Sherie Sanders

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YouthBuild:  Reclaiming Kids and Their Communities

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Mar 27, 2017 4:15:00 AM

"We'd rebuild the abandoned houses. We'd take them away from the drug dealers and give them to the homeless people." When staff members from the original Youth Action Program asked young people in 1978 what they would do to save their communities if they had the chance, that was the answer they received. Good intentions were turned into tangible deeds as the total number of affordable homes built by YouthBuild students has reached over 33,000 to date. Inspired by its Youth Action predecessor , YouthBuild helps some of the 2.3 million 16-24 year olds who are neither in school or employed attain marketable job skills while simultaneously helping their communities increase the availability of affordable housing. It is currently offering grants to organizations who will provide occupational skills training to at-risk youth as they build and renovate homes to be used by low-income families.

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Topics: Education, Housing

Grant Writing Paralysis - Has It Happened to You?

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Mar 22, 2017 4:05:00 AM

Grant writing paralysis. It is something that happens to everyone at one time or another, whether they are veteran professionals or municipal employees who only work on grants every so often. Temporary self-doubt makes starting that upcoming application increasingly difficult. Sometimes the more important the project, the higher the stakes, the greater the inertia. While we can't promise an instant cure, we have compiled a list of previous posts that provide valuable tips to help you get back on track.


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Topics: Grant Writing

Foundation Funding for First Responders

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Mar 20, 2017 4:10:00 AM

Even though first responders do some of the most important and dangerous work in the country, funding is often insufficient to meet their needs. Budget shortfalls can be a constant challenge and departments must become creative in finding the resources they need simply to do their jobs. Here are four private foundations that assist public safety agencies with equipment, training and other support, listed in alphabetical order.

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Fire Grants

Any Given Child - How the Kennedy Center is Institutionalizing Art Education

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

In a 2010 IMB survey of 1,500 CEOS, creativity was forecasted to be the most important leadership trait for upcoming generations.  Yet, classes that nurture and develop creative thinking like fine arts, drama, and music face ever increasing funding challenges. To make matters worse, not all children have equal access to art education. One foundation working to ensure that arts are part of a well-rounded curriculum is the Kennedy Center.  Their Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program assists communities in expanding art education for grades K-8, with a special emphasis on access and equity for all.


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Topics: Education, Arts and Culture

Resilient Communities for America:   Private Funding in Uncertain Times

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Mar 6, 2017 4:52:00 AM

 At this point, no one knows what the future holds for the Environmental Protection Agency. What we do know is that in FY 2016, it awarded approximately $3.9 billion in grants to Native American tribes, state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations. While foundation funding may never be able to fill a void that large, it is still prudent to know what alternatives exist in the private realm for environmental projects. We bring you two foundation grants: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo and Company Resilient Communities program, and the Enterprise Community Partners: Climate and Cultural Resilience Grants, which both focus on protecting the environment as a way to create strong, resilient communities.


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Topics: Environment

Lead Paint Dangers - Grants to Reduce the Risk

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 27, 2017 4:58:00 AM

Even though lead was banned for U.S. residential use in 1978,  it remains a persistent threat to approximately 24 million homes in this country. Lead contamination can happen anywhere, but minority communities and low income populations are often at higher risk. To counteract this, HUD is offering two grants critical in the war on lead poisoning:  the Lead-Based Hazard and Control Grant (LBPHC) and the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program (LHRD). In mitigating the hazards of lead, HUD stresses the return on investment is a higher quality of life. Medical and social service costs, school/work absenteeism and overall stress levels are reduced in safer living environments.

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Topics: Environment

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