Request For Proposal

Deadline: December 18, 2009

Social Impact Business Plan Competition Invites Entries From Nonprofit Organizations

The Social Impact Business Plan Competition identifies social sector scaling initiatives with demonstrated impact and readiness to grow, and supports them with up to $100,000 in financial and consulting support. The competition is a program of the Social Impact Exchange, a recently launched cross-sector initiative designed to support the growth of high-impact social programs.

United States-based nonprofit organizations with a focus in education, youth development, health, poverty alleviation, or community economic development are eligible to enter.

The competition has two tracks. The early-stage growth track is for organizations that have a strategy for scaling their social impact but are in the early stage of growth. The mezzanine-stage growth track is for organizations that have (a) a significant level of successful product/service adoption and demand from the target population, (b) demonstrated positive outcomes, and (c) defined strategies for scaling their social impact.

Competition entrants have access to a Web site of resources, take part in group training and one-on-one consulting, and receive customized written feedback on their plans. Judging is conducted by qualified volunteers from multiple sectors.

The business plan competition takes place from October 2009 through June 2010 and includes three rounds of evaluation. There is no fee to enter.

Visit the competition Web site for complete program information.

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Link to Complete RFP

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Arts and Culture

Big Read Program Offers Grants to Support Community Reading Projects
Grants of up to $20,000 in matching funds will be awarded to museums, colleges, and universities partnering with libraries working to revitalize the role of literature in American culture….

Posted on October 23, 2009
Deadline: February 2, 2009

Theatre Communications Group Accepting Applications for Future Collaborations Program
Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded to theaters and individual theater professionals in the United States or its territories for unrestricted travel designed to promote collaboration and the sharing of ideas with colleagues abroad….

Posted on October 22, 2009
Deadline: November 16, 2009

Arts Midwest Announces Guidelines for 2010-11 Performing Arts Fund Grants
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to presenting organizations in the Arts Midwest region to support state touring of professional performing artists, including public performances and in-depth educational activities….

Posted on October 22, 2009
Deadline: Beginning March 24, 2010 (until funds depleted)

Philadelphia Arts Organizations Invited to Apply for Engage 2020 Innovation Grant Program
Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia region working to increase cultural participation through artistic programs and products, enhanced audience experiences, and/or marketing and communications initiatives….

Posted on October 22, 2009
Deadline: December 1, 2009 (Letter of Intent)

American Library Association Invites Proposals for Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant
Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to one or more librarians or library educators working on projects that could lead to an improvement in services and that assist the library community nationally….

Posted on October 22, 2009
Deadline: December 1, 2009

Luce Fund in American Art Offers Support for Scholarly Exhibitions and Publications
American museums are eligible to receive support for projects that demonstrate, in tangible fashion, the impact of the artist or subject in the field of American art or American art history as well as contribute something to scholarship….

Posted on October 21, 2009
Deadline: April 1, annually (Letters of Inquiry)

Community Improvement/Development

Home Depot Accepting Applications for Building Healthy Communities Grant Program
Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to nonprofits for materials that equip volunteers working to improve the physical health of their communities through activities that enhance green spaces and community structures….

Posted on October 23, 2009
Deadline: December 15, 2009

Peoples Bancorp Foundation Offers Community Grants in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky
The Peoples Bancorp Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life for individuals served by organizations located in the communities served by Peoples Bank….

Posted on October 20, 2009
Deadline: Open

Environment

Grant Applications Invited to Help Restore Populations of Native Aquatic Species
Grants of up to $60,000 in matching funds will be awarded to nonprofits, universities, Native American tribes, and local, state, and federal agencies working to restore, protect, or enhance native populations on lands adjacent to or on federal property….

Posted on October 23, 2009
Deadline: December 1, 2009 (Pre-proposal)

National Geographic Conservation Trust Offers Funding to Preserve Earth’s Resources
Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to researchers working on projects that contribute significantly to the preservation and sustainable use of the planet’s biological, cultural, and historical resources….

Posted on October 21, 2009
Deadline: Open

Health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Schools of Nursing to Apply for New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Funding
Grants will be awarded to educational institutions with accredited entry-level accelerated baccalaureate nursing programs or master’s nursing programs for non-nursing college graduates….

Posted on October 23, 2009
Deadline: December 15, 2009

Kansas Health Foundation Invites Applications
The foundation offers Recognition Grants in order to expand its support to a broad range of health-related organizations in the state….

Posted on October 21, 2009
Deadline: March 15 and September 15, annually

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Accepting Applications for the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
College seniors and recent graduates will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C., gaining knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills….

Posted on October 17, 2009
Deadline: December 4, 2009

Philanthropy and Voluntarism

Consulting Firm Offers Grants for Forward-Thinking Nonprofit Organizations
Consulting services valued at up to $12,000 will be awarded to two nonprofits that have been in business at least two years and have new or emerging fundraising programs….

Posted on October 18, 2009
Deadline: November 15, 2009


Science/Technology

Vodafone Americas Foundation Launches Second Annual Wireless Innovation Project
Awards totaling $600,000 will be given to nonprofits, educational institutions, and social entrepreneurs working to advance wireless related technologies that have the potential to solve critical global issues….

Posted on October 19, 2009
Deadline: February 1, 2010

Social Science

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Offers Support for Research on Violence and Aggression
One- or two-year grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to graduate students writing their dissertations and researching the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance….

Posted on October 21, 2009
Deadline: February 1 and August 1, annually

New RFPs

Aging

Glenn Foundation and American Federation for Aging Research Invite Proposals for Research Into Biology of Aging
Two-year awards totaling $200,000 will be given to full-time faculty members at the rank of assistant professor or higher researching the genetic controls of aging and longevity….

Posted on September 30, 2009
Deadline: December 15, 2009

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Arts and Culture

MAP Fund Accepting Letters of Inquiry for Contemporary Arts Performance Projects
Forty grants of up to $45,000 will be awarded to playwrights, choreographers, directors, composers, and performers working to premiere a new work that brings insight to the issue of cultural difference or the concept of “other”….

Posted on September 30, 2009
Deadline: October 19, 2009 (Online Letter of Inquiry)

Association of Performing Arts Presenters Accepting Applications for Cultural Exchange Fund Travel Grants
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to U.S.-based individual presenters and groups traveling to see the work of artists or companies abroad, and/or to develop partnerships with them….

Posted on September 30, 2009
Deadline: November 16, 2009

Surdna Foundation Accepting Applications for Arts Teachers Fellowship Program
Grants of up to $5,500, plus a $1,500 donation to the fellow’s school, will be given to arts teachers at public arts high schools who design their own program of education and professional development….

Posted on September 27, 2009
Deadline: November 13, 2009 (Intent to Apply)

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Children and Youth

Powered by Service Offers Funding to Seed Youth-Led Service Projects
Grants will be awarded to young people around the world who are conducting service projects that encourage youth to become involved in addressing problems facing their communities….

Posted on October 1, 2009
Deadline: Open

Do Something Awards to Honor Young Social Change Activists
Young people age 25 or under will be honored for their leadership in community improvement and concern for the lives of others with grants of up to $100,000 to the cause of their choice….

Posted on October 1, 2009
Deadline: December 15, 2009

Entries Invited for Atlanta Falcons Youth Fitness Contest: 60 Ways to Play 60
Grants of $1,000 will be awarded to individuals, schools, and organizations working to develop and implement innovative ways to engage K-12 students in Georgia in daily physical activity….

Posted on September 30, 2009
Deadline: November 4, 2009

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Civil and Human Rights

Astraea Lesbian Foundation’s International Fund for Sexual Minorities Announces Letter of Inquiry Requirement
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to nonprofits outside the U.S. or its territories working to address oppression based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression….

Posted on October 1, 2009
Deadline: Open (Letter of Inquiry)

Wesley Mancini Foundation Accepting Grant Requests to Benefit Gay Community of Charlotte, North Carolina
Grants will be awarded to nonprofits working to promote the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals as full participants in the Charlotte community….

Posted on October 1, 2009
Deadline: November 1, 2009

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Education

Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope Offers Technology Donation Competition for U.S. Schools
Up to $1 million in cash and technology from Samsung Electronics America plus in-kind donations from Microsoft, DirecTV, and Best Buy will be given to individuals with the best ideas to improve the use of technology in classrooms….

Posted on October 2, 2009
Deadline: November 1, 2009

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Health

Welcome Back Awards Program Seeks Nominations to Recognize Those Dedicated to the Depression Community
Five individuals will be honored with donations totaling $55,000 to the nonprofits of their choice for their work to fight the illness and stigma of depression….

Posted on October 2, 2009
Deadline: November 16, 2009

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Philanthropy and Voluntarism

New York Times Company Nonprofit Awards to Honor Excellence in Organizational Management
The 2010 New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards will provide up to $25,000 to three New York City area nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated excellence in organizational management….

Posted on September 29, 2009
Deadline: November 20, 2009

San Francisco Foundation’s Nonprofit Transitions Fund Accepting Applications for “Intentional Change”
A total of $350,000 will be awarded to Bay Area nonprofits that have previously received grants from the foundation and are conducting strategic planning and fund development activities in response to the economic downturn….

Posted on September 28, 2009
Deadline: October 26, 2009

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Public Affairs

Asian Giving Circle at Chicago Community Trust Accepting Grant Proposals to Build Fundraising Capacity
Grants of up to $7,000 will be given to help nonprofits serving Chicago-area Asian communities improve their fundraising strategy and capacity….

Posted on September 26, 2009
Deadline: October 30, 2009


New RFPs

Arts and Culture

Grammy Foundation Announces New Letter of Inquiry Process for Grant Cycle
Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to organizations and individuals working to advance archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas….

Posted: September 16, 2009
Deadline: October 1, 2009 (Letter of Inquiry)

National Museum of the American Indian Seeks Submissions of Films on Native American Veterans
On Veterans Day 2009, the museum will show four-minute films that illustrate the impact and meaning of participation in the military for Native people; films may be documentary, experimental, animation, or other genres….

Posted: September 16, 2009
Deadline: October 18, 2009

New York Foundation for the Arts Announces New Award for Excellence in Painting
Awards of $20,000 will be given to two New York State painters who have already applied to NYFA’s Artists’ Fellowship Program; after 2010, these awards will be presented on a biennial basis….

Posted: September 16, 2009
Deadline: November 3, 2009

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Children and Youth

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards to Honor Outstanding Young Volunteers at Local, State, and National Levels
Ten honorees in grades 5-12 will be given a cash award of $5,000 plus a grant in the same amount to the nonprofit charitable organization of their choice for outstanding work in their communities….

Posted: September 17, 2009
Deadline: November 2, 2009

Youth Leaders for Literacy Grants Available to Young Volunteers Who Encourage Reading
Grants of $500 each plus books worth $500 will be awarded to children and youth between the ages of 5 and 25 working to increase literacy and reading among their peers….

Posted: September 16, 2009
Deadline: October 30, 2009

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Education

Nominations Invited for 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Awards
Grants of $40,000 will be awarded to three colleges in recognition of their efforts to help less-advantaged local youth and adults meet educational and career goals; the program offers a new, streamlined online application process….

Posted: September 18, 2009
Deadline: October 2, 2009

Do Something and VH1 Save the Music Announce Awards Program for School Music Projects
Prizes of up to $2,500 plus Rock Band Video game packages will be awarded to school music programs that have successfully conducted student-led music education advocacy….

Posted: September 12, 2009
Deadline: October 16, 2009

Nominations Invited for 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Awards
Grants of $40,000 will be awarded to three colleges working to improve their surrounding communities, with an emphasis on helping less-advantaged youth and adults meet educational and career goals….

Posted: September 12, 2009
Deadline: October 2, 2009

Fund for Teachers Offers Grants for Summer Programs to Minneapolis Teachers
Individual grants of $5,000 and team grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to K-12 teachers in Minneapolis Public Schools or at the Blake School pursuing self-designed professional development experiences….

Posted: September 12, 2009
Deadline: November 2, 2009

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Environment

Oregon Governor’s Fund for the Environment Accepting Grant Applications for River and Coastal Projects
Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofits, watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts, tribes, schools and government agencies working to restore the quality of Oregon’s rivers and associated fish, wildlife, and plants….

Posted: September 17, 2009
Deadline: October 9, 2009

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Health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Accepting Applications for Scholars in Health Policy Research
Two-year fellowships worth $178,000 will be awarded to nine individuals working in the area of health policy research….

Posted: September 17, 2009
Deadline: October 21, 2009

National AIDS Fund and Johnson & Johnson Invite Applications for Generations: Strengthening Women and Families Affected by HIV/AIDS
Grants will be awarded to community-based organizations working to create or adapt evidence-based interventions that reduce the spread of HIV among at-risk women and girls….

Posted: September 14, 2009
Deadline: November 2, 2009

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Seeks Proposals for Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education Program
Grants of up to $300,000 will be awarded to nursing schools and nonprofit healthcare organizations working with evaluators to develop strategies that address the nursing faculty shortage….

Posted: September 13, 2009
Deadline: November 24, 2009

Healthspottr Launches New Fellows Program for Health Innovators
Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to individuals working in the for-profit, nonprofit, or government sectors to develop innovations that could help transform health care in the United States….

Posted: September 13, 2009
Deadline: October 1, 2009

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Human Services

Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Invites Applications for Neighbors in Need Fund Systems Reform Grants
Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to nonprofits in the greater Washington, D.C., region working to help their communities navigate the adverse effects of the current economic downturn….

Posted: September 17, 2009
Deadline: October 5, 2009

Honda Helpful Awards Program to Honor Individuals for Community Work in Southern California
New Hondas will be given to individuals in Southern California in honor of and to assist their efforts to improve the lives of others….

Posted: September 14, 2009
Deadline: November 1, 2009

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Journalism/Media

Getty Images Accepting Applications for Editorial Photography Awards From Professional and Student Photojournalists
Grants of up to $20,000 as well as editorial, logistical, and promotional support will be awarded to established and emerging photojournalists; four grants of $5,000 will be awarded to photojournalism students….

Posted: September 18, 2009
Deadline: November 15, 2009

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Medical Research

American Brain Tumor Association Launches Discovery Research Grant Program
Grants of $50,000 will be awarded to researchers conducting high-risk, high-impact projects with the potential to change current diagnosis or treatment of adult and/or pediatric brain tumors….

Posted: September 18, 2009
Deadline: October 15, 2009 (Letters of Intent)

Hope for Vision Seeks Proposals for Annual Awards Program
Grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to new and established researchers working to develop treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases….

Posted: September 15, 2009
Deadline: October 15, 2009

Funding Available for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Grants totaling $2 million will be awarded to pancreatic cancer investigators through four programs, some of which are new, and feature a streamlined application process….

Posted: September 15, 2009
Deadline: Various

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