Woman Crush Wednesday: Stephanie Berman


GrantWatch celebrates Stephanie Berman, President and CEO of Carrfour Supportive Housing, and The Home Depot Foundation’s Veteran Housing Grant Program for their award of $400,000 for Carrfour's new Liberty Village project that will offer housing assistance to hundreds of homeless veterans.

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“If you’re a nonprofit who shares our mission at Carrfour of ending homelessness among men, women and children across the country, visit GrantWatch for hundreds of grants opportunities that serve homeless, housing and veteran initiatives.”-Stephanie Berman

Carrfour is the largest nonprofit provider of supportive housing in Florida. Founded in 1993 by the Homeless Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Carrfour has supplied homes for more than 10,000 formerly homeless men, women and children. Ms. Berman became President of Carrfour in 2005 after serving 5 years as Vice President and she has been involved with the development and management of 20 housing communities to date.

Ms. Berman has led the effort in assembling millions of dollars in funding, tax credits and subsidiaries on behalf of Carrfour Supportive Housing. The organization's latest project will bring much-needed affordable housing for hundreds of struggling veterans in South Florida, thanks to support from a $400,000 housing grant from The Home Depot Foundation’s (THDF) Veteran Housing Grants Program.

The $400,000 grant is being used to help fund construction of Liberty Village, a 60-unit project that will provide permanent housing and supportive services for hundreds of formerly homeless veterans and their families. Carrfour’s veteran-focused supportive housing community is located in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood, where 80% of the apartments are designated for homeless veterans suffering from disabilities. Construction of Liberty Village is currently underway and is expected to be completed in late 2017. 

“We’re extremely appreciative of The Home Depot Foundation’s continued efforts to make a life-changing impact in the lives of thousands of South Florida veteran families. . . . These new dollars will provide Carrfour with the necessary resources to help veterans in our community who suffer from homelessness and put them on the path towards stability.” Stephanie Berman, President and CEO of Carrfour Supportive Housing.

In 2013, Ms. Berman was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the region’s top “Heavy Hitters in Real Estate” and was presented Miami Today’s award for “Best of Miami for Improving Life in South Florida.” She was also recently named one of the South Florida Business Journal’s “2014 Commercial Real Estate Power Leaders” and she currently serves on the City of Miami Beach Affordable Housing Committee, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Affordable Housing Committee and the JPMorgan Chase Community Advisory Committee. Ms. Berman earned a Master’s degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.

As President and CEO of Carrfour Supportive Housing, Stephanie Berman has been addressing Miami’s homelessness challenges for the past 15 years. With Ms. Berman at the helm, Carrfour has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund Carrfour’s Operation Sacred Trust (OST) initiative, a collaboration of service providers that offers housing assistance and supportive services for homeless veterans and their families in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. With funds from the grant, OST is able to provide thousands of veteran families across South Florida with daily outreach, case management, counseling, healthcare services and third-party payments to sustainably maintain or acquire permanent housing.

We applaud you, Stephanie Berman. Your accomplishments in community service and affordable housing are commendable. Thank you for working to develop and operate 1,742 supportive housing units for more than 3,300 formerly homeless residents and leading the effort to assemble millions of dollars in funding for additional affordable housing units throughout South Florida over the next few years.

In addition to devoting her career to working on behalf of homeless and underserved populations, Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg is a dedicated wife, mother, award-winning real estate leader and hobby photographer. Ms. Berman's life philosophy is "Do what you’re passionate about and always make sure you balance work passion with your family life and all the other things that make you happy." 

"Fundraising is always a challenge. What Carrfour has learned is to be really creative in sources of seeking funding. We’ve always served veterans and that’s an area that there’s a lot of foundation support for right now." -Stephanie Berman

Grants for Veterans, Homeless and Housing on GrantWatch.com 

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Multiple States for Low-Income Housing Projects

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies in multiple states to improve or create existing housing projects for low-income families from all populations, including new immigrants, mentally or physically disabled individuals, emancipated youth, families headed by a single individual (may be a parent; grandparent; guardian), or veterans. 

Deadline: 09/01/17 4:00 PM ET

Grants to Kittitas County, Washington Local Governments, Nonprofits, Housing Organizations, and For-Profit Developers to Eliminate Homelessness

Grants to Kittitas County, Washington local and tribal governments, local housing authorities, nonprofit community organizations, behavioral health organizations, housing assistance organizations, and for-profit developers for short and long-term programs to eliminate homelessness.

Deadline: 08/16/17 5:00 PM Postmarked or Receipt

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Oral Health to the Needy and Assistance Dogs to Veterans and the Disabled

Grants of up to $60,000 and grants of up to $35,000 to USA nonprofits for programs that provide access to emergency and restorative dental care for individuals in need, and to provide assistance dogs to veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

Deadline: 10/09/17 11:59 PM CST

Grants to USA Disabled Military Veterans or Personnel in Multiple States for Necessary Home Modifications

Grants of up to $7,500 to Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas military veterans and active-duty personnel who have been disabled by active military service to help cover necessary home modifications. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be used to modify an existing home, offset construction costs of a newly constructed home, or pay for a third-party inspection. 

Deadline: Ongoing

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Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Program Grants

Our 4.4% unemployment rate is the lowest since 1970, but does that mean we should applaud and sit back on our laurels? According to Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, there are still 6.9 million unemployed US citizens and 6 million vacancies in the job market.

Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Program Grants give unskilled US citizens the necessary tools to enter the workforce, decrease the unemployment rate even more, resolve worker shortages and stimulate the economy.

Because workforce development grants will aid the US economy, President Trump signed an executive order on June 15th that will increase the number of federal and state apprenticeships by doubling the amount of money that the federal government currently spends on the programs, which means more grants will become available for workforce development programs (Inside Hired). While President Trump has been planning the finances of apprenticeship funding, his daughter Ivanka “has been making the rounds on the networks to promote an expansion of these programs to help prepare workers for a changing economy. . . . [and] to promote apprenticeships as a centerpiece of a developing and educated American workforce” (The Hill).

All the publicity and attention these potential apprenticeship programs are receiving will certainly result in an influx of workforce development grants. GrantWatch also sees the value of training programs, which is why we list a wide selection of Workforce Development Grants on our website! We look forward to posting new workforce development grants when they become available.

Workforce Development Grants help veterans, youth, displaced workers and immigrants enter, remain in and advance in the workplace. Grants such as these provide programs for career education and career training, help solve workforce shortages and promote workforce health.

While over 1/3rd of US citizens have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, the overall unemployment rate is 4.4%, and over half of that percentage is made up of citizens with a college degree (US Census Bureau; US Bureau of Labor).

What are Workforce Development Grants?

Federal, State and Local governments as well as unique philanthropists and foundations award workforce development grants to nonprofits and, occasionally, for-profit organizations. These grants provide necessary funding to create programs for career education of different skills, such as leadership and organizational management, and career training in various fields, such as construction and technology. Workforce development funding can be used to create both workforce training programs and apprenticeship programs to create a collection of newly trained, educated workers that have the necessary skills and knowledge to enter the workforce.

What is the difference between apprenticeship programs and workforce training programs?

While apprenticeships are considered workforce training programs, not all workforce training programs are considered apprenticeships, which allow unskilled persons to learn onsite while earning an hourly wage. Both programs teach potential workers specific skills for a variety of career fields, but an apprenticeship is demonstrative of only one way a training program develops.

An apprenticeship typically follows a learn-as-you-earn model and can persist for one to six years, depending on the skill(s) being acquired. Many workforce training programs do not follow this system. Not all training programs are paid, just as not all programs last a full year; some last only a week, a day or an evening. While an apprenticeship is usually comprised of hands-on learning, many programs may take place in a classroom setting.

Workforce training programs prepare individuals to enter the workforce by teaching them useful skills; an apprenticeship program is only one of the many different types of post-education programs.

Apprenticeship and Workforce Development Grants on GrantWatch.com

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Arts, College Readiness, Workforce, Financial Literacy, Housing, and Active Play for Children

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to Alabama individual artists for apprenticeships in folk and traditional arts.

Deadline: 09/01/17 5:00 PM (4:45 PM Recommended) Receipt

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Arts, College Readiness, Workforce, Financial Literacy, Housing, and Active Play for Children

Grants to USA nonprofits in multiple states for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, arts and culture, and learning through play. 

Deadline: 08/31/17 – Home Grants Only (Neighborhood Stability and Revitalization)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Schools for Youth Educational Programs and Job Training in STEM, Literacy, and Environment

Grants ranging from $20,000 to $75,000 to USA nonprofits, public school districts, and private/public elementary and secondary schools for children's and youth education programs, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the environment, job training, and literacy.

Deadline: 08/01/17

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs in Western States for Sustainable Agricultural Professional Development

Grants of up to $75,000 to USA research institutions, agencies, and IHEs multiple western states and pacific territories for professional development opportunities in the field of sustainable agriculture. 

Deadline: 11/01/17 12:00 PM MDT (Noon) Receipt

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About the Author: Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for GrantWatch.


Man Crush Monday: Duvi Honig

It's Man Crush Monday on GrantWatch and we're crushing hard on Duvi Honig, Founder and CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce (OJC), Executive Director of Parnassah Network and the Facilitator of the J Biz Expo. Duvi Honig's passion is fueled by the notion that success should yield gratitude to those who have helped make that success possible and, in turn, help others succeed through networking and mentoring. 

The OJC is a global umbrella of businesses of all sizes, bridging the highest echelons of the business and governmental worlds with grassroots entrepreneurs and professionals. The Chamber is comprised of a sophisticated structure of executive and regional committees, and innovative programs. Members and the broader community harness this invaluable network to stimulate economic opportunity and positively affect the public policy of governments around the world.

The Chamber offers partnerships and sponsorships, business referrals, special member services and discounts, networking opportunities, education and training resources, seminars by the Parnassah Network, one-on-one assistance and small business support and makes everyone part of the Chamber's family.

The Parnassah Network is all about empowerment: creating opportunities and giving people the tools that they need to succeed and fulfill their dreams. According to Duvi Honig, the impetus for the Parnassah Network was

“Too many hard working and talented people who should be reaching their goals have to stand on the sidelines and watch others reach their goals while they cannot do so, due to the simple fact that they do not have the opportunities that would enable them to get where they want to go. At Parnassah Network we aim to level the playing field, because everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed.”

Honig founded the J Biz Expo to unite successful businesses from around the globe, helping them achieve even greater success. The Expo is comprised of two key components: a business conference with presentations and workshops by successful speakers and an astounding B2B floor where exhibitors and attendees network face to face. At the 2017 J Biz Expo,

“a highly diverse cross section of the business world – men and women of all backgrounds from all over the world – were talking, showcasing and exchanging information. Relationships were formed, contacts were made and an incalculable number of leads and tips were shared” (matzav.com).

To date, nearly 20,000 people from across the United States and six additional countries took advantage of OJC/Parnassah Network resources and the J Biz Expo – Nationwide Business Networking Event, the world’s largest Jewish community B2B event” (Duvi Honig on LinkedIn).

Duvi was recognized by the White House and, in May 2016, he was honored by a bipartisan group of influential U.S. senators:

“Today, we celebrate Duvi Honig, a man whose dedication to uniting and empowering a community is helping thousands prosper while paying it forward.”

Small business owners often confide in Duvi about their desire to expand, but are hampered by the lack of staff and the prohibitive cost of training. Mr. Honig and the OJC plans to partner with GrantWatch and MWBEzone to identify those much-needed grants to fund B2B community apprenticeship programs in every state in his efforts to create a skilled and qualified workforce. The 30 Days of FREE Marketing Support offered by the UHelp.com crowdfunding platform will complement the Parnassah Networks training and support of nonprofis, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

GrantWatch, MWBEZONE and UHelp’s Founder and CEO, Libby Hikind looks forward to collaborating with the Chamber and the Parnasaah Network.

The OJC currently has a free membership promotion. Sign up at https://www.OJChamber.com. There is also an upcoming expo on September 15th, where you can exhibit your small business. Tables start at $600.

You can meet our Man Crush Monday, Duvi Honig and Libby Hikind, at the OJC NYC Business Conference & Expo on September 15th, 2017.

About the Author: Annalee Scholle is a Staff Writer for MWBEzone


What Is A Grant

Grants are non-repayable funds or goods that provide financial assistance to tax-exempt organizations, small businesses or individuals.  However, grants are more than free cash for an organization or personal endeavor. A grant is an award that is accorded under the conditions that the funding will be used for a specific purpose with unique conditions. Funding sources are looking for organizations and/or individuals that will best use their money to accomplish the goals of their grant program. “A grant award is an investment in positive change” (www.tgci.com).

Who awards grants?

Funders include federal, state and local governments, public and private foundations, corporations and philanthropists. Each funder has their own application with specific eligibility requirements and GrantWatch lists the main eligibility requirements for each grant. The application process varies from funder to funder. Today, most grantors only accept applications directly through their website, which is provided in the GrantWatch listing. Every funding organization has a grant program administrator that can answer questions regarding the organization’s grant program.

When does an organization receive a grant?

The applicant, the organization/individual seeking the grant, must first meet all of the eligibility requirements before starting the application process. The funding source will require a grant proposal that describes the need and outlines exactly where, how and why the funds will be used. Because each grant has a specific purpose, the potential grantee must work diligently to demonstrate why he/she/it should receive the grant award. The grant writer should have a clear understanding of the funder’s purpose for the grant. The essential elements a writer should include in the grant proposal are the history of the organization, a plan for achieving results, a logical, convincing argument for funding the applicant organization’s proposed program and a budget that clearly defines how the funds will be used. 

Grants from federal, state and local governments, public and private foundations, philanthropists and corporations are all listed on GrantWatch.com. When searching our grant listings, you can choose to search grants by the different types of funding sources. 

Federal Grants on GrantWatch.com

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for Humanities Projects Serving Public Audiences

Grants to USA nonprofits, government agencies, and educational institutions for humanities projects benefitting public audiences. 

Deadline: 8/9/17 Receipt (5:00 PM recommended submission)

Grants to USA IHEs, Nonprofits, For-Profits and Agencies for Scientific Conferences Relating to Public Health

Grants to USA and territories IHEs, nonprofits, for-profits, and government agencies to support high-quality scientific conferences related to public health. 

Deadline: 8/12/17 5:00 PM (local time of applicant organization) – All types of non-AIDS applications

State Grants on GrantWatch.com

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits to Improve Arts and Cultural Facilities, Museums, and Historic Sites

Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit cultural organizations to renovate, preserve, or improve artistic performing arts centers, museums, cultural art centers, and historic sites.

Deadline: 10/1/17

Grants to California Cities, Counties, and Districts for the Protection of Wildlife and Habitats

Grants to California cities, counties, and park or open-space districts for a broad range of habitat conservation projects. 

Deadline: 10/02/17 5:00 PM (Delivery or Postmark)

Local Grants on GrantWatch.com

Grants to Arcata, California Nonprofits for Community, Education, Art, History, Recreation, Environment, and Human Services

Grants to Arcata, California nonprofit organizations for programs or services that enhance the local community. 

Deadline: 12/15/17 Postmarked

Grants to Lyon County, Nevada Organizations to Market Tourism Attractions and Events

Grants to Lyon County, Nevada organizations for the promotion of tourism events and attractions that bring people to the county, promote commerce, and generate overnight stays. 

Deadline: 12/01/17

Foundation Grants on GrantWatch.com

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies for Water and Land Conservation Programs

Grants to Virginia nonprofits and agencies for specific environmental protection projects that will produce measurable results.

Deadline: 12/01/17 5:00 PM ET Receipt

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits in Eligible Counties for Physical and Mental Health Programming

Grants to Ohio nonprofits in Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne Counties for programs that promote the physical and mental health and well-being of local citizens.

Deadline: 12/12/17 4:30 PM

About the Author: Dominique Matalon is a Grant Specialist for GrantWatch.com


Grayson Rogers Meets GrantWatch CEO

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It's not every day a Country Music Star like Grayson Rogers gets to meet the CEO of the most well-known nonprofit grants website, GrantWatch.com.

Founder and CEO Libby Hikind finally took a day off and set out with friends on July 4th to enjoy the fireworks in West Palm Beach, Florida.  As the fireworks drew to silence, the strum of the strings filled the speakers–Libby delighted in Rogers' stage presence, talent, and energetic beats. In the image here, Libby expresses her gratitude for Rogers' inspiring show, linking the concert to the importance of music education grants for nonprofits and musical artists. Rogers himself was inspired at an early age to explore music, indicating the value of music education, and he welcomed and appreciated Libby's encouragement. 

GrantWatch thanks you, Grayson Rogers! Not only have you added that extra spark to #4thonFlagler, making our favorite CEO's evening complete, but you have inspired millions to follow their own creative dreams. Your community outreach is remarkable motivation for arts and music enthusiasts to explore their options and find ways to tap into their talent potential. With hundreds of Arts & Culture grant listings, GrantWatch is proud to be supporting artistic creativity right alongside you! 

Arts & Culture Grants on GrantWatch

Grants to Houston, Texas Nonprofits for Professional Arts, Music, and Cultural Performances

Grants to Houston, Texas nonprofit organizations for free professional-caliber arts, cultural, theater, and music performances that have broad popular appeal and increase tourism.

Deadline: 7/28/17 Postmarked or Hand-Delivered by 5:30 PM

Grants to USA and Territories Nonprofits to Present Outdoor Music Concert Series in Small and Mid-Sized Towns and Cities

Grants of $25,000 to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations to present free, professional music concert series that are open to the public and that take place in small to mid-sized towns and cities.

Conference Date: 7/18/17

Deadline: 10/2/17 5:00 PM PDT

Grants to Ontario Media Production Companies for Interactive Digital Content

Grants starting at $10,000 and grants starting at $25,000 to Ontario media production companies for the creation of high-quality, interactive digital media content that will positively impact the province’s economy.

Conference Date: 7/10/17

Deadline: 8/28/17 5:00 PM 

Search music grants and many, many more on GrantWatch.com.


About the Author: Aurora Belle is a Copywriter and Editor for GrantWatch.com

Technology Grants to Support Cybersecurity

We live in a rapidly evolving digital world, where more information is being stored within the virtual vaults of computers than ever before. While the advancement of technology has supported an abundance of growth and capability, it has also placed a greater risk on data security and digital infrastructure. Cybersecurity has quickly become a forefront of concern for small business owners, nonprofits and individuals alike. GrantWatch has taken notice to this rise, with 183 current listings of technology grants.

MIT’s cross-disciplinary Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) announced that it has awarded $1.5 million to a select group of principal investigators for early-stage Internet policy and cybersecurity research projects.

“Each project is aimed to support innovative research in their respective fields and result in new insights that can guide policy makers in making wise choices on pressing Internet policy challenges,” says IPRI founding director Daniel Weitzner, who is also a principal research scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

“Understanding the nuance of cybersecurity risk in our critical infrastructure will help policymakers assure that the proper incentives are in place to reduce the threat of catastrophic attacks,” says Weitzner.-MIT

Technology Grants on GrantWatch 

Grants to Connecticut Municipalities to Preserve and Manage Government Records

Grants of up to $7,500 to Connecticut municipalities to preserve and manage their governmental records. 

Deadline: 9/30/17 Postmarked

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and IHEs in Multiple States to Enhance STEM Research and Development Capacity

Grants to eligible USA States and territories nonprofits, for-profits, and academic institutions for capacity building to enhance research and development in the STEM fields.

LOI Due: 7/31/17

Deadline: 8/21/17 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time

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Most Popular Grants on GrantWatch

GrantWatch would like to take a brief moment to thank our users for making these 4 grants the most popular, with the highest and most frequent number of views. Popularity may not be everything, but it's certainly worth a happy little gif of celebration. Let's hear it for this week's top performing grant listings! 


Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible States to Mitigate the Environmental Impact of Humans

Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to USA nonprofit organizations in eligible states for activities that mitigate the environmental impact of humans on the planet. 

Deadline: 8/31/17 

Viewed 1,176 times in the last 72 hours 

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Scholars for Social Science Research on Improving Social Policies

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Ph.D. scholars for social science research in the areas of the future of work, behavioral economics, social inequality, and race, ethnicity, and immigration. 

LOI Date: 8/21/17

Deadline: 11/15/17 11:00 AM PT

Viewed 1,156 times in the last 72 hours

Grant to a USA Grad Student or Faculty Member for Research Addressing Students Transitioning to College

Grant package including a $5,000 stipend and other benefits to a USA graduate student, staff member, or faculty member to support research related to college student transitions.

Deadline: 6/30/17

Viewed 978 times in the last 72 hours


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Healthy Children Play Outside

GrantWatch.com lists over 700 grants for children, in support of their healthy growth and development. Our children's health grants promote initiatives that increase outdoor activity and improve quality of life for our youth. Recent studies reveal shocking statistics that children are getting less exercise playing outside than ever before. This alarming report concerns parents and teachers in communities across the nation, who have good reason for their concern. Nature is vital to the health and happiness of all humans. Recent studies in psychology and physical health reveal that while time outdoors is beneficial at every stage of life, it is most crucial for developing children. Playing outside and being engaged in nature allows kids to absorb Vitamin D, develop social skills and get exercise.

"70% of mothers recall spending time outdoors every day as children, while only 31% of their children do."  –National Geographic 

"The average American boy or girl spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen."  –NWF

Let's take a look at some of our grants for children. Be sure to share these grants with friends, teachers and nonprofits in your area. Help to foster health and wellness for future generations. 

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In-Kind Grants to Nonprofits, Schools, and Municipalities to Create Outside Play Areas

Grants to design and build playgrounds and play areas for children. Funding source will facilitate and support organizations in developing and building a playground.  

Deadline:  Ongoing

Grants to Alberta Nonprofits, IHEs, and Native Settlements to Acquire, Build, and Improve Public Facilities

Grants to Alberta nonprofits, libraries, higher education institutions, First Nations, and Metis settlements for the construction, acquisition, upgrade, renovation, or expansion of public community facilities. 

Deadline: 6/15/17

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, Municipalities, and Schools for Youth Baseball or Softball Programs and Capital Support

Grants averaging $40,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and school districts that are involved in youth baseball or softball programs. 

Deadline: 7/1/17

Grants to Canada Nonprofits and Elementary Schools for Physical Activity for Children with Special Needs Ages 4-14

Grants of up to $10,000 to Canada (excluding Quebec) nonprofit organizations and elementary schools for ongoing participation in physical activity programs for children ages 4 to 14 years old. 

Deadline: 8/11/17

Grants to Kelowna, British Columbia Resident Groups to Enhance Local Neighborhoods

Grants of up to $1,500 to Kelowna, British Columbia resident groups to enhance the quality of life in local neighborhoods. 

Deadline: 7/7/17

Grants to Winnipeg, Manitoba Nonprofits and Groups for Family and Parenting Programs in the Downtown Area

Grants of up to $2,500 and grants of up to $5,000 to Winnipeg, Manitoba nonprofit organizations and groups for parenting and family-oriented programs in eligible downtown areas. 

Deadline: 5/26/17

Prize to a USA, Canada, or International Individual for an Innovative Idea to Positively Impact the World

Prize to a USA, Canada, or International individual to support an innovative idea that will catalyze positive global change. 

Deadline: 7/31/17

Grants and In-Kind Support to Quebec Nonprofits and NGOs to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Youth

Grants and in-kind support to Quebec nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations for community projects that promote physically active lifestyles and healthy diets for children and youth (ages 0-17). 

Deadline: 10/30/17

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies to Plan and Build a Community Playground

Grants of $15,000 to USA nonprofits, schools, and agencies to purchase playground equipment to construct or renovate a playground. 

Deadline: 8/4/17

Browse more sports and recreation grants

The National Wildlife Federation outlines these health benefits that children receive from outdoor playgrounds and play areas:


  • Simply spending time outdoors raises levels of Vitamin D, helping protect children from future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other health issues.


  • Statistics show a high correlation rate between time spent in natural settings and reduced ADHD symptoms in children.
  • Schools who have implemented environmental education programs achieve higher average scores on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening.

For children to be physically fit, socially adept and strong in mind, they must experience time playing outside. This simple truth presents a challenge for communities in need of outdoor play areas, children's health and fitness programs. GrantWatch.com children's grants support the building of outdoor playgrounds to increase the amount of time and frequency kids are spending outside. Additionally, our sports and recreation grants support the development of healthy eating and exercise habits for K-12 students.

Are you involved with a nonprofit or school that works to improve the physical and spiritual health of children? Is there a mission in your community to build an outdoor playground or launch a fitness program for the local kids? GrantWatch.com grants have the power to enrich the lives of children in your neighborhood. Share this post to spread the word. Let's get our kids spending more time outside, developing healthy minds and bodies.

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Wishing You a Happy and Healthy Mother’s Day Weekend

Mother's Day weekend is here! GrantWatch.com and our sister sites, MWBEzone.com, GrantWriterTeam.com, GrantNews.press and Uhelpfund.com, celebrate women today and all through the year. We are honored to work with incredible mothers who balance leadership work and parenthood.

If you or your mom run a nonprofit or small business, celebrate Mother’s Day with a subscription to GrantWatch.com!


Or, why not potentiate your efforts at acquiring funds by opening up a women's crowdfunding campaign? It is like online fundraising. To set up a campaign, go to Uhelpfund and click “Create a Campaign.” 

Women lead the pack in nonprofit leadership.

According to Entrepreneur, there are 10 incredible nonprofits that are managed by women:

  1. Movement Foundation
  2. Women for Women International
  3. Keep A Breast Foundation
  4. Special Olympics
  5. Camp Kesem
  6. The Malala Fund
  7. Samahope
  8. National Organization for Women
  9. Dressember
  10. Girls Who Code

In a study from the Women’s College of the University of Denver, researchers found 75% of the nonprofit workforce is women.This is contrasted by observing the business world where there are only 20 females who positioned themselves as CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies. Another study found that for women, a work-life balance is prioritized. And, nonprofits allow women leaders to have flexible schedules, which appeals to women.

Lean in :  Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Lean In

If you haven't heard of this popular book already, check out Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. She talks about her personal struggles to gain success as a woman and urges other women to drop the notion of being able to handle it all. She advises women to set boundaries in their lives.

We Are Our Mothers' Daughters

From My Mom to You and Yours,

Have a happy and healthy Mother's Day.

Libby Hikind 



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Earn $2,000 College Scholarship through Crowdfunding and Social Media

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UHelp.com crowdfunding campaigns and social media can pay your college tuition! 

There's no doubt about it. Digital marketing, such as crowdfunding campaigns, brand blogs and social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn have become the driving force of successful business, nonprofit and entrepreneurial ventures.  

To support this rapidly evolving digital age, high school students seeking college tuition and current college students who need financial support can earn scholarships through successful crowdfunding and blog creation! 

Scholarships to USA College Students for Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns on Behalf of Nonprofits

Scholarships of $2,000 for USA college students who successfully assist a nonprofit organization with a crowdfunding campaign. Students will partner with a qualifying nonprofit to build a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of raising $100,000 for their nonprofit organization. 

LOI Date: 7/15/17

Deadline: 9/1/17 

After identifying a nonprofit, students will create and manage a crowdfunding campaign on UHelp.com.

Scholarship funds will be awarded to students who successfully raise $100,000 through the UHelp.com campaign. The scholarship will be paid directly to the student’s educational institution.

Successful students will each receive a $2,000 scholarship. Additionally, there will be intermediary incentive gifts provided by project corporate partners and a $500 bonus for the most successful project.

Please note: If a team of students work together on a successful crowdfunding campaign the $2,000 scholarship will be equally distributed among team members.

Eligible organizations are federal tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofits, as defined by the United States Internal Revenue Service Code and verified as such through the Stripe payment processor (after campaign creation).

Students must be accepted, registered, or enrolled at a qualifying college or university.

Scholarships to USA High School Seniors to Develop Online Media Skills

Scholarships of $2,500 to USA high school students in their senior year to explore various disciplines related to blogging. This opportunity allows students to explore a passion while cultivating marketable skills…

Deadline: Ongoing

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About the Author: Penny Pierce is a Copywriter and Editor of UHelp.com