High-End Retailer Offers Environmental Ed Funding

Private Funder: Patagonia; Opportunity: 2015 Environmental Grants Program; Funding Focus: Education, environment, children, youth; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Funding: A typical grant is $12,000; Deadlines: April 30 and Aug. 31. Continue reading

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Pathway to Financial Success Competition Opens

Discover Financial Services launches the Pathway to Financial Success grants competition that distributes funding to programs helping high school students become more financially responsible.

Deadline: Rolling. Continue reading

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities All-Star Grantmaking in the Works

The Education Dept. and White House are preparing for the next round of grantmaking for the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) All-Star Student Program, with the application expected soon. Continue reading

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Labor-Management Cooperation Grants Now Open

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service open a new competition to promote better communication between labor leaders and businesses: the Labor-Management Cooperation Grant Program (CDFA Number: 34.002) (Funding Opportunity Number: FMCS-2015).

Eligibility: Unrestricted; Funding: $800,000 for 15 awards; Deadline: May 31. Continue reading

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ED Sets Final Priorities for Upcoming Tribal Education Grantmaking

(Effective: April 3) The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED) offers the final priorities, requirements, definitions and selection criteria for the upcoming State Tribal Education Partnership Program (CFDA Number: 84.415) competition. Continue reading

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Funding Forecast: Grantees to Address At-Risk Tribal Youth Issues

The Grant Advisors highlight a forthcoming funding opportunity, which will provide significant funding. This week we are focusing on federal opportunities because the federal application window is much more narrow than the private giving world. We include one private grant at the end because it is a robust opportunity.

Admin. for Children and Families (HHS)

Program: Grants for Coordination of Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Welfare Services to Tribal Families at Risk of Child Abuse or Neglect (CFDA Number: 93.086) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FN-0991); Eligibility: Tribal governments and organizations; Funding (Estimate): $1.8 million for eight awards.

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Safeway Grocery Chain Favors Human Services Efforts

The Safeway Foundation opens its: 2015 national grants program to aid hunger relief, education, health and human services and programs for people with special needs. Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies across programs — first-time funded organization will typically receive a grant of $10,000 to $25,000 (the foundation donated $21 million to local schools as part of its education effort); Deadline: Rolling (national grants are reviewed typically in January, April, July and October. Most regional grants are reviewed biannually; in the state of Washington, the foundation reviews grants monthly). Continue reading

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Congress Begins Hearings on FY 2016 Budget

The FY 2016 federal budget process has begun in earnest with the various House and Senate appropriation committees developing spending proposals for the upcoming federal fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1. GOP leaders promise a prompt budget process this year. Continue reading

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Agriculture Dept. Emphasizes New Child Nutrition Standards, $4M in Grants

The USDA emphasizes new nutrition standards as a way to improve school lunches-breakfasts and help feed children who may be coming to school too hungry to learn. And, USDA offers $4 million to improve school cafeteria fare.

The new competitive grants are key, says Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon. The $4 million (for 30 awards) will help school education agencies implement the new national professional standards for all school nutrition employees who manage and operate the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP). The new standards, released in the Federal Register are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).

The competition: Professional Standards Training Grant (CFDA Number: 10.547) (Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-FNS-PRO-STANDARDS-FY2015) is open to state education agencies. Up to $150,000 may be requested per state agency.

Deadline: June 8 (letters of intent due April 14). Continue reading

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Senators’ Task Force Recommendations to Guide HEA Reauthorization

A bipartisan group of senators, who are members of the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, tout a new report detailing ways Congress and the Education Dept. can streamline and reduce federal regulations for America’s 6,000 colleges and universities, while protecting students and taxpayers. Continue reading

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