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Featured Grants from GrantStation Insider, August 30, 2018

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National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Community Forestry Programs in the U.S. and Canada
Sustainable Forestry Initiative: Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative's (SFI) Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program contributes to understanding the critical linkage between forests and communities across the range of American and Canadian forests. Grants are provided in the following two categories: Community Grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 support projects that connect communities to forests and educate the next generation of future forest leaders. Conservation Grants ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 support projects that establish methodologies to demonstrate the conservation-related values of SFI-certified forestlands. The application deadline for both grant categories is October 9, 2018. Visit the SFI website to review the request for proposals.

Health Equity Initiatives in the U.S. and Abroad Funded
Cigna Foundation: World of Difference Grants

The Cigna Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for individuals everywhere to achieve the best possible health. The Foundation’s World of Difference Grants focus on health equity, helping people overcome barriers to their health and well-being related to factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, age, geography, or economics. To encourage Health Equity, the Foundation is currently seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations engaged in improving Community Health Navigation. These grants support projects within the United States and internationally that help individuals understand the particular health equity challenges affecting them, and that assist them in finding services in their communities that address those challenges. Online requests may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

International Travel Grants for U.S. Performing Artists
Association of Performing Arts Professionals: Cultural Exchange Fund

The Cultural Exchange Fund, an initiative of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, is a travel subsidy program that assists U.S.-based presenters in building partnerships with international touring artists, companies, and their collaborators. The focus of the program is on increasing presenters’ knowledge of international performing artists based outside the U.S. and the cultural context for these artists’ work. In promoting cross-cultural arts programming, travel to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East is strongly encouraged. The maximum amount awarded per individual organization or artist is $2,000. Group travel subsidies of three or more presenters are also available, with a maximum award of $10,000. All applicants must be members of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the final 2018 deadline is October 30. Applications must be submitted online through the Association of Performing Arts Professionals website.

K-12 Field Trips to Battlefield Sites Supported
American Battlefield Trust: Field Trip Fund

The American Battlefield Trust strongly believes that battlefields are outdoor classrooms—truly unique locations for education, commemoration, and contemplation. The Trust's Field Trip Fund provides funding and assistance to K-12 teachers who are planning field trips to Civil War, War of 1812, or Revolutionary War battlefields, museums, and historic sites. The following items can be covered by the Fund: transportation, meals, admission fees, and reasonable presenter or guide fees. All funds will be dispersed after the completion of the field trips. Approved trips can be reimbursed for as little as $250 or as much as $1,500. Applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the trip. Visit the Trust’s website for application guidelines.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas


Grants Enhance Company Communities in the U.S. and Canada
Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund

The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in company communities, and fostering the understanding of the importance of sustainable working forests. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that serve communities with major Weyerhaeuser facilities in the U.S. and Canada. The Fund’s interest areas include Affordable Housing and Shelter; Education and Youth Development; Environmental Stewardship; and Human Services, Civic, and Cultural Growth. The application deadline is October 30, 2018. Visit the Weyerhaeuser website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.

Energy Educational Programs in the East and Midwest Funded
Constellation E2 Energy to Educate

The Constellation E2 Energy to Educate initiative provides grants for educational projects in company communities in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. that help foster energy conservation and progress. Priority is given to projects that are designed to enhance students’ understanding of science and technology and that inspire them to think differently about energy. The focus is on projects that reach a minimum of 100 students and that align with one of the following three themes: Smart Home, Electrification, and Clean Energy and Zero Waste. Grants of up to $25,000 are available for programs in grades six to 12; higher education programs are eligible for grants of up to $50,000. The application deadline is October 1, 2018. Visit the company’s website to learn more about E2 Energy to Educate and to submit an online application.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Arts Research Funded
National Endowment for the Arts

The Research: Art Works program supports research on arts participation, including event attendance, arts creation, and learning in the arts, and on cultural assets, including artists and arts workers, arts venues and platforms, and arts organizations and industries. Applications are due to grants.gov by October 9, 2018.

Program Conserves Wetlands for Birds
Fish and Wildlife Service

The NAWCA (North American Wetlands Conservation Act) Small Grants program supports public-private partnerships that involve the long-term protection, restoration, enhancement, or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds. The application deadline is October 18, 2018.

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