New Jersey Wins NCLB Flexibility Extension

The Education Dept. grants New Jersey a one-year flexibility extension from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Read the rest of this entry

Major League Baseball Grants Help Schools, Recreational Efforts

Schools and youth sports associations should take note of the Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player Assn. 2015 Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

Deadlines: April 1 and July 1. Read the rest of this entry

Help for Church-based Projects And Faith-Based Efforts

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko know that some of the must underfunded programs are the efforts of faith-based and church groups, where money is always tight. We have a few funders that focus on faith-based initiatives.

Maclellan Family Foundations (made up of the Maclellan Foundation, Christian Education Charitable Trust and the Robert L. and Kathrina H. Maclellan Foundation)

Program: Annual faith-based grants; Funding Focus: Faith-based giving and education; Eligibility: Nonprofits must meet the foundation’s faith-based requirements (churches may participate as a partner); Geographic Limits: National; Funding: Varies, last year the foundations distributed about $21 million in grants; Deadline: Rolling. Read the rest of this entry

Foundation Highlight: Colin Higgins Foundation

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are constantly on the lookout for good opportunities offering vigorous funding streams. Regularly, our site will highlight a foundation or federal agency which may fall under the radar, but provides funding that can help you achieve your programming goals.

Over the past few weeks, we highlighted the MAC AIDS Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics for Grades Pre-K–5 grants, the National Forest Foundation, Whole Foods Markets, Dedalus Foundation, the Best Buy Foundation, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the Surdna Foundation and the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grants. Read the rest of this entry

Help In Finding $$$ in Your Own Back Yard

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko suggest the best way to start your funding search is by first looking in your own backyard. We provide a list of local and state resources here. We will periodically provide additional lists for our readers. Read the rest of this entry

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants

The HUD (Office of Public & Indian Housing; Office of Multifamily Housing) opens the FY 2015 version of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative: Implementation Grants (CFDA Number: 14.889) (Funding Opportunity Number: FR-5800-N-11).

Deadline: Feb. 8. Read the rest of this entry

Congress Approves New Funding Measure for FY 2015

Congress approves and sends to President Obama an FY 2015 omnibus funding bill that will keep government programs running for the rest of the fiscal year.

The bill (HR 83) will fund the government through September 2015 and averts a shutdown that would have taken place Dec. 11, when the previous stopgap funding bill expired. The bill holds education funding largely steady, but includes some increases for early childhood programs. Read the rest of this entry

Bloomberg Initiative to Improve College Completion Rates

A new Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative will increase the number of high-achieving low- and moderate-income students who graduate from top colleges and universities.

The new $10 million initiative will help as many as 65,000 students apply to, enroll in and graduate from top colleges and universities by providing support and guidance on the college and financial aid process. The initiative will engage college and university presidents and leading experts to spur changes in higher education policies and practices to meet the goal’s initiative. Read the rest of this entry

Heard on Capitol Hill

The Grant Advisors work hard to keep track of the federal budget and the 26 grant making agencies which distribute billions of grants each year in annual competitions. The Grant Advisors have been watching events on the Hill even as Congress has been pre-occupied with the mid-term elections.


New initiative to improve patient outcomes: HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell unveils the $840 million Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative () to support 150,000 clinicians in the next five years. With a combination of incentives, tools and information, the initiative, funded through the Affordable Care Act, will encourage doctors to team with their peers and others to move from volume-driven systems to value-based, patient-centered and coordinated health care services. Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to achieve progress toward measurable goals, such as improving clinical outcomes, reducing unnecessary testing, achieving cost savings and avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations. Applicants can include group practices, health care systems and medical provider associations. Read the rest of this entry

Final Higher Ed ‘Gainful Regulations’ Won’t Quiet Critics

In a move certain to create additional controversy, the Education Dept. released its ‘gainful employment’ final regulations that establish measures for determining whether certain for-profit colleges and universities prepare students for well-paying jobs in recognized occupations. Effective: July 1

Additionally, the regulations set the conditions under which the for-profit educational programs remain eligible to participate in federal student aid programs. Read the rest of this entry