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Statistics Can Help Get More Anti-Bullying Grants

Posted by Jackie Edwards on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

Guest blogger Jackie Edwards is an editor, researcher, and writer, who helped develop a useful guide for helping children deal with bullies. She is also a mother to two small children, one of whom is now in full-time education. As a result of her daughter's being bullyied at school, Jackie understands the sense of helplessness that adults can feel in trying to support their children.


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Every year, over 3.2 million students are physically, verbally, or virtually bullied. Physical bullying increases throughout elementary school and peaks in middle school, while the presence of verbal bullying never diminishes. Consequently, 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying. It is becoming an everyday occurrence in our children’s life. But what can you do to protect your kid? 

We believe that community outreach and anti-bullying programs can help change our kids’ lives. However, in order to receive grants for such programs, or to convince your community and/or school that anti-bullying campaigns are necessary, you’ll need statistics.

Statistics help to tell a story. They paint a picture of what’s going well and what isn’t. To help you paint your picture and develop your case for an anti-bullying program, check out these program-relevant statistics. Where applicable, use them in your proposal.

In Your Grant Proposal, Show That Anti-Bullying Programs Work

Most bullying occurs, or stems from, interactions at school. However, many schools don’t have programs or processes to deal with bullying. Here are some statistics about school programs and the school’s rate of intervention that could help you build a program around school involvement.

  • Over 67% of students believe their schools don’t respond well to bullying and that adult intervention is not common.
  • In fact, 25% of teachers don’t even see anything wrong with bullying. This translates to teachers intervening only during 4% of bullying cases.
  • On average, anti-bullying programs can decrease bullying by 20-23%.
  • In one publicized study, fighting in school went down 92 % after the school implemented an anonymous CyberBully Hotline program. (Cyber Bully Hotline 2017)
  • 70% of students report seeing bullying in their schools and 41% report seeing it on a weekly basis.

If you are applying for grant funds for your bullying program, cite statistics like these to show that such programs work.

Include Cyber Bullying Data in Your Grant Proposal

Cyber bullying is a somewhat new situation that many schools that parents don’t know how to tackle. However, it is becoming more and more prevalent. Here are some statistics surrounding cyber bullying that can help you and your parent-teacher association develop a solution.

  • The percentage of individuals that have been cyberbullied has doubled from 2007 to 2016.
  • About 43% of kids have been bullied online and 25% of these kids have been cyberbullied more than once.
  • 90% of teens who have been cyberbullied have also been bullied offline.
  • 90% of teens that have witnessed cyberbullying have reported ignoring it.
  • 80% of teens use a phone every day and therefore create a platform for bullying.
  • 81% of kids believe that online bullying is easier to get away with.
  • 68% of teens believe that cyberbullying is a serious issue.
  • Girls are twice as likely to be victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying.

Apply for Funding Programs that Encourage Parents to Talk to Their Kids

If your school doesn’t stand up for your kid, it’s time for you to stand up and help your child deal with a bully. (Lau 2017) Simply talking to your kids can help create a safe space for them to vent about issues at school. This can help with the long-lasting effects of bullying as well as preventing the bullying from continuing or escalating. It also identifies if your kid is the bully or the victim, and can help stop bullies from hurting any more kids.

The following statistics can help to develop a program centered around encouraging parents to talk to their kids.

  • Only one out of every 10 kids that are bullied will confide in a parent or guardian.
  • Bullying victims are reported to be 2-9 times more likely to commit suicide.
  • 30% of kids admit bullying another student.  
  • 60% of bullies in grades 6-9 will have at least one legal conviction by the age of 24.

Funding to Teach Diversity

Diversity is something that should be praised. However, some groups of students are bullied more often than others. Here are some statistics that can help fund diversity programs to teach students acceptance.

  • Students with disabilities or special education needs are twice as likely to be victims of bullying. According to the National Autistic Society, 40% of children with autism and 60% of students with Asperger’s syndrome have reported being bullied. However, students with special needs are twice as likely to be told not to tattle on bullies than students without special needs.
  • About a third of kids report bullying based on race. 24.7% of African-American students, 17.2% of Hispanic students, and 9% of Asian students report being bullied at school.
  • 74.1% of LGBT people report being verbally bullied because of their sexual orientation and 36.2% report being physically abused.

Anti-Bullying Grant Funding Sources

You can make a difference in our kids’ lives and help stamp out bullying. Use these statistics to help shape a program relevant to your community, or as a reference in your grant proposals perhaps to The Sprint Foundation. The Sprint Foundation supports character education initiatives such as bullying programs. Another foundation that supports bullying intervention programs is the Charles Lafitte Foundation.

Here are two additional grant opportunities:

Hunt Transport Services Corporate Giving

Requests for funding are accepted in December. The foundation’s goals are:

  • encourage leadership and advancement in the welfare of youth;
  • improve health through education and clinical research;
  • protect animals and the environment; and,
  • foster respect for all citizens by improving the community, including support for civic, youth, and veteran’s groups.

American Legion Child Welfare Fund

The mission of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is to provide other nonprofit organizations with a means to educate the public about the needs of children across the nation. The foundation supports organizations for projects that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and their programs designed to benefit youth. Grants must have the potential of helping American children in a large geographic area (more than one state). They have supported anti-bullying programs in the past. Grants have ranged from $4,000-$60,000. Applications are accepted May 1-July 15.

References

Cyber Bully Hotline, (2017). Do anti-bullying programs in schools work? [online] Available at: http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com/blog/ut-arlington-study-anti-bullying-programs-in- schools/ [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]

Do Something, (2017). I beat bullying. [online] Available at: https://www.dosomething.org/us/campaigns/i-beat-bullying/pages/faqs-facts [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]

Lau, Chiu. (2017). 5 ways to help children deal with bullies compassionately. Fractus Learning. [online] Available at: https://www.fractuslearning.com/2017/07/03/help-child-with-bullies/ [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]

US Department of Education, (2015) Student reports of bullying and cyber-bullying: Results from the 2013 school crime supplement to the national crime victimization survey. [online] Available at: https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2015/2015056.pdf [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]

Woda, Tim. (2017). Digital parenting: 11 facts about cyberbullying. UknowKids. [online] Available at: http://resources.uknowkids.com/blog/11-facts-about-cyberbullying [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]


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Grants for Anti-Bullying Programs

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Oct 5, 2016 @ 15:10 PM

We have received several requests lately for anti-bullying campaigns in schools 3531445744_ff195f5651_q.jpgand communities. We decided to put a few of these grant possibilities in one place to help locate one that may fund an anti-bullying program.

The Sprint Foundation

The Sprint Foundation supports character education initiatives such as bullying programs. Since 1989 it has provided millions of dollars for projects around the country. Programs must be in K-12 schools located in the United States. Schools located in the greater Kansas City, Kansas area will receive a special consideration since Sprint has its headquarters there. Applications are accepted nearly year round from Jan. 1 to the third Thursday in November. Proposals for funding are only available online.

Charles Lafitte Foundation

This foundation believes children need confidence and knowledge from a very young age. Its focus on children’s advocacy and education help to meet those goals. According to the website, the foundation often focuses on smaller organizations that are not in the spotlight but are doing good work, and prefers projects that may be modest in size but have high impact. They look for programs that promote diversity and inclusion, and counter discrimination and exclusiveness. Bullying programs would be a great fit for this foundation’s grants. Eligible organizations must be non-profit. Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis with the foundation’s board awarding grants several times annually. Last year, a total of 343 grants were awarded and ranged from $1,000 to $1 million.

Safe Fleet

The United Against Bullying grant program awards for 2016 were just announced. Over $55,000 was awarded to 26 different school districts, school transportation departments, and non-profit organizations. Winning programs were those that presented the best strategies to stop bullying and inspire kindness in the world. New anti-bullying programs, efforts to expand already-established programs, positive behavior programs, character building programs, school bus driving training, and school bus equipment purchases to reduce bullying incidents were all funded this year. Now is the time to start getting your plans together to apply for this grant program next year. We can help you get prepared before the application deadline is even announced.


Contact us for more grant opportunities for anti-bullying campaigns in your school or community. We have a vast amount of resources to help find grants as well as experts on staff to help you personally. Schedule a free appointment today.

 

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Funding for At-Risk Youth--Three Major Areas Receiving the $$

Posted by Mary Ross on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

At Risk Youth resized 600Continuing in our series on special-interest groups, this blog addresses funding for at-risk youth programs. Many grants are aimed specifically at 1) educational programs, 2) community outreach programs, or 3) municipalities. In your search for funding opportunities, use keywords including these areas. And in your proposal, emphasize how your program addresses the area of greatest interest to the funding agency. Below are examples of grants for at-risk youth. Think of how your effort could fit into one of these areas to improve your successful funding of at-risk-youth programs.

Education Grants for At-Risk Youth

The education field is ripe with opportunities to help at-risk youth. The U.S. Government is particularly concerned with this area and offers several grants addressing youth behavior. Understanding what the government wants to fund, and tailoring your program accordingly, is an important step in securing one of these grants. 
  • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funds programs to reduce juvenile crimes and train people who are working with at-risk youth. Last year alone, more than 45 grants were issued totaling $262,604,665—a list of them is available on the website. Knowing what was funded can help in determining what will be funded in the future. The website also gives specific goals for young adolescents, teens, and communities for each grant. 
  • The Department of Health and Human Services funds the Adolescent Family Life_Demonstration Projects that are aimed specifically at aiding youth 17 and under who are unmarried and pregnant or parenting. This grant funds care services and pregnancy prevention programs. The website lays out very specific criteria that can aid in developing a proposal. 

Community Grants for At-Risk Youth

You may have noticed the ever-increasing push to get kids healthy by getting them involved. When it comes to grants for communities, both The U.S. Soccer Foundation and Build-A-Bear are ready with funding. 
  • The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants of up to $50,000 for communities looking to buy equipment and fund youth soccer programs. This foundation also provides grants of up to $60,000 for communities to create a “Safe Place to Play” by offering grants for lighting, turf, and irrigation systems. Grant application deadlines are February 6th for spring sports and June 5th for summer programs. Take advantage of the comprehensive information available on the website when planning your community’s program and application. 
  • The Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation funds three different programs. One program, Bear Hugs, provides an average of $1,500 per grant, but can award as much as $5,000 to aid in “the areas of health and wellness such as childhood disease research foundations, child safety organizations, and organizations that serve children with special needs.” When applying for this grant, tell them exactly much money you need and how many children you can help—they like grant proposals that are specific and can show past success. Another Build-A-Bear program promotes literacy and education through “Paperback Pup” sales. This program supports organizations providing books for schools, libraries, and homes. (The third grant supports domestic pets.) Information about the 2015 grant deadlines is not yet on the website, so check frequently for new postings. 

Municipal Funding for At-Risk Youth

Municipalitieswishing to reach at-risk youth have additional grant opportunities. From designating school police officers to sponsoring community events, there is money available to help programs working for the betterment of all children.
  • In 2014, approximately $123 million was awarded to schools by the COPS program, in part to help put police officers in schools, according to cops.usdoj.gov. School resource officers are becoming the norm in American high schools, and grants are available to help make this a reality for your police department or school. The website lists yearly awards back through 2009; although the 2015 dates are not yet posted, keep an eye out for new information. TGH previously highlighted this grant in a May 22nd blog; this is one to keep an eye on. 
  • Through its Target and Blue program, the Target Corporation is working to build stronger communities. Each year Target awards grants for community events, public safety, and just general fun for all. Target boasts grants in all 50 states and works locally through its stores. More information on these opportunities can be found on its website or by visiting your local Target. 

Tips for Securing Grants:

  1. Understand what the grant program is looking to fund and tailor your proposal to show how you accomplish what’s important to them.
  2. Look at what has been funded in the past to better predict what will be funded in the future.
  3. Study the grant application and information; many will list specific criteria for funding.
  4. Have data available to support your organization’s past successes.
  5. Be specific in your request. Exactly what will you do? How much do you need to help how many people? 

Granting organizations want to help programs that will do the most good; building stronger children builds a stronger future. Tailoring your proposal for a specific program is not always as simple as it sounds. That’s where we can help. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can work with you to create an application that attracts the funds you need.

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Anti-Bullying Grants and Resources

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 @ 19:12 PM

What do Tom Cruise, Sandra Bullock, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Eminem, Princess Kate, and Bill Clinton have in common? Aside from being famous, all of them were victims of bullying at one point in their lives. This blog article features a few different resources that might be of interest to anyone who is interested in bullying prevention, and we mention some foundations that support anti-bullying efforts as well.

Bullying Basics

Stopbullying.gov defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressivAntiBullying Grantse behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” Bullying is often a repeated behavior and can include verbal or written attacks, social bullying (leaving someone out, embarrassing someone, etc.), or physically bullying one’s body or possessions.

While bullying is one of the latest buzzwords in the world of education, the issue of bullying is not unique to a school-only setting. Bullying can take place both in and out of school. It can take many forms and can claim many victims, regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. Even some professional athletes, have fallen victim to bullying.

Take for example the recent media attention given to the NFL football players in the Richie Incognito vs. Jonathan Martin incident. As a result of alleged bullying, Jonathan Martin resigned from the NFL, and Incognito was suspended for using a racial slur in what was considered a threatening voicemail that he had left Martin. In another football-related case, a high school football coach suspended his entire team for the online bullying of another student.

According to one publication by stopbullying.gov, “Children who bully and who are bullied [both in and out of school], are more likely than other children to be involved in fighting and carry a weapon.” Stopbullying.gov also reports that of the children who are involved in bullying outside of school on a weekly basis, 70% of boys and 30-40% of girls reported carrying a weapon in the last month.

Anti-Bullying Grants

As a result of an increase in school-related violence, the popularity of bullying via social media, and the number of media stories we hear about victims of bullying who have caused self-inflicted harm, bullying prevention efforts have increased over the years. In fact, various sports-related foundations, including the following, support anti-bullying programs:

Contact us if you would like assistance in learning more about other foundations with a focus on bullying prevention.

Additional Anti-Bullying Resources

  • Katy Perry’s hit pop song “Roar” acts for many as an anti-bullying anthem. You can read more about one Tampa school whose sixth graders performed the song at an assembly as a way to combat bullying.

  • Bullyingstatistics.org provides a great amount of information on bullying and its numbers as they relate to various situations, including cyber bullying, teacher bullying, adult and children bullying, bullying and violence, bullying and suicide, etc.

As always, TheGrantHelpers.com is here to assist you in your efforts. If you need assistance in finding additional resources or funding sources for your bullying prevention program or for starting a bullying prevention program, please do not hesitate to contact us. Remember, our initial consultations are free.

 

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