Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Grants for Community Nonprofits Working On Environmental, Health, or Animal Welfare "Goodness"

From The Foundation Center...

[For more information on this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this post].

Deadline: June 21, 2011

Tom's of Maine Announces Third Annual "50 States for Good" Program to Honor Nonprofit Organizations

Tom's of Maine, a natural products company focused on oral and personal care, has announced the launch of its annual "50 States for Good" program, which seeks to support community nonprofit organizations around the United States in completing volunteer-driven projects.

Any qualifying 501(c)(3) in good standing with an organizational operating budget under $2 million is eligible to apply. Organizations must work on projects, with the help of community volunteers, that relate to "environmental goodness, healthy human goodness, or animal goodness."

Following the application phase, a panel of experts will select twenty finalists based on a range of criteria, including use of community volunteers, ability to get the project completed, and community impact.

The six winners will be determined by a public online vote starting in early August2011. The organization with the most votes will receive $50,000 in sponsorship funding; five additional organizations will each receive $20,000.

Each finalist, along with its project, will be showcased at the Tom's of Maine Web site during the voting phase. Projects must be completed within six months of receiving funding.

Complete program guidelines and the online application are available at the 50 States for Good program Web site.

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