Friday, November 14, 2008

Grant Alert
Multi-Arts Production Fund
The Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund, a program of Creative Capital, supports original new work in all disciplines and traditions of the live performing arts. The goal of the MAP Fund is "to assist artists who are exploring and challenging the dynamics of live performance within our changing society, thus reflecting our culture's innovation and growing diversity." MAP seeks especially to support work that brings insight and vibrant critique to the issue of cultural difference, be that in class, gender, generation, ethnicity, or tradition. Applications for MAP support must come from organizations based in the United States that have current nonprofit federal tax status. Nonprofit artist-services organizations may apply as fiscal sponsors on behalf of unincorporated artists or ensembles. The MAP Fund supports only artistic projects that contain or will contain a live-performance component. Support may be applied to any phase of a project, up to and including its premiere run. The touring of completed projects is not eligible for MAP funding. MAP is especially interested in providing support to work early in its development. Eligible projects must not have premiered in or outside the United States before September 1, 2009. All proposals are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria, which are weighed equally: the artistic strength of the proposed project; how well a project aligns with the MAP Fund's goal of supporting innovation in all traditions and disciplines of live performance, especially work that brings insight to the issue of cultural difference, be that in class, gender, generation, ethnicity, form, or tradition; and the viability of the project based on applicant's professional capabilities as demonstrated by their proposal. Up to forty awards are given each year. Award amounts range from $10,000 to $45,000. The average award amount is $22,000. Application deadline: January 20, 2009.
Home Depot Foundation Affordable Housing Built Responsibly Grant Program 2009
The Home Depot Foundation, through the Affordable Housing Built Responsibly Grant Program, administers funding to nonprofit organizations whose missions align with the foundation's interests in supporting the production and preservation of affordable, efficient, and healthy housing. The foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charities in the United States and to charitable organizations in Canada. To better support its mission, the Home Depot Foundation awards most of its grants by directly soliciting proposals from high-performing nonprofit organizations with demonstrated ability to create strong partnerships, impact multiple communities, and leverage grant resources. In order to identify potential future nonprofit partners or respond to unique community revitalization opportunities, a limited amount of unsolicited grant funding is set aside to be awarded through a competitive process. Preference is given to proposals that encourage community involvement and result in the production, preservation, or financing of housing units for low to moderate income families. The most promising proposals will incorporate a number of "green" building design practices. Also, in 2009, preference will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate how urban forestry strategies will be utilized to create healthier, more vibrant communities. The foundation makes Affordable Housing Built Responsibly grant decisions three times per year and grants typically range from $50,000 to $125,000 each. Letters of inquiry are due on March 1, 2009; and July 1, 2009. The foundation will consider only one proposal from the same organization per calendar year.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Upcoming event; Florida State Cultural Grants

7th Annual Miami Short Film Festival
November 17 - 23Discover the world of short films at the 7th Annual Miami Short Film Festival, presented by UM School of Communication. Over 80 films from 26 countries will show throughout 22 screenings at 6 venues. Panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A's and after-parties are all part of the weeklong festival. November 17 marks the Opening Night Red Carpet Gala at the Bill Cosford Cinema, University of Miami – Memorial Building, with films from Denmark, the Arctic, Iran, the UK and the US, plus an after-party to celebrate. Awards Night on November 22 will feature winning films from each category, awards presentations, naming of Best of Festival grand prize, and the Festival closing party. Check the website for the entire schedule, including six "Just For Kids" programs screened at the Miami Children's Museum - tickets include museum admission.
Various VenuesIn South Florida305-854-2229
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs:
DECEMBER 8, 2008
The Arts in Education (AIE) program supports activities that promote the arts as an integral part of education and lifelong learning for all people in the State of Florida.
DECEMBER 15, 2008 (Specific Projects only)
The mission of the Cultural Support Grants Program is to foster excellence and diversity in art and culture for all the people in the State of Florida.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Grant Alert & Special Sale!

Sara's Birthday Sale announcement: For this week only, if you purchase Fifty Funders for South Florida Youth Programs, I will send you free Simply: Grant Writing! See the right side panel for ordering information.

The Big Read
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The initiative brings together partners across the United States to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to conduct month-long, community-wide reads between September 2009 and June 2010. Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read will each receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, financial support to attend an orientation meeting, educational and promotional materials, an Organizer's Guide for developing and managing Big Read activities, inclusion of the organization and activities on the Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national initiative. Approximately four hundred organizations of varying sizes across the country will be selected for this cycle. Applicant organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a division of state, local, or tribal government, or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Applicant organizations must partner with a library (if the applicant organization itself is not a library), and must select one of the twenty-seven available book titles or one of the three available poetry books. Application deadline: February 3, 2009.

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation helps young people, ages 9 to 24, from low-income backgrounds become independent, productive adults in three ways: improving educational skills and academic achievement; preparing for the world of work and making the transition to employment and economic self-sufficiency; and avoiding high-risk behaviors such as drug abuse, violence, and teen pregnancy. Rather than design initiatives or programs itself, the Foundation works to develop and expand a pool of organizations that can serve thousands more youth each year with programs that produce these outcomes. It focuses solely on high-performing organizations and believes that making significant, long-term, financial investments in them (coupled with extra-financial supports) is an efficient and effective way to meet the urgent needs of low-income youth. The Foundation holds itself accountable for significantly increasing the number of low-income young people benefiting from proven services, and for helping to develop stronger, sustainable organizations that serve low-income youth on a significant scale. Recognizing that young people are most at risk when they are not in school or at home, the Foundation focuses primarily on organizations that deliver services and programming outside school hours. Eligible applicants include: stand-alone 501(c)(3) organization with a history of service to young people. Although the foundation is not accepting proposals from individual organizations, it does invite organizations to complete its Youth Organizations Survey. Based on an organization's responses, the foundation will determine whether it should take a closer look at the organization's programs, leadership, and overall operations.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Free Training for Non-Profits

Free Training & Grants for Nonprofit, Faith-Based & Community Organizations

Nonprofits train today! Get ready to write your next organizational development grant for the 2008-2009 funding cycle.

Nonprofit training topics match Miami NICE grant areas: Leadership & board development, program development, community engagement, fund development, and other organizational development.

Update: September Training Opportunities

Sept. 5 Community Needs Assessment and Information Resources Training 10:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m. by The Children’s Trust

Sept. 6 Grant Writing: Introduction to Applying for Government Grants 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. by Miami-Dade County, Office of Strategic Business Management, Revenue Maximization and Grants Coordination Division

Sept. 6 Appealing to Foundations and Individual Donors 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. by Center On Nonprofit Effectiveness (C-One), Powered by Hands On Miami

Sept. 9 Data Collection Tools & Methods 10:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m. by The Children’s Trust

Sept. 16 Marketing & Showcasing Your Agency, 10:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m. by The Children’s Trust

Sept. 17 How to Use Your Data & Results 10:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m. by The Children’s Trust

Sept. 18 Collaboration & Decision Making 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. by The Children’s Trust

Sept. 19 Data Collection Tools & Methods 10:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m. by The Children’s Trust

Register online at Click URL “For more information regarding Miami NICE please click here.” Go to “Training Page,” to Register.

Miami NICE maximizes the impact of faith-based and community-based organizations (FBCOs) in Miami-Dade County. Training, capacity-building grants, and one-on-one technical assistance is designed to enhance FBCO sustainability, effectiveness, and their ability to collaborate.

Miami NICE is a partnership of: City of Miami Office of the Mayor (Lead Entity), Miami-Dade County, The Children's Trust, Alliance for Human Services, Center on Nonprofit Effectiveness (C-One), and Family and Children Faith Coalition

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Funding for Arts; Growing Arts Audiences

Funding for Arts Month
October is Funding for Arts Month at the Foundation Center! Throughout the month, take advantage of the special events, classes, and Web resources available to help artists and nonprofit arts organizations become better grantseekers; network with fellow artists and colleagues; and gain insights into what's happening in your local arts funding community. For more information or to register for programs, visit the October calendar for the Foundation Center library nearest you — Atlanta, Cleveland, New York City, San Francisco, or Washington, D.C.
Growing Arts Audiences - FREE report
Arts groups can widen their audiences by improving their marketing, expanding their use of technology, and doing more audience research, the report Arts for All: Connecting to New Audiences (24 pages, PDF) finds. The report came out of a recent conference hosted by the New York City-based Wallace Foundation in which experts from the arts and other fields gathered to share ideas about how arts groups can be more successful at building audience participation.
FLIPANY ~ The Ingredient to a Healthy Life!

Help us address childhood obesity and FLIP the statistics 1 of 3 Florida
youth are overweight!!

FLIPANY ~ Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth, a local non-profit, which encourages healthy lifestyles through hands on cooking, nutrition and fitness programs
serving South Florida youth and their families.

On SEPTEMBER 17th Whole Foods Market Fort Lauderdale will hold a 5% Day
(or CommUnity Giving Day), donating 5% of that entire day's net sales
to FLIPANY! FLIPANY will use funds raised at this event to provide FREE cooking,
nutrition, and fitness classes to South Florida youth and their families...

Whole Foods Market 5% day benefitting FLIPANY ~ September 17th!

Whole Foods Market
2000 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Phone: 954.565.5655

Our staff and volunteers will be at the store with information about FLIPANY,
who we serve, and our recent accomplishments.

Thanks and see you at WHOLE FOODS MARKET!!

Visit FLIPANY . org for more information!!
FLIPANY T. 954-636-2388

Cannot get to Whole Foods? Make a donation online or contact us for volunteer opportunities!
See details of special Sale at

Friday, August 29, 2008

Labor Day Sale!

See the top right sidebar for a special discount offer on Simply: Grant Writing and Fifty Funders for South Florida Youth Programs when purchased together by September 5!

Grant Alert: Upcoming Grants
Arts in Education Program
The Arts in Education (AIE) program supports activities that promote the arts as an integral part of education and lifelong learning for all people in the State of Florida. It aims to support projects which make a difference in the community, such as: in-depth residencies at schools, colleges & universities, hospitals, detention centers & prisons, nursing facilities, hospitals & assisted living centers, cultural or community centers; cultural programs serving elders and the building of intergenerational programs; professional development for teachers; arts in education research, evaluation and assessment tools; and partnerships between cultural organizations and others which promote quality artistic programs and lifelong learning in the arts. Eligible applicants include: Rural and/or Underserved counties. Award ceiling: $15,000. Application deadline: December 8, 2008.
Cultural Support Grants Program
The mission of the Cultural Support Grants Program is to foster excellence and diversity in art and culture for all the people in the State of Florida. Through these grants, the Division encourages a commitment to outreach and educational services to underserved areas and populations and increased access for persons with disabilities. Funded by the Florida Legislature, the program supports non-profit cultural organizations, recurring cultural programs, museums and non-arts organizations. Two types of funding are offered: General Program Support and Specific Projects. Award ceiling: $350,000. Application deadline: December 15, 2008.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Vote Yes on Children's Trust

This issue is so important to youth organizations in Miami-Dade County. Their work has been outstanding! Please be sure to vote Yes on August 26 to renew The Children's Trust.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Upcoming Grants

Please contact me at if we may assist you with your grant writing needs.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation Institutional Grants Program
The Academy Foundation, the educational and preservation wing of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is accepting applications from film-related nonprofit organizations, schools, and colleges for its Institutional Grants Program. The grants program is designed to fulfill one of the Academy's fundamental purposes - to foster educational activities between the public and the film industry, and to encourage an appreciation of the motion picture as an art form and a vocation. The Academy Grants Committee considers all applications that represent programs that foster appreciation and excellence in film-making, within the following guidelines: grants are not awarded to cover the expenses of producing a film or films; grants are not awarded to support activities related to the completion of a doctoral dissertation or other academic advancement; grants are not awarded to commercial institutions or organizations, or to individuals pursuing activities related to their employment by profit-making organizations; grants are not awarded to film festivals (the academy has a separate Festival Grants Program); grants are not awarded for support of administrative, equipment, or overhead expenses; and grants are not awarded to cover the expenses involved in television research and projects. Typical funding ranges from $5,000 to $15,000 per institution. Application deadline: January 15, 2009.
BJ's Charitable Foundation - Grants for Community Programs
The mission of BJ’s Charitable Foundation is to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. The majority of BJ’s Charitable Foundation giving is focused on organizations that: promote the safety, security and well-being of children and families; support education and health programs; provide community service opportunities; and aid in hunger and disaster relief. Eligible applicants include: 501(c)(3) organizations with programs that positively impact communities where BJ's Clubs are located. Award ceiling: unspecified. Application deadline: October 6, 2008.
Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announces anticipated funding availability under the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Subject to the receipt of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department will allocate an estimated $17.6 million of Federal Fiscal Year 2008 funding for Commercial Revitalization, Housing Rehabilitation and Neighborhood Revitalization projects. In addition, approximately $138,779 will be available for Planning and Design Specifications grants. In order to be eligible to apply in these categories, applicants cannot have an open grant in any of the three program categories. Eligible applicants include: non-entitlement cities with fewer than 50,000 residents and counties with fewer than 200,000 residents, or cities that opt out of an urban entitlement program. Application deadline: September 29, 2008.
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Monday, August 18, 2008

Resources for Tough Economy

I've recently received emails from people looking for grants that aren't, well, typical. By and large, grants are for non-profit organizations. But it seems that everyone is trying to make ends meet, and it is getting harder and harder, so people are looking for creative solutions. (I've even published a book of my short stories in addition to Fifty Funders and Simply: Grant Writing - see sidebar.)

While I'm always glad to help when I can, I've found myself out of options or at least not the best resource for some who have contacted me. So I decided to put together this rather unusual list.

1. Grants for Individuals

If you are an individual artist, you may be in luck. Grants do exist to assist artists (dancers, writers, visual artists, musicians), but most of these go to established artists with a body of work and positive reviews.

Otherwise, if you are looking for assistance due to a medical condition, you need to contact your church, your commissioner, possibly your consulate if you are from or in another country, or your human resources director if you work for a large company. These options may lead to a fundraiser on your behalf or some discretionary funds. Another option is the local branch of the national organization that deals with a particular type of condition (American Cancer Society, for instance), which may be able to provide additional information.

2. Scholarships

Many people are changing fields, and some may have to go back to school. The best place to start is the Financial Aid office of the school you want to attend. Get to know this staff well, ask about Pell Grants, grants for your particular course of study, loans, work options (part-time, on campus, co-op, etc.), fellowships. Staff will help advise you, may be able to help fill out applications, and they will have you in mind for anything that comes along.

3. Small Business (other than non-profit)

The Small Business Administration does not offer grants for small businesses, despite all those ads on television. However, if you own a small research or technological firm, search to find competitive bid options for small businesses. The Small Business Administration does offer loans, training, and other types of assistance for small businesses. You may also sometimes find local grants such as Mom and Pop grants offered through your local commissioners. Rare grants exist for women owned businesses, minority owned businesses, or limited types of industries. Companies in the education field might try the Department of Education.

If anyone knows of other options, I welcome comments or emails to Hang in there.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Grant Alert - Upcoming Deadlines

WHO Foundation
Application Deadline: Grant applications must be at the foundation by the second Tuesday of September each year (September 9, 2008).

Description: The WHO Foundation: Women Helping Others(R) nationally supports grass-roots charities serving the overlooked needs of women and children. Grants are provided to organizations serving women and/or children in the United States and Puerto Rico. Specific projects and programs addressing health, education, and social-service needs are the foundation's priority.
Who May Apply: In order to qualify for funding, an organization must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status through the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Funding will be considered for grass-roots charities with:
a total organization budget of $2 million or less
government funding of less than 30% of income
United Way funding of less than 30% of income
salaries/wages and benefits not more than 50% of budget.
For more information, go to:

The Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy -- National Grant Program
Application Deadline: September 5, 2008
Description: This grant program seeks to develop or expand projects that support the development of literacy skills for adult primary caregivers and their children. Family literacy programs funded through this opportunity must include all of the following components:
reading instruction for parents or primary caregivers
literacy or pre-literacy instruction for children
intergenerational activities where parents/primary caregivers and children come together to learn and read.
Programs can also include additional components such as parent support groups, parent involvement, home visits, and job training.
Funding Amount: Up to $65,000 each
Who May Apply: Organizations with nonprofit or public status
For more information, go to:

BJ's Charitable Foundation -- Grants for Community Programs
Application Deadline: Quarterly, next deadline is October 6, 2008
Description: The goal of this funding program is to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. The majority of grants support organizations that:
promote the safety, security, and well-being of children and families
deliver education and health programs
provide community-service opportunities
aid in hunger and disaster relief.
Funding Amount: Amount is unspecified
Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) organizations with programs that positively impact communities where BJ's Clubs are located. Please see the following link for a list of BJ's locations:
For more information, go to:

Credit: Channing Bete newsletter,


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Monday, August 11, 2008

Women's Fund Grants

Contact us at if we may assist in your grant writing needs.

Women's Fund Community Grants:
Women's Fund of Miami-Dade awards Community Grants once a year to non-profit organizations that serve women and girls in Miami-Dade County.
2009 Community Grant Application (pdf)If you have difficulty viewing pdf files, please download Adobe Acrobat Reader (free)
Proposals Due: September 5, 2008
Grant Period: January 2009-December 2009
Funds Awarded: January 2009
For questions about Women's Fund of Miami-Dade Community Grants please contact:Fran Katz(305)

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Miami Heart Gallery

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bernice Barbour Foundation funds animal rescue organizations
The Bernice Barbour Foundation is a private charity established by the
late Bernice Wall Barbour. It is a trust to be used for preservation,
care, and prevention of cruelty to animals in the United States. Final
determination of grant applicant funding is the sole discretion of the
Foundation Trustees.
Organization requirements
501(c)(3) for at least one year prior to August 10, 2008
Benefit animals in the United States
No governmental agencies (local, county, state or federal)
All criteria must have been met for at least one year
Sanctuaries which do not own their land and facility and do not adopt out or release more animals than are residents for more than one year will not
be considered
Provide the animal with the opportunity to lead a natural life and then
observe when it properly
Should come to an end
Program areas and priorities
Hands-on animal care projects are of particular interest
Companion and large animals
· All animals must be spayed/neutered/castrated prior to adoption
· Certificates, contracts, or deposits for sterilizing animals
after they have left the Shelter are not acceptable
· Animals which are unadoptable due to chronic pain, permanent
crippling injuries or untreatable disease must be humanely euthanized
Wildlife – must be indigenous to the United States, no exotics
Animal welfare research –only at Universities and Veterinary Schools
Grant process timetable
Applicants must complete our grant application
Grant applications must be received by August 10, 2008 to be considered
Grant applications are reviewed by the Trustees in the fall
All applicants will be notified of the decision by the end of the calendar
Grant recipients may reapply for another grant
Grant types/amounts
All grants must benefit animals in the United States
Most grants awarded range from $500 to $5,000
Grant recipients must provide a follow up report in six months after
receiving the grant and at the end of the grant period showing how the
grant was used and its results
Grant Types Funded
· Spay/Neuter grants – These include existing programs, pets of
low-income owners, free spay/neuter, vouchers, feral cats, etc.
· Individual Project grants – These are generally one-time purchases
or to fulfill a short-term need Examples include purchases (anesthesia
machine, surgical supplies, etc.)
· Organization Program grants – Expenses of ongoing programs.
Examples include adoption programs, TNR, medical expenses and veterinary
· Facility upgrades – Can include replacement of kennels/cages, dog
runs, kennel/cattery enhancements
· Research grants – Must primarily benefit animals
Grant Types Not Funded
· Land acquisition
· Endowments
· Fellowships for universities without a funding history
· Capital Campaigns for organizations without a funding history
· Fundraising expenses and sponsorship
· Infrastructure improvements when the land/building is not owned by
the organization
· Lobbying, activism, or litigation
· Indirect costs
· Research Grants for Universities and Veterinary Schools
· No funding for bricks and mortar or physical infrastructure at
public institutions
· Funding is limited for first-time recipients

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Miami Beach seeks management for Byron Carlyle

City of Miami Beach, 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139,

Tel: 305-673-7490, Fax: 786-394-4002


Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 39-07/08

The City of Miami Beach is soliciting responses from proposers for the management and/or development of the Byron Carlyle Theater Complex located at 500 71st Street, between Byron Avenue and Carlyle Avenue. It is anticipated that the successful proposer will negotiate with the City for a long-term contract with an initial term of five (5) years, with an option to renew for an additional five (5) year term, at the City’s sole discretion.

Sealed proposals will be received until 3:00 PM on September 30, 2008 at the following address: City of Miami Beach, City Hall, Procurement Division - Third Floor, 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

A Pre-Proposal Submission Meeting is scheduled for August 21, 2008, at 10:00 A.M. at the following address: City of Miami Beach, City Hall – Fourth Floor, 1700 Convention Center Drive, City Manager’s Large Conference Room, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Attendance (in person or via telephone) to this Pre-Proposal submission meeting is encouraged and recommended as a source of information, but is not mandatory. Proposers interested in participating in the pre-Proposal submission meeting via telephone must follow these steps:

(1) Dial the TELEPHONE NUMBER: 1-800-915-8704 (Toll-free North America)

(2) Enter the MEETING NUMBER: *2659980* (note that number is preceded and followed by the star (*) key).

Proposers who are interested in participating via telephone, please send an e-mail to expressing your intent to participate via telephone.


The following additional documents are available for review and/or downloading at the following website address:

1. North Beach Town Center Plan 2007
2. Byron Carlyle Theater Complex Pictures
3. Byron Carlyle Theater Feasibility Report, January 2006
4. Enterprise Zone Site Report

If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to send your questions in writing to


Maria Estevez, CPPB, Senior Procurement Specialist
PROCUREMENT DIVISION1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139Tel: 305-673-7234 / Fax: 786-394-4002/
We are committed to providing excellent public service and safety to all who live, work and play in our vibrant, tropical, historic community.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Changes at US Artists International

USArtists International Announces Global Expansion
Grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Trust for Mutual Understanding Allow for Program Growth
Baltimore, MD - July 21, 2008 - Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces a major expansion of USArtists International (USAI) effective immediately. The Foundation received grants of $500,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and $100,000 from the Trust for Mutual Understanding in support of USAI. A program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, USAI is the only national initiative solely dedicated to promoting the work of American performing artists abroad. Formerly limited to supporting dance and music ensembles invited to perform at international festivals in Europe, USAI will now encompass festivals anywhere in the world outside the United States. The program will also be open to support American theater companies and solo performances in all performing arts d isciplines.
New guidelines for USAI are available online at The deadlines for the program are September 8, 2008 for projects taking place between November 1, 2008 and October 31, 2009; January 9, 2009 for projects taking place between March 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010; and May 4, 2009 for projects taking place between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010.USAI is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of expression of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad. The program works to strengthen the creative and professional development of American dance, music and theatre artists by providing support for their performances at significant international festivals. Through the participation of exemplary American performing artists, USAI helps develop audiences for, and greater appreciation of, the excellence, diversity and vitality of the American arts. In the United States, the public and private sectors work collaboratively to support the arts. USAI continues that important tradition with support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
For the 2008 cycle, USAI is supporting thirty-three ensembles at festivals throughout Europe. Festivals include the North Sea Jazz Festival, Netherlands; International Tanzmesse, Germany; 8th World Symposium o n Choral Music, Denmark; IDANS - Istanbul International Contemporary Dance Festival, Turkey; Hellenic Festival, Greece; Cheltenham Jazz Festival, UK; 10th Open Look Festival, Russia; and the Lyon Dance Festival, France. Grantees range from the Seattle Chamber Players of Washington to the Rebirth Brass Band in Louisiana and from the Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York to Alonzo King's Lines Ballet in California. A complete listing of artists and festivals can be found at
About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation fosters and supports arts programming for the benefit of arts organizations, artists and audiences and encourages exchanges that link the arts resources of the mid-Atlantic region to the rest of the nation and the world. The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that is closely allied with the region's state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from20state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional perspective. The region includes nine states and jurisdictions: The District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Karen Newell
Director of Communications and Special Projects
phone: 410.539.6656 x104

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Grant Alert; Fifty Funders on sale now!

Youth Creativity Programs
Lego Children's Fund seeks proposals to support its Youth Creativity Programs. Grants are valued from $500-$5,000 and are offered quarterly. For application and guidelines, visit: Lego Children's Fund Grants.

Music Instruction
Guitar Center Music is seeking proposals to support music instruction. Grants are valued from $500 to $5,000 and deadline is open. For guidelines and proposal requests, visit: Guitar Center Music Foundation.

Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation Offers Support for Contemporary Art Exhibition Publications
Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to nonprofits producing catalogues or publications that accompany contemporary art exhibitions and projects, especially those supporting emerging and under-recognized artists.... Deadline: August 15, 2008 and March 15, Annually (Letters of Inquiry)
AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program
The AARP Foundation has announced its second annual Women's Scholarship Program. The scholarships will provide funds to women 40+ who are seeking new job skills, training and educational opportunities to support themselves and their families. The AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program is available to eligible individuals with moderate to lower incomes and limited financial resources. To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must: be female age 40 or over (as of August 31, 2008); be able to demonstrate financial need; and be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary school or training program within 6 months of the scholarship award date. Priority consideration is given to women in three categories: women raising children of another family member (such as grandparents raising grandchildren, or those raising siblings or nieces/nephews); women who have been out of the workforce for an extended period of time; and women in dead end jobs (those with no opportunity for advancement, low pay and lacking either health or retirement benefits). Application deadline: August 22, 2008.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

GOB deadline extended; Other Options

Announcement from the Miami-Dade GOB Historic Preservation RFP:

"The deadline for submitting the submittals has been extended indefinitely, until
further notice. The location in which the submittals are to be delivered remains
the same.

"The deadline to submit questions in writing has been
extended indefinitely, until further notice."

Has this announcement left your organization seeking capital funds? Try these resources:

American Express Partners in Preservation:

Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant:

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation:

The Knight Foundation:

Bank of America Foundation:

Other information:

Capital Campaigns: Ten Steps To Success

What Is a Capital Campaign, and When Do You Need One?

Try a Fundraising Campaign:

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Jump Start Your Fundraising; Deadlines

Everyone I talk to is in the same boat these days - How do I raise money for my programs in this economy?

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1st- Tiger Woods
4th - M-D Dept. of Cultural Affairs YEP
6th - American Express LOI
7th - M-D Dept. of Cultural Affairs DAN
8th - M-D Dept. of Cultural Affairs Choreographer's Fellowship
11th - NEA
15th - GOB Historic Preservation

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Arts and Youth Deadlines

Revitalizing Arts Education Through Community-Wide Coordination RAND Corporation Bodilly, Susan; Catherine H. Augustine; Laura ZakarasBased on site visits, interviews, and literature and document reviews, presents a comparative case study of how six community initiatives were launched to improve arts education through collaboration among multiple organizations, and how they evolved. Published: June 2008 Funder(s): Wallace FoundationSubject(s): Arts and Culture; Arts and Culture, Arts Education; Community Improvement/Development
Summer Arts & Science Camps for Kids
Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs and The Children’s Trust seeks to fund non-profit organizations that will provide underserved children with opportunities to attend established high quality cultural arts and/or science summer camp programs at little or no cost for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. Priority attention will be given to projects that address children whose ability to participate in such programs may be limited by geography, economics or disability. Award ceiling: $30,000. Application deadline: November 3, 2008.
Tourist Development Council Grants Program
Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs provides support to significant cultural and/or special events, including sports activities and television/film origination projects that promote Miami-Dade County’s appeal as a tourist destination. Activities must be able to stimulate tourism by increasing hotel occupancy and will have significant media impact for Miami-Dade County. Eligible applicants include: 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations and for-profit organization with activities and projects that have less than a three-year track record in Miami-Dade County. Award ceiling: $25,000. Application deadlines: July 31, 2008; October 16, 2008; January 22, 2009; and April 2, 2009.
Youth Arts Enrichment Grants Program
Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs and The Children’s Trust seeks to enrich the lives of children through the arts by making the arts available to more children and families, whereby, children will have opportunities to have positive live arts experiences through arts instruction, arts intervention, in-school performances and/or public performances. Applicants to this program must have a minimum two-year track record of providing high quality, cultural arts programs for children and/or youth. Units of government and educational institutions such as schools, colleges and universities may not apply. Award ceiling: $30,000. Applicants must attend one mandatory workshop on July 18, 2008 or July 25, 2008. Application deadline: August 4, 2008.

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"This book is a reliable source of information for non profit organizations who work with children. As our organization provides several educational and artistic programs we have been lucky to have Lisa Merritt as our grant writer and consultant. She is definitively an expert in her field. "
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Women’s Fund needs your help to continue funding programs for women and girls.

Women’s Fund has recently attracted some incredible opportunities to bring additional national funding to programs for women and girls in Miami-Dade, but we need support from the community to make this happen! We are especially in need of donations in the $1,000, $500, $250 and $100 levels. Donations can be made quickly and easily using our online secure server and can be structured monthly, quarterly or annually.

Here are the three biggest programs that your funding will support:

The Catalyst Fund for Reproductive Justice: Women’s Fund was recently selected by the Tides Foundation out of 800 foundations from around the country to receive a $100,000 matching grant for women of color-led organizations working on issues such as (but not limited to): comprehensive sex education; the impacts of environmental toxins on reproductive health; violence against women; increasing access to quality, affordable, culturally and linguistically appropriate health care; increasing access for LBT communities; parenting rights; midwifery and birthing rights; access to contraception or termination;, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment; and regulation of new genetic and reproductive technologies.

The Portrait of Women and Girls in Miami-Dade County: Women’s Fund is producing three groundbreaking research reports that will document and analyze the lives of women and girls in Miami-Dade County and provide policy recommendations for elected officials, business leaders and local and national funders.

2009 Community Grantmaking: Women’s Fund grant-making address the root causes of inequality and lack of opportunity, safety, and self-determination for women and girls in Miami-Dade. In addition to providing funds to the organizations that do this work, Women’s Fund also provides their non-profit professionals with the resources, expertise and training they need to succeed. The Request For Proposals for 2009 grants was released on June 30th and we seek to fund more than $500,000 in grants in 2009 with your support.

In the calm of summer, please take this opportunity to support the Women’s Fund.
Now more than ever, this organization needs your support.

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The CG Science Interactive Exhibition Grant
Grant offers educators an opportunity to communicate their instructional concepts through innovative online technologies. The program will donate the services of Stage 2 Studios, LLC to the production of an interactive web-based educational module (or modules) valued between $10,000 and $20,000.
These modules may employ 2D and/or 3D modeling and animation, video integration, and interactive elements. For a few examples of the types of projects possible see the lab section of this site.
The goal of the program is not only to extend the educational mission of a single recipient, but also to raise awareness and appreciation for the emerging technologies that can enhance educational offerings.

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"The book is very 'meat-y' and provides some excellent resources that I, as a five-year grant writer for youth programs, have not yet considered. The free gifts are especially thoughtful. So, thanks again! "
D. Heit, Youth Co-Op

"This book is a reliable source of information for non profit organizations who work with children. As our organization provides several educational and artistic programs we have been lucky to have Lisa Merritt as our grant writer and consultant. She is definitively an expert in her field. "
V. Issaev, Arts Ballet Theatre

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Drucker Award; Sale Extended!

Deadline for $35,000 Drucker Nonprofit Award is Approaching:
Dear Friends,
The deadline for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation is July 15th, and quickly approaching. The Drucker Institute would like to encourage all interested nonprofits to submit applications ASAP. The award, administered annually since 1991, is granted to a social sector organization that demonstrates Drucker's definition of innovation—change that creates a new dimension of performance. The winner will receive the $35,000 first prize, with $7,500 for second place and $5,000 for third place. To download an application, please go to:
Widely considered the father of modern management, Peter Drucker not only consulted for major corporations, he advised the Girl Scouts of America, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and countless other social-sector organizations. He called the nonprofit "America's most distinctive institution."The past two winners of the Drucker Award include the "Made in NY" Production Assistant Training Program, which launches unemployed and low-income New Yorkers in careers in film and television production, and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, which trains detained immigrants to navigate often unfamiliar and complex legal systems.Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Christina Johnson
Program Manager, The Drucker Institute

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Grants for non-fiction books; July 7 order deadline on special deal.

Furthermore Program Offers Grants in Nonfiction Publishing

An initiative of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Furthermore program supports nonfiction book publishing about the city; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues.

The program seeks work that appeals to an informed general audience; gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; promises a reasonable shelf life; might not otherwise achieve top quality or even come into being; and "represents a contribution without which we would be the poorer."

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations. Grant recipients have included civic and academic institutions, museums, independent and university presses, and professional societies. Trade publishers and public agencies may apply for grants in partnership with an eligible nonprofit sponsor. Applications from individuals are not accepted.

Grants range from $500 to approximately $15,000 each and may support writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and printing and binding.
See the Furthermore Web site for complete program information and application form.

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D. Heit, Youth Co-Op

"This book is a reliable source of information for non profit organizations who work with children. As our organization provides several educational and artistic programs we have been lucky to have Lisa Merritt as our grant writer and consultant. She is definitively an expert in her field. "
V. Issaev, Arts Ballet Theatre

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Women's Fund; Last Day for Incredible Offer!

July 3rd is the last business day for our incredible discount offer on the new publication Fifty Funders for South Florida Youth Programs! Click Here for details. Don't miss out, the price goes up on July 7th!


Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade 2009 Community Grant

Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade believes that all women and girls have the right to equality, safety, opportunity and self-determination in every aspect of their lives. The Fund welcomes a proposal from organizations and/or programs that: are committed to creating long-term social change for women; are working toward gender, racial, economic and social justice; emphasize community organizing and/or advocacy strategies in order to create meaningful institutional change in their communities; are diverse and inclusive; encourage the involvement of program participants and constituents in the decision-making process and in assuming leadership positions; Have limited access to ongoing traditional funding sources, i.e. government, foundations, and individual donors and/or emerging organizations; and are designed specifically for low-income women and girls and addressing critical needs of marginalized populations, particularly women and girls of color; immigrant and undocumented women and girls; lesbian, bisexual or transgender women and girls; women and girls with disabilities; older women; homeless women; survivors of gender violence; women in prison and ex-offenders; and other underserved populations. Programs must be female specific and serve women and girls living in Miami-Dade County. Work must take place from January 2009 to December 2009. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status, be a government or non-profit educational institution or have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status managing its finances. Grant requests submitted may not exceed $10,000. Application deadline: September 5, 2008.
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Community Information Challenge
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will engage community foundations in a grant-making challenge to find creative uses of media and technology to help keep communities informed and their citizens engaged. The $24 million five-year Knight Community Information Challenge is launched as the media world undergoes rapid change and acknowledges that there is less local information readily available. The challenge is premised on two strongly held beliefs: in a democracy, information is essential for a community to function properly; it is a core need, and since community foundations are established to meet core community needs, they are logical partners in meeting the information needs of communities. The Knight initiative has three parts: a grant-making program that will invite community foundations to propose ideas to meet information needs in their communities; community foundation help to develop the ability to plan and execute their ideas; and a Media Learning Seminar on February 16-17, 2009 to help community foundations learn about the information needs of communities in a democracy. The challenge is open to all community foundations. Pre-proposal due date: September 15, 2008. Final proposal due date: October 15, 2008.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Great Event at 6th Street Dance Studio

Type: Music/Arts - Performance
Time and Place Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Time: 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Street: 1155 SW 6TH STREET 2ND FLOOR
City/Town: Miami, FL

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Kresge Foundation Announces New Health, Environment Programs

The new programs are part of the foundation's multiyear plan, announced in June 2007, to expand its grantmaking to better address society's pressing issues.... More»

Monday, June 30, 2008

Announcing incredible limited time offer!

Just imagine your youth-serving organization increasing your funding by 25% or more! How many more youth could you provide services for?

If you have been serving youth in South Florida for any length of time, you know how hard it is to make ends meet, especially in the current economic climate.

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Once it goes on ClickBank, I will raise the price. So for now, for my subscribers only, I am offering this book for a special discount price.

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In this book, you will find fifty funders that provide grants specifically to South Florida youth-serving organizations.

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If you think you know every funder for your organization, think again! This ebook contains the most often approached as well as the little-known funders!

Save time and money by clicking on the direct link to the funder from this terrific, electronic resource. (In the case of a few of the funders, I provide the mailing address where no website exists.)

How much would you pay to find even one funder that would grant your organization $10,000 or more? How much have you paid in the past, only to find that you have to spend hours digging through foundations that are not relevant for your organization?

For a limited time only, and for my subscribers only, you can purchase this resource for the special introductory price of $24.99. That is less than 50 cents per funder. Less than 50 cents to identify funders that could grant your organization thousands of dollars!

As an added bonus, for my subscribers who order during this special pre-sale period, you will receive a specially chosen selection of the best, most useful writings to assist your non-profit in achieving success, for absolutely free! Inspirational stories to encourage you, sales-letters to use in your fundraising campaigns, optimization strategies to use to improve your organization's online image.

Pre-sale ordering is fast and easy. Simply click on the PayPal icon at right, fill in the special limited-time offer rate of $24.99, write "50 Youth Funders" in the memo, and you will receive your ebook and free bonuses at your PayPal email address by July 3rd.

Don't delay! As soon as Fifty Funders is uploaded to ClickBank, I cannot offer this special rate. The price will be going up. So order today and increase your funding!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Grant Alert

From The Foundation Center:

Johnson & Johnson and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare Seek Grant Proposals
Three-year grants averaging $75,000 will be awarded to organizations able to demonstrate early proof of success in using the arts to improve healthcare experiences for patients, their families, and caregivers.... Deadline: August 8, 2008 (Letter of Inquiry)Posted: June 26, 2008



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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Upcoming Deadlines!

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About BJ’s Charitable Foundation
Established with the goal of creating a positive, long-lasting impact on the communities BJ’s serves, the mission of BJ’s Charitable Foundation is to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. Since its first grant in 2005, BJ’s Charitable Foundation has allocated funds on a quarterly basis, giving more than $5,250,000 to over 500 deserving organizations in the 16 states where BJ’s Clubs are located.
The majority of BJ’s Charitable Foundation giving is focused onorganizations that:

Promote the safety, security and well-being of children and families
Support education and health programs
Provide community service opportunities
Aid in hunger and disaster relief

Upcoming Deadline: August 8
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Mattel and the Mattel Children's Foundation are pleased to continue our Domestic Grantmaking Program. Through this effort, unsolicited applications for funds for organizations benefiting children in the United States are accepted, pending the eligibility requirements and guidelines listed below. Charitable organizations that demonstrate they directly serve children may be eligible for grants of $5,000 up to $25,000. Funds may be applied to programs or general operating costs.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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New Report from the Foundation Center:
Children's Media Use and Sleep Problems: Issues and Unanswered Questions
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Reviews research on the potential effect of new trends in children's media use on sleep and the effect of inadequate sleep on attention, learning, cognitive development, and psychiatric and physical health. Discusses implications and unanswered questions. Published: June 2008 Funder(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family FoundationSubject(s): Children and Youth; Health; Medical Research

Dance Miami Choreographers Fellowship (DMF) Program
Fiscal Year: 2008-2009
Provides non-matching cash awards of $10,000 each to nurture the artistic development of Miami-Dade County-based professional choreographers for the creation of new work in all dance forms.
Deadline: August 8, 2008

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Creative Capital Professional Development Program
Fiscal Year: 2007-2008
Produced in conjunction with The Creative Capital Foundation, the Professional Development Workshop Program provides a weekend-long workshop designed to help creating artists further their professional development skills such as strategic planning, fundraising and promoting their work. Developed with artists, for artists, the workshop’s structure helps artists integrate their artmaking practice with their professional lives
DEADLINE: August 4, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Featured Funder: Coca Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation Philanthropy
The Coca-Cola Company and its philanthropic arm, The Coca-Cola Foundation, aim to make a greater impact on the communities we serve around the world by being responsive to the citizenship priorities of the communities in which we live and work.
At The Coca-Cola Company, we recognize that we cannot have a healthy and growing business unless the communities we serve are healthy and sustainable. We are committed to improving the quality of life in the communities where we do business and have realigned our community investment priorities to be reflective of and responsive to the global and local nature of our business. Our renewed strategy focuses on global pillars where we can make a unique and sustainable difference: water stewardship, healthy active lifestyles, community recycling, and education.
Water Stewardship
To support access to clean water and sanitation, watershed protection in water-stressed regions, utilization of water for production and or multiple use systems that do more than provide clean drinking water, education and awareness programs that promote water conservation within communities and industry
Healthy and Active Lifestyles
To support access to exercise, physical activity and nutritional education programs, programs that motivate behavior modification, and programs that encourage lifestyle/behavioral changes
Community Recycling
To increase liter abatement efforts, advance recovery and reuse, increase community recycling awareness, and support research and innovation
To support scholarships, school drop-out prevention, access to education programs, and other education initiatives, per local business unit priorities
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Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday Non-Profit Roundup and Contest!

From Philanthropy News Digest:

Collaborative Approaches Work to Maintain, Extend Arts Education, Study FindsThe report from the RAND Corporation examines how initiatives in six urban regions have pooled resources and coordinated activities to make it possible for more children to benefit from arts learning.... More»

Nestle Very Best in Youth Program

The Nestle Very Best in Youth Program, sponsored by Nestlé USA, honors young people (ages 13 to 18) who have excelled in school and who are making their community and the world a better place. The young people, selected from nominations from volunteers, parents, and teachers, will be featured in a special publication and honored at a black-tie ceremony in Los Angeles in July 2009. To be eligible, applicants must be legal residents of the United States or its territories and be between 13 and 18 years of age. Students will be judged based on the information provided on the entry form (i.e., strong academic record; special contribution to school, church, or community; demonstration of good citizenship or a personal obstacle the youth has overcome). Judges will select twenty-five outstanding youths to be profiled in a book, which will be published in the summer of 2009. If a winner is unable to attend the awards ceremony, his/her prize will be forfeited and another winner may be selected. Each winner will also receive a trip with his/her parent or legal guardian to Los Angeles for the Nestle Very Best in Youth awards ceremony. The trip will include round-trip air travel, hotel accommodations for three nights, and $500 in spending money. In addition, Nestlé will donate $1,000 in the name of each winner to the charity of his or her choice. Application deadline: November 20, 2008.

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American Humane Foreclosure Pets Grant
The American Humane Association recognizes that animal shelters, rescue groups, and animal care and control agencies are seeing more animal victims of the economic downturn and the housing foreclosure crisis. To help ease the current hardship, American Humane is offering grants to its member organizations to help animal victims of foreclosures in need of immediate assistance. The program's emphasis is on keeping pets with their families whenever possible. Therefore, extra consideration will be given to cases where families receive assistance in caring for their pets and in keeping their pets until new housing can be found. These expenses include, but are not limited to, pet deposits for rental housing; behavior training; veterinary expenses (vaccinations, spay/neuter, other vet care); public awareness campaigns to get the word out regarding the issue; and boarding costs to keep pets until owners can reclaim them. Grants may also be awarded to agencies who are trying to re-home these pets. These expenses include, but are not limited to, boarding costs; behavior training to get a pet companion ready; veterinary expenses; and foster care expenses. To be considered for the Foreclosure Pets Grant, an organization must be a nonprofit agency approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) entity, or be a public (local government) entity; be a member of American Humane; and operate and be located within the United States of America or its territories. The grant program is only for nonprofit animal welfare agencies (private or public), and not to individuals, businesses, or corporations. Funding may be requested up to a maximum of $2,000. Application deadline: Open.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

From The Children's Trust

Children’s Trust Public Service Excellence Award

The Children’s Trust is sponsoring its Public Service Excellence Award for Trust funded providers who have members of their staff that exemplify the belief that the human element makes a difference in our lives; is an inspiration to other colleagues; and is long past due the recognition he or she deserves. The nominee must be an employee (not a manager or executive director) of a program or initiative funded by The Children's Trust; provide direct service to children and families; perform above and beyond job description and requirements to serve the children and families of Miami-Dade; exemplify the belief that the human element makes a difference in the lives of others, and recognizes that the human touch must be extended far beyond the confines of a standard workday; and be an inspiration to other workers. The recipient of the 2008 Public Service Excellence Award will be honored at The Children's Trust Champions for Children Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 6, 2008. Nomination deadline: June 27, 2008.

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Miami Based Choreographer Awarded 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography

Brazilian choreographer Augusto Soledade has been awarded the 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship in choreography in the Latin American Caribbean category through the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship program.

Augusto Soledade is the Artistic Director of Brazz Dance Theater, a Miami based dance company that blends Afro-Brazilian and contemporary dance, and an Assistant Professor in Dance at Florida International University also in Miami. The fellowship represents a prestigious acknowledgment of Mr. Soledade’s artistic accomplishments in choreography and an important support for his next choreographic project Dreaming Amazonia.

Dreaming Amazonia is a new choreographic project conceived and choreographed by Augusto Soledade. This new work will investigate the current state of the Amazon forest in Brazil in order to understand it as a natural living environment for indigenous communities, and to juxtapose it to the natural living environment for city dwellers. Dreaming Amazonia will draw on the specific characteristics of these particular settings to create theatrical tension and imagery that will invite viewers to establish personal relationships and associations with the choreography. The main objective of this new work is not to establish a judgmental analysis, but to represent through dance complex and universal realities in the urban versus rural dichotomy. In particular, the work will focus on our relationship with various living environments, and the potential to transform ourselves and our surroundings as a result of our interaction with the world. Dreaming Amazonia will gather artists of various art forms and backgrounds. In Music, Cuban-American composer Orlando Garcia will create the original score to accompany the choreography. Jacek Kolasinski is the video artist, from Poland, who will make contributions to the project creating an installation at the performance site that audience members can interact with before and after the show, and that echoes the strong transformation element present in the choreography. Additionally, Dreaming Amazonia is currently being considered for commission through the Miami Made Program by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. The premiere of Dreaming Amazonia is scheduled for April 2009.
Other organizations that have committed funds for this project are the Funding Arts Network through the 2008 Community Arts Group Grant, and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs through the Cultural Support Grant.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

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