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Gannett Foundation

 

 

 

The pandemic has created financial challenges for many nonprofits and municipal organizations aimed at helping their communities. Gannett Foundation Thrives program has opportunities for local non-profits. Groups can get a helping hand by applying to the 2021 A Community Thrives program, a $2.3 million initiative of the Gannett Foundation. The program is sponsored by Gannett, the USA TODAY Network’s parent company, and is marking its fifth year supporting groups that address social issues. 

 2021 A Community Thrives Grants

 There are three types of grants in the A Community Thrives program. 

Fundraising Minimum Requirements:

Tier 1 organizations will be those organizations that entered an Annual Operating Budget of less than $500,000 in their application, and must raise $3,000. 

Tier 2 organizations will be those organizations that entered an Annual Operating Budget of $500,000 or more in their application, and must raise $6,000 minimum.

The 2021 Application will be open from June 1st at 12:00pm ET - June 30th at 9:00pm ET

If you are a 501(c)(3) registered organization, please log in or sign up below to unlock the application form so you can select your organization and complete the questions to participate in A Community Thrives. Please note that 509a3 organizations and private non-operating foundations are not eligible, and therefore will not be approved to participate in the Challenge. 

Certain non 501c3 organizations, including public schools, fiscally sponsored projects and tax-deductible units of government are eligible to apply. Please click here to view more instructions on how your organization can determine your eligibility and participate. 

 

 

 SHUTTERED VENUES OPERATORS GRANT

Eligible entities include:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
  • Motion picture theater operators
  • Talent representatives
  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements
Other requirements of note:
  • Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
  • Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount

For more information and to apply, visit sba.org

Florida Humanities awards grants – known as Community Project Grants – to nonprofit organizations and public institutions across Florida whose projects strengthen vibrant communities and cultures, promote civic engagement, spark thoughtful community dialogue, and reflect on the human experience across the Sunshine State.

These grants are designed to support a vast array of projects. Applicants can request up to $5,000 for proposed projects, which should involve a humanities scholar(s), attract diverse audiences, bring the public together for discussion and exchange, and be free and open to the public (or not cost prohibitive). Please see the Community Project Grant Application Guidelines for more information.

Learn more at FloridaHumanities.org/grants. Please contact Lindsey Morrison, Grants Director, at [email protected] for more information.
 
2021 Grant Deadlines:
July 21, 2021, at 12:00 pm (noon)
October 12, 2021, at 12:00 pm (noon)

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

From our voice, to our grants and our investments, we are using all of our resources to achieve our mission. We are in the business of changemaking, not just grantmaking. 

  • Investing in Bold Leaders
    Our grantees and Fellows are courageous leaders willing to work in new ways, forge unusual and powerful alliances, and push breakthrough ideas that make the ‘impossible’ possible.
  • Using All of Our Assets
    We are committed to leveraging 100% of our assets toward our mission through impact investing and active ownership strategies.
  • Raising Our Voice
    How we do our philanthropy is as important as what we do with our philanthropy. We are using our voice, strengthening fields and expanding our networks to increase our impact.

The Foundation’s four focus areas together form an integrated framework to advance a healthy planet and democracy.  Letters of Intent (LOI) are required.  Open acceptance; no deadline.  For more information, visit https://nathancummings.org/apply-for-a-grant/

Grantmakers for Girls of Color  

Girls and young women of color live at the intersections of sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression that prevent their full participation in our country’s future. Yet new research is helping us to better understand the barriers they face, while opening up new pathways for partnership and shared progress.  While we are now pausing review of new fund inquiries until mid-August, all organizations that meet the qualifications are invited to submit an interest form for consideration for an invitation to apply for a grant. For more information on the criteria to apply to the fund please see our G4GC Love is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund FAQ.  Visit Grantmakers for Girls of Color website for more information. 

Tallahassee Action Grants

TAG, Tallahassee Action Grants, Inc. seeks to improve the quality of life in Tallahassee and the surrounding area by providing financial and other support to various nonprofit organizations in the community.  To learn more and apply, visit Tallahassee Action Grants.

Mellon Foundation 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen the humanities, arts, higher education, and cultural heritage.  Organizations in those fields can consult descriptions of the Foundation's areas of grantmaking to determine whether a project fits within the Foundation's programmatic interests and priorities.  Learn more. 

$1.7 Billion in Cash, Debt Committed To Stabilize Nonprofits

Five foundations have committed to increase their payouts $1.7 billion within the next three years — mostly through issuing debt versus spending from endowments — to help stabilize nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and social injustice.

The foundations participating in today’s announcement, followed by their anticipated commitment, are:

  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, up to $100 million;
  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, $100 million; and,
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $200 million.

Learn more here. 

CRA Now Accepting Grant Submissions

The City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has authorized $385,000 to help fund the Fiscal Year 2020 and 2021 Promotional & Special Event Grants and the Large Event Grant Programs. The Greater Frenchtown/Southside (GFS) and Downtown (DT) Promotional/Special Event Grant Program has been approved for a total of $85,000 with $50,000 allocated for the GFS District and $35,000 allocated for the DT District. The FY2020 GFS, FY2021 GFS and FY2021 DT Large Event Grant Programs have been approved for $100,000, respectively. Events of the four programs must take place within the applicable CRA District for which the application is submitted.  Learn more information about the CRA grant and submission. 

Need help with applying for the Payroll Protection Plan?  Then contact a fellow nonprofit organization, Florida Community Loan Fund for assistance.  https://fclf.org/paycheck-protection-program

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides potentially forgivable loans for nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees.

We are pleased to announce that Florida Community Loan Fund (FCLF) is partnering with the Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) with the capacity to bring up to $10 million in PPP loans to Florida nonprofit organizations. This partnership brings together FCLF’s knowledge and experience with lending to Florida nonprofits, and CRF's experience as an SBA-qualified lender.

Florida nonprofit organizations can now apply for an SBA Paycheck Protection Program loan through FCLF’s nonprofit SBA lending partner, CRF. Important to note:

  • You do not need to be an existing FCLF borrower to apply (spread the word!)
  • Loan applications of any size are welcome
  • We serve the entire state and our program is open to any nonprofit organization based in Florida.

 Emergent Fund

There are two types of efforts we support, which distinguish an Emergent Fund grant from thousands of other worthy projects and organizations:

  • Efforts that support emergent strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions. This includes resisting new or amplified threats and building power to move a proactive agenda.

  • Efforts seeking long-term social justice and economic justice in a political and social climate that seeks to dismantle such efforts.

Additional considerations:

  • Emergent work: New solutions responding to rapidly changing conditions in the current political environment

  • Visionary and Power Building: Seeks transformational systemic changes rooted in social and economic justice. Develops community power through organizing and/or leadership development (including through new tools), direct action, and/or cultural work

  • Leadership from affected communities

  • Intersectional Analysis: Engages multiple identities and multi-racial alliance building as core to theory of change

  • Endorsed: Recommended by a member of the Nominations Network

  • Right size of need: The level of Emergent Fund support is appropriate to the work

Proposals can be ideas, collaborations, campaigns, or organizations, whether or not they are fully formed; don't worry about your notes being perfect or comprehensive.   For more information, visit https://www.emergentfund.net/covid-19 

De Colores Rapid Response Fund
As the outbreak of COVID-19 presents growing and unprecedented challenges for organizers nationwide, the De Colores Rapid Response Fund, designed for strategic intervention in movement moments like this, offers grants of $500 to $1,000 to grassroots organizations working to make positive community interventions through strategic, organizing-focused approaches, especially in marginalized communities of color and working class communities. 

Florida Blue Foundation

Our commitment to making a positive impact in the community is firmly rooted in our core company value to help people and communities achieve better health. Working in partnership with nonprofit organizations, the Florida Blue Foundation addresses critical issues in local communities, opening new windows of opportunity to better enable our neighbors to reach their potential.

Build Healthy, Strong Communities encompasses applications for programs and support related to improving education/literacy, especially birth through 5; health and human services; arts and culture; and community development.

To request support for your program, please click on the following link:
Build Healthy, Strong Communities Application
Once your application is received, our review team will rank it against our criteria and respond within 60 days. Please click on the links below for more helpful information about our charitable giving program.

MusiCares: COVID-19 Relief Fund
To help address the concerns of the music industry during this time, MusicCares has expanded their services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage). 

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

The One Fair Wage Emergency Fund is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers, and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. At the moment, the Fund is prioritizing tipped workers, gig workers and service workers in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. However, they are currently taking applications nationally and are actively raising money to support workers in all states as soon as possible.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds a wide array of research and initiatives to help address some of America’s most pressing health challenges.

Stimulus Funds Administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration
There are three funding options available to small businesses and nonprofit organizations through the SBA. :

  1. Paycheck Protection Program
  2. Economic Injury Disaster Loan
  3. Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan

US Department of Labor

The US Department of Labor is offering National Dislocated Worker Grant funding to address the emergency response to COVID-19. U.S. Department of Labor Employment Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) provide resources to states and other eligible applicants to respond to major economic dislocations, such as large, unexpected layoff events that cause significant job losses

LyftUp COVID-19 Community Grants

The LyftUp COVID-19 Community Grants program provides support to organizations in the U.S. Through the Essential Deliveries program, organizations that need delivery services for essential goods—such as groceries, medical supplies, auto parts, and home necessities—are matched with Lyft drivers, who can carry the deliveries out. Additionally, in collaboration with 500+ community partners, Lyft is helping provide essential services, including trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, healthcare appointments, etc., to those in need. Requests may be submitted at any time.

Awesome Tallahassee
Awesome Tallahassee gives a $1000 grant, each month, to “people doing awesome things in our community.” If you have a great idea for the Tallahassee area apply for a grant today! The application deadline is the 15th of each month and they typically meet the following Wednesday to review grant applications. If you applied and your project was not selected, please feel free to reapply. They only review applications from the current month’s applicant pool. Also, don’t hesitate to contact them if you would like feedback on your application.
If you have any questions about applying for a grant or becoming a trustee you can e-mail them at, [email protected]

Costco Wholesale
Costco Wholesale’s primary charitable efforts specifically focus on programs supporting children, education, and health and human services in the communities where we do business. 

Donation and Grant Eligibility Guidelines
To apply for Costco support, organizations must meet the following general requirements:

  • Must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • Focus on supporting children, education, and/or health and human services
  • Monetary requests only

Costco accepts and reviews funding requests throughout the year on a rolling basis, and organizations are eligible to submit one application per fiscal year (Sep-Aug).