Friday, January 25, 2008

Grant of the Week: Bubel/Aiken Foundation

The Bubel/Aiken Foundation, created by Clay Aiken of American Idol fame, "focuses on programs that help bridge the gap that exists between young people with special needs and the world around them."

While the 2007 grant cycle is closed, and the 2008 has yet to officially begin, now is a great time to start thinking about applying for the October 31, 2008 deadline!

According to the Foundation's web site, they provide "much needed funding to qualified programs serving families in need of funds to assist individuals in life skills and one-to-one social skills, but more importantly, to programs that provide social interaction with non-disabled peers. [They] will fund the development of curricula and the necessary training aimed at achieving full inclusion in the educational, employment, and recreational settings."

Check their grants pages in the future for further information:

New Online Resource: Grants and Awards Available to American Writers

UW-Madison Libraries now have a subscription to the PEN American Grants and Awards Database online!

In the words of the PEN American Center, "With more than 1,000 listings of domestic and foreign grants, literary awards, fellowships, and residencies*, Grants & Awards is the most comprehensive online database available to writers of all income brackets, at work in all genres, and at various levels of achievement." (Emphasis mine.)

Current students, faculty, and staff of UW-Madison, please consult the E-Resource Gateway for login and password information. Those not associated with UW-Madison are welcome to visit the Grants Information Collection at Memorial Library for on-site access only.

PEN American also sells individual subscriptions on their web site.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Grant of the Week: New Community Gardens in Madison

The Community Action Coalition for South Central WI, New Garden Fund Grants Program is currently accepting applications for the creation of new community gardens in Madison.

"Who should apply? Groups eligible to apply include:

* new and existing gardens in Southwest Madison,
* new housing developments at the edges of the city,
* existing gardens hoping to expand (by adding new plots for new gardeners),
* neighborhoods lacking community garden space that want to create new gardens,
* existing gardens where leases are being lost due to development, etc. that need to be relocated."

Applications are due on Friday, January 25, 2008. Grants will be given out in early March 2008.

"Requests from anywhere in the city can be up to $2000. In the southwest neighborhoods, larger requests are welcome, up to a maximum of $20,000. The grants can help pay for water systems, fences, raised beds, etc."

"Please contact Janet Parker, Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc - Food & Gardens, at 246-4730, Ext. 218, for a grant application and a resource packet on how to start your own community garden in Madison. "

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Grant of the Week: Social Science Research Council

"Muslim societies and communities in world contexts" is the theme of this grant program funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The Social Science Research Council is accepting applications now through January 22nd, from National Resource Centers supported by Title VI of the Higher Education Support Act only.

"These fellowships are intended to enhance the capacity of National Resource Centers to disseminate academic research on Muslim societies and communities to media, business, policy institutions and the general public."

For further information contact Thomas Asher, Program Officer: or visit

Friday, January 4, 2008

Grant of the Week: Fund for Jewish Documentary Film

The Foundation for Jewish Culture is proving grants "for the completion of original documentary films and videos that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, culture, and identity."

The priority of the Lynn and Jules Knoll Fund for Documentary Film is "to support projects in the final states of post-production..."

Applicants may be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, a nonprofit with federal tax-exempt status, or have a "fiscal conduit that agrees to receive and administer an award on behalf of the project."

Awards range in size from $15,000 to $35,000. No funding for research, script development, or other pre-production expenses.

For more information on eligibility, visit: