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:

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:

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

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" (

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 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" (

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