Upcoming 10/29 audio conference: Funding Bullying Prevention Programs

Register for our upcoming audio conference: Funding Bullying Prevention Programs

Wednesday, Oct. 29 2 p.m.-3 p.m. EST

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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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

$2.4B Child Care Rewrite Stalls in in Senate

Just as the Senate was prepared to put the finishing touches on a bipartisan agreement to reauthorize the federal low-income child care program, the measure was stalled by a Republican senator who placed a hold on the bill.

Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA) put a hold on the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization bill (S 1086), preventing the Senate from passing the measure before Congress recessed for the November elections.

The new legislation is the first time the rules governing CCDBG have been reauthorized since 1996. This updating would cover the next six years. CCDBG discretionary child care spending has grown from $2.1 billion in FY 2010 to $2.36 billion in FY 2014. Only one in six eligible children gets subsidized child care. The new legislation would authorize $2.4 billion in FY 2015 in discretionary funding, rising by FY 2020 to $2.7 billion. Read the rest of this entry

$4M Child Welfare Competition Rewards Innovative Projects

Applicants who took innovative approaches to improve the way child-support payments are made won funding through HHS’ Admin. for Children and Families competition that looked at the link between psychology, behavior and making timely child support payments.

ACF releases the names of the winners in the FY 2014 Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services (CFDA Number: 93.564) competition. The overall goal of the project is to introduce and encourage institutionalizing a way of doing business that takes behavioral factors and regular evaluation into account in order to improve success. Read the rest of this entry

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. Indiana. Idaho and Michigan.


Group Offers $15M Learning Prize: The XPRIZE Foundation, Culver City, rolls out a $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE, a five-year competition to develop tablet solutions that enable children in developing countries to teach themselves the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Funded by a group of foundations and donors that includes Anthony Robbins, Econet, and Merkin Family foundations, the Global Learning XPRIZE aims to encourage teams of educators and technologists to develop scalable, open-source software for children who do not have regular access to quality schools or teachers. The competition is now open; registration closes March 31. Read the rest of this entry

Higher Education Grants Help Close Equity Gap

The Education Dept. makes awards through seven of its grants competitions promoting funding equity and closing the classroom achievement gaps for poor, underserved and minority students.

Most of the grants are awarded on an annual basis, so many, if not all, also will have competitions in FY 2015. The awardees provide a glimpse of winning efforts as applicants prepare for upcoming competitions for these programs.

These “ladders of opportunity” programs are part of the broader White House efforts, like the Excellent Educators for All initiative and the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Read the rest of this entry

Agency to Open New Round of Pay-for-Success Grants

As the Corp. for Nat’l & Community Service prepares the FY 2015 Social Innovation Fund solicitation, the agency releases a list of grantees from this year’s competition, which focused on programs for children and youth.

The Pay for Success Grants Competition (CFDA Number: 24.024) in FY 2014 distributed $11.2 million in multiple awards (a dollar-for-dollar match was required). If CNS follows the same funding track as this year, the FY 2015 NOFA will be released in June, with a July 31 deadline. State and local governments and nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply. Read the rest of this entry

Actor’s Foundation Provides Grants to Firefighters

The Leary Firefighters Foundation is one of those small, unsung foundations that Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are keen to promote to the Grant Advisors community.

The Leary Firefighters Foundation was founded in 2000 by actor Denis Leary in response to a fire that broke out in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Worcester, MA, which left six firefighters dead. One of them was Leary’s cousin, Jerry Lucey, whose death led to the creation of the Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program. Read the rest of this entry

Foundation Highlight: Surdna 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 and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.

This week, we want to talk about the giving efforts of the Surdna Foundation and its 2015 Thriving Cultures Grants. These grants support education and arts opportunities, especially for teens. Read the rest of this entry

More Help In Finding $$$ in Your Own Back Yard

Kansas and Missouri

The Kansas Health Foundation offers Recognition grants for a broad range of health-related organizations in the state and in Missouri’s Jackson, Jasper, or Newton counties. The program accepts some unsolicited requests and specifically targets grassroots organizations doing work that fits within the foundation’s mission of improving the health of all Kansans. The program awards grants of up to $25,000, but smaller requests are encouraged. Youth groups have benefited. The Sunset Shore Playground Project this year won a $25,000 grant for new playground equipment at an elementary school. The deadlines are March 15 and Sept. 15; the 2015 competition opens Jan. 1. Read the rest of this entry