Grants Available

Green Communities offers Charrette Grants for up to $5,000 to assist housing developers with integrating green building systems in their developments and engage in a serious discussion of green design possibilities, Enterprise will award planning grants to affordable housing developers to coordinate green charrettes.  A Green Communities Charrette is a working session that will bring together a diverse group of housing development professionals, as well as funders, policymakers, and community stakeholders to integrate sustainable green design principles into affordable housing developments. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

State Farm: Strong Neighborhoods, Community Development Grant
Supports nonprofit organizations’ programs that: 1) Make housing affordable
Promote first-time homeownership; 2) Eliminate barriers to homeownership; 3) Educate homebuyers about insurance, loss mitigation, and homeownership 4) Foster sustainable communities; and 5) Rehabilitate neighborhoods or communities.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Seed Grants for Community Message System
Community Voice Mail (CVM) provides free, 24-hour nationwide voice mail to people in crisis and transition – connecting them to jobs, housing, safe communication, and much more. In 39 cities throughout the U.S., CVM sites are hosted by one main social or health service agency which is responsible for funding and managing the CVM service for the whole city/community. Through a grant from the Cisco Systems Foundation, CVM is making multiple $20,000 seed grants available to local agencies willing to “host” CVM for the whole community (for cities or MSA’s with population of 300,000 and greater). Applications will be accepted through the remaining months of 2007 and into 2008. A copy of the Request for Proposals is available here. For additional information, contact Anna Landa at

Teaching Tolerance Grant Program
The Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center offers grants for implementing tolerance and youth activism projects. Projects funded by Teaching Tolerance tend to be: small scale, resourceful and student-focused, promoting acceptance of diversity, peacemaking, community service, or any other aspect of tolerance education; clearly defined, well integrated, and tailored to the specific needs and interests of particular learners and their communities; economically responsible, involving staff participation, community volunteers, and in-kind contributions wherever possible; sustainable in some way, rather than one-time-only events or activities.
Award amount of $500 to $2,500. There is no application deadline

Seed Grants for Youth Projects
The Youth Venture Grant Program provides grants to young people (ages 12 to 20) who have a dream or identify a need in their school or community, develop an idea and then, with a team, launch their own community-minded organizations to address that dream or need. Each venture team must have an Ally – a caring adult who advises the team. Grants of up to $1,000 are provided to help launch the organization Applications are accepted throughout the year

Community News Ventures Supported
New Voices, administered by J-Lab at the University of Maryland and supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is a pioneering program to seed innovative community news ventures in the United States. New Voices will fund the start-up of ten micro-local news projects with $12,000 grants. The program also maintains an educational website for grantees, and helps foster their projects’ sustainability through $5,000 second-year matching grants. Funding is available for print or electronic news initiatives, including online, cable, broadcast, narrowcast, satellite, and mobile efforts. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and civic groups are eligible to apply. The application deadline is February 20, 2008. Visit the website listed above for program details. For more information, see


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