An In-Kind Grant Could Be Just What You Need – Donations In-Kind and or Pro-Bono Services

What could be better than getting something that you thought you'd have to go out and buy? In-kind grants can be equipment a company provides to your organization.

The term pro bono originally applied to established professions such as medicine, the law, accounting, etc., pro bono publico work meant, literally, "for the public good" — and it was considered a duty of members of a profession to offer some part of their services at reduced fee or free to those in need.

Today, the use of the term has expanded to encompass any sort of volunteer service in which someone donates skills for which he or she would otherwise be paid. So if a web designer creates a web site for an organization at no charge, or a financial planner offers to give a lecture to your staff and community with proceeds going to your organization, that's pro bono service. 

GrantWatch includes many in-kind grants, some are from major companies like Best Buy and other well-known computer and technology companies.  In-kind grants and donations provide goods, and pro-bono services instead of cash. The process of applying for the grant is basically the same as with monetary grants. 

Goods awards can include tangible items such as computers, software, cars, clothing, furniture, books, supplies, and office equipment, for use by your organization or for special events like silent auctions and raffles. Goods may also be intangible, such as advertising, meeting space, photocopies, patents, royalties,and copyrights. Goods can range from brand new to used items. They can be surplus items or equipment that is even just loaned for a period of time. 

Another type of in-kind grant can be cash equivalents like gift certificates.

In-kind services are pro bono professional services donated by groups such as corporations, small businesses, vendors, colleges, individual professionals or tradespeople. For example, your organization could be given training by an expert fundraiser, or a specific number of hours of professional development, accounting or legal services. 

What could be better than the gift of time? When a successful expert like the CEO of a financial planning company, an up and coming web designer or professional photographer offers their time and expertise, the recipients profit greatly, often more than they would have if they'd gotten the cash equivalent of that expert's time and services. 

GrantWatch posts in-kind donation grants that add great value for organizations and businesses fitting the granter's requirements. Two are listed below.

Grants and In-Kind Technical Support to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, 
and Agencies for Innovative Plastics Recycling Programs, Deadline: 1/31/19.

Grants and in-kind support to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, materials recovery facilities, and for-profit organizations to initiate a plastics recycling program in local communities throughout the country. Funding and technical assistance are intended to support the Funding Source's new innovative program, where difficult-to-recycle plastics are diverted from landfills and converted into reusable materials.

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible States
to Establish Technology Centers for Teens
, Deadline: 2/1/19

Grants of up to $50,000 and in-kind services to California, Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Kansas, and Missouri nonprofit organizations in eligible cities to help establish technology centers and programs for teenagers. Funding is intended to support community-based organizations that have an existing after-school teen program and a commitment to serving youth in underserved communities. 

The mission is to provide a fun, interactive learning space where teens explore technology to discover new interests, collaborate with one another, and prepare for the future. 

 

Many corporations and businesses prefer to provide in-kind support, so, if your funding request has options for in-kind support, this may be a great way to start a relationship with a corporate funder. Look for a match between what you need and a company's products.

It's important to note, in-kind gifts must be accounted for differently than cash for tax purposes, so be sure to consult a tax expert.

 

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Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Grant Awarded to JED Foundation

Getting back to school after a break can trigger feelings of anxiety and stress for many teens and young adults. When one is able to shake off those feelings after a day or two, it's normal, but when those feelings are profound and continue for weeks or months, it's best to seek assistance and learn coping methods to avoid a downward spiral leading to feelings of hopelessness and despair. 

Approximately half of all young adults with a mental health condition are not receiving adequate treatment, and mental health support tends to be underfunded among even the best colleges and universities. Untreated, mental health issues and the consequences of bullying can lead to suicidal thoughts and feelings, and in more and more cases, to suicide itself.  

The Suicide Prevention Coalition states suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between 10 and 24 years old and results in approximately 5,000 deaths a year in the U.S. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.

About 30% of those who attempt suicide tell someone before, so if you know or suspect that someone might be suicidal, there's a good chance that you can help.

  • When some talks to you, that is the moment for intervention
  • With each suicide attempt, risk of suicide increases.

Your organization can locate grants for mental health and suicide prevention programs in the GrantWatch.com database. 

The JED Foundation is a national nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, equips teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults; and encourages community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

 The JED Foundation was recently awarded a grant for $300,000 by the US HBC Foundation to expand JED Campus, efforts in partnering with colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programming and systems.  Some JED programs include: JED Campus, Settogo.org, Ulifeline.org, Halfofus.com and Loveislouder.com.

The U.S. HBC Foundation, the charitable arm of Hudson’s Bay Company, announced their $6 million (CAD) commitment to mental health initiatives across North America by 2021. The HBC Foundation is dedicated to making mental health a priority in every community by increasing understanding and improving access to care.

The grant will establish the HBC Foundation Campus Scholarship Fund to support JED Campus – a nationwide initiative designed to help guide colleges and universities through assessing and building upon their existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. 

The Fund will enable JED to increase their reach by over half a million students, working with more colleges and universities nationwide to invest in mental health resources and substance abuse programming. In addition to supporting these schools, JED Campus also brings the importance of mental health to the forefront of national attention. 

“We are incredibly grateful to receive HBC’s generosity and support,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director and CEO of The Jed Foundation. “Their gift will help us work with more campuses to help develop and implement plans to better support the well-being of their students by strengthening their policies, programs and systems around mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention.”

The HBC Foundation first announced the launch of the HBC Foundation Campus Scholarship Fund at a Get With The Times event on Thursday, November 29th, 2018. Get With The Times is The New York Times’s live event series that explores provocative issues college students face today. Hosted at Tufts University in Boston, the HBC Foundation awarded its first scholarship to the Tufts campus. The event also featured a conversation with five-time NBA All-Star and champion, Kevin Love, and Sports of The Times columnist, Juliet Macur, about Love’s personal mental health journey.

Suicide Risk Factors

Risk factors are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take their life.

Health Factors

  • Mental health conditions
    • Depression
    • Substance use problems
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Schizophrenia
    • Personality traits of aggression, mood changes and poor relationships
    • Conduct disorder
    • Anxiety disorders
  • Serious physical health conditions including pain
  • Traumatic brain injury

Environmental Factors

  • Access to lethal means including firearms and drugs
  • Prolonged stress, such as harassment, bullying, relationship problems or unemployment
  • Stressful life events, like rejection, divorce, financial crisis, other life transitions or loss
  • Exposure to another person’s suicide, or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of suicide

Historical Factors

  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Family history of suicide
  • Childhood abuse, neglect or trauma

Here are some suggestions. 

1.   Take it seriously, even if your friend brushes it off. Suicidal ideation (continual suicidal thoughts) is not typical, and it reflects a larger problem.
2. Do not leave the person alone.
3. Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
4. Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.
5.  Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
6.  Ask, listen, tell, if the threat is immediate stay with the person.
7.    Bring friend to a trusted adult. If they don’t know what to do or don’t take it seriously find another adult.
8.    Be a good listener but remember that having suicidal thoughts reflects a bigger underlying problem such as depression, substance problems, abuse, or problem-solving difficulties. You can listen, but they need to speak to a professional.

    Other places to reach out to for help:

    Crisis Text Line: Text Home to 741741 for a confidential text conversation any time of the day or night. 

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time.

    Tevor Lifeline provides suicide prevention counselling and assistance for the LGBTQ community. Tel: 866-488-7386. 

    The International Association for Suicide Prevention or Befrienders Worldwide have resources and numbers to call in different countries around the world for assistance. 

    Find grants for mental health and suicide prevention programs in the GrantWatch.com database. 

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    Research Grants to Prevent Drug Abuse and the Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports

    Substance abuse in our communities and especially in sports is a major problem.

    Grantmakers, nonprofits, small businesses and individual researchers can do much to eliminate substance abuse in our communities. 

    The class of drugs known as anabolic steroids are legally available only by prescription and are prescribed to treat a variety of conditions that cause a loss of lean muscle mass.

    Anabolic steroids (anabolic-androgenic steroids) are synthetic versions of the male hormone testosterone that help the body metabolize ingested proteins and facilitate the synthesis of skeletal muscle. They also delay fatigue and may create a feeling of euphoria. These substances can be natural or artificially produced. 

    From high school level to Olympic and professional athletes, steroid use was prohibited due to the unfair advantage it gives to athletes due to the performance enhancing effects of these drugs, but in addition, they've become an even more serious problem due to the dangerous side effects and health risks involved with taking them. 

    In January 2005, the Anabolic Steroid Control Act was amended with the Controlled Substance Act making possession of anabolic steroids and prohormones (a precursor to a hormone) a federal crime.

    Despite criminalization of non-medical use of anabolic steroids and evidence that using them can cause many serious health problems, some athletes continue to use them to build muscle mass, increase their speed and be able to withstand grueling workout schedules and continue playing despite pain and injuries.

    Even with a prescription, use of anabolic steroids is banned by all major sports associations including the Olympics, the NBA, the NHL, and the NFL. In addition, steroids are highly addictive and coming off them must be done gradually, with caution, to avoid severe, possibly life threatening consequences. 

    Steroids are taken in either pill form or injections. The most common dosing is done in cycles of weeks or months, with a short break between. This is called "cycling," other methods include "stacking" which refers to the use of several different types of steroids at the same time and "pyramiding," which involves slowly increasing the number, the amount, or the frequency of steroids to reach a peak and then gradually tapering the amount and frequency of the drug. 

    Doses taken by steroid abusers are often 10 to 100 times higher than the what would be medically prescribed for legitimate use. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) maintains an extensive list of all banned performance-enhancing substances.

    Some organizations and agencies are seeking to find a solution to the use of drugs by athletes by offering research grants to eligible academics and researchers.

    Projects which enhance knowledge surrounding (suspected or known) performance enhancing substances, provide reference materials, collect and test samples from critical populations, or justify/impact anti-doping policies are excellent candidates for the grant listed below.

    Grants to USA, Canada, and International Investigators for Short-Term Research Projects to Prevent Drug Use in Sports

    Grants of up to $75,000 to USA, Canada, and International researchers to complete a short-term (less than 6 months) research project that works towards solving an acute anti-doping problem or prepares for a larger-scale project. Projects could include expanding knowledge on performance enhancing substances, providing reference materials, or collecting and testing samples from critical populations.

    Projects eligible for micro-grant funding will satisfy the following guidelines:
    – The applicant seeks to solve an acute anti-doping problem or gather preliminary data for a larger scale grant.
    – The research does not require IRB approval, or IRB approval has been obtained ahead of applying for a micro-grant.
    – The application is not designed to supplement existing funds from a primary funder. If this organization is not the sole funder of the project, the rationale behind seeking multiple funding sources must be provided within the application. 
    – The project’s investigators represent a single institution. If investigators from multiple institutions wish to collaborate on a Micro-Grant, a letter of support or cooperation from the secondary institution must accompany the application. 
     

    Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits for Projects and Research on HGH and Performance-Enhancing Substances, deadline: 5/3/19

    Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations for projects in the areas of outreach, education, science, and research that investigate medical uses or the health repercussions of using human growth hormone, steroids, or other performance-enhancing drugs or substances. In 2015, the Fund provided a grant of $115,000. Although multi-year grants are not awarded, applicants are eligible to apply each year.

    Health Risks 

    There are many health risks from the use and abuse of anabolic steroids, some are gender specific, while others effect both sexes. Troubling gender specific effects have been found. These include: For men: infertility, breast development, shrinking of the testicles, male-pattern baldness and severe acne and cysts, while women develop deeper voices, excessive growth of body hair, male-pattern baldness, severe acne and cysts.

    Other Effects include delayed growth in adolescents, tendon rupture, increased heart and blood pressure problems, (cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks, enlarged left ventricle), cancer, jaundice, fluid retention, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and emotional and psychological effects such as rage and aggression (commonly referred to as “roid rage”), mania and delusions. Withdrawal symptoms can also be acute. They include mood swings, depression, fatigue and irritability, loss of appetite, insomnia, and aggression. Depression can even lead to suicide attempts, if untreated.

    Search for grants on GrantWatch and MWBEzone. New grant listings are posted daily to the database. For more information contact support@grantwatch.com or call 561-249-4129.

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    How Can Grants Help You or Your Organization?

    Unlike loans, grants are essentially “free money" that never needs to be repaid. Whether you're an individual, a business, or a nonprofit, there can be grants out there that can help you with the funding you need to meet your basic needs or advance to the next level.

    Getting a grant requires preparation, planning and following through, but grants allow many people to pursue projects and go after goals they wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to achieve. Grants are generally categorized by type and who is eligible. 

    Applicants need to meet the criteria for what the grant makers are looking to fund.  Some grants might fall under a number of categories at the same time, such as disaster relief aid for schools, or grants for day care, stem, arts programs, after care and health care for underprivileged populations.

    Here are some popular categories and some opportunities. 

    Social Programs and Education Oriented Grants

    Grants support many other social programs, such as environmental improvement projects, literacy centers and helping people with disabilities. Many corporations invest funds in such programs at home or abroad, as the Chronicle of Philanthropy website says. Often a program must have nonprofit status, be a government institution, or be affiliated with a school to receive such a grant. These grants help communities to grow stronger and take care of those in need of assistance.  

    Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Communities for Summer Reading Programs and Environmental Education, Deadline: 01/31/19

    Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible states and counties for reading and educational programs for K-12 children. Funding is intended to support programming to prevent summer reading loss for K-3 children as well as to promote K-12 instruction of environmental, engineering, and energy-related subjects. Counties in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina that are served by the Foundation are eligible to apply.

    Emergency Preparedness Homeland and National Security Grants

    With security issues as they are, and disasters unfortunately being so frequent, preparedness is of top priority. These grants allow towns, cities, schools and community centers, faith-based organizations and other entities to prepare for emergencies. Funds may support training and equipment that facilitate preparedness, or pay the salaries of emergency workers. Such grants help communities to stay safe and give people a sense of security.

    Grants for Disaster Relief 

    These grants allow individuals and communities to recover following floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, acts of war and other natural disasters, airplane and train crashes. Such grants assist impacted individuals, communities, schools and more. 

    Grants to Improving Facilities – Capital Funding

    Some grants help schools, nonprofits and other entities to improve their facilities when they don't have the funds to complete repairs and renovations on their own. Grants often provide funds for rebuilding or renovating damaged structures, weatherproofing buildings, making structures more environmentally friendly, or adding additional structures to serve the needs of a growing population. These are often called capital campaigns or capital funding. 

    Education and Technology Grants

    Some grants provide funds for technology, books and other crucial materials in schools and community centers, as well as professional development for teachers, or for students to go to college or for adults to go back to school. Others provide funds to enrichment programs like summer camps to support economically disadvantaged children who wish to participate. 

    Competitions and Research Grants

    Numerous grants for environmental and health concerns from associations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSH), the USDA and other institutions support groundbreaking academic research. Others are available through academic institutions and state utilities like electric or gas companies. Through this funding, researchers learn how to overcome diseases, environmental ills, social disparities and other major concerns. Some researchers use grants to travel to study in other countries to learn from them or find out the different problems and conditions there that need to be addressed . Institutions of higher education depend on research and research grants to develop and maintain reputations for excellence in scholarship.  

    Prizes to USA, Canada, and International Students and Professionals for Designing an Energy Efficient Building: Deadline: 1/28/19

    Prizes of up to $25,000 to USA, Canada, and International architects, urban planners, engineers, landscape architects, designers, and students for designing an energy efficient recreation center on a California university campus. All applicants must first register before the final deadline. The purpose of this competition is to demonstrate and promote net-zero energy building projects.

    Grants for Arts and Culture

    Grants fund artistic endeavors as well, supporting visionary projects that may help people to see the world from a new perspective. The National Endowment for the Arts and many foundations provide such funding. Like research grants, these sources of funding help colleges and universities build their reputations, and students and professors advance.  

    Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible States 
    for Arts, Education, Health, and Environment,
    Deadline: 4/01/2019 

    Grants starting at $50,000 to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, and Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for projects, operating, and capital support that will benefit underserved communities. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Focus areas include arts and culture, education, the environment, health, and welfare. Collaboration and joint applications that bridge two or more areas of interest are encouraged.

    GrantWatch.com can help you find grants in these and other categories. 

     

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    Four Reasons to Apply for A Small Grant

    When looking for a grant, it's only natural to look for as large a monetary sum as possible, but that's not always the best approach to take. Smaller grants might be easier to find and win, especially if you're a small nonprofit or business just starting out. Sure you need lots of capital to fund your new venture, but sometimes several smaller, more specific grants can supply the funding you need while you learn the ropes and develop relationships with funders.  

    At GrantWatch.com, we list grants of all sizes for nonprofits, small business and individuals. We are here to tell you: 

    Don't overlook the impact of small grants.

    There are 4 things to remember about small grants: size is relative, small grants can be powerful, and small grants are comparable to large grants.

    1. The size of the grant is relative. The size of your organization will determine how large the grant really is. A grassroots organization or a start-up might see a $5,000 grant as sizeable. Sometimes, a small, flexible spending grant can be easier to manage than a large grant with many stipulations. The size of the grant can also be relative to where you are located. $5,000 may go further in Kansas than New York City.

    2.  Small grants can provide non-financial supports like contacts or capacity building. Once you prove yourself to grant funders and foundations with small grants, getting larger ones will be much easier. 

    3. Small grants can be powerful. They can enable innovation. While they may not be able to fund the entirety of a new program, they could help you buy a computer or two, get supplies you need, pay your utilities for a few months, or acquire new technology or training. Small grants can raise awareness of bigger issues. For instance, a small grant to health and human services could specify eligibility for runaway youth services, bringing to light the issue of homeless youth. Further programming and development could work to meet these needs. 

    4. Small grants are comparable to large grants. Despite the size of the grant, the grants management process is the same. For instance, awarded grants are often monitored. Also, a small grant can be an anchor for larger funding and growth in the future. And, no organization would be unappreciative of a grant. Any amount of funding is better than no funding at all.

    Keep these things in mind while you search GrantWatch.com for your organization’s funding needs. We have both large and small grants. Use the green chat box to start a conversation with one of our grant specialists and receive lists of grants by area of interest. Or, search for grants yourself by using our categories listed to the right of the homepage. 

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    Disaster Relief Doesn’t End When the News Moves On

    Can you name all the hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires of the past season? Thank G-d, many barely reach our radars – or the hurricane storm tracker radar – but others are remembered, with relief efforts continuing, for many years to come. 

    When disasters make the news and are fresh in our memories, the collective conscious and conscience, donations pour in, but often don't reach all those in need, and are just a start of all the funds required to rebuild towns, cities and countries, long after the reporters and most volunteers have packed up and gone home.

    Grants for disaster relief can be found on GrantWatch.com. Here are three of them:

    Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to 
    Support Volunteer Staff Providing Community Services, 1/30/19

    Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs to support volunteer staff members carrying out a broad range of community services. National applicants must consult with state commissions prior to applying. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take at least three to four weeks to complete. 

    Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Counties 
    to Assist Individuals Affected by Hurricane Maria, 12/28/18.

    Grants to New York nonprofit community organizations and government agencies in eligible communities to assist individuals who have migrated from Puerto Rico or are unemployed or underemployed due to Hurricane Maria. Funding is intended to provide job readiness and career development services, outreach and enrollment activities, employment access, follow-up services, and supportive services to the target population.

    Grants to USA School Libraries in Multiple States to Recover from Natural Disasters, Ongoing

    Grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to USA public school libraries in multiple states that have been affected by a natural disaster. Funding is available to help libraries in PreK-12 schools replace and restore collections, equipment, and media. In addition to the regular grants program, a limited number of catastrophic grants of $50,000 will be issued to schools that have experienced significant damage or loss of library materials.

    For over a year, Arkansas Pass citizens have been hard at work rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey destroyed their homes, businesses and public buildings. Harvey wasn’t expected to cause such devastation to this coastal bend Texas town, over 20 miles from Corpus Christi. Nevertheless, Landmark Apostolic Pentecostal Church lost their building, which housed the sanctuary, offices, a day care center and gymnasium. They canceled church the Sunday the hurricane hit but were back to preach and commune together the next Sunday, just six days later. Pastor William Riley said, “We were getting ready to add on to the building, so we had some money saved dedicated for that, but instead, it’s been used to clean up the site, demolish the building, and rent a tent, so we could continue to meet right away.”

    “It was amazing to see the military presence, army, troopers, police and national guard came. There was no power for two to three weeks. We had to drive 20 to 30 miles to Corpus Christi to get any provisions we needed like food and gas." 

    "We just pushed forward. Singing, playing music, preaching, when we’re in that tent you can hear us for a country mile.”

    “The office was blown apart. Paper work was all gone. The storm surge came in and around from the back side of the property and destroyed it all.”

    They’ve had church in a tent for over a year now, in makeshift accommodations. The gymnasium, 'phase one' in their recovery efforts, is due to be completed. “We’re putting in 10 to 18 hours a day to finish phase one. We still need light fixtures, electrical, framing, sheetrock, metal studs, insulation and such.”

    Next, they’ll get to work on the Lighthouse Learning Center Day Care and finally on a new sanctuary and offices, but the money’s already run out. They’ve gotten some donations, but most of their community was so hard hit their members need help themselves.

    Apparently, since Hurricane Rita, all the big insurance companies dropped wind and storm damage coverage. The policy they got through the state, only covered half the value of the property plus all the repairs, when the insurance payment finally came through. They got a loan from SBA and met with 5-6 FEMA representatives. "They didn’t give us anything, even though we had a day care.  I’d have to hire a full-time staff just to get through the re-tape and requirements they set. It was just not workable.  We paid for everything out of our savings and the associate pastor, my family and I have been doing all the work ourselves.”  People were out of work, many businesses were destroyed including Riley’s own, supplying dump-trucks, back hoes, tools and heavy equipment. It all got salt water damage. 

    The day care, which should be back up and running in January, should generate some income and bring a few jobs back to the community, but they don’t know where the rest of the funding will come from, so they’ve started looking for grants.   

    In the past the Florida Irma Emergency Flood Relief Fund raised money on YouHelp.com. Let's Build 100 Homes in Puerto Rico and the citizens of  South West Georgia have current crowdfunding campaigns on YouHelp. There communities were some of the hardest hit by hurricanes. Many have lost everything, but all have been dramatically affected by lack of access to food, water, and power. Donations help provide much needed supplies to children and families to their fulfill basic needs. 

    Find grants on GrantWatch.com for disaster relief and a host of other categories, or  Donate to Disaster  Assistance campaigns on YouHelp.com.

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    Home Depot Foundation Committing $500 Million to Veteran Causes by 2025

    The booming construction industry could be bursting through the roof if we had enough skilled laborers to fill all the positions available. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there's a chronic shortage of skilled laborers in this sector in the U.S. made acute by the need to rebuild or build new homes due to natural disasters over the past few years.  

    The Home Depot Foundation recently committed to increase their 2018 natural disaster relief aid for hurricane, flood and wildfire recovery to $4.8 million, with up to $500,000 going towards California wildfire relief, and $50 million towards training 20,000 tradespeople over the next 10 years to relieve the chronic shortage of skilled laborers in the construction sector.

    Thousands of skilled laborers are still needed in Houston, Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and as the smoke settles, the need will be great in California and Arizona as well.  

    The chronic shortage is not only due to natural disasters. Fewer and fewer young people have been choosing to go into traditional construction industry and skilled labor positions or into new technological versions of them. According to the BLS, as of March 2018, 158,000 jobs were unfilled in the sector. They project the total employment number of construction laborers will increase 10.5% by 2026. 

    The problem is not just a shortage, but that workers don’t live in the areas where the jobs are, and many can’t afford to travel back and forth or relocate to fill the jobs available.

    Right now, by some estimations, the U.S. is losing billions of dollars-worth of revenue opportunities a year in this sector due to the lack of skilled workers, according to a Fox News report. 

    The Home Depot Foundation, has already begun training newly released members of the military, veterans, at-risk youth and residents of the Atlanta Westside community through programs with the Home Builders Institute.  

    Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation said in a statement, "We're thrilled to train 20,000 next-generation plumbers, electricians, carpenters and beyond. It's a true honor to welcome our first classes of separating soldiers as they transition to civilian life and into successful careers in the trades."

    “The Home Depot Foundation has been supporting veteran causes since 2011 and recently completed its commitment to invest $250 million, but we’re not stopping there,” said Home Depot chairman, CEO and president Craig Menear. “We’re committing another $250 million by 2025 bringing our total investment to half a billion.”

    Through partnerships with national and local nonprofits, the foundation completed its quarter billion- dollar commitment two years early, resulting in improvements to more than 40,000 veterans’ homes and facilities since the original pledge was made. The organization will continue to work with nonprofits including Volunteers of America, Semper Fi Fund and Gary Sinise Foundation and many others, to end veteran homelessness, perform critical home repairs for senior veterans and serve critically wounded veterans.

    “Giving back to our nation’s heroes is a part of our DNA at The Home Depot,” said Gerber. “We’re proud to partner with the best nonprofits in the nation to solve veteran issues and serve our servicemen and women who dedicated their lives to our country and sacrificed so much.”

    The foundation has expanded on a pilot trades program successfully launched in Ft. Stewart, Georgia and Ft. Bragg, North Carolina in 2017, for newly released military personnel in partnership with HBI – a nonprofit dedicated to providing education, career development, and training which also offers job placement services for the building industry. 

    Their free 12-week pre-apprenticeship certification program, recognized by the Labor Department, has a job placement rate of more than 90% and is expanding to more military bases nationwide, according to Home Depot.

    "HBI has a 50-year history of training individuals with the skills they need to succeed in the building industry. Our program prepares men and women for high-growth careers in the industry after leaving military service," HBI CEO John Courson said in a statement. "With 200,000 service members separating from the military every year, our partnership with The Home Depot Foundation enables us to serve more veterans across the country."

    Home Depot also said the foundation is establishing an advanced level trades training program in partnership with the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia for residents of Atlanta’s Westside, which will expand training support to the broader veteran community and underserved high schools across America.

    Fox Business reported, even many six figure jobs in the construction sector are going unfilled. However, 50% of companies reported having a difficult time filling both craft and salaried worker positions. Over the coming year, 53% of companies told the AGC that they expect to continue struggling to find qualified applicants. These challenges come despite the fact that 60% of firms reported increasing base pay to retain or recruit professionals and 36% provided incentives and bonuses toward the same end.

    “The general population doesn’t know how rewarding and profitable [construction jobs can be],” Stephen Mulva, director of the Construction Industry Institute (CII), told Fox Business. 

    Some of the positions that can lead to six figure salaries include welders, foremen and even some craft professionals, like instrument techs and crane operators, Mulva said.

    Steve Green, vice president of the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER), agreed that craft professionals are earning six-figure incomes once you add in per diem, overtime, bonuses and incentives. 

    Another one of the big problems, Mulva pointed out, is the nature of construction jobs, which often require regular travel. “The workers are almost like nomads right now … that’s a real deterrent to people getting into it,” he said.

    Mulva also feels that the need for frequent travel could be changing in the near future. The sector will be undergoing a “revolution” in order to overcome industry-wide challenges. This could involve shifting more work to prefabricated parts, with more sections of projects built in advance in one location and then shipped to the final destination, eliminating the need for workers to travel or live for long period far from home. Mulva predicts only one-sixth of workers will eventually work on the actual job site. 

    "We want to bring shop class back, from coast-to-coast,” said Gerber, and train students in elementary school through high school.

    The new era of training will focus on more technologically based construction and skilled labor jobs in automation, logistics, and digitizing the construction industry. 

    Veterans, nonprofit organizations, school districts, and community-based groups frustrated by the often-overwhelming process involved with searching for vocational training and workforce development grants in all sectors can identify funding opportunities that are easy to read and simple to comprehend at GrantWatch.comSign-up to receive the weekly GrantWatch newsletter which features geographic-specific funding opportunities. 

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    Bullying Prevention Programs Reduce Bullying and Future Mental Health Issues

    Bullying is not a harmless rite of passage, it is a public health issue which has far-reaching effects on adult health, wealth, criminality and social relationships,” says Professor Dieter Wolke, of the University of Warwick.  

    First lady, Melania Trump brought the issue to national headlines this August when she attended a national summit on cyberbullying outside the nation's capital. She launched the "Be Best" initiative with the mission of  focusing on some of the major issues facing children today. The goal of the initiative is to encourage children to BE BEST in their individual paths, while also teaching them the importance of social, emotional, and physical health.

    BE BEST champions the many successful well-being programs that provide children with the tools and skills required for emotional, social, and physical health.  The campaign also promotes established organizations, programs, and people who are helping children overcome some of the issues they face growing up in the modern world.

    More than one out of every five students (20.8%) report being bullied, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics in 2016, but it's believed that one third or more of those bullied never tell any adults about their victimization or only discuss it years after it's ended. 

    Bullies and victims are separated into three categories: Those who are pure bullies, pure victims, and bullying-victims. Two thirds of students who are bullied go on to bully other students.  These students who are both targets of bullying and engage in bullying behavior are at greater risk for both mental health and behavior problems than students who only bully or are only bullied, according to the Center for Disease Control, 2017

    Both bullying and being bullied have long-lasting effects on both victims and perpetrators, and a number of recent studies show that there are also lasting effects for those who merely witness bullying. Being bullied or witnessing bullying can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. People often carry the negative effects of bullying with them through to adulthood.  

    Witnessing bullying without acting, the bystander effect, is disempowering and can lead to feelings of fear, guilt for not acting, powerlessness, helplessness, shame, anxiety, trust issues, and sometimes bystanders even wind up joining in the act of bullying.  

    It’s been found 57% of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied, according to a study by Hawkins, Pepler, & Craig, 2001. 

    “Being the repetitive target of bullying damages your ability to view yourself as a desirable, capable and effective individual,” explained Mark Dumbeck, PhD. 

    Those who are “pure victims” are 4.3 percent more likely than those not involved in bullying to suffer from anxiety. Those who are victims and also sometimes bully others in childhood are 4.8 percent more likely than those not involved in bullying to suffer from depression, with male “bully victims” 18.5 times more likely than those not involved in bullying to commit suicide.  

    Effects of Bullying:

    Mental Health effects include: feeling left out, anxious, afraid, insecure, low self-esteem, depressed, withdrawn, isolated, aggressive, angry, vengeful, despairing and rejected. 

    Physical effects include: health complaints including stomach aches, changes in appetite, weight loss or gain, changes in sleep patterns, headaches, grades drop, drug or alcohol use, sexual activity, cutting, dropping out of school or decreased academic achievement and school participation, social issues, avoiding friends and activities, difficulty making friends, quietness, post-traumatic stress, anti-social behaviors, assaultive, suicidal thoughts or actions, homicidal.  

    School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25 percent, according to a study by McCallion & Feder, 2013.  

    There are grants available that address issues related to bullying in the US, Canada and internationally. Here are two. 

    Grants to California K-12 Local Education Agencies for Truancy 
    and Dropout Prevention Programs for High-Risk Students
    , Deadline: 1/23/2019

    Grants to California K-12 school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education for programs to reduce school absenteeisim and dropout rates. An Intent to Submit must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support initiatives that keep at-risk students in school such as social-emotional teaching strategies, culturally responsive approaches, extracurricular activities, bullying prevention education, and community-based family, health, and developmental services rendered on school premises.

    Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Education,
    Social Service, Economic Development, and Environmental Programs
    :
    Deadline: Ongoing

    Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for charitable programs and projects that focus on the areas of education, social services, community and economic development, and the environment. The funding source considers requests for operating, program, capital, or endowment support.

     

    When bystanders defend victims of bullying, they feel empowered and better about themselves, and their beliefs in their “social self-efficacy” were negatively associated with passive behavior from bystanders – i.e. if students believe they can make a difference, they’re more likely to act, according to an NIH study by Thornberg et al, 2012.  

    Students who experience bullying report that allying and supportive actions from their peers (such as spending time with the student, talking to him/her, helping him/her get away, or giving advice) were the most helpful actions from bystanders, researchers Davis & Nixon found in 2010. 

    They also found that students who experience bullying are more likely to find peer actions helpful than actions by educators or their own.

    What can you do about bullying?

    • Make it clear to children and teens that they are allowed to intervene. This can be speaking to the bully directly or telling someone in a position of authority. They should make sure they are safe, but do what they can to help someone in need.
    • Children, teens and even adults need to know that telling someone is not tattling. It’s important to tell someone: If you are bullied or see someone being bullied, ask a teacher, parent, the principal, or even a friend for help in stopping the bully.
    • Don’t ignore it: It’s been found that the worst thing to do when faced with a bully is to ignore the problem.
    • Don’t shame or blame the victim, minimize the bullying behavior, or tell the victim to just ignore the bullying.
    • Spend time with them.
    • Talk to them.
    • Help them get away.
    • Call them.
    • Offer them advice.
    • Help them tell someone about the bullying.
    • Distract them to get their mind off it.
    • Let them talk about it.
    • Tell an adult
    • Confront the bully
    • Ask the bully to stop.

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    Collaborations Yield Results Leading to Advances in Sustainability

    How do we lower our carbon footprint and make the most of our resources? Every day, farmers, ranchers, educators, researchers and innovators around the world, are working together to answer these questions, developing new strategies to produce and distribute food, fuel, and fiber in a sustainable manner. 

    Sustainability experts look for projects that embrace:

    1. Profitability over the long term
    2. Stewardship of our nation’s land, air and water
    3. Quality of Life for farmers, ranchers and their communities. 

    Sustainable agriculture grants found on GrantWatch and MWBEzone include grants for research and education, professional development programs, farmer and rancher on-farm experiments, community development, and the environment

    Since its inception in 1988, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Nationwide (SARE), has funded more than 6,700 projects, with the mission to advance innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life.  SARE, a brainchild of the University of Maryland invests in groundbreaking research and education that will benefit the entire country.

    Grant recipient, farmer Dan Forgey, manager of the Cronin Farms in Gettysburg South Dakota, worked together with South Dakota State University researcher Dwayne Beck, to find ways to improve soil quality. 

    Forgey was awarded a grant to improve soil health through no-till rotation. This increased crop yields-sustainably, with less fertilizers and herbicides. In addition to the no-till rotations, he diversified, increasing from six crops to 12.

    No-till not only makes farming more efficient—it saves time and uses less on labor, equipment and fuel—it has created better yields, even in years of below-average rainfall. “It’s all about soil health,” Forgey says. “With no-till we make use of the carbon to help make organic matter.”

    With the grant he received, he conducted trials with cover crop mixes and identified a formula that would work with his system in his region. He is now using cover crops on hundreds of acres, grows grains, oilseed crops and forages for his 750-head-cow-calf operation, and is teaching his neighbors how to do the same. “The longer we are in no-till, the more benefits we see,” Forgey says. Crop production is up 30% using less fertilizer and herbicide.

    Forgey’s overall goal is to build soil health naturally and rely less on manmade inputs. “This is what the country needs,” he says. “Between cover crops and no-till we are doing things to better the soil nature’s way.” No-till not only decreases erosion, it has increased the land’s organic matter 1.3 percent in 10 years. Cover crops are beginning to increase the biological diversity of the soil and help keep nutrients out of local waterways.

    As a result of using these methods, Forgey has increased profitability, decreased the use of additional resources such as water, decreased the use of pesticides and herbicides, increased production on the farm he manages and has helped professor Beck and the South Dakota State University and organizations such as the USDA, SARE, NRCS, and the Soil Health Institute to better understand and educate the public on sustainability and how to achieve the best outcomes in the field. 

    Some innovative new practices, and some return to old ways, have been made possible by collaborative grants in sustainable agriculture: no-till rotations and cover crops, higher yields for organic farms using less pesticides and herbicides, season extension through the use of solar energy and other innovations, new water conservation methods, and energy independent farms.

     

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    Organizations Can Apply for Grants and Donations Prior to 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status Through a Fiscal Sponsor

    According to the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors (NNFS), fiscal sponsorship has evolved as an effective and efficient method of applying for grants, starting new nonprofits, seeding social movements, and delivering public services. 

    Fiscal sponsorship refers to a legal arrangement in which a nonprofit organization agrees to accept and administer funds for another entity with a parallel mission. That entity can be another nonprofit, but often doesn’t yet have the legal tax-exempt status. By partnering with a fiscal sponsor, a charitable project can seek and receive tax-exempt contributions right away without having to establish a new independent organizational infrastructure or apply for 501(c)3 status. The fiscal sponsor provides fiduciary services including governance, funds management and other necessary administrative supports to projects with social impact missions in alignment with their own.

    In 2012,  an advisory committee to the IRS Tax-Exempt Organizations office recommended fiscal sponsorship as an alternative to the increasing number of nonprofit corporations being formed and seeking 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. And in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as it had after Katrina, the IRS recommended use of existing organizations for community relief efforts, rather than forming new organizations. 

    Any nonprofit agency deemed an exempt public charity by the IRS can be a fiscal sponsor for a nonexempt community project. The fiscal sponsor must have been awarded its tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and have a legally binding agreement with the project. With that agreement, charitable contributions are given to the fiscal sponsor, which then grants them to support the cause. Being able to claim these contributions as tax-deductions encourages potential donors to support these valuable community projects.

    Fiscal sponsors "have the ability to receive charitable contributions for specific projects, the infrastructure to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws and adequate internal controls to ensure that the funds will be used for the intended charitable purposes,"  according to a recent IRS report. Only nonprofits whose executive leadership and boards of directors are fully aware of the obligations and liabilities they legally assume should agree to be fiscal sponsors. 

    This is an example of a fiscal sponsorship grant organized by a faith based fiscal sponsor group.

    Other fiscal sponsors can be found on the Fiscal Sponsorship Directory.

    Fiscal sponsors generally charge an administrative fee based on a percentage of the budget of the sponsored organization or program.  These fees can range based on the services that are provided and the complexity of grants to be administered.

    According to attorney Gregory L. Colvin in his transformational book, Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right, there are several models of fiscal sponsorship.  Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right

     Models of Fiscal Sponsorship

    Fiscal sponsorship can be practiced under various models approved by the IRS. The two most-frequently used models are comprehensive fiscal sponsorship and pre-approved grant relationship fiscal sponsorship.

    Comprehensive Fiscal Sponsorship

    In a comprehensive fiscal sponsorship relationship, the fiscally-sponsored project becomes a program of the fiscal sponsor, and is a fully integrated part of the fiscal sponsor that maintains all legal and fiduciary responsibility for the sponsored project, including its employees and activities. This model of fiscal sponsorship is particularly valuable when a project has employees.

    Pre-Approved Grant Relationship Fiscal Sponsorship

    In a Pre-Approved Grant Relationship Sponsorship, the fiscally-sponsored project does not become a program belonging to the sponsor but is a separate entity responsible for managing its own tax reporting and liability issues.  In addition, the sponsor does not necessarily maintain ownership of any part of the results of the project’s work—ownership rights may be addressed in the fiscal sponsor agreement and could potentially result in some form of joint ownership.  The sponsor simply assures that the project will use the grant funds received to accomplish the ends described in the grant proposal. This is the model of fiscal sponsorship primarily used in the arts.

    Using a fiscal sponsor satisfies IRS requirements as long as the fiscal sponsor maintains the right to decide how it will use contributions. Programs seeking sponsorship should be aware of this and be sure that the fiscal sponsor they choose is truly solid and in a position to take them on.

    Since most grantmakers give to organizations, not individuals, fiscal sponsorship may help you qualify for more funding opportunities, enabling you to fund and start your project sooner. 

    Please take all necessary precautions because there have been cases where fiscal sponsors have gone into deficit or gone bankrupt, bringing the projects down with them. Fiscal sponsors should have insurance in place that will ensure that they are able to pay the funds due to those they sponsor should something happen to them.  

    Fiscal sponsorships allow programs to be eligible for foundation grants and other grants they need . Find grants on GrantWatch.com. For more information contact support@grantwatch.com. 

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