Thursday, January 29, 2009

Grant Links: January 29, 2009

Oshkosh, WI: Businesses have until March 4 to apply for façade grants

Sheboygan County, WI: Conservation association offering scholarship (scroll down to view post)

Wausau, WI: Wausau Noon Optimists sponsor youth essay contest

WI: WTA, Rural Insurance to Offer Scholarships

US: Coke And NAMA Foundation Offer Scholarships For Emerging Leaders Development Program

US: Kohl’s Kids Who Care® Scholarship Program

Featured Grant (a.k.a., Grant of the Week)

The West African Research Association (WARA) is looking for candidates for the summer fellowship opportunity at the West African Research Center (WARC) Library in Dakar, Senegal. Application is open to Library and Information Studies (LIS) and non-LIS students.

"WARA is accepting applications for WARC Library Fellow for the summer of 2009.

"This program is designed to encourage the upcoming generation of Africanist scholars and librarians and to assist in capacity building at the library of the West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal. The WARC Library Fellow will work with the WARC librarian on collection development and management, electronic cataloguing and use of electronic research databases and should have well-developed skills in these areas. Preference will be given to those who are fluent in or have a working knowledge of French.

"This internship will provide round trip travel to Dakar and a stipend of $2500 to cover the cost of living for 6 to 8 weeks. This competition is open to US citizens who are enrolled in a graduate program with Africa content and who have a particular interest in libraries.
Applicants should submit a statement of not more than six double-spaced pages describing their career plan and how this internship would contribute to their professional development. This should indicate particular areas of interest and expertise as well as describing personal and professional goals for the internship.

"A complete application must include the following:

  • A WARA grant application cover sheet (downloadable from website)
  • A statement (6 double-spaced pages maximum, described above)
  • Three (3) letters of reference from professors
  • Resumé
  • Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts (copies of official ones are acceptable)

"An excellent source of suggestions for preparing your application can be found on the SSRC website at

"Complete applications will consist of one original and three copies of all materials (4 sets total) except letters of reference. Letters should be included in the application packet in envelopes sealed and signed by the referee. Letters of reference sent separately will not be considered.

"Upon completion of their internships, grantees are required to submit a detailed report of their work and findings. This report will subsequently be published in the biannual WARA newsletter. Please direct inquiries and submit applications to:

African Studies Center, Boston University, 270 Bay State Road Boston MA 02215
Tel: 617-353-8902 Fax: 617-353-4975 Email:"

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Spring GIC 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.

Thursday, February 19, 2009 ~ 1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 2009 ~ 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!

Thursday, February 19, 2009 ~ 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 2009 ~ 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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursday, March 5, 2009 ~ 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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.

Friday, February 13, 2009 ~ 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 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:

Friday, January 9, 2009

Grant of the Week: Boating & Fishing Education Grants

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation's National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative is "offering a total of $800,000 in boating and fishing education grants for 2009. Youth-focused boating, fishing and conservation organizations are encouraged to apply by the January 30, 2009 deadline ("

"Key requirements of RBFF’s grant application guidelines include: introducing boating and fishing to minorities and underserved communities.

While all applications will be considered, RBFF will give special consideration to programs that:

  • Offer multiple on-the-water learning opportunities
  • Encourage long-term involvement of participants
  • Provide training for instructors
  • Promote conservation
  • Support existing RBFF partnerships"

For complete grant information, visit: