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:

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" (

"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:

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. )" (

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

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" (

"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" (

Deadline for application is December 1st.
For complete rules and application information, see: