Funding Alert Vol. 24 No. 7 Alert # 4 - July 23, 2013

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Funding News and Grant Tips

Three Things Philanthropists Can Do To Move Nonprofits Forward
Could it be that philanthropists and nonprofits are starting to have real conversations about what nonprofits need? I was encouraged by GuideStar, Charity Navigator and BBB Wise Giving Alliance‘s open Letter to the Donors of America earlier asking donors to stop focusing on nonprofit overhead expenses.
At the same time, the Donors Forum in Illinois was hosting a series of discussions about getting donors to understand the real costs of running nonprofits.
It is so exciting to see a national conversation emerge about what donors can do differently.
To that end, I think there are three key things that philanthropists can do to move nonprofits forward:
Create Financially Sustainable Nonprofits
The majority of nonprofits lack a sustainable financial engine that strategically and effectively supports their mission. Grant makers could provide nonprofits the runway necessary to find the right financial model for their organizations. Two-phase capacity capital funding could do this. Phase one would be a capacity capital planning grant to analyze a nonprofit’s current money-raising activities and come up with a plan for transforming those into a sustainable financial model. Phase two would be a capacity capital grant to make the investments necessary (staffing, technology, systems) to revamp the nonprofit’s financial model. The end result would be that nonprofits with a great solution to offer suddenly have the ability to grow the solution in a sustainable way.
Fund Management Expertise
Nonprofit leaders often come to their positions with a passion for the cause and specific program-related expertise, but a lack of critical management experience. As a result, nonprofit leaders often exist in a reactive, as opposed to strategic mode; are challenged by financial decision-making; struggle with poor board engagement; have limited external partnerships; can’t articulate their value proposition; and lack strategic filters to guide decisions about the future. Management coaching is often a given in the for-profit world, but nonprofit management coaching is only starting to be explored, even though it holds tremendous potential for the sector. It can provide desperately needed strategic perspective, problem solving and expertise that can supplement and ultimately build the management abilities of a program expert who would otherwise struggle to bring a great solution to scale. If more funders provided management support dollars, more nonprofit leaders could grow their solutions.
Seek Real Conversations with Nonprofits
But these two hurdles will never be cleared if the communication impasse between grantors and grantees is not addressed. There is an often unspoken catch-22 in the nonprofit sector where nonprofit leaders are not comfortable asking funders for what they really need, while funders lack enough on-the-ground experience to recognize and address nonprofit challenges. This lack of honest, open conversation holds the sector back from producing effective funding partnerships and prevents grantors and grantees from marshaling resources to their highest and best use. There need to be many more conversations like the Donors Forum, hosted by intermediaries, where nonprofit leaders and philanthropists can come together to talk openly about what the sector really needs.
We suddenly have a real opportunity to address the obstacles standing in the way of more social change. But to get there, donors and nonprofits have to recognize and openly address what holds the sector back. More effective philanthropy stems from more productive partnerships between philanthropic and nonprofit leaders and a willingness to remedy together the hurdles in the way.
From Texas Non Profits e-mail, 7/15/13icon

Gay Blood Drive Puts Pressure on FDA over Rules
The first national Gay Blood Drive, held on July 12, aimed to pressure the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into lifting a ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. Ryan James Yezak organized the national blood drive. Yezak is a 26-year-old gay man from Houston who is filming a documentary about discrimination based on sexual orientation. The FDA bans blood and bone marrow donations from any man who has had sex with another man at any time since 1977. According to the FDA, men who have sex with men (MSM) made up 61 percent of new HIV infections in 2010, and although the overall HIV rate was stable from 2008 to 2010, the rate of infection increased 12 percent among MSM while the rate in other populations decreased.
Blood collection agencies screen all donations for specific disqualifying conditions, including HIV, but acknowledge there is a period when individuals could be infected without the disease being detectable in their blood. Dr. James AuBuchon of Puget Sound Blood Center said that he used to support the FDA’s ban when HIV tests were less reliable, but now he believes the FDA should change its regulations to allow MSM to donate blood if they have not had sex with a male in the last year. AuBuchon believed that the rationale for the ban had diminished due to improved testing.
Others saw the FDA’s current policy as discriminatory. A gay man, who participated in the blood drive and was turned away because of the regulations, contended that the policy kept him from helping others, including his own friends. He cited an incident two years ago when he discovered the policy as he tried to get tested as a bone marrow donor for a friend suffering from a blood disease. The man described how weird he felt having to choose between being honest or helping a friend.
An FDA statement noted CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Preventioithout 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, U.S. territories or possessions, Indian/Native American tribal government (federally recognized and other than federally recognized), Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, regional organizations, eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
From CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention National Prevention Information Network (NPIN), Prevention News Update e-mail, 7/16/13icon


Public Funding Opportunities

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R01): PA-11-327
SOURCE: National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/5, 6/5, 10/5. Expires 9/8/14.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, U.S. territories or possessions, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, regional organizations, eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), is to encourage Research Project Grant (R01) applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 18). Positive health behaviors may include: developing healthy sleep patterns, developing effective self-regulation strategies, adaptive decision-making in risk situations, practicing proper dental hygiene, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, engaging in age-appropriate physical activity and/or participating in healthy relationships.
CFDA: 93.361, 93.837, 93.865, 93.847, 93.213
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contact information. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-327.html
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Subject(s) children's health, adolescent health, medical research

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R03): PA-11-328
SOURCE: National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/16, 6/16, 10/16. Expires 9/8/14.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, U.S. territories or possessions, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, regional organizations, eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), is to encourage Small Grant Program (R03) applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 18).
CFDA: 93.361, 93.865
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contact information. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-328.html
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Subject(s) children's health, adolescent health, medical research

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R21): PA-11-329
SOURCE: National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/16, 6/16, 10/16. Expires 9/8/14.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, U.S. territories or possessions, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, regional organizations, eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), is to encourage Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21) applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 18). Positive health behaviors may include: developing healthy sleep patterns, developing effective self-regulation strategies, adaptive decision-making in risk situations, practicing proper dental hygiene, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, engaging in age-appropriate physical activity and/or participating in healthy relationships.
CFDA: 93.361, 93.837, 93.865, 93.847, 93.213
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contact information. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-329.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 7/22/13icon
Subject(s) children's health, adolescent health, medical research

Nutrition and Diet in the Causation, Prevention, and Management of Heart Failure (R01): PA-11-165
SOURCE: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute on Aging (NIA), Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/5, 6/5, 10/5. Expires 5/8/14.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, U.S. territories or possessions, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, regional organizations, eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: This initiative will renew a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (R01) to encourage submission of investigator-initiated research applications on the role of nutrition and diet in the causation, prevention, and treatment of cardiomyopathies and heart failure.
CFDA: 93.837, 93.866
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contact information. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-165.html
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Subject(s) nutrition/food service, cardiovascular disease

Nutrition and Diet in the Causation, Prevention, and Management of Heart Failure (R21): PA-11-166
SOURCE: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute on Aging (NIA), Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/16, 6/16, 10/16. Expires 5/8/14.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, U.S. territories or possessions, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, regional organizations, eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: This initiative will renew a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (R21) to encourage submission of exploratory or developmental research applications on the role of nutrition and diet in the causation, prevention, and treatment of cardiomyopathies and heart failure.
CFDA: 93.837, 93.866
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contact information. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-166.html
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Subject(s) nutrition/food service, cardiovascular disease


Private Funding Opportunities

"A" Awards in Pediatric Oncology Research
SOURCE: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9/16/13.
$ AVAILABLE: The program provides $125,000 a year for three years, reference books to enhance the awardees' personal pediatric oncology library, up to $10,000 in equipment to enhance lab/project work, and registration fees for one educational course or event. Applicants may have other research grants during the award period, but there must be clear documentation of mechanisms to avoid scientific and/or budgetary overlap.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must have their M.D., Ph.D., or dual M.D./Ph.D., and must not have achieved an appointment higher than assistant professor. M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. candidates must be no more than six years from finishing a three-year fellowship. M.D. candidates who did not do a three-year fellowship must have three years of research experience after their M.D. was awarded and be no more than nine years from receiving the M.D. Ph.D. candidates must be no more than six years from being awarded the Ph.D.
The ideal candidate has an original project that is not currently being funded. Demonstration of outstanding mentorship and a future commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are critical components of a successful application.
Funds must be granted to nonprofit institutions or organizations operating in the United States or Canada. Researchers need not be U.S. citizens.
PURPOSE: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that has evolved from a young cancer patient's front-yard lemonade stand to a national childhood cancer foundation, awards grants designed to fill critical voids in pediatric cancer research.
The foundation's "A" Award is a three-year grant designed for young scientists who want to jump-start their careers in pediatric oncology research. The program seeks to encourage the best and brightest young researchers looking to conduct further research on cures for children with cancer and become leaders in the pediatric cancer field.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.alexslemonade.org/files/grants_a_award.pdf
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy news Digest e-mail, 7/12/13icon
Subject(s) cancer research, children's health, health professions training

Grants from American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
SOURCE: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2013, to November 1, 2013.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see PURPOSE section for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: AACN members.
PURPOSE: This year, AACN is making available nearly $200,000 in research funding, including three impact research grants to support inquiry that drives change in high acuity and critical care nursing practice.
AACN developed the Impact Research Grant program to ensure a pipeline for evidence-based resources that include protocols and practice alerts in support of a wide range of AACN priorities. Priority projects will address gaps in clinical research at the organization or system level and translation of these findings to bedside clinicians.
Projects may include but are not limited to the use of technology to assess patients and manage outcomes, ways to create a healing and humane environment, and processes and systems to optimize high acuity and critical care nursing. Applicants may request up to $50,000 in total costs. Research must be completed in two years.
AACN continues to offer annual AACN-Sigma Theta Tau Critical Care grants and AACN-Philips Medical Systems Outcomes grants of up to $10,000.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.aacn.org/WD/Practice/Content/grant-all.content?menu=Practice
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy news Digest e-mail, 7/12/13icon
Subject(s) nursing, health policy research

Healthcare System Reporting Fellowships
SOURCE: Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11/4/13.
$ AVAILABLE: The fellowship provides seminar trips including food, lodging and travel within the United States; a project allowance of up to $4,000 that can be tapped for field reporting trips, data purchases, and other approved research expenses; attendance at the Health Journalism 2014 conference, including travel, lodging, and registration; attendance at two one-day AHCJ regional workshops, including travel, lodging and registration; one year's membership in AHCJ; and a $2,500 fellowship award for the successful completion of the project.
ELIGIBILITY: Candidates should be experienced journalists with expertise in health reporting. The fellowship is designed to enable fellows to work independently over a one-year period while still maintaining their regular employment. AHCJ fellowship leaders will provide support and guidance through seminars, conference calls, and e-mail consultations.
PURPOSE: The mission of the Association of Health Care Journalists is to improve the quality, accuracy, and visibility of healthcare reporting, writing, and editing.
To that end, the AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance are intended to support journalists based in the United States working on reporting projects that hold the promise of informing and educating the public about health care. Applicants should have a working knowledge of the topic and a good idea of what it will take to complete the project. Through interviews, site visits, background briefings, and use of databases and academic literature, each fellow is expected to produce a package of stories spotlighting a healthcare system-related topic, problem, or improvement. Fellows may focus on specific aspects of the system such as nursing care, pharmacy or payment structures, or medical errors, or on the system as a whole. The package can be for a single media platform or multiple platforms.
Possible topic areas include efforts to improve patient safety or quality of care or to extend the healthcare system into underserved communities; the impact of accountable care organizations on patient care and satisfaction; how payment structures (shared risk, fee for service, employed clinicians compared with independent contractors) affect healthcare delivery; the effectiveness of new approaches to old diseases or evidence-based medicine; and health system redesign, new technology, and other innovations to reduce costs and improve the quality of care.
CONTACT: Ev Ruch-Graham, (573) 884-8103, e-mail: ev@healthjournalism.org. For more information see http://healthjournalism.org/secondarypage-details.php?id=701
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy news Digest Web site, accessed 7/19/13                                    
Subject(s) health professions training, health literacy

Pearson Early Career Grant Program
SOURCE: American Psychological Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12/31/13.
$ AVAILABLE: One grant of $12,000 will be awarded. The recipient may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of his or her proposed project. APF does not allow grant monies to be used for indirect institutional or overhead costs.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants should be psychologists with an Ed.D., Psy.D., or Ph.D. from an accredited university and be no more than seven years postdoctoral.
PURPOSE: The American Psychological Foundation's Pearson Early Career Grant program is designed to encourage early-career clinicians to work in an area of critical societal need.
The program's goals are to support psychology's efforts to improve areas of critical need in society, including but not limited to scientifically based clinical work on serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, incarcerated and homeless individuals, children with serious emotional disturbance, and adults with serious mental illness. The aim of the program is to encourage early-career psychologists to devote their careers to underserved populations.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/pearson.aspx
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy news Digest e-mail, 7/12/13icon
Subject(s) mental health, health professions training

Seed Grants for Nursing Administration Research Projects
SOURCE: AONE Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/1/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded. In some cases the foundation is not the sole source of funding.
ELIGIBILITY: Seed grants are open to AONE members and non-members alike.
PURPOSE: The AONE Foundation for Nursing Leadership Research and Education was established in 2010 to support the research and educational priorities of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, a national membership organization for nurses who design, facilitate, and manage care.
Since 1967, AONE has provided leadership, professional development opportunities, advocacy, and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence, and shape public policy for health care.
The foundation is offering grants to support research projects related to nursing administration practice in the areas of workforce and leadership development, work environment, technology/informatics, health systems, patient safety, and evidence-based management.
CONTACT: Sara Neuner at (312) 422-2808, e-mail: sneuner@aha.org. For more information see http://www.aone.org/aone_foundation/seedgrants.shtml
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy news Digest e-mail, 7/12/13icon
Subject(s) nursing, health policy research


Events

Texas Nonprofit Summit
SPONSOR: Greenlights for Nonprofit Success
WHEN: September 12-13.
WHERE: Renaissance Hotel Austin, 9721 Arboretum Blvd. (Austin, TX).
DESCRIPTION: The Texas Nonprofit Summit is fast approaching and hundreds of your nonprofit colleagues from across the state have already registered! If you're looking for a top-notch learning opportunity for yourself or your team, there's no better investment of your time and money than the Texas Nonprofit Summit.
This year we have more sessions than ever to choose from -- 25 unique presentations in a variety of topics, including:
Data-driven solutions
* Big Data & Emerging Technologies for the Social Sector
* Making Data-Informed Decisions: Real Solutions and Tips from the Field
Fundraising practices
* Speed Networking with Funders
* Fundraising by Numbers: Leveraging National Data for Extraordinary Fund Development
Outreach and marketing
* Storytelling to Increase Impact
* Becoming a Favorite Nonprofit through Smart, Strategic Content Marketing
Evaluation
* From Strategic Planning to Strategic Thinking: Tools, Ideas, and Approaches for High-Impact Process
* Moving from Incremental to Transformational Impact
Professional development
* Making a Different while Making a Living: Charting Your Nonprofit Career
* Empowered Productivity: Winning the War Against Information Overload
Advocacy and state impact
* Texas Civic Health Index Report: Political Participation, Civic Involvement and Social Connectedness
* Social Sector Advocacy in Texas
Nonprofit management
* Strategic Financial Management: Smart Growth & Oversight throughout a Nonprofit Life Cycle
* Human Resources in Your Nonprofit
See all Texas Nonprofit Summit sessions and full descriptions at https://www.texasnonprofitsummit.org/sessions.
COST: $235 for Greenlights members and OneStar grantees; $280 for non-members/grantees. To register go to https://www.texasnonprofitsummit.org/register.
CONTACT: Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, (512) 477-5955, e-mail: info@texasnonprofitsummit.org.
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