Upcoming 10/29 audio conference: Funding Bullying Prevention Programs

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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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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

Arts, Culture; Literacy Funding Available

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko stay on top of funding for art, culture and reading projects. Private funders and the federal government are heavily invested in rolling out these types of funding programs. Here are three to get you started.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Opportunity: Dollar General Literacy Foundation 2015 Youth Literacy Grants; Funding Focus: Education; Geographic Focus: Regional (in the 40 states where the store has locations); Eligibility: Schools & nonprofits; Funding: Up to $4,000 each.

Deadline:  TBD, the next round opens in January. Read the rest of this entry

Feds Issue Guidance on School Spending, Class Equity

The Education Dept. publishes guidance reminding schools, districts and states that they can run afoul of federal civil rights laws if they are not providing adequate resources and funding for minority and disadvantaged students.

The guidance is intended to put schools on notice that they need to provide equal resources for poor students and their better off counterparts. The Ed’s Office For Civil Rights will be looking at spending and resource equity across all student programs, from teacher pay to Advanced Placement courses.

The guidance, in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter, marks the first time the issue has been formally addressed by Obama’s DoEd.

School must make sure they are provide equal access to educational opportunities, such as Advanced Placement courses, gifted and talented programs, college-preparatory programs, and extra-curricular activities. Of schools serving the highest percentages of black and Latino students, only 66% and 74% offer chemistry and Algebra 2, respectively, according to the federal civil rights data collection.

Districts must ensure they have good teachers in all classrooms, measured by factors such as turnover, absenteeism and professional development. Nearly 7% of black students attend schools where more than 20% of teachers hadn’t yet met all state certification requirements. That figure was four times higher than for white students.

Such disparities may be indicative of broader discriminatory policies or practices, the letter said. For example, teachers in high schools serving the highest percentage of black and Latino students during the 2011-12 school year were paid on average $1,913 less per year than their colleagues in other schools within the same district that serve the lowest percentage of black and Latino students.

These disparities are often a result of funding systems that allocate less state and local funds to high-poverty schools that frequently have more students of color, which can often be traced to a reliance on property tax revenue for school funding, the letter says. Federal funds provided through Title I are designed to provide additional resources on top of state and local funds for the education of disadvantaged, minority or needy children

However, current Title I comparability provision has loopholes that allow districts to mask spending disparities between schools, the letter says. More than 40% of schools that received federal Title I funding to serve disadvantaged students spent less state and local funding on teachers and other personnel than non-Title I schools at the same grade level in the same school district.

Schools must also ensure equal access to school facilities, like athletic facilities and science labs, and technology, including laptops, tablets, the internet, and instructional materials, such as calculators and library books.

DoEd made clear that pleading a lack of funding will not be looked upon kindly.

“Ensuring the nondiscriminatory allocation of and access to physical resources such as technology, instructional materials, and, particularly, facilities across school districts may require significant financial investment from the district, which may not always be readily available,” says Catherine Lhamon, DoEd assistant secretary for Civil Rights. “Lack of funding is not a defense for noncompliance with federal civil rights obligations. Therefore, if a violation is found, a district will be expected to put in place a clear plan for remedying the inequality in a timely fashion.”

Funding Goes Exclusively to Tribal Programs

For the first time, ACF’s Office of Child Support Enforcement (HHS) awards $210,000 to five tribal agencies in a series of child support grants set aside for tribal programs.

The Tribal Child Support Innovation Grant (TIG) program, CFDA Number 93.508, works to strengthen tribal child support programs operating family-centered services and help tribes meet their mission and goals. One TIG grantee, the Forest County Potawatomi Community, will achieve the goals of TIG through intervening early with direct outreach to the noncustodial parents who work with tribal employers. Read the rest of this entry

New My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Launched

The Education Dept. is leading a new effort to encourage cities, counties and tribes to execute a cradle-to-college and career strategy to reduce the high school dropout rate and improve life outcomes for all youth.

The My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge is part of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative to improve opportunities for minority youth. The new effort has a broader target to address the needs of all underserved youth and follows up on the recommendations of the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Task Force’s May 28 report, said Jim Shelton, DoEd deputy secretary of education and task force executive director. Shelton participated in a conference call to lay out the specifics of the effort. Read the rest of this entry

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