Meyer Memorial Trust Enews

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Bringing Theory to Practice Project: Request for Proposals

First Deadline: June 15, 2012

The Bringing Theory to Practice Project’s 2012-2014 RFP is now available .

Proposals are requested for projects that will promote engaged learning, civic development and engagement, and psychosocial well-being of college and university students. We are especially interested in efforts that will enable students to have transformational educational experiences, and proposals for how institutions can transform and sustain their priorities and practices.

The first deadline is June 15 for all categories of proposals. This is the only deadline for Demonstration Site Grants in the 2012-2014 grant period. Funding will first be available by July 15, 2012.

For mailed copies of the RFP, please send a request to Dylan Joyce with your name, institution, and institutional address; we will provide up to five hard copies per institution.

We look forward to reading your proposals for projects aligned with our joint purposes and priorities.

For more information, e-mail Dylan Joyce or Jennifer O’Brien in the Bringing Theory to Practice Project office, or call 202.884.0805.

The Bringing Theory to Practice Project
c/o Association of American Colleges and Universities
1818 R St., NW
Washington, DC 20009

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Capacity Building Program for U.S. Undergrad Study Abroad (Deadline April 20, 2012)

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces a competition for grants to support the development of programs for U.S. undergraduate study abroad through exchanges of faculty, administrators, or students that are designed either to expand the capacity of the U.S. recipient organization to administer study abroad programs or to expand the capacity of partner institutions in eligible foreign countries to provide academic programs for U.S. undergraduate students. All applications must be submitted by public or private non-profit organizations, meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Total funding for this is approximately $1,800,000.

More information.

Wick Kenney Fund – Watershed Restoration Funding

The Wick Kenney Fund, a component of the Kenney Brothers Foundation, provides support to nonprofit organizations that work to protect and restore watersheds in the Western United States. The Fund’s discretionary grants focus on projects that provide a real opportunity to change western water policy on a local, state, or national level; defend environmental laws critical for the protection of all western rivers; focus on a specific strategy for protection of a biologically important western watershed; or research and analyze issues that affect western water. Discretionary grant inquiries are accepted throughout the year; however, grants are typically made only twice a year, in June and December. Visit the Fund’s website for information on the application process.

Funding Opportunities – Thanks America’s Promise!

Funding Opportunities

The following grants and funding opportunities are currently accepting applicants. These grants are not offered through America’s Promise Alliance, but they each relate to the Five Promises. If you have questions about these opportunities, please follow the links provided in each item.

Interfaith Youth Core – Better Together Awards!

Nominate your campus for a Better Together Award. Your nomination qualifies your campus to win up to $2,500 for the organization of your choice! Here’s how it works:
  • STEP ONE: Complete this SURVEY.

  • STEP TWO: Create a PINBOARD. Toward the end of the survey, you’ll get more information on how to create a Pinterest pinboard, which is required as part of your nomination.

  • STEP THREE: Return to the survey and give us the LINK to your board. Then click submit. Your nomination is complete!
  • STEP FOUR: SHARE your pinboard with as many people as you can. Our awards decisions are influenced in part by the number of likes and repins you get for the photos on your board.

Completed nominations are due by April 23, 2012 at 9:00 am CDT. If you’re not able to complete your nomination all at once, you can save your progress through the link at the bottom of the page, starting with page 2. If you have any questions about completing your nomination, email Rachel at

A couple things to keep in mind:

  • You’re nominating your campus, so get others from your campaign team involved in putting your nomination together and promoting your pinboard.
  • Only campuses who have participated in the Better Together campaign are eligible to win an award. (Haven’t done anything as part of Better Together yet? Sign up and get started!)
  • Campuses may apply to win several awards, but will be awarded only one.
  • We reserve the right to withdraw an award for any reason.

AT&T Announces Quarter-Billion-Dollar Expansion of Education Commitment

AT&T Announces Quarter-Billion-Dollar Expansion of Education Commitment
The AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative RFP is focused on high school success and college and career readiness programs that are consistent with AT&T’s commitment to support local organizations that are delivering results that help reduce the dropout rates in their communities.

Social innovation goes beyond traditional philanthropy – which typically involves only charitable giving – to also engage people and technology to bring different approaches, new solutions and added resources to challenging social problems.

RFP Information
The 2012 Local Impact RFP will provide project support for currently operating high school retention programs comprised of elements aligned to the What Works Clearinghouse Dropout Prevention Practice Guide. The support should be used to expand the program to serve additional students, or to add components to strengthen the program.

Must be capable of operating by the first semester of the 2012/13 school year. Payments ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 for 24 months (2012/14) are available.