Support for Innovative Human Services Models
MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation: Community Partners

The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation works to build on The Network’s
innovative approach to human services by seeking new solutions and creative
ideas for enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities, individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries, and youth
at-risk facing emotional, behavioral, and other challenges. The
Foundation’s Community Partners program supports nonprofit organizations
throughout the U.S. that are acting as change agents within human services
by delivering innovative care or developing new ideas and models for doing
so. The program accepts grant requests ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.
Requests are reviewed quarterly; the final deadline for 2017 is November
15. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Community
Partners program.
After-School Athletic Programs for Middle Schoolers Funded
Justin J. Watt Foundation

The Justin J. Watt Foundation is dedicated to providing after-school
opportunities for middle school-aged children throughout the U.S. to become
involved in athletics, so that they may learn the character traits of
accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance, while
in a safe and supervised environment with their peers. Funding for uniforms
and/or equipment is provided to approved schools that have an after-school
athletic program for 6th to 8th graders and where over 60% of students are
eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch program. Schools must provide a secure
place to store uniforms and equipment, as well as staff, transportation,
and space for the after-school program. Requests may be submitted
throughout the year and are reviewed every month except June, July, and
December. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the Frequently Asked
Questions page to confirm eligibility to submit an online application.
Grants Enhance Native Initiatives in the U.S. and Canada
Honor the Earth: Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative

The mission of Honor the Earth is to create awareness and support for
Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political
resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Through the
Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative, Honor the Earth
provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to nonprofit Native organizations in
the U.S. and Canada that are controlled by Indigenous peoples. This
initiative supports organizations working in two areas: 1) implementing
renewable energy and energy efficiency and weatherization improvements to
advance community dignity and energy sovereignty, and 2) creating food
security utilizing Indigenous varieties and organic production. All funded
projects must include ongoing efforts aimed at restoring Indigenous wisdom
and sustainability in Indigenous territories. Grant applications are
accepted throughout the year. Application guidelines and forms are
available on the Honor the Earth website.
Programs for Underserved Communities Worldwide Supported
Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants

Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants support nonprofit organizations in the U.S.
and worldwide that help people overcome barriers of poverty and inequality.
In the Education category, Cisco supports technology-based solutions and
education delivery models that improve student performance and engagement
in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Economic
Empowerment category focuses on programs that encourage employment success,
entrepreneurship, and long-term self-sufficiency by providing access to
skills, knowledge, and financial products and services via technology-based
solutions. Through the Critical Human Needs category, Cisco grants help
overcome the cycle of poverty and dependence by supporting organizations
that address the basic needs of underserved communities. Organizations can
begin the application process at any time. Visit the Cisco website to learn
more about the grantmaking criteria and to take the Eligibility Quiz

Neighborhood Improvements Supported
Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants program supports
locally-driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with
distressed public or HUD-assisted housing. The application deadline
is November 22, 2017.
Funds Available for Museums
Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the
ability of individual museums to serve the public. The application deadline
is December 1, 2017.
The California Wildlands Grassroots Fund ,
a component fund of the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
, Established to support the efforts of activists to
preserve California’s wildlands. CWGF supports conservationists advocating
for the permanent protection of intact wildlands on both public and private
lands in order to help preserve California’s wilderness and native
biological diversity. The fund defines “wildlands” as natural habitats,
privately or publicly owned, that are (or have the potential to be)
permanently preserved through legislation or deed restrictions.

*The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations to
create new art works through collaborations.* It celebrates the role of
artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution
to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities. Artists
are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds,
stretching boundaries and forging new partnerships.
In August 2018, the Fund will award approximately $600,000 in grants to
nonprofit organizations and collaborating literary or traditional artists.
Grants will range from $10,000 to $40,000. Projects are expected to be
completed within two or three years, but those of longer duration will be

*Kelvin F. Alfaro*
*Central Valley Community Foundation *|* Director of Programs & Evaluation*
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