Type Program Deadline  
Federal Alcohol Education Project Grants 09-25-2014
Federal 2014 Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Sex Trafficking Initiative 05-15-2014
Foundations Voices for Healthy Kids Rolling
Federal 2014 National Mentoring Programs 05-27-2014
Foundations Ribbons of Hope – Invest in Women and Girls 07-01-2014
Foundations Creative Community Fellows program 05-07-2014
Federal (Heads-UP) Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs 08-07-2014
Federal 2014 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Statewide Juvenile Reentry Systems Reform Planning Program 05-13-2014
Foundations Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation 07-01-2014
Foundations GreenSchools! Grants 09-30-2014
Foundations Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation Grants 06-30-2014
Foundations 2014 Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards 05-01-2014
Federal National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice Initiative 06-18-2014
Federal Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance (TA) Grant 05-02-2014
Federal 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program 05-16-2014

GrantsAlert Blog

March 28, 2014

Do we have a problem? AND Who has the right stuff?

Last week I told you that I was doing some research on how ready schools are to accept and manage contributions and donations from our communities.  This week I am here to tell you that I think I am hearing those words in my head, “Houston, we have a problem.”  Thing is I don’t know exactly how big this problem is and what kind of attention it deserves, but I continue to get info from friends that offers evidence that there are a number of schools and districts around the country who do not have policies in place for accepting and managing community contributions…and in many cases where there are policies, no one pays any attention to them.  This is an area we have to get right, because if we don’t, we will never realize the full potential of our schools and communities.  

Our communities need to trust our schools and school districts in order to support us.  And we all need to be on the same page when it comes to handling the support they lend us. 

I’m going to continue to study this issue and dig deeper to see just how big of a problem we may have…so, please, keep sharing your experiences and thoughts with me on this issue and I will keep digging. Here’s my email address: jmizereck@grantsalert.com   

I also received a question from a young woman, Sonia, who wants to learn how to write proposals and she wanted to know where she could find top notch training.  I asked someone I have complete trust in, Polk County (Florida) Grants Administrator Marcia Ford.  Marcia suggested that Sonia first look at the Grantsmanship Center, HQ in LA, They offer courses all around the country. Sessions are hosted at local nonprofits and should have a schedule of courses on the web site several months out. Not cheap, but thorough and widely recognized. 

Marcia also pointed out that the Foundation Center, based in New York, has some basic lessons online and offers workshops around the country. This organization doesn’t deal with government grants, just foundations. They sell reference books and an online service to find grant opportunities, and have some to look at online. 

Marcia reminded her that there are other commercial outfits out there, but the Grantsmanship Center and Foundation Center are the ones that have helped define the field over the years. They have the right stuff.

The Grant Professional Certification Institute, affiliated with the Grant Professional Association (formerly Amer. assoc of Grant Professionals) is an independent professional association (I.e. Nonprofit, not a vendor) that has published standards for grant developers. These were compiled by subject matter expert panels around the country in preparing certification exams. There are also vendors who offer “certifications” but they make you buy their courses to qualify. These are not bad, just not recognized by the field as a whole. 

Marcia reminded me to remind Sonia to start small. Trying to start out with a federal application is a recipe for wasted effort and frustration. And Marcia is absolutely right.  More importantly, those who get classroom grants are likely to keep trying and pick up the funder preferences that add to their success as they go. Like anything that matters…it takes time, practice and a few rejections along the way.

Please don’t forget  I am offering FREE general membership in the Grant Writers’ Directory to grant writers who join the directory in the next 7 days. All you need to do is insert SparkSomeGood (without the quotation marks) in the promo code when asked in the sign-up process.  Join the Grant Writers’ Directory TODAY! 

Remember, I want www.GrantsAlert.com to become your Grants-HQ. for grants for teachers, grants for schools and grant writers who can help you secure those grants. Our focus is on: what’s in the best interest of our kids.

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March 21, 2014

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Last week I raised the question: is your school ready to accept donations/contributions/gifts/grants?  Special thanks to everyone who took the time to answer this question for me.  The 15 responses I received does not offer a large enough number to form any hard conclusions, but in most of the responses individuals expressed their concerns with the lack of adherence to district policies for managing community financial support.  And if you don’t mind, I want to spend a little more time researching this whole “readiness” issue.  My thinking on this is really simple…if a district isn’t ready to accept and manage funds from the community, then they aren’t ready to be asking for funds. 

Please, keep sharing your experiences and thoughts on this issue with me and I will keep digging to see what’s going on…and what’s not going on. Here is my email address: jmizereck@grantsalert.com

In the next couple of weeks I will be sharing some exciting news with you…news about some new tools that truly are amazing and you are going to have access to them.  I promise you, the first word out of your mouth will most likely be what I said, “Wow.”  So, give us a couple weeks to get everything ready and I will lay it all out for you to see what I am so excited about.

When it comes to grants for schools, grants for teachers, classroom grants, K-12 funding resources and experienced grant writers…we want www.GrantsAlert.com to be the first place you go to for the most up-to-date, accurate information you need to be successful. We want to be the Grants-HQ for America’s teachers and schools.

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March 14, 2014

Is your school ready to accept contributions?

I have a sweet little neighbor who is in the 2nd grade.  Early this week I asked her if she had a good day at school and she said, “Mr. Joe, everyday is good at school.”  So, I asked her why her days were good and she said, “My teacher Ms. Brock is wonderful. She is even going to Sam’s tonight to buy goodies to give us when we are good in class.” I said, “That’s a pretty special teacher.”  And she said, “Yes sir, Mr. Joe, I love her.” 

I loved hearing this little girl talk about her teacher like that.  The next day I took a check by her school to help that special teacher cover the cost of those goodies…and my visit to the school and handing over my check got me thinking. What will happen to that check?  Will the funds end up where I want them?  Will the teacher be able to access the funds easily? Will I receive any kind of response?  Did I do it right?  Did I hand the check to the right person in the front office? Lots of questions… 

So, my question to you is this: does your school have a system in place to accept, deposit and distribute contributions from your community members? Do you have a protocol in place for recognizing and thanking those who lend their support to your classroom or school?  And, finally, are there checks in place to insure that the wishes of the donors are met?  I am very interested in knowing how schools are handling any funds they receive from their community members…especially, contributions from individuals, like parents, grandparents and other community members.  Let me know: jmizereck@grantsalert.com I will share what I learn next week.

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March 7, 2014

America's Schools Need More Champions Like Alexandra Shaffer

By Joe Mizereck, Founder www.GrantsAlert.com and @GrantsBuzz

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by a young woman who asked for my help in sharing info about a project she is involved in that will ultimately make life easier for teachers.  I posted her info on GrantsAlert in this Alert.  She asked me this week if I would be kind enough to mention her project in my bulletin…I told her I would like to first have an opportunity to see what she is working on to determine if I am comfortable encouraging  my readers to get involved.  So, we had a webinar and I was very impressed not only with the tool (a learning management system) she has developed, but with her. 

Alexandra Shaffer and her company, G2Collective Inc. are looking for K-12 schools and teachers to partner with them in a small business grant they are applying for from the Department of Education to test their platform, eTeach®.  This is a great opportunity for schools who don’t have Learning Management Systems yet or schools that are looking at what’s out there in terms of new technology to aid in curriculum creation and teacher collaboration.  

eTeach® is very different from other platforms out there because of its simple design, which makes it easy to use, and it’s patent pending module methodology, which is an innovative approach to helping teachers collaborate in the curriculum development process.  They have also focused on keeping the course delivery highly interactive, providing a structure for teachers to give high quality feedback on work that students submit, and an online learning environment that focuses on teacher/student and student/student interaction. 

They are offering a tremendous amount of support to the teachers and schools who take the time to partner with them.  Their deadline is coming up quickly (March 14), so please reach out directly to this remarkably bright young woman Alexandra Shaffer at allie@g2collective.com or call her at 917-482-3498 if you have any interest and would like more information!  

You might be asking, what’s in this for Joe?  The answer is, nothing.  I like what she has done, I like Allie’s passion and her interest in helping teachers and I really like what she has developed. I think you will too. 

Please don’t forget  I am offering FREE general membership in the Grant Writers’ Directory to grant writers who join the directory in the next 7 days. All you need to do is insert"SparkSomeGood"in the promo code when asked in the sign-up process. Join the Grant Writers’ Directory TODAY!

Remember, when in doubt ask this one question:what’s in the best interest of the kids?

Thank you.

 

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February 28, 2014

#1 Goal at GrantsAlert

Please remember our number one goal here at GrantsAlert.com is to make life a little easier for you to search for, find and secure classroom grants, school grants, teacher grants and other funding opportunities for your K-12 schools, organizations, districts, consortia and state education agencies.

I have had several folks ask for help in finding good, talented, experienced writers to help them prepare proposals for grants offered here on www.GrantsAlert.com.  I always encourage them to look at our writers who are members of our Grant Writers’ Directory.  We have some excellent talent and experience to consider.  Problem is, we need more writers to join this directory.  Some states are not even represented and it’s good to have writers representing the states in which they live and work.  That familiarity can prove to be very valuable when helping the schools and not-for-profits that are in need of help.

So, with this need to build our directory to better serve America’s teachers and schools, I am offering FREE general membership in the directory to grant writers who join the directory in the next 7 days. All you need to do is insert "SparkSomeGood" in the promo code when asked in the sign-up process. 

Ok, what are you waiting for?  Let’s do it…Let’s Spark Some Good…

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February 22, 2014

Know These 7 Faces

Had a call this week from a parent who has volunteered to come up with a list of prospective donors to her child’s school for a significant campaign. I appreciate this kind of parent and when they call me looking for help I try to give them something that will help them succeed.  In this case, I suggested, before she do anything else, she get her hands on a book titled The Seven Faces of Philanthropy by Prince and File, 1994.  Why did I suggest this book as a first step? Because this parent wants to identify ten to twenty people who will write checks with a lot of zeroes.  Before she can expect to see that happen she needs to know where she needs to look for these people and once found, understand what motivates them to lend their support to good causes.  Prince and File lay it all out very clearly.  Here’s where you will find your prospective major donors and here’s why they would consider helping you.

More importantly, Prince and File describe how you need to communicate with these individuals.  For example, if one of these prospects has clearly demonstrated through her giving history that she does good (donate) because it’s God’s will you don’t want to be talking about how great an investment a gift would be.  You would do that with an Investor Face, not a Devout Face. Knowing the various faces and the corresponding languages can make a huge difference in the success of a campaign.

So, what are the various faces of philanthropists?  Here they are:

  1. Communitarians—Doing Good Makes Sense.
  2. Devout—Doing Good is God’s Will.
  3. Investor—Doing Good is Good Business.
  4. Socialite—Doing Good is Fun.
  5. Altruis—Doing Good Feels Right.
  6. Repayer—Doing Good in Return.
  7. Dynast—Doing Good is a Family Tradition.

I know your minds are swirling at this very moment about people who possess these various faces.  And that is the first step to success…knowing when and where to apply these faces and being able to speak the various languages that go along with the faces.  And I assure you, you will make little if any progress if you mix up the faces or the messages.  You may get a sympathy donation…but little more.

I hope that sound I am hearing are fingers pounding keys to order this book.  

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February 7, 2014

Teachers: Ten ways to find money/supplies for your classrooms

By: Joe Mizereck, Founder, www.GrantsAlert.com

1. Box Tops for Education http://www.boxtops4education.com/homepageinterstitial

2. Campbell’s Soup Labels http://www.labelsforeducation.com/

3. Scholastic Book Clubs https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/LogonForm?fileName=welcome

4. Donors Choose http://www.donorschoose.org/

5. Classwish http://classwish.org/

6. Adopt-A-Classroom http://www.adoptaclassroom.org/

7. Supply Our Schools http://www.supplyourschools.org/index.asp

8. Digital Wish http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/home

9. Book Mentors http://www.bookmentors.org/

10. First Book http://www.firstbook.org/

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January 30, 2014

Do you hate asking for money? STOP

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I often hear teachers say they hate asking others for money.  So, what do they do?  They dig into their own pockets to be able to provide things their students might need in their classrooms. This has to stop.

Teachers who hate asking for money need to understand that your children’s parents, grandparents and fellow community members are waiting to be asked, waiting to be invited to invest in what you have going on in your classrooms.   Waiting to be able to help you educate their children, grandchildren and neighbors.  Waiting to make a difference. All you have to do is reach out to them and welcome them into your schools and classrooms.  Engage and inform them about what you are doing and lay out the ways in which they can help…and they will help.

When parents, grandparents and community members know and understand the roles they can play in helping you achieve success with your children, indeed their children, they won’t need to be asked for money…they will ask you the amount to write on their checks.

It’s all about building Champions for the work you do and those served by it…our children. Champions get the job done.  And when you have turned your parents, grandparents and community members into Champions…your children become Champions. 

Go Build Some Champions.

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