|The United Soccer Foundation is one of the many organizations now taking grant applications. C. Coimbra photo|
Current Opportunities Throughout the U.S.
Support for Community Organizing for Social Change in the U.S. and Canada
Unitarian Universalist Association: Fund for a Just Society
The Fund for a Just Society, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that address issues of social and economic justice. The Fund supports organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society and to mobilize with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination. Priority is given to active, specific campaigns to create change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect their lives. Consideration is given to projects that are less likely to receive conventional funding because of the innovative or challenging nature of the work or the economic and social status of the constituency. The maximum grant amount is $15,000; however, most grants range between $6,000 and $8,000. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the next application deadline is September 15, 2017. Visit the Unitarian Universalist Association website to review the funding guidelines.
K-12 Parent-School Collaborative Projects Funded
Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant Program
The Toolbox for Education Grant Program, offered by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, provides grants of up to $5,000 to public K-12 schools, as well as school parent-teacher groups associated with public schools, throughout the United States that develop projects to encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Preference is given to funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor), landscaping, or cleanup projects. The Fall 2017 grant cycle will open on August 7. Visit the program’s website during the grant cycle to submit an online application.
Grants Address HIV/AIDS Issues in Local Communities
Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation
The Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation is dedicated to the fight against HIV and AIDS. Grant requests from throughout the United States are considered, with particular interest in smaller communities and rural areas. The Foundation supports community-based nonprofit organizations that focus on HIV/AIDS care and direct services, education, or research. Grants are provided to developing or established programs, with emphasis on those that provide direct benefit to clients or target audiences. Requests are reviewed two times per year. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is September 1, 2017; invited grant applications will be due September 22, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online letter of inquiry.
Soccer Field-Building Initiatives Supported
United States Soccer Foundation: Safe Places to Play Grants
The United States Soccer Foundation is dedicated to enhancing, assisting, and growing the sport of soccer in the U.S., with a special emphasis on underserved communities. The Foundation's Safe Places to Play Grants are provided for field-building initiatives in four categories: Synthetic Turf, Lighting, Irrigation, and Sport Court. Eligible applicants include community organizations, schools, municipalities, and other groups that offer soccer opportunities to youth. Requests for Safe Places to Play Grants are reviewed three times per year. The upcoming deadline for letters of interest for the 2017 Fall Grant Cycle is September 29; invited applications must be submitted by October 6. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the application process.