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Shelley Rood

AJFCA Washington Director

                           Monday, April 2, 2012 

Nonprofit Security Grant Program - April 4th Deadline

The deadline for submitting the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) applications is Wednesday, April 4th. Per the grant guidelines: "Applications must be submitted by the nonprofit organization to the SAA/UAWG (if they are separate entities), no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT, April 4, 2012 to ensure adequate time for a State review of nonprofit applications."


We recommend that you submit the day prior to allow for any foreseen hiccups with filing (i.e., electronic mishaps). We also remind you that applicants should provide complete answers as each question is scored. Full answers are better than partial answers and partial answers are better than no answers. If you have not read through JFNA's online materials, please do so. It takes a minute to register if you have not already done so. Some of the materials placed on the site provide recommendations on how to most fully complete answers to questions.


Thank you, and if you have any questions, please contact Rob Goldberg at JFNA.

House and Senate Pass Short-Term Transportation Bill

On March 29th, the House and Senate each passed a three-month extension of the highway bill, avoiding a shutdown of transportation programs that would have expired on March 31st. Congress will have three months to develop and pass transportation legislation.  


AJFCA and JFNA, together with partners in aging and transportation services, worked with Congress and the Administration to advocate for this reauthorization. During the next three months, we will continue to work to make sure that priorities for seniors and people with disabilities are maintained. For example, we will push for an overall increased authorization for the Section 5310 services for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as the New Freedom and Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) programs. We will continue to support the National Center on Senior Transportation, which JFNA helped establish in 2006. In addition, we will fight to maintain provisions that passed the Senate such as allowing grants to be used for operating assistance, improving coordination of programs between the Department of Transportation and the Department of Health and Human Services, and improving data reporting on programs that serve the elderly and people with disabilities. We will insist that seniors and individuals with disabilities be part of the transportation planning process.   


Thank you for your advocacy on this issue. We will continue to keep you informed as the transportation bill is debated in Congress. Please email Shelley Rood with any questions.

Washington Post Highlights Aging In Place

I read the below Washington Post Article with great interest, particularly with the Senate leading the drafting of the next Older Americans Act Reauthorization bill this session.


The article confirms that the majority of Baby Boomers responded that they are "'very' or 'extremely' likely [to] remain in their homes throughout retirement." It underscores that with Aging, older adults will need help (including with mobility, transportation, health care management, social isolation, and much more).


The article, however, focused on the growing business of Aging in Place (a $2 billion dollar industry that could potentially grow to $20 billion, annually, according to the article). What the article missed, is that most older adults live on fixed (and in this economy diminished) incomes, many are at or close to poverty levels, and most expect services and supports to be provided to them to ensure their independence, and not paid by them out of pocket. Most do not intend or have the ability to self insure or, in other words, to pay businesses to help them age in place.


While we applaud innovation in services that may be brought about through earnings driven businesses, nonprofits and public agencies that make up the Aging Services Network (partners with the Administration on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging) are focused on promoting innovative service models that will enable us to do more for and reach more of the growing segment of the older adults population who will turn to us, rather than the business community, generally, for supports.


Community Innovations for Aging in Place (CIAIP) is the singular program authorized by Congress to promote innovations in Aging in Place. We truly hope it survives fiscal year 2012 and the ongoing budget challenges facing The Older Americans Act Title IV, which funds CIAIP and all other innovative Aging Services Programs.

Washington Grants Bulletin 


Government Funding

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
Program: Serving Juvenile Ex-Offenders through Training & Service-Learning

Eligibility: Governments and nonprofits (strong partnerships with employment centers and colleges and universities are key to funding)

Funding: $30 million for 20 awards of up to $1.5 million each

Deadline: April 17, 2012

Description: Grantees will use these funds to serve juvenile offenders ages 18-21 who have been involved in the juvenile justice system from the age of 15 or above and have never been convicted of a crime as an adult under federal or state law.

Programs must include each of the following six components: (1) meaningful service-learning opportunities; (2) educational interventions leading to post-secondary education and vocational training; (3) community awareness of the participants' service projects; (4) high staff-to-participant ratios; (5) career development; and (6) post-program support and follow-up.

Click here to review the grant guidance.
Contact Information: Denise Roach, (202) 693-3820

May be of interest to Jewish Vocational Service Agencies


U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) 

Program: YouthBuild Grants 

Eligibility: Nonprofits, including faith-based groups, governments, employment centers and public housing authorities

Funding: $75 million for multiple awards ranging from $700,000 to $1.1 million

Deadline: May 8, 2012

Purpose: YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses several core issues facing low-income communities: affordable housing, education, employment, crime prevention and leadership development.  The YouthBuild model balances in-school learning that leads to achieving a high school diploma or passing the GED, as well as occupational skills training in preparation for career placement.

Target populations for YouthBuild are: high school dropouts who may also be adjudicated youth; youth aging out of foster care; youth with disabilities; and other at-risk youth populations.

This year's solicitation includes two changes focusing on greater evaluation of grantees and increased types of training activities.

Contact Information: Kia Mason, (202)693-2606

Click here for grant guidance.  

May be of interest to Jewish Vocational Service agencies


U.S. Department of Justice; Office of Violence Against Women 

Program: Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) Culturally Specific Grant Program

Eligibility: Nonprofits with or without 501 (c)(3) status

Funding: $2.3 million for seven awards up to $300,000 each

Deadline: April 16, 2012

Purpose: Grantees use the funds to provide services for teen and young adult victims affected by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

The program provides intervention, advocacy, accompaniment and support services for adult, youth and child victims of sexual assault, family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by sexual assault.

The SASP Culturally Specific Grant Program creates, maintains and expands sustainable sexual assault services provided by culturally specific organizations, which are uniquely situated to respond to the needs of sexual assault victims within culturally specific populations.

Contact Information:  (202) 307-6026

Click here for grant guidance.

May be of interest to Jewish Family Service agencies


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 

Program: Service Coordinators in Multifamily Housing

Eligibility: Owners of eligible HUD-assisted multifamily housing;

Funding: $15 million for multiple awards

Deadline: May 14, 2012

Purpose: The program assists elderly individuals and non-elderly people with disabilities living in HUD-assisted housing to obtain needed supportive services to enable them to continue living independently.

Contact Information: Carissa Janis, (202) 708-3000

Click here for grant guidance.  

May be of interest to owners of eligible HUD-assisted multifamily housing. See Section III.A.2 of this announcement for further definition.  


Foundation Funding

Deadline: April 23, 2012
Funding: up to $50,000; Most grants fall within the $25,000-$40,000 range
Eligibility:  Applicants must be recognized as a tax-exempt organization under the appropriate sections of the United States or Canadian tax code or have a fiscal sponsor with such standing.

Description: Natan supports entrepreneurial organizations with annual operating budgets under $1.5 million that demonstrate an innovative approach to addressing the challenges facing Jews around the world. Natan inspires young philanthropists to become actively engaged in Jewish giving by funding innovative projects that are shaping the Jewish future. Natan members pool their funds and bear the risks involved with supporting new and/or undiscovered ideas.  They engage in a group educational process in order to fund innovative, creative, and socially meaningful projects, and they make all of Natan's grant decisions collectively. Grantees may apply for renewals beyond the initial year of funding, but Natan cannot award multi-year grants.

Natan is making two grant areas available:  1) Emerging Models of Jewish Connection in North America Grants and 2) Jewish Peoplehood.

Emerging Models of Jewish Connection in North America
Natan's Emerging Models of Jewish Connection in North America grants support innovative approaches to building Jewish communities and creating new access points to Jewish life, especially for disengaged Jews in their 20s and 30s. Organizations supported through this grant program might include:

  • Innovative platforms that explore the many facets of Jewish civilization in contemporary ways, especially new ways of integrating Jewish wisdom and experience with "secular"  endeavors (e.g. arts and culture, environment and food, inclusion of marginalized populations, new technologies);
  • Intentional collectives and communities that are creating new models for connecting Jews to each other through Jewish religion, spirituality, and learning.

Click here for more information about the Emerging Models of Jewish Connection in North America Grants.

Jewish Peoplehood
Natan's Jewish Peoplehood grants support innovative organizations that build connections between young Jews across national, ethnic, denominational, and ideological borders; that foster a sense of mutual responsibility between Jews; that emphasize the Jewish people's collective responsibility to heal the world; and/or that grapple with the special role that Israel plays in contemporary Jews' identity. Applicants might include organizations that:

  • Connect young Jews in their 20s and 30s to each other either in person or virtually (especially using new technologies), across some kind of "border" - geographic,  philosophical, ethnic - and that explicitly seek to instill in their audience a sense of belonging to the Jewish collective;
  • Empower young Jews to act on a sense of the Jewish people's responsibility to heal the world (tikkun olam) - through an explicit linkage to Jewish values and/or texts;
  • Raise awareness of and strengthen understanding about Israel - in all of its complexity -among Jews living outside of the country, either by bringing Jews to Israel to experience it firsthand, or by bringing Israeli culture, society, history, language, and/or politics to Jews living outside of the country in creative, thoughtful, and meaningful ways.

Click here for more information about the Jewish Peoplehood Grants.

To read more about changes to Natan's grant funding areas please click here.  


Target Local Store Grants 
Program Name:  Target Local Store Grants
Deadline:  April 30, 2012
Funding: $2,000
Eligibility: Check website for more information on funding guidelines

Description:  The Target Local Store Grants support nonprofit organizations in the communities where the company's stores are located. (There are currently stores in every state with the exception of Vermont.) Arts, Culture + Design in Schools grants support programs that enhance students' classroom curriculum by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist in residency programs, and workshops in schools. Early Childhood Reading grants support programs that foster a love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Funding guidelines are available on the company's website.


RGK Foundation
Program Name:  RGK Foundation Grant Program
Deadline:  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
Funding:  Average grant amounts are $25,000
Eligibility: Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as "not a private foundation" under Section 509(a). Hospitals, educational institutions, and governmental institutions meeting these requirements are eligible to apply. Organizations that have completed and filed Form 1023 but not yet received an IRS determination letter are not eligible to apply. The Foundation does not make grants or loans to individuals.
Description: The RGK Foundation endeavors to be a catalyst for progressive change in humanitarian concerns by providing support to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation's grantmaking focus is on innovative programs in the following three categories: The Education category priorities include programs that focus on K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading); teacher development; literacy; and higher education. In the category of Medicine/Health, the Foundation's interests include programs that promote the health and well-being of children and programs that increase access to health services. The Community category targets a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention and youth development programs. Interested applicants may submit an online letter of inquiry via the Foundation's website throughout the year; invited proposals are reviewed quarterly. Visit the Foundation's website for details on the grant categories and the application process.


BJ's Charitable Foundation 
Program Name:  BJ's Charitable Grants 

Deadline: April 6, 2012 and July 6, 2012 

Funding: Unspecified amount

Eligibility: Organizations that are tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and recognized as a "public charity" by the IRS. The program must align with BJ's Charitable Foundation's mission of supporting organizations that provide basic needs services (in the form of hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare and education) to those in need, and the program must positively impact communities where BJ's Clubs are located.
Description:  BJ's Charitable Foundation is dedicated to enhancing community programs that benefit children and families in the communities served by BJ's Clubs throughout the eastern U.S. The Foundation's grant categories include the following: The Hunger category supports organizations that aim to alleviate hunger and feed those in need. The Self Sufficiency category targets organizations that work to prevent clients from becoming homeless, stabilizing them while they are homeless, and helping support them coming out of homelessness, such as shelter programs and family safety programs. The Health category focuses on organizations that provide healthcare to those who would not normally have access. The Education category promotes organizations that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged. Visit the company's website to take the eligibility quiz, and if approved, submit an online application.

Past grantees include several Jewish agencies.


The Retirement Research Foundation
Deadline:  February 1, 2012, May 1, 2012, August 1, 2012
Funding: Unspecified amount

Eligibility: Applicants must be designated as a public charity under section 509 (a)(1), 509 (a)(2), or 509 (a)(3) and must provide evidence of tax exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code . Organizations classified as private foundations are not eligible for support.
Description: The Retirement Research Foundation, a private foundation devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues, is currently accepting proposals for programs designed to improve quality of life for older Americans. Grants will be awarded to nonprofits conducting direct service, advocacy and education concerning elders, as well as training programs for professionals working with elders and research into the causes of and solutions for significant problems experienced by older adults. Projects of national relevance will be considered from organizations throughout the United States. Direct service requests are limited to nonprofits in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin and Florida.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss projects in advance of submitting a full proposal. For more information, click here.