Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Curious As To What Kind Of Organizations Receive Grants?

Over $100,000 in grant money has been approved in an state-related arts grant program whose mission it is to improve the quality of life and promote philanthropy in their local area. Below is a partial list of the grant recipients and how much in grant money they received.

If these grant recipients sound similar to the kind of organization that you have then you should find out whether or not your organization is eligible to apply for this grant money as well!

  • A local chorus group received $4,000 to support that chorus's children's festival

  • An Elementary school received over $3000 towards the addition of a multimedia center for integration of the school's curriculum.

  • An Arts organization received $7,500, for a weeklong day camp for youths ages 5-19 to have the opportunity to discover their artistic passion through a variety of mediums, including dance, art, drama, music, puppetry and sign language.

  • Ballet Company received over $5,000, to provide assistance with costume acquisition to add to their permanent collection.

  • A Chorus group received $1,500 to help support the 2009 concert season.

  • One center for the arts received $15,000, to create museum admission fee waivers for participating schools in the local area.

  • One of the local county's 4-H Leader's Association received a grant of $3,025 to provide scholarships for local county youths to attend a summer camp program.

  • A local festival organization received $7,200 to help support their community-based music education program.

  • A $6,000 grant award was provided to provide materials and general support for an after-school program for local area children.

  • A youth ballet company received $6,000 in funding for their 2009-2010 season.

  • A $10,000 grant was awarded to help assist with a traveling music exhibit that will visit schools.

  • One of the local Symphony Orchestras received over $10,000 for transportation and admission waivers for schoolchildren to attend one of their performances

  • A Hip-Hop organization received over $10,000, to help assist with their Boot Camp program for youths in grades 6-12 that provides an urban 4-H experience.

So as you can see, it's not just big organizations and non-profit groups that may be eligible for grant programs.

If any of the grant recipients mentioned above sound like your organization then your organization may be eligible to apply for grant programs such as this one.

Teachers Win Grant Award Money

For Their Own Personal Use!

Several teachers from different schools have each received a grant award of $500 each for their exemplary commitment and achievements. Each grant was given for personal use in exchange for the teachers' commitment to their students, colleagues and their communities. The foundation that sponsors this grant award has said, "This special thank you is a small token of appreciation for all the time and service they dedicate to making our Catholic schools an exceptional place to learn and grow." So far, this grant award program has given out over 500 grants totaling over $450,000 to educators and staff of schools in one local area! In addition to the $500 awards, the Foundation will present Grand Awards of $5,000 throughout the school year.

The Foundation has been able to provide approximately $22 million through hundreds of grants to various religious, educational and charitable organizations within the state during its 50 plus years of existence. In addition, donor-advised funds maintained at the Foundation have accounted for many more grants amounting to millions of dollars over the years.

The grant award recipients are nominated by students, teachers, parents, administrators and community members. This year, the Foundation has formed a committee, with members of its Advisory Council, to read the nomination letters received each month and decide which teachers and staff members will receive the award. The nominations are judged based on traditional merit criteria including tenure and leadership, acts of kindness or charity, Christian example, mentoring and simply going the extra mile for an individual student, family or the community.

Here is a partial listing of recipients who each received the $500 award in recognition of their outstanding service. Each is listed with a comment from the nomination letter submitted on his or her behalf.

  • Physics and AP Physics Teacher - who "works tirelessly to constantly bring new ideas to the kids and challenge them. She is a leader in the classroom and is constantly helping other teachers with ideas for lessons. Whenever she is asked to help with a presentation or in-service, she steps up with a smile. This teacher is the type of spirit we need. Her focus is on family, service and education."

  • 6th- 8th English Teacher - " is a consummate professional and the type of teacher that any school would be blessed to have. She takes the time to connect with each and every student and is the teacher every student feels comfortable going to with confidence that he or she will be treated with love and respect. As I read the criteria for the award, I am struck by the thought that this encompasses all that this teacher represents as an educator."

  • Theology Teacher - "This teacher is so caring about her students and other staff members. She is very involved in her faith as a Catholic and shares her knowledge of the faith in her teachings. She is also unselfish in giving her time, often neglecting her own time for the benefit of the high school where she teaches. She is one of the most dedicated teachers I have ever seen."

  • 7th Grade Science/Literature/Religion Teacher - "This teacher is a very outstanding teacher. She never fails to nurture the minds of her students. Every time she teaches a class, she always seems to put a smile on every student. She is also willing to give her time to tutor children after school. She tutors any grade and is happy to do so."

  • 2nd Grade Teacher - "This teacher goes above and beyond the call of duty with everything she does and is very dedicated and very loyal to all of the children in the class. She has never received this award and she would be so grateful for it. She is loved and cherished by many."

  • School Counselor - who is very, very supportive of our student body. Her door is always open and she always returns phone calls and e-mails promptly. She is never judgmental but always very positive and thoughtful. She is fair and kind and "is like the warm hand on the shoulder of our school" and she embodies the best of what it means to be a devoted, excellent Catholic educator."

  • Art Teacher - who does a magnificent job incorporating Catholic values into her art classes. She is always flexible and willing to help others. She coaches for our academic meets, stays late to finish a school project that may have nothing to do with her classes and is always available to provide decorations for any parent project that requires her help. This teacher performs all her duties and those above and beyond her regular duties with a smile.

To nominate a candidate for this grant award, please be sure to visit the Foundation's web site for instructions on the nomination process.

Anyone serving as a full- or part-time employee in a Catholic school located in the local area may be nominated!

For additional information about this foundation, you can contact them by phone or you can visit their website as well.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Would You Like To Attend College In Florida with Financial Help?

Even though some colleges and universities may be hurting for financial aid there is still a little-known state program that provides grants for Florida residents who choose a private school! All permanent Florida residents attending in-state private colleges or universities are eligible for this grant program!

For example at one University in Florida ALL undergraduate students are eligible to get scholarship which starts at $7,500 for an incoming freshman and can go as high as $14,000!

There are also a number of state assistance programs that are available at a number of private colleges as well!.

Florida students also can apply for scholarships to private in-state colleges. There is also another program that pays a set amount per credit hour instead of the annual tuition covered at state schools.

At another private school over 20 students will be assisted with very substantial aid packages so they can afford to attend the private school. Minority and low income students are eligible to apply for this program! And there is yet another financial program to help assist the "non-traditional" student - meaning those who are returning back to school and /or those who are attending school at "non-traditional" hours (ie weekends and evenings).

Another grant program is being offered to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing an education program. The grant has a maximum value of $4,000 per year toward an annual tuition cost of $9,338.

At one university over 70% of the undergraduate student body received an average scholarship award of over $11,000!

There is one university that still offers a scholarship that covers full tuition, room and board and an honors competition will be added as well! At another educational facility there are scholarships being offered for music and dance, another scholarship program which offers free room and board for Naval ROTC students another scholarship program offers amounts of $500 and up for Catholic high school graduates who attended a certain school.

Grants Available For Writers!

Over $100,000 in grant monies will be available for emerging writers and illustrators.

The closing date for applications is:

June 30, 2009!

*Please be advised that these grants are not available for writers in the United States!

However if you ARE eligible to apply for this grant these grants can be used for living allowances (including childcare) and/or to assist with travel and research costs associated with the preparation and writing of nominated projects.

The individual grant awards are at a maximum of $15,000 per recipient!

Scholarship Program For Women!

This is a scholarship program that will provide up to $45,000 in scholarship money for one year for women who want to return to their careers but who have had to interrupt their career choices for family reasons.

Even though this scholarship money is provided for one year only, applicants can apply again for an addition scholarship in a subsequent year.

You can find out more information about this scholarship by visiting their website.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Grant Program For Broadband Internet!

As part of President Obama's stimulus plan there is a grant program that has been started to increase broadband internet access! The first of these grants are supposed to start this month - April 2009!

$8 Billion Dollars has been earmarked for this grant program although the details haven't been fully finalized on how this grant funding will be spent and who will qualify for the grants.

There has been a lot of interest in this particular grant program from lobbyists, telecommunications service providers and community organizers.

The funding agency said it plans to have three rounds of funding for broadband grants, with the first funds available as early as next month through June. The grants must be awarded by Sept. 30, 2010 and the government must ensure that the projects are mostly complete within two years. Applicants must also show the project would not have occurred if not for this funding program.

Part of the reason for this funding program is to generate jobs right away; workers will be needed to dig more trenches to lay down fiber and put up more cell towers. It is also a key to creating valuable high-paying jobs in the future that can help lift troubled economies.

There will be three agencies that will be in charge of the funding program which will oversee $4.7 billion in funding!. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will distribute $2.5 billion in grants and loans. The FCC has been given $350 million to create a better data collection system with a mapping program showing what services are provided in every geography of the nation. The FCC is also supposed to come up with a plan within one year to bring broadband Internet to all Americans. The remainder of the $8 billion will go to administration costs, subsidy programs for low-income users, and audits of the grants.

But before doling out the money, the agencies said they will host a series of public meetings to get comments about how best to implement the program. The agency decided to host the public meetings after receiving more than 2,000 requests for private meetings from telecom companies and other interested parties!

At the hearings and on the agency's public comments web site, interested parties can make recommendations. The funding plan was broadly worded in a way that can include wireless, fiber optic and cable networks and the agencies said they will take into consider which technologies make the most sense from an economic and technological perspective for the area served.


The Washington Post also noted that under the stimulus law, the "first funds" for broadband expansion must start flowing between April and June of this year! All grants must be awarded by Sept. 30, 2010, and the broadband projects are supposed to be almost complete within two years.

The administration says it is soliciting comments from interested parties on a wide range of topics, including the criteria for awarding grants and who will be eligible to receive them.

It just goes to show you that I am not the only one that knows that there are government grant programs out there to be had for the small businesses!

Here is a link to an article written by someone else who knows that there are government (and other) grant programs out there for the small business.

I hope you enjoy reading the article and I hope that it convinces you that there are indeed government grant programs out there for those that have (or are thinking about starting) a small business!

Government Grant Program For Removal of Lead Paint In Homes!

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued A Federal Grant award in the amount of $7 Million Dollars to one city to help eliminate lead hazards in the homes of low-income households. This grant money is expected to help more than 500 families over the next three years. (So far this grant program has helped over 700 families in the local area!)

To qualify for one of the individual grants

  • the home must have children under the age of 6

  • the home must be owner-occupied or rental housing built before 1978

  • Families are eligible if their household income is at 80 percent or below the median income, or $63,200 for a family of four.

The individual grant awards are at a maximum of $10,000 per individual grant award and the home repairs / improvements may include the replacement of lead paint-contaminated doors and windows or removal of the paint itself, followed by repainting.

For more information about this government grant program you can contact the Housing Commission by the phone number that they have included or you can send them an email via the email address that was given.

Government Grant Programs For Housing?

In their continuing efforts to help people to not become homeless the government has grant programs for housing which should be available in most states. If you need help for building a new home, financial assistance help with your mortgage or you need financial help to help pay your rent then you should look into what the government grant programs may have to offer you! They have government grant programs that help provide financial relief for those that are having problems paying their rent, if you need a low interest loan to help construct your own home!, and government programs for special prices for homes and apartments.

This is probably another one of the reasons that real estate investors have been applying for government grants relating to housing! For instance homeowners may be eligible to apply for government programs where they get reimbursed for providing discounted rent to low income families!

People who want to build their own home can get housing grants and loans. People who can afford small amount of down payment can build homes through sweat equity and get low interest home owner funds and loans.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

An Art Competition For High School Students.

*Please note that while this is not a grant program for artists it is a chance for artist to show off their artistic skills and have their works viewed by the public!

Art Competition

Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate sponsor an Art Competition for high school students around the country. This competition proves to be an excellent example of the important role the arts play in American society, in addition to giving students the opportunity to show their artistic skill. To enter, students must submit their artwork through their high school. Winners of the competition will have their artwork displayed in the United States Capitol for one year. One winner is chosen from each congressional district. For further information, you should contact your local district office!

If you’re an American citizen or resident, you are entitled to free grant money ranging from $5,000 to $500,000 or more. If you are African American you have already qualified for more than 10 programs, being Hispanic, you qualify for many programs. Being a Christian will get you into 20 programs, there are also many other programs available for different faiths, Jewish, Catholic. Not having any money, will get you into over 30 programs, there are over 500 programs if you are unemployed, or underemployed. The personal grants list and sources are virtually endless.

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