Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Grant Links: December 29, 2008

Appleton, WI: Rotary looking for scholarship applications

Sheboygan, WI: Local Optimist club sponsoring essay contest

Superior, WI: Native American high school and professional artists sought for UWS art exhibit

WI: Topics Selected for FFA's GROWMARK Essay Contest

Foundations in Wisconsin Database at Wisconsin SCLS Libraries

Foundations in Wisconsin: A Directory, which is annually published by Marquette University's Raynor Library, is now available online for patron (i.e. public use) on-site only at all South Central Library System libraries in Wisconsin!

"It is the only directory of its kind which covers every active grant making foundation in the state of Wisconsin. The foundation profiles include contact information, total assets, grants paid, and areas of interest" (http://www.marquette.edu/library/fic/fiwhelp/about.html).

There is a limit of two simultaneous users throughout the SCLS system. Users must physically be at one of the SCLS libraries to access this resource. Please speak with a library staff person who will help you log in.

List of SCLS Library Locations: http://www.scls.info/about/directory.html

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Grant of the Week: FINRA Investor Education Foundation

This program "funds research and/or educational projects that support its mission of providing underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life" (http://www.finrafoundation.org/grants.asp).

In 2009, the Foundation is especially interested in applications that focus on the following areas:

  • using behavioral finance to improve saving and investing
  • meeting the financial and investor education needs of underserved audiences
  • creating new marketing and distribution channels for financial and investor education
  • helping Americans manage their finances and investments in retirement
The next deadline for the submission of completed "Project Concept Forms" is February 4, 2009.

For complete grant guidelines and application information, visit: http://www.finrafoundation.org/grants.asp

Friday, December 12, 2008

Grant of the Week: Short-Term Fellowships in African-American Studies

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium is currently accepting applications for a national program of short-term fellowships in African American Studies.

The purpose of these fellowships is to support scholars, artists, and other researchers who wish to conduct research in member institutions' collections relating to African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics. This fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Eligibility and application information can be found at: http://www.blackmetropolisresearch.org/shortTerm.html

Source: http://www.blackmetropolisresearch.org/

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Grant of the Week: Foreign Language and Area Studies Graduate Fellowships

Funding is available from UW-Madison Area and International Studies Programs for
Summer Intensive Language Study (2009)andAcademic Year Language/Area Studies (2009-10).

Fellowship Details:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • FLAS awards may be used for either a domestic or overseas academic program of study.
  • Language training taken outside of the U.S. must be at an advanced level and requires special approval.
  • FLAS recipients must be full-time graduate students.
  • Academic Year FLAS recipients who are not dissertators must take at least one area studies course and one language course each semester.
  • Summer awards can be used for intensive language study in programs that last for at least
  • 6 weeks and provide the equivalent of a full academic year of language study.
  • Applications from students in professional fields are encouraged.
  • Fellowships cover the cost of tuition and provide a stipend.


Eligible Languages (note that some may only be offered in summer):

Akan/Twi, Arabic, Bashkir, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Chuvash, Czech, Danish, Dutch,Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Icelandic,Indonesian/Malaysian, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazak, Khmer, Lao, Korean, Kyrgyz, Malayalam, Marathi, Modern Greek, Modern Irish, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Quichua, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Sinhala, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Tatar, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish (Azeri), Turkmen, Tuvan, Uighur, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Xhosa, Yakut, Yoruba, and Yucatec Maya.

Fellowships are offered by the following Programs and Centers:
The African Studies Program, Center for East Asian Studies, Center for European Studies, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia, Center for South Asia, Center for South East Asian Studies, and Global Studies.

Application Deadline: February 16, 2009

**Specific requirements may vary depending on the language. Please consult the relevant area studies program or the following website for further details and application forms:
http://www.intl-institute.wisc.edu/fellow

Source: http://www.intl-institute.wisc.edu/fellow/FLAS.htm

Monday, November 24, 2008

FC Resources for the Economic Crisis

The Foundation Center has recently launched a new set of web pages which provide resources on philanthropy and the current economic crisis. Check it out at: http://foundationcenter.org/focus/economy/

Friday, November 21, 2008

Grant of the Week: Altrusa International of Madison, Inc.

This women's service club, established in 1923, "provides direct service and funding for community organizations" (http://www.madisoncommunityfoundation.org).

"Grants from the Altrusa Fund are made in the area of literacy and education broadly defined including:

  • Projects to help children and youth meet their full educational potential.
  • Projects designed to expand opportunities for people returning to school or the workforce or for retraining.
  • Projects for people who need assistance to succeed in school so that they are able to be self-supporting.
  • Projects that foster parental involvement with their children’s schooling.

Projects that focus on lifelong learning. The Altrusa Fund will consider grant requests from $1,000 to $10,000. The average grant is $1,200."

Grant application deadline is February 1.

For complete application information, visit: http://www.madisoncommunityfoundation.org/apply/friends3.asp

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Grant Links: November 20, 2008

UW-Madison: Advanced Dissertation Research Assistantships

UW-Madison: Global Studies invites proposals for faculty development grants

WI: Badgerland Financial Offering Ag Scholarship Listing Online

WI: Innovative government ideas, programs sought for Gladfelter competition

WI: Natural Resources Foundation offers grants for conservation projects

New Books

Our new arrivals this month include...




The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals, edited by Judith Margolin and Elan DiMaio.


GIC Call #: HV41.9 U5 M373 2008












Finding Funding: Grantwriting From Start to Finish, Including Project Management and Internet Use, 5th ed. by Ernest Brewer and Charles Achilles

GIC Call #: LB2342.4 U6 B74 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Grant of the Week: American Bamboo Society

Applications/submissions are now being accepted for the ABS 2009 Annual Arts & Crafts Competition.

"There will be three awards this year -
$500 for the most creative achievement in celebrating bamboo's personality
$500 for the best use of bamboo as a design motif
$500 for new and innovative work using bamboo. (This could be awarded to someone who is new to using bamboo. )" (www.americanbamboo.org).

Possible categories include:

Using bamboo as material or design motif
Literature — poetry
Crafts — fiber, clay, glass, metal, paper, wood, mixed media, book arts
Visual Arts — drawing, painting, photography, sculpture
Design — interior design, graphics
Performing Arts — music, theater, dance

For complete competition details, see http://www.americanbamboo.org/GeneralInfoPages/2009ArtsAndCraftsComp.html.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Grant of the Week: Congressional Fellowship for Political Scientists

Grant recipients will "gain 'hands on' understanding of the legislative process by serving on congressional staffs. With this unique program the Association aims to contribute to the public understanding of policy-making and improve the quality of scholarship, teaching and reporting on American national politics" (http://www.apsanet.org/content_24889.cfm).

"The purpose of this fellowship is to give early- to mid-career political scientists an opportunity to learn more about Congress and the legislative process through direct participation. A comprehensive orientation begins each year in November. Office assignments as full-time legislative aides in the House of Representatives and/or Senate run from December to August. Fellows receive a stipend of $38,000, plus a small travel allowance" (http://www.apsanet.org/content_3540.cfm).

Deadline for application is December 1st.
For complete rules and application information, see: http://www.apsanet.org/content_3540.cfm

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Grant of the Week: Paranormal Research Grant

The National Paranormal Conference, UNIV-CON, has announced that it is accepting applications for its "first paranormal research grant awarded to an outstanding non-profit paranormal organization established within the U.S." (http://www.univcon.org/index.php)

Grant amount: $1,500.

Research proposals can be submitted to manager@univcon.org.

Rules and regulations to be announced. For more information, visit http://www.univcon.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=17&Itemid=23.

Grant Links: October 30, 2008

Moraine Park Technical College , WI: Fall Preview Days (must scroll down to view announcement)

Muskego, WI: Scholarship Offered by Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce

WI: Governor Doyle announces grants to increase agricultural exports

WI: Wisconsin Pork Association Announces Scholarships

Friday, October 24, 2008

Grant of the Week: Marijuana Policy Project

This program gives grants up to $60,000, for projects which "foster measurable changes in U.S. public policy that will lead to marijuana's being regulated similarly to alcohol and to marijuana's availability for medical use" (http://www.mpp.org/grants/).



The next deadline for applications is January 1, 2009. "Potential grant applicants are strongly encouraged to send concise letters of inquiry up to seven days prior to a grant application deadline."



For more information regarding the MPP and its grant program, see http://www.mpp.org/grants/.

Grant Links: October 24, 2008

Chippewa Valley, WI: Convention & Visitors Bureau offers grants

Menasha & Eau Claire, WI: Workshops help apply for state, federal grants

Muskego, WI: Scholarship Offered by Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce

East of Mississippi River: FRA seeks grant applications for maglev projects

US: Applicants sought by Oct. 31 for youth volunteer scholarship program

Friday, October 17, 2008

Grant of the Week: Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) Grant

The DJ & T Foundation, established by Bob Barker of the Price is Right, funds "low cost spay/neuter clinics and voucher programs as a way to help relieve animal over population across the US."

"[T]he Foundation is most committed to making grants at the grassroots level to deserving organizations that provide low cost or free spay/neuter services or voucher programs" (http://www.djtfoundation.org/1.htm).

These grants may only be used to spay or neuter dogs. (Organizations which spay and neuter cats are eligible, but funds can only be used for dogs.)

Only non-profit organizations with 501 ( c ) 3 tax exempt designations qualify.

For complete application information and guidelines, visit: http://www.djtfoundation.org/2.htm

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P.S. This post is dedicated to Bonnie Kalmbach, an avid animal welfare champion and beloved coworker, who retired last week from Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. We will miss her greatly!

Grant Links: October 17, 2008

Chippewa Falls, WI: Apply for Burke fund grants

Merrill, WI: Good Samaritan Health Center Foundation seeks grant applications

River Falls, WI (Area): Scholarships available for health care students

WI: State DNR taking tree orders

US: Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Fund for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Workshop Announcement: Financing, Fundraising, and Your Future as a Wisconsin Nonprofit

Financing, Fundraising, and Your Future as a Wisconsin Nonprofit... how nonprofits can (and should) connect their organization’s financial statements to their fundraising efforts – and how that connection will lead to fundraising success.

Register Now!

Presenter: Boris Frank, President, Boris Frank Associates, has been consulting with nonprofits for more than 25 years.

At the workshop you will:
* Learn how to become smarter and more creative about your financial resources.
* Connect with other nonprofit professionals in your area.
* Learn financial skills you’ll use over and over again.

Host: Forward Community Investments (FCI), a Wisconsin-based loan fund dedicated to building the financial capacity of Wisconsin nonprofits. FCI is a member and sponsor of Wisconsin Nonprofits Association.

W H E N __ a n d __ W H E R E
For your convenience, FCI is holding this workshop four times during October and November at four different locations.

Choose one:
Eau Claire • Tue, Oct 14
Onalaska/La Crosse • Wed, Oct 15
Wausau • Wed, Nov 12
Menasha/Fox Cities • Thu, Nov 13

Time: 7:30am - 9:30am • Continental Breakfast Included!

C O S T$20 • Continental Breakfast Included!

F O R __ M O R E __ I N F OForward Community Investments or Mike Sweitzer-Beckman or 866-687-1468.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Grant of the Week: Google Roots in Science and Engineering Awards

These awards are "designed to fund, promote and support science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science education" (http://www.google.com/corporate/diversity/rise/index.html).

Eligible entities include: Nonprofit organizations, university computer science faculty, staff, and student organizations.

Applications are submitted online and are due December 1, 2008.

"Special consideration will be given to programs that impact students from communities with longstanding underrepresentation in computing and technology."

For complete award details and an online application form, visit http://www.google.com/corporate/diversity/rise/index.html.

Grant Links: October 8, 2008

UW-Madison: Institute for Research in the Humanities Fellowships

Chippewa County, WI: Apply for Community Foundation grants today

Waupun, WI: Voice of Democracy scholarship competition sponsored by VFW posts (must scroll down to “Voice of Democracy” heading)

Wausau, WI: Swim lessons encourage healthy lifestyle (scholarships available)

WI: Focus on Energy: Announces $750,000 available for environmental and economic research projects

Friday, October 3, 2008

Grant Links: October 3, 2008

Brown County, WI: Service League accepting Community Gifts applications

Central WI: Komen affiliate to hold grant-writing workshop

Wisconsin: Kohl Scholarship Award Applications Now Available

US: The Al Neuharth Free Spirit Awards

US: P.E.O. Sisterhood Peace Scholarship for Graduate Students

Grant of the Week: American Morgan Horse Institute (AMHI)

Five $3,000 AMHI Educational Scholarships are awarded each year to high school seniors and graduates who have experience with -- and an interest in -- Morgan horses.

While open to any young man or woman who has or will be graduating high school or who holds a GED, the following criteria are "important" to the decision-making process:

1. Involvement in the AMHA Horsemanship Program;
2. Involvement in 4H or FAA;
3. Applicant has received a USA Equestrian or AMHA metal; or
4. Applicant has placed in the top two in the junior division or the top four of the adult division of an open competition program.

Deadline: March 1, 2009

For complete program details see http://www.morganhorse.com/benefits/kids_scholarships.php and http://www.morganhorse.com/pdf/Edscholorship.pdf.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Grant of the Week: William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students

This fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need allows students to intern at the Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program (NSPP) of the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. It is open to both graduate and undergraduate students of color.

Specifically...

"Activities: In his or her internship, the Hearst Fellow undertakes general research and program support for the Fund’s grantmaking and outreach efforts.

"Requirements:The ideal candidate for this fellowship is a highly motivated continuing graduate or undergraduate student from an underrepresented community.

"She or he should have an excellent academic record and also have the following:
1. Outstanding research skills;
2. Demonstrated interest or experience in the nonprofit sector;
3. Excellent writing and communication skills;
4. Demonstrated financial need; and5. American citizenship.

"The student must be able to intern for 10-15 weeks at the Washington, DC, office of the Aspen Institute. We generally expect that Fall and Spring internships will be part-time (10-20 hours per week) and Summer internships will be full-time. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student.

"Fellowship Stipend: A fellowship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded, depending on the recipient’s educational level, financial need, and time commitment" (www.nonprofitresearch.org).

Deadline for spring 2009 internships is December 15, 2008.

For complete information on this opportunity, visit http://www.nonprofitresearch.org/newsletter1530/newsletter_list.htm?section=William%20Randolph%20Hearst%20Endowed%20Fellowship%20for%20Minority%20Students.

Grant Links: September 26, 2008

UW-Madison: Classified staff child care grant available

Fon du Lac, WI: Oakfield Community Foundation accepts grant applications

Menasha and Eau Claire, WI: Grant-Writing for Farmers Workshops Being Planned

WI: FEMA aid requests approved

WI: Sylvan Dell Publishing: Awards educational resource grants to schools in Wisconsin

WI: WAA, Competitive Wisconsin gain grant to launch employee recruitment partnership

WI: WPPI seeking grant proposals under GreenMax Home program

US: Grant applications available to benefit people with high blood pressure and angina

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Grant of the Week: Queer Youth Fund

The Liberty Hill Foundation is accepting letters of intent now through October 7, 2008, for their annual Queer Youth Fund grants.

"Up to four $100,000 grants will be made to different 501(c)3 organizations (or groups with fiscal sponsors) with specific work that matches the guidelines. The $100,000 grants are payable over three to five years."

These grants are made "to grassroots, local, state or national nonprofit organizations located anywhere in the United States working to improve the quality of life among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (GLBTQQ) youth."

"The Queer Youth Fund awards grants to innovative and effective leadership development programs or organizing projects that empower GLBTQQ youth to improve societal conditions affecting GLBTQQ youth and that make a long-term difference to their movement."

For complete information regarding this funding opportunities, please see http://www.libertyhill.org/qyf/.

(Source: http://www.libertyhill.org/qyf/)

Grant Links: September 18, 2008

Green Bay, WI: MoneySmart Kids applicants sought

WI: ASA/BASF Offers College Scholarship

WI: EAA offers scholarship for online aviation courses

US: Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Grant of the Week: Humanities Exposed

The Center for Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will once again be accepting applications from UW Graduate Students for their Humanities Exposed (HEX) Grants.

According to their web site, "Drawing its inspiration from the Wisconsin Idea, HEX aims to change the culture of graduate education by providing support to humanists and humanities departments in their efforts to become citizens of the wider community."

Recipients represent "a cross-section of disciplines and frames of reference, use their research to engage diverse members of the public in related kinds of exploration, writing and discussion of ideas. HEX projects identify community needs and form sustainable, ongoing relationships to address those needs" (http://www.humanities.wisc.edu/).

For complete guidelines and application information, visit: http://www.humanities.wisc.edu/outreach1/HEX/Home.html

Friday, September 5, 2008

Grant of the Week: UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation

These "grants provide financial relief for families who have children with medical needs not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health benefit plan. The Foundation aims to fill the gap between what medical services/items your child needs and what your commercial health benefit plan will pay for" (http://www.uhccf.org/apply_applicant.html)

Eligibility:

  • Grant applications requesting assistance for dental or orthodontic treatment unrelated to a serious medical condition are excluded from grant consideration.
  • The applicant must be 16 years old or younger and live in the United States and receive and pay for care/items in the United States.
  • The applicant must be covered by a commercial health benefit plan and limits for the requested service are either exceeded, or no coverage is available and/or the copayments are a serious financial burden on the family. The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation requires a commercial health benefit plan.

(Source: http://www.uhccf.org/criteria_new.html)

For complete guidelines and application information, visit http://www.uhccf.org/apply.html.

Grant Links: September 5, 2008

UW-Madison: Faculty Development Opportunities in Vietnam, India and China (scroll down to headline)

UW-Madison: Graduate Student International Field Research Awards

UW-Madison: Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center Graduate Fellowships

UW-Madison: Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center Postdoctoral Fellowships

UW-Madison: Upcoming deadlines for CIBER grant opportunities (scroll down to headline)

Green Bay/De Pere, WI: Business women offer 2 scholarships

WI: Enrollment Deadline for UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course is October 1

US: USBC Star of Tomorrow application deadline approaching

Monday, August 25, 2008

FC Proposal Writing Seminar Coming to Madison in September!

Wednesday, September 24 in Madison
Foundation Center Proposal Writing Seminar

For every grantseeker who wants to learn how to write proposals geared to foundations, and for experienced grantseekers who are initiating a foundation fundraising campaign.

More than 36,000 grantseekers have strengthened their skills with our most popular seminar. Expert instructors will teach you to craft a comprehensive, compelling proposal package—step by step. You'll hear what grantmakers have to say about proposals, and gain valuable insight into the review process.

“To hear what grantmakers have actually said about proposals made this course even more instructive. I'd recommend it to any serious fundraiser.”
– Fundraising Consultant, Philadelphia

BENEFITS
Gain the competitive edge with a well-crafted proposal package
Learn the best way to present your information
Humanize your story to present a compelling picture
Convince funders to become part of your success and stay committed

TOPICS
Cover letter, executive summary; your message to the grantmaker
Statement of need; choosing data to support your case
Comprehensive project descriptions; your proof of project planning
Organizational overview, conclusion, appendices
Researching the funder to position your proposal
The grantmaker's proposal review process

BONUSES
Applicable for six continuing education points for CFRE International initial or recertification
Free copy of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 5th Edition (a $34.95 value)
Workbook outlining all major course topics

INSTRUCTOR JANE GEEVER
Founder of J.C. Geever, Inc., the first woman-led fundraising company admitted into membership in the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Jane is the author of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, now in its 5th edition. She lectures nationwide on subjects related to grantsmanship, volunteerism, and philanthropy.

Course date: Wednesday, September 24 in Madison
Registration fee: $195 REGISTER ONLINE

Friday, August 22, 2008

Grant of the Week: Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment

Pre-proposals are due in UW-Madison Dean/Director's Office on Wednesday, September 24, 2008.

"The Provost's Office is soliciting proposals from [UW] faculty, staff and students for the annual Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment competition. The endowment is intended to advance The Wisconsin Idea through the development of new and innovative initiatives and new dimensions to existing outreach activities by creating partnerships and collaborations, and sharing and applying knowledge.

"This year [they] will grant up to $750,000 for projects that begin on or after January 16, 2009. Proposals for initiatives up to $120,000 total funding are encouraged, and projects may last for up to three years.

The Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment call for proposals involves two steps: 1) UW-Madison faculty, staff or students must first submit a pre-proposal; and 2) individuals whose pre-proposals are accepted will be invited to submit a full proposal. Pre- and full proposals must be signed by the department chair/unit director and a dean's/director's representative before submission to the Office of the Provost.Pre-proposals are due in your Dean's office by the end of the day, Wednesday, September 24, 2008. Signed copies of the pre-proposals are due in the Provost's Office by Wednesday, October 1. We will announce pre-proposals finalists by Wednesday, October 29.

"For complete endowment details, including pre-proposal guidelines, cover page, budget submission form, directions and a list of previously funded programs, see <http://www.provost.wisc.edu/baldwin/>. Questions should be directed to Peyton Smith, the endowment chair and assistant vice chancellor, 262-8214, or " (http://www.provost.wisc.edu/baldwin/pre_call.html).

Friday, August 15, 2008

Grant of the Week: Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States.

"Under the terms of the program, a "New American" is an individual who 1) is a resident alien (i.e., holds a Green Card); or 2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen; or 3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens" (http://www.pdsoros.org/requirements.html#question2).

"A fellow may pursue a graduate degree in any professional field (e.g., engineering, medicine, law, social work, etc.) or scholarly discipline in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The fine and performing arts are included" (http://www.pdsoros.org/requirements.html#question5).

Deadline to apply is November 1, 2008.

For complete eligibility info, requirements, and application information, see http://www.pdsoros.org/index.html.

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Book on Scholarship Essays in GIC



How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay: 30 Essays That Won Over $3 Million in Scholarships by Gen and Kelly Tanabe.

GIC Call #: LB2338 T36 2006

Friday, August 8, 2008

Grant of the Week: Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation

Grants for Youth Educational and Cultural Programs should:

"* Target K-12 and college students
* Expose students to career opportunities
* Develop skills in new technologies
* Leverage teacher/administrator, parental, and community involvement
* Include hands-on program activities
* Lead to comprehensive, systemic change on a regional and/or national basis
* Involve collaborative partnerships
* Demonstrate capacity to gain continuing support
* Will result in dissemination and replication of lessons learned
* Have broad and positive impact on diverse populations with a special emphasis on women, minorities, and at-risk students" (http://www.tommy.com/opencms/opencms/corporate/foundation/aboutthefoundation.html/)

Proposals are due by October 1, 2008 to be eligible for funding January 15.

Grant amounts range between $10,000 - $25,000.

For complete details and application information, visit http://www.tommy.com/opencms/opencms/corporate/foundation/applicationprocess.html/.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

New additions to the GIC print collection




The Complete Guide to Writing Effective & Award-Winning Grants by Dianne Harris

GIC Call #: HG177 H37 2007







Grants for Medical Research: A Guide to Federal and Private Funding edited by Robin Jones

GIC Call #: R853 R46 J6 1997






Monday, July 28, 2008

Grant of the Week: American Hiking Society's National Trails Fund

"The National Trails Fund is the only privately funded, national grants program dedicated solely to building and protecting hiking trails.

"American Hiking will be awarding two different types of National Trail Fund grants in 2009: 1) American Hiking Society Trail Grants, which will range from $500-$4,999 each; and 2) Nature Valley Trail Grants, which will be for $5,000 each. Twenty applicant organizations for the Nature Valley Trail Grants will be selected as prospective grant recipients and will be featured on Nature Valley's Web site ( http://www.wheresyours.com/ ). Nature Valley Trail Grant award winners will be chosen by public vote from October 1 through 31, 2008. The top ten projects will each receive $5,000" (http://www.americanhiking.org/ntf/pdfs/2009NTFGuid.pdf).

Eligible organizations: Must be 501(c)(3).
Deadline for application: August 15, 2008.

For complete program details and application information, please see http://www.americanhiking.org/NTFApp.aspx.

Friday, July 25, 2008

New Books in the GIC





Digital Giving: How Technology is Changing Charity by Richard C. McPherson.


GIC Call #: HV41.2 M25 2007


The "How To" Grants Manual: Successful Grantseeking Techniques for Obtaiining Public and Private Grants, Sixth Ed. by David G. Bauer.

GIC Call #: HG 177 B38 2007

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Grant of the Week: Shade Structure Program

The American Academy of Dermatology's Shade Structure Program will award grants of up to $8,000 each for "the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas."

Eligible Applicants:

* 501(c)(3) organizations that serve children and teenagers, ages 18 and younger.
* Organizations with a demonstrated "commitment to "sun safety."

Application Deadline: April 10, 2009

For complete details and application information, visit http://www.aad.org/public/sun/grants.html.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Grant of the Week: NEH Summer Stipends for 2009

The National Endowment for the Humanities will be accepting applications for Summer Stipends between August 1 and the October 1, 2008, deadline.

"Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities.

Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly tools.

Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months.

Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply" (http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html).

Stipends consist of "$6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months, and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time."

Questions can be directed to the Summer Stipends staff at stipends@neh.gov.

For complete details and application information, visit http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html.

Grant Links: June 27, 2008

WI: Governor Doyle Announces Funding to Boost Tourism Industry (pdf)

WI: Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grants

WI: Truck Idling Program Offers Funds to Help Reduce Fuel Costs

Midwest: Disaster assistance available to educational/cultural groups

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Grant of the Week: Organic Farming Education and Outreach Grants

" The Organic Farming Research Foundation grants program is open to all applicants residing in Canada, Mexico and the United States. OFRF particularly encourages farmers, ranchers, researchers, and extension personnel to consider applying for funding" (http://ofrf.org/grants/apply_education&outreach.html).

Upcoming proposal deadlines: July 15, 2008 and November 15, 2008.

"OFRF will consider proposals to:
Develop Media
* Develop or update instructional media for organic production systems;
* Develop educational media on specific organic production or marketing challenges;
* Develop and publish educational production or marketing media for farmers interested in transitioning to organic production systems;
* Conduct surveys on organic production or marketing-related topics (gather and analyze existing information contrasted to generating new information)

Conduct Interactive Outreach
* Conduct participatory training in some aspect of organic production;
* Organize farmer-to-farmer mentoring, support groups, or programs;
* Support cooperative extension workshops or meetings on organic topics;
* Support a conference that specifically emphasizes organic-related issues;
* Provide training in organic agriculture for professional information providers (e.g. extension personnel, crop advisers);
* Develop training sessions and tools for organic inspectors. "

For complete details and application information visit: http://ofrf.org/grants/apply_education&outreach.html.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Grant of the Week: Open Meadows Foundation

This grantmaker funds, "projects that are led by and benefit women and girls" and that "do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or ability."

Specifically they're interested in funding projects which:
" * Are designed and implemented by women and girls;
* Reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization;
* Promote building community power;
* Promote racial, social, economic and environmental justice;
* Have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding."


Grants do not exceed $2,000.
Organizational budget should not exceed $150,000.
Next deadline for applications is: August 15, 2008.

For complete foundation information and application guidelines, visit: http://www.openmeadows.org/.

New Books in the Collection


Grant$ for Environmental Protection and Animal Welfare, published by the Foundation Center of New York.

GIC Call #: AS911 A2 F6944
Memorial Library Rm 262 D/E






Every Nonprofit's Guide to Publishing: Creating Newsletters, Magazines & Websites People Will Read, by Cheryl Woodard and Lucia Hwang.

GIC Call #: HD62.6 W66 2007
Memorial Library Rm 262 D/E

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

GIC Receives UW Libraries Friends Grant

For the second year in row, the Grants Information Collection of Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will receive a Collection Development Grant from the Friends of the University of Wisconsin--Madison Libraries. This year the generously given $1,100 will go toward the purchase of much needed subject-specific grant directories, the 21st edition of the National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations, and more!

As the new titles arrive, we'll feature them here on the GIC blog. So, stay tuned!

Grant Links: June 11, 2008

Madison, WI: MadiSUN Initiative Seeks to Double Madison's Use of Solar Energy

Wisconsin: Well Abandonment Grants

US/National: American Immigration Law Foundation Offers K-12 Education Grants

US/National: Do Something Announces "Increase Your Green" School Competition

Friday, May 30, 2008

Grant of the Week: Hooked on Hydroponics

The National Gardening Association and the Grow Store have teamed up to offer Hooked on Hydroponics Grants to elementary, middle, and high schools across the US.

36 schools will each receive:
* hydroponic garden systems and indoor light systems (high-intensity discharge or compact fluorescent). See links above for equipment package descriptions.
curricula and reference books (Gardening Indoors: The Indoor Gardener's Bible, plus NGA's
* Growing Ventures: Starting a School Garden Business; GrowLab: A Complete Guide to Growing in the Classroom; and GrowLab: Activities for Growing Minds.)

Applications must be postmarked by September 15, 2008.

For complete eligibility and application information, visit http://www.kidsgardening.com/grants/HOH.asp

Grant Links: May 30, 2008

UW-Madison: Humanities Exposed

UW-Madison: Dickie Family Sauk County Educational Fellowship

WI: State Fair Livestock Auction Scholarship Apps Available

United States: ScanGrants - Health Science Grants

Friday, May 23, 2008

Grant of the Week: Barefoot Wine's Summer Dream Job

" Barefoot Wine, a California wine- maker, and the Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to preserving the world's oceans, waves. and beaches, are offer- ing support for a talented beach enthusiast to spend a week work- ing with the Surfrider Foundation in San Clemente, California during the summer of 2008" (http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp).

Completed applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2008

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and residents of one of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia.

Winners will enjoy "hands-on experience in ocean water quality and organized beach cleanups as well as instruction in grassroots awareness campaigns. Entries will be judged by the staff at the Surfrider Foundation based on past environmental experience, relevant skills, and proven dedication to the cause. Along with being compensated financially, the recipient will receive a trip to California, including airfare, beachside housing, and ground transportation. "

For complete contest information, visit: http://www.barefootwine.com/BeachRescue/job.asp.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Grant of the Week: Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation

"Through its National Grant program, MEAF provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are working toward the full inclusion of young people with disabilities in society. Proposed projects should be national in scope and impact or model projects that can be replicated at multiple sites" (http://www.meaf.org/grants.php).

"Funding is available for both project costs and operating support, and is open to both disability-specific organizations and those that serve the general population.

"While requests from all parts of the US will be considered, priority will be given to communities where Mitsubishi Electric US companies are located.

"Preference is given to organizations and projects that reflect collaboration among groups.
Preference is also given to organizations and projects that actively involve people with disabilities in program planning and implementation.

"Grants are made only to US-based nonprofit organizations that have been granted Federal income tax exemption under 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code."

For complete application information, visit: http://www.meaf.org/grants.php

Friday, May 9, 2008

Grant of the Week: Tobacco Cessation Projects

The American Legacy Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for their Small Innovative Grants Program now until May 23, 2008.

This grant program, "supports projects that advance creative, promising solutions based on sound principles of tobacco control to remedy the harm caused by tobacco use in America."

"To be considered for funding under the Small Innovative Grants Program, the proposed project must distinguish itself from the large number of high quality programs proposed to Legacy in each grant round. The program must demonstrate an element of creativity, ingenuity or innovation."

For complete program details and application information, visit: http://www.americanlegacy.org/Documents/PDF/SIG_Letter_of_Intent_Guidelines_due_05.23.2008.pdf (pdf).

Grant Links: May 9, 2008

Arkansas: Single Parent Scholarships

Dallas, TX: DCCCD Single Mothers Scholarship Fund

Omaha, NE: Scholarship for Single Black Mothers

St. Charles, IL: St. Charles Mothers' Club Sherry Costello Scholarship Fund (scroll down)

Northwestern US and Canada: Northwest Association of Mothers of Twins Clubs

United States: College Mom Magazine Scholarships

United States: Mothers Off Duty Scholarship Award

United States: Takemoto Mink Education Foundation

United States or Canada: Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Grant Links: May 1, 2008

UW-System Schools: Denise Bertucci Memorial Jaycee Scholarship

Beaver Dam, WI: BD Rotary offers leadership camp

Dane County, WI: Centro Hispano of Dane County Scholarship Awards

Madison, WI: Altrusa Grant Fund Madison Chapter, Scholarship Information

St. Croix Valley, WI: St. Croix Valley Community Foundation offering grants

United States: Berrien Fragos Thorn Art Scholarships for Migrant Farm Workers

United States: Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship

United States: Rising Farmworker Dream Fund

Grant of the Week: American Humane Second Chance Fund

Up to $2,000 per organization, per year is available for American Humane agency members to help with the cost of medical treatments for animals that have been victims of abuse or neglect.

Funding is awarded on a case by case basis. Behavior modification and/or training are outside the scope of this fund.

Visit the American Humane web site for application and details: http://www.americanhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pa_shelter_services_secondchance

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Grant of the Week: National Potato Council

NPC Graduate Student Scholarship awards $5,000 annually to a graduate student pursuing advanced studies in Agribusiness which enhance the Potato Industry.

Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership abilities and potato-related areas of graduate study. These areas include, but are not limited to: Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology, Food Sciences, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology.

Applications must be received by June 15, 2008. Funding must be applied to the 2008-2009 academic year.

For more information, visit: http://www.nationalpotatocouncil.org/NPC/programs_scholarshipprogram.cfm

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

GIC Workshops Summer '08

Up-coming Workshops:

Intro to Foundation Grants for Non-Profit Organizations
Sessions below will include an orientation to the Collection, background on the world of grantmaking, information on how to build a credible nonprofit organization, as well as general grantseeking tips. This workshop is suitable for staff of nonprofit organizations and UW clientele.

Friday, June 6, 2008 ~ 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Friday, July 18, 2008 ~ 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Foundation Directory Online
Gain hands-on experience using the Foundation Center's foundation database, Foundation Directory Online. Those new to grants research, consider taking it with the workshop above!

Friday, June 6, 2008 ~ 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Friday, July 18, 2008 ~ 11 a.m. – 12 noon

Identifying Grants for Research & Project Funding
This free workshop is aimed at those from the University community (and from the public at large) who are interested in identifying grant opportunities for their research and special projects. Emphasis is on funding for academic pursuits.

Thursday, August 27, 2008 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Grants for Your Education
This free presentation is for current and future students in Wisconsin (of any institute of higher education) interested in researching potential scholarships, fellowships, and grants available to individuals for their education and related purposes. The focus will be on how to identify funding sources beyond those that are available through most offices of financial aid.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 ~ 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 28, 2008 ~ 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Further Information

Each semester the Grants Information Collection in Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, sponsors workshops on grant-seeking strategies. Workshops generally exclude funding for for-profit enterprises and for personal welfare assistance.

Fee: None ~ free to all
Registration: Not required ~ but seating is limited.
Location: Room 436 Memorial Library at 728 State Street, Madison*

*Non-UW participants will be able to get a day pass upon showing an ID at the entrance. For more information telephone the Nikki Busch at (608) 262-6431, or send email to: grantsinfo@library.wisc.edu.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Grant of the Week: Save Our History

The History Channel will award a total of $100,000 in grants up to $10,000 this year to nonprofit organizations in the United States for preservation project funds.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

*Proposed projects must focus on exploring and preserving a significant aspect of community history.

*Proposed projects must raise awareness among students and community members about the significance of their local heritage and the importance of preserving it.

* Proposed projects must include a tangible resource that captures students' efforts to learn about and preserve their local history in a unique, creative way.
(For more detail on these criteria, visit.)

Applications are due June 6, 2008 for projects beginning September 9, 2008.

For complete information regarding this funding opportunity, go to http://www.history.com/minisites/saveourhistory.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

New in the GIC: Making a Difference in Africa


Making a Difference in Africa: Advice from Experienced Grantmakers by Rob Buchanan and Jayne Booker.

This book from the Council on Foundations and the Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group is a true gem! It includes plenty of advice from those with real-world grantmaking experience in Africa, regional information, as well as more general considerations.

Grant of the Week: WAGE Individual Research Awards

The Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) invites applications from Wisconsin Madison faculty and qualified members of the academic staff for the "individual grant competition to support research projects on globalization and the international economy" (http://wage.wisc.edu).

Grant amount: $10,000
Available for use: June 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
Deadline for application: Noon on Friday, April 18, 2008

This call for proposals "aim[s] to support research projects that explore the consequences of and challenges posed by economic globalization and its governance. "

For more information on this research funding opportunity, go to http://wage.wisc.edu/Newsroom/index.aspx?ID=62 and click on "Call for Proposals (pdf)."

Monday, April 7, 2008

Free Foundation Center Webinars!

These one-hour webinars, led by Foundation Center staff experts, cover essential topics for nonprofit grantseekers, such as introduction to fundraising planning, finding funders (with Foundation Directory Online), and grantseeking basics.

View the three-month calendar of webinars, and then click on any date to get a full description and/or to register online!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Grant of the Week: NEA Foundation

Learning & Leadership Grants are available to individuals and groups in public education for "professional development" that improves "practice, curriculum, and student achievement" (http://www.neafoundation.org).

The NEA Foundation's vision is "a great public education for every student." Towards these ends, L&L grants "support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education."

Grants for individuals are given to "fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutions or action research." The amount of this grant is $2,000.

Grant to groups "fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment." These grants are $5,000.

Applications may be submitted at any time, but are reviewed only three times per year.
The next review for selection is June 6, 2008. Recipients will be notified by September 15, 2008.

For complete eligibility and application information, visit http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/Learning&Leadership_Guidelines.htm.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Grant of the Week: James P. Danky Fellowship

In honor of James P. Danky's long service to print culture scholarship, the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Historical Society, is offering an annual short-term research fellowship.

The Danky Fellowship provides $1000 in funds for one individual planning a trip to carry out research using the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society (please see details of the collections at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org). Grant money may be used for travel to the WHS, costs of copying pertinent archival resources, and living expenses while pursuing research here. If in residence during the semester, the recipient will be expected to give a presentation as part of the colloquium series of the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America ( http://slisweb.lis.wisc.edu/~printcul/).

Preference will be given to:
* proposals undertaking research in print culture history
* researchers from outside Madison
* research likely to lead to publication

We strongly encourage applicants to speak with the Reference Archivist at the WHS (phone: 608-264-6460; email: askarchives@wisconsinhistory.org) before applying for a grant. We are happy to help identify potential collections of which you may not otherwise be aware.

There is no application form. Applicants must submit:

1) A cover sheet with name, telephone, permanent address and e-mail, current employer/affiliation, title of project, and proposed dates of residency.

2) A letter of two single-spaced pages maximum describing the project and its relation to specifically cited collections at the society and to previous work on the same theme, and describing the projected outcome of the work, including publication plans. If residents of the Madison area are applying, they must explain their financial need for the stipend.

3) Curriculum vitae.

4) Two confidential letters of reference. Graduate students must include their thesis advisor.

Applications are due by May 1st. The recipient will be notified by May 31st.

Please email applications to:

Christine Pawley Ph.D.
Director, Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America
University of Wisconsin-Madison
4234 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706

Monday, March 24, 2008

(Belated) Grant of the Week: Paul P. Fidler Research Grant

This grant supports research on issues of college student transitions. Competition is open to faculty, staff, graduate students who plan to conduct research on these issues.

Award includes a cash stipend ($5,000), travel to two national conferences, a presentation at a national conference, and priority consideration for publication.

Deadline: 11:59 pm EST, July 1, 2008.

For more complete information visit: http://sc.edu/fye/research/grant/index.html

Grants Links: March 24, 2008

UW-Madison: Call for support grant proposals

UW-Milwaukee: RedPrairie Announces Scholarship Program with UW-Milwaukee

Green Bay, WI: Scholarships for women available

Manitowoc County, WI: Scholarship signup deadline is April 4

Sheboygan, WI: Scholarships available through foundation

Two Rivers and Manitowoc, WI: Optimist clubs offer oratorical contest

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Grant of the Week: Recycling Bin Grant Program

Coca-Cola and the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) have teamed up to offer beverage container recycling bin grants.

This opportunity, "open to government, civic, school, non-profit groups and for-profit companies," will provide winners with "actual recycling bins instead of funding" (http://bingrant.org/home.htm).

Applications must be submitted online by Friday, April 4, 2008.

"Grants will be provided to a limited number of applicants who can demonstrate how their proposals will lead to sustainable recycling opportunities."

Pictures and descriptions of available recycling containers can be found at: http://bingrant.org/bins.htm.

For further information about this grant opportunity, visit: http://bingrant.org/overview.htm.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Free Audiobook Available Online!

The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 5th edition, by Jane Geever.

"In partnership with the New York unit of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), the Foundation Center is making available free of charge a new audio version of the most popular book in [their] Fundraising and Nonprofit Management Series.

"This is the first time the Center has issued a product in audio format. The entire book is included with alternate chapters having been recorded by two New York volunteers from RFB&D.

"For your convenience the audio version is divided into tracks corresponding to chapters in the book. You can listen to just the chapters that interest you or download the book as a single mp3 file" (http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/learnabout/audiobook.html).

Friday, March 7, 2008

Grant of the Week: Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants

Autism Speaks is currently seeking "grant applications that promote services that will enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders" (http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/fsdb/grants.php). The focus of the grants will be on "proposals that serve to build the field of services for individuals with autism and expand the capacity to effectively serve this growing community."

Applications will be accepted for programs that "address one of the following areas of need:"
* Education
* Recreation/Community Activities
* Equipment/Supportive Technology
* Young Adult/Adults Services

For more information - including detailed application guidelines - visit: http://www.autismspeaks.org/docs/family_services_docs/family_services_RFA_Feb_2008.pdf

Deadline: Friday, March 28, 2008, 11:59 p.m. (EST)

Grant Links: March 7, 2008

UW-Madison: Book Store Academic Excellence Award

UW-Madison: DANCE PROGRAM SENIOR HONORS AWARDS

UW-Madison: Scholarships and Grants for Nontraditional Students

UW-Madison: PRITZKER PUCKER Year-long Study Abroad Scholarships (pdf)

UW-Madison: WISE Scholarship Applications are now available! (pdf)

Madison, WI: Art Talk: Madison arts grants have new deadline of March 15

Beaver Dam, WI: Wayland scholarship competition announced

Fon du Lac, WI: Notes from School

La Crosse County, WI: Applicants sought for Fairest of the Fair

Marathon County, WI: Sheriff’s association accepting scholarship applications

Oconomowoc, WI: Scholarship Funds Oconomowoc Community Choir, Inc.

Sheboygan, WI: Altrusa scholarship

Sheboygan County, WI: Mary Lou French Memorial Scholarship

Waukesha County, WI: Waukesha Memorial Hospital scholarship program

Wisconsin: Scholarships Available for UW Short Course, School for Beginning Farmers

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

New Video in the Grants Information Collection

A Symposium on the Future of Philanthropy: A Conversation with Five Leaders in the Field, a video, is now available in the Grants Information Collection (GIC), Rm 262D/E in Memorial Library.

The symposium, sponsored by the Foundation Center, took place on November 9, 2006. The DVD of the event, which does not circulate, may be viewed on-site using any of the computers in the GIC.

Call Number: HV91 S96 2007

Monday, March 3, 2008

FC Proposal Writing Seminars in Chicago

FYI: Excellent for fee seminars on proposal writing are coming to Chicago this month:


SAVE ON MULTIPLE REGISTRATIONS
SPECIAL DISCOUNTSAVE $25 for each additional personSAVE $25 for each additional coursePlease note: additional registrations must be made at the same time.

Proposal Writing Seminar
Thursday, March 27

For every grantseeker who wants to learn how to write proposals geared to foundations, and for experienced proposal writers who are initiating a foundation fundraising campaign.More than 36,000 grantseekers have strengthened their skills with our most popular seminar, now in its 15th year. Expert instructors will teach you to craft a comprehensive, compelling proposal package—step by step. You'll hear what grantmakers have to say about proposals, and gain valuable insight into the review process.

BENEFITS
Gain the competitive edge with a well-crafted proposal package
Learn the best way to present your information
Humanize your story to present a compelling picture
Convince funders to become part of your success and stay committed

TOPICS
Cover letter, executive summary; your message to the grantmaker
Statement of need; choosing data to support your case
Comprehensive project descriptions; your proof of project planning
Organizational overview, conclusion, appendices
Grantmaker contacts; cultivating your best advocates
Researching the funder to position your proposal
The grantmaker's proposal review process

BONUSES
Free copy of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 5th Edition (a $34.95 value)
Workbook outlining all major course topics

Course date: March 27 in Chicago
Registration fee: $195 View full course description & register


Proposal Budgeting Workshop
Friday, March 28


For proposal writers at all levels who want to learn the nuts and bolts of budget preparation to support their project proposals.A sound, well-organized budget can help convince prospective funders that your project is worthy of their financial investment. This course will teach you to build a budget step-by-step to provide a complete picture of your financial needs. Using real-world case studies, you will learn to think more strategically to strengthen your budget presentation.

BENEFITS
Tell your story through the budget numbers
Present budgets according to grantmaker guidelines
Align your budget with project objectives

TOPICS
Creating each component of the project budget
Outlining the full cost of your project, including overhead
Calculating personnel costs, fringe benefits, and non-personnel expenses
Strategies for presenting income and other funding sources
Incorporating footnotes to add clarity
Using your organizational budget to help build the project budget
Funder guidelines for budget presentation and reporting

BONUSES
Workbook outlining all major course topics
Templates for budget worksheets used in the course
Course date: March 28Registration fee: $195 View full course description & register
INSTRUCTOR MARILYN HOYT Currently president and COO at the New York Hall of Science, Marilyn consults with a wide variety of nonprofits for J.C.Geever, Inc., and has spent 12 years as a grantmaker for the Westchester Arts Council. She authored the foreword for The Foundation Center’s Guide to Winning Proposals.
REGISTER NOW!

Proposal Writing SeminarMarch 27

Proposal Budgeting WorkshopMarch 28

Friday, February 29, 2008

Grant of the Week: My Hometown Helper!

Hamburger Helper's MyHometownHelper.com grant program is looking to "fund initiatives to help hometowns across America with monetary grants of up to $15,000.00 per project."

Small and large projects are encouraged to apply.

According to the MyHometownHelper.com web site...

"When evaluating requests... [the] review committee will favor organizations meeting the following criteria:
* Demonstrate a need in the broader community
* Illustrate a helpful, creative or innovative concept that meets this need
* Clearly identify change/s that can be made as a result of receiving the award."

Applications must be received by March 31, 2008.

"Eligible organizations include, but are not limited to: nonprofit old-age homes, parent-teacher associations, charitable hospitals or other charitable organizations, alumni associations, schools, chapters of the Red Cross or Salvation Army, Boys’ or Girl’s clubs, social welfare organizations, homeowners’ and tenants’ associations, Veterans’ organizations, organizations supported by the Government, social and recreational activities organizations, police and firefighters’ relief organizations, health care organizations, and local associations of employees."

For complete guidelines and online application, visit: http://myhometownhelper.com/LearnMore.aspx

Grant Links: February 29, 2008

UW-Madison: CIBER-Funded Faculty & Ph.D. Grants

UW-Madison: eCals Funding Opportunities

UW-Madison: Student Personnel Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Student Services

Madison, WI: Venture capital fair application now online

UW-System: Support grants for racial and ethnic studies: proposals due April 7

Barron County, WI: The Barron County Commission on Agriculture recently announced its 2008 scholarship program

Chippewa Falls, WI: College scholarship applications available

Pierce County WI: Klaas Scholarship offered to students

Sheboygan, WI: AAUW scholarship

Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota or South Dakota: Cancer Society scholarships available for Midwest students