College of Menominee Nation Wins Major Grant

The following is an announcement from Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education.

The office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has announced a $798,199 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help provide ACT preparation courses and leadership opportunities to Menominee Indian High School students. The award will be managed by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) of the College of Menominee Nation.

Project partners collaborating with SDI include the College of Menominee Nation’s teacher education program and digital media program, Menominee Indian School District; Menominee Tribal School; Mawaw Ceseniyah, a community-based Menominee culture and language organization; and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Midwest Region Fire Prevention program. The four-year grant will enhance and expand SDI’s successful youth enrichment program model known as the Sustainability Leadership Cohort. Funding will bring new multifaceted activities centered on fire, which will help introduce language and culture teachings, science, technology, engineering and math concepts, along with leadership and responsibility. The students will gain a better understanding of how Indigenous ecological knowledge and Western science can interact, and how to apply that understanding to address environmental issues both inside and outside the classroom.

The project team will be providing more ACT preparation opportunities for the Menominee Indian High School students to generate an increase in the number of students who take the ACT and apply to college. In addition to receiving ACT preparation, students will work with teams made up of in-service and pre-service teachers, language and culture practitioners, and CMN staff to develop science lessons for elementary classrooms using Indigenous knowledge as the base. This work will take place on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin, at the College of Menominee Nation’s Keshena campus, the Menominee Tribal School, and in the Menominee Indian School District.

Both high school and undergraduate interns (pre-service teachers) will be hired in early 2018. Students will receive a stipend for participation in this program and have the opportunity to present their work at relevant conferences. Funding for the project, titled “Preparing Native Youth for the Future through the Sustainability Leadership Cohort,” is through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Office of Indian Education: Indian Education Discretionary Grants Programs: Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Program.

*Blog originally published here.

Spencer Foundation Conference Grant Program call for proposals

The Spencer Foundation has released its Conference Grant Program application for proposals to support small research conferences and focused symposia. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017. Click hereto view more program details.

 

The foundation is specifically interested in funding conferences that focus on the topic of creating and sustaining equitable educational spaces specifically addressing how to support the advancement of learners who face structural and systemic barriers in their pursuit of educational opportunities.

Please contact Research and Sponsored Programs if you have any questions or are considering submitting a proposal to the Spencer Foundation.

 

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>.

CRCAIH 2017 Pilot Grant Seminar Series

Final Presentation of the 2017 Pilot Grant Seminar Series 
If you can’t join us in person, register to listen live online.

East-Metro American Indian Diabetes Initiative: An Evaluation of Innovative Community-based Programs to Improve the Health of Native Men and Youth

Tai Mendenhall, PhD, University of Minnesota, Family Social Sciences

Date: August 7, 2017

Time: 9:00AM – 10:00AM 

Register

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

Funding Opportunity!

Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities

Application Deadline: July 10, 2017

URLhttps://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-CU-1230

Funding for collaborative regional partnerships that provide activities and services designed to increase the well-being, improve permanency outcomes, and enhance the safety of children and families experiencing substance use disorders in American Indian/Alaska native communities. Sponsors: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

For programmatic or technical questions: Jean Blankenship, jean.blankenship@acf.hhs.gov

For grants management or budget questions: Bridget Shea Westfall, bridget.sheawestfall@acf.hhs.gov

Upcoming NSF Funding Opportunities

The NSF ITEST solicitation is now open.

Synopsis of ITEST Program:
As the nation continues to expand the horizon of opportunities and possibilities through advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the need for a more diverse and well-prepared STEM workforce is also expanding1. The challenge of preparing citizens for the expanding workforce and the changing workplace environments calls for new innovations in STEM education2. ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.

http://mailchi.mp/edc/stelar-announcement-2017-nsf-itest-solicitation-now-available?e=c9457926f6

If interested, you may find the proposal preparation materials that are here useful:

http://stelar.edc.org/

Training Grant Opportunity for Small Business & Construction Trades

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) – Office of Skills Development (OSD) will be releasing Grant Program Announcements (GPAs) under Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Fast Forward(WFF) initiative for both Small Business Occupations and Construction Trades and Related Occupations.

Wisconsin employers and workforce partners are encouraged to start preparing innovative and collaborative customized training grant applications. Grantees may be awarded up to $400,000 to upskill construction trades and related occupations and up to $50,000 to upskill workers in small business settings.

Application details follow:

Worker Training Grants for:
– Small Business Occupations
– Construction Trades and Related Occupations

Grant Applications Open: June 09, 2017
Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Governor Walker’s WFF program was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support from lawmakers in 2013 to address the skills gap through grants to employers for customized skills training to fill current job openings and ongoing skill requirements. DWD has awarded over $18 million in WFF grant contracts to date, supporting nearly 200 worker training projects that are benefitting hundreds of businesses and thousands of trainees across the state. To learn more about WFF-funded worker training projects, please review grant award summaries.

Please contact OSD with questions regarding the WFF GPAs.

Applications for New Awards; Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program

The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2017 for Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Programs, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.371C.

DATES: Applications Available: May 16,2017.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 17, 2017.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 13, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Cindy Savage, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., room 3E237, Washington, DC 20202–6450. Telephone: (202) 453–5998 or by email: OESE.SRCL@ed.gov.

Download the PDF here

NIEJI Native Elder Abuse Innovation Grant

Deadline 6/30

Funding Details: NIEJI Native Elder Abuse Innovation Grant – Rural Health Information Hub

The NIEJI Innovation Grant provides funding to tribal community-based organizations to carry out activities to prevent, identify, and address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in local tribal communities.

For more information visit: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/funding/4132?utm_source=racupdate&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=update050317