We always want to be sure we are listening to our customers and supporters so we have revised our Nick’s Picks Newsletter. Instead of one focus area for each edition we want to give a taste of some interesting grant opportunities from across a wider spectrum. We hope one of these may fit your needs or a group you know.

  • Like to bike? The People For Bikes Foundation has funds for developing bike trails, BMX facilities or end of trail bike racks. The deadline is July 31 with the grant details becoming available on June 15. Look for a match requirement which means this is not a 100% grant. http://www.peopleforbikes.org/pages/grant-guidelines
  • Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) have long been an vehicle that helps those with no credit history or checking account move toward financial independence. The US Department of Health and Human Services has funding available for those community-based agencies that help the disadvantaged with IDAs. June 15th is deadline. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2015-ACF-OCS-EI-1005
  • Read a good E-book lately? In a joint venture with the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities has grant funding to help libraries, museums and academic presses digitize hard to find books and manuscripts. June 10th is the deadline and there is plenty of information at http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/humanities-open-book-program
  • The healthy food initiatives have been sprouting up (pun intended!) in plenty of places including Native American communities. Through the First Nations Development Institute’s Seeds of Native Health Program, Native American tribes and organizations to learn more about healthy food alternatives. There will be 16 grantees with awards averaging $40,000-60,000 each. http://firstnations.org/grantmaking/2015SONH
  • Keeping with ideas to help less fortunate people with financial information, the Wall Street Journal’s Financial Inclusion Program wants to help those in the Asian-Pacific build the very basics in becoming financially independent. Instead of applications on-line or by mailing them in, the WSJ wants videos submittals. You have to hurry because May 15th is the deadline. http://www.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/financialinclusion.html

Client Focus – Arete Scholars

Arete Scholars President Derek Monjure

Arete Scholars President Derek Monjure

Arete Scholars works in Louisiana and Georgia with students who have the misfortune of living in a poor-performing school district. Arete uses tax-donations or donation-rebate programs to fund scholarships for these students to attend a parochial or private school in their area. A means test based on the students’ household income determines eligibility. A mother in Louisiana said of Arete’s program: I know my son’s life path will be forever changed, and now the ball is in his court. I have faith in my son.” http://aretescholars.org

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