Foundation Grants List 9/2/2020

Grant Recommendations

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.

Scherman Foundation’s Core Fund for Environment – United States

Deadline: 31-Dec-20

Donor: Scherman Foundation

Grant Type: Grant

Grant-size: $10,000 to $100,000

Countries/Regions: United States

Areas: Environment

Applicants are now invited to submit applications for the Scherman Foundation’s Core Fund Environment Program 2020.

The Foundation’s Core Fund Environment Program supports a variety of organizations seeking to protect the natural and human environment and to create a sustainable future. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: energy and climate, marine preservation, clean drinking water, and urban sustainability (targeted primarily in the New York City region).

In addition to efforts focused directly on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by curtailing the use of fossil fuels, increasing efficiency, and encouraging renewable technologies, the Foundation funds related mitigation and adaptation efforts in the areas of suburban sprawl, mass transit, green jobs, and bio-diversity. Because people experience and understand national and global environmental issues, including climate change, most palpably and deeply through local manifestations—in the loss or change of a local habitat, the health effects of a local coal-fired power plant, or through the creation of local high-tech/green jobs—the Foundation has emphasized efforts that mobilize residents to identify and advocate for community-initiated sustainable advances. Climate adaptation is a growing interest of the Foundation.

Recognizing that solid scientific, technological, policy, and economic analysis is a necessary, but not sufficient, driver of salutary environmental change, the Foundation supports public education, advocacy, and community organizing as critical strategies to broadly engage and mobilize the public. In particular, the Foundation supports grassroots organizing and leadership development, not only as an effective strategy to reach improved environmental outcomes, but also as a goal in-and-of-itself, based on the belief that a broadly active populace is critical to the creation of a just and healthy society and biosphere. 

The Foundation also focuses on the protection and mobilization of marginalized and low-income communities, as well as communities of color, recognizing that solving their environmental challenges drives society-wide environmental protection and sustainable innovation. In addition, the Foundation values legal and policy advocacy as a tool to leverage environmental gains.

Cities, with their high concentration of people, resources, and economic activity, create unique environmental challenges, but also offer unique opportunities to address climate change and other environmental concerns. The Foundation pays particular attention to New York City, working to improve its public transportation infrastructure, protect its drinking water supply and preserve and expand its parks and open green spaces, primarily in low-income neighborhoods.

The Foundation maintains its commitment to general operating support, especially to smaller neighborhood groups for whom the capacity to respond quickly and imaginatively to new opportunities and challenges is critical. For larger and policy-focused groups, and, in the case of collaborative campaigns, project-specific support may be appropriate.

Funding Information

General operating and project grants considered. Grants average $35,000 over two-years.

Core Fund Environment Program will not fund:

  • Land Conservation
  • Projects with a focus outside the U.S.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must be exempt from income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

For more information, visit http://scherman.org/programs/environment/core-fund/

Submit Applications for 2020 Core Fund Strengthening New York Communities Program (SNYC)

Deadline: 31-Dec-20

Donor: Scherman Foundation

Grant Type: Grant

Grant-size: $10,000 to $100,000

Countries/Regions: United States

Areas: Community Development

The Scherman Foundation is currently inviting applications for the Core Fund Strengthening New York Communities Program (SNYC).

The Foundation’s Core Fund Strengthening New York Communities Program (SNYC) focuses on strengthening New York City’s low-income communities, which, despite challenges and hardships, are a consistent source of the city’s vitality, resilience, and success. The Foundation believes that organized and active neighborhood residents are in the best position to identify problems and solutions, and to create long-term social justice outcomes. The Foundation therefore funds efforts that mobilize residents to identify and advocate for community-initiated solutions and policy changes. These efforts can address changes on multiple levels, from local and citywide to state and federal.

The Foundation prioritizes the support of neighborhood-based groups pursuing community organizing and advocacy strategies, through which limited Foundation dollars can be leveraged to achieve significant results. Community organizing brings people together to identify issues, shape an agenda, and take joint action. Organizing groups develop and train leaders, work to promote accountability, and bring about both personal transformation and systemic change. Advocacy provides significant leverage as it rallies public attention and action, bringing issues into the realm of public concern and affecting policy and systematic change. While advocacy may be carried out either by those directly affected or by others working on their behalf, the Foundation will give preference to advocacy efforts that involve grassroots leaders and activists, genuinely integrating them into decision-making.

The Foundation also supports policy reform organizations that provide neighborhood-based groups with assistance including: community planning, policy research and analysis, and advocacy skills. The Foundation supports legal advocacy and litigation efforts, either as stand-alone initiatives or integrated into a comprehensive strategy.

The Foundation maintains its commitment to general operating support, especially to smaller neighborhood groups for whom the capacity to respond quickly and imaginatively to new opportunities and challenges is critical. For larger and policy-focused groups, and in the case of collaborative campaigns, project-specific support may be appropriate.

Funding Information

General operating and project grants considered. Grants average $35,000 over two-years.

Core Fund SNYC will not fund:
 
  • Organizations that solely provide direct services
  • Projects focused outside New York City
  • Individuals
  • Annual or capital campaigns
  • Endowments
  • Conference

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must be exempt from income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

For more information, visit http://scherman.org/programs/strengthening-ny-communities/core-fund/

Apply Now for Scherman Foundation’s Core Fund for Reproductive Rights and Justice (United States)

Deadline: 31-Dec-20

Donor: Scherman Foundation

Grant Type: Grant

Grant-size: $10,000 to $100,000

Countries/Regions: United States

Areas: Human Rights

The Scherman Foundation is seeking applications for the 2020 Core Fund Reproductive Rights and Justice Program.

The Foundation believes that in order to be successful, the reproductive rights and justice movement will need to address and engage all women, especially those most disparately impacted by regressive policies, such as women of color and low-income women. To broaden and strengthen this movement, the program will support organizations seeking systemic and policy change using a variety of strategies.

Among those strategies, the Foundation will seek to support organizations and projects that include: advocacy efforts that authentically connect national policy with state/local organizing, leadership development that diversifies and strengthens the pipeline of new leaders, legal advocacy and litigation, and cross-sectional approaches that leverage skills and resources of new allies and constituencies.

Funding Information

General operating and project grants considered. Grants average $35,000 over two-years.

Core Fund’s Reproductive Rights and Justice Program will not fund:
 
  • Direct service
  • Research and publications not directly linked to policy outcomes
  • Projects outside the United States
  • Medical research
  • Scholarships or grants to individuals

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must be exempt from income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

For more information, visit http://scherman.org/programs/reproductive-rights-and-justice/