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
We are happy to announce that we are opening the previously announced NIH grant development workshop by Beth Schachter and Chris Edwards to faculty members writing NSF proposals. There will be separate NSF and NIH sessions. The workshop will begin Friday Nov 7th with an on-campus session (NSF in the morning, NIH in the afternoon) and continue with webinars at bimonthly intervals. The full schedule is listed below.
Supplementing the workshop, OVPRGS will arrange for peer review from colleagues suggested by the participants and a professional edit of their proposals at the end of the workshop. At the completion of the workshop, a participant can expect to have a full written proposal that has been read by an interdisciplinary group of peers within the workshop, peers in their field outside of the workshop, and a professional editor for content and presentation.
On-campus session: 11/7
Webinars: 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, and 1/6/15
If you are interested in participating please reply to this email by October 31st.
(We apologize for the short notice, but this opportunity just became available.)
Director of Analytics and Strategic Projects
Get your community on the same page! Big Read grants available.
The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2015 and June 2016. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enrichment.
Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.
To review the Guidelines and Application Instructions, visit http://www.neabigread.org/application_process.php
Application deadline: January 28, 2015 by 4:00pm CST
Follow @NEABigRead on Twitter for all the latest info and news.
We are proud to announce the addition of a new title to The Big Read catalog this year: Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat.
Edwidge Danticat grew up in Haiti, raised by her uncle, then moved to the United States with parents and siblings she hardly knew. This poignant memoir explores the contrasting lives of her uncle in Haiti and her father in America, and delves deep into themes of family, home and tradition.
Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email email@example.com
For more ideas, consult Grants for Nonprofits : Libraries
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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