Upcoming Workshop in Orangeburg on USDA Rural Development Grants and Funding for Small Business and Farming

This workshop will center around the USDA Rural Energy for America Grant (REAP) which has a November 1 deadline and the USDA Value Added Producer Grant (Waiting on Notice). Many rural small business or farms are eligible for the REAP grant which funds 25% of an energy efficiency upgrade project. Any farmer who has been in business for a couple of years and currently producing a value added product should consider the Value added Producer Grant. Criteria to apply for these grants, funding projects and other resources to assist in rural business development will be discussed.

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Funding Available for Basic Needs and Social Change

Basic Needs Programs in the U.S., East Africa, and Central America Supported
Jewish Helping Hands: Tikkun Olam Grant Program

Jewish Helping Hands’ Tikkun Olam Grant Program is intended to advance the goal of inspiring and supporting tzedakah, justice, and righteousness throughout the world. The grant program supports projects that focus on reaching needy and vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad, particularly those that have been overlooked or marginalized. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations that show clear promise to promote self-help and empowerment within communities, or respond to unmet needs of those who are poor or marginalized. The program values projects that aim to bring about positive change for groups of all backgrounds and religious affiliations. For the 2020 grant cycle, the focus is on projects that provide the basic necessities for a decent life, including food, clothing, shelter, water, and health. Projects in the United States, East Africa, and Central America, as well as regions worldwide with impoverished Jewish populations, are given priority. Initial inquiry forms must be submitted by September 16, 2019; invited full applications will be due December 16, 2019. Visit the Jewish Helping Hands website to learn more about the Tikkun Olam Grant Program.

Support for Social Change Groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
Fund for Southern Communities

The Fund for Southern Communities supports nonprofit organizations working to create just and sustainable communities that are free of oppression and that embrace and celebrate all people. The Fund provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to progressive grassroots groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina that address social change issues, such as workers’ rights, environmental justice, economic justice, non-traditional arts and media, etc. The Fund provides seed grants to new projects, and general or project support to small organizations with a total organizational budget of $150,000 or less. Support is not provided for direct services, social services, or special events. The application deadline is September 6, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the grant application information.

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Foundation Funding Available for Early Childhood Programs

Grants Encourage Innovative Projects to Enhance the Lives of Young Children
Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that offer programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age. The Foundation’s areas of interest include the following: The Early Childhood Welfare category supports projects that seek to perfect child rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive. The Early Childhood Education and Play category focuses on improving the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning through the development of innovative curricula and research-based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments. The Parenting Education category promotes programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, and health, prenatal care, and diet, as well as programs that provide support to parents. The Foundation’s goal is to serve as an incubator for new, innovative projects and research that will have a nationwide impact. In that regard, the Foundation does not provide grants for the revision or implementation of existing programs or research, or for capital equipment, such as playgrounds. In addition, programs located outside the U.S. are not funded. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is September 30, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

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Funding Opportunities Available for Basic Needs Programs and Social Change Groups

Basic Needs Programs in the U.S., East Africa, and Central America Supported
Jewish Helping Hands: Tikkun Olam Grant Program

Jewish Helping Hands’ Tikkun Olam Grant Program is intended to advance the goal of inspiring and supporting tzedakah, justice, and righteousness throughout the world. The grant program supports projects that focus on reaching needy and vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad, particularly those that have been overlooked or marginalized. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations that show clear promise to promote self-help and empowerment within communities, or respond to unmet needs of those who are poor or marginalized. The program values projects that aim to bring about positive change for groups of all backgrounds and religious affiliations. For the 2020 grant cycle, the focus is on projects that provide the basic necessities for a decent life, including food, clothing, shelter, water, and health. Projects in the United States, East Africa, and Central America, as well as regions worldwide with impoverished Jewish populations, are given priority. Initial inquiry forms must be submitted by September 16, 2019; invited full applications will be due December 16, 2019. Visit the Jewish Helping Hands website to learn more about the Tikkun Olam Grant Program.

Support for Social Change Groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
Fund for Southern Communities

The Fund for Southern Communities supports nonprofit organizations working to create just and sustainable communities that are free of oppression and that embrace and celebrate all people. The Fund provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to progressive grassroots groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina that address social change issues, such as workers’ rights, environmental justice, economic justice, non-traditional arts and media, etc. The Fund provides seed grants to new projects, and general or project support to small organizations with a total organizational budget of $150,000 or less. Support is not provided for direct services, social services, or special events. The application deadline is September 6, 2019. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the grant application information.

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