What Does Bread, Second Chance, Reentry and Dave’s Killer All Have In Common?

I’m just a typical dad who loves dad jokes, and the cornier the better. I like to food shop for new and healthy products.  On my last trip to the supermarket, I found a line of bread products that had a really catchy name. “DAVE’S KILLER” Bread.  It is organic, with no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial ingredients, kosher and on sale. I bought a loaf and went home with my new discovery.

My wife looks at the label and asks me why it had the word killer in the name, and I couldn’t resist, “because Dave was a killer who after his release from prison, started the company”.  After we both giggled at my silly quip I asked Google and what I found was amazing.

In 2005 Dave Dahl co-founded the company with his brother after spending 15 years in and out of prison. The rest of the story is worth telling. This one man, whose illustration is on every label has started a new life after prison and his company is today the number 1 organic bread in the USA. Dave’s Killer Bread is sold in all 50 states and Canada. It has 300 employee-partners in the Oregon bakery and 1 in 3 employees have a criminal record.

This inspiring second-chance story can and should be repeated. Look at Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation for inspiration.

Find grants on GrantWatch.com  using the keywords “prison” and “reentry” and “offender”; or look under the Juvenile Justice Grants category. This category includes local and national Juvenile Justice Grants for programs supporting at-risk youth & young adults. Grants to state and local agencies, IHEs, tribes, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations for programs that provide the necessary supports for at-risk students and previously incarcerated youth.

Here are 2 grants for reentry programs that will expire very soon:

Grants to Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana Nonprofits for Education, Health, Prison Reentry, and Human Services Programs

Deadline: 08/23/19 

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana nonprofit organizations for programs and projects in the areas of human services, education, healthcare, and prison reentry. Applicants requesting funding in excess of $30,000 must obtain staff approval prior to applying. Grant applications from non-profit organizations with a statewide focus are also accepted. The Foundation believes its highest and best use of grant dollars are for capacity building within nonprofits.


Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for Juvenile Prison Sentence Reduction and Reentry Services Deadline: 08/19/19 

Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, public agencies, faith- and community-based organizations, and colleges and universities to support efforts to reduce prison sentences for prisoners incarcerated as juveniles and to support subsequent reentry services.

I think I will continue to support Dave’s Killer Bread because he has made a home for people like himself who are trying to live their lives in a positive way after prison; and while I am not going to march on Washington for after prison reentry programs, I can make a difference by just purchasing a good product and keeping these people in my heart.

And it tastes good too!


About the Author: Jake Tewel holds a Masters Degree from YU, a wine seller and caterer and a million miler for the past 15 years. Jake is a best friend, great neighbor, your go to travel person, father, grandfather and loving husband. He is now focusing his efforts on heart healthy nutrition, exercise and travel.

Cybersecurity Breach at Capital One Exposes 100M People to Loss of Privacy and Identity Theft

So many companies we rely on to protect our personal information and credit have suffered security breaches that put us all at risk. 

In the aftermath of a cyber security breach, Capital One put out a press release Monday, stating that an outside individual gained unauthorized access to the company's servers and obtained the personal information of approximately 100 million people in the U.S. and 6 million in Canada who hold Capital One credit cards, as well as the information of people who had applied for a credit card. 

Capital One said that no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised and more than 99% of Social Security numbers were not compromised. According to the bank, the suspect obtained data on consumers and small businesses at the time they had applied for credit cards from 2005 through 2019, which includes names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, dates of birth and income.

Capital One Cybersecurity Breached by Hacker

According to the Department of Justice, the hacker was able to gain access to the information through a misconfigured web application firewall that enabled access to the data.

The suspect, identified by the FBI as 33-year-old Paige Thompson, seems to have committed the hack into the Capital One security system sometime between March 12 and July 17.  Thompson might have wanted to be caught. If not, why would she boast about how she accessed the information, posting details of what she did on a social media website called GitHub. This exact information is available in the public record of the criminal complaint on file.

The incident came to light after a GitHub user saw the post and alerted the bank that it had potentially been hacked. Two days later, Capital One confirmed the breach and contacted the FBI. 

Authorities identified Thompson as a suspect and arrested her Monday, after executing a search warrant and seizing electronic storage devices containing a copy of the stolen data.

Capital One does not believe the information was used for fraud or disseminated by Thompson, and an investigation is ongoing. Computer fraud and abuse is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened," said Richard D. Fairbank, Chairman and CEO. "I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right."

Capital One says they are notifying all affected individuals through a variety of channels and are offering free credit monitoring and identity protection to everyone affected. 

"Safeguarding our customers' information is essential to our mission and our role as a financial institution. We have invested heavily in cyber security and will continue to do so. We will incorporate the learnings from this incident to further strengthen our cyber defenses." 

Last week, Equifax agreed to pay at least $700 million to settle lawsuits over security breaches in a settlement with federal authorities and states. The agreement includes up to $425 million (USD) in monetary relief to consumers.

Cybersecurity Grants Available on GrantWatch

Grants for increasing security for businesses and nonprofits can be listed under a number of categories on GrantWatch. Check listings under workforce, higher education, technology, business, or research and evaluation. Still other categories to search include Homeland and National Security.

Find grants for cyber security on GrantWatch, such as the three listed below:

Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs to Advance Education Related to Computer Security (175790), deadline: Ongoing. 

Grants to USA colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations for projects related to education in the field of cybersecurity. Projects may involve a broad range of academic disciplines, including engineering, computing, information sciences, communications, engineering, education, economics, mathematics, statistics, and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged. 

Grants to USA Private and Public Sector Partnerships for Apprenticeship Programs Targeting Nontraditional Industry Sectors (186357)

Grants to Massachusetts and Israel University Faculty for Collaborative Scientific Research (186308).   

What to Do if Your Identity is Stolen 

If your identity is stolen, act as soon as possible. Here' what to do if you know or suspect that your personal information according to the Federal Trade Commission and an Bankrate article on Identity theft.  

1. Contact the companies where you know the fraud occured.
2. Put a fraud alert on your credit report and get copies and check them. 
3. Report identity theft to the FTC.
4. Freeze your credit .
5. File a report with your local police department.
6. Close new accounts opened in your name.
7. Remove fraudulent charges from your accounts.
7. Correct your credit report.
8. Change all affected account passwords.
9. Replace stolen credit cards and government-issued identification.
10. Contact your telephone and utility companies. 
11. Report a misused Social Security Number.
12. Stop debt collectors from trying to collect debts you don't owe.

Each step is enumerated in detail on the FTC's Identity Theft website.


About the Author: Compiled by GrantNews staff from press releases from Capital One Corporation and Cision News wire.


Medical Research Grant Awarded for $3.1 Million to Study Alzheimer’s Disease

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine was recently awarded a grant for $3.1 million dollars grant from the National Institute on Aging for an Alzheimer's Disease study.

“Dual CHIP Functions Control Tau Triage in Alzheimer’s Disease”, a five-year project will be conducted by Todd Cohen, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, and Jonathan Schisler, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology,  to study key concepts related to the regulation of tau, a protein that accumulates and aggregates in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's. 

"The overarching goal of the study is to provide a new framework to better understand and target pathological tau species to alleviate tau-mediated toxicity and neurodegeneration in patients with Alzheimer’s disease," according to an announcement in UNC news.

The study will define the critical events that occur during early-stage tau triage, a time period in healthy adults during which aberrant tau aggregation is counteracted by a neuroprotective response that involves the activity of CHIP.

By better understanding the intricacies of this biological process, the researchers hope to gain greater understanding to be used for the development of future therapeutic options for patients. 

Academics, researchers, and medical staff can find grants for groundbreaking medical research by looking here: research grants or medical research grants on GrantWatch.com. Grant seekers can also find under the fields of academic research, public health, and mental health.

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Researchers to Create Personalized Brain Mapping to Improve Epilepsy Care  Deadline 11/29/19  LOI Date: 07/26/19

Grants to USA, Canada, and International researchers at academic, nonprofit research institutions and industry organizations to create personalized brain mapping to improve epilepsy care. A letter of Intent is required prior to submission of a full application. Eligible proposals will test novel, unconventional hypotheses or pursue major methodological or technical challenges in network modeling for epilepsy. 

Grants to USA Colleges, Universities, and Research Institutions for Medical Research, Engineering, and Science  Deadline 02/15/20  Conference Date: 08/15/19  LOI Date: 11/01/19

Grants to USA medical colleges, research universities, and institutions for projects related to science and engineering, as well as research in the medical field. Applicants are required to submit an initial application prior to submitting a full proposal.

Tired of searching for grants with no success? GrantWatch lists thousands of grants in a uniform, easy to search manner on our website.Stay abreast of all the latest developments on GrantNews.com 

Source: http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2019/march/cohen-schisler-awarded-3-1-million-alzheimer2019s-grant

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantNews.

Evaluation Reboot – Using Evaluation as a Teaching Tool For Nonprofit Staff and Boards

We spend so much time focusing on finding grants, filling out applications and writing grant proposals.  How much time do you spend on evaluation?

Once a grant has been awarded, a grant manager needs to be appointed.  This could be the company comptroller or accountant, a staff member, and/or a board member.  The grant manager is in charge of financial and programmatic grant oversight. During this phase, the monies are spent exactly as stated in the proposed budget unless the grant manager has received approval for a budget modification.

Program evaluation is conducted pre, midpoint and post the grant award period.

Even after the grant money has been spent, the grant is not a "done deal" until the funders have been given a full report accounting for how the money has been used and with what results. 

Evaluation is an important aspect of the grant cycle, as well as essential to the health and success of every nonprofit (and for-profit) organization. It's the only way to know if a programs has had the impact proposed and truly made a difference. 

A new book by Elena Harman, published by The Charity Channel, provides an in-depth look at evaluation designed for regular staff members (non-evaluators). The Great Nonprofit Evaluation Reboot: A New Approach Every Staff Member Can Understand, focuses on learning from evaluation. It's an easy to read manual perfect for busy professionals who are not experts in applied research methods. 

Harman's book is full of actionable strategies to help you find answers to your questions about how to measure your efforts and improve your results in the future. 

The book contains chaptThe Great Nonprofit Evaluation Rebooters directed toward each staff position enabling each staff member to apply evaluation to improve their outcomes in fundraising, communications, leadership, and governance. Harman addresses how to evaluate both grant makers and grant recipients. She encourages both staff and board members to use “evaluation as a learning tool rather than an accountability measure."   

"Evaluation is a critical component of running effective programs, as well as raising more money for those programs," says Amy Eisenstein, author of Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops. "If you want to provide the best services possible, and communicate that with your donors, this book is a must read."

Readers will learn that not only can evaluation support communications, but they will learn the role of the communication team in supporting evaluation. The book provides rich examples, helpful tips, and a down-to-earth writing style, valuable actionable steps that will inspire readers to start implementing these great ideas right away. In addition, she provides insights into which social media metrics are important to focus on and an honest assessment of when it does and does not make sense to evaluate.

What you can expect:

  • More about thinking and learning instead of just data and accountability
  • The three most important steps to nonprofit growth
  • Productive strategies using common language for evaluation
  • Pros, cons and how-to’s for keeping evaluation in-house and hiring consultants
  • How to take the first step that’s right for your organization 

The four parts of the Evaluation Reboot include: 
Part One — Disconnected: The Evaluation Field and Nonprofits We Serve
Harman explains her misgivings about counterproductive practices in evaluation and shares her vision for healthier client-evaluator partnerships and their profound benefits.

Part Two — Breaking It Down
If you’re considering evaluation for your programs, the first step is often the most difficult. Harman breaks down the five core elements of effective evaluation one by one. Think of these core elements as the necessary framework or backbone of effective evaluation. You'll gain a better understanding of how to get started and how to effectively measure your outcomes.

Part Three — Pick Your Position: How Evaluation Can Work for You 
Carrying out evaluation cuts across the entire organizational chart and needs the engagement of every staff member. This section explains how each position can uniquely apply evaluation techniques to amplify their results. 

Part Four — Let’s Get Started 
The final section prepares you to apply what you've learned. It assembles and cross-references content that Harman finds helpful for making those early steps, including a "Nonprofit Evaluation Bill of Rights."

Whether you're looking for information on funding or grants for a nonprofit or business, find it on GrantWatch. We can also help you write your proposals on www.grantwriterteam.com 


About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantNews.


Understanding What Motivates Us: How Does Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Factor Into Career Choice?

How did you decide what you wanted to be when you grew up?

What's the internal process involved in people's career choices? Do we understand the motivating factors behind these choices? How do students choose what they wish to study?

In the olden days, people would often become apprentices and learn by doing. People often chose to follow in their parent's footsteps or to join the family business, which still happens today, but to a lesser degree. 

Today, people are more concerned with following their own dreams and aspirations, but what personal needs or characteristics factor into those choices? 

To understand what motivates us, we can take a look at a theory by a highly regarded psychologist, Abraham Maslow, who postulated his psychological theory known as Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs back in 1943.  

Maslow theorized that people's needs develop in a particular order and that they must first satisfy their basic physiological survival needs, like food, water, shelter, sleep, sex, etc. Only after these needs are met do they move on to their safety needs – the need for protection, physical security, resources, job security, income, etc. Once those needs are met, people can move on to focus on their social needs such as relationships, family, intimacy, belonging, etc. Next, after these needs are met a desire for esteem often arises within people. Esteem needs include achievement, respect, status, etc. Finally, a desire for self-actualization leads people to want to fulfill their potential and pursue their desire for personal growth, authenticity, and finding meaning in life. 

Where on the pyramid does your job fall? 


Material needs seem to be high on the list of priorities for many students, going into business or the field that will earn the highest income to ensure their basic survival needs are met. These students study finance, economics, accounting, business, banking… and often go on to get MBAs. They look for jobs in the financial sector as investment bankers, research analysts or go into business.


Their career choice also allows them to meet their safety needs, and depending on their place of employment, might also be involved in filling their belongingness need, and depending on their position, their esteem needs as well. 

Others have different primary motivations, choosing professions that have something to do with making a difference in the world, helping others, pursuing their artistic muse and inspiration. This doesn't mean they're not interested in meeting their own more basic needs, but these are not their primary motivation. 

For those who most value safety and security, careers in the military, law enforcement, or as some type of first- responder might be chosen. 


For those who are motivated by belongingness needs, social and societal concerns will come into play. These are often our social workers, ministers and nonprofit professionals


Once people in any of these careers, or working in any of these fields reach a high level of proficiency, esteem needs will lead them to take on leadership roles – possibly in their own business or nonprofit, and/or in the community and society. 

A lawyer might choose to become a judge or a politician. A teacher might choose to advance to become a department head or the school's principal.  

Focusing on Self-Actualization 

Those who choose careers in the nonprofit sector have a different set of priorities, but which "level" of the hierarchy of needs are they drawn to dedicate their careers and devote their passions to?

All are interested in "making a difference in the world," but what's the driving force that motives them?

For those working with nonprofits, how do they choose the type of nonprofit they wish to be part of? 

And what are the needs from the hierarchy that grant funders choose to support and why? 

Both groups are interested in "making a difference in the world," but what's their passion? What motivates them? 

Nonprofits can address needs on any of the levels of the hierarchy's pyramid. Think of survival needs as those working for the homeless, or to feed the poor and hungry; safety as those working to end domestic violence or sex trafficking, those working for disaster relief could fall under both categories. 

Those working with faith-based and community service organizations are working on that third level of belongingness, but also possibly the fifth level – including self-actualization

Later formulations of the hierarchy of needs added three more basic needs, increasing the pyramid of needs to eight. 

These needs include the first four, plus cognitive needs:

  • the need for knowledge,
  • to satisfy one's curiosity,
  • to gain understanding, and
  • self-awareness. 

Aesthetic needs – the need for beauty, sensory stimulation and balance, (followed by Self-Actualization needs), and finally, at the pyramid's pinnacle, Transcendence needs – the need or desire for spirituality, which might include the desire for oneness, unity, to address global concerns and to help others to achieve self-actualization or even transcendence. Grants for musicians and artists, arts and culture grants, would fall under these needs. 

The complete expanded Hierarchy of Needs:

1. Survival
2. Safety
3. Belongingness
4. Esteem
5. Cognitive
6. Aesthetic
7. Self-Actualization
8. Transcendence

Expanded Pyramid of the Hierarchy of Needs

Some critics believe that the pyramid of needs was created with a western, individualistic cultural outlook. In some countries, social, societal needs might be considered higher or more important than self-actualization. 

A basic tenet of Maslow's theory is that it's unlikely for individuals to progress to a higher level if they are uncertain how to satisfy a more basic need. 

When choosing to start a nonprofit or work for one, how do people decide what to choose? 

Do they choose a nonprofit that is looking to assist people to get shelter, food, clothing or meet other physiological needs? Or are they drawn to protecting people such as children, victims of abuse or sex-trafficking…? Or are they motivated by cognitive needs – interested in research into finding a cure for cancer? Sometimes these can also become esteem needs, wanting to find the cure for cancer and win a Nobel prize, Or with aesthetic needs, not just to produce art, or even art that moves people, but to write a Pulitzer prize winner. 

Other theories of personality might come into play and help us understand our motivations such as the Enneagram, Myers-Briggs, and others. Risk takers will found their own nonprofits or businesses while those who seek more security will join an already established enterprise. 

Debra Wheatman in her article "Your Career Hierarchy of Needs," has some great suggestions for reaching the pinnacle of self-actualization in your career. (https://careersdonewrite.com/blog/your-career-hierarchy-of-needs.) 

Regardless of which needs people are looking to meet, they can find funding through grants or crowdfunding to pursue their needs or actualize their dreams. Find them on GrantWatch, fund them through YouHelp, or find a grant writer to help you with either of these on GrantWriterTeam.com 



About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantWatch and all Grant Watch affiliated sites.


Creative Capital Celebrates 20 Years — Moves to New Annual Award Cycle

For two decades, Creative Capital has helped to make possible some of the most powerful and enduring works of art produced in the United States. The Creative Capital Award has provided not only monetary assistance, but a wide-ranging and holistic program to help artists of all disciplines develop sustainable practices—a long-term investment in the culture, the power of art, and the importance of dialogue and exploration. And as the needs of those artists continue to evolve, with changing artistic practices and economic realities, Creative Capital will change to meet them.

So now, in recognition of its 20th anniversary and on the occasion of this year’s artist retreat, which brings together Creative Capital Awardees with producers, editors, curators, and more in support of their projects, Creative Capital is pleased to announce that it will be moving to an annual cycle of awards and retreats, thereby allowing the organization to provide steady, consistent support for artists, whenever they need it most. Awardees will each continue to receive $50,000 in project funding, supplemented by an additional $50,000 in career development services, for a total value of $100,000.

This year’s artist retreat marked the beginning of the organization’s 20th-anniversary celebrations, and took place June 13 – 16 at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, NY. Bringing together cultural leaders, book editors, museum curators, art gallerists, theater and film producers, and more to provide important networking and collaboration-building opportunities for Creative Capital Awardees, and continuing to expand the nationwide artistic community that Creative Capital endeavors to build and sustain.

The new award cycle is a natural extension of Creative Capital’s mission to support artists who explore and push boundaries. An annual award cycle will allow prospective awardees more clarity and flexibility in the application process, and ensure that Creative Capital support is available for cutting-edge projects when that assistance is most critical.

In recognition of the increasingly blurred boundaries between genres, the awards will also continue the new practice, begun in the 2018 award cycle, of accepting all applications without regard to discipline and engaging a multidisciplinary panel of esteemed practitioners and experts from a wide range of fields to select awardees.

“Annual awards, open to projects of all disciplines, will ensure that we’re accessible to artists when they need us most,” says Suzy Delvalle, President and Executive Director of Creative Capital. “The new award cycle reflects both our mission to amplify the full spectrum of the country’s artistic voices, and our commitment to growing and strengthening Creative Capital itself.”

Since its founding in 1999, Creative Capital has supported 561 projects representing 700 artists with over $45 million in funding; professional development opportunities; legal, financial, and other consulting; artist retreats and gatherings; and more, with the aim of fostering and developing artistic exchange and a thriving cultural commons across the United States.

Over the past two decades, Creative Capital has supported the realization of some of the most powerful and innovative films, visual art, performances, and literature to be produced in the United States. The twelve classes of Creative Capital Awardees, dating back to the year 2000, include Janine Antoni, Edgar Arceneaux, Sanford Biggers, Nick Cave, Rachel Chavkin, Mel Chin, Julia Christensen, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Ramona S. Diaz, Chris Doyle , Faye Driscoll, Yance Ford, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Theaster Gates , Jeffrey Gibson, Ken Gonzalez-Day, Barbara Hammer, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, Vijay Iyer, Miranda July, Lisa Kron, Suzanne Lacy, Young Jean Lee, Lynn Hershmann Leeson, Simone Leigh, Ralph Lemon, Taylor Mac, Eileen Myles, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Maggie Nelson, Narcissister, Lorraine O’Grady, Postcommodity, Alex Rivera, Penny Lane, Jae Rhim Lee, Daniel Bernard Romain, Paul Rucker, Dread Scott, Wu Tsang, Basil Twist, Reggie Watts, and many, many more.


About Creative Capital

Creative Capital supports innovative, ambitious artists of all disciplines across the country through funding, counsel, gatherings, and career development services. Our mission is to amplify artists' voices and catalyze connections, helping artists to realize their visions and build sustainable practices, and nurturing the growth of artistic communities nationwide.

Creative Capital receives major support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, New York Community Trust, William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, Paige West, The Theo Westenberger Estate, and more than 100 other institutional and individual donors.

The Creative Capital Artist Retreat is generously supported by Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Facebook Art Department, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Aesop. For more, visit creative-capital.org.


Government of Canada Awards $65 Million to STARS for New Emergency Medical Air Ambulance Fleet in Western Canada

Every second counts when it comes to saving lives! In Western Canada, the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) plays a vital role in making sure residents and visitors get medical attention as swiftly as possible, no matter where they might be when the need arises. 

Since 1985, STARS has played a critical role in emergency management in Western Canada. The founder of the nonprofit, Dr. Powell, determined to change emergency care across rural Alberta after seeing too many patients from rural areas die due to not getting treated as soon as they needed. He and his colleagues created a helicopter air ambulance service, built and supported by the community. 

As they've grown and evolved, STARS has never wavered from its mission to deliver rapid and specialized helicopter emergency medical services. They've expanded well past Alberta to cover Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and parts of British Columbia, including indigenous communities and national parks. 

They believe that where you live, work, play or travel shouldn't impact your chance of survival. The core values of STARS are safety, teamwork, accountability, respect, and spirit. 

Since its inception, STARS pilots have flown over 40,000 missions, bringing critically ill and injured people living, working and playing in rural and remote communities of Western Canada, rapid and specialized helicopter emergency medical services when they need it most. With lives hanging in the balance, having the most reliable air ambulances available can mean the difference between life and death, so new state-of-the-art vehicles are needed to replace the helicopters they've been using. 

The STARS volunteer board has been working to raise enough money for three new air ambulances as the first phase in a fleet renewal plan to eventually have nine state-of-the-art air ambulances in service. Three new aircraft were purchased by accessing cash reserves and financing. 

On March of 2019, the Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honorable Ralph Goodale, announced a $65-million grant from the Government of Canada to STARS to fund the purchase of five new Airbus H145 helicopters. 

What a windfall! Imagine the difference this will make in their operations? 

These five new helicopters, part of a fleet renewal plan that includes the purchase of nine new aircraft, will help increase STARS' availability of service and improve their flexibility to respond to emergencies across the region.  The plan also streamlines flight operations from two current helicopter types to a single-model fleet, resulting in less time and money spent on maintenance and training.

"This commitment by the Government of Canada is an investment in the future of Western Canadians, enabling STARS to be there to fight for the lives of patients in need for generations to come. This is a historic announcement for STARS and for our fleet renewal process. It's exceptional news for our patients," said Andrea Robertson, President, and CEO of STARS.

STARS has been involved in responding to several high profile emergency management events including the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, the school shooting in La Loche, the Fort McMurray wildfires, and the 2013 Spring floods in Calgary.

An important element of their quick activating is the STARS Emergency Link Centre. The Emergency Link Centre coordinates emergency responses quickly, shares information and pools resources among responding agencies and organizations within provinces and between them. 

"STARS is a vital lifesaving service across the West. "Our investment will provide them with five new, modern, first-class emergency medical helicopters that will help save lives.  The Government of Canada is proud to support STARS in renewing its fleet—their work is precious to so many lives across the region," said  Minister Goodale.

This investment helps support emergency response services in the region and is aligned with the common priorities that all federal, provincial and territorial governments agreed to in the Emergency Management Strategy for Canada released in January 2019. 

The Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers responsible for emergency management outlined five common priority areas for action. The award to STARS aligns with the priority to enhance disaster response capacity and coordination, and to foster the development of new capabilities.

Nonprofits and for-profits in the area of emergency preparedness, response, and more can find grant opportunities on GrantWatch.com

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantNews.

GrantNews Celebrates Journalists and All They Do On World Press Freedom Day

Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of life as we know it in the United States. That is not the case in many corners of the world. Journalists all over the world risk their lives on a daily basis uncovering stories and getting to the root of community, state, federal, national and international political, social, environmental, and global issues that face us. 

Freedom of the Internet, media control, privacy, and surveillance are all issues impacting the future of journalism and with it, all our lives, and society as we know it. 

For our communities to thrive, we need to work closely with journalists to report the stories that are important and meaningful to us. We need to hold our leaders accountable for needed resources, for positive change. We as a community of readers and journalists need to work together for the common good and reward honest reporting.

It starts at the local level, reporting on the stories that affect our lives, our homes, education, health, and jobs. By being involved in the discussions, we are involved in shaping our future. The stories told about us include our voices. "The more engaged we are with local media, the more local journalism reflects us, lifts up diverse voices and serves our needs," according to www.freepress.net. 

An organization called News Voices organizes events, workshops, and collaborative projects to build power with communities seeking a stronger voice in local news. 

New Voices addresses the issues, local journalism, and the future of journalism in general. Their work raises the voices of diverse segments of the populations so they have a role in setting the news agenda and changing the way news is covered in their communities. 

Journalists can connect with communities, they say, by adopting strategies that organizers use to build trust with communities and uncover untold stories.

Organizing is a powerful approach to building relationships and deepening trust, but it’s an approach most journalists aren’t familiar with. According to FreePress.net's News Voices Organizing Guide…

The principles and practices organizers use can be powerful tools when adapted to the newsroom, and can be incorporated into a reporter’s everyday work to:

• build trust and relationships with people across a community,

• uncover underreported stories,

• better share information with community members,

• learn from the people an issue most affects,

• lift up unheard community voices,

• collaboratively identify solutions, and

• heighten the impact of reporting.

GrantWatch lists grants for journalists and investigative reporting on the local, community, state, federal and international levels. In addition, there are 254 current grant listings related to media. See two of the current grant listings for journalism, media training, and investigative reporting below. 

Grants to USA and International Nonprofits and Institutes of Higher Education for Journalism Education and Media Training, Deadline: 10/01/19

Funding is intended to promote college-level journalism studies and technological advances in the media industry. Preference is given to projects and programs that benefit the areas in which the foundation does business and that seek to encourage diversity in newsrooms and in coverage. The Foundation's priorities are encouraging those wishing to enter the field of journalism and supporting innovative, national, and regional training for current journalists. Particular attention is given to the First Amendment and its responsibilities. 

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Institutes of Higher Education for Scholarship and Research on Public Policy, Deadline: 08/22/19.

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and universities for scholarly research on public policy issues that impact on the personal and economic liberties of the nation's citizens. Funding is intended to support scholarship resulting in the publication of policy papers, journal articles, film projects, books, and new media initiatives. 

Through its grant-making, this trust seeks to develop solutions to the country’s most important and challenging domestic policy issues. Funding is typically provided in the form of research grants, fellowships, and other types of targeted project support. With the Foundation’s assistance, university and think tank scholars investigate a wide range of issues, including: 

  • Tax and budget policy
  • Cost-benefit analysis of regulatory practices and proposals
  • the workings of the legal system
  • Environmental policy
  • Social welfare reform
  • K-12 and higher education policy

Journalism plays a critical role in our communities. It shapes our lives and connects us to our communities and our communities to each other and the world. To find more grants for journalists, search under Research & Evaluation, Higher Education, Literacy & Libraries, Secondary Education, and any topic from the categories that align with what you are looking to research. Also, try advanced searches for "journalism," "investigative reporting," and "media." 

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Grants Available to Reduce Environmental Health Risks and Improve Air and Water Quality

Hazardous materials found in public and commercial buildings can wreak havoc on people's health. Imagine living in a home or going to work and being exposed to mold, mildew, toxic chemicals and inhaling their fumes and particulate matter daily. Some of these environmental health risks are hidden – they're invisible and don't have a smell or a scent. The greatest risks to our personal and communal health are found in the environments where we spend the most time due to continuous, prolonged exposure.

Over the past forty years, people have been warned of the dangers of materials like lead and to keep children away from peeling paint.  Lead is also found at dangerous levels such as our soil, water and the food we eat.

In addition, mold and mildew can pose a serious threat to your health and well being and the integrity of your property. Extensive growth can weaken the building's structure. 

Libby Hikind, Founder and CEO has discovered and recommends her two mold spore reducing measures. Libby now uses hydrogen peroxide as a cleaning tool, the same hydrogen peroxide you use on cuts and scrapes and whenever the air starts to bother her, indoors she closes all windows, turns on her AC and her Dyson Pure Cool TP01 – Hepa Air Purifier & Fan. 

Recent studies are finding multiple health risks associated with air and water born pollutantsDyson Pure Cool TP01 HEPA Air Purifier, substances like mold and mildew. The worst types of molds could lead to chronic respiratory illnesses, COPD and have now been linked with fibromyalgia, chronic pain, severe allergic reactions and possibly certain types of cancer. 

Warning Signs of Possible Mold and Mildew in Your Environment 

Visible growth: Any black or discolored spots on the walls are a clear indication of a problem.

Musty smell: If you detect a moldy odor in a particular room or area, this could mean it's growing inside your walls or under the floorboards.

Allergies: If you or any of your staff members are experiencing symptoms such as difficulty breathing, a runny nose, watery eyes, throat closing, itching, and other allergic reactions, fungal growth could be the culprit. 

The Grantwatch.com website lists medical and healthcare related grants to individuals to organizations, clinicians, researchers, and other individuals operating in the health fields. Grants also encompass the health and wellness sphere and other health-related initiatives. In addition, GrantWatch lists grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the environment both in the U.S. and abroad. 

Here is a current grant open to USA nonprofit organizations working to protect natural resources, strengthen communities and the food system, and enhance public health. Applications are invited from both small and mid-sized organizations for either specific projects or general operating support.  

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect the Environment, Enhance Local Food Systems, and Strengthen Communities, Deadline: 6/01/2019 

Applications are invited from both small and mid-sized organizations for either specific projects or general operating support. Priority is given to applicants that address the funding priorities from a holistic perspective including by reducing environmental health hazards. 

Priorities include:

  • Reducing Environmental Health Hazards
  • Improving air quality
  • Cleaning up water supplies
  • Reducing other exposures to toxic materials

And here are two grants for improving drinking water quality currently listed on GrantWatch: 

Grants to California LEAs, Preschools, and Day Care Centers to Improve Drinking Water Quality, Deadline: Ongoing through 6/30/2019

Grants to California local education agencies serving grades K-12, child care facilities and preschools to improve the quality of driving water. Projects must be located at schools within or serving a disadvantaged community. Projects may involve the installation of equipment necessary to ensure clean water, as well as the provision of interim water supplies. 

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Drinking Water and Natural Gas Resources, Deadline: 7/12/2019 

Grants to USA nonprofits to address environmental issues, specifically the protection of clean drinking water resources, as well as efforts to challenge the development of natural gas use and infrastructure in New York State. Funding is intended for projects that promote enforceable water policies and that advance cleaner and more accessible energy systems.

Through preservation grants, landmarks can get funding for historical homes, libraries, museums, film, art, cultural and religious institutions for remediation from health risks such as asbestos and mold. Grants for remediation can sometimes also be found on GrantWatch under housing or financial assistance. 

Reducing health risks:

  • Using water filters, even some of the most basic can remove lead from water. Check to make sure the ones you use do. 
  • Don't use plastics that have been exposed to high temperatures. Don't drink beverages or eat foods that plastic might have leached into.
  • Only use microwave-safe containers to heat food and beverages. 
  •  A ventilation system that exchanges stale polluted air for fresh and filtered air will keep your office healthy.
  • Install a properly-sized, whole-home or building ventilation system. Older homes have two conditions that lead to high levels of airborne pollutants: the building "envelope" allows dust and pollen and other contaminants in through air leakage, and there’s not enough controlled mechanical ventilation to clear the indoor air. In situations like this, tightening up the building envelope and installing a controlled ventilation system will lead to a cleaner indoor environment.Fan in the breeze
  • For those who already have a respiratory illness, fresh and filtered air can improve their quality of life by eliminating the majority of pollutant triggers.
  • Get as much fresh air as possible, preferably out in nature. 
  • Clean vents and replace air filters regularly.  
  • Be mindful of the air you breathe and the water you drink! To learn more about how to prevent airborne particulate matter exposure, visit the MAA Center website. 

Small businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, public and private foundations frustrated by the often-overwhelming process involved with searching for grants can identify funding opportunities that are easy to read and simple to comprehend at GrantWatch.com. Sign-up here to receive the GrantWatch weekly grants newsletter prepared specifically for your organization's location.


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Research Needed to Solve Opioid Crisis, Find Alternatives For Pain Relief

Among the greatest challenges the world is currently facing is the runaway abuse of illegal drugs. Drug abuse is a problem that is affecting people the world over, from the rich to the poor, and in all age groups. Because of the increase in drug abuse, global crime rates, terrorism and corruption have skyrocketed within the last few years. For the few who the drug trade has created substantial wealth, there are many more that it has destroyed. It has led to the loss of millions of lives and destabilized communities across the globe. 

Nonprofits looking for grants for research into this problem of epidemic proportions can find them on GrantWatch

Opiates are extremely addictive because of the high, experienced when the drugs interact with the brain. So addictive are these drugs that they can cause addiction within three days of use. Medical professionals at opiate rehab facilities need more insight on to positive ways to treat the addiction.  

"Opioid misuse and addiction is an ongoing and rapidly evolving public health crisis, requiring innovative scientific solutions," writes Nora D. Volkow, M.D. and Francis S. Collins, MD PhD in their article "The Role of Science in Addressing the Opioid Crisis." Research is needed to find medications that will work with patients that are not so highly addictive as well as developing better overdose-reversal and prevention interventions to reduce mortality, saving lives for future treatment and recovery.  Research is also needed to find new, innovative medications and technologies to treat opioid addiction; and find safe, effective, nonaddictive interventions to manage chronic pain. "Each of these areas requires a range of short-, intermediate-, and long-term research strategy."

Opioid Abuse 

Medication or drugs that combine with the opioid receptors in the brain are referred to as opioids. Previously this term was used to describe synthetic opioid receptor binding drugs but has now been expanded to also include opiates derived from natural sources. 

  • Naturally occurring opioids are derived from opium which is obtained from the poppy plant. These include morphine and codeine.  

  • Semi-synthetic opioids describe naturally occurring opioids that have undergone some level of chemical alteration in the laboratory. These include hydrocodone and oxycodone. 

  • Synthetic opioids describe opioids that have been entirely manufactured in the laboratory, mimicking the chemical makeup of the naturally derived opioids. An example of these is fentanyl.  

Statistics from the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) show that over two million US residents are addicted to opioids. These statistics also indicate that on the average ninety Americans succumb to opioid addiction on a daily basis. 

Long term use of opioids is known to be a major cause of degradative behavior within many communities and society at large, not to mention the effects that the drug has on the body of the user and their overall wellbeing.  

The Use of Medical Marijuana in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction 

Various studies have shown that medical marijuana may be a suitable alternative for opioids for the management of pain. "Compounds that target nonopioid pain pathways, such as the endocannabinoid system, are also being evaluated for pain management. There is strong evidence of the efficacy of cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in treating pain. Medications that target the endocannabinoid system without producing the cognitive impairment and rewarding effects of marijuana could provide a powerful new tool," according to Volkow and Collins.  

Increasing the use of medical marijuana for therapeutic purposes could be one of the ways of reducing over reliance on prescription opioids for many a patient. The resulting interaction between opioids and marijuana has been a topic of exploration for decades in both clinical and pharmacological levels. However there is still a lot of research being done on the potential marijuana has in the modulation of the addictive effects of opioids, which are a much harder class of drugs. Those going to an opiate rehab may benefit from medical marijuana or its extracts.   

The Importance Of Research Grants For Substance Abuse 

The crisis that is caused by opioid abuse results in significant costs to society with regard to the productivity lost, social disorder, and the overall utilization of healthcare. Research has been the main method used to access the treatment methods available for opioid addictions, giving more insights into the addiction itself. Through research, the traditional methods of treatment were able to be effective to the needs of the time, and any research going forward will be essential in understanding the potential marijuana has to modulate the addictive aspects of opioids.  

More research into substance abuse is needed given the level to which it effects society. Although the findings of such research can be monetized by a few entities, it is largely aimed at benefiting the millions of people who are not able to access privatized treatment for substance abuse. Grants in this sector would enable the projects to access better scientific tools, equipment, and manpower ensuring better chances of success. 

Amazing discoveries have been made on account of scientific advances into the effects of addiction on the brain. The continued influx of funding, in the form of grants, directed toward research will enable the development of fast and effective treatments that deal with the core pathology of addiction. The discovery of new diagnostic markers will also aid in identifying the issues early and intervening at the right time. 

Although institutes such as NIDA (National Institutes on Drug Abuse) might have the required tools of research, they still need adequate funding in order to realize the ambitious goal of finding treatment for opioid addiction.  

Having trouble finding funding for your scientific, medical and academic research? Find grants to apply for on GrantWatch.com for your organization or institution. A research project without a readily available grant should also consider starting a campaign here: https://www.youhelp.com/start


About the Author: Dale is a writer and researcher in the fields of mental health and substance abuse. After a battle with addiction Dale was able to become the first person in his family to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Dale likes to write about these issues to help reduce the stigma associate with both. You can find more of his work on Twitter https://twitter.com/DaleVernor