Funding News & Grant Support


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Charting a Course for Economic Mobility and Responsible Parenting

Post Date: October 21, 2020
The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) forecasts inviting states and tribes to submit applications developing interventions to educate teens and young adults about the financial, legal, and emotional responsibilities of parenthood. The primary goal of the grant projects is to leverage the child support program’s expertise on the legal and financial responsibilities of parenting to educate and motivate teens and young adults to postpone parenthood until after they have completed their education, started a career, and entered a committed relationship. The target populations for these three-year grant projects are teens and young adults ages 13-25, including unmarried parents and those who have not yet started families.


The G4GC Love is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund seeks to support U.S. coalitions and organizations that have been fighting historical inequities and the marginalization of girls of color well before COVID-19. The Fund will provide grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations (including those with fiscal sponsorship) and coalitions led by women or girls of color and/or with a primary mission to reach girls of color, fem(men), and gender-expansive youth of color. Applications will be accepted by invitation only through November 2020; however, interested organizations can submit an interest form for consideration.


Deadline: September 30, 2020
Cigna Foundation’s Healthier Kids for Our Future initiative seeks to improve the health and well-being of children. The initiative is currently offering Mental Health Grants that focus on programs that foster collaboration between stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits, to address mental health and emotional well-being challenges for children. U.S. nonprofit organizations and school systems are eligible to apply. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Healthier Kids for Our Future initiative as well as the funding guidelines for both grant opportunities.

Funding Aims to Prevent Child Abuse in Selected Countries

World Childhood Foundation

Deadline: October 15, 2020
The mission of the World Childhood Foundation is to inspire, promote, and develop solutions to end sexual abuse, exploitation, and violence against children. The Foundation supports projects that directly involve or affect children at risk of violence and sexual abuse in the following countries: Belarus, Brazil, Cambodia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Sweden, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United States. Focus areas include child safety online, child safe traveling and tourism, child friendly social and legal response, and protective family environment.

Programs Benefiting Disadvantaged New Jersey Residents Funded

Robert and Joan Dircks Foundation

Application Deadline: October 30
The mission of the Robert and Joan Dircks Foundation is to support nonprofit organizations that enrich and improve the quality of life for individuals living in New Jersey. The focus is on encouraging programs that benefit children and adults who are physically, mentally, or economically disadvantaged. The Foundation concentrates on small nonprofit organizations and prefers programs that focus on preventing or solving problems, rather than meeting basic needs. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $15,000.

Fund for Teachers

Deadline: Year-Round
Grants of $5,000 to $10,000 are awarded for professional development. Fund for Teachers is unique in that it awards grants for professional development based on the principle that the teacher knows what they need to grow as an educator. These grants are self-designed and allow teachers to create their own professional development opportunities based on what is most beneficial to their teaching. The Fund for Teachers application encourages educators to think about their objectives and motivations and the impact their particular plan of action will have on students.

The Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant

Deadline: Year-round
The Bush Foundation provides Community Innovation grants of $10,000 to $200,000. Community Innovation grants may be awarded to 501(c)(3) public charities or government entities (including schools). Coalitions or collabrotives are eligible to apply, but only one organization may receive the grant. The grant supports communities that have identified a problem and want to implement a solution while engaging the community and other organizations.

Support for Efforts to Promote Positive Relationships in the U.S. and Abroad

Major League Baseball – Healthy Relationships Community Grants

Application Deadline: December 1
The Healthy Relationships Community Grants, an initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association seeks to address positive relationship health, with self and others. Through this initiative, MLB and MLBPA will jointly award $3 million in funding to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations and global non-governmental organizations over 2020 and 2021. The focus is on three distinct areas: building and improving relationship skills of the next generation as a prevention strategy, building and improving mental health resiliency for vulnerable populations, and strengthening and providing critical services to survivors of domestic violence. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided. Requests will be reviewed quarterly for the next two years.

Grants Benefit Vermont Youth-Serving Organizations

The George W. Mergens Foundation

The George W. Mergens Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that serve the youth of Vermont. The goal of the Foundation is to foster a sense of well-being, curiosity, and empowerment in the lives of youth so that they are best equipped to meet the challenges of the future. The Foundation’s grant categories include the following: Education and Training, Enrichment Activities, Recreation, and Health and Wellness. Youth-serving nonprofit organizations based in Vermont may submit grant applications throughout the year.

Funds for Behavioral Health Initiatives in Alaska and Washington State

The Premera Social Impact Program supports nonprofit organizations in Alaska and Washington State that address behavioral health issues. A particular emphasis is placed on funding programs that help historically underserved communities, including people of color and low-income populations. Additional areas of interest include health equity, and the intersection of homelessness and behavioral health. Requests may be submitted throughout the year.