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Shelley Rood

AJFCA Washington Director

                        Thursday, September 13, 2012 

Foundation:  Jewish Helping Hands - Tikkun Olam Grant Program
DEADLINE:  October 1, 2012
DESCRIPTION:  Jewish Helping Hands' Tikkun Olam Grant Program is intended to advance the goal of inspiring and supporting tzedakah, justice, and righteousness throughout the world. The grant program supports projects that focus on reaching needy and vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad, particularly those that have been overlooked or marginalized. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that show clear promise to achieve one or more of the following: address basic causes of injustice and foster systemic change, promote self-help and empowerment within communities, and respond to unmet needs of those who are poor and/or marginalized. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided. Visit the Jewish Helping Hands website to learn more about the program.
ELIGIBILITY:  Nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad
Foundation:  The Verizon Foundation - Support for Education, Health, and Sustainability Initiatives                       
DEADLINE:  Letters of inquiry due October 14, 2012
DESCRIPTION:  The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, is focused on using technology to solve critical social issues in the areas of education, healthcare, and sustainability. The Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address one of the following funding priorities: increasing student interest and achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); preventing domestic violence and helping victims gain independence; improving healthcare through innovative technology-based programs; fostering smart energy practices; and inspiring good environmental citizens among schools and communities. The average grant size ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. Visit the Foundation's website to submit an online application.                                                                                  
ELIGIBILITY:  Nonprofit organizations
Federal:  U.S. Department of Justice; Office of Violence Against Women - The Consolidated Grant and Technical Assistance Program to Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Violence and Engage Men and Boys as Allies
DEADLINE:  October 24, 2012
DESCRIPTION:  The Consolidated Grant Program creates a unique opportunity for communities to increase collaboration among nonprofit victim service providers; violence prevention and child- and youth-serving organizations; organizations and programs that support men's role in combating violence against women and girls; schools; and tribal and local government agencies.  

This program has two primary purposes and supports projects that implement one or both of these areas. First, the program supports comprehensive child- and youth-centered prevention and intervention projects that maximize community-based efforts and evidence-informed practices to more fully address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Second, the program supports multi-faceted prevention strategies that involve community organizing, outreach, public education and mobilization. These strategies utilize men as influencers of other men and boys, and encourage them to work as allies with women and girls to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. This solicitation refers to these projects as "Engaging Men and Boys Projects."

Technical Assistance - The technical assistance portion of this solicitation will support comprehensive training and technical assistance to the grantees awarded under this solicitation. The technical assistance to be provided must be able to meet the diverse needs of the eligible entities, as well as, provide training and capacity building to help grantees address specific issues and all-purpose areas within the scope of the Consolidated Grant program.
NOTE:  This solicitation provides an opportunity for applicants to apply for either the grant or technical assistance program. Applicants can apply to only one of the funding categories. If the applicant applies to both categories, OVW may eliminate one or both applications from consideration without notice to the applicant.        
ELIGIBILITY:  A nonprofit, nongovernmental entity with either:  a demonstrated primary goal of providing services to children or youth who are victims of and/or exposed to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; OR a primary goal of serving adult victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, but who has a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to children or youth who are victims of and/or exposed to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking; OR a demonstrated history of creating effective public education and/or community organizing campaigns to encourage men and boys to work as allies with women and girls to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
CONTACT:  http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/consolidated-solicitation.pdf, Phone: (202) 307-6026
Foundation:  LeadingAge - Innovation Fund
DEADLINE:  October 30, 2012 (priority given to applications received by September 30, 2012)
DESCRIPTION:  LeadingAge (formerly the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging), in conjunction with the NewCourtland Foundation, has announced the availability of grants through its new Innovations Fund. This new funding program will focus its inaugural grants on projects bringing housing and services together to meet the needs of lower-income elderly. While LeadingAge members apply for the funding, they will need assistance from other community nonprofits to meet the goals of the funding. Winning   proposals will address one or several dimensions of housing with services, including assessment                  (development/implementation of resident assessment tools, using information to prioritize services, developing resident-service plans); health and wellness programming (health promotion activities, self-care management, chronic-care management, transitional care and health education); partnerships with service providers (co-location of services, development of formal collaborations with community health and social service agencies), workforce training (service-coordinator training, property manager training, around linking housing and services), and technology (assistive devices, retrofitting and home modification, wireless communication, telehealth). Multiple awards up to $25,000 each (a total of $100,0000 will be awarded).
ELIGIBILITY:  LeadingAge members (for a searchable list of members, please visit http://www.leadingage.org/FindMember.aspx
CONTACT:  Email: innovations@leadingage.org; For more on the new funding program, please visit http://tinyurl.com/8och2zo; For more on the NewCourtland Foundation, please visit         http://tinyurl.com/bq6mvtc.