|February 2014: Funding Community Development|
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Professional Grant Development
Writing and Designing NIH Proposals
Writing and Designing NSF Proposals
Nonprofit and Educators Proposal Development
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Note From Our Director
We distribute our publication once a month, and each issue focuses on a universal topic in the world of grants. Part of the mission of Grant Training Center is to provide you with the tools necessary for success, and this newsletter is one way we help you find funding opportunities. Your ideas need pathways to grants to ensure your projects and research can become a reality. This newsletter helps you discover innovative and fresh ways to help you get funded.
To enhance your understanding of the constant changes that take place in grant funding, the selected articles update you on what's happening now. Reading our newsletter will strengthen and sharpen your ability to submit winning grant proposals. No matter where your funding area of interest lies, we provide valuable resources, perspectives, trends, and news. If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email or call us at 866-704-7268 (toll free).
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Community Development Executive Summary
No matter who you are, where you live, or what your funding area of interest is, everyone can benefit from Community Development. This universal theme can be found in projects and research on such topics as curing childhood diseases, working with at-risk youth after school, green energy solutions to pollution, and improving our education systems. This month's issue features various Community Development projects and research happening now.
Success From Our Participants
Winning Grant From Our Community
Dr. Laura Davis is an English Instructor at Red Deer College in Alberta, Canada. She attended our 3-Day Professional Grant Development workshop held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Dr. Davis kindly sent us notice that her organization had been awarded a grant from the SSHRC in the amount of $43,000. Congratulations, Dr. Davis!
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Partnership for AIDS Battle Generates Super Bowl Ad
During the 2014 Super Bowl, U2 announced a partnership of their organization (RED) and Bank of America to benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by the release of a new song. For every download of the song, free from iTunes during the first 24 hours, $1 will be donated to the Global Fund, up to $2 million, plus an additional $8 million dollar pledged by Bank of America.
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Computer Science Education Awareness
The second week of December marked the United States' annual Computer Science Education Week to increase awareness of how the knowledge of computer science. While there are courses on the subject, the current rate and availability will not keep up with the rising number of computing jobs in the economy. The NSF is helping to make more classes available with its CS 10K project to have computer science taught in 10,000 schools by qualified instructors
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Social Program Grants Benefit State Government Agencies
California, Massachusetts, Utah, and New York are among a few states expected to benefit from "pay for success" grants, which allow private sources to donate toward social programs. If the programs save the government money, the donors are paid back with the profit; if not, the donors receive nothing for their investments. Government policies being difficult and slow to change, a lack of interested donors, and few nonprofits with successful expected results are all reasons the concept has not been pursued in more states, according to the chief executive of Nonprofit Finance Fund.
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School Safety Grants Awarded in Michigan
Three Michigan school districts will partner with local law enforcement to purchase equipment that reduces emergency response times for safety concerns. A grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program is making this purchase possible. The Meridian Township Police Department (MTPD) and East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) and the Okemos, Haslett and East Lansing school districts collaborated for the almost $30,000 award for technology that is compatible with multiple agencies.
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Getting At-Risk Students Back on Track
The MacArthur Foundation reports that standardized test results prove tutoring and counseling are a winning approach for getting students on track to graduate on time. Over eight months, a group of at-risk youth learned more than most American math students do in three years. The measurable success provides the impetus to get the program started in other cities nationwide.
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Partnership for Sustainable Communities Strengthens Neighborhoods
Over four years ago, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities was created by the EPA, DOT, and HUD to foster community development across several disciplines. The collaboration has resources for communities to plan and apply for grants to development successful infrastructure. During the program's premier in 2009, President Obama said, "By working together, [the agencies] can make sure that when it comes to development — housing, transportation, energy efficiency — these things aren't mutually exclusive; they go hand in hand."
Find out more about Sustainable Communities here.
Pledge to Help Detroit Save Art Collection
Along with nine other organizations, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is pledging millions to save the Detroit's art. The Detroit Institute of Arts might have to pay for the city's pension debt by selling valuable and historic pieces of art. While the gift will not endanger any of the foundation's other priorities, some worry that other cities in similar situations will expect comparable bailouts, putting a strain on the foundations.
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Diabetes Top Health Concern for Latinos
Latino Lives and Health Today announces that 20% of Latinos who took a survey now declare diabetes to be their biggest health concern. Previously, cancer was the most reported problem. The forty-seven page survey was conducted by NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also cited responses to the quality and cost of health care and other community-related questions.
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Bermuda Community Foundation Created
Bermuda is getting its own foundation to benefit its communities. Speculators have mentioned that the strong racial divide on the islands would be a good starting point for the foundation. Atlantic Philanthropies' grant kick-started the Bermuda Community Foundation, but it will be the last donation from the organization.
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Edited by Tiffany Kajer Wright
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