Funding

Funding

The GLR Campaign is committed to letting communities know about upcoming funding opportunities, public and private. Here is the list of current opportunities, updated December 3rd, 2015. Below is information about obtaining a letter of support and additional resources.

  • The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States. Up to $39 million is available to be invested. The Notice of Intent deadline is April 15, 2016 and the Application deadline is May 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

  •  The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)'s Bridging the Word Gap Challenge will award $300,000 in prizes to support innovative solutions that can help promote early-language development among children from low-income families in the U.S. The goal of the Challenge is to develop a low-cost, scalable technologically-based intervention that drives parents and caregivers to talk and engage in more back-and-forth interactions with their young children (ages 0-4). PHASE 1 (Design) from November 6 - January 29, 2016, will award 7-10 winners up to $10,000 each; PHASE 2 (Development and Small Scale Testing) from March 11 - August 11, 2016, will award 3-5 winners up to $25,000 each; PHASE 3 (Scaling) from September 26, 2016 - March 26, 2017, will award 1 winner up to $100,000.
  • The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting applications from public schools and public libraries anywhere in the United States and its territories to its mini-grants program.  The funding program will award grants of up to $500 to educators to create special activities outside the standard curriculum and make time to encourage their students.  Applicants must be located in the U.S. or its commonwealths or territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam.  Deadline is March 31, 2016.

  • The National Civic League has announced that next year's All-America City awards will recognize cities using community-wide health and education strategies that enable all children to succeed in school and in life. School attendance and healthy school projects are particularly welcome as the partners in the 2016 award program include Attendance Works and Healthy Schools Campaign.
  • The RGK Foundation is inviting grant proposals in the broad areas of education, community, and health and medicine. The foundation's primary education interests include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly math, science, and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.  The Foundation's current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS.  Letters of Inquiry are accepted all year long and are reviewed on a rolling basis (March 7, June 13, and September 19).

  • The Express Scripts Foundation funds state and local initiatives that support school readiness and improve literacy to help prepare underserved youth for higher education and success in life. Grant amounts range from $500 – $200,000.  Deadlines are March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1, annually.

  • The Safeway Foundation seeks to fund nonprofit organizations that have programs that align with its four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities.  The maximum grant award varies for organizations that are national in scope, but a first-time funded organization will typically receive a grant of $10,000 to $25,000. Organizations are eligible in an area where there are Safeway stores. Deadline is rolling.

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for its Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health, a national program that supports the foundation’s commitment to building a Culture of Health in the United States. The program aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health encompassed in the Culture of Health Action Framework, as well as efforts to assess outcomes and set priorities for action. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • The Wish You Well Foundation's mission is to foster and promote the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. All nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply and grants range from $200 to $10,000.  Deadline is rolling.
  • The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education.  Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications.

Letter of Support

The Campaign also can provide a letter of support for any Network community, outlining the purpose and goals of the Campaign and confirming a community’s participation. In instances where the Campaign is aware that more than one member community is applying for the same funding stream, the letter will note that the Campaign equally supports all members’ funding applications. 

Here is the draft letter of support. It may be slightly modified depending on the applicant and the grant. Requests for letters of support should be sent to Susanne Sparks at susanne@smarterlearninggroup.com. Please allow one week for your request to be fulfilled.

Replicate and Scale-Up Promising and Proven Programs

Additional resources include: The Growth Philanthropy Network’s Social Impact Exchange, which lists high-impact nonprofits and gives potential investors a sense of outcomes and how to measure impact and programs that can go to scale; Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development programs, which identifies cost-effective evidence-based programs for children in areas such as education.

Other information for funding support is available via Summer Learning: A Strategic Roadmap for Funding and the federal summer meals program.