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ARCHIVED March 2005 State Farm and the National Youth Leadership Council  are pleased to announce the return of Project Ignition - a service-learning project for grades 9 to 12 that has attracted nationwide attention and, more importantly, has helped to empower students to improve their communities. This year's Project Ignition will again focus on a very important issue affecting young people across the country - teen driver safety.

Teaching the Hudson Valley  will award 10-15 grants of up to $10,000 each to public and private schools in the region to create place-based curriculum units in partnership with places of cultural, historic, or natural significance. "Significant places" include but are not limited to archives, art galleries, historic sites, libraries, museums, nature preserves, and parks.
Public and private schools in Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester counties may apply. Projects may involve K-12 students and may be interdisciplinary or focus on a single area, such as art, geography, physical education, or science. The sponsors aim to award grants to a diverse group of schools working. Deadline:8 April 2005

The IndiVisual/Hewlett-Packard "Read for Life" Scholarship Program  provides computer workstations and software to K-12 schools throughout the U.S. Public, private, charter, and parochial schools that demonstrate financial need or have a high ESL, ELL, or LEP population, and have a staff dedicated to promoting technology-based education solutions are eligible to apply kamagra. Recipients receive in-class computer-based reading workstatiApplications are accepted throughout the year.
Children's Bureau Express: March 2005 Edition Alert
The Starbucks Foundation  makes grants to local, nonprofit organizations that serve low-income, at-risk youth. Through their Youth Leadership grants, they fund innovative programs, particularly those in traditionally underserved communities, that embrace cultural diversity and involve families, schools and/or neighborhood organizations. RadioShack Neighborhood Answers Grant Program
. Grants for prevention of family violence/abuse and/or child abduction. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
School-Based Interventions to Prevent Obesity
 Funding to encourage partnerships between academic institutions and school systems to develop school-based interventions to reduce childhood obesity. Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Drug Free Communities Support Program
Grants to reduce substance abuse among youth and to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities. Application deadline: Mar 11, 2005
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
 Grants to provide academic and financial support to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their children attend college. Application deadline: Mar 14, 2005
High School Equivalency Program (HEP)
Helps migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their children obtain a general education diploma (GED). Application deadline: Mar 14, 2005
Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse  Grants to develop and implement innovative and effective programs to reduce alcohol abuse in secondary schools. Application deadline: Mar 28, 2005
Adolescent Family Life (AFL) Demonstration Projects Grants to establish innovative, comprehensive, and integrated approaches to the delivery of care services for pregnant adolescents and adolescent parents. Application deadline: Apr 4, 2005
Mattel Foundation Domestic Grants Program Application deadline: Apr 8, 2005 Grants to charitable organizations to help children in need by funding new and existing programs.
Social and Economic Development Strategies Program for Native Americans Grants for new community-based activities that are focused on economic and social development to strengthen children, families, and tribal communities. Application deadline: Apr 19, 2005
Office of Child Support Enforcement Special Improvement Project (SIP) GrantsFunding for special improvement projects which further the national child support mission, vision, and goals. Application deadline: May 3, 2005

ARCHIVED February 2005

Staff Perspectives on Consultation  and Integrated Mental Health Services in Early Childhood Settings
In this article, the researchers examine the relationship between integrated mental health consultation programs and provision of mental health services. Based on the interviews of Head Start staff, the authors found that programs with an integrated mental health consultation model were more likely to have a strong vision for mental health services, to describe promising mental health practices, and to perceive their mental health practices as effective.

The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education and the Moss Society -- 2005 Education Grants
The purpose of the grant program is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts to teach children with learning disabilities and other special needs. Programs must be in the developmental stages or less than two years old. Application Deadline: March 1, 2005

Target Corporation Community Giving Grants Target will accept grant applications between March 1 and May 31, 2005.  Currently, grants focus on three areas: arts, family violence prevention, and reading.

The Overbrook Foundation -- Youth Program   Application Deadline: A letter of inquiry, no more than two pages in length, must be submitted to begin the process. Letters are accepted throughout the year. The goal of the foundation's Youth Program is to provide low-income adolescents and young adults with opportunities to develop leadership skills, practice active citizenship, and foster creativity. The foundation supports programs that include a direct-services component and/or leadership-development activities that encourage collective action and advocacy, promote systemic social change, and build communication skills in young people.

Adolescent Family Life (AFL) Demonstration Projects A Under this announcement, funds are available for care projects only. The project site or sites must be identified in the application rather than selected after the grant is awarded. The OAPP encourages services that involve not only the young fathers and/or male partners, but also the parents and families of the pregnant and/or parenting adolescent. Under the Title XX statute, the primary purpose of care programs is to establish innovative, comprehensive, and integrated approaches to the delivery of care services for pregnant adolescents and adolescent parents under 19 years of age at program entry, with primary emphasis on unmarried adolescents who are 17 years old or younger. Care services should promote the involvement of the pregnant and parenting adolescents' families, young fathers and/or male partners.

The American Eagle Outfitters fund youth development programs. Grant range: $1,000 - $25,000. No deadlines.

Announcing the Children's Research to Practice Symposium, Jun 9 and 10, 2005, Crowne Pl, NYC.

Conference: BUILDING BRIDGES Toward an Integrated System of Care for Children and Families - Pennsylvania CASSP Institute.

Uncertain exactly what "zero tolerance" entails? Or how "authentic learning" happens? The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Web site features a lexicon that provides definitions of educational terms in everyday language.

Improving Care of Adolescents with Depression
One out of every five teenagers experiences depression by age 18, and 6 percent of all teens face major depression. Primary care physicians typically see teens more than other doctors, but even when they suspect depression, they often lack the diagnostic tools to confirm it. A new randomized trial found that using "care managers" - therapists and nurses trained in teen depression - to work with doctors and families to facilitate diagnosis and to select appropriate treatment led to statistically significant improvements. After six months, teens in the study reported fewer depressive symptoms and an improved quality of life, and had greater access to mental health care than usual care patients.

CANS CONFERENCE Join others who utilize the various versions of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and related tools in helping better serve individuals with behavioral health challengeschildren and their families around the country
May 24th and 25th at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Please contact Crystal Jackson at (312) 503-4587 or for more information.

Calling all grant seekers  U.S. Cellular supports organizations throughout the country serving disadvantaged youth and families. GrantRange: $1,000- $35,000. Deadline: February 15, 2005.

Check out these grant oppotunities:

  • American Express Foundation Supports Literacy Education
  • Finish Line Youth Foundation
  • Mattel Children's Foundation
  • Neighborhood Answers Grant Program Supports programs concerned with child abduction and abuse.
  • Scholarships Grants for Youth Anti-Smoking Ideas

Demonstration Grants for Indian Children The purpose of the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children program is to provide financial assistance to projects that develop, test, and demonstrate the effectiveness of services and programs to improve the educational opportunities and achievement of preschool, elementary, and secondary Indian students. To meet the purposes of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, this program will focus project services on (1) Increasing school readiness skills of three- and four-year-old American Indian and Alaska Native children; and (2) enabling American Indian and Alaska Native high school graduates to transition successfully to postsecondary education by increasing their competency and skills in challenging subjects, including mathematics and science. ... Eligible applicants for this program include a State educational agency (SEA); a local educational agency (LEA); an Indian tribe; an Indian organization; a federally supported elementary or secondary school for Indian students; an Indian institution (including an Indian institution of higher education); or a consortium of such institutions. Deadline: 17 March 2005

Summer Schools in the Arts FY 2006 Grants for Arts ProjectsTo raise the quality and availability of arts education in communities nationwide, the Arts Endowment created the Summer Schools in the Arts program. This program supports rigorous, challenging summer arts education programs that enable children and youth to acquire knowledge and skills in the arts as well as gain lifelong interests in the arts and culture. Statement of Interest Deadline: May 23, 2005
Invitation to Apply Issued: July 18, 2005
Formal Application Deadline: September 12, 2005

Summer arts education programs offer several advantages for quality arts learning by providing:
Challenging and engaging arts education opportunities during the summer.
Immersion experiences where students spend consecutive hours each day for multiple weeks.
Comprehensive arts instruction that otherwise would not be available because of limited resources.
The Indian Education Formula Grant program  provides grants to support local educational agencies (and other eligible entities (described elsewhere in this notice) in their efforts to reform and improve elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 28, 2005.
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) (Federal Register: January 12, 2005 CFDA# 84.149A) The purpose of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is to provide the academic and financial support necessary to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their children successfully complete their first year of college.
High School Equivalency Program (HEP) (Federal Register: January 12, 2005 CFDA# 84.141A) The purpose of the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers & their children obtain a general education diploma (GED) that meets the guidelines for high school equivalency established by the State in which the HEP project is conducted, and to gain employment or be placed in an IHE or other postsecondary education or training.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 14, 2005. Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education (IHEs) or private non-profit organizations (such as faith-based organizations) that plan the project in cooperation with an IHE & prepare to operate some aspects of the project with the facilities of the IHE.

ARCHIVED January 2005

Consumer/Peer Run Programs for Mental Health System Transformation (NCSTAC)  will offer three grant awards totalling thirty-five thousand dollars each for consumer-run organizations to conduct a community assessment, educate stakeholders and implement systems change resulting in recovery oriented services. The duration of the grant is up to three years. Grantees will receive up to fifteen thousand dollars in year one and ten thousand dollars in year two and three. Deadline: February 4, 2005.
Online Tool Offers Teacher Training  In its continuing effort to support classroom teachers, the U.S. Department of Education recently unveiled a new online tool that offers elementary and secondary school teachers on-demand professional development training for improving student achievement. The Teacher-to-Teacher e-Learning resource, offered free of charge, links educators to a collection of videos from the Department's summer workshops for teachers. Available online or via satellite TV, the workshops are taught by exemplary teachers and education experts who demonstrate practical examples of successfully translating scientifically based research into classroom practice and using data to inform instruction. The sessions cover a variety of subject areas, from reading instruction to science and mathematics, and may be taken for credit for a possible two hours of in-service work. Most of the video workshops include an overview, note-taking guide, course assessment, follow-up activities, principal's implementation checklist and additional resources. The e-Learning program is part of the Department's Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative to help educators share best practices for putting research to work in the classroom. The initiative includes regional workshops, a national summit, roundtable discussions with teachers about the support they need to meet the academic needs of their students, a teacher toolkit, and electronic updates of useful information for teachers.
Early Reading First Program  supports local efforts to enhance the oral language, cognitive, and early reading skills of preschool-age children especially those from low-income families, through strategies, materials, and professional development that are grounded in scientifically based reading research. Eligible Applicants: (a) One or more local educational agencies (LEAs) that are eligible to receive a subgrant under the Reading First program (title I, part B, subpart 1, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA)), (b) one or more public or private organizations or agencies (including faith-based organizations) located in a community served by an eligible LEA; or (c) one or more eligible LEAs, applying in collaboration with one or more eligible organizations or agencies. Deadline: 7 February 2005
Libraries for the Future Grants for public libraries to conduct book and film discussion series for teenagers and families, especially immigrant families. DEADLINE: 3/4/05
Tony Hawk Foundation- Helping Fund Public Skateparks Nationwide  The mission of the Tony Hawk Foundation is to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on helping children. The principal focus of foundation grants is to encourage and facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of new quality skateboard parks and facilities located in low-income communities in the United States. Minimum grant:$1,000 ; Maximum grant $25,000 . Deadlines are March 1, 2005 and September 1, 2005.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)  today announced the availability of FY 2005 funds for Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFCSP) grants to improve community efforts to plan, promote and deliver effective substance abuse prevention strategies.
Funding for Playgrounds  Playgrounds are expensive to build or renovate and they are not usually at the top of most funders' lists of priorities. Likewise, most school and district budgets are not large enough to help pay for much, if anything, in the way of playground improvement. One particularly innovative school, West Parish Elementary in Gloucester, MA, designed their playground around a science curriculum. Young students learn difficult concepts of physics while having fun. The playground is called the West Parish School Science Park. Funders who are not interested in helping pay for playgrounds may jump at the opportunity to fund a science park! Find the story at

Thomson Gale and School Library Journal -- Giant Step Award  to recognize outstanding school and public libraries that are providing the type of excellent programs and services that greatly impact student learning and development, both in the school and beyond. Application Deadline: March 1, 2005

2005 AmeriCorps State Operating Grant/AmeriCorps Education Award Grant The NYS OCFS invites community-based organizations, or intermediaries which are incorporated as private, not-for-profit corporations, public agencies, local governments, educational institutions and faith-based groups to submit AmeriCorps proposals that address community needs through five program areas of homeland security, environment, education, public safety, or other human needs. Application Due Date: 1/26/2005 Phone: (518) 473-8882

Don Griesmann's Grant Opportunities  is a weekly subscription feature founded and edited by Don Griesmann, Esq., and published by CharityChannel LLC. As its title implies, Don scours the Internet for new grant opportunities that you might not learn of from any other source in such a timely manner.

The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation  supports community-based, grassroots organizations in the local communities where Lowe's operates stores and distribution centers, including communities in all states except New Hampshire, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The Foundation supports K-12 public education including playground enhancements, landscaping and painting, and outdoor learning environments such as educational gardening programs; community improvement, including park and neighborhood beautification and clean-up and neighborhood revitalization; and vocational trade scholarships. Deadlines are January 15 and April 15, 2005.

The Allstate Foundation,  the philanthropic effort of the insurance company, focuses on three areas: tolerance, inclusion and diversity; safe and vital communities; and economic empowerment. Examples of past grantees include: youth tolerance, anti-violence and discrimination alleviation efforts; neighborhood revitalization; financial/insurance education; economic literacy; and entrepreneurial skill development. No deadlines.

The MetLife Foundation  will provide funding for substance-abuse programs, especially those connected to organizations and programs involving alcoholism, children and youth, providing health-care, and aiding the homeless, minorities and women. Deadline: Open.

Philanthropy News Digest, a weekly news service of the Foundation Center,  is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.

School Grants   A collection of resources and tips to help K-12 educators apply for and obtain special grants for a variety of projects.

 T he MBIA Foundation  the giving arm of the insurance company, provides small grants to hundreds of nonprofits each year, with a focus of improving services and education for children and families. Each year around 300 grants are awarded totaling about $1.5 million. NY nonprofits receive preference. There are no deadlines. Initial contact should be via letter of intent.

Funds To Help Underserved Children And Families  "The Tiger Woods Foundation focuses on providing opportunities to children and families who are underserved. The Foundation primarily funds nonprofit organizations, programs and projects that are based in urban American cities. Areas of interest include education, youth development, parenting, and family health and welfare. deadline is February 1, 2005.

The National Wildlife Federation's Schoolyard Habitats Program  provides grants of $250 for educators and educational organizations interested in creating or revitalizing wildlife habitats on school grounds or on land near educational organizations. Prospective projects should reflect the goals of the Schoolyard Habitats Program, including the four components for wildlife: food, water, cover, and places to raise young. Educators at public and private schools and educational organizations throughout the U.S. are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed at the beginning of each month. Visit the above website for more information on these grants, as well as other resources the Schoolyard Habitats Program offers.

The Public Welfare Foundation  supports organizations that address human needs in disadvantaged communities. Funding priorities for 2004 include: Community development; youth; criminal justice; environment; health; human rights/global security; reproductive and sexual health; special opportunity; welfare reform fund. The review committee considers letters of inquiry on a regular basis.

Youth Service America  has announced the availability of a variety of grants to implement community service projects surrounding National Youth Service Day , April 15-17, 2005. Closing Date: December 31, 2004

STOP the Violence  Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) "STOP the Violence" Program will award 125 mini-grants of $200 each to eligible local chapters to encourage innovative and creative NYSD grassroots projects that help young people recognize, report, and reduce the potential for youth violence.

The Phi Alpha Delta Public Service Center  is offering pre-law and law school chapters 25 mini-grants for violence prevention-focused NYSD projects. The grants support the mission of the P.A.D.P.S.C. by teaching children and youth to resolve conflict without violence, and to prevent juvenile delinquency as a whole.

The National Youth Court Center at the America Probation and Parole Association  will award up to sixty mini-grants of $250 each for the purpose of providing youth court programs with funds to conduct a service project in support of NYSD. Fifteen of the mini-grants have been designated to fund projects that are related to traffic safety issues (including underage drinking). The remaining grants will be awarded for any project that meets a community need.

The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation  supports community-based, grassroots organizations in the local communities where Lowe's operates stores and distribution centers, including communities in all states except New Hampshire, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The Foundation supports K-12 public education including playground enhancements, landscaping and painting, and outdoor learning environments such as educational gardening programs; community improvement, including park and neighborhood beautification and clean-up and neighborhood revitalization; and vocational trade scholarships.deadlines are January 15 and April 15, 2005.

KaBOOM!  provides diverse groups of volunteers with a way to collaborate on a collective cause - the well-being of children - by completing a playground or skatepark in one day, and to make an immediate difference in their community. Through the community-building process, the playspace becomes a resource for children's healthy development, as well as a vehicle for continued community engagement and investment. A program mix of grants, training, networking opportunities, and technology allows KaBOOM! to share its expertise with volunteer organizers. KaBOOM! also increases awareness through advocacy programming, which engages parents, caregivers, elected officials, and community members in targeted efforts.

Best Practices in School Re-Entry for Incarcerated Youth Young people  leaving the justice system are more apt to stay on track when community agencies and schools are prepared for their return. The Virginia Legal Aid Justice Center's JustChildren Program provides an overview of best practices being used in states across the country.

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