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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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Developments in Energy

As energy costs soar higher, the struggle to find viable and sustainable solutions gains importance in funding trends. Across many disciplines, innovation and creativity have paved the way for new methods of providing energy. This month's issue features Developments in Energy.

Success From Our Participants

Winning Grant From Our Community

Cindy Holsombeck is a Grant Writer for the City of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama. She attended our 3-Day Professional Grant Development workshop held at the University of Alabama. Ms. Holsombeck shared the terrific news that her institution has been awarded a grant from the Alabama Historical Commission in the amount of $20,260. The award will be used for architectural and archeological studies on a 167-acre property with an antebellum home recently gifted to the City by the Elizabeth Mahler Family. Congratulations, Ms. Holsombeck!

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Ambient Energy Harvesting for Medical Implants is Around the Corner

Batteries for medical implants have been evolving over the last couple of decades. External objects, such as watches, which run on ambient kinetic energy already exist. However, companies like Texas Instruments are supporting research in ambient energy harvesting for implanted devices such as pacemakers and infusion pumps, using the heat generated by the human body for the power source. In the near future, these devices may become a reality.

For the full story about harvesting ambient energy, click here.

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MIT Mini-Grants Emphasize Innovations in Energy

Coming up with diverse and innovative ways to use alternative energy sources is a hot topic in STEM fields. With the help of a series of mini-grants, awarded by MIT’s Energy Initiative, fledgling projects and research have an opportunity to grow. The awardees consist of interdisciplinary teams focusing on natural gas monetization and materials for energy.

Read the complete story here.

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Funding Hawaiian Wind Farms All the Way from Boston

Stretching halfway across the globe, Boston-based First Wind has developed several projects in Hawaii concerning clean energy. Thanks to $300,000 in support from First Wind, the Hawaii Community Fund – a nonprofit organization – will continue its commitment to producing clean energy and providing support for organizations that feature educational activities regarding the environment, agriculture, and the culture of the Hawaiian people.

To read the whole article, click here.

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Solar-Paneled Highways Could be the Next Big Infrastructure Development

The last major renovation in American highways was probably the Eisenhower Interstate System, enacted back in 1956. Today, a couple in Idaho has turned to crowdfunding to implement their idea of solar cell road panels. Their revolutionary idea might be the next big idea for green energy.

Learn more about the road revolution here.

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Students Raise Funds, Receive Grants to Participate in Solar Car Race

Grassroots fundraising is the heart of many school systems across the nation. In Summit County, Colorado, high school students are learning about solar-powered vehicles by building one from a kit. Students will be responsible for maintaining a garden on the school’s property. The $1000 kit was purchased via a campaign by students within the community, with help from an Xcel Energy grant and donations from other companies.

To read the rest of the story, click here.

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Drexel Awards Mini-Grants to Help Philadelphia Reduce Carbon Emissions

Seed grants are smaller donations that help organizations or teams get their ideas off the ground. The A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment has awarded six projects the seed grants necessary for their research to come to fruition. Among the awardees is research involving the reduction of greenhouse gases in Philadelphia.

Find out more about the awardees and their projects here.

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Newly Released Films Document Hydroelectric Power from the Early 20th Century

A treasure trove of history has been released by the Bonneville Power Administration Library. A collection of six films documenting the Northwest hydroelectric power system begins in the 1930s and continuing through the 50s. The library has distributed over 1800 copies so far, with requests coming from as far away as Arizona.

Read the article and learn more about the historic films here.

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Boys & Girls Club Gets Green Energy Roof

During their youth, many adults sought a safe place to hang out, make friends, and find mentors at their local Boys & Girls Club. In Mason Valley, Nevada, one such club building is being retrofitted with solar panels that will save the club about $10,000 each year. These renovations also provide an opportunity to demonstrate that grants are available for many different groups of people, including minors.

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German Universities Strive to Help Nation Meet Energy Goal

German efficiency has found a new goal in alternative energy resource awareness. Green technology is well-known, but German universities are beginning to offer degrees in the field. For example, the University of Freiburg now offers a master’s in renewable energy management. The ultimate goal behind these programs is to assist the nation in becoming completely run on renewable energy sources by 2050.

For more information about conservation of Asian communities and performance arts, click here.

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Written & Edited by Tiffany Kajer Wright
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