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Time is running out on these 7 funding opportunities

December 11, 2019 Category: FeaturedFundingLongPurpose
Yes, the holidays are approaching at a clip, but so are some of of these grant and RFP deadlines.

Here are seven opportunities with deadlines ranging from this Friday (!) through January.

Dec. 13 deadline:

  • Knight Foundation is asking for proposals for how data can be used to build stronger and more engaged communities. “The Power of Open Data to Transform and Engage Communities: A Call for Ideas” seeks ideas that develop innovative approaches to this question: In what new ways can we transform how data is collected and used to build stronger, thriving, and more engaged communities? Selected recipients can earn a share of up to $1 million in funding for their ideas and projects. If interested, submit a proposal by Dec. 13, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. More information and links to the application form are here.
  • The Kenney administration’s support for the JPMorganChase AdvancingCities Challenge deadlines on this date. The JPMC Challenge is a five-year initiative to invest lasting solutions intended to give people career pathways and financial security, increase the growth and hiring of more small business owners, and create economically vibrant neighborhoods. Successful applicants will be eligible to receive a three-year grant of up to $5 million. JPMC expects to award 4-6 grants nationally, but the mayor will endorse a single application to JPMC for the city-wide, Systems Change Track. The City requests the following information be provided by prospective applicants to enable an informed decision on which Systems Change Track application will be endorsed: Description of how your proposal will address one of the two tracks identified by JPMC; demonstrated understanding of the needs of the community to be served; brief outline of the partnership and members’ roles, demonstrating strong institutional relationships, description of applicant organization, capacity, experience, and services to be coordinated. Submit your proposals to Ashley Del Bianco, chief grants officer, at by Dec.13, at 5 p.m. to be considered for recommendation.

Dec. 27 deadline:

  • The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia has a total budget of $220,000 to distribute for this upcoming grant cycle. Most of the grant awards will range from $2,500 to $15,000, and applicants may request up to $25,000. This year, the Fund seeks proposals addressing four areas of need that align with the mayor’s goals: K-12 education; gun violence; opioid crisis; homelessness. Initial grant application submissions (Letters of Inquiry) will be accepted through Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. Initial submissions will be reviewed, and a select group of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal to the Fund for consideration. Full grant guidelines and access to the online submission form are here.

Jan. 6, 2020 deadline:

  • The Delco Counts 2020 Action Fund of the Foundation for Delaware County — through a partnership with United Way and The Philanthropy Network — will provide grants up to $5,000, and in certain circumstances above $5,000, to nonprofit community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. The Fund will consider proposals that meet the criteria of promoting census awareness and completion in a “hard to count” community within Delaware County. Examples include: alleviating language barriers in promoting census awareness and completion; building trust in communities regarding protected census data; unique marketing campaigns designed to encourage census participation; building organizational capacity through technology and training. Typical grant requests will be between $500 and $5,000. Higher grant requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications should be submitted by Jan. 6, 2020 at 5 p.m. (additional submission dates are March 4 and April 29). You can find more details about the foundation’s 2020 Census grant opportunities, and how to apply here.

Jan. 17 deadline:

  • PeopleForBikes asks for letters of intent to receive funding from its spring 2020 community grant program. The program supports projects that build momentum for bicycling in communities across the United States — including bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges, mountain bike facilities, bike parks and pump tracks, BMX facilities, and end-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, bike repair stations, and bike storage. The organization also funds some advocacy projects, such as Ciclovías or Open Streets Days and campaigns to increase the investment in bicycle infrastructure. Through the program, grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in support of engineering and design work, construction costs (including materials, labor, and equipment rental), and reasonable volunteer support costs. In the case of advocacy projects, the organization will fund staffing that is directly related to accomplishing the goals of the initiative. To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development; a city or county agency or department; or a state or federal agency working locally. Letters of intent are due Jan. 17; learn more and apply here.

January 21 deadline:

  • Chester County Fund for Women and Girls core grant applications are open through Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. Projects should demonstrate an understanding of the unique challenges women and girls face pursuing equality and the ways in which systems, institutions, and policies must change to advance women’s equality. In addition, the proposed programs should be project-specific and should provide deliverables, milestones, and/or achieve measurable outcomes as possible within a year of receiving the grant. The work outlined in the proposal should be connected to long-term positive impact for women and girls. All core grants awarded will be two-year grants. The funding grant period is a 24-month period where funding for Year Two is dispersed after CCFWG determines that the grantee continues to satisfy the grant requirements and funds remain available. The application is available here.

Jan. 22 deadline:

  • Held April 21 at the Comcast Technology Center, Philanthropitch Philadelphia will showcase a group of nonprofits working to solve problems within the local community. The risk capital the nonprofits receive through Philanthropitch can fund initiatives, programs or innovative products with scalable business models. Applications to be one of the organizations selected to pitch are available now through Jan. 22. There are a few opportunities for organizations to join Q&A sessions leading up to the application deadline: in-person today; virtually on Dec. 13, and virtually Jan. 15. The application link for Philanthropitch and a FAQ is here.

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