Grant Writing Advice and Tips: The Grant Helpers Blog

Grants for Summer Education

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 15:02 PM

A unique aspect for grants for education is that there are a lot of opportunities for individual teachers as well as for districts as a whole. In this blog, we take a look at grants for individual teachers or teams of teachers for the summer months. Additionally, we have added in some grants for school districts 3810845331_2bd1910c70_q.jpgand organizations that can provide educational opportunities in the summer months.


ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

ExxonMobile has created the Teachers Academy. The academy offers a five-day program designed to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math. Beginning in 2008, the academy expanded opportunities for teachers across the country to apply by launching, an interactive website that allows students to nominate their third- through fifth-grade teacher to be one of the 150 teachers selected to attend the national conference. At least one teacher from every state is chosen to hone his or her math and science skills and to excite students in these subjects. Teachers are also able to self-nominate for consideration. This year’s conference will be held in Texas at the end of June. To apply or nominate a teacher, visit the website above.

Fund for Teachers

Fund for Teachers awards summer fellowship grants to pre-K-12 grade teachers to pursue self-designed professional learning. Teachers decide what they want to learn and where they want to learn it. Full-time pre-K-12th grade teachers who have at least three years experience and who spend at least 50% of their work week in direct classroom instruction are eligible to apply. The 2017 grants have already been awarded. The 2018 grant application will be available on Oct. 1 with a deadline of Jan. 31, 2018. Awards will be made on April 5, 2018. Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and teams may apply for up to $10,000. In 2016, a teacher from Connecticut attended a Creativity Workshop in Greece and another teacher in studied art in Paris.



The Captain Planet Foundation 

The Captain Plant Foundation funds as many small project grants, between $500 and $2,500, as its yearly resources allow. With rolling deadlines throughout the year, Captain Planet grants are awarded to schools and non-profit organizations for student-led, project-based environmental programs. Organizations can apply online now. Captain Planet funds projects that get kids involved in protecting the earth and using its resources. The next deadline is Sept. 30.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Research has shown that summer educational programs are the most valuable and rewarding experience for high-achieving students. Unfortunately, high-quality summer enrichment programs remain out of reach for many low-income, high-achieving youth who cannot afford the tuition and related costs of residential programs or whose local community does not offer a program specifically geared toward such students. Through the Summer Enrichment Program, the foundation awards grants up to $250,000 per year to nonprofit organizations or universities who provide access to high-quality summer enrichment programs for high-achieving low-income students entering grades 6 through 12. The foundation typically awards only a limited number of grants to non-profit organizations whose efforts complement the mission of advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. They rarely fund unsolicited proposals. However, if you would like to be added to the outreach list to receive foundation news updates and information about future opportunities that may match your work, email your contact information to

No matter which grant you chose, consider We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact to see how we can find the grant you need, write and review the proposal, and help get you the funds you need. 


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Grants for Sports

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 @ 16:02 PM

9907016965_25da1b3eec_q.jpgThe Super Bowl champs have been crowned. Hockey and basketball teams are looking toward the playoffs. Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training, which for some baseball fanatics may be bigger than that other holiday that occurred this week. We want to keep that momentum going and help out sports teams that may not get all the headlines. Below read about a few hand-selected grants for athletic teams of all sizes and types.

  Insider Tip: Most professional sports leagues, teams, and even players have foundations that support sports causes. A good place to start for funding for your team is your specific sports major league.  Two prime examples are The U.S. Soccer Foundation and Major League Baseball, both which have grant programs.  

DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation

This sports retailer believes every child should have the opportunity to participate in a sport. That is why it operates the Sports Matter grant program. The program supports leagues, teams, athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts. Items like equipment, facility rental, transportation, lodging, player or team registration fees, sports camp registration fees, and more are covered expenses. Due to the large volume of inquiries, all requests must be submitted at least one month prior to the start of your season. Applications are accepted year round. Additionally, public and public charter school teams also have the opportunity to submit a Sports Matter crowdfunding project through For a limited time, the DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation will fund the project once donors fund the first half on eligible team sports projects.


Large-scale non-profit organizations inside and outside the United States are eligible to apply for grant funding from ESPN. Public K-12 or school districts are included in this eligibility. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. This program has four program funding priorities:

  1. Good Neighbor – ESPN tries to make a difference in communities where they have a presence. They also hope to support organizations that provide social services to those in greatest need, make arts and cultural experiences accessible, and work to protect and preserve the environment for generations to come.
  2. Access to Sports – Programs hoping to fund the creation of safe places to play and youth sports programs, as well as equipment for these teams, are preferred.
  3. Leadership Through Sports – Programs that use sports to help youth develop physically, mentally, emotionally, as well as those that help bridge the gaps between gender and socioeconomic status, are favored as well.
  4. Environmental Sustainability – Grant money is aimed toward organizations that are working to protect and preserve the places where fans, employees and communities will play sports for generations to come.

International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI)

This grant program through the U.S. Department of State is open to U.S. public and private non-profit organizations. Proposals must be for exchange projects designed to reach underserved youth and/or their coaches/sports administrators who manage youth sports programs. These eligible programs could aim to reach a wide variety of people including at-risk youth, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers. This year the organization is seeking proposals that address social change. The website goes into further detail about that goal. The proposal submission period is now open with applications accepted until March 17. Three $600,000 grants will be awarded. An example of a recently funded program is a group of female youth basketball players and coaches from the country of Georgia and Moldova visited George Mason University.

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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Tips to Increase Grant Funding: Letters of Support

Posted by Roland Garton on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 @ 22:02 PM

One of the “hidden” aspects of writing a successful grant application is providing strong letters of support in your application.  Letters of support are typically required from partners if the proposal includes them.  Optional letters may be from other parties who may or may not be directly involved in the p5294781792_b90da7e09c_q.jpgroject, but who can vouch for the value of proposed work and the qualifications of the applicant.

Here are a few areas to keep in mind regarding letters of support. You will not get the ideal in every letter, but the closer you can get, the more compelling your application will be.

Authoritative Sources

Get letter writers with credibility, impact, and authority.  Ideally, they will have standing in your area of work, and they will have some independence from you, the applicant.

  • Good: a recognized expert with publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Good: the leader of a national organization in your field
  • Not-so-Good: your mother

In the first part of the letter, the writers can mention their experience, their presence in and knowledge of the field, what stake they have in the outcome, and how they know you well enough to speak knowledgeably about the strengths of your organization and your proposal.


A common weakness in letters is that they sound like they're from cheerleaders on the sideline rather than committed participants with a stake in the outcome of the proposed project. Letters of Support from proposal partners should include a description of their roles and what they’re willing to contribute to the project. Even those who aren’t participating directly, though, will strengthen a proposal if they are willing to provide input, review materials, help disseminate results, or otherwise demonstrate an active level of involvement.

  • Good: “Our organization will provide space for all proposed activities, at no charge to the project, as an in-kind match.”
  • Good: “We have a contact list of 10,000 registered associates nationwide, and we will distribute the proposed survey to them.”
  • Not-so-Good: “We are interested in positive results and encourage the requesting organization to continue in its efforts to achieve these results.”

Draft the Letter for Them

Providing editable text for a letter writer puts you in the driver’s seat.  You can generate text that catches the funders’ eyes. Furthermore, you are more likely to get a signature on existing text than you are to get original text from a potential letter-writer.

Put It on Letterhead

Most writers will do this without your mentioning it, but it’s worth mentioning as a reminder.  As a reviewer, I’ve seen letters that made me wonder whether the signatory ever saw the text.  If a letter writer does not have a letterhead, a simple version in standard format, with return address and inside address, will suffice.  It can help to include a logo of the writer’s organization if available.

These are just a few common considerations concerning letters of support.  We’d be glad to share more, to review draft letters of support, and to provide comments as part of a free consultation.  Contact to get feedback on your letters, or any other grant-related question.


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Grants for Playgrounds

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Feb 1, 2017 @ 10:02 AM

10213718205_f18ee5a30d_q.jpgThe numbers are shocking. Over 10 million children are totally inactive and 33 million are not active to healthy standards. A former general surgeon stated that this could be the first generation of kids that will be less healthy and have a lower life expectancy than their parents. One important step to get kids playing is creating access to safe and fun playgrounds. However, money to pay for them does not always come easy. The grants below can help.


Each year Playworld sponsors the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes, a grant program that provides schools or military communities with the funds or equipment to improve playgrounds and boost wellness programs for more active children. Administrators, parents, teachers, and community members can enter their facilities for a chance to win the grand prize: a $30,000 grant for wellness and a new playground. Three grand prizes will be awarded. One grand prize drawing will be from all eligible entries. The second will be from all eligible entries whose schools qualify for the Title I Schoolwide Program. The third will be awarded exclusively to eligible entries submitted on behalf of a military base or installation. Three runners-up will also be chosen to win $5,000 in prizes for their school’s wellness program. Deadline for this application is March 24.

Go! Grants

The Go! Grants program aims to increase physical activity programs in elementary schools throughout the country. Thus far over 270 schools and 100,000 kids have been impacted by these grants. Public and charter K-6 schools are eligible to apply. Schools must be enrolled or willing to enroll in Let’s Move! Active Schools. The money can be used for before, during, or after-school programs. The grant can also be used for equipment, which means playground equipment is eligible. Grants range from $1,000-$5,000. An elementary school in New York used the grant money last year to help fund its Recess Every Day program. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


KaBOOM! is one of the biggest playground grant funders. This organization has several grant programs so look at them closely to see which one suits your needs best.

  • Build it with KaBOOM! – This category provides the facilitation and support of an experienced project manager as community members embark on a 5–12 week planning process. After selection, all partners will join together for a community design day, inviting play experts, like children, to design their dream play space. This will result in a six-hour community day, where the community space will be transformed to include a permanent play structure. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are accepted from municipalities across the country. However, there are priority cities that KaBOOM! is focused on. That said, if your city isn’t on the list you can still apply
  • Build it Yourself – These are $15,000 grants toward the purchase of playground equipment. Grantees also have the support of a KaBOOM! grants manager and an onsite certified playground installer. Municipalities, schools, and child-serving non-profit organizations without a playground or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children are eligible for this opportunity. Applicants must spend $24,000-$40,000 on playground equipment. Grants are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Let’s Play Imagination Playground Grant – Imagination Playground is a specialized play structure created by KaBOOM! With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination Playground™ provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with deadlines at the end of each month. Municipalities and child-serving non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. is a full-service grant company with a team of experts ready to assist you in all of your grant needs. See a full list of our services, and then try us out with a free phone consultation with an expert in your field. Contact us today!


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Increase your Percentage of Grant Funding: Submit Early!

Posted by Carol Timms on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 15:01 PM

image001.pngGrant horror stories serve as reminder: To increase funding chances, apply ahead of schedule


You’ve heard it your entire life, “If you're early, you're on time. If you're on time, you're late.” 
Internalizing this quote by Lik Hock Yap Ivan has the ability to not only provide serenity, but also success in the grant arena.

Most grant applications have a specific deadline specifying the date and time by time zone the application is due. These are firm deadlines. Do not assume otherwise.

As you’re planning your schedule, plan to submit the grant at least 24-36 hours before the deadline. While it’s not our intention to give you nightmares, here are some of the unexpected delays we’ve experienced at Without planning to be early, we could have easily missed these deadlines.

Malfunctioning Equipment

Working remotely with a client often requires us to complete documents, scan them and send them to the client for signature. Several years ago, we were working with three different clients who were applying for non-competitive engineering grants from the same funding source. The deadline was 5 p.m.  Try as we might to get documents ahead of time, the completed packages weren’t ready to scan and send for signatures and transmittals until mid-morning. We scanned the documents and were planning to go to lunch after sending the packets to the clients.

The scanner had a different idea. Instead of compiling a complete .pdf file of each application, the scanner decided to create each page as an individual .jpeg graphic. After troubleshooting didn’t work, we called a technician who suggested our only recourse was to pack up the scanner and the desktop computer and bring all our equipment in for diagnosis. There was no guarantee they could get to it that day. Rather than an early lunch, stress was on the menu.

Our solution was to contact a local business who agreed to let us use their scanner. The applications were submitted just shy of two hours before the deadline and, happily, all three were funded.

The Blizzard

Telling a story that inspires funders to think of the possibilities as they read a grant application is one way we help our clients stand out. We were confident we’d captured the right balance in an education grant for a client on the east coast.

We had completed the package and planned to spend the next day printing and shipping the original and 12 copies. Reviewing the morning’s paper prior to the work day, we saw a story about an unexpected blizzard that had completely paralyzed the east coast. The grant requirements clearly stated the package had to arrive by 5 p.m. on the designated day. Calls to various shipping services confirmed our fears. They couldn’t guarantee delivery given the weather.

The solution? Through mobile printing we sent our file to a local east coast printer. They made all the copies and sent them via courier to the granting organization. We weren’t about to let a blizzard bury the inspiration contained in that grant application.

The Suicidal Squirrel

One of our proposal writers suffered a power outage in the middle of submitting a proposal. Apparently, a squirrel chewed into the transformer of the power pole outside his office. Since we’d allowed extra time, the proposal was submitted on time. Sadly, the squirrel’s time was up.

For more tips on meeting grant deadlines, read Grant Writing Tip #9: Submitting Your Grant Application.

To learn more about ways in which The Grant Helpers can help you stand out from the crowd – under any circumstances – contact us.

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Workforce Re-Entry Grants and Domestic Violence Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 @ 08:01 AM

32114695781_1a5f1d21d0_q.jpgWe are addressing two grant topics this week upon discovering grants with upcoming deadlines in two related yet separate areas. Workforce re-entry grants are important for those organizations helping people to get back in the workforce following an illness, incarceration, child rearing, or other reason. Victims of violent crime also can benefit from grant-funded assistance. Below please find some grant opportunities for both of these areas.

Smart Supervision

Seven grants of up to $750,000 are available to states, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments through this Department of Justice program. The program aims to improve the capacity and effectiveness of community supervision agencies, which will in turn lead to an increase of probation and parole success rates and reduce the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision. The end goal is to reduce admission to prisons and jails while also saving taxpayer dollars. Agencies should propose evidence-based and innovative grant activities to build capacity in one or more areas assessed as needing improvement and utilizing the action research approach. All applications are due March 7.

Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation

For those organizations in the San Francisco, Monterey Bay, or Santa Cruz CA areas, this private foundation helps organizations that assist women over the age of 40 re-enter the workforce. This foundation supports organizations that provide model, promising, or start-up programs serving re-entry women. Programs may provide training, resources, or tools that can improve the quality of re-entry programs. Emphasis is placed on programs with one or more advisors, including peer group resource building, as well as on programs that focus on confidence-building and business skills. Additionally, those organizations that provide workshops and help train women on technological resources for business are also favored.

This foundation uses a three-step application process. Step one is submitting an Organization Information Form which can be found on the website. Eligible organizations will then be asked to submit a Letter of Intent and then a formal application. In recent years the foundation has supported four different college programs that support women re-entering the workplace. Awards tend to be in the $10,000 - $25,000 range.

Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation

The goal of the Children's Initiative Grant Program is to support direct service programs that create and promote stability, resilience, and healing for children who have witnessed domestic violence. Programs must serve children ages 0-14 who have witnessed domestic violence. Eligible programs must non-profit and also be new or within their first year of existence. Priority is given to those that include an education component for the parent/primary caregiver, offer therapeutic services beyond crisis intervention, and collaborate with other organizations to enhance services. The average grant size is $25,000. Applications are accepted through March 1. 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc., a child and parent domestic violence project received the maximum grant award last year.

The Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant Program

This grant program awards grants to state domestic violence coalitions to provide innovative financial empowerment programs for survivors.  Grants support matched savings programs, job readiness and job training, financial literacy, and micro-enterprise programs. Grant amounts range from $50,000 to $100,000. Eligible organizations should respond to the Request for Proposal in July with applications due in August. The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association used a grant from this program to create an economic empowerment program. This program has allowed victims of domestic violence to create individual savings accounts to purchase cars, a home, or education. can help you find grants for a variety of different needs and causes. We will tailor our services to fit your needs, and we aim to provide value in every interaction. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Grants for Swimming Pools

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 @ 18:01 PM

Don’t wait for the good weather to start thinking about your swimmi434511904_54993affc7_m.jpgng pool project funding. With two deadlines coming up in the next few months, now is the time to prepare an application. Below are three grant opportunities to help fund your swimming pools.

Step Into Swim Grants

The National Swimming Pool Foundation wants to create 1 million more swimmers in the next 10 years. To do so, they want to ensure communities have products and programs that keep pools safer and open. The Step Into Swim campaign is one such program that helps keep pools open by helping more people become swimmers.  More swimmers will result in a healthier society, fewer drowning incidents, and reduced healthcare costs with more people engaged in a healthy spectrum of aquatic activities. The maximum grant award is $10,000, and the deadline for applying for funds is March 3.

Finish Line Legacy Grant

This sports retailer provides legacy grants for new facilities, facility improvements, and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property. These grants would be ideal for already-established youth swimming teams or swimming camps since organizations that provide opportunities for kids to participate in community-based youth athletic programs and camps that emphasize active lifestyles, especially programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids, are eligible. Grants range from $10,000-$75,000. Applications are reviewed quarterly with the next deadline March 31.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Sponsored by the National Park Service, the LWCF provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. LWCF grants are provided to the states, and through the states to local governmental jurisdictions, on a matching basis for up to 50% of the total project-related allowable costs. Appropriations from the LWCF may be made annually by Congress to the Secretary of the Interior, who apportions the funds to the states. Over 40,000 grants have been awarded through this program in its 40-year existence. This fund is useful no matter what stage of the pool planning process you are in. Funds can be used to purchase land to build a pool, develop recreational facilities on already purchased land, or redevelop older recreation buildings. is a full-service grant company with a team of experts ready to assist you in all of your grant needs. See a full list of our services, and then try us out with a free phone consultation with an expert in your field. Contact us today!


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Grants to Keep Kids Active and Healthy

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

6930829900_1c319e7c2e_m.jpgThe holidays are over and hopefully so is the over-eating, sitting in the car driving from party to party, and school break. It’s time to get back to eating right and exercising. Most important in this effort are children. Below we have selected four grants that are aimed at keeping kids healthy and also supporting physical education efforts in schools.

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

This private foundation puts a focus on increasing access to health, building demand for healthy choices, and promoting healthy behaviors, especially in low-income, disadvantaged children. Non-profit organizations located in the United States are eligible to apply. Fundable programs include those that employ strategies that support wellness instead of treating disease and promote wellness in a wide variety of settings. In the past, the foundation has awarded grants ranging from $500 to several million dollars. As a guideline, the foundation generally will not fund more than 25 percent of a project’s budget or more than 10 percent of an organization’s total annual operating expenses. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

American Heart Association/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

These two entities have joined together to keep kids healthy. The Voices for Healthy Kids Initiative aims to engage, organize, and mobilize people dedicated to ensuring children grow up at a healthy weight. Efforts are focused on schools, communities, out-of-school time/early care and education. There are 16 different “policy levers,” grantable categories. These range from healthy food procurement to physical education in schools to early care and education and out-of-school time policy changes. There are four different types of grants, each funding their own initiatives. All initiatives are a different way to keep kids healthy, and grant funding ranges from $15,000-$100,000. The next open call for applications will be March 1 with a deadline of April 1.

Good Sports Equipment Grants

Keeping kids active can start in the schools and a Good Sports Equipment Grant can help make sure schools have the equipment necessary. Schools must serve economically disadvantaged children aged 3-18. Approved applications will receive access to the Good Sports catalog of available inventory, which displays the equipment, apparel, and footwear that is available at the current time. Grantees will then be able to use up to six total donation requests over a two-year period, with a maximum of three donation requests per year. Shipping and handling costs are the responsibility of the grant winner and always equal 10% of the retail value of the donated items. In November, Good Sports partnered with Target to hand out P.E. and recess boxes filled with foam balls, jump ropes, soccer balls, and more to 200 schools in 20 cities across the country.

WUFOO Fun Run Grant

Keeping kids active can be a fun endeavor. WUFOO funds grants to help equip schools with materials to host a race, walk-a-thon, or fun-run event. The package includes a set of numbered race bibs, a finish line banner, wristbands for student participants, a Bluetooth speaker, an airhorn and a gift card to purchase healthy snacks like fruit and water. Priority will be given to applicants who plan to use the Fun Run Grant to complement and support the activities of a school walk/run club. Up to 50 Fun Run Grants will be awarded. Preference will be given to spring 2017 events, yet applications for fall 2017 events will also be considered. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. Winners will be determined and grant packages will be shipped no later than March 15. To be eligible, schools must enroll in the Billion Mile Race at and then fill out a simple form on the WUFOO Fun Run Grant webpage linked above.

We are full-service grant company that specializes in personalizing our services to your needs. Whether you are starting your search or need an extra set of eyes to look over a grant we can help. Get started today with a free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.

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Grants for Police Departments

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 15:12 PM

Below we have compiled a list of grants to assist law enforcement agencies in 6506460991_06945491be_q.jpggathering the items they need to keep the public safe and to do their job efficiently.

Smart Policing Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced it is seeking applications for its Smart Policing Initiative (SPI). State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies are eligible to apply for funding. Applications that feature two or more applicants to carry out the grant award are favored. This grant program “seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based policing by encouraging state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to develop effective and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. Recipients of funding under this grant program will test promising practices and implement evidence-based interventions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of police agencies’ processes and procedures and establish sustainable partnerships with researchers to evaluate their effectiveness.” An example of a previous SPI winner is the Boston Police Department. The BPD started a problem-orientated policing process to improve its homicide investigation processes and practices thus resulting in a significant increase in its homicide clearance rate. Applications are due Jan. 26, 2017. 

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

The 2017 CTAS grant is now open to federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia. CTAS enables the eligible entities to submit a single application for all nine of the Department of Justice’s competitive grant programs. Each of the nine grants is described as a “purpose area,” and when applying for the CTAS the applying agency can select which of the nine grants it wants to apply for. Each of the nine purpose areas has unique requirements. The CTAS application deadline is Feb. 28. 2017. The first purpose area or funding area is a hiring and equipment/training grant program that will help tribes with implementation of community policing and the needs of their law enforcement agencies. Fundable items include rehiring or hiring career law enforcement officers and village public safety officers. The grant can also fund the purchase of basic equipment and training. The other eight categories are: planning demonstration projects, alcohol and substance abuse, corrections and correctional alternatives, violence against women, victims of crime (two categories), juvenile healing to wellness court, and tribal youth program.

Police Dog Grant

Universal K-9 wants every police department to have a K-9 unit. If your police department needs to start a K-9 department or replace an aging dog, all you have to do is contact Universal K-9. Dogs trained by the company are young, healthy, and come with all shot and health records. Officers who will work with the K-9 unit are required to take a two-week handlers/training course before the dog is released to the department. Police departments can request as many dogs as they need. Universal K-9’s trainers have been training dogs for the military and civilian police departments for over 30 years. For more information on the police dog grant email the company at

Whether your police department needs staffing, equipment, or vehicles we can help find the grant that will fit your needs. Our team of experts along with our experience and subscription to multiple databases makes us a perfect fit to help you find the grant money you desire. Contact us today to start a free consultation.


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Grants for Art Education

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 17:12 PM

We consistently receive requests to help teachers and principals improve their arts education programs with grant funding. Below we have outlined four hand-picked grants that may help fund your prog2380333875_57c27a15f8_q.jpgrams as well.

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants

This manufacturer’s foundation provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Grants must be submitted by a principal who is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). To be eligible, your school must form a collaborative team to create unique ways to infuse creativity in the school. Your team’s plans must then be outlined in the application, which can be submitted anytime between now and June 23, 2017. Applications submitted before June 5, 2017 will receive a free Crayola Classpack. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) will receive $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. Grant awards are announced at the end of October. A winner in 2016, Monett Intermediate School in Missouri, will use its grant to collaborate with the school district’s regional technology center, the community, and local business partners to meet its needs for future designers and problem solvers. Monett will create coaching videos that show how design thinking and mobile maker spaces can enrich learning.

Mary Lou Anderson Grant

Sponsored by the National PTA, the Mary Lou Anderson Grant is a $1,000 award in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects in a school. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual, and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences. Arts projects must actively engage families and community partners to strengthen family-school partnerships. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by the state PTA. Three grants were awarded in 2016. Applications for the 2017 grants are due between Jan. 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017.

Buckley Moss Foundation

For educators who need assistance to further their in-school program goals, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available to teachers who integrate visual art into their classroom curricula, for up to $1,000. Only new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming are eligible. The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently. Before-school, after-school, day-care, or Saturday arts programs are not eligible. Deadlines for 2017 have not been released yet though this year applications were accepted in May through September. Check back on the website for more information.  A teacher in Mobile, Ala. received a $1,000 award this year to provide art instruction to students who are not currently benefitting from art education and how art relates to other subjects.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

This foundation believes that an effective arts education can nurture a lifelong interest in the arts and reach a broad group of students at an important time in their development. Only California schools and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Art programs in school, after school, and out of school are fundable programs. The foundation also awards grants to raise awareness among parents and educators, develop research to inform policymakers, and help set priorities and standards for arts education in schools. Additionally, grants are also given pre-professional training organizations. In 2016, 29 grants were awarded. One recipient was the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra, a winner of $750,000 for general operating support. Grants are accepted throughout the year.

Grants are available for a wide variety of education subjects, not just arts education. We can help you fund bullying programs, technology improvements, safety concerns, and other educational subject matters as well. Contact us today to get started. The first consultation is always free.


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