Marine Issue Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Marine issues! 

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) Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation
  • The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation's mission is to assist programs that are designed to strengthen and improve the quality of life in communities served by the cruise industry.
  • The Foundation's areas of emphasis include:
    • Civic and Community Development
    • Educational Assistance and Training Programs
    • Public Health Programs
    • Environmental Preservation Programs
  • All applicants will need to complete an online application, which must...
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How to Register with Grants.gov in 8 Easy Steps

First, you acquired a DUNS number. Next, you received your letter of determination. Finally, you registered on SAM. This means you’re ready to start applying for federal grants, right? Well, not quite. There’s still one more step.  
 
Before you apply for federal grants, you need to register an account with Grants.gov. This amazing website provides a centralized location that makes finding and applying for federal funding opportunities faster, easier, and more cost-effective for grant seekers. As of today, Grants.gov houses information on more than 1,000 grant programs and vets applications for all 26 grant-awarding federal agencies within the system. 
 
Sounds great! How do I sign up? 
To register an account with Grants.gov,  you should first have all of your organization’s necessary information ready at your fingertips. Honestly, if you come prepared, the registration process can be completed in a matter of minutes. And whether...
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5 Things You Should Know about Foundation Grants

Running a nonprofit is a difficult and time-consuming occupation. Unfortunately, one of the main difficulties your team will encounter can sometimes be money. Yes, money - that dreaded word which causes undue stress to all organizations from time to time. Thankfully, there are resources available to nonprofits that can help supplement your yearly cash flow. One common resource would be a foundation grant.

Here are five things you should know about foundation grants.
  1. What a foundation is
    A foundation - as defined by the Council on Foundation - is a group that supports charitable activities by making grants to unrelated organizations, institutions, or individuals. The grants they provide are primarily for nonprofit organizations. However, when looking into possible grants, it’s important to understand the differences between the two types of foundations: private and public.
  2. How a private foundation works
    A private foundation provides grant money through a family,...
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Animal-Assisted Therapy and Service Dog Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Animal-assisted therapy and service dogs!

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) Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation 
  • The Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that provide assistance animals to the disabled. Additionally, the Foundation provides funding for nature conservation and the preservation of wildlife. 
  • The handicap assistance animals program places the highest priority on dogs assisting the blind. Animals trained to perform specific tasks for those with...
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Health and Nutrition Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Health and nutrition! 

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) Chobani Foundation
  • The Chobani Foundation's mission is to empower sustainable change by supporting nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. They place an emphasis on the communities where their employees live and work. These include Twin Falls, Idaho, and Norwich, New York.
  • The Foundation is focused on serving American youth and underserved communities. Grants are awarded to organizations that offer nutrition-related programs and focus on making healthy food more...
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K-12 Art Education Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? K-12 art education 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) Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: Mini-Grant Program
  • The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers mini-grants to public schools, public libraries, and public preschool programs in the United States and its territories. 
  • Grants are provided for creative and innovative projects that provide an enriched learning experience either supporting or extending the basic curriculum. 
  • All eligible applicants must complete an online application.
  • Please note: grants are...
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5 Reasons to Register with SAM Right Away

Great news! If your organization has acquired a DUNS number and received its determination letter from the IRS, you are already in possession of the two most commonly required pieces of information when applying for grants. However, if you plan to seek federal funding you’re not quite ready just yet. Now is the time to register with SAM. 

Before applying for federal grants, your organization will be required to register with the System for Award Management, aka SAM. SAM is an online, government-wide application. Its purpose is to collect, validate, store, and publicize business information about the federal government’s trading partners. This information pertains to contract awards, grants, and electronic payment processes. 
 
Why do you need to be registered with SAM? Well, here are five reasons worth mentioning. 
  1.  It is required.
    If your organization plans to
    have contracts with the federal government, you will not be able to do so until...
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Music Grants Currently Available

Here are this week's highlighted foundations and grants. This week's focus? Music! 

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) Classics for Kids Foundation
  • The mission of the Classics for Kids Foundation is to empower young people to shape a brighter future through music, build sustainable stringed instrument music programs, and provide grants for high quality instruments. 
  • The Foundation offers matching grants to K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States to aid in the purchase of stringed instruments. This support is provided to new and existing programs. 
  • Eligible applicants are K-12...
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Why You Need a DUNS Number

What is a DUNS number?
 
The Data Universal Numbering System, or DUNS, is an online database run by the company Dun & Bradstreet. It maintains up-to-date information on more than 300 million universally recognized businesses, which it identifies using unique nine-digit codes known as DUNS numbers. These numbers are a requirement for the great majority of grant applications. So, if your financial plans as a nonprofit include seeking grants or any other kind of financial support, you’re going to need one sooner rather than later. 
 
How is a DUNS score used? 
Like a credit score, your DUNS number will often be referenced by lenders and potential business partners to help predict the reliability and financial stability of your organization. Using this number, grant providers can request and gain access to your Dun & Bradstreet credit file, which might include firmographic data, corporate family relationships, scores, ratings, and various other...
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Theater Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Theater! 

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) Actor’s Equity Foundation 
  • The Actor’s Equity Foundation exists to support the professional theater community while promoting and investing in theater and the performing arts. 
  • The Foundation’s grants support nonprofit theaters across the United States. They also provide award programs for individual actors. 
  • Applicants must be part of a nonprofit theater organization and are required to: 
    • hold a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
    • have an...
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