Grants & Awards
New Schools Venture Fund’s Innovative Schools
The New Schools Venture Fund’s Innovative Schools program invests in teams of educators planning to launch new nonprofit public schools that prepare young people to finish high school prepared and inspired to create and live the lives they want. Planning grants of $200,000 will be provided; at the end of the planning phase, teams may apply for an investment that would support their first two to three years of operation. The application deadline is November 26, 2018. Visit the NewSchools Venture Fund website to learn more.
New Schools Venture Fund’s Diverse Leaders
Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program
The Wildhorse Foundation in Pendleton, Oregon, serves the tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla) located in the area now known as northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. Each year, the foundation makes grants to eligible organizations in that homeland area.
Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded in the areas of arts, cultural activities, education, environmental protection, gambling addiction prevention education and treatment, historic preservation, public health, public safety, and salmon restoration. Link to Complete RFP. There are four grant periods per year. Deadlines are January 1, April 1, July 1 & October 1.
The America's Farmers Grow Communities Project
Continuum of Care Program
Regional Innovation Strategies Program
Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration
Leavitt AMP Music Series
The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program
BUILD Discretionary Grants
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program
National Endowment for the Arts
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Agriculture Community Development Initiative
Home Depot Foundation: Veteran Housing Grants Program
Waterfront Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program
Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant Programs
Oregon Community Foundation
Communities Thrive Challenge
Humanities Washington Stories Fund Grants
Humanities Washington Opportunity Grants
USDA Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement
Community Connect Grant Program
Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant
Walmart Community Grant Program
Charlotte Martin Foundation
NewSchools Venture Fund
Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program
Strong Local Economies Program
Surdna Foundation: The goal of the Strong Local Economies Program is to support the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a wide range of businesses and access to quality jobs. We aim to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants. Letters of Inquiry are accepted throughout the year.
#Girlboss Foundation Grant
The #Girlboss Foundation will award a single $15,000 grant in 2017 to a female entrepreneur pursuing a creative endeavor. In addition to the cash grant, the recipient will receive exposure through #GIRLBOSS® digital channels. See the #Girlboss Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP)
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the FY 2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Through it, the EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches in distressed communities. The estimated total program funding is between the award ceiling of $3 million and award floor of $100,000. Additional information on this funding opportunity and eligibility can be accessed here.
Washington Foundation for the Environment
USDA Small Business Loans and Grants
USDA is accepting applications for loans and grants to support business expansion, create jobs and increase economic opportunities in rural communities. Funding is being provided through USDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). RMAP provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to help microentrepreneurs – very small businesses with 10 or fewer employees – access capital to start or grow businesses. MDOs use the funds to provide training and technical assistance to small businesses or to establish revolving loan funds that provide micro-loans, typically $5,000 to $50,000, to rural microentrepreneurs. Application forms may be obtained from any USDA Rural Development State Office.