Changing Health Culture in Low Income Communities

One of the first programs of its kind, the Claremont Healthy Village Initiative (CHVI) began reaching out to adults and youth, alike, in the Claremont Village New York City Housing Authority Development to make sustainable changes in their lives. Through a variety of grants, revenue streams and partnerships, this program has begun to make a difference in the health culture of a low income underserved population.

The way you eat, sleep, exercise, talk and think determines your health. Health is a culture that includes everything from belief to custom and habit. To find funding to support health in your community, go to and search for grants under the Health and Medical category.

Underserved populations have limited access to healthcare, health education and nutrition guidance. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and strong culture of health is harder for low-income households.

If you took a time-lapsed video of health in developing nations, you will find that there is trend toward chronic disease. Take a closer look and you’ll find that these diseases disproportionally affect those under the Federal Poverty Level.

The program’s goal is “To provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary coordinated program that would engage residents in creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The CHVI has been modeled on a four-pronged approach; medical wellness, physical wellness, nutritional wellness and social wellness.”

Through partnerships with community sectors (both private and public), the program set out to change the health of the community in 2012.

In 2015, the Initiative realized they needed to refresh their goal. The Initiative worked with GrowNYC Food Box, a partner as a pre-packaged produce program that disseminates nutrition information. It also engaged in Leadership Training and began a Youth Council.

In 2015, the Initiative was awarded grants for a Seniors Arts and Mental Health Program, Protecting Neighborhood Environmental Beauty, and Youth, Food, Art and more. And, community events engaged the local population and enabled the Initiative to provide health screenings and distribute health materials.

The Claremont Healthy Village Initiative is working to change the culture of health where it is needed most. If you are a nonprofit that similarly works in health advocacy, look for grants on You’ll find grants for Health and Medical, Nutrition, Sports and Recreation and Environment. 

About the Author: Sabeen has a Masters in Public Health and is currently writing for and its affiliated websites.

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Conservation Innovation Grants

The USDA is looking for new innovative proposals on conservation through the competitive Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. You can visit for related grants for Farming/Agriculture. According to Tom Vilsak, Agriculture Secretary, private agricultural and forest land-owners will benefit from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) investment in innovative conservation.

The USDA hopes to introduce changes in conservation technologies as well as changes in the approach to topics like conservation finance, data analytics, and precision conservation. Up to $25 million will be invested into focus areas like:

  • Historically underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers or beginning farmers and ranchers and those with few resources
  • Producer knowledge of the benefits of conservation benefits and its alternatives
  • Improved input management (ie. nutrient management addressing source, timing, rate and placement) or addressing in-field vulnerabilities
  • New investment strategies for private lands conservation
  • Effects of soil health practices and water management
  • Pay-for-success models

In the past 7 years, the USDA has invested almost $173 million into 414 national CIG projects. With this new investment, the USDA hopes to continue its dedication to historically underserved and military veteran farmers and ranchers and their supporters. Up to $2 million was set aside for this group, exclusively.

Since 2009, the USDA has invested more than $29 million to CIG projects to help conservation efforts. Through previous CIG projects, the USDA has worked with 500,000 farmers, ranchers and landowners to help protect over 400 million acres. The projects have helped enhance soil and air quality, water conservation and management and enhancing habitat for wildlife.

On, you will find similar grants for sustainable farming across the nation. Under Farming/Agriculture, you might find grants to develop agriculture and forestry sectors, agricultural development and leadership, agricultural sustainability research and more. 

For grants from the USDA, click here

You can also raise funds through Agriculture Crowdfunding.

About the Author: Sabeen has a Master’s in Public Health and is currently writing for and its affiliated websites.


The Gates Foundation Gives to the Population Health Initiative

Bill and Melinda Gates did it again. Their recent generosity has enabled the work of public health efforts to improve the state of health in Washington state and abroad. has grants for health and medical nonprofits, for profits and small businesses around the United States and internationally.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $210 million to the Population Health Initiative of the University of Washington (UW). This initiative works toward a 25-year vision to unite the UW community and Washington area to advance the health of those people who live locally and of those who live around the world.

There are 5 areas of focus for the initiative: Education and Capacity Building, Diagnostics and Critical Assessments, Developing and Testing Innovations, Implementation Science, and Strategy and Planning. Through the combined efforts of the 5 areas of focus, UW hopes to bring together the university in an inter-disciplinary effort toward improving the health of the community and the world at large.

Specifically, the donation will go toward a building that will house university units working in population health. It will also serve as a place of collaboration for faculty and students from differing university departments as well as global collaborators.

According to the Population Health Initiative, there are 3 pillars that affect billions of lives around the world. These are: human health, environmental resiliency and social and economic equity. The initiative follows the Kindig/Stoddart definition of population health which states that medical care, public health interventions, aspects of the social and physical environments, genetics and individual behavior are all determinants of population health.

By helping to create a new generation of leaders who appropriate scientific data, assess interventions, approach health issues using the scientific method, and empower the community and world with tools to make decisions, the Population Health Initiative of the University of Washington will help to improve the current state of health outcomes.

For low-income and rural areas, domestically and abroad, access to healthcare is an issue. Poverty or distance to healthcare can prevent a population from receiving the proper care needed in 21st century life. 

In addition to Health and Medical, GrantWatch has grants for complimentary disciplines like environment, HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, Nutrition and Research and Evaluation. If you are an institute of higher education interested in beginning or advancing a similar program as the Population Health Initiative, check out grants for Higher Education.

About the Author: Sabeen is a Master’s in Public Health and currently writes for GrantWatch and its affiliated websites.


Twenty-two Grants Awarded by United Way

Recently, the United Way announced a grand total of $232,500 in grant money awarded to local nonprofit organizations in Berks County, Pennsylvania for health and human service programs, education, health and safety-net services. At, we list corporate, foundation and government grants and awards for community service coordination, disaster relief, health and medical, and many other categories. 

The United Way of Berks County, Pennsylvania, grants were awarded in 3 categories:

  1. Rapid Response
  2. Venture
  3. Live United

The operations of the United Way are a great example of how working nonprofits can successfully find funding through grants.

The Rapid Response grants were for nonprofit health and human services organizations that went through sudden financial changes that threatened to halt their services to the community. A total of $125,000 in Rapid Response grants were distributed to different organizations.

The Venture grants were one-time grants for organizations that provided services for low-income people or areas. These grants helped fund new or expanding programs. A total of $75,000 in Venture grants were distributed.

Live grants were one-time grants for newly formed organizations that were looking to create change in order to improve the lives of county residents. These were each up to $5,000. A total of $32,500 in Live grants were distributed to grassroots organizations.

GrantWatch has grants for municipalities, where members of local government can search for grants to improve their community. It is a source for nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, small businesses, individuals, institutes of higher education, and others for the latest in grant funding.

Remember, it is through the generosity and support of contributors, corporations, foundations, government and other nonprofits (like the United Way) that grants become available. If you’re looking for grants, go to or

About the Author: Sabeen has a Masters in Public Health and is currently writing for and its affiliated websites.


Urban Farming and Youth

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project, is a unique nonprofit that operates out of East Oakland, California to engage inner-city youth in urban farming. They use to search for grants in order to continue their programming. If you are a similar nonprofit, check out some of the following categories at Farming/AgricultureYouth/Out-of-School Youth and Quality of Life.

Kelly Carlisle, Founder and Executive Director, has been operating Acta Non Verba (ANV) since 2010. She told me that similar programs in other states can learn a thing or two from her. She advises them to emphasize community engagement. “I learned early on that there were not enough community members engaged in the work. In the past 5 years, we made huge strides to have an intentional effort to involve the community in our programs,” said Kelly.

The target community for the operations of ANV are folks living in what is known as “deep” Oakland, California; particularly, children ages 5 -13. The nonprofit’s mission is to enhance the understanding of nutrition, food production, and healthy living among children and strengthen their connection to the community.

Photo by Pete Rosos

ANV organizes camps, after-school programs, and monthly farm days to teach safe husbandry and harvesting. In this way, youth will learn how to eat healthy meals at home. With help from the children, all produce is sold to local restaurants and through their Community Supported Agriculture program. All proceeds go into an educational savings account for them.

ANV is a unique program that shows children the value of hard work and healthy eating. Kelly loves that the children take home these values. In fact, she says “While working with children, you have to work with families. The impact will then be greater.” By including parents, as volunteers for field and camping trips, Kelly involves the whole family in ANV.

Kelly says ANV doesn’t compare itself to any nonprofit, but itself. The bar is raised by the success of the previous day. “We are striving to be better, ourselves,” says Kelly. In addition to the camps, after-school programs, and monthly farm days, ANV hosts a food pantry and wellness event every year. For these programs, ANV requires funding.

ANV is a MemberPlus+ at and uses the website to search for grants. Kelly likes that the grants are sorted between states and by interest. She also finds the weekly reminder emails with lists of grants in her state very helpful. “It’s exciting to see the list of new grants that have been added,” says Kelly.

ANV first narrowed down 4-5 grants of interest from and under the advisement of a development consultant, applied to 2. They are in the process of waiting to hear back from the funding sources and we here at GrantWatch wish them good luck! 

Kelly went on to say that all of her programs could benefit from crowdfunding, a new online form of fundraising.

Remember, has a sister-site called where any nonprofit or small business can start a crowdfunding campaign. It requires dedicated time and hard work to have a successful campaign. Read about it in our previous article, Why Nonprofits are Perfect for

About the Author: Sabeen has a Masters in Public Health and currently writes for GrantWatch and its affiliated websites.

GrantWatch Has International Grants


GrantWatch has grants for international nonprofits, for-profits and small businesses! We have grants for Canada, Israel, and for many countries in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and more! 


The grant titles will contain the region of the world for which the grants are intended. For example, in the title at, an international grant might read:

Grants to Canada Aboriginal and First Nation Businesses in Northern Territories for Economic Development.

This grant is obviously very specific in regards to geographic focus. But then you will come across other grants like the following one:

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Reducing Inequalities and Social Justice Programs. 

I often recommend for patrons to search for grants with the word “international” in them because these are usually not specific to any country. But, you can always specify when searching for grants according to territories and compact free associations listed under USA states. These include American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and The Federates States of Micronesia.

Abroad, nonprofits and NGOs are performing much needed work. We are often contacted by faith-based organizations working to help children and women. Here is a related list of grants for international nonprofits:

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Reducing Inequalities and Social Justice Programs

Deadline: 10/31/16

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals and Groups for Women's Vocal Music

Deadline: 11/01/16

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits and Individuals for Wellness, Arts, Recreation, Social Services, and Environment

Deadline: 11/04/16

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Individuals for Research in Jewish History and Social Welfare

Deadline: 01/15/17

Grants to Canada Nonprofits, Schools and Agencies in Multiple Provinces for STEM and Energy Conservation

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to Micronesia, Marshall Islands & Palau NGOs & Community Groups for Humanitarian Development

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Children, Health, and Education

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to Israel Nonprofits for Capital Projects to Serve Jewish and General Communities

Deadline: Ongoing

You will also be pleasantly surprised to find grants and awards for individuals or researchers listed at

Career and Technical Education publishes workforce grants and is excited about the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act passed by the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, September 13. The bill adds flexibility to the allotment of federal funds for apprenticeships and workforce training.

This bill will allow funds to be distributed to schools and other career and technical education models. This bill is coming under the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 1984. 

According to the new bill, states can use up to 15% of these federal funds for career and technical education models. Many organizations are excited about the change and look forward to preparing workers for the technologically high-demand careers of the 21st century.

Here are some career and technological education grants that you can find at and

Grants to USA IHEs for Programs that Support Minority Student Recruitment and Retention in STEM

Deadline: 10/14/2016

Grants to Delaware LEAs in Rural Communities to Promote Career Readiness and Technical Education

Deadline: 10/14/2016

Grants to Oklahoma Individual Artists for Art Materials and Technology to Jumpstart Their Careers

Deadline: 10/15/2016

Grants to USA and Japan Nonprofits for Leadership and STEM Programs for Youth and Young Women

Deadline: 10/15/2016

Grants to New Hampshire Businesses for Professional Development Programs to Enhance Employee Skills

Deadline: 10/21/16

Intensive Business Course and Mentoring Program for USA Veterans with Disabilities

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA Nonprofits for STEM Education, Workforce Development, Environment, Culture and Social Services

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA and Israel Nonprofits for Urban Affairs, Jewish Life, Biomedical Research and Education Programs

Deadline: Ongoing

It's integral to invest in and for the future. You wouldn't go without saving for retirement, would you? In the same way, investing in education and development programs for specified career tracks is preparing for the future.

What careers will be in demand in the future? According to, these will include healthcare, information technology and alternative energy – all of which require a solid background in STEM. So, investing in related educational models for career preparation would be wise. 


What Do I Need?

documentsfolderDear Libby,

This will be our nonprofit's first time applying for grants. We found your website and we are going to request a grant writer. Besides filling out the form to request a writer, what else do we need to do? 

Sincerely, First-time Grant Applicant

Dear First-time Grant Applicant,

Thank you for writing to me. I think all of our subscribers will appreciate your question. I recommend that organizations maintain an up-to-date computer (and hard copy) folder that includes all the documents you might ever need to apply for a grant. Locating and perfecting these documents can be more time consuming than writing the grant, itself.

Do not wait –  Start gathering documents today. Be ready to apply for grants!

If you are missing a document, don't worry. Inform the grant writer and they will assist you in the preparation (if it is required by the funding source).

Here is list of documents you need to prepare for the grant proposal application process:

  • Board of directors list (sample)

Board Chart







  • Organizational chart (sample) 

Org chart









  • A Copy of your 501c3 IRS determination letter
  • Incorporation papers
  • Special government licenses needed  
  • W9 form signed by the executive director
  • Current organization budget
  • Recent 990 forms (for the past 3 years)
  • Copy of most recent audited financial statements
  • Non discrimination policy
  • Business continuity of operations document or disaster plan
  • List and description of any current programs of the organization 
  • Any promotional materials or articles previously written about the organization
  • Previously written grants
  • Copies of measurement tools like pre/post-tests
  • Resumes, biographies of key staff
  • Statistics, articles, photos, surveys documenting the community need for your program
  • Insurance certificate

With all of this information, a grant writer will be able to write you a compelling grant proposal. 

Inform your grant writer of which documents you have and which documents you need assistance with compiling. Every application has different requirements. The grant writer will tell you what each application requires.

You will provide your documents to the writer on an as-needed basis (do not automatically transfer your entire file). 

Thank you again for sharing your question

Libby Hikind,
CEO & Founder

Grants for Individuals

How can you tell if a grant is for a nonprofit, small busiess or individual on Well, they will all be listed as grants, but, in the titles look for the words 

for-profits, small businesses or individuals.

For example: 

Grants to USA, Canada, International Individuals and Groups for Social Justice, Environment, and Culture

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants for individuals will indicate that they are for individuals in the title. Likewise, grants for small businesses will indicate they are for small businesses or for-profits in the title.  You should also look on, the sister website to GrantWatch meant for small businesses.

Although we cater to nonprofits, we get many phone calls and chat conversations about grants for individuals. These can be individuals looking to fund technological endeavors, business startups, research or more. They are teachers, educators, artists, the disabled, single mothers, or others. If most of our grants are catered to nonprofits, where should these people look? has grants for Individuals! But just like with nonprofits, we cannot guarantee that you will find a grant on our site or that you will be awarded it, when you apply. 

Here are some grants for individuals currently listed at

Grants to USA Artists, Individuals, and Organizations to Travel Abroad for Artistic Collaboration

Deadline: 10/28/2016

Award to Recognize a USA, Canada, or International Inventor for Scientific Research that Benefits Others

Deadline: 11/01/16

Intensive Business Course and Mentoring Program for USA Veterans with Disabilities

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies to Modify Homes of Individuals with Disabilities

Deadline: 09/28/16

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Governments to Repair the Homes of Financially Disadvantaged Seniors

Deadline: 09/28/16

Grants to South Ohio Nonprofits, Schools, and Individuals for Education, Financial Assistance, and Human Services

Deadline 1: 09/30/16; Deadline 2: 12/31/16

Grants to New Mexico Individuals with Illnesses for Household and Living Expenses

Deadline: Ongoing

There is one subscription price for both websites, and

While GrantWatch focuses on nonprofits and MWBEzone focusses on small business, they are still resources for individual grants. Our GrantWatch Individual and MWBEzone Individual category contain grants for research, teaching, community improvement and more. 

You can also crowdfund your individual need if you have alot of followers on social media. Go to and click Create a Campaign. If you don't already know, crowdfunding is like fundraising online. With the proper amount of work put into it, you could have a successful campaign!