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New Opportunities and Funding, August 2018

Abelard Foundation-East: Community Organizing Grants

The Abelard Foundation-East focuses on projects operating east of the Mississippi River. The average $10,000 grant is approved for one year, but may be considered for up to two additional years. The target audience of Abelard East’s grantees are low-income individuals seeking to affirm their civil or human rights. This includes but is not limited to the disenfranchised, immigrants, people of color, and the disabled. Fundamental to the grantees of Abelard East is the strategy of community organizing as they work toward the goal of a more democratic, just, and equitable society. Applications may be submitted at any time. However, applications mailed by September 15will be reviewed during the fall meeting.


Alternative Break Learning Partners Needed

The Alternative Break Program in the Center for Leadership and Service began with an Alternative Spring Break trip in 1993. This year marks its 25thyear providing affordable, meaningful, and collaborative student engagement experiences in an effort to increase awareness of social issues and strengthen the communities in which they serve while fostering a sense of community among trip participants and to the university at large. Faculty, staff or graduate assistant Alternative Break Learning Partners (LPs) are needed. Learning Partners serve in an advisory capacity during the trips assisting student trip leaders if issues arise. If you are interested in being a Learning Partner for an Alternative Fall Break, the dates are October 4-7, 2018.  If you are interested in an Alternative Spring Break the dates are March 17-23, 2019.

Review the LP FAQ and submit an application.

Conferences and Meetings

Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators

Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators is a free professional development opportunity for education professionals in East Tennessee. The event will be held September 29 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Hodges Library. Registration will open soon and close mid-September. It is presented by UT Libraries, the UT Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics & Science, and the East TN STEM Hub. It is funded in part by the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach.

Alliance for Better Nonprofits Leadership Conference

The Conference will be held October 31 from 8 a.m–4:30 p.m. at the Regas Building. Its purpose is to prepare community leaders with best practices in leadership, collaboration, and impact.

Find more information about the ABN Leadership conference or register.

National Science Foundation Grants Conference

This NSF Grants Conference provides faculty, researchers and administrators with insights into a variety of current issues at NSF including proposal preparation and merit review basics, and award management. It will be held November 8-9 in New Orleans. Registration opens September 6.

APLU Winter Meeting Registration Open

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) annual meeting is the premier assembly of senior leaders from public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems. The meeting will be held November 11-13 in New Orleans. A major goal is to tackle challenges facing public universities. This year’s theme is Resilience.

Find more information or register.