Be Better and Do More for Earth Day with GrantWatch

For Earth Day 2017, the GrantWatch family is being better and doing more by banning wasteful, single-use paper cups from the office. A few of us took a little field trip to Marshalls, carpooling to reduce pollution, and facetimed the rest of our office staff to make sure everyone could choose their own new mug. This small task will greatly reduce the waste created by GrantWatch each and every day!

Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day. Join the Earth Day movement and use GRANTS to make our planet a better place. Make a positive impact of eco-responsibility with environment and preservation grants listed on GrantWatch. There are so many ways we can be better and do more for the environment. Earth Day 2017 is the perfect opportunity to start an eco-friendly initiative for your family or community.

Celebrate Earth Day by taking action and starting an earth friendly project in your community, upgrade the energy efficiency of your home by installing solar panels or make a simple promise to yourself and our planet to start recycling. Get involved with a litter clean up or community garden project in your neighborhood.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, in America.

It was founded by former US senator Gaylord Nelson after he saw the enormous 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. 

Each year, festivals, parades and rallies are held in at least 192 countries to demonstrate support for environmental protection. –Mirror

Here's a few of our environment and preservation grant listings that we're sure would make Mother Earth proud. 

Environment Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Promote Environmental Sustainability through Organic Agriculture

Grants averaging $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to promote environmental sustainability through the advancement of organic agriculture. 

LOI Due: 4/27/2017

Deadline: 6/8/17

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Libraries, for Human Services, Environment, and Disaster Relief

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, public schools, and libraries for activities in the areas of human services, environment, and disaster relief. 

Deadline: 4/30/17

Preservation Grants

Grants and Services to Hawaii Nonprofits for Cleanup Events on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island

Grants of $1,000 and in-kind donations and services to Hawaii nonprofits for community cleanup events on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island. 

Deadline: 4/30/17

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Initiatives Using Solar Modules

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits for programs that enhance the quality of life in local communities through green education initiatives.

Deadline: 5/1/17

How will you pay it forward for the planet this Earth Day? 

Tell us in the comments below! 

About the Author: Aurora Belle is a Senior Staff Writer for and Affiliate Sites.


Are People Really Like Garbage Trucks?

“Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they look for a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Believe me. You’ll be happier.” –The Law of the Garbage Truck by David J. Pollay

Meir Kay explores Pollay's theory in this video adaptation:

Unfortunately, many people carry frustration with them everywhere they go, each and every day. Smiling, waving and wishing others well is a wonderful practice to avoid conflict with others. However, if you or someone you know is dealing with more than daily frustrations, it may be time to see a mental health professional. Search for funding opportunities with mental health grants listed on  

Mental Health Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Human Services, Individuals with Disabilities, and Youth

Grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to USA nonprofit human services organizations working with youth and individuals with disabilities.

Deadline: 5/15/17

Grants to USA and Canada Medical Schools for Student-Run Mental Health Projects

Grants of up to $5,000 to USA and Canada medical schools for projects that address mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Deadline:  5/31/17 Postmarked

The Law of the Garbage Truck :  How to Stop People from Dumping on You

About the Author: Aurora Belle is a Staff Writer for and Affiliate Sites.


The 4 Questions: Jet Blue Wins at Passover, Lands on GrantWatch

Thank you JetBlue for this take-off on the Four Questions – while we laughed, it made us take a step back and think, "Why is GrantWatch different from all other grant websites?" (What a fun way to evaluate your own business, as compared to your competitors!)

Why Is This Website Different From All Other Grant Websites?

1) On all the other grant websites, we can view a "Balagan" of grants from maybe one (or two) types of funding sources and a few categories.

On GrantWatch, we see well-organized and categorized grants from ALL types of funders (foundations, corporations, federal, state and local governments), in 50 categories and by all locations.

2) On all the other grant websites, we see only a "Kleyn Shtik" of the grants.

On GrantWatch, we can view "presentation quality" grant detail pages appropriate for a board meeting: They include eligibility, geographic focus, estimated size of grant, pre-application information, grant summary, funding source contacts and URLs for grant applications (RFPs).

3) On all the other grant websites, we see grants that have not even been checked one time, to be certified "Kosher".

On GrantWatch, we can trust that the grants have been checked multiple times for accuracy by a: grant researcher, grant associate, editor and the funding source.

4) On all the other grant websites, customer service is lacking, with only email assistance. 

On GrantWatch, we can recline (relax), because we know we're going to get a fast email , phone or chat response from a friendly and knowledgeable grant specialist.


Balagan – Mess

Kleyn Shtik – Little Piece

Certified Kosher – Legitimate


From our family to your, GrantWatch wishes you and yours a very Happy Passover.

About the Author: Libby Hikind, CEO, with Contributions by GrantWatch Support Staff: Lianne, Dominique, Tracy and Alex Celebrates Cesar Chavez Day with Farming Grants celebrates Cesar Chavez Day, a state holiday in California, with farming and agriculture grants that support his legacy of improved conditions and civil rights for farm workers. Chavez exhibited a public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics. His peaceful, yet unyielding method made the farm workers' struggle a moral cause that earned nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the National Farmworkers Association as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida. The NFA union has since become a catalyst for millions of dollars in federal, state and foundation farming grants

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon residents can celebrate more than the coming weekend today as Gov. Kate Brown has declared March 31 Cesar Chavez Day. –USNews

Chavez was a civil rights leader and labor movement activist. He fought for farm workers who faced abuse, low pay and inhumane working conditions. He also encouraged Latinos to get out and vote.

He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association — where he led mass boycotts and hunger strikes. Chavez passed away in 1993, but his legacy lives on.

March 31st is Cesar Chavez' birthday and it's also a state holiday in California. The day is intended to promote community service in honor of Chavez's life. –ABC10

Farming & Agriculture Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Promote Environmental Sustainability through Organic Agriculture

Grants averaging $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to promote environmental sustainability through the advancement of organic agriculture. 

LOI Deadline: 4/27/17

Deadline: 6/08/17


About the Author: Aurora Belle is a Copywriter and Editor for and 5 GrantWatch Affiliate Sites.


Love Life Honor Peace

The GrantWatch family is with you, London!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their friends, families and everyone affected by yesterday's attack in London. World leaders offer condolences and support. Big Ben has been lit up in red to honor the victims. The lights of the Eiffel Tower have been turned off in solidarity as the world mourns a shocking loss. The United States has offered Prime Minister, Theresa May our full support. 

Libby Hikind, CEO of has designed a replacement for the peace sign of the seventies.  Libby's vision includes doves of all nationalities, carrying olive branches with hearts and a full surrender flag. The design inspires an embrace of life, love and peace around the world.

Not all peoples are raised to love life and honor peace. Your organization and community can make the difference and become peace ambassadors. 

GrantWatch will be printing Love Life, Honor Peace shirts and will make them available to nonprofits to purchase in bulk. Nonprofits will be able to sell them and use the funds for community activities that promote peace and safety.  They will also be available as perks for crowdfunders on

Send an email demonstrating your interest in these shirts to and or comment below.  Share it out.

These horrific and devastating incidents remind us how fragile life can be. We live in a beautiful, yet often scary world. In just a moment, everything can change. This is why it is so important to be familiar with the security initiatives, procedures and resources of your local area. It is also crucial to have a safety plan in place for emergencies that tells your family know you are ok.

We have no way of knowing when emergencies will arrive and how they will affect us. The best thing we can do for ourselves and each other is to find love in our hearts, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Your organization should plan, practice and prepare for emergency situations with security and safety grants listed on Security and Safety Grants

Matching Grants to Cedar Rapids, Iowa Area Emergency Responders for Health Care Services for Rural Residents

Matching grants up to $5,000 to Cedar Rapids, Iowa area emergency services in eligible rural communities for training, equipment, and transportation. 

Deadline: 4/17/17

Grants to Arizona Law Enforcement Agencies for the Purchase of Professional Police Dogs

Grants to Arizona law enforcement agencies for acquiring skilled and efficient police dogs.

Deadline: Ongoing

Raise Money on Uhelpfund for Nonprofits, Small Businesses, Start-ups, Inventions, and Disaster Relief throughout the USA, Canada, and International Communities

Uhelpfund is used to raise money while applying for grants. The 30-day crowdfunding strategy will empower you to utilize your "crowd", social media and email contacts to ask for contributions, and to ask contributors to forward your campaign to their "crowd".

Deadline: Ongoing

This is a perfect time to reach out to your team, customers, connections and volunteers this week with a customized message of peace, positivity and acceptance. Let them know how much you appreciate their support with a thoughtful email using iContact

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We'd love to hear your thoughts. Please comment below and share with your online networks!

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BUILDING a Better Future with Environmental Grants proudly plays an integral role in building a healthier, stronger tomorrow. The environmental grants and sustainability grants posted, support farming, gardening, clean air, clean water and a variety of other vital initiatives to create a healthier tomorrow (see below for grants). 

Human beings are spending an unprecedented amount of time indoors. The long-term effects and health risks associated with poor ventilation, mold, dampness, and other unhealthy conditions is a source of intense research and development. 

National Geographic has made hopeful discoveries in this area. This research, part of the Urban Expeditions series has discovered green construction methods that will better both mankind and the buidings in which we spend 90% of our lives within. With eager participation, carefully executed research and alysis, National Geographic has discovered ways in which buildings may actually improve our health! 

Before he became a public health researcher at Harvard, Joseph Allen investigated hundreds of “sick buildings” as a consultant for owners who complained about illness in workers or residents from mold, dampness, and other unhealthy conditions.

The green building movement—which has been growing over the past few decades—has gradually expanded from a focus on reducing water and energy usage to a holistic approach that incorporates how buildings affect the people in them.

The wide-ranging efforts include improving indoor air quality and even increasing activity levels of building occupants. Allen and colleagues at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have defined nine foundations for healthier buildings, such as better water quality, reducing noise, regulating temperature, and maximizing light.

In fact, Allen’s group has even coined a new term for this work: buildingomics. The idea is derived from genomics—in the same way that a person is more than individual genes, a building is more than the sum of its parts. “We’re trying to change how people think about buildings,” he says.

The green building movement has improved the quality and secured health benefits of structures by implementing a few fascinating factors. The air we breathe, natural light, active design, bringing the outdoors in (biophilia, the practice of incorporating natural elements and plants to improve air quality) and building for resilience has proven successul in creating a healthier environment for humans. lists several grants in support of the environment, sustainability and green initiatives that secure a healthier future for our planet.

Environment Grants on

Grants to PreK-12 Schools, Nonprofits, and Agencies for Youth Environmental Education

Grants of $500 to preK-12 schools, government agencies, and nonprofit community organizations that provide youth educational services to establish sites for environmental and wildlife education. 

Deadline: 5/31/17

Grants to Multiple USA States and Ontario Nonprofits and Agencies for Environmental Program

Grants to Ontario and USA charitable, educational, and governmental organizations in the Great Lakes region for programs and projects that promote environmental sustainability. 

Deadline: Ongoing

What do you think of the green building movement ("buildingomics")? Have you participated in any efforts to improve the environment?

Please sare your story and leave a comment below!

About the Author: Aurora Belle is a Staff Writer for and Affiliate Sites.


Grants for the Classroom

Publicly funded schools don't have the budgets to bring sufficient creativity to the classroom. Applying for and being awarded a classroom grant has the power to reinvigorate the mindsets of teachers, giving them a fresh perspective on how valuable their work is and inspiring them to grow and learn alongside their students. proudly lists hundreds of grants for children, serving a wide variety of school, community and health related initiatives. If you operate or volunteer for a nonprofit that supports the mental, physical or emotional health of children in your community, be sure to search the available grants in support of your cause. 

Current GrantWatch listings include exciting and interesting opportunities for both teachers and students. Classroom grants provide creative tools for teaching children to learn about responsibility, the environment and social issues. Our grant listings support youth-led community service, promote arts & science programs for deaf students and award fellowships to students thriving in theater arts, just to name a few. 

These innovative methods to get students excited about learning and engaged in their lessons is also a wonderful gift for teachers.

Take a quick look at a few of these new initiatives classroom grants can achieve. Be sure to share with your favorite teachers, educators and students!

Grants to USA Individuals and Groups for Youth-Led Community Service Projects

Grants of $200 and grants of up to $400 for USA individuals and community, school, and nonprofit groups for youth-led community service projects. 

Deadline: 3/31/17

Grants to USA and Canada Deaf Students to Attend Extracurricular Arts and Science Programs

Grants to USA, territories and Canada children who are deaf or hard of hearing to attend after-school, summer, and weekend arts and sciences programming.  

Deadline: 3/31/17

Scholarships and Fellowships to USA Students and Individuals for Professional Training in the Theater Arts

Scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships ranging from $7,500 to $30,000 to USA students and individual artists, including actors, directors, and designers, for professional training, mentorships, and creative and artistic advancement in the theater arts. 

Deadline: 3/31/17



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GrantWatch Weekly Forecast: Wacky Weather and Wonderful Grants

Welcome to the GrantWatch Weekly Forecast!

Gather supplies and get comfortable as we prepare for some wacky weather. The pressure of Winter Storm Stella is affecting every region of the U.S. this week. Here are some predictions to best prepare for the unseasonably warm or snowy skies in your neck of the woods. 

We've thrown in a few great environment and climate grants, to boot! 

A nor'easter will bring heavy snow and wind to parts of the Northeast early this week.

Cold temperatures will remain in place in the East for much of the week.

Record-warm temperatures are possible in parts of the West, while the Northwest remains wet.

Monday evening into Tuesday evening, Winter Storm Stella may undergo "bombogenesis" – an ominous-sounding term frequently used in the winter to describe powerful low-pressure systems that intensify rapidly. –

Whether you're in the warming winds of California, unseasonably snowy and storm bound New York or Washington DC, prepare for some wacky weather this week. Newscasters are advising residents in the Northeast to stay indoors. Flights are canceled as airports prepare for the storm. Schools and colleges are closed.

Make the most of your time stuck inside! Search current grant listings on or start a crowdfunding campaign. Here's a look at some of our featured environment grants, aimed to improve the environment by addressing climate change, raising climate change awareness and integrating environmental lesson plans for students. 

Climate & Environment Grants

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits to Improve the Environment by Addressing Climate Change and Sustainability

Grants to Maryland nonprofits for programs that will improve the local environment. 

Deadline: 04/21/17

Grants to Kansas K-12 Teachers for Projects and Lesson Plans on Climate Change

Deadline: 04/04/17

Grants to Montana Nonprofits for Social Justice, Environment, and Economic Development

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 to Montana nonprofit organizations that are working to promote social justice, combat climate change, and strengthen the economy. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to the deadline. 

About the Author: Aurora Belle is a Senior Copywriter and Editor for and Affiliate Sites.


Branding Your Nonprofit

Establishing your brand, whether that brand is a company, foundation, nonprofit or small business, is absolutely vital to securing continued success. Most nonprofits have a distinct, niche audience, as they are dedicated to a specific cause or mission. Promote the positive actions and aspirations of your nonprofit to online and offline networks to ensure your audience is engaged and inspired. Efforts and accomplishments of community service, healthcare, education, preservation or other socially relevant missions should be shared on social media channels and through email marketing campaigns.

"Build positive brand recognition with online presence and community outreach programs that foster an actively involved supporter base! Streamline your efforts and prepare to be impressed with the great power of branding for your nonprofit."Libby Hikind, Founder & CEO of

Branding for Nonprofits :  Developing Identity with IntegrityStrengthen the image of your nonprofit with positive social impact to secure the loyalty and word-of-mouth publicity among your audience. For instance, sending out an email marketing campaign announcing, "We have raised $5,000 for Families in Transition" will create a positive association with your brand. When receivers next hear the name of your nonprofit, they will instinctively feel an appreciation and be more likely to engage in the announcement. This helps to build a stronger, more engaged and larger network that will help to build up a larger community of followers for your cause and nonprofit.  

Supporters who are engaged and impressed with the work of your nonprofit are also far more likely to share your brand with their friends and family. >Click to Tweet<

Social media and email marketing is a great way to increase reach, build online and industry authority, publicize accomplishments, attract new supporters, publicize fundraising events or even host a contest! People who support your cause but haven't yet been able to volunteer will learn about your initiatives and remain motivated to become an active participant. This is how branding your nonprofit helps to convert online followers to real life supporters.                 The Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing

When your network connections see and share your social media posts of positive accomplishment, they become an advocate of your organization. Email marketing campaigns should highlight the noteworthy, memorable accomplishments of your charity to build brand value and secure lasting, loyalty driven relationships with connections. These branding methods strengthen your network and open new doors of opportunity for your nonprofit.

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What Every Nonprofit Can Learn from the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

The Street Painting Festival is a stellar example of nonprofit success. This year, 2017 marked the 23rd annual Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL.

"The Street Painting Festival and its committee work in partnership with the City of Lake Worth, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the LULA Arts District, creating an event that today serves as an inspiration and model for similar events throughout the United States and abroad." – Street Painting Festival 501(c)(3)

With over 600 artists, main stage music, food court and beverage tents, the award-winning 2 day event is the largest free festival of its kind. It also sets the perfect example of nonprofit organization success. Art enthusiasts from around the world gathered as artists transformed downtown Lake Worth into a pop-up art gallery. The Street Painting Festival springs asphalt to life with traditional, 3D and textured creations. Downtown Lake Worth is brightened by 280 chalk drawings between Federal Highway and H Street and between First Avenue South and Second Avenue North.

The first Street Painting Festival was organized in 1995 by a group of Lake Worth residents, led by Erin Allen and Maryanne Webber. Over 20 years later, Webber remains a dedicated volunteer chairperson and artist coordinator on the Street Painting Festival committee. Each year the Street Painting Festival partners with another charity to give back to the community. In 2017, the Street Painting Festival partners with Wheels for Kids 501(c)(3), providing custom wheel chairs for children with special needs who can neither purchase them nor qualify for public or charitable funding.

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 The popular event creates a positive presence in the community, while raising funds that support socially responsible causes. The free festival is supported by the nonprofit and attracts more attendees every year. The method of partnering with a new nonprofit each year is an exceptional way of optimizing the event publicity. By supporting positive ventures like Wheels for Kids, the Street Painting Festival 501(c)(3) is exposed to a greater audience and empowered to accomplish more in the community.

Do you currently network with a group of artists or volunteer for a nonprofit organization in your community? Consider organizing a Street Painting Festival or other creative event in your hometown! This is a great way to unite communities and benefit worthy causes. 

Current Arts & Culture Grants on GrantWatch: 

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, and Agencies for Arts Activities in Underserved Communities

Grants of $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, local education agencies, and tribes for projects that expand arts opportunities for underserved populations.  Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Artists for the Production of Live Theater Shows Using Puppets

Grants ranging between $3,000 and $7,000 to USA nonprofits and artists for projects to develop creative performances using puppets.  Deadline: 9/11/17

Award to a USA, Canada, or International Postsecondary Journalism Educator for Contributions to the Field

Award to a USA, Canada, or International postsecondary-level journalism educator to recognize exemplary teaching ability, journalism education, and contributions to maintaining high standards within the profession. Deadline: 3/20/17

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