Category Archives: RFPs & Grants

Weekly RFPs from the Foundation Center

Two RFPs of interest in last week’s RFP Bulletin from the Foundation Center:

The Kids In Need Foundation Teacher Grants program provides K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. All certified K-12 teachers in the U.S. are eligible to apply.

Applications are judged according to criteria that emphasize innovativeness and merit, clarity of objectives, replication feasibility, suitability of evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness. The foundation seeks to fund exceptional ideas, such as projects in which curriculum is presented in a unique setting or in which unconventional methods are used to reveal the content. A project may qualify for funding if it makes creative use of common teaching aids, approaches the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or ties non-traditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities.

Grants will range from $100 to $500 each and are to be used to finance creative classroom projects. The program is designed to be the sole funding agent for the proposed project. Typically, two hundred to three hundred grants are awarded each year.

Applicants must be a K-12 certified teacher working at a public, private, or parochial school in the subject of the project. Kids In Need does not fund preschool projects.

Applications will be available online at the Kids In Need Web site from July 15 through September 30, 2009.


The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization based in New York that focuses on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (and related illnesses) and their families. The foundation unites more than 1,200 member organizations across the United States that provide hands-on programs.

AFA’s Family Respite Care Grant is designed to help alleviate the cost of respite care for families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Funds may be used for in-home care, adult day programs, or other types of respite.

Individuals may only apply for this grant through one of AFA’s participating nonprofit member organizations. Individuals may only obtain grant applications by contacting a participating AFA nonprofit member organization; only applications mailed from that member organization’s office will be accepted.

Family Respite Care grants are offered in the spring and fall of each year. The annual deadline for the fall cycle is November 1; the deadline for the spring cycle is May 1.


Quaker Go Grants

The Quaker Oats Company has announced their refreshingly simple grant program, Quaker Go Grants, designed to help those working to combat hunger at the community level.  I can think of at least five local nonprofits who should apply for this grant.  And with such a simple application process, there’s no excuse not to apply! From the site, here is the bare bones, three point application process:

– Submit online application form with a 150 word or less description of your project that will help combat hunger in your community.

– A selection committee will review the applications submitted each month and award Quaker Go Grants based on originality/uniqueness (50%); relevance to fighting hunger (30%); and potential impact on community/individuals involved (20%).

– Winners will receive a $500 grant to make your project a reality. Winners must agree to show us what you did with the grant. You can submit a description, photo and/or video letting us know how you put the money to good use.

There will be a total of 100 winners, with twenty chosen each month from April through August 2009.  Go forth and apply!

Weekly RFPs from the Foundation Center

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but it is worth repeating.

Every Friday the Foundation Center publishes an e-mail newsletter highlighting certain Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the week.  Anyone can browse the RFPs or subscribe to the bulletin, which will deliver the highlights right to your inbox.

Here are some highlights from the last bulletin:

Dominion Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for 2009-10 School Year from Elementary and Secondary School Teachers |    Deadline: May 1, 2009   |   Grants of up to $10,000 each

Energy company Dominion and the Dominion Foundation provide elementary and secondary educators with funding to encourage the development of new programs that strengthen math and science education through the study of energy or the environment.

The Dominion Foundation will award approximately $300,000 in total educational partnership grants throughout targeted areas  in the states of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, North  Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and  West Virginia. Public and private elementary and secondary  schools and public school divisions registered with the National  Center for Educational Statistics, institutions of higher education, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are invited to apply.

Successful grant proposals will represent innovative and promising ideas, teach math and/or science skills, reach a significant  number of students, and demonstrate broad-based community support.

Proposals must align with one of the following target areas:
1) Environmental Education — grants to develop math and/or
science skills through the study of the environment; and
2) Energy Grants — grants to increase students’ awareness of
energy efficiency and conservation, energy sources, or other
energy-related topics.

Visit the Dominion Web site for complete eligibility information and application procedures.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Accepting Preproposals for Wal-Mart Acres for America Grant Program |    Deadline: April 1 & September 1, annually (Pre-proposal)

Acres for America, a partnership between Wal-Mart Stores and the National  Fish and Wildlife Foundation, provides funding for projects that conserve important habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants through acquisition of interest in real property. The goal of the Acres for America program is to offset the footprint of Wal-Mart’s domestic facilities on at least an acre-by-acre basis through these acquisitions.

Approximately $2.5 million in total funding is available annually through 2014 for conservation investments. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services.

The program provides funding for projects that conserve large,
landscape-level areas that are important habitat for fish, wild-
life, and plants. Endorsement by appropriate federal, state, and
local government agencies that the acquisition is of high conservation value is a primary consideration. Preference will be given to acquisitions that are part of published conservation plans, State Wildlife Action Plans, or Endangered Species Act Recovery Plans.

Annual pre-proposal deadlines are April 1 and September 1. Visit the NFWF Web site for complete program guidelines.

Nature Hills Nursery Announces Inaugural Green America Awards   | Deadline: April 1, 2009

The Nature Hills Nursery has launched the Green America Awards to recognize nonprofit organizations that are committed to improving their local environment by planting trees.

The award winners will be chosen from among groups that submit a local environment community project which makes best use of the trees, bushes, and shrubs that Nature Hills Nursery will award.

Nature Hills Nursery will donate a total of $5,000 in plant
materials annually to the winning projects. A grand-prize winner will receive a gift worth $2,500, the first-place winner will receive a gift worth $1,500, and the second-place winner will receive a gift worth $1,000. The awards may include trees, fruit trees, bushes and shrubs, perennials, and vegetable seeds.

Submissions will be accepted from charitable or educational organizations that operate as nonprofit entities.

Visit the Nature Hills Nursery Web site for complete program
information and project examples.

Grant Announcements

Hot off the presses … two new Requests for Proposals*.  You, too, can get these delivered to your email inbox weekly by subscribing at the Philanthropy News Digest’s RFP page (scroll to the bottom and enter your email address under “Subscribe” in the left hand column). 

Boating Safety Grants

The Boat U.S. Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of safe, environmentally responsible boating.  Under its Boating Safety Grants program, the foundation awards grants of up to $4,000 each for the promotion of safe boating on local waterways.  The focus for this year’s grant cycle is on the dangers of combining alcohol with boating. 

The foundation will consider proposals from volunteer boating groups, clubs, and associations, as well as local nonprofit organizations, including local chapters of national organizations.  The foundation will not consider proposals from government agencies, national or international organizations, for-profit businesses or individuals, or private clubs not open to the general public.

For complete application guidelines, project ideas, and lists of past grant recipients, visit the Boating Safety Grants page of their website.

Deadline: November 1, 2008

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education K-12 Grants

The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program is dedicated to supporting parent-teacher groups at K-12 schools across the United States.  Funding requests that have a permanent impact on a school (such as indoor or outdoor facility enhancement, landscaping, or clean-up projects) or that encourage parent involvement are preferred.  Grants of up to $5,000 per school are available, and the minimum amount considered is $2,000. 

Any individual nonprofit public K-12 school or parent group associated with a nonprofit public K-12 school is eligible to apply.  Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent tax ID number and official 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. Groups without this status can apply through their school.

Make sure you get your proposal in early, because if 1,500 proposals are received before the application deadline, the application process will close.

For guidelines, FAQs, project ideas, and past recipients, visit the Toolbox for Education website.

Deadline: October 17, 2008


*  A Request for Proposals, sometimes called an RFP, is an announcement from a grantmaker that lets grantseekers know about a new project or focus of the foundation.  The RFP lists the project’s specifications and application procedures.

Grant Announcements

Youth Garden Grants Program

The National Gardening Association has partnered with The Home Depot to offer grants that help develop children’s gardening programs.  Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and inter-generational groups throughout the United States are encouraged to apply.  Programs must include at least 15 children aged 3 to 18 years.  Applications can be downloaded at the website, and must be postmarked by November 1, 2008.  For the 2009 grant cycle, 125 grants are available, packaged as follows:

  • Five programs will receive gift cards valued at $1000 (a $500 gift card to The Home Depot and a $500 gift card to the Gardening with Kids catalog and store) and educational materials from NGA
  • Seventy programs will receive a $500 gift card to The Home Depot and educational materials from NGA
  • Fifty programs will receive a $250 gift card to The Home Depot and educational materials from NGA


Toshiba America Foundation’s Science and Math Education Projects

Toshiba America Foundation’s mission is to promote quality science and mathematics education in U.S. schools, and to that end the foundation offers grants that help individual science or math teachers develop compelling projects that tap into children’s natural sense of curiosity.  They are currently accepting grant proposals for projects geared at children in grades 7 through 12, and for a dollar amount of $5,000 or more.  Proposals are due by August 1, 2008.

Grant Announcements

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Grants to Children

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation has announced new grants available for children to help pay for medical expenses not covered by their parents’ commercial health care plan.  The grant money can be used to cover critical treatment or continuing care services like speech therapy, physical therapy, and prescriptions, as well as medical equipment like wheelchairs, orthodontics, and eyeglasses.  To be eligible for the awards of up to $5,000, children must be under 16, reside in the United States, and receive coverage from a commercial health plan.  Grants will not be given to children covered by state or federally subsidized health insurance programs.  Families apply individually, not through any intermediary nonprofit.


Home Depot Housing Impact Grants

The Home Depot Housing Impact Grants are awarded to tax-exempt organizations in order to rebuild apartments or houses using environmentally friendly practices.  Emphasis is on increasing energy and water efficiency, improving indoor air quality, reducing maintenance costs, and creating an end product that is affordable for individuals or families earning 80 percent or less than the area’s median income.  Awards range from $500 to $3,000 each, and there is an on-line eligibility quiz that must be completed before submitting the entire application.  Applications are accepted May 1 through June 15, 2008, from August 1 through September 15, 2008, and from November 1 through December 15, 2008.

Grant Announcements

Dollar General Back-to-School Grants

Under the Back-to-School grant program, Dollar General will provide awards of up to $5,000 each for school libraries and school literacy programs within twenty miles of the nearest Dollar General store.  The awards can be used to implement new programs or purchase new equipment, materials, or software.  Deadline for submission is June 12, 2008, and awards will be announced August 15, 2008.

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation’s Youth with Disabilites Grants

Mitsubishi Electric America is offering project costs or operating support to 501(c)(3) organizations that “enable young people with disabilities to have full access to educational, vocational, and recreational opportunities alongside their non-disabled peers.”  Funding is open to disability-specific organizations as well as those that serve the general public.  Preference is given to organizations where Mitsubishi Electric companies are located, but requests from all parts of the country will be considered.  The deadline for 2009 funding requests is June 1, 2008.