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Support for Hunger Initiatives Nationwide, Presbyterian Hunger Program

Support for Hunger Initiatives Nationwide, Presbyterian Hunger Program The Presbyterian Hunger Program provides grants to nonprofit organizations addressing hunger and its causes in the United States. Grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 are provided in the following five categories: Development Assistance grants focus on creating a multi-faceted approach to the empowerment of poor people. Public Policy Advocacy grants encourage activities that advocate for political and economic policy changes that provide food for the poor. Lifestyle Integrity grants target programs that help the church to move toward sustainable lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the Earth’s limited resources. Education and Interpretation grants promote activities to educate the church and the public at large about the root causes of hunger. Direct Food Relief grants support programs that provide food to poor people in either acute or chronic conditions of hunger. Nonprofit organizations and Presbyterian congregations are eligible to apply. Letters of inquiry must be submitted by April 30, 2014; proposals are due June 30, 2014. Visit the program’s website to review the eligibility and criteria information. (Posted: 2/25/14)

 

Please view more grants under our  Resources Page: Available Grants

 

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Support for Children’s Mental Health Services – Department of Health and Human Services

Support for Children’s Mental Health Services – Department of Health and Human Services The Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program provides support to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for improving, expanding, and sustaining services provided through a system of care approach for children/youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The application deadline is March 19, 2014. (Posted: 2/20/14)

Please view more grants under our  Resources Page: Available Grants

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Have a board member who is not comfortable doing the “ask”?

Encourage them to host  “wine and cheese” events in their homes and incorporate a 10 minute “mission moment” as  way of informing their friends and colleagues about your work. Mission moments are a great way to share your organization’s vision, values and programs with members of the community in an easy, non-confrontational, non-solicitous, thought provoking way.

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PTA Grants Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Young Children – Smart from the Start: Community Outreach Grant Program

PTA Grants Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Young Children – Smart from the Start: Community Outreach Grant Program The Smart from the Start: Community Outreach Grant Program, an initiative of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), is dedicated to helping PTAs nationwide educate families about healthy lifestyles. This program supports locally-driven, grassroots prevention strategies that educate families about practical ways to ensure their children, ages three to five, achieve a balanced intake of nutritious foods and physical activity every day, using the Energy Balance Pre-K curriculum. An additional objective is to mobilize community-based stakeholders to focus on increasing access to nutritious foods and physical activity options in the community, especially for families of young children. Ten grants of $10,000 each will be awarded to PTA Regions, Districts, and Councils. The application deadline is March 28, 2014. Visit the National PTA’s website to download the Request for Proposals.  (Posted: 2/20/14)

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Support for Healthy Children Programs in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas – Health Care Service Corporation: Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Initiative

Support for Healthy Children Programs in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas – Health Care Service Corporation: Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Initiative
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families, an initiative of Health Care Service Corporation, is designed to improve the health and wellness of children in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The goal of the initiative is to support nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children and their families in the following areas: nutrition education, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and safe environments. The application deadlines for 2014 vary by state: May 1 for Texas. Download the application instructions and FAQs from the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant page in order to learn more about this initiative. (Posted: 2/20/14)

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Support for Children’s Mental Health Services – Department of Health and Human Services

Support for Children’s Mental Health Services – Department of Health and Human Services 

The Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program provides support to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for improving, expanding, and sustaining services provided through a system of care approach for children/youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The application deadline is March 19, 2014. (Posted: 2/20/14)

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Thinking about marketing but don’t know where to start?

Look to your board! In addition to providing oversight for the organization’s fiscal and management practices, the members of a board are the public face of your nonprofit.   Make the most of your primary PR tool by providing them with regular talking points and making sure they know and can easily convey your organization’s mission, values and services to all they encounter. For more marketing tips, click here

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Assessments are for everyone!

We often think about evaluating programs, services and lower level staff but really, your entire nonprofit can benefit from the exercise. Because improvement is in everybody’s best interest, board members should make a point of assessing their roles, responsibilities & activities on an annual basis. Assessments are a great way for gauging where your nonprofit excels, as well as determining where and  what needs tightening, overhauling. After all, the better you are, the better you can serve.

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Have plenty to do but short on time?

Executive level staff or not, take the time to plan. Those who devote the first 15-30 minutes of their work day to prepping for the day are more likely to keep focused, stay on task and dwindle their “to do” lists. Setting aside prep time also keeps you delegate tasks, better coordinate activities and efforts, maximize your work day, and plan with foresight for the challenge ahead.

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