Funding Alert May 2006 The May 2006 AFHK Funding Alert includes information on funding opportunities that can help your State Team implement its Action Plan. It also provides links to resources that can make fundraising easier and, in our "Meet Your State and Local Foundations" section, it profiles state and local foundations funding in Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Minnesota. Some of the funding opportunities profiled below have deadlines in May and June, so check the links in each entry for application procedures, deadlines, and more information. To find out how National AFHK can help with fundraising, contact Joe Moag at email@example.com or (773) 248-2958. Funding Opportunities from National Foundations and Organizations The American Legion's Child Welfare Foundation is accepting proposals for multi-state knowledge dissemination projects that promote the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children. Grants are for one year, and project activities must be completed within a calendar year. Click here for more information about this funding opportunity and to access application guidelines. Application forms must be requested from the foundation by July 1st and completed applications must be submitted by July 15th. Rosie's For all Kids Foundation makes grants for renovation of playgrounds serving young children. First priority is given to established early childhood programs serving low-income, urban areas. Requests are accepted throughout the year and the first step is submission of a letter of inquiry. Click here for more information about the foundation's grantmaking and application procedures. The Bowling Foundation will award grants to help schools and nonprofit organizations implement the Bowler's Ed Youth In-School Bowling Program, which promotes lifelong physical activity by providing elementary and middle school teachers with free bowling curriculum enhanced with math, spelling, physics, and other important skills. Applications are due by June 1st. Click here for more information about this funding opportunity and to download the application. Funding Opportunities from State and Local Foundations The Northwest Health Foundation recently announced a new grant program, Alliance for the Promotion of Physical Activity and Nutrition, that will support local community coalitions dedicated to promoting physical activity and healthy eating by improving the social, organizational, physical, and policy environments in which these activities take place. Coalitions may represent communities throughout Oregon and Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties in southwest Washington. Grants will be awarded for projects lasting up to four years and proposals must be submitted by June 26th. Click here for more information about this new initiative and to download the Request for Proposals and application cover sheet. Many health insurers are working with other organizations to combat overweight and obesity, as a way to improve the health of covered populations and to contribute to general community wellness. As a result, health insurers or their affiliated foundations may be promising potential funders for AFHK State Team activities. Here are two examples. The corporate giving program of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois makes contributions for projects addressing health care, education, social services, cultural, and community concerns. The next deadline for submission of grant requests is September 30th. Click here for more information. The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida supports community-based solutions that address many different health care challenges facing Florida. The foundation awards up to $1 million annually, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. For the foundation's winter 2006 cycle, applications must be received by September 15th. Click here for more information and to download application materials. Corporate Funding Opportunities The Balance Bar Food Company is accepting applications for community grants to enable communities and organizations to pursue physical activities that enrich their lives. The grant must be dedicated to a project that will provide organization members, as well as community residents, with opportunities to lead healthy, active lifestyles. Grants will range from $1,000 to a maximum of $25,000. The deadline for community grant applications is August 30th. Click here for more information. The Dannon Company makes grants to programs that nurture healthy eating habits among children in each of the communities where a Dannon facility is located (Auglaize County, OH; Salt Lake County, UT; Tarrant County, TX; or Westchester County, NY). To qualify, organizations must be nonprofit and must need funding for a current nutrition education program for children up to age 18 or be able to launch such an initiative in late 2006. Applications must be received by June 30th. Click here to access the application form. The National Gardening Association and Home Depot are partnering to offer Youth Garden Grants to schools, youth groups, community centers, and other child-serving organizations. Applicants must plan to garden in 2007 with at least 15 children between the ages of three and 18 years. Applications must be postmarked by November 1st. Click here for additional information about this program and to access the 2007 application. Marshall Field's Community Grant Program awards grants for projects addressing three issues: health and welfare, education, and arts and culture. To be eligible, applicants must be nonprofit organizations or units of local government (including schools) and be located in states served by Marshall Field's (IL, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, and WI). For the next funding cycle, applications must be received by May 31st. Click here for additional information, including application guidelines. Federal Funding Opportunities The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released several announcements for research funding programs related to obesity, nutrition, and physical activity. While State Teams and partnering schools may not be in a position to apply for these research funds directly, the grant programs may provide opportunities for AFHK-affiliated schools to partner with academic and governmental researchers by serving as possible project sites. Among the recently released announcements are: School-based Interventions to Prevent Obesity This funding program will support the formation of partnerships between academic institutions and school systems in order to develop and implement controlled, school-based intervention strategies designed to reduce the prevalence of obesity in childhood. The next deadline is June 1st. (Funding Opportunity Number: PA-04-145) Planning Grants for Translational Research for the Prevention and Control of Diabetes and Obesity This program will support the development of cost effective and sustainable interventions, that can be adopted in real world settings, for the prevention and control of diabetes and obesity. (Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-06-358) Decision Making in Health: Behavior Maintenance This initiative will support research projects that will expand knowledge of basic decision-making processes underlying initiation and long-term maintenance of healthy lifestyle behaviors that may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and addiction. (Funding Opportunity Number: PA-06-337) These grant programs typically have several funding cycles annually. For more information about NIH research grant programs, click here and enter the appropriate funding opportunity number in the search box. The Indian Health Service recently released two announcements for competitive grant programs related to health and children. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention This program will provide support to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to enhance and expand health promotion and reduce chronic disease by: increasing physical activity; avoiding the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other unhealthy addictive substances; and improving nutrition to support healthier AI/AN communities through innovative and effective community, school, clinic and work site health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs. Click here to access the funding announcement. Children and Youth Projects This program will provide support to federally recognized Tribes and urban Indian organizations serving American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and youth for programs promoting health practices, and addressing unmet needs of children and youth. Click here to access the funding announcement. Fundraising and Grant Writing Resources The Child Welfare Foundation has compiled a straightforward guide for first-time grantseekers. The document covers the basics of researching potential funders and making that important first contact with foundations. Click here to access this useful guide. The Michigan State University Library system has a large collection of on-line resources, including over 500 documents on nonprofit fundraising. Among the useful documents you can access from the Nonprofit Fundraising Web Resources page are "The Ten Most Common Reasons Grants Are Declined," which may help you identify the simple mistakes that can doom a grant proposal, and "Ask People for Money Face-to-Face, Participant Workbook," which can help people new to fundraising overcome fears about asking for funding in person, rather than in writing. Click here to access these and many other valuable on-line resources. "Meet Your State and Local Foundations" Maryland Care First BlueCross BlueShield, a health insurer serving Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, and portions of Virginia, has committed 2 percent of its 2006 net operating income to fund health-related programs and organizations in its service area. Contribution guidelines and an application can be accessed from the corporate giving program's web page. Applications are accepted throughout the year, but requests for $25,000 or more must be submitted on a quarterly schedule. Remaining due dates for 2006 are May 1st, August 21st, and October 23rd. Contact: Kendra Hance, Community Relations Department E-mail: Kendra.Hance@carefirst.com Phone: (410) 998-7488 Corporate giving program home page: www.carefirstcommunity.com/giving.php A primary focus of The Aaron Straus & Lillie Straus Foundation's grantmaking is securing better futures for Baltimore's vulnerable children and their families by connecting them to opportunities, which nurture their educational, social, economic, and physical well being. Grants are awarded three times a year and deadlines for proposals are February 1st, July 1st, and October 1st. The foundation accepts the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers' common application, which can be downloaded from the foundation's web site. Contact: Jan Rivitz, President and Executive Director E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (410) 539-8308 Foundation home page: www.strausfoundation.org The Commonweal Foundation supports educational programs, projects assisting disadvantaged youth, and may also consider grant requests for health care-related projects. Giving is limited to Maryland, the District of Columbia, and northern Virginia. The first step should be a phone call to the foundation to discuss a potential funding request. The foundation accepts the common application form of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, which can be downloaded from the foundation's web site. Application deadlines are March 1st and August 1st. Contact: Carole Prest, Executive Director or Gloria Dairsow E-mail: email@example.com Phone: (240) 450-0000 Foundation home page: www.commonweal-foundation.org The Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation makes grants to charitable organizations in Baltimore City and Allegheny, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, and Washington counties. Health and social services are among the foundation's funding priorities. Application deadlines are February 1st and August 1st. Contact: Greg Cantori, Executive Director E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (410) 235-7068 Foundation home page: www.knottfoundation.org [Also see the February 2006 AFHK Funding Alert for the listing of foundations funding in the District of Columbia; many of the foundations listed there also fund in the Maryland counties contained within the greater Washington metropolitan area.] Facts from the Foundation Center: Maryland's top five givers (for all issues) are: The Annie E. Casey Foundation; The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.; The Ellison Medical Foundation; The Baltimore Community Foundation; The Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc. To see a list of the state's top 50 funders, click here. Massachusetts Through several corporative giving programs, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. makes charitable contributions to projects and organizations in the communities that are home to its primary facilities (Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts and Norridgewock, Skowhegan and Norway, Maine). One program, the New Balance Foundation, has identified childhood obesity as a primary funding priority for the foreseeable future. A first step in seeking funding from the foundation is submission of a two-page letter of inquiry. Proposals are accepted throughout the year and reviewed quarterly. Contact: Anne M. Davis, Trustee, New Balance Foundation E-mail: N/A (Application address: The New Balance Foundation, c/o New Balance Community Relations, Brighton Landing, 20 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135-2088) Phone: (617) 783-4000 Corporate giving program home page: www.newbalance.com/aboutus/cmnty/guidelines.html The mission of The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts is to improve the health of those who live or work in the Central Massachusetts region, with particular emphasis on vulnerable populations and unmet needs. The foundation has two main grant programs: (1) The Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative, which provides multi-year funding for partnership- based programs designed to redress health disparities by enhancing systemic access to care and promoting healthier lifestyles; and (2) The Activation Fund, which makes smaller one-year grants that complement the foundation's mission and priorities. Letters of intent for both programs are due by August 1st. Contact: Noreen Johnson Smith, Vice President for Programs E-mail: NSmith@hfcm.org Phone: (508) 438-0009 Foundation home page: www.hfcm.org Tufts Health Plan's Community Partnerships Program promotes the health and well being of communities throughout Massachusetts by funding programs that serve at-risk and underserved women, infants, teens, and elders. Proposals are reviewed twice a year and the next application deadline is May 1st. Tufts Health Plan accepts the common application form of Associated Grantmakers, which can be downloaded from the company's web site. Contact: Anne Marie Boursiquot King, Manager, Community Partnerships & Volunteerism E-mail: N/A Phone: (781) 466-9435 Click here for the Corporate giving program home page Timberland Company's Community Investment Grants Program provides support for a range of charitable activities. An eligibility quiz and additional information about this and other Timberland giving programs are available on the company's corporate giving web site. Contact: Bill Adler, Manager, Timberland Social Enterprise Group E-mail: N/A Phone: (603) 772-9500 Corporate giving program home page: www.timberlandserve.com Facts from the Foundation Center: Massachusetts' top givers (for all issues) are: Barr Foundation; Boston Foundation, Inc.; FleetBoston Financial Foundation; Fidelity Foundation; and Edward C. Johnson Fund. To see a list of the state's top 50 funders, click here. Michigan The Ford Motor Company Fund makes awards in five categories: education, environment, public policy, health and social programs, civic affairs and community development, and arts and humanities. Giving is focused primarily in areas of company operation, with emphasis on southeastern Michigan. Applications are accepted throughout the year and a grant application cover page is available for downloading on the fund's web page. Contact: Sandra Ulsh, President E-mail: email@example.com Phone: (313) 248-4745 Corporate giving program home page: www.ford.com/go/fordfund The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation offers grants in several categories, including a Community Health Improvement Matching Grants Program to support nonprofit organizations addressing significant health issues in Michigan and a smaller proposal development award program. While proposals are accepted at any time, the foundation's board of directors reviews grant proposals at meetings in May, August, and November; the foundation needs to receive proposals at least 5 months prior to these meetings. Contact: Nora Maloy, Senior Program Officer E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (313) 225-8706 Foundation home page: www.bcbsm.com/foundation The Foundation for a Healthy Community makes grants to charitable organizations working to promote healthy lifestyles among people living in the area served by Foote Health System (Jackson and surrounding communities). Contact: Cindy Bjorkquist, Executive Director E-mail: N/A Phone: (517) 780-7306 Foundation home page: http://ffhc.info The GM Foundation makes grants in several target areas, including education and health. Proposals must be submitted using the company's on-line system, which can be accessed from the web page below. Contact: Hilary Spittle, GM Communications E-mail: email@example.com Phone: (313) 665-3126 Foundation home page: www.gm.com/company/gmability/community/guidelines/ Facts from the Foundation Center: Michigan's top five givers (for all issues) are: W.K. Kellogg Foundation; The Kresge Foundation; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Ford Motor Company Fund; and General Motors Foundation, Inc. To see a list of the state's top 50 funders, click here. Minnesota The Cargill Foundation is accepting applications for grants to support educational programs and services that take place during the school day, typically within the classroom. Remaining 2006 deadlines for applications in this focus area are May 4th, August 10th, and November 7th. Contact: Mark Murphy, Executive Director E-mail: mark_Murphy@Cargill.com Phone: (952) 742-4311 Foundation home page: www.cargill.com/about/citizenship/foundation.htm International Dairy Queen, Inc. provides funds annually to nonprofits that serve Minnesota communities and have programs geared toward children. Grants are made in four categories: culture and performing arts, education, health care and hospitals, and social welfare and community services. Applications must be submitted by September 1st and guidelines for submitting an application can be accessed on the corporate giving program's web page below. Contact: Janelle Lanfolla, Contributions Manager E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (952) 830-0207 Click here for the corporate giving program home page. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation makes grants aimed at creating healthier Minnesota communities. The foundation is currently soliciting applications for its Growing Up Healthy: Kids and Communities Funding initiative. The first step is a call to the foundation to discuss potential funding, followed by a letter of inquiry due by May 1st. More information about this and other foundation initiatives can be found on the foundation web site. Contact: Lisa Simer, Program Officer E-mail: Lisa_K_Simer@bluecrossmn.com. Phone: (651) 662-0188 Foundation home page: www.bluecrossmn.com/foundation The Best Buy Children's Foundation Twin Cities Fund funds nonprofit organizations serving people in the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area, which includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. The first step is submission of a letter of inquiry. Remaining 2006 deadlines for proposals are May 1st, August 1st, and November 1st. Guidelines for submitting a request can be found on the foundation's web site. Contact: Stephanie Woods, Community Relations Manager E-mail: CommunityRelations@bestbuy.com (Letter of inquiry address: Best Buy Children's Foundation, Best Buy World Headquarters, PO Box 9448, Minneapolis, MN 55440-9448) Phone: (612) 292-4000 Click here for the foundation home page. Facts from the Foundation Center: Minnesota's top five givers (for all issues) are: The McKnight Foundation; The Minneapolis Foundation; Bush Foundation; The Saint Paul Foundation, Inc.; and Anderson Foundation. To see a list of the state's top 50 funders, click here.
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