Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Upcoming Grants and Events

Miami Dade County Cultural Grants
Cultural Access Network Grants Program
The Miami-Dade County Cultural Access Network (CAN) Grants Program provides direct funding to non-profit cultural organizations for outreach programming, in addition to the organization’s normal season, in one or more CAN designated neighborhood cultural facilities. Projects should be designed to improve opportunities and access for under-served communities and/or to introduce this network of neighborhood cultural facilities to a new clientele of arts organizations that would not ordinarily utilize these facilities. Applicants to this program must have a total prior year’s organizational budget between $100,000 and $1,000,000. Applications will be made available on July 7, 2008. Award ceiling: $10,000. Application deadline: August 6, 2008.
Developing Arts in Neighborhoods Grants Program
Miami-Dade County funds small and/or developing cultural groups with annual organizational budgets under $100,000, providing artistic activities at the grassroots level including underserved neighborhoods, communities or populations. Successful applicants in this program will participate in a technical assistance workshop series designed to develop and enhance each organization’s management infrastructure and address stability issues common to emerging and small organizations. Applications will be made available on July 7, 2008. Award ceiling: $15,000. Application deadline: August 7, 2008.
Festivals and Special Events Grants Program
Miami-Dade County supports non-profit organizations presenting major annual festivals and special events in Miami-Dade County which have an established reputation for excellence and credibility, are capable of attracting visitors on regional, national and/or international levels, and have a significant and positive impact on the perception of Miami-Dade County as a dynamic cultural community. Organizations are considered in either of two categories: Cultural Organizations and Community Organizations. Cultural Organizations provides grants to non-profit organizations whose missions predominately emphasize a close examination of artistic disciplines with primarily indoor activities consisting of performances and presentations, which may include significant ancillary components such as the presentation of workshops, panel discussions, lecture/demonstrations, and publications. Community Organizations provides grants to non-profit organizations whose missions predominately emphasize the presentation and celebration of heritages, artistic and entertainment activities during primarily outdoor activities. In each of the two categories, Division A addresses organizations with cash budgets in excess of $500,000, and Division B addresses organizations with cash budgets between $150,000 and $500,000. Award ceiling Division A: $80,000. Award ceiling Division B: $50,000. Application deadline: April 10, 2008.
International Cultural Exchange Grants Program
Miami-Dade County provides grants to Miami-Dade County-based professional cultural organizations to support meaningful artistic exchange, partnerships or collaborations with professional artists, arts professionals and/or organizations abroad. The program aims to elevate Miami-Dade County’s image abroad and to support the efforts of Miami-Dade’s artists and cultural organizations to improve their work by engaging in meaningful arts activities with artists, arts professionals (such as curators, historians, designers) and/or organizations abroad. Award ceiling: $40,000 with matching requirements. Application deadline: March 5, 2008.

Youth Fitness:
Saucony Run For Good Foundation
The Saucony Run For Good Foundation is accepting applications for its grant program established to help end childhood obesity by providing financial support to nonprofits across the United States that support children's running and fitness programs. The grants are open to nonprofit organizations that initiate and support running and fitness programs for kids. Eligible applicants are programs whose participants are 18 years of age or less, have 501(c)(3) status, and can demonstrate that their program positively impacts the lives of participants through their increased participation in running. The foundation has two grant cycles per year, with up to seven awards granted each cycle. Grants are in amounts up to a maximum of $10,000 each. Application deadline: June 13, 2008.

Youth Education:
Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation
The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation believes that education is the cornerstone for today's youth, and that for America to remain competitive in the global marketplace, a stronger emphasis should be placed on exposing youth to educational experiences and career-related opportunities. By focusing on preparing students for the demands of today's global society, the foundation strives to be a major force in improving education. The foundation believes that the physical well-being of today's youth is at the heart of building a healthy and civil society. Therefore, the foundation is committed to investing in health-related organizations and cultural programs that impact a diverse population of youth. Eligible applicants include: 501(c)(3) organizations. Award ceiling: $25,000. All proposals must be received by April 1 to be eligible for funding July 15, and by October 1 to be eligible for funding January 15, annually.

World of Children Grant Awards
World of Children recognizes and elevates self-less individuals who make a difference in the lives of children across the globe. World of Children honors these leaders and grants them funds to support the proven, high-impact programs they have created. In 2008, two grants (one Humanitarian and one Health) of up to $100,000 each will be given to support the proven, sustainable programs created and managed by adult award winners. The Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to children in the areas of social services, education, or humanitarian services. The Health Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to children in the fields of health, medicine, or the sciences. Also this year, two Founder's Awards for Youth of up to $25,000 each will be presented to young people (under the age of 21) who are making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children. Nominees must have an existing nonprofit organization in good standing that can receive grant funds if awarded. Adult nominees must do this work over and above their normal employment. Adult nominees must have must have been doing this (or related work) for a minimum of ten years. Youth nominees can be nominated for the Founder's Award only and must be under the age of 21. Application deadline: April 11, 2008.

Prudential Foundation
The Prudential Foundation provides grants focusing on education and economic development. The Foundation supports initiatives that strengthen public education. Emphasis is placed on systemic school reform; improving leadership skills for education stakeholders; increasing parental involvement and community engagement; providing opportunities for arts education and youth development programs; and ensuring that parents and caregivers have the resources needed to support the development of their children. The Foundation also supports initiatives that increase employment opportunities by strengthening job skills, creating jobs through business development, and promoting neighborhood development activities. Programs involve workforce development and increasing entrepreneurship through training and access to capital. In addition, the Foundation promotes creation of decent, affordable housing. The Prudential Foundation supports nonprofit, charitable organizations and programs whose mission and operations are broad and nondiscriminatory, or whose activities address social needs or benefit underserved groups and communities. Application deadline: ongoing.

Hello CN Members, FYI, this Saturday, February 23rd, the Humane Society of Greater Miami/Adopt-A-Pet is holding their annual Walk for the Animals (sponsored by Purina) in Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami, 301 North Biscayne Boulevard. This is a fun outdoor event for both people and their canine companions.
Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.For more details, you can visit the event website at: