Saturday, January 28, 2012

Grant Opportunities

1. Garden Grant Opportunity from the Whole Kids Foundation. These grants are open to nonprofit school or school districts (public, private or charter – elementary, middle or secondary) and/or a 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a school garden project that will help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables.

2. Childhood Obesity Rapid Response Grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association. Grants will be geared toward activities like grassroots organizaing, coalition building, public opinion research or media relations to influence public policies affecting healthy weight and living among children.

3. Scotts Miracle-Gro is accepting applications for the 2012 Grassroots Grants program. Grants of up to $1,500 are awarded to local communities to help bring edible gardens, flower gardens and public green spaces to even more neighborhoods in the United States. The application deadline is February 24, 2012

4. The Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant provides a $5,000 grant to one local fire department to support a community-wide fire and life safety education program or campaign. Funded by the RJA Group, the grant is open to any fire dept. (career or volunteer) located in the United States or Canada. The application deadline is February 3, 2012,%20awards,%20grants/For%20public%20educators/Rolf%20H.%20Jensen%20Memorial%20Public%20Education%20Grant&cookie_test=1

5. Classics for Kids Foundation aims to bridge the funding gap and enhance school music programs by providing matching grants for beautiful new stringed instruments.
If your school or non-profit organization believes in the role of fine instruments in your program, and can show evidence of need and commitment to raising matching funds, you are a strong candidate for the Classics for Kids matching grant program.
The next application deadline is March 31, 2012

6. The Safeway Foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with their four priority areas: Hunger Relief, Education, Health and Human Services, Assisting People with Disabilities. All organizations funded by The Safeway Foundation must serve the community where Safeway operates stores.
The next application deadline is March 31, 2012

7. The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to ensure fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need. They look for carefully defined points where their funds can make a difference in bringing about systemic changes that can improve lives. They focus on three program areas: Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Health Reform and Workers’ Rights. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Applicants should submit letters of inquiry six to eight weeks before proposal deadlines. The next proposal deadline is March 26, 2012.

8. The Thornton S. Glide, Jr. and Katrina D. Glide Foundation is a perpetual California charitable trust. Its purpose is to provide benefits for qualified organizations committed to animal protection organizations, other land and wildlife conservancy groups, agricultural purposes, preservation of land in its natural state, and opera, symphony, and other similar civic organizations. The foundation has two programs; a regular grant program for funding up to $25,000 and a major grant program for funding up to $50,000 intended for capital expenditures.
The next application deadline is August 15, 2012.

9. RBC Blue Water Project™ Guidelines & Eligibility.RBC Blue Water Project offers:
Leadership Grants. These grants range from $25,000 to $500,000, are awarded annually and are directed to organizations that are leaders in providing programs in North America and other countries where we do business; and
Community Action Grants. These grants range from $1,000 to $5,000, and focus on local watershed protection. They are available on an on-going basis to local or community organizations in Canada, the United States or the Caribbean.

10. Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation Toolbox for Education grant program. Through the program, Lowe's will donate a total of $5 million to U.S. public schools and public school parent teacher groups at more than one thousand public schools.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Writer Grants & Money

Susan Pliner, Executive Director
Money for Women/Barbara Deming
Memorial Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 309, Wilton, NH 03086
The Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund awards grants
of up to $1,500 to poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, visual
artists -- as well as for a mixed-genre category (illustration
and text) -- who are feminist women. Application fee is $20.
Two application deadlines each year: December 31 (art and fiction)
and June 30 (nonfiction and poetry). Fund does not maintain email,
phone, or website. To request application materials, write above
address and include SASE.


On February 1, 2012, Creative Capital will begin accepting
online Letters of Inquiry for grants in Emerging Fields,
Literature and Performing Arts. To be eligible to apply, an
artist must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident,
at least 25 years old, a working artist with at least five
years of professional experience, and not a full-time student.
Selected grantees receive up to $50,000 in direct support and
a suite of services valued at more than $40,000. The Inquiry
Form will be open until March 1, 2012.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King

Address at March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (Aug 1963)

Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed - we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.

This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!"

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."

Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech (Dec 1964)

I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land.

Most of these people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in Who's Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live -- men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization -- because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness' sake.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

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