Welcome to a new year and a newly formatted edition of Nick’s Picks – the newsletter of Easy Grants. In each issue we’ll cover a topic for grants that I’ve identified centered on a particular subject. This issue it’s education. Next issue it will be health care. While the subject may not pertain to you or your non-profit, my hope is it can helpful to another group in your community so please pass it along. I’ll also share some News You Can Use which is geared to help you think through the grant writing process. Then we’ll top it off with a Client Spot Light to share what some of our clients are doing to make a difference.

Questions or comments or thoughts? I’d love to hear from you so send me an email to nick@easygrants.us


Nick’s Picks for Education

  • Captain Planet Foundation – These are for K-12 schools in the US (or international schools with US ties) that will do a hands-on environmental stewardship project. The grant amounts are fairly small – from $500 to $2,500 – and they want to see students actively involved in the project. The application deadline is January 31st for project that will begin next fall. Captainplanetfoundation.org
  • Cisco Corporations’ Global Impact Grants – The Cisco Corporation wants to help improve access to education (among other areas) and is looking for non-profits to help. Interestingly they are NOT looking to fund colleges, public or private K-12 schools or what we may think of as education institutions. You can learn more at   http://csr.cisco.com/pages/global-impact-cash-grants There is no specific deadline but you must fill out a short quiz to see if an invitation for a full application will be sent.
  • The Fund for Teachers – Fellowships for full-time teachers to study during the summer are available from the Fund for Teachers and their partners. These monies are used to do things like send a geography teacher to Africa to learn more about a particular culture or to the rain forests in South America for a science teacher. The deadline is January 29 and each state has different criteria so be sure to check out the criteria at http://www.fundforteachers.org/about-us.php
  • The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program – Over 75 organizations from across the country are eligible for grants to implement reading programs. The programs need to have reading discussion groups and a key-note of some kind. January 28th is the dead line for applications. More info at http://www.neabigread.org/guidelines.php
  • Department of Defense STEM Program – The Department of Defense is working to help selected school districts in the US boost their STEM education programs. To see if your schools qualify click on this link http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250248. The deadline is the 15th of this month but the application is pretty easy to complete.


News You Can Use

Do you have your SAM number yet? Whether you are a non-profit or a private business if you want to get a check from the federal government you must have a SAM number. Remember government loves acronyms so SAM means Systems for Award Management and its essentially the government’s tracking system for contracts or grants. It takes a couple of weeks to get your SAM number so whether you are actively seeking government funds or not, it’s worth the time to get a number anyway. All you need to know is right here: https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/##11


Client Spotlight – Encore Entertainers

Based in the greater Los Angeles area, Encore Entertainers is more than a theatre company for youth – they are using the arts to create leadership skills and life-skills. Founded in 2007, Encore uses the venue of performance arts and theater productions to show young people that dedication and hard work pays off. It’s way more than just learning your lines or hitting the right notes. Annika is a 15 year old who is a part of the program and she sums it up: The past two years have been a living nightmare for me and my family and myself, and the one thing that kept me from doing things that I would regret was my Encore family. They are always there for me not matter what happens. I can’t imagine my life without them.


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