Grants for Mentoring Programs in Michigan
Grants for Mentoring Programs in Michigan
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Fred A And Barbara M Erb Family Foundation
To nurture environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in Metropolitan Detroit, consistent with sustainable business models, and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes Ecosystem.
We will only consider requests from eligible non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations for:
- The development or significant expansion of programs that meet our desired outcomes.
- General operating support for organizations whose core work fits our mission. Matching funds or other conditions may be required for these grants.
Desired Outcome: An environmentally healthy City of Detroit, Metropolitan Detroit region, and Great Lakes Ecosystem.
Our Desired Outcome is healthy Great Lakes, evidenced by increased stewardship and improved water quality in the Bayfield, Clinton, Detroit, Huron, Raisin, and Rouge watersheds.
To achieve that outcome, we support efforts to increase individual and institutional stewardship; improve understanding of emerging contaminants; and coordinate best practices and policies at the state, federal, and binational levels.
We will measure impact through reporting on water quality in our target watersheds.
Our Desired Outcome is to improve the health of the western basin of Lake Erie by reducing phosphorus from runoff and subsurface drainage from agricultural fields. We aim for a 50 percent reduction from the 2008 baseline loading levels by 2025.
To achieve that outcome, we support efforts to increase farmers’ adoption of sustainable conservation practices, including education, policies, market drivers, and financial incentives, and to engage businesses developing those solutions.
We will measure progress by tracking phosphorus loads into western Lake Erie.
Our Desired Outcome is to reduce urban runoff to improve the water quality of Southeast Michigan rivers and the Great Lakes.
To achieve that outcome, we support regional collaboration, research, and policy efforts that result in water quality improvements and climate resiliency.
We will measure impact through reporting on water quality in our target watersheds.
Environmental Health & Justice
Our Desired Outcome is a reduction in elevated blood lead levels in children in Detroit and Wayne County through reduced lead exposure in housing and soil.
To achieve that outcome, we support efforts to develop cost-effective remediation methods for homeowners; incentives for landlords to reduce exposure in rental properties; collaboration between property owners, businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations; and design of effective policies and policy enforcement through increased public education and engagement.
We will measure impact by tracking the number of children with elevated blood lead levels in Detroit and Wayne County.
Our Desired Outcome is a reduction in incidences of asthma in Detroit and Wayne County through improved ambient air quality.
To achieve that outcome, we support efforts to develop new methods to measure, improve and monitor air quality; and design effective policies and policy enforcement.
We will measure impact by tracking incidences of asthma in Detroit and Wayne County.
Our Desired Outcome is that Southeast Michigan is a national leader in sustainable business, and the regional business community is collaboratively engaged in a flourishing and just economy, society, and environment.
To achieve that outcome, we support efforts to build capacity for businesses of all sizes to implement sustainable practices; connect organizations with regional sustainability leaders; and bridge the gaps in our education-to-professional pipeline through internships, mentoring, and curriculum.
We will measure impact through an annual review and report of the sustainable business landscape in the region.
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Hearst Foundations' Mission
The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives.
Hearst Foundations' Goals
The Foundations seek to achieve their mission by funding approaches that result in:
- Improved health and quality of life
- Access to high quality educational options to promote increased academic achievement
- Arts and sciences serving as a cornerstone of society
- Sustainable employment and productive career paths for adults
- Stabilizing and supporting families
The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests – culture, education, health and social service – and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. In each area of funding, the Foundations seek to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.
The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those which enable engagement by young people and create a lasting and measurable impact. The Foundations also fund select programs nurturing and developing artistic talent.
Types of Support: Program, capital and, on a limited basis, general and endowment support
The Hearst Foundations fund educational institutions demonstrating uncommon success in preparing students to thrive in a global society. The Foundations’ focus is largely on higher education, but they also fund innovative models of early childhood and K-12 education, as well as professional development.
Types of Support: Program, scholarship, capital and, on a limited basis, general and endowment support
The Hearst Foundations assist leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions providing access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. In response to the shortage of healthcare professionals necessary to meet the country’s evolving needs, the Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare. Because the Foundations seek to use their funds to create a broad and enduring impact on the nation’s health, support for medical research and the development of young investigators is also considered.
Types of Support: Program, capital and, on a limited basis, endowment support
The Hearst Foundations fund direct-service organizations that tackle the roots of chronic poverty by applying effective solutions to the most challenging social and economic problems. The Foundations prioritize supporting programs that have proven successful in facilitating economic independence and in strengthening families. Preference is also given to programs with the potential to scale productive practices in order to reach more people in need.
Types of Support: Program, capital and general support
Wal Mart Foundation
Walmart’s more than 2 million associates are residents, neighbors, friends and family in thousands of communities around the globe. Walmart works to strengthen these communities through both retail business and community giving, and we support and invest in communities through local giving. The following programs have open application processes with specific deadlines for eligibility and consideration.
Local Community Grants
Each year, our U.S. stores and clubs award local cash grants ranging from $250 to $5,000. These local grants are designed to address the unique needs of the communities where we operate. They include a variety of organizations, such as animal shelters, elder services and community clean-up projects.
Areas of Funding
- There are eight (8) areas of funding for which an organization can apply. Please review the areas listed below to ensure your organization’s goals fall within one of these areas.
- Community and Economic Development: Improving local communities for the benefit of low-income individuals and families in the local service area
- Diversity and Inclusion: Fostering the building of relationships and understanding among diverse groups in the local service area
- Education: Providing afterschool enrichment, tutoring or vocational training for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
- Environmental Sustainability: Preventing waste, increasing recycling, or supporting other programs that work to improve the environment in the local service area
- Health and Human Service: Providing medical screening, treatment, social services, or shelters for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
- Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating: Providing Federal or charitable meals/snacks for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
- Public Safety: Supporting public safety programs through training programs or equipment in the local service area
- Quality of Life: Improving access to recreation, arts or cultural experiences for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
Old National Bank
Old National Bank Foundation
The Old National Bank Foundation makes contributions to nonprofit organizations to fund widespread community impact programs and/or projects. The Foundation is part of Old National's overall charitable giving initiative, which enables us to support programs that improve quality of life in areas of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin where our clients, associates and shareholders live and work.
Our funding targets innovative programs that enhance the quality of life within our communities in support of the following strategic initiatives: Affordable Housing, Economic Development, Workforce Development, Financial Literacy and Education Achievement. Priority consideration is given to programs that serve low- to moderate-income populations/communities and small businesses. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we also seek to support programs that focus specifically on enhancing opportunities for education, economic empowerment, mentorship and inclusion for underrepresented people and communities.
Examples of funding priorities with measurable outcome focus areas include:
- Increase homeownership opportunities
- Promote multi-family housing developments
- Enhance neighborhood stabilization and vitality through home revitalization and repairs
- Increase neighborhood revitalization initiatives
- Strengthen community resource infrastructure
- Increase business development and growth
- Our Real-Life Finance e-learning curriculum provides robust financial literacy training for community partners at no charge
- Build skills/knowledge and improve achievement gain
- Increase entrepreneurship initiatives and business coaching/training
- Increase job creation, employment entry, and retention
- Improve educational readiness and achievement
- Increase access to quality education
- Increase access to impactful mentoring programs
University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)
To improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland and society at-large through education, research, clinical care, and service.
Achieving health equity in America remains a challenge and we have a long way to go to ensure that no one is left behind. Finding solutions to address our toughest health equity challenges may be optimized if we expand our vision of discovery and innovation. Achieving health equity is a global vision for the future. Therefore, we believe that advancing health equity means looking for solutions locally and globally spurring ideas from across the world, as a part of a large toolkit to address health equity.
The Global Learning for Health Equity (GL4HE) Network seeks to work with health equity and global health promoters to leverage global ideas to advance health equity and population health in local communities. The Network, funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was created in 2020 as part of a project called the “Global Learning Network to Advance Health Equity: A Learning Collaborative.” The purpose of the Network is to encourage health equity promoters to look globally at ideas from around the world that may address some of the greatest health equity challenges in local communities in America. The University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) is the primary hub of the Network but works in close collaborations with national global learning experts from Athens City County Health Department in Athens, Ohio; the COPE program in the Four Corners region in the Navajo Nation in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Montefiore Health System; and the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Leveraging experience from these global learning experts in our consortium, the Network has learned from five U.S. communities that have already brought global ideas to their communities: three in urban settings (Bronx, New York; Detroit, Michigan; and Baltimore, Maryland) and two in rural settings (Athens, Ohio, and the Navajo Nation). Examples of the global ideas that our experts have implemented include adaptation and implementation of community health worker models from Togo to the Bronx and Latin America to Ohio, to social inclusion programs from Brazil to Baltimore, to child development programs from Peru to the Navajo Nation, and health system improvement initiatives from Nepal and Rwanda to Detroit.
From the Network’s webinar series and review of the literature, we know that the practice of global learning is a newly emerging field, often implemented without a system and guidance. Our Network seeks to strengthen the exploration and implementation of global learning for health equity projects by funding five to ten small grants that can help both novice and experienced global learning organizations catalyze teams to consider global ideas for health equity challenges. To support the process, our team created a global learning for health equity model, which is a graphic representation of the global learning process to make it more accessible to newcomers and to help experienced global learning experts expand their work. This framework will be used to help communities engage in global learning on a continuum from determining which area of health equity a community wants to address through sharing results.
This Call for Proposals is designed to support global learners at any of the stages represented in the model to help progress the learners forward in their global learning journey and to set them up for future funding. Applicants will be required to propose a project that addresses one or more of the domains listed below. The goal of this seed funding program is to support a community organization, academic partnership or public health department develop preliminary data on one element of global learning to help the group embark on the path of global learning for health equity and seek further funding.
The GL4HE Network will support grantees as they plan for a global learning project in their communities. We encourage both new entrants and those experienced in global learning to apply for funding. Grantees and their organizations will be considered "Global Learning Teams." Each Global Learning Team will be partnered and matched with one or more global learning for health equity experts from the Network dependent on their health equity project type and stage of global learning. Network experts will provide support, including coaching and mentoring on implementation, research, and synthesis plans. All Network experts have experience in implementation science, research and evaluation, and community engagement and can support global learning research and evaluation.
To obtain funding, potential grantees will propose a global learning initiative they would like to bring to their community to address a health equity challenge. The grant will fund 5-10 groups to design global learning initiatives under the mentorship of GL4HE Network partners with expertise in multiple areas of global learning. The primary deliverable for these grants will be a well-designed project report detailing the outcome of the funded project, pilot data collected, and proposed next steps to further design, implement, or evaluate a global learning initiative. Global Learning Teams will be offered at least two opportunities to share their proposals with curated panels of global health and health equity funders in “pitch” sessions designed to provide feedback and exposure to grantees. The Global Learning Teams will become members of the GL4HE Network at the completion of the grant term.
The GL4HE team will provide technical assistance to grantees throughout the process. Through its research, the GL4HE Network determined that the most significant barriers to global learning are lack of understanding and mentorship at every step of the global learning process. The unfamiliarity and lack of continuous support prevents community organizations, academia, health care systems, and public health departments from taking the first steps into global learning to address their health equity needs. Technical assistance from Network experts will support grantees and provide resources to mitigate challenges to uptake of global learning.
Grants of $30,000-$50,000 are available for 6-8 projects.
The Gerber Foundation
NOTE: The Letter of Inquiry deadline is the deadline for the Concept paper. The Concept paper provides a brief summary of the project, enabling the Foundation to assess how well the proposed research fits with the Foundation’s interests.
The Gerber Foundation's Mission
The mission of The Gerber Foundation, to enhance the quality of life of infants and young children in nutrition, care, and development, has remained the guiding beacon for Foundation giving throughout its history. Accordingly, priority is given to projects whose primary beneficiaries are young children from birth to three years of age. The Trustees of The Gerber Foundation expect the Foundation’s grant dollars to make a significant impact on issues facing infants and young children. Through our grant-making efforts, the Trustees are committed to improving the health and well-being of the youngest members of our society. The Foundation maintains three primary focus areas for its grant-making:
- The primary focus, supported by over 70% of grant-making, is applied research focused on health and nutritional issues affecting infants and young children. Research projects aimed at finding solutions to common every-day issues and problems regarding children’s health and nutrition are sought. Of particular interest are those offering a substantial promise of meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of diseases and those with broad applicability to the general population.
- West Michigan grants are focused on youth programs supporting the growth and development of children from 0-18 years of age within 4 counties in West Michigan – Lake, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties. Specific areas of focus within youth programming include early childhood growth and development to assure children are ready for school by age 5; development of parenting skills; STEM education; health and dental care; and several historically supported programs such as 4-H, summer camps, and general support programs.
- College scholarships are provided to students graduating from select high schools in Newaygo, Muskegon, and Oceana Counties. Students must be graduating seniors at the time of application. Scholarships support education beyond high school in traditional colleges or universities as well as trade schools or support for certification exams.
Pediatric Research Focus Areas
The Foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within our defined focus area. Projects should focus on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. The board is particularly looking for practical solutions that can be easily and rapidly implemented on a broad scale with a predictable time frame to clinical application.
Major target areas for research include:
- New diagnostic tools that may be more rapid, more specific, more sensitive, less invasive
- New treatment regimens that are improved or novel, less stressful or painful, more targeted, have fewer side effects, provide optimal dosing
- Symptom relief
- Preventative measures
- Assessment of deficiencies or excesses (vitamins, minerals, drugs, etc.)
- Risk assessment tools or measures for environmental hazards, trauma, etc.
Note that the Foundation is looking for projects that will result in ‘new’ information, treatments or tools that will result in a change in practice. The board rarely funds projects that are focused on sharing current information with parents or caregivers (parent or provider educational programs).
Novice Researcher Grant
Applications for Novice grants follow the same process as regular grants and are limited to no more than $30,000 in total (inclusive of indirects). They are identified by the amount requested in the application.
The mission of The Gerber Foundation, to enhance the quality of life of infants and young children in nutrition, care, and development, has remained the guiding beacon for Foundation giving throughout its history.
The Lawrence Foundation
The Lawrence Foundation is a private family foundation focused on making grants to support environmental, human services and other causes.
The Lawrence Foundation was established in mid-2000. We make both program and operating grants and do not have any geographical restrictions on our grants. Nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or other similar organizations are eligible for grants from The Lawrence Foundation.
Grant Amount and Types
Grants typically range between $5,000 - $10,000. In some limited cases we may make larger grants, but that is typically after we have gotten to know your organization over a period of time. We also generally don’t make multi-year grants, although we may fund the same organization on a year by year basis over a period of years.
General operating or program/project grant requests within our areas of interests are accepted. In general, regardless of whether a grant request is for general operating or program/project expenses, all of our grants will be issued as unrestricted grants.
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant
The Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural and performing arts programs; schools and hospitals; educational, skills-training and other programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and programs.
Allegan County Community Foundation
The T.A.G (Teens Aiding Growth) Team is the Youth Advisory Council at the Foundation. High School students from all districts in Allegan County are invited to join to represent their peers. They meet around 10 times a year.
T.A.G (Teens Aiding Growth) Grant
All youth related programs and services should be addressed through the TAG Grant.
(Services, opportunities, or support for individuals 0-18 years old that minimize barriers and/or encourage them to reach their full potential.)
We strive to ensure that our youth live in a safe and supportive environment (emotionally, intellectually, culturally). They have access to high quality, environmentally rich learning opportunities.
Priority is given to programs that:
- Enhance quality early childhood education and intervention services.
- Support mentoring programs that encourage relationships between youth and caring adults.
- Support access to programs that promote mental and physical health as well as those that address disconnected youth.
- Enhance educational opportunities in science, literacy, arts, and culture, especially those that use experiential learning.
- Support post-secondary education access and job readiness.
- Support youth-led social change and elevate the voices of youth in program planning.
- Program Development
- Staff Development
- Curriculum Development
- Technical Assistance
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