Nonprofits Invited to Seek Grants; Seminar on Forming a Nonprofit

February 11, 2020 — Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts offering $100K in grants... Mass. nonprofits invited to apply for Champions in Action award... Free seminar on forming a mission-driven organization.

Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts Offering $100K in Grants

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA) yesterday announced that it will award at least $100,000 in grants to nonprofits proposing projects that emphasize and celebrate the cultural expression of ethnically diverse communities in Fall River and New Bedford.

Specifically, the grants are intended to encourage and support the celebration of authentic cultures and the creative expression of historically under-invested populations, the foundation said. Proposals should be reflective of the needs and interests of the populations the applicants wish to serve.

Concerts, exhibits, festivals, performances, speakers/presentations, and visual arts are examples projects that will be considered. Lead nonprofit project applicants must be a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Grant requests can be a maximum of $20,000.

Deadline to submit letter of interest: Feb. 24. Details.

Mass. Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Champions in Action Award

Citizens Bank and NECN this week announced that they are accepting applications for the second Champions in Action award of 2020 related to environmental stewardship, which will provide $35,000 in unrestricted funds and free promotional services.

Environmental stewardship refers to responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. Programming may include, but is not limited to, education & awareness, conserving natural resources, combating pollution, protecting biodiversity, sustainable development, green technology, and urban revitalization.

To be eligible, applicants must be an 501(c)(3) organization based in Massachusetts that serves Massachusetts and have an operating budget of $5 million or less. The winner will be announced in July.

Deadline to apply: Feb. 21. Details.

Free Seminar on Forming a Mission-Driven Organization

Lawyers Clearninghouse, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides free legal services to Massachusetts nonprofits, recently announced it will offer a four-session seminar on the legal fundamentals of forming a mission-driven organization.

The series, designed "for people who want to establish and run an organization to make the world a better place," will provide an in-depth look at choosing the best type of entity, setting it up, and tackling day-to-day legal mechanics and hurdles.

The weekly sessions, to start March 18, will focus on forming a mission-driven organization: legal basics; deciding which form to use; incorporation workshop; policies and their functions; and a consultation workshop.

A second seminar series focusing on legal aspects of day-to-day operations is slated to be offered in the fall.

Deadline to apply: March 9. Application.