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 email@example.com
The NSF GRFP is submitted by individual graduate students, but they need your help to be competitive.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which expects to fund 2,000 fellowships this year, is the largest graduate fellowship program in the U.S. It funds early graduate students (current senior undergraduates and graduate students up to the second semester of their second year) who are pursuing graduate degrees in fields of study funded by NSF (engineering; physical, life, computer, and social sciences; geosciences; psychology; and STEM education and learning) . Awardees, who must be US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents (i.e., they must have a green card at the time of application), receive a $32,000 per year stipend for up to 3 years, usable over a 5-year period (if funds are available, they plan to increase this to $34,000 in 2015). In addition, their institutions receive a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance that covers tuition and fees (if the institution’s tuition and fees are higher then that, they must waive the cost to the student). Students pursuing research-based MS or PhD degrees are eligible.
This year, GRFP applications are due October 29th, October 30th, November 3rd, and November 4th, depending on the discipline.
See the solicitation for details on eligibility, due dates, and disciplines funded.
For more information, visit Research Development and Grant Writing News, September 15, 2014.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Finding Your First Grant Opportunity
Main Library, North Conference Room, 4th Floor, West Side
Learn from the MSU experts about where you can find federal, corporate, foundation, and internal grants to support your research project.
Doug Gage, assistant vice president, Office of Interdisciplinary Research and Internal Grants
Jon Harrison, librarian (Grants and Related Resources)
Tim Wuchter, development officer, MSU Advancement
Our Ask Us team gets this question a LOT during the summer, more often than at other times of the year. Maybe it’s because most nonprofits have likely sent in their own 990s in mid-May.
May 15 is the first due date for filing 990s if your exempt org’s fiscal year ends on Dec. 31. But your org can request an automatic 3-month extension, plus an additional 3-month extension if needed. The second extension isn’t automatic, but it’s almost always granted. This means that Nov. 15 can be the latest date to file without penalties.
The filing date is just the IRS’s receipt date that gets stamped on the 990. It’ll take several more weeks for the IRS to scan it and then send it on DVDs, along with hundreds of other 990s, to us and other orgs that put 990s online, like GuideStar and Economic Research Institute. Thus, if your foundation prospect is a Nov. 15 filer (and a lot of foundations are), you might not see its 2013 990 online until early spring 2015. In other words, 12-15 months later.
This also partially explains the delay in providing updated foundation trends at Foundation Stats. (More about this in a future post.) We’d love a direct feed from the IRS so that when it gets a 990, we would get it at the same time. Until that happens, we’ll need to rely on the batches of DVDs that we receive from IRS every few months.
What’s better than a direct feed from IRS? A direct feed from the funders themselves. A growing number of foundations report their grants electronically to the Foundation Center, which means that their grants data is available sooner for our Research team to analyze, and for you to find in a search in Foundation Directory Online (FDO), our database of grantmakers, or on Glasspockets, a Center initiative that champions philanthropic transparency in an online world.
Why should you care about 990s, anyway?
These IRS forms may be the only source available to learn about past grants, especially for small foundations. Past grants can suggest a funder’s giving preferences and help you determine how much to request from a foundation. After all, you don’t want to ask for $50,000 when the funder seems to give only $5,000 to projects like yours, and vice versa.
990s include info on board members and key staff, as well as application guidelines. They are the basis for many FDO foundation profiles. Plus, you can view them for free at several websites, including our own 990 Finder.
Want to know more? See our Knowledge Base Article, “What is Form 990 or 990-PF? How can I learn about using them?”
Why does this info help you become a better grantseeker?
Now that you know about the typical lag time in getting 990s on the Internet, you can:
* Save time by not searching for the most recent 990s when the funder hasn’t even submitted them yet. Instead, set a recurring reminder to look for it 2-3 months after the usual IRS receipt date, stamped on the 990.
* Explore other ways to get the latest news about foundation prospects. Do they have websites? Do they use Twitter, Facebook, newsletters, other communications channels? Subscribe to them all. If any of your prospects is a large national foundation, Glasspockets has a colorful chart that quickly shows which communications channels they use.
* Does the foundation provide an online grants archive, like Robert Wood Johnson Foundation? If yes, you’re in luck since most foundations don’t even have websites. Bookmark the archive and learn how it works. It’s probably easier to read and understand than the 990s, and it’ll likely have more details. See also this free world map at Glasspockets to explore recent grants from some of the world's largest foundations.
* Try Google News Alerts or similar tools to get notified whenever news about the foundation is published online. You also can subscribe to nonprofit news sources, like The Chronicle of Philanthropy or our own Philanthropy News Digest (PND).
--Sandy Pon, lead editor for GrantSpace and the GrantSpace Blog. Reposted from Philanthropy Front and Center Washington D.C., September 10, 2014.
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Google provided $194,370.90 to Kansas City, Mo., teachers who posted their wish list on the popular crowdfunding site for educators, Donorschoose.org . The crowdfunding organization announced that “152 Kansas City area teachers will receive materials for their 13,842 students -- ranging from paper, pencils and books to laptops, musical instruments and microscopes.”
Any teachers can use DonorsChoose to post classroom-based projects that they need technical equipment and other supplies for. Teachers may list initiatives (such as building an in-class library) that site visitors could supplement through online donations. Many teachers who use the website are teaching in underfunded communities and request supplies to help bolster anything from reading programs using books and worksheets to STEM lessons using tablet computers or laboratory equipment.
"We are so humbled and grateful to Google for their devotion to our teachers and students," said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, in the company's press release. "This is a great day for Kansas City classrooms."
Google announced their donation on the Missouri teachers’ funding sites. In total, 175 projects were funded. The technology giant also fully funded educators’ requests in San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Austin recently, according to the release.
Any teacher can sign up on DonorsChoose.org and make a classroom request. In contrast to some other crowdfunding sites, teachers may still remain eligible for donations even if their projects were not fully funded. Donors can provide their names or remain anonymous. According to the DonorChoose site, 14 years ago, Charles Best, a social studies teacher in the Bronx created the non-profit organization.
Source : Google ‘Flash Funds’ Missouri Teachers Classroom Wishes, Education World
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