Funding Tips to Shake the Money Tree
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This guide is written for the private funding world, which is vastly different from public grant making, which has long lists of restrictions and mandatory priorities that are at time inscrutable. The private world can be more accessible, but has a few more hidden pitfalls that a successful grant seeker must navigate. We will tell you:
- How to get started.
- Mistakes to avoid.
- Five important components of the application.
- Ways to steer clear of off-target funding requests.
- How to develop your approach strategy.
- Methods to stay away from a ‘Values Clash’ with funders.
This Grant Advisors guide is not an all-purpose vaccination against a funding cliff. But we can answer the “where do I start” questions, help you remember your fundraising basics and get you off on the right track.
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DoEd awards four-year renewal waivers to five states — Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia — that allow them continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Continue reading
A Senate panel restored funding for federal after school programs in a reauthorization bill for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The dedicated funding for afterschool and summer programs was initially was not included in its proposed reauthorization. Continue reading
The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of national education associations and institutions spanning early learning to postgraduate education, criticizes spending ceilings adopted for the FY 2016 Labor-HHS-Education budget.
In a letter to House leaders, CEF asks members to restore the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 302(b) allocation for the Labor, HHS, Education appropriations subcommittee to at least the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion. Programs and services funding through the Labor-HHS-Education bills have been cut by 12% ($21 billion) since FY 2010, adjusted for inflation.
In real terms, FY 2015 is at its second lowest level since FY 2001 — the only lower year being FY 2013 when sequestration’s across-the-board cuts took effect, the group said. Without an increase in the 302(b) allocation, it will be virtually impossible to invest in proven programs — such as moving the federal share of funding for IDEA special education closer to the promised level of 40%.
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.
Automaker Awards $10.5M for child Anti-Obesity Efforts: Mercedes-Benz USA, headquartered in Montvale, gives a $10.5 million grant to the Partnership for a Healthier America to help end childhood obesity in the United States. The grant to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA will be used to expand in-school and afterschool programs that increase physical activity among youth, train and place more than 1,000 coaches in 25 cities, and strengthen sport for development programs and youth sports organizations. MBUSA estimates the grant will impact 125,000 kids annually. Continue reading
The National Governors Association will work with five states—Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana and Rhode Island—to expand access to improve the quality of early care and education (ECE) for children through third grade. Continue reading
Farm Aid, the rural fundraising event spawned by a series of concerts in the mid-1980, opens its 2015 grants program to keep alive the family farm.
Opportunity: 2015 Farm Aid Grant Program; Funding Focus: Agriculture and education; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Up to $10,000 each (multiple awards); Deadline: May 1 (LOI); full proposals must be submitted by Aug. 1
Summary: Farm Aid supports nonprofit organizations that work to maintain a family farm system of agriculture and that promote solutions to the challenges facing rural communities. Grants of $3,000 to $10,000 are provided. There are a number of grants categories: Continue reading
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (DOJ) is offering $150,000 for up to three awards under its Visiting Fellow: Criminal Justice Statistics Programs (CFDA Number: 16.734) (Funding Opportunity Number: BJS-2015-4232). Continue reading
The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry will soon launch the FY 2015 Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Access to Care Grants competition to support projects improving the oral health of infants, children and adolescents.
Deadline: TBA (competition opens May 1, last year’s deadline was Aug. 18).
The competition provides up to $20,000 in matching funds for local dental care efforts that help underserved children, including those with special healthcare needs. Initiatives demonstrating collaboration with other institutions and organizations will be given priority consideration. Eligibility is broad and includes health departments, nonprofits, dental societies; national, state and local pediatricians’ groups; and state and local gynecological/obstetric groups. Guidance is here.
Contact: Tracey Schilligo, 312/337-2169; e-mail, email@example.com
Through the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative, federal agencies are revising regulations and funding new endeavors to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence for individuals with disabilities. Continue reading
The Ford Family Foundation offers grants to small, rural communities for after-school programming and increasing access to health and dental services for children.
To be eligible, organizations must be located in rural communities with less than 30,000 in population not adjacent to or part of an urban or metropolitan area in Oregon or Siskiyou County (CA).
Focus areas include:
- Child Abuse Prevention And Intervention: Lessen the instances of physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children in the community through increased access to programs and services.
- Early Childhood Development: Support programs and organizations that impact children’s school readiness, including work with families with children ages birth-to-five.
- Youth Development And Education: Support programs and facilities that encourage the development of skills, instill values of a successful citizen and create structure for youth during in-school and out-of-school time.
Typical grants are between $50,000 and $100,000. Applicants must include significant collaboration and community buy-in (as evidenced by in-kind and cash contributions from local and regional sources). Applicants must have at least 50% of funding (may include in-kind) for the total project budget committed before applying.