In Grantseeking, Resilience in Necessary

So you have worked for months on the Needs Statement, burning the midnight oil getting the budget details right and held endless meeting to get everyone onboard for the grant application package. And you lost. The Grant Advisors know the feeling.

The first thing to keep in mind is — just like in baseball — there is no crying in grant-making. If you are rejected, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and go looking for another opportunity.

Remember, they’re called “competitive grants” for a reason: They’re competitive. Some opportunities are so popular, for instance, a grantmaker may receive thousands of proposals from grantseekers competing for one of fewer than 100 awards. Just because yours is not among the chosen few, it nevertheless may be a very well-conceived proposal. If you receive a rejection, ask for reviewer comments. And, above all, don’t get discouraged. Continue to seek grant funding; you’ll ultimately find the right opportunity. Read the rest of this entry

Carls Foundation Underwrites Disabilities Programs

The Carls Foundation supports a range of programs which address the needs of youth, those with disabilities or unmet healthcare needs. The foundation made $4 million in grants last year.

Deadline: Varies, see below; nonprofits are eligible.

These private grants support children’s welfare efforts that emphasize health care facilities and programs and the prevention/treatment of hearing impairment. Read the rest of this entry

More Giving News Briefs from Around the Country

The Grant Advisors are always trying to provide their readers with extra resources. This includes keeping up with the news on innovative programs and giving efforts from across the country. Recent highlights include activities in: District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin

District of Columbia

Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth grants awarded: The Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions makes a second round of grants in support of community-based efforts to reconnect youth to education and employment opportunities. The fund plans to provide up to $13 million in support to the 21 sites over the five-year course of the project, which was launched by the Aspen Institute in 2012. Winners include: Ingoma Foundation & Johns Hopkins Centers for Adolescent Health and the Prevention of Youth Violence at the Baltimore City Opportunity Youth Collaborative and the Denver Opportunity Youth Investment Initiative Read the rest of this entry

Follow-Up Funding Requests — How to Keep That Money Flowing

Hooray! So you won that hard-fought grant. You’ve celebrated, treated your office to a nice lunch, and now the reality of getting that grant starts to set in. To continue those programs this funding will support will take more money.

The Grant Advisors suggest you take a deep breath and begin planning for the next campaign.

Convincing a private funder to continue support for your organization isn’t as simple as getting it from the government, which often assumes continued success unless money is specifically limited to one year. Head Start funding is usually allocated for five-year funding chunks unless there is something very wrong with the program. Read the rest of this entry

MetLife Modifies Giving, Will Focus on Underserved

The MetLife Foundation has developed new priorities for the foundation’s Financial Inclusion Grants. The foundation awards grants to programs reaching large numbers of underserved households and working with them to develop financial strategies and resources to empower them and their communities to realize their dreams. Nonprofits are eligible. Read the rest of this entry

Foundation Highlight: Chico’s

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 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Unitarian Universalist Association, Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the Office Depot Foundation and 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 and the Dedalus Foundation. Read the rest of this entry

Education Department to Extend Current Equity Projects

Education Dept. (DoEd) extends the funding period for current grantees receiving awards through the Training and Advisory Services Equity Assistance Centers (EACs) Program (CFDA Number: 84.004D).

Jenelle Leonard, a DoEd grants official, tells us that the department will use EAC funding to give current grantees an extra two years of funding for their programs. There will be no FY 2014 awards made, but there could be a FY 2015 competition, she says. Read the rest of this entry

Application Opens for Magna Awards

The American School Board Journal & Sodexo School Services offer the Magna Awards, which are made to outstanding K-12 school programs that showcase school district leadership, creativity, and commitment to student achievement. The funds are available nationally; school district boards are eligible to apply. Awards are up to $5,000 each.

Deadline: Oct. 31.

Magna nominations are judged according to three enrollment categories (under 5,000 enrollment; 5,000-20,000 enrollment; and over 20,000 enrollment) with one Grand Prize Winner in each category. Each Grand Prize Winner receives a $5,000 contribution from Sodexo School Services. There are five additional winners and five honorable mention winners within each enrollment category.

Judges are looking for programs that are:

  • Supported by the school board.
  • The result of appropriate school board leadership.
  • Successful in view of the program’s primary objectives.
  • Important in promoting the district’s mission.
  • Capable of being replicated.

Contact: Margaret Suslick, Magna coordinator, 703/838-6739 for assistance.

Rosenberg Fund for Children Offers Grants

The Massachusetts-based RFC provides for the educational and emotional needs of children of targeted progressive activists, and youth who are targeted activists themselves. In most instances, professionals and institutions directly receive the grants to provide services at no or reduced cost to beneficiaries. No geographic restrictions, nonprofits are eligible; awards vary.

Deadline: Oct. 13.

 The RFC defines “targeted” as someone who as a result of their activism has: lost a job; suffered physical or mental injury or disability; been harassed or discriminated against; been imprisoned; or died. Read the rest of this entry

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