Sherie Sanders

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All-America Conversations From The National Civic League

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 22, 2017 4:00:00 AM


Introduction: Today it is our privilege to feature a post by Doug Linkhart, President of the National Civic League  about  All-America Conversations.


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Topics: eCivis Resources

Corporate Grantmaking from Keep America Beautiful

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 20, 2017 7:28:00 AM

President’s Day is a good time to feature Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit that has been encouraging the public to become involved in community beautification efforts since 1953. A coalition of major corporations, civic groups, and volunteers, this organization provides several grants throughout the year for anti-littering campaigns, recycling awareness, National Planting Day and other environmentally-related events.

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Topics: Environment

CARA and the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 15, 2017 4:04:00 AM

According to the New York Times, there were so many fatalities from opioids in Montgomery County, Ohio, this month, the coroner ran out of morgue space and had to prevail upon a local funeral home for assistance with temporary storage. In order to stem the 91 deaths per day we are experiencing as a result of this crisis, last summer the government enacted the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The first major legislation to address addiction in forty years, anti-drug coalitions laud CARA for addressing the six pillars needed for effective response to this crisis: prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, criminal justice reform, and overdose reversal.

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Topics: Health Care

The Second Chance Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occuring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 13, 2017 4:40:00 AM

With bipartisan support, the Second Chance Act (SCA) was signed into law on April 9, 2008, providing grants to help improve outcomes for people returning from incarceration. Since its inception, more than 700 awards have been made to help lower recidivism rates and improve community safety. Currently, there are eight programs funded under SCA, including the Second Chance Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occuring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders, which will provide approximately $650,000 for up to eight awards for programs to help those with co-occuring conditions seek the treatment they need for successful reentry.

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Topics: Health Care, Law Enforcement

Breaking the Cycle of Gang and Youth Violence - The Safe and Thriving Communities Planning and Collaboration Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 8, 2017 4:31:00 AM

More than just terrifying, being exposed to violence as a child can be life-altering. Research in neuroscience indicates that early trauma increases the neural connections in our brains associated with fear, anxiety, and impulsiveness. That is why trauma-informed intervention is one critical component in the Safe and Thriving Communities program from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Taking a systemic, multifaceted approach to curbing youth and gang violence, this grant seeks to increase a community's capacity to: enhance public safety, reduce youth offending and victimization, and help heal collective, historical and individual trauma in order to break the cycle of destruction.


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Topics: Youth Violence

Evidence-Based Practices for Local Government:  Increasing Your Comfort Level

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 6, 2017 4:23:00 AM

Do you ever wonder why studies are always canceling each other out? One week we hear that a low-fat diet helps reduce the risk of heart disease and then another study comes and contradicts those findings. It does! It doesn’t! It does...The media reports polar opposite results on almost every topic imaginable. Among all this confusion, we offer the following white paper to help you peek inside the research process. Beyond the sheer frustration of never knowing what to believe, learning a bit about how research works is a new necessity for grant seekers as evidence-based practices are increasingly required by both public and private agencies. Grant makers want to fund what works, and the burden of proof is on grant recipients to show the dollars they received are being put to good use.

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Topics: eCivis Resources

Civic Crowdfunding for Local Government

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 1, 2017 4:03:00 AM

Ready for a pop quiz? Name our country's first civic crowdfunded project.* Since most of us think of crowdfunding as a modern phenomena, social media campaigns and online contributions come to mind. We might be surprised to find that the the purchase of the platform under the Statue of Liberty is often considered the first, or at least one of the first, major civic crowdfunding efforts in American history. $100,000 was raised thanks to Joseph Pulitzer and his ability to use his newspaper to rally the public around the cause. What is old is new again as modern technology has the potential to make crowdfunding more convenient than ever, and modern budget constraints have made alternative financing more necessary than ever.

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Topics: Alternative Financing

The National Institute of Justice's Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 30, 2017 4:00:00 AM

What are they key ingredients for keeping schools safe? The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) offers the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative to fund studies that identify threats to school safety. It encourages educators to partner with law enforcement, mental health professionals and other stakeholders to turn this research into practical blue prints that can improve safety in schools across the nation.

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Topics: Education

The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs - Nourishing Local Markets

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 25, 2017 4:32:00 AM

The USDA provides several opportunities throughout the year to help communities nourish their local agricultural markets. Two grants with upcoming deadlines, the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), help locally grown food become a catalyst for economic development by supporting food businesses and encouraging the consumption of local products.

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Topics: Food and Healthy Eating

The Drug-Free Community Support Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 23, 2017 4:21:00 AM

Every single day, approximately 3,700 youth between the ages of 12 and 17 experiment with drugs for the first time. Nineteen percent of high school students admit to binge drinking or consuming five or more drinks in a row. Perhaps most chilling are the recent headlines proclaiming more Americans are now dying from drug overdoses than motor vehicle accidents or gun violence. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a department within U.S. Health and Human Services, offers the Drug-Free Communities Support Program to help counteract this disturbing trend.

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Topics: Health Care