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Grant Alerts: Massage Therapy Foundation and Retirement Research Foundation

January 23rd, 2015

The mission of the Massage Therapy Foundation is to advance “the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service.” To this end, $5,000 grants are being offered to 501(c)(3) nonprofits or affiliates that have been in operation for at least one year and provide therapeutic or other service programs in their community, especially those who currently have little to no access to such service. This Community Service program is intended to facilitate working partnerships between community-based organizations and the massage therapy profession. For complete information, please see the Community Service Grants Web page. Applications are due April 1.

The Retirement Research Foundation seeks to fund projects with foci in advocacy, education, direct services, and training for professionals that work with elders, as well as research investigating causes and solutions to significant challenges faced by elders. These Responsive Grants are intended for local and national projects designed to improve the quality of life for elder Americans. The local focus of eligible projects must be in Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, or Missouri, but projects of national relevance anywhere in the United States will be considered. Proposals will next be considered on February 2, but will also be considered in May and August. See the Responsive Grants link above for more information.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: National Endowment of the Arts, Lawrence Foundation, and American College Health Association

January 20th, 2015

The Big Read, a National Endowment of the Arts program managed by Arts Midwest, is once again offering grants between $2,500 and $20,000 to nonprofits developing reading programs between September 2015 and June 2016. Funding may be used for activities such as lectures, author readings, theatrical performances, or music, film, or dance events, among other possibilities. Approved expenses include salaries, travel, advertising, and book purchases. Activities must focus on a poet or book from the Big Read Library and music encourage reading and participation by diverse local audiences. Previous grantees may reapply, but must select a different reading choice from previous programming. Selected organizations will receive access to online training resources and promotional materials in addition to their grant. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, divisions of tribal, local, or state government, or tax exempt public libraries. Grants must be matched one-to-one with non-federal funds. From these, a total of 75 recipients will be chosen from communities of varying sizes across the United States. For more information, please see the Guidelines Web page of The Big Read. Hurry, the deadline for applications is January 28.

The Lawrence Foundation seeks to fund 501(c)(3) organizations, libraries, and public schools in support of programs related to education, disaster relief, human services, and the environment, among others. Churches, private foundations, for-profit businesses, and religious, charter, and magnet schools are not eligible for funding through this foundation. Funding is subject to a strictly defined set of guidelines laid out here. The deadline for applications is April 30.

The American College Health Foundation, the charitable wing of the American College Health Association (ACHA), seeks to fund a unique program addressing an issue related to the well-being and retention of college students with a single grant of $5,000. The project should be based on published research, measureable in its impact, creative in its approach, and enhance the lives of students who participate in it. The focus of this grant is on wellness, measuring existing knowledge of and instituting outreach and information delivery to students, inclusive of at-risk populations, in novel ways. Eligible applicants must be ACHA members or employed at ACHA-member institutions. For complete information and application materials, please see the Aetna Student Health Award here. Applications are due January 31.

ACHA is also offering a single grant of $2,500, sponsored by the Stephan D. Weiss Foundation and the Weiss Fund, to support efforts promoting and improving mental health care quality for college students. As with the Aetna Award above, eligible programs for the Stephan D. Weiss Award should be measureable, creative, and supportive of programs that are successful in improving student retention among those who might otherwise not finish school due to mental health issues. As above, eligible applicants must be enrolled at ACHA member institutions. Preference shall be given to graduate students at member institutions who are engaged in mental health professional training. Applications for this award are also due January 31. Please see the ACHA Web page here for more information.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

ACET is hiring!

January 8th, 2015

ACET is currently conducting a search for a Senior Evaluation Associate to supervise and complete various projects. The associate will be a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual with demonstrated, applied experience in the following:

  • Conducting social science research and/or evaluation studies;
  • Writing clear, concise research reports intended for a variety of audiences;
  • Performing quantitative and qualitative analysis; and
  • Applying theories of evaluation and educational research.

These skills are essential for this position. Qualified candidates will have at least a master’s degree with at least 5 years of field experience or a Ph.D. in social sciences, educational psychology, statistics, policy analysis, or program evaluation. A certain degree of creativity, independence, and latitude is expected with this position.

The Senior Associate will be expected to:

  • Help with the scope and sequence of all ACET projects;
  • Compile results and prepare reports and documentation of outcomes;
  • Coach, train, and support research assistants and/or junior evaluators;
  • Set and meet performance goals;
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to promote ACET and its services;
  • Remain current on relevant research in the field;
  • Share technical knowledge with ACET staff;
  • Help with marketing efforts to promote ACET services;
  • Respond and bid on requests for proposals circulated locally and nationally;
  • Work with clients to build evaluation capacity;
  • Understand and adhere with the policies and procedures governing ACET;
  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings with ACET staff and other members on projects;
  • Actively share ideas on program evaluation methodologies and frameworks;
  • Assist with various aspects of business operations;
  • Maintain a clean, neat, and efficient working environment; and
  • Complete other relevant and appropriate duties as may be assigned.

Interested applications should submit a resume (or CV) to stella@acetinc.com with a cover letter stating salary requirements. The position will remain open until filled.

Thank you!


Grant Alerts: American College Health Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts

December 16th, 2014

The charitable arm of the American College Health Association (ACHA) is offering a grant of $5,000 to campus health professionals who are ACHA members or employed by ACHA-member institutions in order to support a novel program addressing an issue related to the retention and overall well-being of college students. Eligible projects should be formulated on the basis of published research, creative in scope, measureable in its impact, and applicable to the health enhancement of college students who participate in it. The foundation seeks to support programs advancing the understanding of students’ concepts of wellness, assessing student knowledge of available wellness resources on campus, strengthening the use of technology to integrate wellness activities into an educational system as well as methods of delivery of wellness information inclusive of the development of community and public health strategies reaching out to at-risk populations, generating novel strategies to support the continued access and use of wellness activities and services, and measuring wellness activities in order to increase student retention or decrease student dropout rates.

For complete information and application materials, please review the Web page for the Aetna Student Health Award here. Applications are due January 31, 2015.

The ACHA foundation is also seeking applications for its Stephan D. Weiss Mental Health Award (sponsored by the foundation of the same name), a grant of up to $2,500 for the support, promotion, and improvement of quality of mental health care for college students. The grant is intended to encourage development of creative initiatives that will enhance mental health service delivery to university and college students through an innovative, replicable program. The award also will support the development of retention mechanisms for students whose mental health problems might otherwise compromise the quality of their post-secondary experiences and/or jeopardize their likelihood of their graduation. Eligible applicants must be enrolled at ACHA member institutions. Graduate students engaged in mental health professional training programs are preferred candidates. For application materials and other information, please see the Award Web page above. The deadline for this award is also January 31, 2015.

Managed by Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for the Arts is once again funding community reading programs as part of its Big Read initiative. Grants range from $2,500 to $20,000 and may be used for expenses such as salaries, venue rental, speaker fees and travel, advertising, and book purchases. Eligible programs should encourage reading and participation from diverse local audiences and may include activities such as panel discussions, art exhibits, film series, music or dance events, book discussions, author readings, lectures, theatrical performances or other events related to the community’s chosen poet or book. Eligible applicants include libraries, arts councils, tribal, state, or local governments, arts organizations, colleges and universities, literary centers, humanities councils, literary festivals, museums, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and historical societies. For complete information, please see the Big Read guidelines Web page.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Headwaters Foundation for Justice and Susan G. Komen Central Wisconsin

November 25th, 2014

Starting January 1, 2015, the Headwaters Foundation for Justice will begin another grant cycle for its Community Innovation Grants, in partnership with the Bush Foundation. Headwaters’ Community Innovation Grants range from $500 to $10,000 and may be used b y communities as part of civic research and development to test and develop solutions to community challenges. At least 50% of available grant funds will go to projects that address economic and racial disparities. Eligible programs must be completed within a single year, must fit with the Foundation’s Theory of Change requiring resourceful, collaborative, and inclusive processes, must have a clear implementation plan, and a clear projected impact. Eligible organizations may be based anywhere in Minnesota. Please review the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grants as well as North Dakota’s Consensus Council and the South Dakota Community Foundation to be sure you are choosing the Community Innovation Grant structure and funding that is right for your organization and its needs. Organizations that are funded by or seeking funding from the Bush Foundation may not also seek funding through the Headwaters Foundation. This funding cycle will end January 15, 2015.  For complete information and application materials, please see the Headwaters Foundation’s Community Innovation Grants Web page linked above.

Serving the counties of Portage, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, West Shawano, Taylor, and Wood, the Central Wisconsin Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2015-2016 funding cycle. Grants of up to $100,000 are available to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations located in or serving the populations of one or more of the above counties. Eligible projects will increase opportunities for minority and rural women to receive health screenings and treatment, especially mammography; direct outreach to women not included via traditional outreach methods; bring diverse organizations together in partnership to eradicate breast cancer through education, research, screening, and treatment; and remove barriers preventing minority and rural women from getting the breast health care and screenings that they need. Particular focus is being placed on Lincoln and Marathon counties for this work. For complete information, please see the Central Wisconsin Affiliate’s How to Apply for Community Grants Web page. The deadline for applications is December 19.

Good Luck!


ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Mary Byron Project

November 17th, 2014

The Mary Byron Project is once again offering grants of $10,000 to innovative programs demonstrating progress in stopping the domestic abuse cycle through its Roth Award for domestic violence programs addressing the needs of underserved populations, and the more general Celebrating Solutions Awards. Eligible programs must be part of a government agency or 501(c)(3) nonprofit; have been operating for a minimum of 3 years prior to nomination, be currently in operation; have intimate partner violence as its primary focus; serve populations that do not  know how to or are ashamed to seek services (such as those based on disabilities, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or faith) for the Roth Award; and be replicable, or have applications for individual communities regardless of their size or ethnic makeup. Individuals, non-U.S.-based organizations, and past Award recipients are not eligible to apply. For information about each Award, please review the links above. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2015.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: BoatUS and the American Association of University Women

November 12th, 2014

The Boat Owner’s Association of The United StatesFoundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is currently accepting applications for awards to boating clubs, nonprofits, and student organizations that provide education about safe and clean boating as part of its Grassroots Grants Program. Up to $10,000 is available for year-long projects that promote safe and clean boating on local waterways in a unique, technology-inclusive way that involves getting hands on with the boating community and includes success measures. Past projects have dealt with such topics as marine debris and boating under the influence. Applicant organizations must be located in the United States. International organizations, as well as for-profit businesses, government agencies, and individuals are not eligible to apply. For application materials, please see the Grassroots Grants Program Web page above. Applications are due January 15, 2015.

The American Association of University Women is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 funding cycle of its Community Action Grants. One year grants of up to $7,000 and two-year grants of up to $10,000 are available for community-based projects that address the particular needs of women and girls in their community and develop the sense of efficacy through opportunities for leadership or advocacy. Special consideration will be given to programs or non-degree research projects that focus on the achievements of K-12 girls and women in community college in the STEM disciplines. Applicants must be women who are permanent residents or citizens of the United States or nonprofit organizations based in the United States. Projects must take place within the United States or its territories, be nonpartisan, and be able to demonstrate public impact. For application resources, materials, and information about past grantees, please see the Community Action Grants Web page above. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2015.

Good Luck!


ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Laura Bush Foundation

October 31st, 2014

The first ever Knight Cities Challenge seeks to make 26 communities around the United States more vibrant places to live and work via the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Anyone is eligible to apply, but projects must take place in one of the 26 Knight communities linked above, and ideas should focus on one or more of three key drivers in the city: engagement, talent, and opportunity. Community information sessions will be held in multiple Knight communities for individuals with questions about the application process. Applications are due November 14. For more information, see the Knight Cities Challenge’s How it works Web page.

A fund of the George W. Bush Foundation, the mission of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is to help school libraries encourage and foster a love of reading, support student learning, and make books and reading materials available to students who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. Grants of up to $7,000 are available to school libraries to diversify, update, and expand book collections where 85% or more of students qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Schools serving preK-12th grades in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible. This includes reservation, private, charter, parochial, public, city, state, and county schools, as well as special, social services, or juvenile detention center schools in any of those areas. For complete information and to begin an application, please see the Foundations Application Web page. The deadline for applications is December 15.

Good Luck!


ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: ArtPlace America and Digital Media and Learning Competition

October 13th, 2014

The national community revitalization initiative ArtPlace America is again inviting letters of inquiry for projects that accelerate creative placemaking, defined as “a means of investing in art and culture at the heart of a portfolio of integrated strategies that can drive vibrancy and diversity so powerful that it transforms communities.” Up to $500,000 is available to artists, designers, and arts organizations working with national and local partners as part of the initiative’s National Grants program.

Applications from all 50 states and any U.S. territory are encouraged. Multiple ArtPlace partners have local or regional community foci and have specifically provided funding to communities of all sizes in Alaska, Minnesota, and California, rural communities in Wisconsin, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico, Iowa, Texas, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and the cities of Akron, Ohio, Macon, Georgia, San Jose, California, St. Paul, Minnesota, Miami, Florida, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Charlotte, North Carolina, Detroit, Michigan, and Somerville, Boston, and Cambridge in Massachusetts. States in which grants have not yet been dispersed are of particular interest to ArtPlace, inclusive of New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah, Delaware, Oklahoma, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming. Some funders are also interested in the representation and participation of Native American, folk, traditional, and performing arts.

Letters of inquiry are due November 3. For application materials, FAQs, and other important information, please see the National Grants Web page above.

Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and administered by the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), the Digital Media and Learning Competition is interested in inspiring the most novel uses of new media to support connected learning. Year-long development grants of $150,000 are available institutions willing to collaborate and create alliances to address the real-world barriers to trust in connected learning environments, develop digital tools that engender privacy, trust, and safety in connected-learning environments, and empower learners to connect in ways that are social, equitable, interest-driven, and participatory anywhere, anytime. Examples of such tools include social media, online evaluation tools, privacy tools, badges, apps, and online learning content. Eligible applicants are youth-serving organizations and institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world, including museums, schools and school districts, libraries, community organizations, colleges and universities, app developers, and researchers. Project teams must include institutional/organizational administrators and stakeholders who can inform design and implementation, provide and direct project objectives, and increase opportunities for scalability.

The deadline for applications is also November 3. For complete information, please see the Challenge Details Web page.

Good Luck!


ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Whole Kids Foundation, Walmart Foundation, and the American Association of School Librarians

October 8th, 2014

In partnership with FoodCorps, the Whole Kids Foundation (founded by Whole Foods Market) seeks to support school garden projects that help students learn about such topics as community awareness, sustainability, conservation, food systems, and nutrition and health. One-year grants of $2,000 will be awarded to eligible garden projects at any stage of development, with priority given to projects with strong stakeholder buy-in, financial sustainability, and limited-resource communities. Eligible organizations are K-12 schools (private, public, or charter) or 501(c)(3) organizations developing or maintaining a garden project on school grounds to get children interested in fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligible applicants must also have the support of a specific community partner organization, such as a farm, a nonprofit, a local business, a garden club, or a Whole Foods store. If the applicant is a nonprofit, it may also be the community partner for the grant. Applications will be accepted until October 31. For complete information, please see the School Gardens Web page at the Foundation’s website.

Grants of up to $2,500 are now available to local nonprofits within the service area of individual Walmart stores supporting healthy eating, hunger relief, women’s economic empowerment, sustainability, and/or career opportunities as part of the corporation’s Foundation’s Community Grant Program. Eligible organizations must be Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6), or (19) tax exempt; recognized government entities, such as a state, county, or city agency requesting funds solely for public purposes; public, private, or charter K-12 schools; community, junior, state, or private colleges or universities; or churches or other faith-based organizations with projects that benefit the community at large. For complete information, please see the Community Grant Program Web page above. The deadline for applications is December 31.

A division of the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering one grant in the amount of $2,500 to an innovative program that motivates and encourages reading, especially among struggling readers. An AASL Innovative Reading Grant program project should promote the importance of reading and facilitate literacy development through the support of current reading research, policy, and practice. Eligible projects should be designed for children grades K-9 in the school library setting, encourage innovative methods of involving and motivating children in reading, and demonstrate the potential to improve student learning. Eligible applicants must be AASL members. Eligible applicants may be asked to write an article describing their project and successes, barriers, and recommendations for replication by others. For complete criteria and a list of previous recipients, please see the program Web page. Applications are due February 1, 2015.

Good Luck!


ACET Staff