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									                            August 2011
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    Civic Engagement/Service Learning Environment                                    2
    Education, Employment & Training                                                 3
    Health and Human Services                                                        8
    Arts, Culture & Recreation                                                       12
    Technology & Media                                                               14
    General Services                                                                 15
Nonprofit & Educational Resources                                                     17
Information/Best Practices/Research                                                   19
    Southeast Region & Pennsylvania                                                  19
    Child Welfare                                                                    20
    Early Childhood                                                                  22
    Education/Positive Youth Development                                             23
    Employment/Workforce                                                             25
    Juvenile Justice/Crime Prevention                                                26
    Mentoring                                                                        27
    Parent Education/Family Engagement                                               27
    Physical Health                                                                  28
    Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health                                                29

Professional Training and Conferences                                                 31

                               FUNDING SOURCES


Best Buy Children's Foundation: @15 Community grants
Through the Community Grants program, Best Buy teams across the United States select non-
profit organizations that provide positive experiences to help teens to excel in school and develop
life and leadership skills. This year, Best Buy Children's Foundation will give $2 million in
Community Grants. Grants will average $4000-$6000 and will not exceed $10,000. Non-profits
located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or Regional Distribution Center may apply.
Organizations must successfully complete the grant eligibility quiz online.
Deadline: August 1, 2011

Mertz Gilmore Foundation Announces Climate Change Solutions
The program will consider grant requests that address three areas of interest: Northeast
Region: The foundation is interested in initiatives at a state or regional level that complement
RGGI, particularly those that add to the growing momentum and pressure for national climate
policy, help set important policy precedents and thus expand the possibilities for national climate
policy, and engage valuable new constituencies in the effort to develop national policy.
Alternatives to new coal-fired power plants: The foundation will support a limited number of
campaigns to challenge the need for new coal-fired plants and promote alternative energy
solutions. Priority will be given to inquiries addressing plant initiatives in Eastern states and
those from a coalition or network uniting around a common problem or approach. Grants for
campaigns by a single organization on an urgent or especially important initiative will also be
considered. Grants may be small for projects still in the exploratory or planning stage, and larger
at the implementation stage. Grants awarded in the spring 2011 grant cycle ranged from $10,000
to $100,000 for durations of up to two years.
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry for the fall 2011 grant cycle are due by August 5, 2011.

Patagonia Funding for Grassroots Environmental Campaigns
The company's environmental grant program supports small, grassroots activist organizations
that have provocative direct-action agendas and are working on multi-pronged campaigns to
preserve and protect the environment. The program seeks to fund work that is action-oriented,
builds public involvement and support, is strategic, focuses on root causes, accomplishes specific
goals and objectives, and demonstrates a commitment to long-term change. The company does
not fund organizations without 501(c)(3) status or an eligible fiscal sponsor. Grants will not be
provided for general environmental education efforts; land acquisition, land trusts, or
conservation easements; research (unless it is in direct support of a developed plan for specific
action to alleviate an environmental problem); environmental conferences; endowment funds;
political campaigns; or green building projects. Most grants will range from $3,000 to $8,000
each. In addition to the corporate grant program, each Patagonia retail store administers a local
grants program. Retail store grant applications are accepted year round.
Deadline: August 31, 2011

Paul and Edith Babson Foundation
The areas for funding consideration include: entrepreneurship and economic development;
culture, education and leadership development; and environment and community building.
Deadline: September 9, 2011

Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America Youth-Led Children's Hunger Volunteer
Twenty-five $500 grants will be awarded to volunteer projects that address the issue of
childhood hunger at the community level and are conducted by young people between the ages
of 5 and 25.
Deadline: September 16, 2011

Home Depot Foundation Announces 2011 Community Impact Grants Program
The foundation's 2011 funding will prioritize projects that help veterans, seniors, and the
disabled stay in their homes comfortably, including home repair, modification, and
weatherization projects. Grants of up to $5,000 will be made in the form of Home Depot gift
cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Once grant applications are reviewed, all
applicants will receive a written response within six weeks.
Deadline: October 31, 2011


Best Buy @15 Community Grants Program
Best Buy teams across the United States select non-profit organizations that provide positive
experiences to help teens to excel in school, engage in their communities, and develop leadership
skills. Special consideration will be given to programs that: 1) Serve a diverse population in local
or regional communities, 2) Build social, academic, leadership and/or life skills in early
adolescents (primarily ages 13-18), 3) Show positive results against a community need &, 4)
Reach at-risk children in working families
Deadline: August 1, 2011
Click here for more information.

Toshiba America Foundation: Grants for Math and Science
The Toshiba America Foundation makes grants for projects in math and science designed by
classroom teachers to improve instruction for students in grades 6-12. Maximum award: $5,000.
Eligibility: Grades 6-12.
Deadline: August 1, 2011

ASCD: Outstanding Young Educator Award

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is seeking nominations for its
Outstanding Young Educator Award, which recognizes a teacher under the age of 40 who
demonstrates excellence in his or her profession, a positive impact on students, creativity in the
classroom, and leadership in his or her school or district. Maximum award: $10,000; an all-
expenses paid trip to the ASCD annual conference in March for the winner and one companion,
including registration, travel, hotel, and meals.
Deadline: August 1, 2011

U.S Dept. Of Education Investing in Innovation Fund
Entities eligible to apply for Investing in Innovation Fund grants include: (a) An LEA or (b) a
partnership between a nonprofit organization and (1) one or more LEAs or (2) a consortium of
schools. The purpose of this program to expand the implementation of, and investment in,
innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement
or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school
graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.
Deadline: August 2, 2011; Deadline for Notice of Intent To Apply: June 23, 2011

Mass Mentoring Partnership TAP Funding
MMP continues to help programs access limited no-cost technical assistance through the ―Tap
our Resources‖ (TAP) initiative. This free service will be awarded to participants who are MMP
Quality-based members and who are accepted through the short RFP process. Services are
available through September 2011.
Deadline: August 5, 2011
Download the RFP.

NAIS: Challenge 20/20 Partnership
The National Association of Independent Schools invites schools to participate in Challenge
20/20, a program that brings together one school from the United States and one school from
outside of the United States. Teacher-student teams from both schools work together throughout
the fall 2011 school semester to come up with a solution to a global problem. Maximum award:
international cooperation and collaboration between youth. Eligibility: all U.S. schools,
elementary and secondary, public or private.
Deadline: August 15, 2011

Elsevier Foundation Grants for Women Scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Math (STEM)
The foundation provides grants to STEM institutions and organizations that are working towards
a more equitable academia by: encouraging networking among institutions and/or across STEM
disciplines to support faculty and staff with family responsibilities; promoting knowledge,
awareness, and application of programs to retain, recruit, and develop women in science; and/or
enabling scientists to attend conferences, meetings, workshops, and symposia that are critical to

the development of a career in science by helping them with childcare and other family
responsibilities when attending scientific gatherings. Grants will range between $5,000 and
$50,000 per year for up to three years.
Deadline: September 1, 2011

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Competition
Grants of up to $65,000 will be awarded to nonprofit and public agencies operating literacy
programs for adult primary caregivers and their children.
Deadline: September 9, 2011

P. Buckley Moss Foundation: Grants for Teachers of Children Who Learn Differently

P. Buckley Moss Foundation Education Grants aid and support teachers who wish to establish an
effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children with learning disabilities and other
special needs. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: new or evolving programs that integrate the
arts into educational programming. Deadline: September 30, 2011

Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
The Competition is open to high school students who are citizens or permanent residents (green
card holders) of the United States. Students submitting individual projects must be in good
standing, enrolled in and attending their last year of high school (grade 12). Students must
complete all high school courses required for college admissions no later than September 1,
2012. Team projects may have two or three members and do not need to include a senior. All
team members must be in good standing, enrolled in and attending high school (grades nine–12),
although you may be from different schools. Award: $1,000 - $10,000
Deadline: October 3, 2011

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Toolbox for Education Grant Program:
Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation funds the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant
program, which has supported thousands of grassroots community and school projects in the
communities where Lowe’s does business. This year, the grant program will give priority to
projects that address basic needs among schools and parent groups.
Deadline: October 14, 2011
To apply, click here.

FFVF: Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education
The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise
Education honor outstanding educators who excite a commitment in their students to the free
enterprise system and unleash the entrepreneurial skills of their students at the elementary, junior
high school, high school, and college level. Maximum award: $7,500. Eligibility: teachers at
schools (K-12), colleges, and universities.
Deadline: November 1, 2011

NCTM: Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics
Applicants must have the support of the school principal in becoming a mathematics teacher-
leader within her or his school or district. The grant recipient will be expected to provide
ongoing professional development to teachers within the school or district to strengthen their
mathematical understandings and instructional practices. Maximum award: $6,000. Eligibility:
current (as of October 14, 2011) full individual or e-members of NCTM.
Deadline: November 11, 2011

NCTM: Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry Grants
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Improving Students' Understanding of
Geometry grant is to develop activities that will enable students to better appreciate and
understand some aspect of geometry that is consistent with the Principles and Standards for
School Mathematics of NCTM. Proposals must address the following: geometry content, the
appropriateness of the application, the link between the Geometry Standard and the project's
activities, and the anticipated impact on students' learning. Maximum award: $4,000.
Deadline: November 11, 2011

NCTM: PreK-6 Classroom Research Grants
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics PreK-6 Classroom Research Grants support and
encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with
college or university mathematics educators. The research must be a significant collaborative
effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education
researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grades
PreK-6 classroom teachers. The proposal may include, but is not restricted to, research on
curriculum development and implementation, involvement of at-risk or minority students,
students' thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts, connection of
mathematics to other disciplines, focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded
use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the
primary focus of the grant), and innovative assessment or evaluation strategies. Maximum
award: $6,000. Eligibility: classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the grades
PreK-6 level who are current (as of October 14, 2011) NCTM members or who teach in a school
that (as of October 14, 2011) has a NCTM PreK-8 school membership.
Deadline: November 11, 2011

NCTM: Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grants for Grades 6-8 Teachers

The National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics Engaging Students in Learning Grants are
given to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students
in tasks and experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge. Materials may be in the
form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate media. The focus of
these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the
world around us. Materials may not be calculators, computers, or related equipment. Proposals
must address one or more of the Content Standards: number and operations, geometry,
measurement, algebra; plan for developing and evaluating materials; and the anticipated impact

on students' learning. Maximum award: $3,000. Eligibility: current (as of October 14, 2011) Full
Individual or E-Members of NCTM or those teaching at a school with a current (as of October
14, 2011) NCTM PreK-8 school membership who teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50
percent of the school day.
Deadline: November 11, 2011

NSTA/Vernier Software & Technology: Vernier Technology Awards

National Science Teachers Association Vernier Technology Awards recognize the innovative use
of data collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or handheld in the science
classroom. Maximum award: $1,000 toward expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference,
$1,000 in cash for the teacher, and $1,000 in Vernier products. Eligibility: Teachers of science
grades K-College.
Deadline: November 30, 2011

NSTA: Angela Award
The National Science Teachers Association Angela award honors one female student in grades
5-8 who is involved in or has a strong connection to science. Maximum award: $1,000 US EE
Savings Bond or Canadian Savings Bond; recognition at the Teacher Awards Banquet at NSTA's
National Conference. Eligibility: any female student in grades 5-8 who is a resident of the United
States, U.S. Territories, or Canada, and is enrolled in full-time public, private, or home school.
Deadline: November 30, 2011

NSTA: Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award
The Award recognizes excellence in the field of aerospace education. The recipient of the award
will be honored during the Awards Banquet and the Aerospace Educators Luncheon at the
annual NSTA Conference. Maximum award: $3,000, and $2,000 in expenses to attend NSTA's
National Conference March 29 - April 1, 2012 in Indianapolis. Eligibility: K-12 teachers of
science in formal education settings; Individuals must be nominated for this award and have a
minimum of three years teaching experience. Self-nominations will be accepted.
Deadline: November 30, 2011

NSTA: DCAT Association "Making a Difference" Award
The Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association "Making a Difference" Award
recognizes excellence in a science program developed and implemented by middle-level science
teachers, grades 6-8. Entries must show innovative and effective teaching strategies combined
with a science program that has influenced students to explore and investigate science and its
application to global problems. Maximum award: $2,500 to be used to enhance or expand the
winning science program; the winning school's lead science teacher and principal will be
awarded coach airfare and two nights' hotel accommodation to attend NSTA's National
Conference March 29 - April 1, 2012 in Indianapolis.
Deadline: November 30, 2011

Palm Foundation Cash Grant
The Foundation will make grants to nonprofit organizations that focus on issues directly related
to the education of youth at risk—particularly those that have also submitted applications to the
Palm Foundation for product donations and anticipate the need for financial assistance to support
their product-donation proposals. The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting the
following organizations and programs: 1) Magnet and alternative schools and/or
programs/organizations/institutions serving disadvantaged youth; and 2) Projects that assist
children with special education needs and programs that support student progress (e.g. the
development and implementation of individualized education plans for children in foster care).
Deadline: December 1, 2011
For more information, click here.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Improving Community Education Grants Grant
This program area seeks to ensure that education serves as a pathway out of poverty by
advancing systemic changes that improve educational policies and practices, particularly for
children and families living in low-income communities. Funding is made under three objectives.
1. Community-driven reform; 2. Vulnerable youth; and 3. Learning beyond the classroom
Deadline: December 31, 2011

                       HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Tiger Woods Foundation
The foundation's focus in on underserved children age 5 - 17. Approved areas of grant-making
include the following: •Education programs and projects that enhance the learning process for
children; and •Youth development via year-round mentoring and/or tutoring programs that help
youths build self-esteem, positive values, expand opportunities, and increase potential.
Deadline: August 1; November 1.

Best Buy – Community Grants Program
The Program is offering to support nonprofits that provide opportunities to young teens related to
learning, life skills, and leadership development. Special consideration will be given to programs
that are high quality and serve a diverse population, build social, academic, leadership and/or life
skills in early adolescents (generally ages 13-17), show positive results against a demonstrated
community need, and reach at-risk children in working families. Awards will average $4,000 -
$6,000, and will not exceed $10,000. In order to be eligible, you must have 501(c)(3) status and
be located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or Distribution Center.
Deadline: August 1, 2011

Hadassah Foundation Requests Proposals for Social Change Projects
The Hadassah Foundation is dedicated to refocusing the priorities of the Jewish community
through innovative and creative funding for women and girls in the U.S. and Israel. Established
by Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, the foundation's mission is to
improve the status, health, and well-being of women and girls; bring their contributions, issues,

and needs from the margins to the center of Jewish concern; and encourage and facilitate their
active participation in decision-making and leadership in all spheres of life. The foundation has
issued a Request for Proposals for gender-sensitive social change projects for women and girls in
the U.S. Jewish community. The foundation will provide a small number of grants to nonprofit
501(c)(3) organizations working on 1) projects that encourage self-confidence, leadership skills,
and healthy lifestyle choices among adolescent girls and young women in the Jewish community
and/or build awareness among influential adults in their lives such as parents, teachers, and other
mentors; and 2) projects that help women help women and/or girls achieve economic security.
Deadline: August 2, 2011

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Call for Proposals for Healthy Eating
Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Grants totaling approximately $2.35 million will be awarded to public entities or nonprofit
organizations working to build research on environmental and policy strategies with strong
potential to promote healthy eating among children.
Deadline: Various (Final program deadline is August 2, 2011)

Planet Dog Foundation Announces Grants for Service Dog Programs
The foundation awards grants of up to $7,500 to help fund service-oriented programs related to
assistance dogs, therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, or police, fire, and military dogs. The
foundation will give priority to programs that creatively serve multiple populations or otherwise
maximize the value of the grants awarded. 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply.
Applicants must be accredited members of Assistance Dogs International. Given its limited
funding focus, the foundation does not provide grants for spay/neuter programs, animal shelters,
or rescue or adoption programs. In 2011, the foundation will be celebrating ten years of giving
with a series of events, promotions and a revised grantmaking schedule. The foundation will not
be accepting proposals for a grant cycle, but will instead offer ten grants in its fall cycle.
Deadline: Letters of Intent for the fall cycle must be submitted by August 12, 2011.

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: Access to Care Grants
The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry seeks to support and promote
services, education, and research with potential to improve the oral health of infants and children
through adolescence, including those with special health care needs. HSHC Access to Care
Grants are matching/challenge grants of up to $20,000 per year to support local service
initiatives that provide dental care to underserved children. Eligible applicants include nonprofit
501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations; local health jurisdictions; county health departments;
hospitals and clinics; state government agencies; colleges/schools of dentistry; colleges/schools
of medicine (pediatric and family medicine departments only); national, state, and local dental
societies; national, state, and local pediatricians' groups; and state and local
gynecological/obstetric groups.
Deadline: August 15, 2011 Letter of Intent

Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards Program
The program is designed to help stimulate innovation in the field of Alzheimer's caregiving by
recognizing and rewarding efforts that lead the way in addressing the needs of Alzheimer's
caregivers. Three awards of $20,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations,
government agencies, or universities responding to a community need with a program or project
that focuses primarily on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and
related dementias. Family or informal caregivers are unpaid caregivers. Only agencies operating
within the continental United States are eligible to apply. One award will be granted in each of
three categories: Creative Expression — The award will recognize programs or projects that use
imaginative and creative approaches in supporting persons with dementia or family/informal
caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Examples include
programs using art, music, theater, journaling, film, or other types of creative expression.
Diverse/Multicultural Communities — The award is for programs or projects that provide
services, support, or other types of outreach to family/informal caregivers of persons with
Alzheimer's disease or related dementias in diverse ethnic, rural, low—income, and LGBT or
other communities. Policy and Advocacy — This award will go to programs or projects that
advocate for systems change for the benefit of family/informal caregivers or care recipients with
Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. These efforts could focus on legislation, executive or
administrative changes, advocacy campaigns, or any other action to strengthen the public or
private sector's recognition and support of family/informal caregivers.
Deadline: August 15, 2011

Open Meadows Foundation: Grants for Women and Girls
The Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization for projects that are led by and
benefit women and girls. It funds projects that reflect the diversity of the community served by
the project in both its leadership and organization; that build community power; that promote
racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and that have limited financial access or have
encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3
organizations with an organizational budget no larger than $150,000. Projects must be designed
and implemented by women and girls.
Deadline: August 15, 2011.

CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Programs Serving Children with Disabilities
Organizations must be providing the following support services and programs for children under
the age of 21 and their families: early intervention — therapeutic and support services designed
to meet the needs of infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability; parental
support and education programs that educate, prepare, and assist parents in the care giving and
support of their children; assistive technology programs that provide access to equipment or
training on assistive technologies that help children learn, communicate, and thrive; and
programs that support the development of social skills and/or independent living skills, including
camp programs. One-year grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000.
Deadline: August 15

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric
Dentistry Invites Letters of Intent for Access to Care Grants
Matching grants of up to $20,000 per year will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that are
based and working in the U.S. or its territories on services, education, and research that has
potential to improve child oral health.
Deadline: August 15, 2011 (Letters of Intent)

Women Helping Others (WHO) Foundation - Programs to Assist Women and Children
The (WHO) Foundation supports grassroots charities that serve the overlooked health and social
service needs of women and children. Grants are provided to organizations serving women
and/or children in the US. They will also consider funding projects of an original or pioneering
nature within the existing organization. Award range from $1,000 to $40,000. Eligibility
includes nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that have been incorporated for at least three years
and organizations that have total organizational budgets of $3 million or less.
Deadline: September 6, 2011

Champion Fur Kids Grant - Build a Bear
The purpose of the Champion Fur Kids Grant is to fund health and wellness programs such as
childhood disease research foundations, child safety organizations and organizations that serve
children with special needs. Our goal is to provide grants to help many programs that are
working hard to make the world a healthier and happier place for kids. Grants will be a one-time
contribution and range from $1,000 to $10,000.
Deadline: October 28, 2011

CVS: Caremark Community Grants
The CVS Caremark Community Grants Program is currently accepting proposals for programs
targeting children with disabilities that address: health and rehabilitation services; a greater level
of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs; opportunities or facilities that give
greater access to physical movement and play; provision to uninsured individuals with needed
care, in particular programs where the care received is of higher quality and delivered by
providers who participate in accountable community health care programs. Maximum award:
$5,000. Eligibility: nonprofit organizations.
Deadline: October 31, 2011

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Improving Community
Funding is made under three objectives. 1. Funding priorities for community-driven reform; 2.
Funding priorities for vulnerable youth; and 3. Funding priorities for learning beyond the
classroom. Awards $15,000 to $250,000
Deadline: December 31, 2011
Letters of Inquiry: The letter should describe the purpose and objectives of the project, general
methodology and total cost of the project.

Highmark Healthy 5 School Challenge program, administered by the Highmark
Grants of up to $10,000 will support schools that offer physical education, nutrition education or
services, programs that promote self-esteem, and programs designed to prevent bullying.
Additional information is available on the foundation's Web site. Who may apply: public,
private, parochial, and charter schools in Pennsylvania.
Deadline: Open

                       ARTS, CULTURE & RECREATION

ASCAP Foundation Accepting Letters of Intent for Music Grant Program
Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to provide music education and
talent development programs for aspiring songwriters and composers.
Deadline: August 1, 2011 (Letters of Intent)

Children's Music Education Program Grants – Mockingbird Foundation
The foundation is accepting inquiries for its fifteenth round of competitive grants. The
foundation is particularly interested in projects that encourage and foster creative expression in
any musical form, but also recognizes broader and more basic needs within conventional
instruction. Mockingbird encourages applications associated with diverse or unusual musical
styles, genres, forms, and philosophies. The foundation is interested in programs targeting
children 18 and under, but will consider projects that benefit college students, teachers,
instructors, and adult students. Mockingbird is particularly (though not exclusively) interested in
programs that benefit disenfranchised groups, including those with low skill levels, income, or
education; with disabilities or terminal illnesses; and in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons,
or other remote or isolated situations. Grants ranging between $100 and $5,000 will be given to
nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, organizations with an eligible fiscal sponsor, and public
schools. In its fourteenth round of funding, the foundation made six new grants totaling $26,300.
Deadline: August 1, 2011

Open Meadows Foundation Support for Community Programs Serving Women and Girls
Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to small-budget nonprofits working on projects led by
and benefitting women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities in the US.
Deadline: August 15, 2011

National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Arts in Media Funding Category
Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to nonprofits, units of state and local government, and
federally recognized tribes working on innovative media projects about the arts and media
projects that can be considered works of art.
Deadline: September 1, 2011

Women's Sports Foundation Grants
The goal of the fund is to provide direct financial assistance to aspiring female athletes who are
US citizens or legal residents.
Deadline: September 23, 2011

Bikes Belong Foundation Research Grants
The bikes belong foundation aims to support its mission and programs by funding a limited
number of research grants each year. Research grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each will focus on
two priority areas: •economic impact: research that examines the economic impact of additional
or improved bicycling facilities or bike-related events. •special opportunities: innovative or
unique research efforts considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants interested in this priority
area should contact the research analyst before submitting an application.
Deadline: September 30, 2011

Skate Park Grants- Tony Hawk Foundation
Funding to facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of high quality, public
skateparks in low-income areas across the U.S.
Deadlines: October 1, 2011

North Face Fund to Help Connect Young People to the Outdoors
Established in 2010, the program is part of the company's mission to encourage an active healthy
lifestyle and protection of the nation's natural landscapes by creating a stronger connection with
the outdoors. In its initial grant cycle, the program awarded a total of $125,000 to fifty-two
projects across the U.S. The company has committed to granting an additional $125,000 in
Explore Fund grants to nonprofit organizations in 2011. Grants of up to $2,500 each will be
awarded to organizations that help children connect to nature, increase access to both front and
backcountry recreation, and provide education for both personal and environmental health. The
proposed program or project should focus on a specific community or place of interest.
Deadline: October 5, 2011

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) –
Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops
The program enables organizations that have held a Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart
event in the previous year to purchase equipment to improve their physical education
opportunities for children, receive the National Association for Sport and Physical Education
(NASPE) quality Physical Education (PE) package, continue membership with AAHPERD, and
attend the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition. Award amounts are up to $2500
and include: up to $1300 towards AAHPERD membership and for travel expenses to the
AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition; $1200 in the form of US Games certificate
redeemable for equipment; and a free NASPE Quality PE package.
Deadline: October 14, 2011

The Fender Music Foundation Grants
The intent of the program must be music instruction, not music appreciation or entertainment,
and the participants/students cannot be professional or career musicians. Participants cannot be
denied participation based on their musical abilities. Furthermore, if there is a fee for
participation that exceeds $250 per year, in order to qualify for a grant, a scholarship program
must be implemented for those families who cannot afford the fee, bringing the cost below $250
per year. Almost all of the selected programs, to which we award grants, fall into the following
categories: in-school music classes, in which the students make music after-school music
programs that are not run by the school music therapy programs, in which the participants make
the music.
Deadline: November 15, 2011

                             TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA

Knight Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts Announce Model Arts
Journalism Competition
Awards of up to $100,000 will be given to nonprofits, businesses, and individuals whose arts
journalism projects use the latest digital tools to engage communities in eight U.S. cities.
Applications are being accepted for projects in the following cities: Akron, Ohio; Detroit,
Michigan; Macon, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Miami, Florida; Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania; San Jose/ Silicon Valley, California; and St. Paul, Minnesota. Although applicants
may be from outside these eight cities, the proposed project must benefit at least one of the
communities directly.
Deadline: August 18, 2011

Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards
The awards promote the innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, graphing
calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom. We encourage you to apply for one of
seven $3,000 awards. Each award will consist of $1,000 in cash for the teacher, $1,000 in
Vernier Products, and up to $1,000 toward expenses to attend the annual NSTA Convention.
Deadline: November 30, 21011

Best Buy - Teach@15 Award
The purpose of the Teach@15 Award program is to improve learning by helping schools
(grades 7-12) meet their technology needs. Teach@15 Awards of $1,500 will be granted to
nominated schools with the most votes during a Voting Period. All awards are in the form of
Best Buy Gift Cards. At the end of each voting period, the school with the most votes will win
$1,500, second most votes wins $1,000 and third most votes wins $500.

Google Grants
The Google Grants program supports organizations sharing our philosophy of community
service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public
health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts.
Deadline: Rolling
For more information, click here.

                                 GENERAL SERVICES

Wal-Mart State Giving Program
The Wal-Mart Foundation has four areas of focus: education, workforce development/economic
opportunity, health and wellness, and environmental sustainability.
Deadline: September 9, 2011

Lawrence Foundation
The Foundation makes grants to support environmental, education, health, human services and
other causes. The foundation interests are diverse and it considers funding projects outside of its
core scope occasionally. Grants typically range between $1,000 and $100,000.
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2011

Verizon Foundation Grants for Education, Violence Prevention, and Health
The Verizon Foundation is interested in funding programs that help individuals increase their
educational achievement, avoid being an abuser or victim of domestic violence, and sustain a
healthy and safe lifestyle. Applications should include information on measuring results and
tracking outcomes.
Deadline: October 16, 2011

Build-A-Bear Workshop Announces 2011 Grantmaking Schedule
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to support children, families, and
animals through programs that are not easily categorized..
Deadline: October 28, 2011

State Farm Foundation: Grants
State Farm is committed to meeting the needs of our communities by focusing our giving in three
areas: Safe Neighbors (safety), Strong Neighborhoods (community development), and Education
Excellence (education). Maximum award: varies.
Deadline: October 31, 2011


To be eligible for PepsiCo funding, an organization’s primary focus must be in the areas of:
health, environment and education. If you are seeking a grant for less than $100,000, you must
first submit a brief Letter of Interest. Please submit this letter via email only to include the name
of your organization and the project name in the subject of the email.
Deadline: December 31, 2011

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
The Foundation offers competitive grants for progressive social change by addressing the
underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. The Employee Advisory
Committee meets nine times a year to review proposals. Maximum award: $15,000
Deadline: December 31, 2011

Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation supports programs that address the following focus areas: education,
literacy, domestic violence prevention, and technology for healthcare and healthcare
Deadline: October 31, 2011
To apply, click here.

CVS Caremark Community Grants
CVS awards funds to nonprofit organizations for programs targeting children with disabilities,
programs focusing on health and rehabilitation services, public schools promoting a greater level
of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs, and initiatives that give greater
access to physical movement and play. In addition, the company makes some contributions to
organizations that provide uninsured individuals with needed care, in particular programs where
the care received is of higher quality and delivered by providers who participate in accountable
community health care programs.
Deadline: October 31, 2011
For more information, click here.

Bank of America Local Grants
The majority of Bank of America's local grant making programs have no deadline; applications
are reviewed throughout the year at regularly scheduled local market leadership meetings. To be
considered for a local grant, your organization should be aligned with the funding priorities in
your market.
Deadline: Rolling
For information on specific priorities, or to apply, click here.


20 Free Grant Writing Resources for Non-Profits
1. Proposal Outline This outline describes the seven basic components for a
grant proposal. From the Resource Development Initiative, a collaboration of the
United Way of Palm Beach County and Children’s Services Council of Palm
Beach County.
2. Grantseeking Basics The four steps in the grant writing process. Provided by
the Minnesota Council on Foundations, based on their popular and time-tested
grantseeking courses and materials.
3. The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need by Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue
Fox. Published by Carroll & Graf Publishers in 2003, you can read the book in its
entirety through Google Books preview.
4. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grant Writing by Waddy Thompson. The printed
version of this book (available for purchase online and off) includes a CD. You
can preview and read the entire text through Google Books.
5. Don Griesmann’s Grant Opportunities a frequently updated list of grants,
delivered by email or online and hosted by CharityChannel.
6. Proposal Writing Basics A free 60 minute class that provides an introduction to
the grant process for new proposal writers. Available in Atlanta, Cleveland New
York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
7. Proposal Budgeting Basics This free class covers an essential component of
any grant proposal, the budget. Available in Atlanta, Cleveland New York, San
Francisco and Washington, DC.
8. Foundations and Their Role in Philanthropy A free online course offered by
The Foundation Center. This course is intended for anyone who wants to know
more about foundations, their giving, and their role in philanthropy and the
nonprofit sector.
9. Getting Ready for Foundation Fundraising A free online course offered by The
Foundation Center. Covers the organizational elements for non profits who
intend to apply from grants from foundations.
10. Introduction to Fundraising Planning Another free online course offered by
The Foundation Center. Provides an overview of the process of strategically
thinking through the components of a fundraising plan, which would include
grants and other sources.
11. Black Sheep Fundraising: Rethinking Major Gifts for Your Stigmatized
Nonprofit by Jay Mendell. The author offers a free download of this book on his

website. Jay S. Mendell is professor of nonprofit management at Florida Atlantic
University, where he teaches graduate courses in grantwriting and major gifts
12. Anatomy of a Grant Proposal by Richard Lambert of The Idea Bank. This 15
page report based upon the author’s workshops, provides descriptions and tips
for each of the key components of a grant proposal.
13. Advocacy Funding This 36 page guide discusses the strategies for funding
advocacy, something that foundations may be cautious about, but that is crucial
to the mission of many non profit organizations. This is one of several free
reports provided by GrantCraft, a project of the Ford Foundation. The reports are
designed for foundations not grantees, but may offer insight into the perspective
of funders.
14. Non-profit Guides are free Web-based grant-writing tools for non-profit
organizations, charitable, educational, public organizations, and other
community-minded groups.
15. A to Z Grantwriting In this free monthly newsletter professional grantwriter
and grantwriting instructor Linda Vallejo includes many new grant opportunities,
listed by category.
16. Sample Proposals View sample foundation and federal grant proposals from
consulting firm, Colorado Grants.
17. Free Guide to Plain English If your proposal is too wordy or jargon filled it
might not get read. Make sure your grant proposal is written in plain English with
this free chapter of the book Editing and Proofreading by Tim North of Scribe
18. The Secrets of Their Success This free 9 page report from the Grantmanship
Center includes 7 pointers from experienced grantseekers. Learn from those who
have “been there done that!”
19. US Census Data includes information needed for grant proposals and
community needs assessment. The Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Tool
Kit has organized data that may be useful to non profits. There are other
resources that can be accessed from the US Census Bureau home page.
20. Grant Proposal Checklist Print out this three-page checklist to be sure that
your proposal has all the needed information. Provided as a free resource from
Grant Writers Online.



Cheating Study Marks Several Philadelphia Schools With Red Flags
Education Week (7/12, Herold, Mezzacappa) reports that a study prepared for the Pennsylvania
Department of Education used "statistical analysis to ferret out possible examples of cheating on
the PSSA exam" in 2009, and found that "dozens of schools" in Philadelphia and across the state
showed anomalous results. The study "highlights roughly 60 schools with suspicious results due
to multiple statistical irregularities, including 22 Philadelphia district schools and seven
Philadelphia charters." The Philadelphia Inquirer (7/12, Graham, Woodall) reports adds that
Pennsylvania education chief Ronald Tomalis "is 'concerned' enough about the" report "that he
will order further review and possibly action." The piece notes that "Nearly half of the roughly
60 schools flagged for multiple statistical irregularities are in Philadelphia - 22 Philadelphia
School District schools and seven charters. Among the schools flagged is Roosevelt Middle
School. As The Inquirer reported in May, multiple Roosevelt teachers said they witnessed many
test security breaches, and they attributed a remarkable two-year rise in state test scores to

Philadelphia District Officials Say Investigation Refutes Cheating Claims
The Philadelphia Inquirer (7/8, Graham) reports, "Philadelphia School District officials said
Thursday that an internal investigation concluded that allegations of state test-score cheating at
two schools were unfounded," though a state lawmaker is calling for the district's reports to be
disclosed. The piece notes that earlier this year several teachers at one of the schools "told The
Inquirer they questioned a remarkable rise in scores on the Pennsylvania System of Standards
Assessment, or PSSA. The teachers said that a 52-point jump in reading and a 51-point jump in
math between 2008-09 and 2009-10 was achieved through breaches in test security."

Philadelphia School To Create New IPad Lab
T.H.E. Journal (6/28, Meyer) reports that Stephen Decatur Elementary in Philadelphia will have
"a new iPad lab" next fall. "The school will also have video-based digital student portfolios, a
student-run virtual help desk, interactive eBooks, and other new educational technology. 'I
wanted to provide students with a cutting-edge technology bundle to build 21st century skills,'
says principal Charles Connor, who is funding the initiative with a $10,000 Lindback Foundation
Award he received in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the School District of

Pennsylvania Questions Quality Of Teacher Evaluation System
The York (PA) Daily Record (6/20, Mason) reports, "Nearly all teachers and principals in
Pennsylvania were rated satisfactory in the 2009-10 school year, and the results for York County
are about the same, according to data collected by the state." Education Secretary Ron Tomalis
remarked, "At first glance, these results appear to be encouraging. However, they raise serious
concerns about the quality of the evaluation system and whether it has any relevance to what
happens in the classroom." Pennsylvania is said to be "pushing for a new teacher evaluation
system that would incorporate student achievement."

Pennsylvania Legislature Mulls Voucher Bills
The Washington Independent (6/22, Zinshteyn) reports on a "raft" of school choice bills in the
Pennsylvania legislature, where lawmakers are working to beat a June 30 deadline for reaching
consensus. The piece compares the relative provisions of versions of a bill to "provide public
dollars for students of lower economic status to attend private schools," noting that the
"Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state's largest teachers' union and an affiliate of
the National Education Association, is opposed to school vouchers of any kind that use taxpayer
dollars, says Wythe Keever, a spokesperson for the NEA."

Pennsylvania Schools Chief Admonishes Districts For Dearth Of Voluntary Wage Freezes
The AP (6/28, Jackson) reports, "Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis said Monday
he was disappointed at local school districts' response to Gov. Tom Corbett's call for school
employees to accept a voluntary one-year wage freeze." Tomalis lamented that only roughly 30
of the state's 500 districts have initiated such measures, the AP reports, quoting him, "I'm a little
dismayed." Meanwhile, "Spokesman David Broderic of the Pennsylvania State Education
Association, the state's largest teachers union, said many of its members are working with school
boards on an array of cost-saving measures, including potential pay freezes, but that many
districts would be forced to also cut programs to offset the proposed reductions in state aid."

New Media, New Literacy: Learning from Youth in Philadelphia & Chester
Can you find a teenager today who doesn't have a cell phone, mp3 player, laptop computer or
digital camera? Teachers in classrooms everywhere are in a near-constant battle to pull students'
attention away from gadgets - but they hold untapped potential as learning tools. What can be
learned from students' interest in technology and communication to enhance their literacy skills
and improve their education? That was the question posed by Joslyn Young as she spent a year
in residence at Research for Action as a Stoneleigh Junior Fellow studying the role of out-of-
school media literacy and its effect on learning. Read more HERE. Research for Action.

                         CHILD WELFARE/HUMAN SERVICES

Larkin Street Stories
Youth from Larkin Street Youth Service share tips on best practices for providers serving
homeless LGBTQ youth in this video series from the Homeless Resource Center.

Why Prevention Matters Series
Prevent Child Abuse America recently launched a new series of papers on different aspects of
child abuse prevention written by experts across the country. Each paper provides a brief, general
synopsis of research and current thinking on the prevention topic, followed by questions and
answers with the author. The series includes the following:
     Dollars and Lives: The Economics of Healthy Children by Phaedra S. Corso
     Prevention Programs and Strategies: State Legislative Experiences by Kelly Crane
     A Better Future for America, A Better Future for America’s Children: Strengthening our
        Capacity to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect by Lisbeth B. Schorr
     Prevention Creates the Future by Transforming Culture by Jeff Linkenbach

    The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study: Child Abuse and Public Health by Robert
   Better Lives for Children Lead to a Better Climate for Business by Michael E. Axelrod
   The Making the Case: Why Prevention Matters series can be found on the Prevent Child
     Abuse America website:

System of Care Family Engagement Strategies
The National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Child Welfare Systems of Care
Grantees (NTAEC) has published an article on strategies and approaches child welfare agencies
use to integrate meaningful family involvement into their service delivery systems. "New Roles
for Families in Child Welfare: Strategies for Expanding Family Involvement Beyond the Case
Level," by Erin Williamson and Aracelis Gray, is based on document reviews and interviews
with 44 individuals from nine agencies that received grants as part of the Children's Bureau's
Improving Child Welfare Outcomes Through Systems of Care initiative. Grantees were
interviewed about their family involvement planning and capacity-building
 Findings suggest that child welfare agencies primarily used human resource
development to enhance family involvement. Specifically, they focused on three areas:
     Program staffing
     Family engagement
     Agency buy-in
Recommendations include
     Training for both child welfare personnel and participating family members for capacity
     Mechanisms that allow a direct way for child welfare staff and participating family
         members to voice concerns and give constructive feedback
     Hiring family members with child welfare experience as trained peer mentors
     Dedicated resources to establish and sustain family involvement efforts and ensure full
         integration into the child welfare system
The authors call for further evaluation for enhancing family involvement, identifying and
disseminating best practices, and building capacity for agencies to integrate family involvement
in service delivery. 
 "New Roles for Families in Child Welfare: Strategies for Expanding
Family Involvement Beyond the Case Level," was published in Children and Youth Services
Reviews, Vol. 33, and is available for purchase online:

The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health recently
published Evidence-Based Practices/Practice-Based Evidence/Community-Defined Evidence
Practices Currently Being Used by Systems of Care: A Snapshot of System of Care Communities
Funded 2005–2009, which provides a table of programs in 32 States. (738 KB)

Runaway Youth in Foster Care
The National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) conducted a research study in 2010 on runaway
foster youth to learn why youth run away, what can be done to prevent youth from running away,

and where youth go when they leave. As a part of the study, 50 youth who had run away from
foster care in the previous 12 months were interviewed. Half were living in Chicago and half in
Los Angeles County, and all were between the ages of 14 and 17 years old. The results of these
interviews have been published by the National Runaway Switchboard in a short paper.
interviews with runaway foster youth show some consistent findings:
     The two reasons youth gave for running away were wanting to be with family or friends
        and being unhappy with their current placement.
     Most youth returned to foster care voluntarily because they wanted to go back to school
        or home or wanted to stay out of trouble.
     A majority of the youth ran away to a friend's house or spent the night at a relative's
     Many of the youth felt they needed someone to talk to and that they could not talk to their
        foster parents.
     Youths felt that caseworkers did not provide enough support and that the caseworkers
        should have visited more frequently.
This brief, Running Away From Foster Care: Youths' Knowledge and Access of Services, can be
downloaded from the NRS website: (358 KB)
original 2010 report, Why They Run: An In-Depth Look at America's Runaway Youth, can be
found on the website:

                                   EARLY CHILDHOOD

Home Visiting Community Planning Tool
ZERO TO THREE now offers an online planning tool to guide communities through the process
of creating new or expanding existing home visiting services for at-risk young children and their
families. Users enter information about their community and existing home visiting services as
well as answer questions to help them consider implementation issues at the program and system
levels. The tool covers topics such as:
      Community demographics, strengths, and needs
      Strengths and gaps in existing home visiting services
      Public engagement and the recruitment and retention of families
      Staff qualifications and professional development
      Partnerships, collaboration, and coordinated governance
      Financing and sustainability
      Evaluation and quality assurance
In light of recent Federal funding for States and Tribes through the new Maternal, Infant, and
Early Childhood Home Visiting program, many of the questions in the tool also help
communities consider how to connect their work at the local level to larger State efforts.
Ultimately, ZERO TO THREE hopes the tool will help community leaders select and implement
an evidence-based home visiting program according to the needs and strengths of their
 Access the Home Visiting Community Planning Tool on the ZERO TO THREE
community-planning-tool-fillable-pdf.pdf (712 KB)


Researchers: Early Emotional, Social Development Can Cut Black Achievement Gap
Education Week (6/16, Zehr) reports that a group of education researchers attending a
Washington, DC, symposium "on closing the achievement gap between African-American males
and other student groups" told attendees that "schools should increase their attention to social
and emotional development in the early grades as one way to prevent black boys from falling
behind their peers." Panelists "also said that a significant portion of the dollars spent on
incarcerating black males in this country would be better spent on high-quality early-childhood
education. Given the typically low graduation rates and low scores on the National Assessment
of Educational Progress of black boys and youth, the symposium's goal was to identify
promising practices and policies to get black males off to a strong start. It focused on how to
influence the path for the nation's 3.5 million black boys under the age of 9."

New Resources from the Afterschool Investments Project
The Afterschool Investments Project (AIP), a service of the Office of Child Care, provides
technical assistance to Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) grantees and other state and
local leaders to support afterschool efforts. AIP is pleased to announce several new resources on
the project website:

Report Details Disappointing History Scores Among US Students
A new report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress detailing scores on
standardized history tests taken by students across the country has generated significant
coverage, including a total of over five minutes on all three network news broadcasts. Most
coverage laments the failure of many students to know basic facts about US history. ABC World
News (6/14, story 5, 1:45, Sawyer) reported that the report highlights a "glaring failure in
teaching American children," and reporting that the results are "The test, known as the Nation's
Report Card, was given to over 32,000 4th, 8th and 12th graders across America. Only 20% of
4th graders, 17% of 8th graders and just 12% of high school seniors graded proficient in the
subject." The piece notes that despite some improvements, "the findings are sobering." The CBS
Evening News (6/14, story 11, 0:55, Pelley) added, "More than 7,000 4th graders were tested by
the National Assessment Governing Board created by Congress to assess education. One
question asked 'America fought against Hitler and Germany in which war?' Nearly three quarters
answered something other than the Second World War." Many students also could not identify
Abraham Lincoln when shown a photograph.

Afterschool Youth Outcomes Inventory
The Partnership for After School Education (PASE) presents the Afterschool Youth Outcomes
Inventory, a comprehensive tool for afterschool practitioners to use in assessing and articulating
their programs' impact on youth. This inventory represents a collective effort to identify a full
realm of outcomes for children and youth and present these outcomes in clear and accessible
language. Programs can use this inventory to communicate their impact to variety of
stakeholders as well as to more readily identify and measure impact.

Youth Organizing Education Reform 

This issue of VUE: Voices in Urban Education features articles that illustrate the important effect
youth groups can have in education reform. 

Americans Are Less Optimistic About the Future of Today’s Youth

According to a recent Gallup poll, for the first time in American history, a majority of the
population believes that it's unlikely that today’s youth will achieve the same living standard as
their parents.

RAND Study Addresses Loss Of Knowledge During Summer Break
Maureen Downey writes at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (6/14, Downey) about powerful
resistance among students to summer school, which is often "perceived as a punishment for
failing to get it right during the regular school year. ... But a quality summer learning program
can play a role in closing the gap between low-income students and their middle-class peers,
according to a new study released today by the RAND Corporation, 'Making Summer Count:
How Summer Programs Can Boost Student Learning.'" The study details ways to combat the
loss of academic acumen during the summer months.

Examining the Well-Being of Immigrant Children
The latest issue of The Future of Children focuses on immigrant children living in the United
States and efforts to improve the well-being of these youth, who are the fastest-growing
population group in the country. Family arrangements for children, immigrants' role in welfare
programs, and education and demographic trends are examined in the articles, among other
issues. The Future of Children: Immigrant Children, Vol. 21, spring 2011, can be downloaded
for free from The Future of Children website: (1.3 MB)

Serving Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth
The National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have teamed to
publish A Place of Respect: A Guide for Group Care Facilities Serving Transgender and Gender
Non-Conforming Youth. This guide offers tips for ensuring that transgender youth seeking
services are treated fairly and not subjected to events that may be disrespectful or harmful. The
guide tackles nine sample problems that are commonly faced by transgender or gender
nonconforming youth and offers practical solutions that are easy to implement and that follow
facility regulations.
The guide is broken into five sections:
     Understanding Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth
     The Challenges of Living With a Stigmatized Identity
     Group Care Facilities' Legal Responsibility to Treat Transgender and Gender Non-
         Conforming Youth Fairly and Keep Them Safe
     Best Practices for Working With Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth
     Best Practices for Administrators for Changing Culture, Adopting Practice Guidelines
         and Policies, and Training and Evaluating Staff

The guide also includes a full appendix with definitions, resources, and an example of guidelines
that are respectful of transgender and gender nonconforming youth.
The publication, by Jody Marksamer, with Dean Spade and Gabriel Arkles, can be downloaded
from the National Center for Lesbian Rights website:


Employment Projections Resources
Employment projections are the most frequently-requested type of workforce statistic besides the
unemployment rate. Now you can easily find all types of employment projections for every state
through Internet Links for State and Local Employment Projections, issued recently by the
Employment and Training Administration. Employment projections can be used for career
counseling; to plan employment, education and training programs; for economic development
and other state or regional planning; as supporting documentation to apply for Federal grants;
and for many other purposes. For additional labor market information related resources, check
out the LMI Win-Win Network Community of Practice.

Individual Learning Plan Fact Sheet 

The purpose of Individual Learning Plans, how they are used, and state examples are offered in
this fact sheet from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth.

Recovery Act Technical Assistance Resources Available for All
A number of technical assistance, or TA, resources have been developed for the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grantees, and several of these items may be useful to
non-grantees. These grants, awarded in January 2010 as part of the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act, are designed to support projects that prepare workers for careers in energy
efficiency and renewable energy industries.
Below are some resources that are now available on Workforce3 One:
ARRA Grantees Promising Practices Abstracts Compendium May 2011: This compendium
of abstracts, developed by the National Governors Association, Corporation for a Skilled
Workforce, and Collaborative Economics, includes an initial set of 20 promising practices
representing a diverse range of industries, target populations, and critical success factors. The
compendium is organized by grant type and by seven critical success factors which include:
Continuum of Participant Support; Data-Driven Decision Making; Employer Engagement;
Leveraging Resources; Partnership Building; Policy Alignment; and, Sustainable Systems
Success with Hard-to-Serve Clients through Community Partnerships: The Recovery Act
placed a priority on serving job seekers with employment barriers, and this recorded webinar
features practitioners with experience helping jobseekers overcome barriers to employment
including criminal histories, transportation issues, mental health problems and substance abuse,
and family issues. The presenters include workforce system professionals, and
community‐ based and faith‐ based leaders who have created community partnerships and
systems of care to meet the overlapping needs of these special populations.

The Sustainability Toolkit: This toolkit is designed to help users prepare for organizing and
developing sustainability plans, once the grant funds end for a particular project or initiative. It
includes materials highlighting potential strategies, promising practices, key questions, guides
and tips. There's even an interactive Planning Guide that prompts the user with sustainability-
planning questions, and lets you type your answers onscreen for printing or pasting to your own
Sustainability Planning documents. All these resources encourage using creative approaches to
maximize vision, goals, and resources beyond the Federal investment.
Outreach Training: This recorded webinar includes outreach experts presenting an easy-to-
follow training on how to adapt the proven practices of marketing professionals for letting more
people know about the services you provide.


OJJDP released Highlights of the 2009 National Youth Gang Survey at the National Gang
Symposium on June 7–10, 2011. Since 1996, the National Gang Center, through the National
Youth Gang Survey (NYGS), has collected data annually for the survey from a large,
representative sample of local law enforcement agencies to track the size and scope of the
national gang problem.
Based on law enforcement reports, in 2009—
     There were an estimated 28,100 gangs and 731,000 gang members throughout 3,500
        jurisdictions nationwide.
     The prevalence rate of gang activity increased to 34.5 percent from 32.4 percent in 2008.
     Sixty-six percent of the 167 responding cities with populations of more than 100,000
        reported a total of 1,017 gang homicides.
     The fact sheet contains a trend analysis that reveals several distinctive patterns in the
        prevalence of gang activity over the 14-year survey period:
     A peak in reported gang activity in 1996.
     A sharp decline nationwide throughout the late 1990s.
     A sudden upturn beginning in 2001 that continued until 2005, almost reaching the high
        level observed in 1996.
     A leveling off thereafter.
Over the 8-year period from 2002 to 2009, the number of jurisdictions with gang problems and
the number of gangs increased more than 20 percent, while the number of gang members
averaged approximately 750,000. Closer examination of the data covering this period has
revealed some important findings with respect to the seriousness of gang activity:
     Gang-related homicides remain highly concentrated in the most populated jurisdictions,
        with larger cities and suburban counties accounting for more than 96 percent of all gang-
        related homicides recorded in the NYGS in 2009.
     Gang-related homicides are up in larger cities with populations greater than 100,000—a
        7-percent increase from 2005 to 2009, and an 11-percent jump from 2008 to 2009.
In sum, gangs and their activities remain a serious concern for law enforcement agencies and the
public in many jurisdictions across the United States. This new national data reveals that gang
violence rates have continued at exceptional levels over the past decade.


Mark Your Calendars for the 2012 National Mentoring Summit
The second annual National Mentoring Summit has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, and
Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at the historic Fairmont in Washington, D.C. Host Committee
members MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the Corporation for National and
Community Service, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention invite mentoring organizations from across America to save these dates
during next year's National Mentoring Month. The theme for the Summit will be Invest in the
Future: Mentor a Child, which captures the long-term benefits for young people, their mentors
and their communities that an investment in quality mentoring can offer. Invest in the Future:
Mentor a Child also ties back to this year's inaugural Summit at the Library of Congress, where
First Lady Michelle Obama issued the Corporate Mentoring Challenge, calling U.S. businesses
to invest in youth mentoring with financial support and human resources. The National
Mentoring Summit will be larger in 2012, with an expected 450 participants. More details on
registration, as well as a call for presenter proposals, will be announced soon. For more
information, contact MENTOR's Vice President of External Relations Tonya Wiley at For information on quality youth mentoring, visit

Video Training Helps Mentors Talk with Mentees
July 12, 2011: A new online training resource from Education Northwest uses video stories with
real mentors, real youth and real situations to illustrate common challenges and proven strategies
mentors can use in their interactions and relationship-building with mentees. Titled Talking it
Through: Communication Skills for Mentors, this resource is free and requires only that the user
sign up to begin training. Education Northwest in Portland, formerly the Northwest Regional
Educational Laboratory, notes that in using this resource, mentors will learn how to:
     Handle difficult situations and challenges through consistent recommended approaches.
     Empathize with mentees by noticing verbal and nonverbal cues.
     Redirect mentee requests that are outside the boundaries of the mentor/mentee
        relationship and know when to refer them to program staff and/or adhere to mandatory
        reporting requirements.
     Help youth identify their options and provide recommendations without judgment or
Talking it Through includes 13 video stories that are between three and seven minutes in length,
tips and resources, learning checks and a printable journal feature. To access Talking it Through,
go to For more information on youth mentoring,


New Kinship/Guardianship and Fostering Connections Section of NRCPFC Website: The
new webpage of the Fostering Connections section of the NRCPFC website provides a variety of
resources, organized into the following sections: Promising Practices and Policies from States
and Tribes; T/TA & Web Based Resources from NRCs, Children’s Bureau, and the T/TA

Network; Resources from Collaborating Organizations; and, Evidence Based Practice, Research
and Reports. It also links to the NRCPFC Kinship, Guardianship, and Family Search and
Engagement Hot Topic webpages, which offer additional resources. The Fostering Connections
section of the NRCPFC website is a work in progress and will be updated continuously.
NRCPFC will announce the availability of information on new topical areas in Weekly Update.
We welcome suggestions for resources and information that could be included on the website.

                                    PHYSICAL HEALTH

Online Access to Benefit Programs
Nearly every State offers websites with information on low-income benefit programs for children
and families. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) recently researched those
websites and published a report detailing the different ways the public can access the following
services online:
     Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps)
     Medicaid
     Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
     Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
     Childcare assistance
Just as there is great variation in the types of services States provide through low-income benefit
programs, there is great variation in the ways the public can interact with these State programs
on the Internet. In addition to listing program websites in all 50 States and the District of
Columbia, CBPP summarizes whether or not individuals can perform the following tasks online:
     Determine their potential eligibility for a program
     Apply for a program or print application forms
     Check the status of their application
     View or update account information
     Renew benefits
     Read policy manuals
     Access data on program use
The full report, Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs: What States Provide
Online With Respect to SNAP, TANF, Child Care Assistance, Medicaid, and CHIP, is available
on the CBPP website:

Young Adults Accessing Health Care

The recent health care provision that allows youth under 26 to remain on their parents’ health
insurance is resulting in thousands of youth enrolling at higher rates than the government
expected, according to an article in Kaiser Health News.

US Teen Birth Rates Decline

The national birth rate among young adults ages 15-19 has hit an all-time low. This Child Trends
fact sheet uses data from the National Center for Health Statistics to look at national, state, and
city trends related to teen childbearing.


Trauma-Informed Care Tip Sheets
Children exposed to violence are impacted in myriad ways that can be difficult to detect. Safe
Start Center has developed and made available eight tip sheets aimed at those who care for and
work with children who have been exposed to violence. Each tip sheet provides users with a list
of age-specific warning signs, how to help, and advice on mandated reporting. Such a diverse
topic needs multipronged approaches and resources, and Safe Start's tip sheets cover a range of
trauma exposure scenarios and situations. Tip sheets include:
     Tips for child welfare staff
     Tips for engaging men and fathers
     Tips for teachers
     Tips for agencies working with immigrant families
Safe Start's trauma-informed care tips sheets are available on the Safe Start website:

“Crossing the Divide”

The Center for Mental Health Services has released a new issue of Research You Can Use. This
tip sheet discusses programs that bridge the divide between child and adult mental health
services and outlines guidelines for how those programs started. 

Transition Challenges

A blog entry from the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth describes the
challenges that youth with mental health conditions face during the transitions years and
provides key publications and resources. 

Strengthening Connections for Youth

Georgetown University Public Policy Institute's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform has released
a paper that focuses on the importance of youth involved in juvenile justice, child welfare, and/or
mental and behavioral health systems remaining connected to their family and
Do Cultural Competency Interventions Work? 

Results from this review by the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research
indicate that culturally-adapted interventions improve rehabilitation outcomes for minority and
immigrant individuals with a wide variety of disabilities.

“After A Suicide: A Toolkit For Schools”

This toolkit developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Suicide
Prevention Resource Center gives schools information, tools, and guidelines on what to do after
experiencing a suicide. 

Using Computerized Evaluations for Health Screening

To help deal with higher rates of students seeking mental health services, more college
counseling centers are using computerized questionnaires to identify serious problems, according
to this article from the Associated Press.

Telepsychiatry Broadening Access to Care

This CBC News article looks into telepsychiatry, a type of consultation conducted through video
teleconferencing and the advantages it has in broadening access to care for individuals in rural

National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (1997 to 2009)
The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) collects annual
information on the location, characteristics, services offered, and utilization of all known
substance abuse treatment facilities, both public and private. The newly created 1997–2009
combined N-SSATS data file and documentation are available for download and online analysis.
Data available include:
     Treatment services and modalities
     Operation and ownership
     Accreditation
     Client counts
Geographic data include state, county, Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), state
and county codes, metropolitan statistical area (MSA), core-based statistical area (CBSA),
census region, and census division. Individual years of N-SSATS data can be accessed online.
Access the Combined 1997–2009 Data | Download the 2009 Report (9.73 MB)

                                 SAMHSA's New Publications
Health Reform: What It Means for People With Substance Use and Mental Disorders
(Audio CD)
Explains the changes that will take effect as a result of health reform and how they may affect
treatment and recovery for people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Suggests
ways for consumers to stay informed. Inventory#: SMA11-4623CD

Health Reform: What It Means for People With Substance Use and Mental Disorders
Explains the changes that will take effect as a result of health reform and how they may affect
treatment and recovery for people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Suggests
ways for consumers to stay informed. Inventory#: SMA11-4623VHS
Health Reform: What It Means for People With Substance Use and Mental Disorders

Explains the changes that will take effect as a result of health reform and how they may affect
treatment and recovery for people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Suggests
ways for consumers to stay informed. Inventory#: SMA11-4623DVD
State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008-2009 National

Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Presents state estimates for 25 measures of substance use or mental disorders based on 2008 and
2009 statistics and estimates of change from previous years¿ data. Reports on illicit drug, alcohol
and tobacco use; treatment need; and mental health factors. Inventory#: SMA11-4641

National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowships
United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the National Afterschool
Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowships in the Philadelphia area. The National Institute on
Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, the
National Writing Project (NWP), United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the
Philadelphia Writing Project, with generous funding support from the Robert Bowne Foundation,
launched the National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowship in Philadelphia in
September 2008. Currently, the Philadelphia Fellowship is being sustained primarily by local
funders with some assistance from the Bowne Foundation. For more information please see the
program overview and complete the National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship
application (below). For more information call 215-665-2554 or email
     Program Overview
     National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship Application
     Agency Memorandum of Understanding

School-Based Trauma Intervention
The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is an evidence-
based intervention for delivery by mental health professionals in schools. CBITS is designed to
reduce trauma symptoms, including depression and behavioral problems, and improve
functioning and coping skills. Using cognitive-behavioral techniques such as relaxation and
social problem solving, CBITS can help students in 5th through 12th grade who have been
exposed to various kinds of trauma, including abuse, accidents, and disasters. The program
consists of 10 group sessions and a smaller number of individual, parent, and teacher sessions.
Materials and resources are available free of charge to professionals who register on the website.
The CBITS website also includes success stories of jurisdictions where CBITS has been used,
including in Louisiana to help children after Hurricane Katrina.


Conferencing Best Practices: In this session, there will be best practices for using web
conferencing technology.

Facebook Advertising: Simple, Effective and Inexpensive: Anyone with access to Facebook can
prepare a Facebook Advertisement in under five minutes.

Pack your Bag: Telling the Story in Print, Picture, Video and Audio: Get me 400 words on this
by noon! And two or three hi-res pics to go with it, too. You’ll need to turn that copy into a 60-
second TV piece.

Surviving Budget Cuts: New Partnerships – New Money: Budget cuts, reorganizations, and
uncertainty can be discouraging or a catalyst for exploring new partnerships and new sources of

                                         August 2011

After School 2011 "Be a Hero"
Professional Development Institute
August 1-2, Chico CA.
Strengthen your After School Programs with hands-on learning and best practice strategies.
Registration and more information HERE.

37th Annual NACAC Conference
North American Council on Adoptable Children
August 4–6, Denver, CO

Attend the Global Implementation Conference
August 15–17, 2011, Washington, DC
The Global Implementation Conference will provide opportunities for focused, facilitated
discussion coupled with panels and plenary presentations to help integrate implementation
knowledge across disciplines and nations. Organized around five Practice Groups (Researchers,
Practitioners, Purveyors, Policymakers, and Organizational Leaders), the conference will provide
a platform before, during, and after the conference for sharing critical information, building a
common language for research and practice, and identifying challenges.
Learn More About the Global Implementation Conference | Register Today

12th National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention
National Children's Advocacy Center
August 23–25, New Orleans, LA

National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit: Building Evidence, Strengthening Practice, and
Informing Policy
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
August 29–31, Washington, DC

34th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference
Unintended Bias

National Association of Counsel for Children

August 29–September 1, San Diego, CA (2.93 MB)

24th Annual National Independent Living Conference
 Growing Pains 2011

Daniel Memorial Institute

August 30–September 2, Grapevine, TX

                                        September 2011

Putting the Pieces Together for Children and Families - The National Conference on
Substance Abuse, Child Welfare, and the Courts
Children & Family Futures
September 14–16, National Harbor, MD

                                         October 2011

Alliance and UNCA National Conference 

Alliance for Children and Families and United Neighborhood Centers of America

October 17–19, Washington, DC

CSWE 57th Annual Program Meeting
 Increasing Access: Confronting Disparity and

Council on Social Work Education

October 27–30, Atlanta, GA

                                       November 2011

Southeastern Pennsylvania OST Summit and Resource Fair
November 1, 2011
A Regional Event for Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties
Location: Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19131

Public Education Network's National Conference
November 6 - 8, 2011 in Washington, D.C. at the Fairmont Hotel
The conference theme is New American Revolution: College and Career Readiness for All. Our
opening plenary session will feature Vicki Phillips, director of Education, College Ready, from
the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as other notable session speakers. Additional
information coming soon to our website. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.
this fall.

Conference on Differential Response in Child Welfare

American Humane Association

November 8–10, Chicago, IL

14th Annual Statewide Conference Networking - Communicating with a Strong Voice
Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance.
November 11 & 12.


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