Saturday, August 31, 2013

Toshiba American Foundation Grants for Grades K-5

The Toshiba American Foundation Grants for GradesK-5 is sponsored by the Toshiba America Foundation's Mission.

Grants are intended to provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects. After school and summer projects, and independent study projects are not eligible. The Foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own classrooms.

Any K-5 teacher in a public or private (nfp) school is eligible for a grant to support science or math education.

Deadline: October 1, 2013. Award Maximum: $1,000.00


Friday, August 30, 2013

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, August 29, 2013

Two from Build-A-Bear: Literacy & Education grants and Children's Health & Wellness grants

Build A Bear Workshop Literacy and Education Grants provide direct support for children in literacy and education programs such as summer reading programs, early childhood education programs and literacy programs for children with special needs. Deadline: 10/31/2013. See the program site for complete information. 

Literacy and Education :BaB provides direct support for children in literacy and education programs such as summer reading programs, early childhood education programs and literacy programs for children with special needs.

Children's Health & Wellness

BaB provides direct support for children in the areas of health and wellness such as organizations that serve children with special needs. The goal is to provide grants to help many programs that are working hard to make the world a healthier and happier place for kids.
Specific guidelines for children's health and wellness grants.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

The Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program awards relatively small grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.

NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (

Deadline September 12, 2013 for Projects Beginning May 2014

Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve
  • research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities;
  • planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries’ and museums’ digital assets;
  • scholarship that focuses on the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society;
  • scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines;
  • innovative uses of technology for public programming and education utilizing both traditional and new media; and
  • new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels.
FYI: Your historical odds are not great; in its last five competitions the Digital Humanities Start-up Grants program received an average of 151 applications per competition. The program made an average of 26 awards per competition, for a funding ratio of 17 percent.

National Endowment for the Humanities logo

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I Love My Librarian Award (deadline 9/6)

2012 CT recipient Rachel Hyland

I Love My Librarian Award. Deadline: September 6, 2013 - American Library Association (ALA) and the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times.

ALA and the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times are giving $5,000 and recognition at an awards ceremony hosted by The New York Times to outstanding librarians.

2012 CT recipient Rae Ann Locke 

Music Is Revolution Foundation mini grant

Maximum Grant:  $500                    Deadline:  October 15, 2013       PDF Application
The Music Is Revolution Foundation from Svengirly administers a mini-grant program for activities designed by teachers to implement, support, and/or improve their ability to provide quality music education for their students.

Only projects that clearly contain a music education focus - that is, projects based on the concept of music education, through musical experiences, initiating students into a sense of their social, academic, and cultural identity, and humanizing them through the emotional, cognitive, and/or physical impact of music will be considered.

Funds may be used for supplies, materials, equipment, transportation for a field trip, and/or to bring a performer or musical group to the school. Funds may not be used to pay for personnel, to replace state or local school funds, or for celebration food and drinks.

Public school teachers of children in grades K-12 may apply for funding.

Applications are reviewed three times a year. Deadlines are January 15, April 15 and October 15.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Free September webinars from the Foundation Center

Grantseeking Basics: Free webinar Monday, 9/9/13 1:00PM - 2:00PM Eastern Register

Gain an introduction to the world of foundation fundraising. Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? Are you new to fundraising? Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available? Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

Intro to Finding Funders: Free webinar Wednesday, 9/11/13 1:00PM - 2:00PM Eastern Register.
Learn to find funders for your nonprofit with the Foundation Center's comprehensive funding research tool. This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center's comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your nonprofit organization's funding needs. We will spend time exploring Power Search, which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases – grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and PubHub reports.

Proposal Writing Basics: Monday, 9/16/13 1:00PM - 2:00PM Eastern Register
     Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover:
  • How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process
  • What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
  • What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals
Proposal Budgeting Basics: Free Webinar Monday, 9/23/13 3:00PM - 4:00PM Eastern Register
Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as:
  • What is included under the "personnel" section and how to calculate it?
  • What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
  • How do you determine reasonable costs?
  • What types of expenses are considered "overhead"?
  • What other financial documents will funders want to see?
Your Board and Fundraising: Monday, 9/30/13 2:00PM - 3:00PM Eastern Register
Learn how to engage your board in fundraising. This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising.

  • The role of your board
  • Why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns
  • Ways the board can participate in fundraising activities
  • Tips for strengthening your fundraising board

If you've never taken a Foundation Center webinar before, click here to see how they work.