www.rsclark.org.

Singing for Change (Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville)

Grants are awarded to programs that are concerned with the health, education and protection of children and their families. Projects that foster self-esteem and self-sufficiency and that teach nonviolence and creative problem solving are most likely to be considered. Singing for Change offers competitive grants to progressive, community-based, nonprofit organizations that address the root causes of social and environmental problems.

For more information, visit www.margaritaville.com.

The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation

The SFACF supports nonprofit organizations and programs by making grants across a wide spectrum of charitable needs and interests for Sioux Falls and neighboring cities and towns.

For more information, visit www.sfacf.org.

Tenet Healthcare Foundation

The Tenet Healthcare Foundation is accepting applications for its Healthcare and Healthcare Education grants program. The purpose of this program is to support organizations in the area of healthcare and healthcare education, particularly those that have working relationships with Tenet facilities.

For more information, visit www.tenethealth.com.

US Cellular - Disadvantaged Youth and Family Grants

US Cellular is accepting applications for its Disadvantaged Youth and Family Grants program. The purpose of this program is to support organizations that serve disadvantaged youth and families.

For more information, visit www.uscc.com.

Walgreens Health and Education Grants

Walgreen Co. awards grants mostly to eligible nonprofits working in local Walgreen communities, with a portion of the budget reserved for select national organizations. The major area of focus is health, and education is also a priority.

For more information, visit www.walgreens.com.

William Randolph Hearst Foundation

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation is accepting applications for its Health Grants program. The purpose of this program is to improve access to quality health care for undeserved populations in rural and urban areas.

For more information, visit www.hearstfdn.org.

UPS Foundation

The UPS Foundation is accepting applications for its Human Welfare Grants program. The purpose of this program is to support organizations in the areas of human welfare, including systemic illiteracy, hunger and poverty, and families and children in crisis.

For more information, visit www.community.ups.com.

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The National Cristina Foundation

The National Cristina Foundation directs donations of used computer equipment to non profit organizations, schools, and public agencies throughout the United States. These organizations train people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons to lead more independent and productive lives.

For more information, visit www.cristina.org.

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Other Resources

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Articles from Advocates for Youth

  • Approaching Foundations (PDF)
  • Cultivating Individual Donors (PDF)
  • Fundraising Tips for Local Organizations (PDF)
  • The Heart of Fundraising (PDF)

Developing a Powerful Grant Proposal

Tracks to Success has published an 18-part series that covers the entire spectrum of grant proposal development. The series offers step-by-step tutorials, checklists, worksheets, and samples to help guide proposal development. The series will help novice grant writers understand each segment of the process, as well as provide more experienced grant writers with new ideas about how to approach grant writing. For further information, visit www.grantstation.com.

Excellent articles from the CharityChannel

  • Are You Falling Through the Ice on the Grant Pond?
  • Are You Chasing Funding Dollars?
  • Is This Funding Opportunity Right For Us? - An Agency Assessment Checklist

For more articles, visit www.charitychannel.com.

Guide to Federal Resources for Youth Development

A new publication from America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth, the "Guide to Federal Resources for Youth Development," provides information on more than 100 federal funding sources that are directly related to the core resources of youth development. The guide is designed to provide organizations with the information they need to apply for Federal funds. Grant programs are listed by the department that operates the program and cross-referenced to one or more of the five core resources (caring adults, safe places, a healthy start and future, effective education, and opportunities to help others). Basic information on the Federal grant-making process is also provided. To view the guide, visit www.americaspromise.org. (PDF)

The Governor's Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives

Created by Governor Tim Pawlenty, the goal of the Governor's Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives is to develop a stronger connection between state government, faith and community organizations. The goals of this council are to:

  • Provide faith and community organizations with direct access to state and federal funding resources.
  • Provide referrals and support to increase organizational capacity for medium to small size organizations.
  • Recognize and promote best practices models to establish new partnership opportunities.

The council has developed a website that lists current funding opportunities, available training workshops, seminars, technical support and existing service providers. It can be accessed at www.state.mn.us.

Online Funder Databases

There are many options for finding grants through online databases. Fees range from $19.95 for one month to nearly $2,500 for a year. Here is a list of some of those databases; check them out to see if one is a fit for your organization:

  • Foundation Directory Online
  • FoundationSearch
  • GuideStar
  • GrantStation
  • Prospect Research Online ("PRO Platinum")

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