NEA Webinar on Evaluating Arts Grant Portfolios

Live, Public Webinar on October 17, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will host a webinar on Evaluating Arts Grant Portfolios on Oct. 17, 2017, the third in a series of webinars showcasing evaluation and performance measurement strategies in the arts. Guest speakers Renae Youngs, Director of Research and Evaluation for the Minnesota State Arts Board, and Sara Nash, Program Director (Dance) for the New England Foundation for the Arts, present two distinct approaches to grant portfolio evaluation and also discuss the unique challenges to conducting this work in the arts. A Q&A session will follow the guest-speaker presentations. This webinar is appropriate for state arts agency and regional arts organization leaders and for researchers and evaluators working with state arts agencies and regional arts organizations.

The webinar takes place on Oct. 17, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT. It is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not possible; please join the webinar at the time of the event by visiting https://www.arts.gov/event/2017/evaluating-arts-grant-portfolios.

Please note that the web meeting will be limited to the first 125 attendees; up to 300 can listen on the phone. An archive will be made available shortly after the meeting. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box. An archive of the webinar will be available at https://arts.gov/videos/webinars. Any media interested in participating should contact Victoria Hutter at hutterv@arts.gov<mailto:hutterv@arts.gov>.

American Association of University Women Accepting Applications for Community Action Grants

American Association of University Women Accepting Applications for Community Action Grants

The American Association of University Women strives to promote equity and education for women and girls. Since the organization’s founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

AAUW is accepting applications for its Community Action Grants Program, an annual program that provides funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs and non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.

The program offers one-year grants of up to $7,000 to support community-based projects and two-year grants of up to $10,000 to provide start-up funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Project topic areas are unrestricted but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls. Special consideration will be given to projects focused on the achievements of K-12 girls and community college women in science, technology, engineering, or math.

To be eligible, individual applicants must be women who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the U.S., and grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the U.S. or its territories.

See the AAUW website for complete program guidelines and application procedures

http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/community-action-grants/community-action-grant-application/

2018 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

Competition Deadlines:

2018 Predoctoral application deadline is: December 14, 2017 (5:00 PM EST)

2018 Dissertation and Postdoctoral application deadlines are: December 7, 2017 (5:00 PM EST)

Supplementary Materials receipt deadline for submitted applications is: January 9, 2018 (5:00 PM EST)

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

Kellogg Foundation Awards $24 Million to Fight Racism

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) initiative to fight racism  recently announced $24 million in grants to 14 organizations in communities throughout the U.S. While this is not the first time Kellogg has forayed into the subject of race, when it started the design phase of its current initiative in January of last year, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency still seemed far-fetched to many. Now we are fighting (or, in some cases, cheering) a government-sanctioned travel ban based on religion, demonization of immigrants, and an increase in white-supremacist hate crimes.

*Learn more here: https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/07/05/kellogg-foundation-awards-24-million-fight-racism-u-s/?utm_content=57206678&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

Seeking Native American Languages Grant Reviewers

The Department of Education, Office of Indian Education is soliciting highly qualified individuals to assist in the review process for one discretionary grant competition for 2017. This includes: Native American Language Grants (NAL), https://https://www2.ed.gov/programs/nal/index.html. Electronic review is tentatively scheduled in early July, 2017. The purposes of the NAL@ED program are to: (1) Support schools that use Native American and Alaska Native languages as the primary language of instruction; (2) Maintain, protect, and promote the rights and freedom of Native Americans and Alaska Natives to use, practice, maintain, and revitalize their languages, as envisioned in the Native American Languages Act of 1990 (25 U.S.C. 2901 et seq.); and (3) Support the Nation’s First Peoples’ efforts to maintain and revitalize their languages and cultures, and to improve educational opportunities and student outcomes within Native American and Alaska Native communities. For Fiscal Year 2017 the program will be administered under Title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended. Readers are eligible to apply if you have not read for three consecutive years. Field readers with advanced education degrees and/or experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities desired but not required. Degreed individuals who possess Native language instruction experience are encouraged to apply. Individuals selected as panel readers will need to commit to being available by telephone one or two hours per day for up to two weeks reading, scoring and paneling on assigned applications. Your resume will be reviewed for conflict of interest concerns. By June 30, 2017, please submit your resume, including a valid email address and phone number, to:John.Cheek@ed.gov.

 

OCS 2017 Review Season

*BPC is sharing info from the OCS Review Team . Please use contact info below for questions.

F2 Solutions will soon be recruiting panelists for the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services remote discretionary grant review season. You either indicated in your reviewer profile that you have expertise which may fit the criteria for notification of the Community Economic Development (CED), Assets for Independence (AFI), or Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program reviews, or you have previously served as a panelist or indicated your interest in serving as a panelist on an OCS review.

If you want OCS to consider your credentials for potential selection as a panelist for the 2017 season (anticipated dates in June and July), please save the timeframe listed in the survey linked to this message, and complete and submit the survey to indicate your response by clicking the “Begin Survey” button below.

OCS will be implementing a new payment schedule this year of $175 per application for non-federal reviewers and chairpersons, $275 per application for chairs who serve a dual role as reviewers, and $300 for reviewers and chairs on panels with only one application.

F2 has also redesigned its Reviewer Registry with enhanced functionality and features, including improved site navigation, enhanced security, a task tracker with status alerts, and streamlined profile fields to capture your expertise, qualifications, and other pertinent information. If you are new to ReviewerRegistry.net and already had a profile on ReviewerRecruitment.net, you will need to transfer your account. You may already have received an automated message with instructions from the database. Link address for F2 Reviewer Registry: https://www.reviewerregistry.net/

If you do not yet have an account on ReviewerRegistry.net or ReviewerRecruitment.net, please create your profile in order to be considered as a participant in the reviews managed by F2.  All users will be required to upload a current resume.  Selection and invitation to participate in the Grant Review Season requires the review and approval of individual potential reviewers by the Federal Program Office. Creating an account will not guarantee selection and panel placement.

Research Grant Opportunity: William T Grant Foundation

The William T Grant Foundation funds research that increases understanding in the following areas: 1) programs, policies and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and 2) strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. Research grants about reducing inequality typically range between $100,000 and $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. Research grants about improving the use of research initiative will range between $100,000 and $1,000,000 and cover two to four years of support.

We realize this funding opportunity is not for evaluation; however, many Network members also conduct research. The Research Grants Application Guide is attached to this message.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Research project advances the Foundation’s interests in understanding programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality or improving the use of research evidence.
  • Research project has compelling relevance for programs, policies, and practices affecting youth ages 5-25 in the U.S.
  • Funds primarily support research activities, not intervention or service costs.
  • Applicant is employed at a tax-exempt organization

The online application for a research grant is now open. The next deadline for submitting letters of inquiry in 2017 is May 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm EST. More information about this opportunity can be found via this link (http://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants/research-grants).

Grant Opportunity – Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funds for the Native Youth I-LEAD. This program will emphasize a comprehensive, culturally-appropriate approach to ensure that all young Native people can thrive and reach their full potential by fostering Native youth resilience, capacity building, and leadership. Native Youth I-LEAD will specifically focus on implementation of community programs that promote Native youth resiliency and foster protective factors such as connections with Native languages and Elders, positive peer groups, culturally-responsive parenting resources, models of safe sanctuary, and reconnection with traditional healing. Projects will also promote Native youth leadership development through the establishment of local models to instill confidence in Native youth of their value and potential, preparation of older youth to be role models for younger peers, and activities that foster leadership and skills-building. In addition, it is intended that Native youth must be actively involved during the planning and implementation phases of the projects to ensure that they are responsive to the needs of Native youth in the communities to be served and to ensure that youth remain engaged throughout the project period. DUE: May 22

 

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290439&utm_source=phplist446&utm_medium=email&utm_content=HTML&utm_campaign=Funding+Opportunities%3A+Native+Youth+Initiative+for+Leadership%2C+Empowerment%2C+and+Development+%28I-LEAD%29+Department+of+Health+and+Human+Services

Call for Reviewers

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WI DPI) is seeking qualified individuals to serve as grant reviewers to read and score the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant applications during the month of April 2017.   Reviewers will receive $50 per each completed application, with an expectation of there being 10-15 applications per reviewer.

To learn more and to be considered as a reviewer, go to our on-line application materials located at:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rkeiPU05rN1j4Jp8mQ9hs05tMUIrDX19regKyb22mNs/edit

Interested individuals must complete the on-line form https://goo.gl/forms/8vYBhuetoPHwQPp93  by February 27, 2017 and e-mail your resume to Polly Tubbs at polly.tubbs@dpi.wi.gov .  Please contact me if you have any questions about the application process and this important process.

WI 21st CCLC Grant Applications Now Available!

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is pleased to announce that applications for 21st Century Community Learning Center (CLC) grants are now available for use in requesting funding for the 2017-18 school year. The 21st CCLC grant is a federal grant that funds after school programs across the state of Wisconsin. The purposes of the program are to:

  • Provide opportunities for academic enrichment to help students, particularly students attending low-performing schools, to meet challenging state academic standards
  • Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students
  • Offer the families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development

Public school districts, private schools, charter schools, and community-based organizations (including faith-based organizations) primarily serving students attending schools with 40 percent or more of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced price lunch, or with similar or equivalent economic need, are eligible to apply.

Applications are due on or before March 31, 2017. More information and application materials are available on the department’s CLC website at: https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/clc/grant-information.