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 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 (

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: 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:

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" (

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:

For further information about this grant opportunity, visit:

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" (

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" ( 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:

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

Grant Links: March 7, 2008

UW-Madison: Book Store Academic Excellence Award


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:

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Proposal Writing SeminarMarch 27

Proposal Budgeting WorkshopMarch 28