Funding Alert Vol. 24 No. 5 Alert #4 - May 28, 2013

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Funding News and Grant Tips

Overdue Credit for Nonprofits
Let’s say you’re a loan applicant with limited cash reserves and clients who are notoriously slow payers. Your odds of getting a loan approved are slim, even if you’ve been in business for decades.
Welcome to the financial reality that many nonprofit organizations face daily. “It’s a market failure,” says Pamela Davis, founder and CEO of the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group. “Most banks and credit unions don’t generally lend to nonprofits. They look at the way these organizations operate and say, ‘That’s not what we consider to be creditworthy.’” After 25 years of addressing another market failure—insurance coverage for nonprofits—Davis has stepped up, reluctantly, to create the first credit union in the United States that is specifically tailored for nonprofits.
“I spent a year trying to get talked out of this idea,” she says. “It’s such a big initiative.” In industry surveys conducted by Nonprofits Insurance Alliance, nonprofit leaders consistently bring up credit challenges as something they are eager to solve. “The amount of executive time and energy that goes into cobbling together solutions,” she adds, “takes time away from when these organizations could be thinking creatively about better ways to serve their clients.”
The credit union will be sponsored by a newly formed organization, American Nonprofits. The National Credit Union Administration has given preliminary approval for membership eligibility requirements. Beyond startup funding, the new credit union aims to raise $10 million in capital. Davis anticipates that a large portion of that sum will come from “patient capital” in the form of subordinated investments. The rest will come from a portion of member deposits that qualify as capital and from grants. (In April, the Silicon Valley Foundation approved a $50,000 grant for American Nonprofits.)
In pitching this idea to potential supporters, Davis draws on more than two decades of experience with the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group. When she started the insurance cooperative in the 1980s, nonprofits were considered “too risky to insure,” she says. Yet without proof of insurance, nonprofits couldn’t qualify for grants or government contracts. “Commercial insurance companies would say, ‘Oh, those nonprofits—bunch of do-gooders, social workers, taking care of vulnerable populations. You can’t insure that.’”
The Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group has proven otherwise, insuring 12,000 nonprofits in 31 states and the District of Columbia. It has generated earned capital of $165 million and assets of $330 million as well as returning $26 million in dividends to its member nonprofits, according to 2012 audited financials. The self-sustaining model generates a 100-fold return on investment.
With about 80 percent of members paying for insurance by installment, “we know that nonprofits are great credit risks,” Davis says. Occasionally, an organization will need extra time. “So often, it’s that the county is obligated to pay, or the city, or they’re waiting for a federal contract that’s due. When we have extended credit under those circumstances,” she adds, “we’ve never gotten burned.”
Late payments are a disruptive but common practice in the nonprofit sector. The Nonprofit Finance Fund found in its 2012 survey that 52 percent of nonprofits receiving federal support report late payments. Nonprofits “have different financial models, needs, and restrictions from for-profits, and can benefit from specialized financial services,” says Anthony Bugg-Levine, CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund.
The new credit union will offer products that take into account these unique needs. At a minimum, Davis expects to offer credit cards, lines of credit secured by government contracts, bridge loans, cash-flow lines, and loans for equipment, facilities, or vehicles. Employees, volunteers, and stakeholders of member nonprofits will be eligible for consumer products.
Technology will enable the American Nonprofits Federal Credit Union to run a lean operation without having to open bricks-and-mortar branches. Through a shared branching network, members of the new credit union will also be able to use the existing network of federal credit unions and ATMs.
If the new credit union succeeds with nonprofit customers, traditional lenders will likely take notice. “If you look at insurance, nonprofits are now competed for by insurers. The market has changed 180 degrees,” Davis says. “That’s the same thing we’d like to do on the credit union side.”
From Stanford Social Innovation Review, 5/23/13icon

DSHS Adds Addendum to Competitive Request for Proposal Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
An Addendum (Bid Package 5) to the Competitive Request for Proposal Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has been posted to ensure that the HUB Sub-contracting Plan (HSP) requirements are completed.
This RFP can be viewed at: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=105672
The RFP originally ran in the May 7, 2013 Funding Alert 24-5-1 and can be found at al24-5-1.shtm#D.
From DSHS Client Services Contracting Unit e-mail, 5/21/13icon


Public Funding Opportunities

Functional Glycomics in HIV Vaccine Design (R01): RFA-AI-12-056

SOURCE: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 11/2/13. Application: 12/2/13 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: The NIAID intends to commit $2.8M yearly.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: Glycans play key roles in the transmission, antigenicity, and immunogenicity of the HIV-1 envelope protein. Glycan also modulate the immune response, playing an essential role in both innate and adaptive immunity. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate and foster multi-disciplinary investigator-initiated collaborative research to: 1) investigate structural and conformational features of HIV glycosylation that may lead to novel HIV vaccine design approaches; and 2) elucidate the impact of differential glycosylation on the quality of the immune response to HIV. Ultimately, the discovery of a safe, effective, prophylactic vaccine that provides long-term protection from HIV infection may depend on novel approaches that incorporate new knowledge of the key role glycans play in the elicitation and maturation of broadly neutralizing antibodies and effector immune responses.
CFDA: 93.855, 93.856
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contact information. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-12-056.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 5/22/13icon
Subject(s) HIV/AIDS research

Integration and Analysis of Diverse HIV-Associated Data (R03): RFA-MH-14-200
SOURCE: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 7/19/13. Application: 8/19/13 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: The participating ICs intend to commit approximately $880,000 in FY 2014 to fund six to eight awards.
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, 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.
PURPOSE: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) aims to stimulate the integration of data across HIV research networks and cohorts as well as the development, adaptation and application of state-of-the-art analytic methods to achieve a better understanding of the various factors that characterize neurobehavioral and psychosocial functioning of people living with HIV or those at risk for HIV.
CFDA: 93.242, 93.279
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contact information. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-14-200.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 5/22/13icon
Subject(s) HIV/AIDS research, technology


Private Funding Opportunities

Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation Invites Applications for Research Grants

SOURCE: Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 6/14/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of between $25,000 and $50,000.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, principal investigators must hold an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree and reside in the United States or Canada. In addition, the PI must have a faculty appointment at an accredited U.S. or Canadian medical institution and have the ability to conduct independent research with publications in established peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals.
PURPOSE: The Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation is accepting applications from investigators for basic science, clinical, population/epidemiologic and translational research on cardiomyopathies affecting children aged 18 years and younger.
Grants will be awarded to support studies focused on the causes, diagnosis, or treatment of dilated, hypertrophic, restrictive, arrhythmogenic right ventricular, and left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy. The grants are designed to provide seed funding to investigators for the testing of initial hypotheses and collecting of preliminary data to help secure long-term funding by the National Institutes of Health and other major granting institutions.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org/site/grants.php
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 5/17/13icon
Subject(s) children's health, cardiovascular/heart disease

Cognition Biomarker Research Projects
SOURCE: Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Pre-proposals: 6/19/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants totaling $3 million.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants include biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies, other for-profit entities public and private nonprofit universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and government agencies.
PURPOSE: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research is accepting pre-proposals for projects aimed at developing biomarkers of cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease.
Grants will be awarded to support projects that aim to develop cognition biomarkers or combinations of biomarkers that help identify the transitions between normal cognition and cognitive impairment, and between cognitive impairment and dementia. Appropriate projects include, but are not limited to, data analyses in clinically well-characterized PD populations to correlate defined biological and clinical features with cognitive decline, hypothesis-driven imaging studies for identification of changes associated with different patterns of cognitive decline and transitions between different cognitive states, studies that seek to define predictive or state-defining biomarkers associated with specific cognitive profiles, and studies that seek to evaluate the predictive value of combinations of two or more biomarkers.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see https://www.michaeljfox.org/research/grant-detail.php?id=14
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 5/17/13icon
Subject(s) medical research, mental health

Conquer Cancer Foundation Seeks Letters of Intent for Innovative Cancer Research Projects
SOURCE: Conquer Cancer Foundation
Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications, which will be due on 10/3/13.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 8/1/13.
$ AVAILABLE: One-year grants of up to $20,000.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, organizations must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be registered as an international nongovernmental organization and be based in a country categorized by the World Bank as low-income, lower-middle income, or upper-middle income. In addition, the project's principal investigator must be a member of ASCO.
PURPOSE: The Conquer Cancer Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, is accepting Letters of Intent for the 2013 International Innovation grant program for innovative research projects that can have a significant impact on cancer control in low- and middle-income countries.
Grants will be awarded to support projects that have the potential to reduce the cancer burden in local communities, while also being potentially transferable to other low- or middle-income settings. The grant is intended to support research projects aimed at forming a basis for reducing the barriers to cancer control in low- and middle-income countries; not for short-term funding of cancer control services.
CONTACT: Conquer Cancer Foundation, 2318 Mill Road, Suite 800, Alexandria, VA 22314, e-mail: grants@conquercancerfoundation.org. For more information see http://www.conquercancerfoundation.org/sites/conquercancerfoundation.org/files/2014_innovation_grant_rfp_5-1-2013.pdf
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 5/17/13
Subject(s) cancer research, minority health

Digital Media and Learning Competition Programs
DEADLINE: 6/10/13.
SOURCE: MacArthur Foundation
$$ AVAILABLE: Up to $10,000 per grant.
ELIGIBILITY: Museums, libraries, and other nonprofit organizations providing hands-on learning opportunities for youth.
PURPOSE: Programs should include hands-on learning experiences where participants can collaborate and compete. Programs should “be based on the principles of "connected learning," an educational approach designed to help prepare youth for a world that is highly networked and technology-enabled. Funding will support single or multi-day summer programs from July-September. Possible activities include, but are not limited to, hackathons, maker spaces, digital journalism and communications labs, and mentoring workshops.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/grant-competition-provide-150000-summer-youth-programs/
From Texas State Library and Archives Commission e-mail, 5/21/13icon
Subject(s) technology, children’s health, youth services

Hypophosphatasia Research
SOURCE: Soft Bones Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 7/1/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of $25,000.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, principal investigators must hold an M.D., D.D.S., D.O., or Ph.D. degree and have a faculty level appointment at an academic institution that will manage the award.
PURPOSE: The Soft Bones Foundation is accepting applications from investigators for hypophosphatasia research projects.
Grants will be awarded for basic or clinical research directly related to hypophosphatasia. This grant cannot be used for investigator salaries or indirect costs.
CONTACT: For further information call Soft Bones at (973) 453-3093. For more information see http://www.rarediseases.org/docs/soft-bones-grant
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 5/17/13icon
Subject(s) medical research

Michael J. Fox Foundation Invites Proposals for Parkin Biology and Therapeutic Development Studies
SOURCE: Michael J. Fox Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Pre-application: 6/19/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Funding information is located in the PURPOSE section of this announcement
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants include biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies and other for-profit entities, either publicly or privately held, as well as public and private nonprofit universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and government agencies.
PURPOSE: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research is accepting pre-applications for preclinical research projects focused on the biological function and therapeutic potential of Parkin protein.
Through the Parkin Biology & Therapeutic Development program, MJFF will award grants to support studies that provide critical insight into the biological mechanisms of Parkin function and the discovery and development of therapeutic agents that have the potential to modulate Parkin function in a manner that will alter the course of Parkinson's disease progression.
Researchers may apply for support in two separate tracks. Track A - Biology will award grants of up to $125,000 for projects that impact our understanding of Parkin as an enzyme and/or in cell biology. Track B - Therapeutic Development will support therapeutic development studies. There is no set budget limit for Track B proposals and applicants may request up to two years of funding for preclinical development.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see https://www.michaeljfox.org/research/grant-detail.php?id=13
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 5/17/13icon
Subject(s) medical research, mental health

Public Health Services and Systems Research: Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards
SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 8/21/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Approximately $800,000 is available through this solicitation. Up to eight grants will be awarded through this solicitation. Each grantee will receive up to $100,000 for a maximum of 24 months.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for complete eligibility information.
PURPOSE: Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) is a multidisciplinary field of study that examines the organization, financing, delivery and quality of public health services within communities and the resulting impact on population health. The National Coordinating Center (NCC) for PHSSR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seek to expand the evidence base for effective decision-making in public health practice and policy through research. This solicitation is intended to strengthen the pool of researchers available to conduct PHSSR and to build on successful principles and models previously demonstrated in public health and health services research. The awards support mentored, intensive career development through funding, educational experiences and protected time to conduct independent research.
CONTACT: Ann V. Kelly, (859) 218-2317, e-mail: PHSSR212@uky.edu. For more information see http://anr.rwjf.org/viewCfp.do?cfpId=1141&cfpOverviewId=
From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation e-mail, 5/21/13icon
Subject(s) public health, health policy research, health professions training

Ribbons of Hope—Invest in Women Seeks Applications from Nonprofit Organizations that Benefit Women and Girls
SOURCE: Ribbons of Hope - Invest in Women
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 8/1/13.
$ AVAILABLE: One grant of $100,000.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, organizations must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, have been in operation for a minimum of three years, and have an annual operating budget of at least $500,000, which can include in-kind donations.
PURPOSE: Ribbons of Hope-Invest in Women is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations working to promote the well-being and future prospects of women and girls.
One grant will be awarded to an organization that promotes education, health, economic independence, social well-being, and/or human rights for women and girls.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.ribbonsofhope.net/grants/
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 5/17/13icon
Subject(s) women's health, children’s health


Events

Basic Grantwriting Proposals

SPONSOR: San Antonio Area Foundation, Nonprofit Support Services
WHEN: June 18, 9 am to 2 pm.
WHERE: 303 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 114, (San Antonio, TX).
DESCRIPTION: Are you learning to write grant proposals and unsure how to start or what's involved? Do you represent a new nonprofit organization and need to learn the process of responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP)? Come to this session and learn the basics of writing successful proposals from an experienced proposal writer. Learn what funders expect to see in a well thought-out proposal and tips on organizing the needed information to begin the writing process. During this workshop, attendees will develop a general letter of inquiry for their organization that can be used for submitting to prospective funders.
COST: $80 and lunch is provided.
CONTACT: Pershama Dailey, (210) 242-4751, e-mail: cns@saafdn.org
From Nonprofit Support Services Web site, accessed 5/23/13icon

Legal Compliance - Board Principles
SPONSOR: San Antonio Area Foundation, Nonprofit Support Services
WHEN: June 19, 9 am to noon.
WHERE: 303 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 114, (San Antonio, TX).
DESCRIPTION: The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, convened by Independent Sector and supported by BoardSource, developed “Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice” in 2007. They identified 33 principles designed to guide board members and staff professionals of charitable organizations as they work to improve their own operations. The San Antonio Area Foundation is presenting these 33 principles over four sessions to be held quarterly throughout the year (the 3rd Wednesday of March, June, September and December). The “Legal Compliance” session will cover seven principles related to the board’s responsibilities and practices in terms of implementing conflict of interest and whistleblower policies, assisting charitable organizations in complying with their legal obligations and providing information to the public.
What the workshop will cover:
* Nonprofit Laws and Regulations.
* Code of Ethics.
* Conflicts of Interest.
* “Whistleblower” Policy.
* Document Retention and Destruction.
* Protection of Assets.
* Availability of Information to the Public.
COST: $60.
CONTACT: Pershama Dailey, (210) 242-4751, e-mail: cns@saafdn.org
From Nonprofit Support Services Web site, accessed 5/23/13icon


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