A collection of news items about grants, scholarships, proposal writing, and other topics compiled by Jon Harrison, Funding Center Supervisor, MSU Libraries. For more information, visit the Grants and Related Resources web page or contact Jon Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thurs., Jan. 8 – 8am-5pm
MSU Chemistry Building, Room 138
Write Winning Grant Proposals
This full-day seminar is designed for faculty members, graduate students, and administrative staff who want tips and strategies for presenting their research case to reviewers. During the seminar, you will learn more about the practical and conceptual aspects that drive the successful proposal writing process. (Registration required: $90 charge includes refreshments, lunch, and required workbook.)
Presenter: John D. Robertson, Ph.D., associate member of the Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC
The Awesome Foundation’s 10 trustees contribute $100 apiece to disburse a $1,000 grant to a different community-oriented project every month. The idea proved influential, spawning 75 local foundation chapters across the globe loosely organized under the Institute On Higher Awesome Studies. The foundation arrived in Michigan in 2011 with the inception of the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation, and Awesome Foundation Detroit followed in 2012.
The Awesome model is a simplified, smaller-scale version of traditional philanthropic foundations. Detroit and Ann Arbor’s trustees meet monthly to sort through anywhere from 10-30 proposals, funding whatever project best spreads “awesomeness” in their respective communities.
“We don’t follow any rules,” said Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation dean Mark Maynard. “We don’t answer to a board. People make a choice as to where they give their personal money, and then they do it.”
The process is simple on the applicant’s side as well. The application form consists of three questions, asking applicants to describe themselves, their project and what they would do with the foundation’s money in 3,000 characters or less. Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation trustee Linh Song said the streamlined approach makes funding available to those who might not meet some of the criteria for a more traditional grant.
“You don’t have to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit,” Song said. “You don’t have to have a Ph.D. You don’t have to be the best in your field. You just have to have a good idea that you’re willing to share with the community.”
For the full article, see Patrick Dunn, "Spreading awesomeness through small grants", Detroit News, October 21, 2014.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced it is taking applications from licensed animal shelters for up to $175,000 in grants for such efforts as ensuring animals being adopted out are sterilized, training shelter or law enforcement staff, and purchasing equipment.
Applications for the grants, of up to $10,000, are due November 10. Those seeking more information can contact Debbie Mulvaney at (517) 284-5682 or email@example.com .
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 207, October 20, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
Please feel free to share information about the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest with your patrons, friends groups, book discussion group, writers groups and board members. We’ve had many writers tell us that they learned about the contest through their public library and we greatly appreciate your help in getting out the word! There is a complete media kit available here including posters, flyers and web graphics in several sizes.
Now in its third year, the basic principles of Write Michigan remain – Write a short story, Vote for your favorite, Win and be published. Write Michigan is open to all ages with three categories: a Youth Category for writers ages 11 and under, a Teen Category for writers ages 12-17 and an Adult Category for ages 18 and up. Youth and Teen submissions are free. The Adult story submission fee is $10.
Deadline for submissions is November 30. There are three cash prizes awarded for each category: Judges’ Choice ($250), Judges’ Choice Runner-up ($100) and the popular vote Readers’ Choice Award ($250). Winning stories are published in an anthology by Chapbook Press.
Winners will be honored during an Awards Ceremony and book signing at Schuler Books and Music, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The keynote speaker and writer of the foreword to the 2015 Write Michigan Anthology, will be Susan Dennard, author of the Something Strange and Deadly series.
For inspiration, we suggest both the 2014 Write Michigan and the 2013 Write Michigan Anthologies, available from Chapbook Press for $14.95 each. For details on how to submit a story, please review the Contest Guidelines. For complete information on the contest, visit http://www.writemichigan.org.
Kent District Library
814 West River Center Dr NE
Comstock Park, MI 49321
616-647-4146, 616-490-9399 (cell)
NEW DATE! Thurs., Oct. 23 – 3-5pm
Research Proposal Budget-Building
Main Library North Conference Room, 4th Floor
Learn how to construct an accurate budget for your next research proposal - and where to get the tools and references you need to do it.
Pat Hampton, Proposal Administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
MaryJo Banasik, Research Administration Manager, College of Veterinary Medicine
(No registration necessary)
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