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SAMHSA Forecast - Upcoming funding opportunities

The SAMHSA forecast provides information on SAMHSA’s upcoming Requests for Applications (RFAs). Prospective applicants can learn more about SAMHSA’s plans for release of RFAs including brief program descriptions, eligibility information, award size, award number and proposed release date. Please note: This information reflects current planning and is subject to change.

Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth Communities

The Department of Justice and six other federal agencies invite eligible local, state, and tribal communities to apply for funding under round 3 of the Performance Partnership Pilots initiative to improve education, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth. The participating agencies have made the application process for federal funds more flexible and waived certain program requirements to enable successful applicants to test strategies to increase the rate at which disconnected youth—youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who are low-income and are homeless, in foster care, involved in the juvenile justice system, unemployed, or not enrolled in or at risk of dropping out of school—achieve success.

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Grants

HUD will select up to 10 communities to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to develop and execute a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The purpose of the YHDP is to learn how communities can successfully approach the goal of preventing and ending youth homelessness by building comprehensive systems of care for young people rather than implementing individual or unconnected projects that serve this population. In order to effectively implement a system that addresses the needs of youth experiencing homelessness, Continuums of Care (CoCs) must understand the subgroups of unaccompanied youth; including pregnant and parenting, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ), and minor age youth experiencing homelessness and the unique challenges they face within their communities. Additionally, CoCs must ensure that the appropriate type of housing assistance and level of services that are effective in providing safe and stable housing are available within the community and must reach out and partner with a comprehensive set of traditional and non-traditional youth homelessness stakeholders that provide youth with resources and services, advocate for them, and set policy on their behalf. Finally, CoCs must incorporate the experiences of homeless or formerly homeless unaccompanied youth; which is vital to understanding the needs, strengths, and perspectives of the youth in the community; and incorporate those understandings into the YHDP coordinated community plan and awarded projects. All of this will require CoCs to use innovative practices to design better projects and strong comprehensive plans to prevent and end youth homelessness.

Deadline: Nov. 30, 2016

Family Strengthening Research Grants

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), will solicit applications for Family Strengthening Research Scholars grants to support dissertation research on healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy issues. These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy decision-making and program administration, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. These grants are intended to address issues of significance to inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/understudied populations (e.g., low-income families, minority populations), utilize rigorous research methodology (both primary data collection and secondary data analysis), and help inform the development of future intervention research.

Deadline: May 20, 2017

Community Improvement and Learning Block Grant Program

The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will fund one 2-year cooperative agreement to support the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Learning Communities Resource Center (LCRC). The LCRC was established to promote the creation of learning communities within the CSBG Network. The LCRC will create learning communities that involve leadership, a motivated workforce, and an active role for low-income people in data-driven community services and strategies. A key focus will be to develop tools and processes to help Community Action Agencies and other CBSG eligible entities in making breakthrough gains on priority areas for community improvement.

Deadline: June 2, 2017

Improving Outcomes and Well-Being for At-Risk and Out-of-Home Placement Children in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities Grant Program

These targeted grants will be awarded to regional partnerships that provide, through interagency collaboration and integration of programs and services and activities that are designed to increase the well-being of, improve permanency outcomes for, and enhance the safety of children who are in out-of-home placements or are at risk of entering out-of-home placements as a result of a parent's or caretaker's substance abuse. Native communities face service delivery issues that are complicated by several barriers such as, lack of early intervention for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, distances to services, and lack of access to programs and services. The goal of the program, services, and activities supported by these funds is to improve the well-being of children and families affected by parental substance abuse in AI/AN communities. Per the legislative requirements, RPGs are required to select and report on performance indicators and evaluation measures to increase the knowledge that can be gained from the program.

Deadline: June 6, 2017

Improving Outcomes and Well-Being for At-Risk and Out-of-Home Placement Children Grant Program

These targeted grants will be awarded to regional partnerships that provide, through interagency collaboration and integration of programs and services, activities and services that are designed to increase the well-being of, improve permanency outcomes for, and enhance the safety of children who are in out-of-home placements or are at risk of entering out-of-home placements as a result of a parent's or caretaker's substance abuse. Applicants will be expected to have a collaborative structure in place that is capable of building the region's capacity to meet a broad range of needs for families involved with both substance abuse treatment and the child welfare system.

Deadline: June 6, 2017

Early Child Care and Education Policy Research Grant Program

The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Policy, Research and Evaluation plans to solicit applications for Child Care Research Scholars grants to support dissertation research on child care policy issues. These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for child care policy decision-making and program administration, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. Child Care Research Scholars projects address issues of significance related to the Office of Child Care and the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF); inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved / understudied populations; and utilize the most rigorous research methodology for the selected research question.

Deadline: June 9, 2017

State Grants

MSU Extension

Provides an extensive list of current grant opportunities in Montana and beyond. The list is updated frequently with new opportunities! Deadline: Varies

Private Grants

Community Health and Welfare Grant Prize Program

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well. A Culture of Health recognizes that health and wellbeing are greatly influenced by where we live, work, the safety of our surroundings, and the relationships we have in our families and communities. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who are coming together to create conditions for health and prosperity by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses—so that good health flourishes everywhere."

Deadline: Nov. 3, 2016

Montana Partnership to End Childhood Hunger

Purpose To provide funding to seize opportunities and address barriers to ending child hunger in Montana, and help program providers involved in the 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger achieve their targets/benchmarks.

Eligibility Align with MT-PECH’s 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger and Mission Statement: Eliminate childhood hunger through building awareness, maximizing community resources and supporting policy advocacy. To view the 10-Step plan go to: and click on the MT-PECH logo.

Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis, and will be given thoughtful consideration based on need and impact. All applicants must submit a complete application; incomplete applications will not be considered.

Quarterly review cycle deadlines: March 31st, June 30th, September 31st, and December 31st

American Electric Power Foundation Grants

The American Electric Power Foundation complements a tradition of corporate philanthropy exhibited by American Electric Power and its regional utilities in support of AEP's community relations goal: To support and play an active, positive role in the communities where we live and work. The following focus areas will be eligible for consideration by the Foundation:

  • Improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education.
  • Protecting the environment.
  • Providing basic human services in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety.
  • Enriching the quality of life in our communities through art, music and cultural heritage.

Deadline: Ongoing

Astellas USA Foundation - STEM Education and General Health/Well-Being Program Grants

Health and Well-Being:
Access to health and well-being is essential to a sustainable society. We seek to provide access to health and well-being for all people of all ages, and to enrich the quality of life for people in the communities we serve. We provide funding to organizations that have a long-standing history of promoting mental health, supporting people with disabilities and helping people who are underserved access the health care that they need.

STEM Education:
High-quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education helps today’s students develop collaboration, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. We strive to inspire students to develop an interest and proficiency in STEM subjects by supporting organizations that reach directly into the classroom, and by funding STEM-related online and after-school enrichment programs . The programs that we fund expose students to STEM-related careers, provide them with first-hand learning experiences, and inspire the next generation of scientists.

Deadline: Ongoing

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation - Grants for Education, Afterschool and College Access Programs Benefiting Low and Moderate Income Students

The Education program aims to create an environment in which children and young people from low- and moderate-income families have access to a full educational experience that connects with family and community and leads to academic and economic success. We believe education, employment and community engagement are integral to moving people in low-income communities toward greater prosperity. The three pillars of our grant-making program to put young people on a pathway to greater opportunity are: (1) Advancing Afterschool Success, (2) Beyond High School and (3) Special Initiatives. The first two areas enable us to increase access to high-quality educational opportunities and support systemic change to increase and improve the pathways to education and work. The third area allows us to support collaborative and cross-cutting projects across the Foundation’s program areas and to explore special opportunities with the potential to advance our objectives.

Deadline: Ongoing

Kars4Kids Small Grant Program

Kars4Kids funds educational and youth programs in communities across North America. Our full suite of year round programs includes school placement and tuition assistance, mentorship and extracurricular programs, family retreats and summer camps. Our wide array of services is designed to impact every aspect of a child’s development, from the academic to the social to the cultural. Our holistic approach involves school, family and community working together to develop our youth into productive and engaged members of society. As part of our overarching goal and mission, Kars4Kids is constantly on the lookout for likeminded charities which share our values and are working hard to make a difference in the areas of education and youth development.

Deadline: Ongoing

Fordham Street Foundation - Disadvantaged Youth Education and Development Grants

The Fordham Street Foundation seeks opportunities to promote the rights of our least advantaged children to thrive, grow and be enriched. The Foundation will support innovative programs that:

  • Target minority academic achievement
  • Provide superior educational opportunities for our least advantaged children
  • Improve the academic or physical environment in schools least able to address these needs
  • Enrich the lives of homeless children
  • Prevent domestic violence

The Foundation will focus its efforts on human or direct services in these areas. The Foundation may also consider education, training and resource development.

Deadline: Ongoing

Home Depot Community Impact Grants

Grants, up to $5,000, are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools, or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. More competitive grant proposals will specifically identify projects for veterans and will include housing repairs, modifications, and weatherization work. Once grant applications are reviewed, all applicants will receive a written response within six weeks of receipt of a request.

JCPenney AfterSchool Grant

JCPenney Afterschool is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to supervised after school programs for school-aged children. The J.C. Penney Company, Inc. and JCPenney Afterschool have contributed over $80 million to the cause since 1999. JCPenney Afterschool provides grants primarily to individual branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, YMCA of the USA, National 4-H and the United Way. Each year, however, JCPenney runs a "round-up" event at 1,100 local stores across the U.S., encouraging customers to round up their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and to donate the difference to JCPenney Afterschool, for use in after school programs. To apply for a JCPenney Afterschool grant, develop a grant proposal and contact your local JCPenney store.

Modest Needs

Offers a Non-Profit grant to allow small non-profits to appeal directly to the general public for help to afford expenses that will strengthen the programs and services they provide to the communities that they serve. Deadline: Ongoing

Scholastic Book Grants

The Scholastic Book Grants Program is a corporate in-kind giving initiative that provides high-quality reading materials to children in need. The Company's goal is to ensure that each of its book donations has a significant impact on fostering literacy. Small-scale (unsolicited) donations of 500-1,000 books are awarded to 501c3 or 170c literacy organizations.

Walmart's Local Community Contribution Program

Walmart's Local Community Contribution Program funds organizations that address the unmet needs of people in their communities. Areas of focus include hunger relief, education, workforce development, health and wellness, environmental sustainability. Now accepting applications. Deadline: Rolling

Youth Bereavement Support Services Grants

A Little HOPE, Inc. is a not-for-profit publicly supported charitable foundation, recognized by the IRS under 501 (c)(3), which grants funds to organizations that provide bereavement support services and grief counseling to children, teens and young adults, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or loved one, regardless of the circumstances of the death. Introductory e-mails are accepted year round. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a complete application." Deadline: Ongoing