Small Grants – Clif Bar Family Foundation: Priority is given to applications that address the foundation’s funding priorities from a holistic perspective. These include: protecting Earth's beauty and bounty, creating a robust, healthy food system, increasing opportunities for outdoor activity, reducing environmental health hazards, and building stronger communities. It is important that applications operate with clearly defined objectives and viable plans to achieve them. Applications must demonstrate strong community ties and operate at the community level. It is important to promote positive change through both the projects and their implementation process. These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects.
Deadline October 1, 2019.
Preservation Funds – National Trust for Historic Preservation: National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Grants generally start at $2,500 and range up to $5,000. The selection process is very competitive. Deadline: October 1, 2019.
Battlefield Preservation Fund – National Trust for Historic Preservation: Battlefield Preservation Fund will serve as a catalyst to stimulate efforts to preserve battlefields, viewsheds, and related historic structures and to leverage fund-raising activities. While efforts involving battlefields associated with the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the French and Indian Wars, and other battles fought in the United States are eligible for funding, priority will be given to those that have limited access to other specialized battlefield funding programs. Typical uses of grants from the fund include legal and research fees to mitigate development threats, fund-raising and media plans, feasibility studies for endangered buildings and sites, archeological studies, landscape research and planning, viewshed protection, easement planning, and interpretation and heritage education activities. Grants generally start at $2,500 and range up to $5,000. The selection process is very competitive.
Deadline: October 1, 2019.
Historic Properties Redevelopment Programs – The 1772 Foundation: The 1772 Foundation has announced that grant funding will be made available for historic properties redevelopment programs throughout the United States. The maximum grant amount is $250,000. Typical grants have been in the $50,000-$75,000 range. The letter of inquiry should include: the name and address of your organization, the amount of your request, the purpose of the grant, the matching funds you have or plan to have, and any local funding partners. Not all letters of inquiry will result in an invitation to submit a full application. Applicants with a strong local funding partner will be most favorably considered. Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: October 18, 2019.
Rural Energy for American Program – USDA: USDA is offering funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans. The program offers financing and grant funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. Deadline: October 31, 2019
Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants – State Farm: Through their company grants, State Farm focuses on three areas: safety, education, and community development. State Farm is committed to maintaining the vibrancy of communities by assisting nonprofits that support: affordable housing, first time homeowners, neighborhood revitalization, financial literacy, job training, and small business development. Through community outreach and community development grants and investments, State Farm gives back to the neighborhoods it serves and helps develop stronger neighborhoods by reinvesting in the community.
Deadline: October 31, 2019.
Mini Grants – Missouri Humanities Council (MHC): MHC will consider any proposal to support humanities-based projects or programs submitted by a non-profit organization or a civic, educational, or cultural organization that operates as a non-profit, including (but not limited to) schools and other educational institutions, local government and governmental agencies, and civic associations. Organizations may apply individually or in partnership with other eligible entities and organizations (in the case of multiple partners participating in the grant project, only a single organization can serve as the applying entity). Mini grants are awarded for project requests of up to $2,500.
Deadline: November 1, 2019.
Grants for Small Museums – Institute of Museum and Library Services:Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three project categories: lifelong learning, community anchors and catalysts, and collections stewardship and public access. Awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000 and projects must begin on September 1, 2020. Cost sharing is encouraged, but not required for this opportunity.
Deadline: November 15, 2019.
Build It With KaBOOM! – KaBOOM!: Build it with KaBOOM! pairs one of their dedicated funding partners with a community partner, who then come together to plan and build a brand-new playground. Through November 15th, KaBoom!’s team of grant experts is available to help you kick-start your application for their 2020 Build it with KaBOOM! grants. Along with extra support for your application, eligible communities that submit their application by November 15 will also get early consideration for 2020 Build it with KaBOOM! opportunities.
Deadline: November 15, 2019.
Highlighted Ongoing Grant Opportunities
Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program – USDA: This program provides loan guarantees to eligible private lenders to help build essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. Deadline: ongoing.
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program – USDA: This program provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) that then provide microloans to help microenterprises startup and grow through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund and provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs. Microloan funds from MDOs may be used for working capital, debt refinancing, purchase equipment and supplies, and improve real estate.
Let’s Play Community Construction Grants - KaBOOM!: Keurig Dr Pepper & KaBOOM! have teamed up to offer $15,000 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment. Grantees will lead their community through a self-guided planning process, using the $15,000 grant towards the total cost of playground equipment and assembling the playground using the KaBOOM! community-build model. Grantees have up to one year to build the playground and will have the support of a remote KaBOOM! Grants Manager and an onsite Certified Playground Installer. Municipalities, schools, and child-serving nonprofit organizations without a playground or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children are eligible for this opportunity.
Deadline: accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Walmart Foundation: The Walmart Foundation’s Community Grant Program is offering grants to nonprofit organizations and agencies that work in one of the following areas: hunger relief and healthy eating, health and human service, quality of life, education, community and economic development, diversity and inclusion, public safety, or environmental sustainability. Awards range from $250 to $5,000.
Deadline: Grant cycle begins February 15, 2019 and applications are accepted on ongoing basis until December 31, 2019.