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Police Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 09:07 AM

Violence against police, long a potential hazard, has risen as a concern due to recent events. Now more than ever it is important that police agencies have all the necessary equipment they need3954363946_7091cd0daa_q3.jpg to keep the not only public safe but also themselves. Below are some grants that can assist these police departments.

Our thoughts are with all of the families of the police officers who have lost their lives keeping others safe.

American Police and Sheriffs Association

This is a very straightforward equipment grant program from APSA. Any law enforcement agency or officer in the United States can apply for an equipment grant simply by filling out a single form. Grants are awarded based on those in the most need and that can benefit most from the grant money. Applications are accepted at any time. Recently, $6,000 was awarded to the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and Armorers Association for training DVDs. Grant money has also been used to purchase tasers, tactical vests, and equipment for a K9 unit.

Armor of God Project

Ballistic vests are an integral part of a police officer’s wardrobe. The Armor of God Project is making sure all police officers have access to these life-saving pieces of equipment. They will recycle used, but still quality, ballistic vests and provide them to officers that need them. Since 2009, thousands of vests have been given to deserving police officers. Vests can be requested by filling out an online form on the project’s website. At this point, the project has seen an increase in requests for vests and is currently low on their vest supply. It is currently taking 90 days for them to fulfill appeals. Any currently working police officers in the United States are eligible to ask for a vest.

Walgreens

The Walgreens Foundation supports emergency and disaster relief, including support for first responders. Only non-profit agencies are eligible to apply. Requests for funding should be under $10,000. Funding could be used for equipment needs or even infrastructure desires. Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Community Facilities Program

This grant program from the United States Department of Agriculture is often talked about for important infrastructure needs in a community. In addition, the grant money can also be used to support equipment and vehicles. Police departments can apply to this program to purchase life-saving equipment, emergency vehicles as well as any infrastructure upgrades. Only communities of 20,000 people or less are eligible to apply. The amount of grant money a community is eligible for is based on the median household income. More information on the amount of grant money available is offered on the website. Applications are accepted at any time.


If you are interested in any of these grant opportunities, or want to find out if there are more grants that can help your organization, please contact us today. The first consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers is always free.

 

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Policies And Procedures For Grant-Ready Organizations

Posted by Rita A. Jensen, Ph.D. on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 22:07 PM

This is Part II of a four-part series that focuses on the written policies and procedures that your organization--whether large or small--needs to have in place in order to be grant ready. This blog is still in the Plan stage of the Plan – Do – Check – Act cycle described in Part I. Good planning can make your organization more agile and better equipped to respond in a timely manner to requests for funding proposals.

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PART II: Grant Strategy and Organizational Mission

Review of Part I: The What and Why of Grant Readiness

In Part I of this series, we focused on these three areas:

  1. What it means to be grant ready: Able to identify and respond to funding opportunities them efficiently with competitive proposals.
  1. Strategic and operational elements of a plan: Priorities for funding, types of grants to go for, partnerships to cultivate, resources to allocate, tools to use.
  1. The potential benefits and ROI: A systematic effort can pay for itself many times over.
  1. The importance of a written grant strategy: Know why you're doing what you're doing

It's essential to assure that your organization's answer to the question of why you're doing what you're doing with regard to grant activity is aligned with your organizational mission. That's the focus of Part II of this series.

What's So Important About Alignment Between Your Grant Strategy and Organizational Mission?

If your back is out of alignment with your hips, the result of that misalignment is pain.

If your vehicle's tires are out of alignment with each other, the result is a bumpy ride and uneven wear on your tires.

If your organization's grant activity is out of alignment with your organization's mission (the statement of purpose prominently featured on your organization's website and on the mugs left over from the last capital campaign), the result of that misalignment is pain, a bumpy ride, and uneven wear on the organization's priorities—not to mention its members.

While I acknowledge that the above examples feature two different kinds of misalignment, the results of these different types of misalignment are remarkably similar. Whether the misalignment is attributable to parts or objects not being arranged in a straight line or to a disconnect between an organization's stated purposes and the initiatives and projects it pursues, sooner or later the result is dysfunction.

A common temptation is to pursue grant funding just because there are dollars available.  A for-profit company we have worked with applied for and received a million dollars from the federal government to develop a technology to improve particle detection in accelerators.  However, there aren’t very many particle accelerators in existence.  Even though the company was funded for the effort, they could have spent time in areas that positioned them better in more plentiful markets.

How Can You Ensure Alignment Between Your Grant Strategy and Organizational Mission?

Before you can check for alignment between your grant strategy and organizational mission, you need to know what the mission is. So—if you don't know your organization's mission statement or you aren't even sure there is one, then that item becomes number one on your list of things to do. Obviously, an organizational mission statement isn't important just to your grant strategy, but that's our focus here.

As Michelle Hansen emphasized in a previous Grant Helpers post:

            Many grant-making organizations want to know about your overall organization and goals, not just about the project you are hoping to have funded. Often an application will ask for a mission statement explicitly. A mission statement is a clear, concise statement that summarizes your organization’s goals and the philosophies underlying them...Having a strong mission will help with your funding request and assist you in meeting your overall goals.

A clear mission statement should be included in the boilerplate information your organization has at the ready when responding to requests for funding proposals. Other important information pieces you should have at the ready include your organization's:

  • vision statement
  • history
  • goals
  • strategic plan
  • lists of leaders
  • board members
  • tax exempt documentation
  • website URL
  • contact information

 

The Role of the Organizational Case Statement 

An organizational case statement is another important piece of boilerplate information. Its purpose is to clearly present your organization's funding priorities and to demonstrate how those priorities closely align with your organization's mission and address your strategic initiatives. 

An "all-purpose" organizational case statement is the "generic" or go-to document you can provide in initial discussions and incorporate into many of your funding proposals. In addition to presenting the information identified above, the case statement describes needs, scope and reach of the organization, and impacts—best with hard data to support the claims. 

Sometimes it can be helpful to design specific case statements for targeted audiences, activities, and programs. For example, each college or school within a university may have its own case statement, which is targeted to its alumni and the professional associations related to its programs of study. Or if your organization is launching a new program or service, you may want to design a special case statement that profiles that unique project. And if you're launching a special campaign of some sort (e.g., capital campaign, endowment campaign), then you might find it helpful to modify the case statement package to emphasize that initiative. 

What's Next? In Part I of this series, we offered the friendly reminder that it's good to have a plan when it comes to grant seeking.

 In Part II, we emphasized that it's essential that your plan or grant strategy is aligned with your organizational mission. 

In Part III, we move on to the organizational aspects of grant readiness that can help you be better prepared to anticipate, adapt, and act when funding opportunities present themselves. 

Grant Readiness Resources

Those of you who are familiar with The Grant Helpers' past work may recall that this is not our first rodeo when it comes to offering you grant readiness resources. Here are links to other Grant Helpers resources that we hope you will find helpful as you improve your organization's grant readiness quotient.

http://www.thegranthelpers.com/blog/bid/77098/What-Goes-Into-a-Grant-Readiness-Kit

http://www.thegranthelpers.com/blog/topic/grant-readiness

http://www.thegranthelpers.com/blog/bid/65612/What-is-a-Grant-Strategy-3-Components

 

Action Item The Grant Helpers resource entitled Making the Case can help you in your efforts to write compelling case statements to support your grant readiness efforts. Just click on the link to request a copy.

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Grants for Health Needs

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 @ 17:07 PM

15266978008_a9196708bd_q.jpgToday we are going to describe some grants that will help keep communities, adults, and children healthy-- these grants will help fund health care delivery, research, healthy living, and more. Take a look below for some insight into these grants. Don’t see one that fits your specific needs? Contact us and we can help find grants suitable to fund your desires.

United Health Foundation

Local and national organizations that provide innovative health care delivery that both improves access and outcomes as well as the health and wellness of people are eligible for this grant program. This grant program is aiming to fund organizations that provide preventative health needs, disease prevention and management, healthy aging, and physical fitness. Columbus Public Health received a $1.7 million grant from United Health to add 72 new community health workers to its staff. The staff then conducted outreach to women of childbearing age to help reduce infant mortality rates. This foundation does not publish deadlines, guidelines, or applications. Instead, they recommend contacting them directly to start a grant inquiry.

Healthy Living Grant Program

The American Medical Association (AMA) supports a Healthy Living Grant Program. This fund supports organizations that promote and establish healthy behaviors for young people. The foundation is looking for community-based and school programs that develop solve behavioral health challenges in children. Last year an elementary school received grant money to participate in a prescription drug abuse prevention program. Check back on the website in August for deadlines for this year’s grant deadline.

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP)

The goal of this grant program is to promote access to health care for children, youth, and their families. Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, this program is open to public and private entities including community-based and faith-based organizations. Research programs are not eligible for funding. Applications must represent either a new within the community or an innovative new component that builds upon an existing community-based program or initiative. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount; $400,000 total is available this year for this fund. Applications are due Aug. 2.

Wellcome

This foundation is unique in that it currently has 55 schemes (grants) available for application. These schemes offer a wide array of funding opportunities, most involving money yet some offer ideas, equipment, and peer support. The categories funded include: biomedical science research, population health research, product development and applied research, humanities and social science, and public engagement and creative industries. An example of a specific grant in the humanities and social science scheme is a small grant program that supports small-scale research projects, scoping exercises, and meetings. Grants are available to organizations as well as individuals. There is a rolling deadline.


See something you like above? We can help give you a competitive edge when applying with our years of experience in the grant world. Need money for a different type of project? With our extensive database of grants we can find a grant that suits you perfectly. Need a different grant service? We are a full-service grant company with a wide array of services. Contact us today to set up a free phone consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.

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A Smorgasbord of Education Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

School is out for the summer. The job of an educator never stops, though. Teachers, principals, superintendents, and other school personnel are constantly searching for fundi3564909187_9159588321_q.jpgng for various projects and programs. Grants are a great way to support a budget need. Below is a list of educational grants that will fulfill a variety of needs in schools.

The Mockingbird Foundation

Schools and non-profits alike are eligible to apply to The Mockingbird Foundation for competitive grants that support music education for children. This grant program supports the purchase of instruments, texts, and office materials, and the support of learning space, practice space, performance space, and instructors/instruction. The foundation is particularly interested in targeting kids 18 years or younger, yet will consider projects that benefit college students, teachers, instructors, or adult students. Special consideration is given to applications that feature diverse or unusual music styles as well as those that engage disenfranchised groups. Grants range in size from $100-$5,000. Initial inquiries are due by Aug. 1. Full proposals are accepted by invitation only. See our blog article on ways to approach foundations that do not appect unsolicited proposals.

September 11th Education Trust

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. In honor of this event, the 9/11 Education Foundation and Social Studies School Service are offering grants to help implement their 9/11 Education Program curriculum and professional development. This grant program will provide the curriculum and classroom materials to 15 middle school classrooms in the United States. To be considered, educators must submit a short online application. Deadline for submission is June 27.  

Toshiba America Foundation

Public and private K-5 teachers are eligible to apply for a grant from the Toshiba America Foundation. These $1,000 grants aim to bring innovative hands-on projects into classrooms. The grants are available to support science and math classroom projects, and individuals and teams can apply for funding. Grants are available for project learning materials. Last year, a Nashville school used the grant to institute an “All about Architecture” project. Applications are due Oct. 1.

Earthwatch

This is a unique grant/fellowship program that allows teachers to work side-by-side with scientists on field research expeditions around the world. The program is open to all educators, even educators without scientific backgrounds. These teachers collect data on climate change, ecology, wildlife, and more. Teachers have the opportunity to learn the scientific process first hand and help to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. They can then take this knowledge back to the classroom to their students. The grant covers travel and lodging expenses. The experience is open to K-12 teachers and lasts for 7-14 days. Earthwatch is now accepting applications for its 2017 program. Applications are due Dec. 18.

 


Don’t want to spend your summer searching for school grants? Let us do it for you. We have grant databases to help find a grant to fit your need, plus the experience to help you get the funding. Try us out with a free phone consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers, or see a full list of our services. Contact us today!

 

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Look to Service Organizations for Grant Opportunities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

3389053453_28504828c1_q.jpgService organizations such as Rotary and Kiwanis likely have a presence in your community or a nearby community. These service organizations sponsor community events, raise money for local causes, and provide volunteers. Don’t overlook these organizations for grant opportunities as well. Many of these types of organizations can provide local grant opportunities that could help your funding needs. Additionally, a lot of these have national foundations, so larger-scale projects could also be eligible.

  Insider Tip: With most service organizations, it is helpful to work with members with whom you have an established relationship. They can communicate their club's grant process and help champion your cause.  

Below is a short list of some of service organizations that provide grant opportunities.

Rotary

Rotary is an international service organization that brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services. This entity has both district and global grants.

District Grants

District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in local communities. Each district selects its own priorities for grant funding and there is a lot of flexibility in what types of projects can be funded by these grants. Additionally, the district gives a percentage of money to local clubs so that clubs can also distribute grants in their own town. It would be advantageous to start with your local club when you solicit Rotary for funds. Likely the local club will have community members already aware of your project and program and thus you will have a better shot at receiving funding.

Global Grants

Rotary global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes that are within Rotary’s areas of focus. These areas of focus are: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. Global grants can be used for humanitarian projects, scholarships for graduate-level studies, and vocational training teams. The minimum budget for a global grant activity is $30,000. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year. Rotary clubs must be involved in applying for these global grants, so starting a relationship with your local Rotary club before starting your project would be advantageous.

Kiwanis

Kiwanis International offers grants to local Kiwanis districts and clubs twice a year. Thus, starting a relationship with your local Kiwanis organization would be a must to receive a grant as they would have to apply on your behalf. The Kiwanis mission is to serve children of the world, so eligible projects or programs would have to involve the betterment of kids. Grants can be used for projects that are already in place or ones just getting started. All grant-funded projects benefit from a strong commitment from the applicant, demonstrated through significant financial and volunteer support. There is no maximum or minimum for grant awards. Last year the Caledonia Kiwanis Club in Michigan received money for playground equipment for a local park. Contact your local Kiwanis group for deadlines and application procedures.

Lions Club

Much like the Kiwanis grants above, grants from the Lions Club International Foundation need to be applied for through the local club. Grants are awarded for large-scale humanitarian projects. The projects must be concerned with one of the four pillars of Lions Club: preserving sight, serving youth, disaster relief, and humanitarian efforts. Throughout its history, the foundation has awarded more than 12,000 grants totaling more than $43 million. Deadlines for this year’s grants have passed. Check back next year for more information on deadlines.

 


 

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How Grant-Ready Organizations Plan for Success

Posted by Rita A. Jensen, Ph.D. on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 12:06 PM

Org-I_small.jpgWelcome to part one of a four-part series that focuses on the policies and procedures that your organization—whether large or small—needs to have in place in order to be grant ready. We think of “grant readiness” as the ability to identify funding opportunities and respond to them efficiently with competitive proposals. The end goal is increased funding to carry out your organization’s mission.

Of course, good planning is key, so the first blog in this series addresses the plan. Good planning can make your organization more agile and better equipped to respond in a timely manner to requests for funding proposals.

PART I: The Importance of the Plan for Generating Grant Funds

Grant Readiness Means Having a Plan.

If I'm learning how to play a game that's new to me, I have a few key questions I want answers to. And I want those answers before the game begins.

For example:

  • What is the aim of the game?
  • What are the rules of the game?
  • How is the game played?
  • Who are the other players and what are their roles?

Leaders in organizations that are grant ready ask and answer similar questions with regard to the organization's approach to seeking grants. Answers to those questions may take the form of Strategic and Operational elements that are included in the grant plan.

Strategic Elements

  • What are the organization's priorities when it comes to grants?

Example: If your organization’s mission focuses on early childhood care and education, then the grants you apply for should focus on early childhood care and education.

  • Which program areas are the highest priorities to pursue?
    Example: A city may choose to devote more of its limited grant resources to public safety than to energy efficiency.
  • Which types of grants are the highest priorities initially and in the long term?
    Example: A small organization that is just getting started may focus on smaller grants initially, with an eye toward larger grants over time.
  • Which partnerships are worth cultivating in order to maximize funding?
    Example: The same small organization may partner with more experienced, regional organizations initially, with the goal of developing and leading state-wide or multi-state consortiums over time.

Operational Elements

  • What levels of resources are to be allocated to grant proposal development and with what anticipated results?
  • Who in the organization performs what roles and duties related to grant seeking and funding?
  • What records are kept, where are they kept, and how are they accessed?
  • What tools are in place to support grant efforts?

Once a grant plan is developed, it needs to be communicated and made easily accessible to all within the organization who need to use the information.

Related to Operational Elements--Many organizations are not staffed in ways that allow for a full-time grant administrator or coordinator. However, if grant-funded initiatives are a desired component of the budget, then there need to be individuals within the organization whose key performance indicators include outcomes directly related to grants.

What Are the Potential Benefits and ROI of Being Grant Ready?

Developing organizational policies and procedures to guide the grant-seeking process requires an investment of time, energy, and resources. So what's the potential pay-off? Simply stated: Increased funding. 

Having a sound plan will dramatically increase your organization’s odds of receiving funding from multiple funding sources over time.  A plan accomplishes this in several ways:

  • Alignment. As will be discussed in the next blog in this series, the grant plan helps assure that precious proposal development resources are directed towards meeting organizational goals, where they will do the most good.
  • Effectiveness. Over time, what you learn from a history of proposal writing allows you to hone in on the factors that matter most to funders, so your percentage of winning proposals increases.
  • Efficiency. As you build tools and capacity, streamline procedures, and develop banks of reusable materials, the effort needed to complete any given proposal decreases, while the odds of success increase.
  • Protection against Staff Turnover. Written procedures and corporate history help convert individual staff knowledge into corporate assets that remain in place, despite changes in personnel.
  • Agility and Responsiveness. Many times the window of opportunity for completing funding proposals is very narrow. Having boilerplate information at the ready and processes clearly defined and widely publicized can significantly shorten the turn-around time.

A simple Return-On-Investment (ROI) analysis can help convince a board to invest in grant writing.  To calculate ROI, divide the returns (total money awarded minus costs) by the costs.  Here’s an example that you can adjust for your organization:

Assume you apply for 3 proposals a year, totaling $150,000, and each proposal has a 33% chance of funding. You would anticipate $50,000 in funding. These are the anticipated gains.

Then assume you dedicate an average of 4 hours a week to proposal development at $60/hour.  That’s about $12,000 per year. Also, assume that you hire a grant development expert to assist with the applications, at 3% of the proposed funding request.  That’s $4,500 more, for a total of $16,500 in expenses. In this example, the ROI is returns ($50,000 - $16,500 = $33,500) minus costs ($12,500), which yields 203%. This is a more than double ROI—a compelling argument for devoting the resources.

ROI calculations are also useful in establishing metrics that help organizational leaders decide whether to expand, curtail, or otherwise alter an ongoing grant development effort. If you’re applying for more qualified opportunities and getting more funds, continue or expand your grant development efforts.  If you’re not meeting goals, then maybe it’s time to adjust or eliminate those efforts.

Why Is It Important for YOUR Organization to Have a Written Grant Strategy?

"Always know why you're doing what you're doing" is a maxim I often have shared with pre-service teachers. The same admonition applies to your organization's attempts to secure grant funding.

For the reasons outlined previously, every organization needs a workable grant plan. The plan can serve as the primary tool to help your organization generate multiple streams of grant income over time.

So, what are you waiting for?  Each time you go through the plan–do–check–act (PDCA) cycle, the opportunities for increased funding go up.

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Action Item

Get to work on your plan! It's also essential to assure that the grant strategy (your plan) is aligned with your organizational mission. That's the focus of Part II of this series.


We can help you develop a plan that sets you up for multiple streams of grant income over time.  Or we can review an existing plan.  If you would like to talk about your plan and the planning process, contact us for a free consultation.

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Grants for Arts and Culture

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 @ 12:06 PM

7624350518_68a21e0049_q.jpgLet’s take a look at some grants that will help support arts and culture in your community. Below are three examples of grants that are available for these needs. Of course, there are many more grant opportunities in this realm. We can help you find more grants that will fund your specific needs. Contact us today!

The Kresge Foundation

This foundation focuses on arts and culture in three different ways through its grant program. Grants are made to national organizations that are committed to the adoption of creative placemaking practices within their organizations. The foundation also supports efforts to get such practices to underserved communities, particularly low-income areas. Projects that test the integration of arts and culture within municipal systems and other non-art disciplines are also eligible for grant funding. The foundation awards funding in a variety of ways including project grants, operating support, and program-related investments. In 2014, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience was awarded $460,000 to help with its neighborhood-focused initiative. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC)

There are three different grant programs offered by the NALAC. Eligible entities must be a member of the NALAC.

  • Fund for the Arts

This program funds U.S.-based Latino artists and arts organizations. Funds can be used to develop, create, present, and sustain arts programs as well as pay for activities for professional and organizational development. This is a national grant program. Updates to this year’s program are currently in the works. Check back on the website for updated information.

  • Transnational Culture Remittances

This competitive grant program is open to individuals and organizations in the United States, Mexico, and Central America. Successful projects demonstrate a continuous and ongoing exchange whereby artistic activity supports, preserves or extends the cultural practices between linked communities in two or more of the following countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the United States. Amounts range from $2,000 to $20,000. Updates to this year’s program are currently in the works.

  • Diverse Arts Spaces

This grant program will fund the presentation or commissioning of work by Latino artists or groups working in visual arts, dance, music, performance art or theater. Funding amounts range from $5,000 to $10,000. Updates to this year’s program are currently in the works.

Art Works

This is just one of the many grant programs funded by the National Endowment of the Arts. This program is one of the largest and focuses on funding the art itself, the artists who create this art, and including arts in communities. While partnerships are not required, applications that have partnership opportunities will be favored. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Average grants are for $25,000 and below. Deadline is upcoming for this grant program with a due date of July 14. TheGrantHelpers.com can help you accommodate this rush deadline. Contact us today for a free consultation.


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Grants for Summer School, Camps

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, May 26, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

Summer is almost here. Around the country teachers and students alike are counting 15944090146_cc72295efc_q.jpgdown the days until the school bell rings on the last day of school. On the flip side, parents are wondering what they are going to do for three months with their children’s “freedom.” Schools, churches, and non-profit organizations host a wide variety of activities that can help entertain and care for children. These can range from educational classes to sports camps to programs that provide basic needs like meals. We have put together a list of just a few grants that could help fund these types of programs. Now is the perfect time to start applying for these grants to help next summer’s program.

National Grants for Student Activities in Summer

Finish Line Youth Foundation

Sports and fitness provide a great way to keep kids busy in the summer months. The Finish Line Youth Foundation has three different grant programs. Non-profit organizations hoping to create programs focused on active lifestyles and youth athletic teams should look to the programmatic grant category. These grants can be up to $5,000. Programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids will receive special consideration. Grants are accepted Jan. 1-March 31, April 1-June 30, July 1-Sept. 30, and Oct. 1-Dec. 31. The other two grant categories are for facility improvements and emergency funding in the case of natural disasters. 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

This private foundation supports academic achievement with one of its specific categories being summer enrichment. The foundation awards grants of up to $25,000 per year to non-profit organizations or universities that provide summer enrichment programs for low-income students in grades 6-12. These programs must be education-based. This organization normally does not accept unsolicited applications. However, creating a relationship with the foundation is a good start; they even have an email list that will alert you to future opportunities. Join on the website.

 Local Grants for Student Activities in Summer

The grants above are national grants, available to anyone in the United States. It may be advantageous to look locally for funding as well. Local organizations, such as community foundations and community service organizations, may be willing to fund programs that help local children. Below are two examples of organizations that support local summer youth programs. Your state and community might have similar funding opportunities.

The Fund for Greater Hartford

As the name indicates, this fund fund supports organizations in the Hartford, Conn. area. A specific list of towns supported is on the website. Summer program grants are available in the spring for summertime recreation and education programs. Grants provided by this foundation are available for program, capital, and operating expenses. Most grants are single-year grants though capital grants can be multi-year. Deadlines for application are March 15, June 15, Sept. 15, and Dec. 15.

Summer Fund

This organization provides funding to non-profits that offer summer camp and program opportunities to underserved and low-income youth in the greater Boston area. The Summer Fund feels it is critical to keep underserved youth engaged and safe during the summer months. Their grants help camps offer free and reduced enrollment fees for camps throughout the city.  Applications are accepted throughout the year.


TheGrantHelpers.com is a full-service grant company with a wide variety of services. We can help you with every step of the grant process from program development to grant writing to program management Get started with a free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.

 

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Grants for Homelessness Organizations

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 11:05 AM

It’s hard to not have a home to call your own, a warm place to lay your head at night. Yet in January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that n12790452674_d46b12265f_m.jpgumber, 206,286 were people in families according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Organizations around the country are dedicated to helping the homeless. They are providing temporary shelter, opportunities for affordable housing, access to basic needs like showers and food, and services designed to address the underlying problems resulting in homelessness. Grants can help these organizations fund these important services. Below we have listed a few grants available to those that help the homeless.

Open Your Heart Foundation

This foundation has a hunger and homeless grants program that targets hunger relief programs or temporary housing/shelter for homeless people. Agencies that serve the hungry or homeless as their primary function are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $10,000. This foundation has several due dates through the year. The closest upcoming due date is July 1. Applications are also accepted by Sept. 1, Nov. 1, Jan. 1, March 1, and May 1. This foundation also occasionally implements Requests for Proposals for uniquely or timely issues affecting the hungry or homeless. Such opportunities will be posted on the foundation’s website at least two months prior to the deadline.

Bank of America

Assisting Those Most in Need is the motto of the Bank of America’s Foundation. They have donated nearly $22 million to over 1,000 non-profits to address basic human needs such as hunger and homelessness. The foundation only serves areas where the bank has a presence but that includes a large number of cities in the United States. See a complete list on the website. Applications are accepted at any time.

In 2012, the foundation expanded its property donation program, and to date has donated more than 3,000 properties to more than 300 non-profit organizations, landbanks, and municipalities in 47 states.  The foundation has established formal partnerships with several communities to develop strategies that will help provide housing solutions for families in need. These programs are designed to help communities impacted by foreclosure and property abandonment.  The main concept is repurposing unused properties to benefit entire communities.

The Mercy Foundation

Grants to End Homelessness are available for services, initiatives, projects, or research that will help lead to the end of homelessness. Projects that assist chronic homelessness, especially among women, receive priority. Priority grants are eligible for a maximum of $50,000, with other grants averaging between $20,000 and $30,000. Chronic homelessness is defined as an episode of homelessness lasting 6 months or longer, or multiple episodes of homelessness over a 12-month period or longer. Eligible applicants are legal entities, such as associations or companies. Deadlines for 2016 have not been announced. Check back on the website for updates.


When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider TheGrantHelpers.com. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.

 

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COPS Hiring Program Now Open

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, May 4, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

The U.S. Department of Justice’s largest Community Oriented Policing Servic3954363946_7091cd0daa_q2.jpges program is now accepting applications. The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) funds the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers. Career law enforcement officers are those that are hired on a permanent basis for their jurisdiction. Correctional or jail offers are not eligible to be hired through this grant program. However, School Resource Officers are eligible to be hired by funds from this grant.

This program is extremely competitive and open to all state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority. Grants are due June 23.

The goal of this program is to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacity, and support crime prevention efforts. Grants may be used in the following capacity:

  • Hire new police officers, including filling vacancies that are no longer funded by the organization’s budget.
  • Rehire police officers that have been laid off as a result of budget restrictions.
  • Rehire police officers that are scheduled to be laid off by a specific future date.

Highlights for this year’s COPS Hiring Program:

  • Funds the number of officer positions equal to 5% of actual sworn force strength (up to a maximum of 15 officers for agencies with a service population of less than 1 million, or up to a maximum of 25 officers for agencies with a service population of over 1 million).
  • Provides 75% of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of each newly hired and/or rehired full-time officer, up to $125,000 per officer position, over the three year (36 month) grant period.
  • Requires you to identify a specific crime and disorder problem/focus area and to explain how CHP funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to mitigate that problem/focus area.
  • Requires applicants to choose a community policing problem or focus area for additional funding consideration.  Choices are “Homicide/Gun Violence,” “School Based Policing through School Resource Officers,” “Building Trust,” and “Homeland Security.”

This is just one of the many COPS grant programs. Check out our past blog on the other COPS grants that are open for application now.


COPS grant programs are extremely competitive. With our expertise we can help you put the best proposal forward. Contact us today to get started.

 

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