Reminder: New Overtime Regulations Go Into Effect December 1
Is your organization prepared to comply with the new FLSA overtime regulations by December 1? The National Council of Nonprofits has collected extensive resources on the topic to help you understand your organization's responsibilities under the new rule. Click here to read more.
IRS Filing Deadline Coming Up
If your organization's fiscal year ended in June, your annual filing to the IRS is due November 15th unless you file an extension. Almost all tax exempt organizations, even very small ones, must complete one of the 990 series filings, or risk jeopardizing their tax-exempt status. While you're preparing for your 990 filing, be sure to look into whether you qualify for the Small Employer Health Care Tax Credit and should be filing Form 990-T.
Community-Based Solutions for Veterans and Military Families
The Institute of Museum and Library Services in cooperation with FSG, announced today the launch of a new initiative, Community-Based Solutions for Veterans and Military Families, to strengthen the ability of libraries and museums to fulfill the unique and critical needs of veterans and military families. Through this initiative, IMLS will gather information from a variety of key stakeholders in the library, museum, and military communities to understand current needs and services; identify opportunities for enhancing community services; and develop frameworks, tools, and resources to strengthen the role libraries and museums have in addressing the specific needs of veterans and military families in their communities. Institutions with questions about the Veterans and Military Families Initiative should contact Dr. Marvin Carr at email@example.com or 202-653-4752.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites museums to participate in a webinar on November 3, from 2-3 p.m. (Eastern) to learn about USCIS and opportunities to educate the community about citizenship and immigration. Representatives from USCIS will provide an overview of USCIS, discuss its partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and identify ways museums can get involved. Click here to RSVP.
Museum Assessment Program
The American Alliance of Museums is now accepting applications through December 1 for the next Museum Assessment Program (MAP) cycle, to start in late fall 2016. MAP helps small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet national standards through self-study and a site visit by a peer reviewer. Slots in MAP are non-competitive, costs to participate range from free to $750, and museums can chose from three different assessments. MAP is offered to the field through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums, which allows museums to get up to $6,000 worth of consultative resources and services for low-to-no cost.
Google Ad Grants
Google Ad Grants offer eligible non-profit organizations up to $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com. You create advertisement and key word searches that relate your nonprofit, services, and organization as a whole, and when people use Google to search for related offerings online, your ad may appear next to the search results. When people click the ad, they will be directed to your website. For full program details, click here.
The Edwin S. Webster Foundation
The Edwin S. Webster Foundation will consider requests for capital programs, special projects or operating income. They support organizations with an emphasis on hospitals, medical research, education, youth agencies, cultural activities, and programs addressing the needs of minorities. Before submitting a request, please contact foundation administrator Michelle Jenney at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadlines are May 1 and November 1.
IMLS Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Grants
IMLS offers Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH) grants to support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. They are intended to provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 for a grant period of up to two years. The deadline is December 1, 2016.
IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums
The National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. National Leadership Grants for Museums has three project categories: Learning Experiences; Community Anchors; and Collections Stewardship. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $1,000,000 for a grant period of up to three years. The deadline is December 1, 2016.
IMLS Museums for America
Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. MFA has three project categories: Learning Experiences; Community Anchors; and Collections Stewardship. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $500,000 for a grant period of up to three years. The deadline is December 1, 2016.
IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
IMLS offers the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture to support projects that improve the operations, care of collections, and development of professional management at African American museums. Grants range from $5,000 to $150,000 for a grant period of up to three years. The deadline is December 1, 2016.
IMLS National Medal
The National Medal for Museum and Library Service from IMLS honors outstanding libraries and museums that have made significant and exceptional contributions in service to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary approaches to serving their constituents; they exceed expected levels of community outreach. These organizations have established themselves as community anchor institutions. Recipient institutions are honored at an awards ceremony that is held in Washington, DC. The deadline is October 3, 2016.
NEA Research: Art Works
The NEA's Office of Research & Analysis makes awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. By providing financial support to deserving projects, the NEA anticipates that this program will spur growth in the number of people experienced in and knowledgeable about arts-related research in the U.S. This year, Research: Art Works will offer support for projects in two areas: Value and Impact as well as Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs. Application deadline is October 11, 2016. Click here for complete details.
NEH National Digital Newspaper Program
The National Endowment for the Humanities' is soliciting proposals from institutions to participate in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP is creating a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, from all the states and U.S. territories. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and will be freely accessible via the Internet. (See the website, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.) An accompanying national newspaper directory of bibliographic and holdings information on the website directs users to newspaper titles available in all types of formats. During the course of its partnership with NEH, LC will also digitize and contribute to the NDNP database a significant number of newspaper pages drawn from its own collections. Previously funded projects will be eligible to receive supplements for continued work, but the program will give priority to new projects. In particular, the program will give priority to projects from states and territories that have not received NDNP funding. Deadline is January 12, 2017.
NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
The NEH offers a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) grant to help cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. The deadline for the grant is December 13, 2016.
Programming Grants to Accompany NEH on the Road Exhibitions
These grants support ancillary public humanities programs to accompany NEH on the Road traveling exhibitions. Typical formats involve lectures, reading and discussion programs, film discussion programs, Chautauqua presentations by scholars, family programs, exhibition tours, and other appropriate formats for reaching the general public. Deadline is December 29, 2016 for projects starting May 2017. Learn more here.
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
The NEH’s Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Through a special partnership, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing additional funding to this program to encourage innovative collaborations between museum or library professionals and humanities professionals to advance preservation of, access to, use of, and engagement with digital collections and services. The deadline for the grant is January 11, 2017.
NEH Public Humanities Projects
The NEH’s Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life. NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming. NEH encourages projects that explore humanities ideas through multiple formats. The deadline for the grant is January 11, 2017.
National Trust for Historic Preservation Emergency Funds
Intervention funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation is awarded in emergency situations when immediate and unanticipated work is needed to save a historic structure, such as when a fire or other natural disaster strikes. Funding is restricted to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Emergency grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000, but unlike the majority of our grant funding, a cash match is not required for intervention projects. Contact us if you believe your project qualifies for this type of funding. Please note: emergency funding is very limited.
Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations
StEPs is AASLH's self-study standards program designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, organizations enrolled in StEPS assess their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against nationally recognized standards. The program is divided into six sections that can be addressed in any order. In each section, organizations can identify their current practice as Basic, Good, or Better. Each level has its indicators, allowing organizations to set realistic goals and tackle challenges in small, manageable steps. Work in each section at your own pace using checklists, worksheets, sample documents, and the 24/7 online community. NEMA members that enroll in StEPs receive a free AASLH webinar registration. For complete details, click here.
Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art firsthand, the Terra Foundation supports exhibitions that increase the understanding and appreciation of historical American art (circa 1500–1980). Spring 2017 Awards. Letter of Inquiry: August 1, 2016; Proposal: October 14, 2016. Click here for details.
TD Charitable Foundation
TD Charitable Foundation grants will be awarded to area non-profit and public institutions to create meaningful change and improvement in the communities.
Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund
The Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund was established by the State of Connecticut to stimulate the development of private sector funding and help stabilize arts institutions. Connecticut non-profit arts organizations which have received a minimum of $25,000 in contributions in each of the last two years from non-governmental sources are eligible. Organizations may use funds for capital projects, operations, and programming or to build their own endowments. Application deadline is December 15, 2016.
Maine Humanities Council Community Outreach Grants
Maine Humanities Council offers Community Outreach / mini grants (up to $1,000), which support a wide variety of public humanities projects, such as exhibits, lecture and film series, reading and discussion programs, symposia, cultural celebrations, etc. The upcoming deadline is October 17, 2016; the next one will be January 13, 2017. The Maine Humanities Council also offers major grants (up to $7,500) to support a variety of larger humanities projects such as exhibits, conferences, films, and other initiatives. The deadline is January 31, 2017. For more information click here.
Maine Arts & Humanities Grants: up to $1000
Arts & Humanities Grants, a partnership between the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission, support innovative community projects that have BOTH arts and humanities components. Deadlines for 2016-17 are on November 4, 2016 and TBD in the early spring of 2017. Projects must begin no sooner than 8 weeks after these deadlines.
Maine Arts Commission Arts Learning Grant
The Maine Arts Commission’s Arts Learning Grant offers a maximum of $5,000. Funds are to be used to enhance PK-12 arts education through teaching artist programs, connections with community arts education, curriculum planning, professional learning for arts educators, teaching artists and teachers of all content. The deadline is in spring 2017.
Maine Arts Commission Organizational Development Grant
The Maine Arts Commission offers an Organizational Development Grant for up to $5,000. The Organizational Development grant is designed to support capacity-building projects for arts organizations throughout Maine. Grant funds can help address issues that include positioning of the organization, board and staff development, planning, financial management, and marketing. The deadline is in spring 2017.
Maine Arts Commission Partnership Grants
Partnership Grants through the Maine Arts Commission offer grants from $7,500 to $25,000. This program provides much-needed unrestricted operating funds to arts organizations and establishes a process for partnering with the Maine Arts Commission to advance the role of the arts in strengthening communities and enhancing local economies. The deadline is in spring 2017.
Maine Arts Commission Project Grant for Organizations
The Maine Arts Commission’s Project Grant for Organizations offers up to $5,000. The Project Grant for Organizations is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist arts organizations with the production of high-quality creative activities, the creation of new work, and the continuation of successful arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. The deadline is in spring 2017.
Cultural Facilities Fund
An initiative of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the goal of the Cultural Facilities Fund is to increase investments from both the public sector and the private sector to support the sound planning and development of cultural facilities in Massachusetts. Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) grants support projects that create jobs in construction and cultural tourism; expand access and education in the arts, humanities, and sciences; and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Grants range from $7,000 to $300,000. The 2017 grant application will be available mid-October 2016.
Local Cultural Council Program
The Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Each year, local councils award more than $3 million in grants to more than 6,000 cultural programs statewide. Individuals, schools, and cultural organizations are eligible to apply for project support from their local council.
Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Investment Portfolio
The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Investment Portfolio (CIP) provides unrestricted general operating support grants and project support grants to nonprofit organizations that provide public programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities in Massachusetts. CIP recognizes that organizations with an established record of programmatic service and administrative stability should have access to funds to support their organizational goals and objectives, and to maintain their ongoing programs, services, and facilities without special emphasis on new initiatives as justification for funding. The application deadline is May 1, 2017.
Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund
The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) seeks to support new capital projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences that expand access and education; create jobs in construction and cultural tourism; and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Administered jointly by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and MassDevelopment, the CFF is open to nonprofit cultural organizations and municipalities, and for projects at higher education institutions that serve the public. Intent-to-Apply deadline is November 18, 2016 with the final application deadline of January 13, 2017.
Mass Humanities Discussion Grant
Mass Humanities has six Discussion Grant options, ranging from open in format and content as long as the project includes facilitated discussion (Open Discussion); to discussion series (Reading & Discussion, Common Good Reads, Literature & Medicine); to the Family Adventures in Reading program with syllabi and set budgets that simplify planning; to the small Civil Rights Discussion grant for the shared reading of a civil rights text. The upcoming Inquiry Form deadline is November 15, 2016.
Mass Humanities Local History Grants
Mass Humanities offers two Local History Grants to support smaller historical organizations in working with their collections. Massachusetts towns and historical societies have significant collections that archive the history of the people of the Commonwealth. The Research Inventory Grant (RIG) funds inventorying projects designed to support future programming, including but not limited to cataloguing of manuscripts, published records, photographs, artifacts, or other materials in the organization`s collections or mission area. A rig grant carries a maximum award of $2,000. The Scholar in Residence (SIR) grant funds research that advances the interpretation and presentation of history by Massachusetts history organizations, based on research in the organization’s collections or mission purview. The program has a dual purpose: to provide organizations with expertise not usually available to them, and to encourage scholars to use the rich resources of the state’s history museums and historical societies. A SIR grant carries a maximum award of $3,000. Both grants have an upcoming Inquiry Form deadline on January 17, 2017.
Mass Humanities Project Grant
Mass Humanities offers a Project Grant of up to $7,500. In general, Mass Humanities prioritizes funding projects that engage those whose contact with humanities programming is limited and programming that responds to their current theme, Negotiating the Social Contract. Those who respond to the theme may receive up to $15,000. The upcoming Inquiry Form deadline is December 19. 2016.
Mass Humanities Public Squared Challenge Grant
Mass Humanities’ annual Public Squared Challenge Grant (up to $25,000) will fund a collaboration of two (or more) organizations that seek to build open discussion in response to our thematic initiative, Negotiating the Social Contract, and in so doing, multiply the impact of conversation on our collective culture. One grant will be awarded each year with up to $15,000 in outright funds and up to $10,000 in challenge funds. The Inquiry Form deadline is December 19, 2016.
New England Foundation for the Arts NEST Program
A cooperative program between the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and the state arts agencies of New England provides support to nonprofits for performances, readings, and related community activities by artists that have met the eligibility criteria for the NEST Program. The upcoming grant deadline is December 1, 2016.
New Hampshire Community Project Grants
New Hampshire Humanities Council is awarding two types of Community Project Grants in 2017. Quick Grants offer up to $1,000 to support simple, single-event or short-series projects, and are available in as little as six weeks from submission deadline. The next Quick Grant application deadline is January 6, 2017. Quarterly Grants of up to $10,000 enable organizations to design and carry out larger projects that attract diverse audiences, engage minds, and stimulate meaningful community dialogue. The next mandatory letter of interest for a Quarterly Grant is January 6, 2017.
Rhode Island Foundation’s Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence
As part of the Rhode Island Foundation's commitment to serving the needs of the nonprofit sector, organizational development grants of up to $10,000 will now be offered through the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence. These grants are intended to support organizations that fall outside of the Foundation's current areas of focus. Organizations that are targeting one of the Foundation's identified sector focus areas can apply for organizational development support (of any amount) through the strategy grant program. Organizational development grants can be used for a variety of activities that strengthen and improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness, including strategic planning, business planning, fund development planning, marketing planning, feasibility studies, reorganization and streamlining, mergers, financial management planning or systems, and transition or succession planning. The fall application deadline is October 31. Contact any member of the INE or grant program staff with questions. Learn more and apply here.
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities’ Mini Grant Program
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities' Mini Grant Program, for requests up to $2,000, invites individual researchers, nonprofit organizations, and schools to apply for funding in support of public humanities projects, documentary film, civic education initiatives, and individual research. Mini Grant deadlines are November 1, 2016, and February 1, 2017. They also offer a Major Grant Program for requests over $2,000. An Intent to Apply is due October 1-November 1, 2016. For more information click here.
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’ Arts Access Grants
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’ Arts Access Grants (AAG) provide small grants (maximum of $5,000) to new ventures, occasional arts programs, or arts and cultural organizations that do not meet the new IAC eligibility requirements (see below). The Arts Access Grant provides program support to organizations across Rhode Island that contribute to the vitality of our communities, the economy of our state, the education of all Rhode Islanders, and our quality of life. Organizations must demonstrate excellent artistic, educational, and cultural value, as well as engagement with their community. The next deadline is October 1, 2016.
Vermont State Preservation Matching Grants
The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation administers two matching grant programs. The Historic Preservation Grant program offers grants of up to $20,000 to non-profit organizations and municipalities to help repair and restore historic buildings while the Barn Preservation Grant program provides grants up to $15,000 to non-profits, municipalities and private individuals for repair and adaptive use of historic agricultural buildings. The deadline for the next round of Historic Preservation Grants is October 3, 2016 and November 7, 2016 for the Barn Preservation Grants.
Vermont Humanities Council Grants Program
The Vermont Humanities Council supports humanities related projects of other non-profit organizations through its Grants Program. These grants are primarily focused in public programming, curriculum development, or teacher enrichment projects. The maximum award is $5,000 but most are smaller. Letters of Intent for projects beginning May 15, 2017 or later are due January 23-February 17. For more information click here.
Vermont Arts Council Animating Infrastructure Grants
Animating Infrastructure Grants from the Vermont Arts Council support community projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements. Through this program, the Council strives to demonstrate the positive impact of art in helping communities meet goals of livability, walkability, safety, economic vitality, and community vibrancy, and to support the creation of unique infrastructure projects where function and art are one and the same. Grants range from $1,000-$15,000. A Letter of Intent is due by December 5, 2016.
Vermont Arts Council Arts Impact Grants
The Vermont Arts Council’s Arts Impact Grants support organizations, municipalities, and schools in their efforts to create a more vibrant quality of life by providing equal and abundant access to the arts. Grants range from $500 to $3,000. The next round of deadlines will begin spring 2017.
Vermont Arts Council Cultural Facilities Grants
The Vermont Arts Council’s Cultural Facilities Grants help Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities enhance, create, or expand the capacity of an existing building to provide cultural activities for the public. The next deadline will be spring 2017.
Vermont Arts Council Technical Assistance Grants
The Vermont Arts Council offers Technical Assistance Grants to support activities that help Vermont arts organizations strengthen their capacity to serve constituents. Vermont-registered 501(c)(3) arts organizations can apply for grants to support activities enabling them to take advantage of unique opportunities to enhance their organizational development, professional skills, or expand marketing capacity. Grants range from $250 to $1,500. Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline.