Friday, August 29, 2008

Labor Day Sale!

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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

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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

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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