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
The Michigan Humanities Council is now accepting applications for the Prime Time Family reading program. Prime Time is a unique grant opportunity that bonds families around the act of reading together while demonstrating the invaluable resources offered by their local libraries. The Michigan Humanities Council provides up to $13,000 for the implementation of three, six-week Prime Time programs. For more information, please visit the Michigan Humanities Council’s website at: http://www.michiganhumanities.org/prime-time-family-reading-time/ and/or contact James Nelson at email@example.com .
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Antonio "Shades" Agee, a graffiti artist who once tagged the city with his creations before the Detroit Institute of Arts and the corporate world discovered him, is transforming plain Jane meters into colorful collectors for charity dollars. The meters, part of the Greektown Preservation Society's pilot project, Change Detroit, are being installed on sidewalks in Greektown this week.
These repurposed meters will serve as a mix of public art, charitable good and, possibly, economic stimulus for one of Detroit's oldest neighborhoods — one that is not part of the surge in hipness that other Detroit neighborhoods are experiencing.
Whatever change is deposited into the meters will go to a charity that helps the homeless, including the regular Greektown panhandlers.
For the full article, see Kim North Shine, "Greektown meters to bring change for homeless", Detroit News, March 21, 2014.
SoupGrant Lansing : A community based micro-grant and soup dinner
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SoupGrant Lansing offers a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations with innovative project ideas to receive micro-grants; the only requirement is the project must better the greater Lansing community. Project selection is based on the number of votes the project receives at SoupGrant Lansing dinners. Anyone who makes a suggested donation of $5 has the opportunity to cast a vote for the project they would like to see funded, and the project with the most votes wins. The amount of money awarded depends on the number of people who cast a vote, often exceeding $150.
Every third Thursday of the month forty to fifty people flock to the Grace Lutheran Church on Martin Luther King Boulevard to participate in the crowdfunding dinner. Heather Borden, founder of SoupGrant Lansing, started organizing the dinners in August 2013. The SoupGrant community has since been able to fund over 15 projects in the greater Lansing area.
Borden was inspired by Detroit SOUP, a micro-granting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in Detroit. The SoupGrant Lansing dinner consists of homemade vegan and vegetarian varieties of soup, provided free of charge, prepared by Terry Borden, Heather's Mother. The only requirement is that attendees bring their own spoon, soup bowl and cup.
Borden attributes her success to the community, “SoupGrant Lansing is now its own entity, no longer made up of a few individuals who want to see it succeed. It would continue by itself without its founding members because there is a desire to see local, community-based projects succeed in Lansing.”
Past projects have included Cuts and Convos, a start-up program offering the homeless free haircuts; D.A.N.C.E, a non-profit providing affordable arts training to youth; and NorthWest Initiative’s Food Systems Project, a program educating Lansing youth about nutrition and gardening techniques. Past winners are often invited back SoupGrant to share how they have used the funding.
“SoupGrant Lansing offers small organizations and individuals the opportunity to get exposure and much needed funding. Oftentimes non-winners still receive donations from dinner participants and some are invited back to present their ideas again to a new crowd of dinner attendees,” says Joel Meredith, SoupGrant marketing and outreach volunteer.
HerBlends of Plenty and Team Playmakers at St. Vincent’s will be proposing their ideas at the next SoupGrant Lansing dinner taking place Thursday, March 19th at 6:30. HerBlends of Plenty is looking to open up a brick & mortar, including a tea house, community supported kitchen, and a small fresh market. Team Playmakers at St. Vincent’s is a running and walking program at St. Vincent Children’s Home in Lansing.
Any creative and innovative project focused on making a positive impact in Lansing is eligible to compete for a grant. Applications and more information about SoupGrant Lansing is available on their website, www.soupgrantlansing.com. Borden and Meredith are especially interested in projects that are accessible to a wide community audience, such as events that are free or low-cost to attendees and events that actively reach out to under-served populations.
Paige Felice, "SoupGrant Lansing Welcomes Innovative Ideas", EastLansinginfo.org, March 19, 2015.
National Science Foundation Day at Michigan State University
Fri., Apr. 3 (9am-noon)
BEACON Seminar Room
1455A Biomedical and Physical Sciences (BPS) Building
567 Wilson Rd. (MAP)
For graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and advisers: Learn more about opportunities to fund your future studies and research ideas!
There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.
In conjunction with colleges across campus, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (OVPRGS) is initiating a grant submission assistance program for investigators planning to submit NIH grants in June (e.g. June 5th for R01 first submissions) or July (e.g. July 5th for R01 resubmissions). The program will specifically offer peer review and grant editing/consulting services. Application to the program is open to all investigators with proposals requesting direct costs of $500K or greater, assistant professors, or to those who have early stage investigator status. Each individual’s internal deadline will depend on the corresponding agency deadline for the grant program of interest (e.g., R01, R03, R21) and the services the investigator wishes to receive (peer review and editing/consulting, peer review only, or editing/consulting only).
Investigators interested in participating in both peer-review AND grant editing/consulting for NEW R01s should contact their department chairs by March 24th and have their application form filled out. Because program resources are limited, applicants must be nominated by their chairs and approved by their research deans.
Anyone who does not fit the criteria designated in the guidelines, or is not nominated, but is still interested in editing/consulting may directly set up a 45 minute appointment with Tom Hollon at http://email@example.com to discuss options for editing and peer-review of their grant proposal.
For grant applications, grant assistance guidelines,or any further questions contact RGS.firstname.lastname@example.org
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