Rescheduled 11/06 audio conference: Funding Bullying Prevention Programs

Register for our upcoming audio conference: Funding Bullying Prevention Programs

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 2 p.m.-3 p.m. EST

The audio conference Funding for Bullying Prevention Programs will be rescheduled for November 6. New data and resources on bullying are being released during the last week of October. We are postponing to include this information.

The bullying epidemic continues to grow, despite extensive attention from the media and resources to help lessen the occurrences. Every week, it seems a new horrifying bullying event is uncovered by the media, like the one playing out with the football team at Sayreville War Memorial High School in New Jersey. The sad fact is, while many of these events are uncovered and rectified, many still go unreported.

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, a new Grant Advisors audio will offer proven techniques, resources and insights on the crucial private and federal funders that have joined the effort and are making an impact on the situation – and focused on making an even bigger impact through funding quality programs. Nearly all federal agencies have joined the fight, and numerous private entities are rearranging or enhancing their priorities to focus more on bullying prevention.

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Foundation Highlight: Laura Bush 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 and the Surdna Foundation

This week, we want to talk about the giving efforts of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grants. Read the rest of this entry

More Notes from the Statehouse: States to Improve Child Safety, College Readiness

Delaware

Partnerships to Reduce Need for Remedial Courses: Gov. Jack Markell (D) announces a partnership between high schools and local colleges to reduce new college students from needing to be placed in remedial classes. The partnership will be tasked with developing high school courses that help students succeed in college. Specifically, three high schools will pilot a college math course, which will help students from needing to take postsecondary remedial math.

Kentucky

New School Bullying Prevention Effort Launched: Gov. Steve Beshear (D) establishes the Kentucky Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force to make recommendations on how to address school bullying incidents.

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NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for Six States Granted

The Education Dept. grants Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah one-year flexibility extensions from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The latest extensions mean that Arizona and Oregon are off of “high-risk” status. Both states, along with Kansas and Washington, were warned last year that they could lose their waivers. In all four cases, the problems stemmed from the states’ plans for teacher evaluation. Since then, Washington has lost its waiver and must comply with NCLB.

There were extra conditions for some of the states. Massachusetts had sought to revise its waiver to allow districts to pick their own assessment this academic year. The state planned on giving districts a choice between the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests or the traditional Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests. ED argued against the provision saying that NCLB requires everyone in the state to take the same test. But it gave the state until the next school year to decide on which test it will administer. But ED did give the state props, noting that Massachusetts recently won a federal special education grant to build a system to get parental feedback on state plans to redesign its district and school accountability report cards.

ED says that 29 states have now been approved for waiver extensions; 35 saw their waivers expire over the summer and they have all submitted requests to keep them. The department is still reviewing extension requests from Louisiana, New Jersey and New Mexico.

Promise Zones Designation Can Mean Funding

School districts within the new Education Dept. Promise Zones leveraged the designation into funding through a $10 million program to help bolster a range of school-based health and academic services for underserved students.

ED this month awarded $4.7 million to nine partnerships through the Full-Service Community Schools grants competition (CFDA Number: 84.215J). Funding helps improve the quality of elementary and secondary education and bolster community-wide, comprehensive services for students, families and their communities. The program supports partnerships between schools, school districts and community-based or nonprofit organizations. 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 California, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

California

$5M in Toyota Funding for STEM Education: The Toyota USA Foundation makes 23 grants totaling more than $5 million in support of innovative K-12 science, technology, engineering, math, and environmental science education programs serving underserved communities. Winners include Biotech Partners, which was awarded $200,000 to expand access to its two-year biotech education program to reach more high school students in underserved communities and prepare them for careers in the life sciences, and the Center for Inspired Teaching in Washington, DC, which will receive $400,000 to disseminate and replicate a literacy-infused STEM program that builds teacher capacity and creates an engaging, inquiry-based curriculum.

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Notes from the Statehouse: States to Streamline High School Tests, Aid Underserved Schools

California

K-12 Groups Withhold Support for Rainy Day Fund: Gov. Jerry Brown (D) won’t have key K-12 education groups helping him make the case to voters for a bigger and more restrictive state rainy day fund. Organizations representing school district financial officers and school superintendents and principals voted officially oppose Brown’s Budget Stabilization Account, which will appear on next month’s ballot as Proposition 2. It would force the state to save more money. But the education groups say the state is near the bottom nationally in K-12 per-pupil spending, so the priority should be spending, not saving. Read the rest of this entry

Want to Save Some Green? Go Green

School districts participating in an Education Dept. conservation recognition program are reaping huge savings as they update their operations to make them more ‘green,’ or environmentally conscious.

These schools are the most recent class of ED Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) honorees; 48 schools were recognized for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education. The honorees include 39 public schools (with 10 early learning programs, three charter schools, a magnet school, and three career-technical schools) and nine private schools, serving various grade levels.

The awards carry no cash value, but ED it touting how the winners are improving their bottom line be becoming more environmentally friendly. Read the rest of this entry

Local Initiatives Support Corp.

The Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) doesn’t get a lot of media attention, but each year it pours a great deal of money into neighborhoods it has targeted for revitalization and education projects.

Deadline: Rolling.

This funder puts priority on affordable housing/education efforts and its local offices oversee and make grant awards.

The overall goal is to help nonprofits become strong and stable neighborhood institutions characterized by effective and responsible fiscal management and capable of carrying out a range of community revitalization activities. Organizational grants go to assist local nonprofits in improving administrative structures, management and financial systems and real estate development and management capacities. Read the rest of this entry

Hearst Foundations

The William Randolph Hearst Foundations (William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Hearst Foundation Inc.) should be on everyone’s top prospect list. The foundations make multiple awards, with most in the $25,000 to $200,000 each range.

Deadline: None. Read the rest of this entry