“What do grant writers do? 12 steps to help you explain.” via Foundant Technologies

Nice article from Johna Rodgers. It IS really all about the expectations

Link: https://resources.foundant.com/blog/what-do-grant-writers-do-12-steps-to-help-you-explain

Thanks Johna!

President Biden Signs Series of Executive Orders (15) on Day One of his Presidency

Presidential Actions of 20 January 2021…

Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Reinstating Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

Proclamation on the Termination Of Emergency With Respect To The Southern Border Of The United States And Redirection Of Funds Diverted To Border Wall Construction

Executive Order on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel

Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis

Executive Order on Ensuring a Lawful and Accurate Enumeration and Apportionment Pursuant to the Decennial Census

Executive Order on Revocation of Certain Executive Orders Concerning Federal Regulation

Executive Order on the Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities

Executive Order on Organizing and Mobilizing the United States Government to Provide a Unified and Effective Response to Combat COVID-19 and to Provide United States Leadership on Global Health and Security

Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing

Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United State

Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government

Regulatory Freeze Pending Review

A National Day of Unity

Link to page: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/

2021 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund

SEMA (Speed Equipment Manufacturing Association) is now accepting applications for the 2021 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund for students preparing for careers in the automotive aftermarket industry.

Since its inception in 1984, the SEMA Scholarship fund has provided financial support to promising students, helping them to successfully open doors to those working towards a career in the field. The program offers financial assistance of up to $5,000 with scholarships available in a variety of categories, including but not limited to accounting, sales, marketing, engineering, and more.

Please share with students you feel may benefit from this program. The deadline for application submissions is March 1, 2021.

Link to scholarship website: https://sites.sema.org/scholarships/?utm_source=ET&utm_medium=email&utm_content=577064&utm_campaign=Scholarship2021-Faculty-1

Do You Need a State Farm® Teacher Assist?

If you live in California, Texas, Michigan, Florida or New York and are looking for some financial help to implement a new or innovative ideas for your classroom – State Farm has a teacher assist grant for $2,500 for you to apply to.

Here is the link for more information. 🙂

College Is For Everyone! (from the Youth Law Center)

Hi everyone — the Youth Law Center just released their Guide on College Financial Aid for students with Juvenile Justice Involvement. It’s easy to read and may be helpful for youth/students that you know:

“College Is For Everyone!
A California Financial Aid Guide for Youth with Juvenile Justice Involvement”


“LA’s Coast was Once a DDT Dumping Ground”, by Rosanna Xia (LA Times)

Excellent article on past DDT dumping…

“Mark Gold, who had championed the DDT problem as a marine scientist since the 1990s, could barely find the words to describe how he felt about the attempted cleanup of the Palos Verdes shelf.

“To have the EPA say, 25 years later, that maybe the best thing to do is to just let nature take its course is, frankly, nothing short of nauseating,” he said.

“Nobody in their worst nightmares,” he said, “ever thought there would be half a million barrels of DDT waste dumped into the ocean off of L.A. County’s coast.””

Link to full article: https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-coast-ddt-dumping-ground/?fbclid=IwAR3l1jv-_i0A2Vvhrx0rDK3lLxovAWbYfqkYD_9-QCDsuD_9vzdITPvi12Q

Fund for Investigative Journalism: Coronavirus Rolling Grant for U.S. Freelancers

The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s Coronavirus Rolling Grant for U.S. Freelancers provides grants to U.S.-based freelance investigative journalists working on stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public or private sector.

As the budgets of some journalism news outlets may be stressed during these uncertain economic times, potentially affecting freelance reporters, for the next few months, FIJ will offer small grants of up to $10,000, on a rolling basis, for freelance investigative projects that have a strong U.S. angle involving American citizens, government or business. All stories must be published in English and have a media outlet in the United States. No need to wait for a standard application deadline.

Link to FIJ page for more information: http://fij.org/fund-for-investigative-journalism-announces-coronavirus-rolling-grant/

Exploring Grant Consultants’ Funding Success Rates in 2016

I know this is from 2016, so some of the numbers don’t really apply anymore, but fundamentally this is a good article.

Grant Results

This post explores grant consultants’ success rates (also called ‘win rates’ or ‘hit rates’ or ‘funding rates’) for proposals for grant funding, as publicized on their websites early in 2016. It is the first post in an occasional series about what grant consultants claim for success rates.

Benchmarks for Comparison

Grant consultants who post their success rates online seem to be peculiarly high achievers. As benchmarks for enabling comparisons with their own (always much higher) rates, several grant consultants’ websites cite average success rates for all grant seekers of only 5%, 15%, 17%, 20%, or 25%. When they don’t cite a specific average rate, other grant consultants’ websites cite benchmark success rates that fall within narrow ranges such as 5%-20%, 20%-30%, or 25%-50%. Whether stated as definite ratios or as ranges, the benchmark rates stated on the websites are always considerably lower than the consultants’ declared rates.

Rates Across Programs

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“Footnotes in Gaza” by Joe Sacco

A book that deserves a good read in your ‘spare’ time…


Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, has long been a notorious flashpoint in the bitter Middle East conflict. Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah―cold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistake―reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war.

In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco immerses himself in the daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. As in Palestine and Safe Area Goražde, his unique visual journalism renders a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, Footnotes in Gaza―Sacco’s most ambitious work to date―transforms a critical conflict of our age into intimate and immediate experience.

Link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/Footnotes-Gaza-Graphic-Joe-Sacco/dp/0805092773