Vol. 21, #5
|Information on Available State and Federal Grants|
|· New York State Assembly · Speaker Sheldon Silver ·|
Competitive funds in the amount of $10 million are available for the development and
implementation of mentor teacher internship programs in local school districts and
for instructional programs at boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES).
Funding for this program is subject to yearly approval by the New York State
Legislature. These programs enable experienced teachers (mentors) in a district
or BOCES to provide guidance and support to beginning teachers in their first or
second year of teaching. Essential components of these programs include: joint
program development by school administration and local teachers' bargaining
agents; release time for mentor and interns to participate; program focus on the
mentor/intern relationship; defined mentor selection process; mentor training;
described activities for mentors and interns; described role of principals; and
program evaluation. Allowable program expenditures include: costs related to
release from instructional time for participating teachers, training for participating
teachers, program coordination costs, supplies and materials, travel costs, and
program evaluation. Equipment purchases are not allowable program expenditures.
The Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support has announced the availability of
approximately $5 million to fund Career Pathways Grants for the 2007-08 school year.
Programs must be designed to lead students to a two-year associate or four-year
bachelor's degree or a two-year certificate. They must develop and maintain
comprehensive linkages between secondary schools and postsecondary educational
institutions. Programs must provide technical preparation in at least one of the following
fields: engineering technology, applied science, mechanical, industrial, practical art or
trade, agriculture, health or business.
The Office of School Improvement and Community Services has announced the availability
of approximately $4.9 million for the 2007-08 school year for grants to provide services to
homeless children and youth. Programs developed under this grant are intended to ensure
that children who are homeless will receive equal access to educational programs. Funds
may be used for educational support services, parent education, staff development and
other support services to homeless children, youth and their families.
. . . On the Federal Level
U.S. Department of Education
Under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program, the U.S. Department of Education
(Department) awards grants on a formula basis to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to address
the unique needs of rural school districts. If an eligible LEA submitted an application for SRSA grant
funds in a prior year, it is considered to have met the application requirement based on its previously
submitted application and does not have to submit a new application to the Department to receive
its fiscal year 2007 SRSA grant award. An eligible LEA that is required to submit an application
(in other words, an LEA that did not submit an application in a prior year) must do so by the deadline
in this notice in order to receive its grant award by September 30, 2007. An eligible LEA that is
required to submit an application and does not do so by the deadline in this notice might not receive
its grant award until after September 30, 2007.
. . . Foundations and Organizations
The Save Our History Grants Program inspires youth to become the preservationists of tomorrow.
Museums, historic sites, historical societies, preservation organizations, libraries, and archives
are invited to partner with a local school or youth group and apply for funding to help preserve the
history of their communities. Important history exists in community neighborhoods, buildings,
schools, monuments, cemeteries, documents, and cultural traditions and can be used to enliven
the study of history and instill pride in our youth. Save Our History grants fund projects that put
these valuable resources to work.
. . . Grant Writing
The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to New York: East Farmingdale, June 4-8, 2007, hosted by Molloy College.
The classes will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center and are kept at a maximum of 30 participants. The cost is $825, which includes one-year enrollment in the TGCI Membership Program. A limited number of half-tuition scholarships are available to agencies with annual budgets of less than $300,000.
To register, or to apply for a scholarship, contact TGCI at (800) 421-9512 or visit www.tgci.com.
For local information for the East Farmingdale Event, contact: Dr. Sherry Radowitz at (516) 678-5000 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training opportunities during May 2007:
Grantseeking Basics: Attendees will learn how the Center’s resources can help make them more effective grantseekers. For beginners, this introduction to the library provides instruction in foundation research and identification of potential funders. A tour of the library will follow. May 9, May 18, May 24 and May 29
Proposal Writing Basics: Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organizations. May 7, May 15, and May 22
Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online: This session provides a hands-on introduction to the Center’s comprehensive Web subscription database. May 24 and May 29
How to Approach a Foundation: Attendees will learn how to initiate contact with potential funders; plan calls and meetings; and build partnerships with donors. This class is intended for fundraisers with some experience, though not necessarily with foundations. May 17 and June 19
Classes are held at The Foundation Center, New York Library, 79 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor in New York City. Space is limited and you can register online at www.fdncenter.org, in person, or by calling (212) 620-4230. You may also visit the Web site for information on other training opportunities available through the Center.
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