Welcome! Here are this week’s recommended foundations. These grants will be for various types of organizations, so they may not always be a perfect fit for you. However, there will be some that are. We also offer customized grant research reports that offer grants researched specifically for your organization, provide you with all of the submission requirements, deadlines, and a researched recommended request amount so that you can put your best effort forward when you apply. Some of the deadlines may have passed, but you can keep this information for their next funding cycle.
Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health in United States
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is seeking applications for Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health.
Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. RWJF is interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, they welcomes ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and their progress toward a Culture of Health.
RWJF wants to hear from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, community leaders—anyone, anywhere who has a new or unconventional idea that could alter the trajectory of health, and improve health equity and well-being for generations to come. The changes they seek require diverse perspectives and cannot be accomplished by any one person, organization or sector.
- The average Pioneer grant in 2019 was $315,031. However, there is not an explicit range for budget requests.
- Grant periods are flexible, though generally range from 1 to 3 years.
Preference will be given to applicants that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. Submissions from teams that include both U.S. and international members are eligible, but the lead applicant must be based in the United States.
Applications will be evaluated based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
- Strength of health equity focus: How will this project increase opportunities for everyone to live the healthiest life possible, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make?
- Strength of insight: How will this project help us anticipate, adapt to, and influence the future in 5 to 15 years?
- Strength of idea: Is this project pioneering in one or more of these ways?
- Offers a new take or perspective on a long-running, perplexing problem;
- Challenges assumptions or cultural practices;
- Takes an existing idea and gives it a new spin—or a novel application;
- Applies ideas from other fields;
- Explores how an emerging trend will shape the future; and/or
- Describe in which other way you see your project as pioneering
Walmart Foundation’s Local Community Grants Program in United States
The Walmart Foundation is seeking applications for its Local Community Grants Program to provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S.
Local Community grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000.
Organizations applying must meet one of following criteria:
- An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed on the IRS Master File and conducting activities within the United States (excluding nationally sponsored organizations, such as American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network and United Way)
- A recognized government entity: state, county or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes
- A K-12 public or nonprofit private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or a church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and clothing closets.
- Management at the facility to which you are applying will review the application and make initial funding recommendations on all submitted requests.
- Each facility manager may set the frequency and process in which application determinations are made.
- The facility manager and the grant administrator reserve the right to adjust the amount awarded to each organization without prior notice.
- Organizations will be notified of any decision via e-mail. All funding decisions are final.
- If an organization is approved, grant checks will be mailed directly to the recipient’s address listed in the Cybergrant’s profile for the organization. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery.
- In the event of being awarded a grant, organizations should contact the local facility from which funds were awarded in order to schedule a formal recognition event.
Rising Tide Foundation announces Call for Applications “Freedom in Practice”
The Rising Tide Foundation has announced a call for applications for “Freedom in Practice”, they are interested in projects that go beyond theory, make a tangible change in the lives of real people, and promote greater freedom and prosperity.
The Foundation believes the market economy, in concert with limited government and rule of law, holds the greatest promise of freedom and prosperity for all. Markets enhance individual flourishing by coordinating diverse interests through voluntary and peaceful exchange.
Poverty, in the opinion, cannot be managed by redistributing a perceived finite pie of wealth, nor by gaining control over limited resources. Instead, prosperity is when society respects the dignity of each person and his or her right to act as a moral agent. They seek to unleash this potential by supporting projects that open networks of productivity and exchange to the previously excluded. They believe that individuals in poverty must see themselves as active agents, not passive victims. They must seek and be given empowerment, not paternalistic protection as the key to prosperity.
Personal freedom and the free market economy, as ideals, are continuously threatened by the power of big-government and big-business, intervening to enhance social justice, equity, or efficiency in markets. But these efforts end up leading to the kind of crony capitalism that is so prevalent today – a system that claims to help everyone but benefits only the few at the expense of the many; it is a system that manages rather than solves poverty.
Theory of Change
The Foundation believes that Freedom is the most important explanatory factor driving and shaping human wellbeing around the world and see a substantial contribution through projects that show tangible impacts in at least one of the following areas:
- Private Sector Solutions: Does the program develop private sector solutions to societal problems?
- System Change: Does the project offer solutions to the problems created by government and crony capitalist interventions and does the project offer strategies that make such intentions unnecessary and unattractive going forward?
- Empowerment of Individuals: Does the project enhance individuals’ capacities for self-determination, individual choice, and peaceful, voluntary cooperation in society?
- Teaching Freedom: Does the project discover methods to teach freedom in new ways to untapped audiences?
Grant Duration Projects can last up to 5 years. Project activation is expected within 6 months after funding notification and direct beneficiary impact must be achieved within 3 years.
Preference is given to regions where the political infrastructure is robust enough to allow free market principles to expand and grow.
The Foundation does not Fund
The Foundation is unable to support the following funding requests:
- Unrestricted donations
- Direct grants to individuals
- Political campaigns or legislative lobbying efforts
- Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes
- Building projects or renovations, including construction materials and labor costs
- Payment of debts, living costs, travel bursaries or personal needs
- Organisations that are not tax-exempt
- Projects that do not fit the programmatic strategy
- Organisations that do not share the set of values and principles
- Impact to Society: They look for projects that address an important problem and that empower individuals to achieve social and economic autonomy. Projects should have the potential to create an impact within 3 years or less and solutions should offer exponential, sustainable and, if possible, scalable impact. After the grant term is complete, Rising Tide Foundation requires periodic (1-5 years) survey responses to gauge the long-term impact of its investment.
- Feasibility: The proposed approach, methodology, logistics and technologies should be sound and chosen in such a way that successful completion of the project is cost effective and feasible. Aims, outputs and outcomes should be measurable and likely to be achieved within the timeframe. Applicants should effectively anticipate difficulties and threats whilst considering alternative solutions.
- Innovation & Originality: Proposals should explore concepts, challenge existing paradigms that are applied in a new way, and/or employ innovative methodologies to improve an outcome. They should not significantly overlap or duplicate projects that already exist. Potential duplications and/or overlaps should be explained.
- Budget: Requested funds should be justified and reasonable. They don’t normally fund overhead costs. Requests for travel costs should be clearly defined, planned and justified. Reasonable travel costs are allowable only if such costs are an integral part of the project.