ACF Issues Guidance on Head Start Conversion

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko have been watching the Head Start funding programs at the Health & Human Services Department with great interest. The HHS recently issued new guidance to help communities re-allocate their approved Head Start funding to support Early Head Start and other early education programs for underserved and disadvantaged children.

There has been a dramatic shift at the local level over the past few years with states and local governments picking up more of the tab for public pre-K programs, according to the guidance from the HHS Office of Head Start and Admin. for Children and Families. This usually means that more Head Start slots go vacant as parents send their children to other programs. Read the rest of this entry

Audio conference: Racing to End Childhood Obesity July 16

Strides are being made thanks to initiatives like the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative and private funding programs, but childhood obesity remains an epidemic. Billions of dollars are out there to help address the epidemic

Most federal agencies, private foundations and corporate funders have joined the effort to end childhood obesity, focusing on making the next generation as healthy and physically fit as possible. Funding is available for various types of programs impacting childhood obesity and health: nutrition; community planning; transportation; education; research; physical education, sports programs and after-school activities.

The following information-packed presentation will offer insights on where to look for childhood obesity funding, including numerous outside-the-box opportunities, the research and boards guiding the process, insights on best practices and the latest developments from popular programs.

Did you miss it? Recordings will be available after the conference.

Click here for more information or to order.

Foundation Highlight: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Unitarian Universalist Association, Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the Office Depot Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

This week we want to talk about a group you probably have never heard about: the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. They fly under the radar, but give out a broad array of grants to help math teachers and improve classroom instruction. The Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics for Grades Pre-K–5 grants are open to classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the grades Pre-K-5 level who are members of NCTM or teachers at a school with a current NCTM membership; Funding: Multiple awards up to $6,000 each. Read the rest of this entry

HHS Wants to Prevent Abusive Re-Adoption of Foster Kids

The Health & Human Services Department Children’s Bureau releases new guidance to help state agencies prevent an abusive practice that occurs when parents seek a quick separation from their adoptive children after they become overwhelmed by their needs.

These disrupted adoptions, or re-homing, happens when adoptive parents place their adopted children in a new home without the benefit of safety and criminal background checks or a home study to determine the appropriateness of the placement. Usually the adoption happens via the Internet, outside the purview of juvenile/family courts and child welfare agencies meant to look out for the children. Read the rest of this entry

New Tip Sheet for the K-12 Classroom

The Grant Advisors have been following developments in social media for quite some time because it’s instrumental in looking for and getting grants. A new wrinkle is how educators are using social media and the Education Department posted a new tip sheet offering a range of strategies to help school leaders and administrators better engage.

The tip sheet showcases ways some states are successfully engaging the education workforce in new and innovative ways, including using state chiefs to lead department social media efforts.

The Reform Support Network survey of state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) found more than 95% of the agencies use or plan on using Twitter or Facebook, 8 in 10 use or plan on using YouTube and more than half are either currently blogging or plan on blogging. But, it’s also important to get the social media exchange right, the tip sheet says. Read the rest of this entry

Grants Seekers Can Anticipate New Discretionary Grant Priorities

The Education Department proposes a new set of comprehensive education priorities that applicants will have to meet when applying for future discretionary grant competitions, according to a Federal Register notice.

Public Comment Deadline: July 24.

ED proposes 15 priorities and related definitions for use in discretionary grant programs. These proposed priorities and definitions are intended to replace the current supplemental priorities for discretionary grant programs that were published in 2010. This is an updated list culled from lessons learned after the department started using the 2010 set. Read the rest of this entry

Funding Resources: Education, Economy, Fundraising

In the past week, several reports have been released of importance to Grant Advisors subscribers on various topics, including community development, education and transportation.

  • Seeing Beyond Silos (Center for American Progress) examines the effect of federal funding requirements on coordination among state education agencies. Researchers find the majority of state agencies surveyed established silos, or separate offices, based on their access to individual federal funding sources.
  • Tools for Assessing Wider Economic Benefits of Transportation(Transportation Research Board) helps state transportation planners measure the broader economic benefits of transportation projects. Criteria include reliability, access to markets and connectivity among transportation modes.
  • The U.S. Cluster Mapping and Registry portal (Harvard Business School and U.S. Economic Development Administration at the Commerce Department) offers insights on concentrations of private industries and other institutions at the county level. The tool is intended to provide states, private organizations and businesses with information to: inform investment and partnership decisions; help private businesses connect with potential partners; and enhance productivity.
  • U.S. Metro Economies (U.S. Conference of Mayors) finds metro areas will continue to lead the way in stimulating the economy, propelling growth by more than 3%. Researchers also find nearly 75% of metro areas will have unemployment rates under 6% by 2016.
  • The World Wealth Report 2014 (Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management) finds more than half of high-net-worth individuals globally find driving positive social impact “extremely” or “very important.” Researchers find 56% of the U.S. wealthy have these sentiments.

Latest Funding News: Arts, Health, Community Development

In the past week, several influential programs have announced the latest awardees and participants, while other new programs get underway.

Highlights include:

  • ArtPlace America, a program seeking to improve communities through the arts, announces $14.7 million for 79 projects around the country. Recipients include: the Alaska Arts Confluence in Haines to engage the town’s resident artists in transforming vacant storefronts into active art galleries; and the city of Fargo (ND) to transform an eighteen-acre storm-water detention basin into a multipurpose and ecologically sound public commons.
  • Healthy Newark (NJ), financed by Morgan Stanley, is a new location-based program to provide low-income families in the city with the wellness and nutrition resources they need to give their children a healthy start in life. The city joins Chicago and Oakland, CA, as the first Healthy Cities initiative.
  • The White House launches a public-private partnership to accelerate impact investing with $1.5 billion in commitments from more than 20 private-sector investors, including the McKnight Foundation, Ford Foundation and MacArthur Foundation. Impact investments are those made into companies, organizations and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. In conjunction with the initiative, the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing released a report, Private Capital, Public Good: How Smart Federal Policy Can Galvanize Impact Investing — and Why It’s Urgent, touting public-private partnerships to help this type of investing reach its full potential.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation starts a major effort to build a “culture of health” in communities across the country, which signals a shift in its grantmaking priorities. RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey says the new strategy aims to “change our current understanding of health and create a society where everyone has the opportunity to lead a healthy life.”

Capitol Hill News: Mayors

Several mayors recently met with Senate staffers to highlight the importance of education to economic development in their communities and offer best practices for improving educational outcomes.

At the event arranged by the National League of Cities and hosted by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Chris Coleman, mayors spoke about their innovations including after-school programs to enrich each student’s educational experience and in-school programs to provide disadvantaged and disconnected youth with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.

Examples include:

  • Fort Worth: The mayor is involving the business community in the city’s many local education agencies and focusing efforts on ensuring that every student has access to adequate nutrition.
  • Savannah: Programs are creating school-centered neighborhoods where it is possible not only to provide each student with a high quality education, but also to ensure parental involvement, something that is often difficult for low-income households.
  • St. Paul: Efforts are underway to bring together city, county, local school board, students and parents has resulted in better educational outcomes.

Funding Trend Update: My Brother’s Keeper

An open letter signed by 1,000 women and girls of color encourages the White House to include females in the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to expand opportunities and improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.

Last month, the White House and foundations participating in the initiative offered their plans to direct federal and private funding to meet the program’s goals. The initiative includes a task force to oversee the direction of federal funding and a group of 11 foundations providing $200 million over five years.

The women and girls praise the initiative in the letter, but ask the White House to re-align the effort so as to “reflect the values of inclusion, equal opportunity, and shared fate that have propelled our historic struggle for racial justice forward.”

The letter, publicized by the African American Policy Forum, is signed by influential women, including author Alice Walker, activist Anita Hill and actress Rosario Dawson. It builds on a similar letter sent by 200 men of color earlier this year calling for the inclusion of girls and young women in the initiative. This letter also was publicized by AAPF. White House officials say My Brother’s Keeper and the data collected will benefit both boys and girls, but insist boys of color face unique obstacles meriting a targeted approach. They point to the Obama administration’s creation of the White House Council on Women and Girls in 2009 as an existing effort already assisting African American girls and young women.

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