National Trust Preservation Funds

As the world continues to navigate through these uncertain times, grants are still being awarded to those seeking them. Coming up next week is the deadline for an available grant through the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This grant comes from the National Trust Preservation Funds. 

Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds are meant to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for planning and education projects. Awarded grants can be used to launch new initiatives or to provide additional support to current efforts. 

Awarded amounts range from $2500 to $5000. 

Click Here for all eligibility requirements and the online application form. 

Due to the current economic climate, the guidelines for the October 2020 round of funding have been modified to better assist applying organizations. Please email  the National Trust Preservation Funds committee should your organization have any questions about the...

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A Quick Guide to Navigating Grants.gov's Workspace

You’ve done it! Your organization has a DUNS number and - if you're a nonprofit - a letter of determination. You’ve successfully registered with SAM and Grants.gov. You’re finally ready to start applying for federal grants. Now, how exactly does one do this? By using the amazing Workspace program available on Grants.gov

All About Workspaces
Grants.gov Workspace is the standard platform for organizations or individuals to apply for federal grants. A workspace allows a grant team to access and edit different forms within an application simultaneously. Forms can be filled out online or using physical copies - which ever way is best for you and your team! (Please note- many federal agencies try to minimize the use of paper in the grant writing and administration process. Not all forms will be available to print.)
 
Applicants can also tailor their application workflow using three different approaches: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced....
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5 Reasons Grant Writers Should Not Work on Commission

Is it a good idea for grant writers and consultants to work on commission? Here’s the quick and easy answer — no, it isn’t. Here are five reasons why this practice harms you, your grant writers, and your chances of receiving some grants

1. Most funders frown upon the fee and will refuse to pay it. 
When most grant funders contribute to your organization, they want their funding to go directly toward your program, not your overhead and fundraising costs. Many funders guidelines even explicitly state that the grants awarded cannot be used to cover such expenses. Therefore, your team will not be able to incorporate the cost of a grant writer into your proposal budget. Be advised, if your organization were to win a grant and use the funds to pay your grant writer, you could be in violation of your grant agreement. In this case, the grant would likely be terminated and your organization would be forced to pay back the awarded amount. 

 
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The Determination Letter: Holy Grail for Nonprofits

You’ve done it. Your nonprofit is up and running, working to fulfill its mission to the best of its abilities using every available resource. But what if you haven’t yet received a determination letter? Your nonprofit might not be getting all of the benefits it should be. 
 
What is a determination letter? And why is it so important? 
A determination letter is awarded to a nonprofit organization when the IRS has approved its application for federal tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3). This means any donations or grants that are received, or any income earned from group sponsored activities, will not incur tax. This exemption allows your organization to operate more efficiently and devote more funds to your mission. 
 
Several additional perks to consider once your determination letter has been received include the following: 
    • Donors may claim their contributions on their annual tax returns. 
    • Your organization will receive discounts...
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A Quick Overview of the National Fund for Sacred Places

Since launching in 2016, the National Fund for Sacred Places has awarded millions of dollars in capital grants and other support to community-serving congregations across the United States. As a collaboration between Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, their mission is to promote the common good by supporting historic sacred places.

Throughout our country's history, houses of worship have contributed significant value to their communities. Sacred places have served as hubs for social service programs, the arts, and a vital sense of human belonging. Today, many of these aging and architecturally complex facilities require increasingly diverse streams of funding in order to properly function as 21st-century centers of community life.

The National Fund for Sacred Places was born out of a belief that providing technical and financial support for congregations could build capacity and increase the stability of these critical yet disappearing...

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Cancer Research and Patient Support Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Cancer research and patient support grants! 

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!

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1) The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation
  • The mission of the American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation is to improve the standard of care for breast disease patients.
  • Each year, the Foundation awards grants related to patient breast care and education, community outreach, research, and the Humanism in Medicine award. 
  • All interested applicants must submit a Word document grant proposal via email to...
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Literary and Library Program Grants Currently Available

Here's a bonus post to celebrate National Book Month! The following foundations and grants are focused on reading programs with a priority for promoting literacy and improving available book collections!

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!

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1) The Lisa Libraries 
  • The Lisa Libraries donate new children’s books and small libraries to grassroots organizations working with kids in poor and underserved areas throughout the United States
  • Book donations go toward helping communities that need to build, rebuild, or make additions to a library, or organizations serving children who would benefit from receiving new books to take...
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Health and Physical Education Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Health and physical education for youth!

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!

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1) The Foundation for Global Sports Development
  • The Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD) aids the sports community by delivering and supporting initiatives that promote fair play, education, and the physical and developmental benefits of sports for youth around the world.
  • The Foundation gives special attention to groups and communities that are most in need or most underserved by current programs.  
  • The Foundation provides grants to:
    • nonprofit organizations...
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After-School Program Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? After-school program grants! 

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!
 
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1) Charles Lafitte Foundation 
  • The Charles Lafitte Foundation's mission is to support nonprofit organizations throughout the country as they develop innovative and effective approaches to helping people help themselves and others achieve healthy, satisfying, and enriched lives.
  • The Foundation supports the program areas of education, children's advocacy, medical research and initiatives, and the arts. 
  • In regards to children's advocacy, the...
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Community and School Garden Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Community and school garden grants! 

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!

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1) Annie's Grants for Gardens
  • Annie's Grants for Gardens are provided nationwide to K-12 school gardens. Their mission is to help children begin thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. 
  • Annie’s Grants may be used to purchase any equipment appropriate for the development of a garden. Examples of appropriate equipment would include plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows,...
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