Independent grant writers don't often get to witness the long-term impact of our work. So it's nice when we get an up-close-and-personal account of our efforts.
Just such a thing occurred a couple of weeks ago. For a variety of reasons that aren't worth going into, we worked well into the wee hours of the morning finishing a grant proposal. It was hard, we were exhausted, and we really didn't want to work the next day.
But the next morning, a conversation with local college student gave me the boost I needed. She had been inspired to pursue a degree in industrial engineering thanks to an educational program I got funded several years ago.
Talk about good timing. That was just the motivational push I needed to get me over the finish line that week and a good reminder that our work impacts real people, even if we never get to meet them in person.
Maybe one of these grants will result in a similar situation for you! See all the newly opened federal funding opportunities here or look at one of the three we've highlighted below.
Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention
Grant Title: Specialized Services and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316430
Details: The program supports the efforts of organizations to develop or enhance their mentoring capacity, facilitate outreach efforts, and increase the availability of direct services for child and youth victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking. Under this initiative, experienced organizations work with OJJDP's existing training and technical assistance provider to develop or enhance mentoring service models and mentor training based on best practices to focus on the needs of girls and boys, who are at risk or are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking.
Department of Education
Grant Title: Braille Training Program
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316506
Details: The Braille Training program offers financial assistance to projects that provide training in the use of braille for personnel providing vocational rehabilitation services or educational services to youth and adults who are blind, develop braille training materials, develop methods used to teach braille, and develop activities used to promote the knowledge and use of braille and non visual access technology for youth and adults who are blind.
U.S. Mission to Uzbekistan
Grant Title: English Speaking Nation Program
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316598
Details: The goal of this program is to improve public school graduates’ proficiency in the English language by addressing deficiencies in the linguistic and pedagogical skills of Uzbekistan's 32,000 English language teachers. The country's ministry of public education is particularly interested in improving graduates’ employability, opportunities to matriculate at universities abroad, and access to information, data, and resources available only in English. To achieve this goal, the public school system of Uzbekistan needs qualified English language teachers