HHS Awards $65M in Healthy Start Grants

The Health & Human Services Dept. names the 87 award winners of $65 million in grants to help organizations in 33 states reduce high infant mortality rates and other health problems related to pregnancy and mothers’ health.

The grants were made through the HHS Health Resources & Services Admin. Healthy Start Initiative (CFDA Number: 93.926). The grants address the needs of vulnerable mothers and infants in areas of the country with disproportionately high rates of infant mortality. Specifically, these are for community wide projects to stimulate community collaborations and share resources; 22 of these awardees serve rural communities. Read the rest of this entry

Collaboration Won Charter School Funding for Arizona Districts

As the Education Dept. gears up for another round of competitive grants to promote the growth of charter schools, the department is touting the success of an Arizona program that used federal money to expand the state’s charter school system.

The ED Office of Innovation & Improvement is now preparing the FY 2015 round of Charter Schools Program grants (CFDA Number: 84.354) with a NOFA anticipated at the end of the year or early January.

In Phoenix, the CASA Academy and six other charter schools partnered to form the New Schools For Phoenix initiative that was funded by a three-year, $1.2 million Nat’l Leadership Activities grant from OII’s Charter Schools Program to the Arizona Charter Schools Assn. in 2010. The CASA Academy opened its doors to 149 students in kindergarten through second grade this August. Read the rest of this entry

Prudential Spirit Awards Promote Voluntary Service, Community Projects

Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals open the 2015 Spirit of Community Awards, which promote youth and community service projects.

Deadline: Nov. 4 (student applications), Nov. 12 (deadline for schools and officially designated local organizations to select and certify local honorees). There are multiple awards of up to $5,000 each. Grants honor young people in grades 5-12 who have demonstrated exemplary voluntary service. Read the rest of this entry

ED Says Partnerships, Local Buy-In Will Help Secure R2T Preschool Grants

States that have strong community partnerships and substantial local support in the form of matching funding will have the competitive edge in winning a share of the Education Dept.’s

$240 million Race to the Top Preschool Development Grants, officials say.

ED and HHS officials offered tips on winning the funding in a cross-agency technical assistance webinar in the run up to the competition’s Oct. 14 deadline. The R2T grants (CFDA Number: 84.419) are part of a larger effort to offer pre-K to more 4-year-olds. Awards will be made in December. The competition looks to make awards in almost every state.

“The program is a critical piece of the president’s plan to boost access to high-quality preschool and support early learning for every child in America, beginning at birth and continuing through school entry,” says Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. 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, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.

California

Costco Pledges $10M to Children’s Hospital: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gets a five-year, $10 million pledge from Costco Wholesale Corporation to the CHLA Children’s Fund in support of the research and clinical care programs at the hospital. Since 1983, Costco, the hospital’s largest corporate donor, has given more than $16 million to CHLA, including support from Costco members who contributed at the registers in May as part of a month-long fundraising campaign. Read the rest of this entry

Texas School Finance System Ruled Unconstitutional

A Travis County state district judge issues a final judgment that Texas’ school finance system imposed a property tax that violates the state constitution and the state legislature failed to adequately fund K-12 classroom instruction.

State District Judge John Dietz ruled that the state education financing system was a classic case of have and have-nots; it failed to distribute money fairly between rich and poor communities and school districts.

The suit was joined by over 600 school districts responsible for educating three-quarters of Texas’ five million-plus public school students. The districts sued the state after lawmakers cut $5.4 billion from public education in 2011. They said they did have the money to educate their students. 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: Arkansas, Mississippi, California, Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois and New York.

Arkansas and Mississippi

Walton Foundation Pledges $302M for Education, Community Development: The Walton Family Foundation rolls out grantmaking plans through 2020 for its home region, including an investment of $320 million for northwest Arkansas and the Delta region of Arkansas and Mississippi. Initiatives in northwest Arkansas will focus on: expanding high-achieving Pre-K-12 school options by increasing the number of charter schools and other alternatives and establishing the region as an arts and cultural center. In the broader Delta region, initiatives will include efforts to expand high-quality K-12 school options in partnership with organizations such as KIPP Delta and Teach For America. Read the rest of this entry

Be a Grants Master, Make that Needs Statement Stand Out

The Grant Advisors are intensely aware that grant writing is one of the most rewarding projects anyone can have. Grant Advisor Ray Sweeney is a veteran of the grant writing wars, successfully winning an array of funding for his clients. But, grant writing can also be the most overwhelming, confusing, and time-consuming task you’ll ever be faced with. It can be daunting. Read the rest of this entry

Notes from the Statehouse: States to Enhance Technology Infrastructure; Health Care

Louisiana

Jindal to Expand Cybersecurity Education: Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) plans to expand cybersecurity training and education by partnering with Louisiana State U. (LSU) to establish a cyber research center. In addition to providing students with an opportunity to expand their cybersecurity knowledge, the LSU Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center will enhance the K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum. Over the next three years, the center aims to raise $30 million in research and development contracts from federal and private entities.

Massachusetts

Patrick Invests in Technology Infrastructure, School Access: Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signs a bill that provides funds for information technology infrastructure. The new program includes $38 million for increased access to high-speed Internet in schools and rural areas, as well as $50 million for the Massachusetts Broadband Institute to expand broadband connectivity in western Massachusetts. Additionally, the law allows MassIT, the state’s primary information technology division, to invest in new projects that streamline access to government services. Read the rest of this entry

Foundation Highlight: MAC AIDS Fund

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 Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the Office Depot Foundation, 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 and Chico’s Charitable Giving Program. This week, we want to talk about the giving efforts of cosmetics company MAC, the MAC AIDS Fund.

Deadline: Oct. 3; nonprofits are eligible. Grants up to $25,000 each. Read the rest of this entry

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