[Libs-Or] Fwd: [District Dispatch] Grants Update

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 12 12:57:03 PST 2009

Some of you may find this helpful:

 Grants Update <http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1903> February
12th, 2009 | Category: Grants<http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?cat=6>

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education: Improving Literacy Through
School Libraries Competition<http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E8-31460.htm>
This program hopes to improve student reading skills and academic
achievement by providing students with access to up-to-date school library
materials, advanced school library media centers, and professionally
certified school library media specialists.

*Funds for Youth Literacy Programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico
*WHO Foundation: Education/Literacy Grant Program
The WHO Foundation: Women Helping Others supports grassroots nonprofit
organizations serving the overlooked needs of women and children in the
United States and Puerto Rico. The Foundation's Education/Literacy Grant
Program provides support for free after-school programs and other education
or literacy programs for low-income children of all ages. Organizations must
have been incorporated for a minimum of three years prior to applying.
Preference will be given to organizations with an operating budget of $3
million or less, those not dependent upon government grants, and those with
greater organizational program costs than personnel costs. The application
deadline is March 17, 2009. Visit the Who Foundation website listed above to
download a copy of the application form.

*Grants Assist Native Youth Programs*
First Nations Development Institute: Native Youth and Culture
The mission of First Nations Development Institute is to help Indigenous
peoples to control their assets and build the capacity to direct their
economic futures in ways that fit their cultures. First Nation's Native
Youth and Culture Fund supports projects that incorporate culture and
tradition to address social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen
pregnancy, mental health, etc. Funded projects should focus on one or more
of the following priority areas: preserving cultural and/or spiritual
practices, beliefs, and values; engaging both youth and elders in activities
that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices,
and/or beliefs; increasing youth's capacity to lead through integrated
educational or mentoring programs; and increasing access to cultural customs
and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies as a means of
preserving tribal language, arts, history, or other culturally relevant
topics. Instructions for developing letters of interest, which are due
February 27, 2009, are available on the First Nations website.

Do Something Awards Exceptional
Do Something is accepting applications for the annual Do Something Awards.

*Awards Recognize Neighborhood Improvement Programs*
Bank of America: Neighborhood Excellence
The Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, Bank of America's signature
philanthropic program, recognizes nonprofit organizations and individuals
working to improve their communities. The focus is on areas such as
education, community development and/or neighborhood preservation, arts and
culture, and health and human services. The Initiative's Neighborhood
Builders category provides grants of $200,000 each to two nonprofit
organizations working to promote vibrant neighborhoods in each of the Bank's
45 markets<http://www.bankofamerica.com/foundation/index.cfm?template=fd_markets>.
The Local Heroes category provides grants of $5,000 each to nonprofit
organizations selected by each of five recognized individuals in the
targeted markets. Applications and nominations must be submitted online by
June 30, 2009; early submission is encouraged. Guidelines for both
categories are available on the Bank of America website listed above.

Diedre Conkling
diedre08 at gmail.com
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