Funding Opportunity: Grant Announcement

July 30, 2009

cigna_logoThe CIGNA Foundation provides grants to projects that focus their efforts on five priority areas including: 1) the health of women, children and families, 2) obesity awareness and prevention, 3) patient/doctor communications and health literacy, 4) elimination of gender and ethnic disparities with health care, and 5) maintenance of healthy minds and bodies.

The foundation will pay particular attention to projects demonstrating creativity, responsiveness, and that are beneficial and achievable.

Application deadline: Rolling

Click here for more information and to apply


Senate Subcommittee Zeroes Out SDFSC Program

July 29, 2009

Yesterday the Senate Labor, HHS and Education Subcommittee on Appropriations voted to eliminate the State Grants portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) program. The Full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled vote on the bill tomorrow.

Please call your Senators TODAY.You can reach them by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asking for your member’s office. (If you don’t know who your Senators are, you can find out by going to http://capwiz.com/cadca/home/ and entering your zip code.)

When connected, please deliver the following message:

– I understand that the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee on Appropriations voted to eliminate the State Grants portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools program

– This is a huge problem and a gigantic mistake because is will decimate the substance abuse and violence prevention infrastructure that is currently in place in our state

– This is a major problem, especially since data from the most recent Monitoring the Future survey is already showing that attitudes are softening, and that more 10th graders are smoking marijuana than cigarettes

– If the State Grants portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools program is eliminated students in grades K-12 will not receive the messages and effective programming to counter emerging and embedded drug trends as well as bullying and violence prevention issues


The True Cost of Substance Abuse

July 27, 2009

A  new report by National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University shows that over 15% of all state government’s budgets go to substance abuse and addiction and its consequences. If this were its own state budget category, it would rank second behind spending on elementary and secondary education.

Worse, 94% of this spending goes to pay for the enormous hidden burden of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems on a wide range of state services like health care and criminal justice — while less than 3% goes toward prevention programs that would help.

Now is your chance to make a difference! Ask your local government to act on this report, and find out how much money your state is spending to “shovel up” the consequences of substance abuse and addiction. Review this sample letter, fill in your information at the right, and click “send this message.”


Funding Opportunity: Grant Announcement

July 23, 2009

wachThe Wachovia Foundation provides Community Needs Grants to support organizations working to improve communities with low- to moderate-income. In particular, the Foundation strives to improve education, community development, and environmental health, ensure access to health and human services, and to bolster civic engagement.

Award amounts may vary. Eligible applicants include tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3), have broad community support, and can demonstrate fiscal and administrative stability.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Funding Opportunity: Grant Announcement

July 23, 2009

The Wal-Mart Foundation supports programs and initiatives addressing education, workforce development, economic sustainability, and health and wellness. For health and wellness in particular, the Foundation looks to improve access to healthcare, promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors, and reduce disparities.

Grant awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. Eligible applicants include organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), recognized government entities, volunteer Fire Departments, K-12 Public Schools/Districts, Charter Schools, Colleges, Universities, Private Schools with tax-exempt status, and faith-based organizations.

Click here for more information and to apply


Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities: YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!

July 20, 2009

On Friday, July 17th, the Full House Appropriations Committee voted to eliminate the State Grants portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) program. The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee on Appropriations is tentatively scheduled to mark up its version of the bill that contains funding for this program on July 28th. We can still try to get the funds restored but WE NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN!

Please take five minutes out of your day TODAY to contact the members of your congressional delegation (both senators and your representative). You can reach them by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asking for your member’s office. (If you don’t know who the members of your congressional delegation are, you can find out by going to http://capwiz.com/cadca/home/ and entering your zip code.)

When connected, please deliver the following message:

 –       I understand that the Full House Appropriations Committee voted to eliminate the State Grants portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools program

–       The House Report says it would rather concentrate funding on targeted interventions, funded through the national programs portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools program

–       This is a huge problem and a gigantic mistake because the national programs gives very large grants to a very limited number of local educational agencies who will not be able to sustain these grants when the grant period is over

–       In addition, over 90% of school districts, including mine, DON’T receive money from the national programs and probably never will

 –       Therefore, if the State Grants portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools program is eliminated and there will be no prevention infrastructure in place in the vast majority of schools in the country, including ours, to provide K-12 students with messages and effective programming to counter emerging and embedded drug trends as well as bullying and violence prevention issues

–       Please tell your boss that it is critical that the funding for the Safe and Drug Free Schools program be maintained and we need their support


Funding Opportunity:Grant Announcement

July 17, 2009

The Charles Lafitte Foundation is seeking applicants for their Healthy Living Grants.

The Charles Lafitte Foundation supports innovative and effective ways for people to help themselves and others around them lead healthy and satisying lives.

The Foundation’s areas of interests are education, youth advocacy, and medical research.

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status.

Deadline: Rolling (Letter of Inquiry)

Click here for more information and to apply.


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