Thursday, May 30, 2013

Find programmers at the CT Arts for Learning's September 20 Artist Expo

Find programmers at the CT Arts for Learning's September 20 Artist Expo

Join Connecticut Arts for Learning in Hamden for an exciting day filled with arts education performances.
The Art Experience Showcase is scheduled for September 20, 2013 at the Hamden Middle School, 2623 Dixwell Avenue from 8:30AM-2:30PM. 
I went to one of these showcases in April 2013 and it was really cool - you get a preview of the performer and what they do.The day includes over 50 artist programs, the opportunity to speak to performing and teaching artists, continental breakfast and lunch. 
You must preregister by calling 203-230-8101 or emailing with your name, address, phone and affiliation. The cost is $10 per person.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Free webinar 5/30: Using Intensive Vocationally-Focused ESL to Fast-Track Workforce Development Skills for Refugees

This pretty-cool free webinar is about how San Francisco ‘done it good.’ 

While this isn't a replicable project for Connecticut as it has been constructed in SF, this is the sort of effort that is getting traction and in which libraries can have a pretty cool role be it in physical space, collections, as a setter-of-the-table, .

Welcoming America

Announcing a Webinar Opportunity from ICF International
Webinar on Using Intensive Vocationally-Focused ESL to Fast-Track Workforce Development Skills for Refugees

Thursday, May 30th from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
ICF International is sponsoring a free webinar that will provide an overview of the Vocational English as a Second Language Immersion Program (VIP) program.  The VIP program is a collaboration between the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HAS) and the City College of San Francisco (CCSF).  The Webinar will highlight the VIP's 18-week intensive English language immersion program that is focused on teaching the vocabulary and cultural norms of the workplace.  Over 18-weeks, participants participate in full-time classes and progress from the lowest level of language ability to a workable knowledge of English, familiarity with common workplace technology, and an understanding of American workplace culture.  This highly successful program has become a model for other cities with large immigrant populations.
Speakers include:
  • Kenneth Tota, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement
  • Lynn Levey, VIP Program, Human Services Agency of San Francisco

This free webinar is the first in a series that focuses on helping refugee service providers develop robust relationships with Federal, state, and community-based partners, especially related to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and workforce programs.  Bridges is a technical assistance initiative of the Office of Refugee Resettlement that is funded through a grant to ICF International.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Aetna Foundation Regional Grants

Aetna Foundation Regional Grants provide funding for organizations that focus on issues that improve health and the health care system related to obesity, racial and ethnic health care equity, and integrated health care.

Deadline: 9/15/13; awards can be as much as $40,000.

The 2013 Regional Grants will focus on:
•    Healthy food choices - Programs that provide nutrition education and help increase the availability of affordable fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved communities
•    Healthy activity - Programs that provide opportunities for physical activity in underserved communities

Community wellness initiatives focusing on healthy food and activity that serve low-income, underserved, or minority populations.

Healthy food programs should provide nutrition education and help increase the availability of affordable fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved communities. Healthy activity programs should provide opportunities for physical activity in underserved communities.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Countess Moira Charitable Foundation

The Countess Moira Charitable Foundation makes grants to private nonprofit or public tax-exempt organizations. 

The Foundation accepts letters of inquiry year-round for operating, program, endowment and capital funding needs that support their mission statement: “The foundation’s mission is to aid the well-being of youth anywhere in the World.” Specifically, we only consider unsolicited inquiries from organizations in the New York tri-state area. It is suggested that you make an initial contact to before making a formal grant proposal.  

Guidelines and application here

Who was Countess Moira? nee Lady Moira Forbes, she was  a daughter of the 8th Earl of Granard and his wife Beatrice Mills, the American heiress.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Best Buy Community Grants

Through the Community Grants Program, Best Buy teams across the United States select NFP’s that give teens access to opportunities through technology to help them excel in school and develop 21st Century Skills.

Deadline: 07-01-2013; Between 150-200 awards ranging from $4,000 and $10,000 will be granted.

Just Shaq Picking Up a Best Buy Employee  Shaquille O'Neal picking up a BB employee

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Scholastic's BE BIG Fund

The Be Big program provides seed money for ideas that are important to one's local community. There is one $5,000 Community Grant awarded, and five $1,000 First Prize Grants.

Deadline: June 23, 2013.

In 2012 the winners were remarkable, meaningful projects from a 16-year-old NJ kid who created a Special Needs Athletic Program, a California ‘Teen Club’ to educate and support young teens with Down syndrome, a Pennsylvania ‘Upcycling’ program where children of all different levels helped the environment and those less fortunate, a Maryland military community’s program where parents bring kids to school one evening a month to attend Culture Camp and parents can attend a fun networking event to help develop relationships and support with fellow parents, and a community clothes closet where foster kids can shop and find just the right outfits for them.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants

Sponsored by Crayola & the National Association of Elementary School Principals, this funding supports elementary schools working to develop a team of leaders that will help increase arts-infused education at school and beyond.  

Approximately 20 grants of up to $2,500 as well as in-kind grants of Crayola products will be awarded to select applicants. School principals with NAESP membership are eligible to apply.

Deadline: June 21, 2013; all information on program site

Grant Program