NSF offers opportunity for media to deploy to Greenland

Note: Deployments would occur in late July or August, with selections made on a competitive basis

Competitive proposals must include the following:

• A documented ability to reach the widest possible U.S. audience across a variety of platforms (broadcast, print, web and social media).

• A solid field plan that indicates how the outlet will clearly and objectively report on science supported by NSF.

Application deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on June 28, 2017. Media must submit proposals electronically by email or as an email attachment to Peter West at pwest@nsf.gov.

More information can be found at: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=242312&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

Some looming deadlines of PetSmart Charities Inc….

A couple of the PetSmart Charities grant programs have fast-approaching deadlines:

Deadline: 30 June 2017

Intake Diversion: This grant category focuses on reducing pet homelessness by helping organizations make wellness services, behavioral training and education more accessible to pet parents.  https://www.petsmartcharities.org/pro/grants/intake-diversion

Keeping Pets and Families Together: This grant is dedicated to providing support through life’s toughest moments by creating resources for families facing homelessness, victims and survivors of domestic violence, and/or military leave that would enable them to keep their pet. https://www.petsmartcharities.org/pro/grants/keeping-pets-families-together

Their full calendar can be viewed here: https://www.petsmartcharities.org/pro/grants/grants-calendar

Happy Thanksgiving You Guys!!!  — “A BIG thanks, To Those in The House” -Mike Rowe

When I was a kid, my grandfather and I used to watch This Old House. I loved it, partly because I liked seeing how stuff got made, but mostly because my Pop would always tell me what Bob Vila was going to do a few seconds before he did it. 

Pop was an electrician by trade, but I always thought he was a magician. The man could fix anything. He could install your plumbing, overhaul your engines, or build your house without a blueprint. My earliest memories are of he and my Dad venturing out into the world to fix a problem. They left the house clean, came home dirty, and the problem was always solved. Pop only made it to the seventh grade, but he was smarter by far than most educated people I know, and mechanically gifted in ways I continue to envy. 

My foundation, mikeroweWORKS, was inspired by my granddad, and Dirty Jobs was really just an attempt to replicate the apprentice/master relationship between he and my dad. I’d like to think that This Old House might NOT have been his favorite reality show, had he lived long enough to see Dirty Jobs, but alas, that was not to be. So I’ve always had a soft spot for This Old House, and today, I’m very excited to tell you that the producers of this most unusual show – now in its 37th season – have partnered with mikeroweWORKS to help close the skills gap. 

The official press release is here. http://bit.ly/2fLdBLk. Check it out. I’ve also attached one of several short videos announcing our partnership. Give it a look, and join me in thanking Norm Abram for his kind support. In just a few weeks, they’ve already helped raise half a million dollars from their incredibly generous sponsors. That money is going straight to our scholarship fund. 

But wait, there’s more. 

In the coming year, the producers of This Old House are going to renovate a home over the course of the season, just as the always do. But this time, they’re going to sell the home, and contribute all of the proceeds to The mikeroweWORKS Foundation. It’s an extraordinary vote of confidence, and I can’t tell you how gratified and humbled I am to have their trust and partnership. 

On this Thanksgiving, I want to say how thankful I am for this association, and how much I’m looking forward to playing a small role in helping train the next generation of tradesmen, on whose talent, skill, and intelligence we all depend. Hopefully, Pop will be watching from on high, and telling his friends what happens next, moments before it does…

Happy Thanksgiving

Link to post: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/videos/1343554558988017/

Holy Crap Batman! Double-spaced everything??!!!??

The “Application for New Awards; Upward Bound Programs” was published and made available to the public on Monday, October 17th, 2016.

Though many of us grant professionals respectfully requested that they reconsider, in this, the Department of Education has decided to uphold a new double-spacing requirement for all text in the application narrative, including figures, tables, charts and graphs. Single spacing is allowable for titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references and captions (see page 12 of notice for more information). Additionally the Department has limited the narrative page limit to 65 pages (see page 11 for more information). The CPP and IP remain the same.

I feel as though all of us are being punished for trangressions of the ‘few’.

The few who do things like advise applicants to “just put a box around it. That makes it a table and it can be single spaced.” Wrong!  Apparently the use of single-spaced paragraph tables in the EOC competition was egregious.   :-/

One can only hope that this is not a sign of the ways things will continue and/or does not bleed over into other Federal agency requirements.  *SIGH*

For more information, please access the full notice available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/17/2016-25058/applications-for-new-awards-upward-bound-program

$2k Writing Contest: “Connecting People With Politics”

The Web of Life Foundation is hosting their annual writing competition, with a $1,500 first place prize, and a $500 second place prize. They accept prose of any form, including short stories and essays, for the competition.

This year’s theme is “Connecting Politics With People.”

The deadline for entry is September 30th, 2016.

Submissions should be 2,000 words or fewer.

Keep in mind that by entering the competition, you are granting them the right to publish your entry, whether you are the winner or not.

Entries are open to all writers around the world. You may submit up to three entries.

To learn more, read their guidelines.