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New Federal Grant Opportunity: Choice Neighborhoods

  Transform Consulting Group wants the community to know that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant applications. Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments, tribal entities, nonprofits, and for-profit developers may apply jointly with a public entity to create and implement a plan that transforms distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. Comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans are expected to achieve the following three core goals: 1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood; 2. People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and

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Changes to Child Care Regulations

  Changes are happening to child care regulations at the federal level and here at home in Indiana. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a new rule to establish minimum standards for health and safety for child care providers who accept Child Care and Development Funds (CCDF) from low-income families. This is the first comprehensive revision of CCDF regulations since 1998. Child care providers that accept CCDF funds would be required to: receive health and safety training; comply with state and local fire, health, and building codes; pass comprehensive background checks; and receive on-site monitoring. Interested parties can comment on the proposed rule until August 5, 2013. For more information, click here. The Indiana General Assembly has

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New Indianapolis Grant: Community Crime Prevention

Does your organization run a crime prevention program? The Indianapolis Foundation will be accepting applications from July 1 – July 31, 2013 from organizations that have experience in local crime prevention and/or crime reduction efforts. The Indianapolis Foundation (a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate) manages the grant program for the City of Indianapolis. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations or a public entity partnering with a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as a fiscal agent. Additional details about the 2013 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program will be published on July 1st. A competitive applicant will be required to demonstrate its ability to: (1) serve Marion County residents, (2) provide quality program and services and (3) measure the Impact of program services. Since

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Client Spotlight: Indiana Heart Gallery Helps Children Find a Forever Family

Transform Consulting Group is helping Hoosier children find an adoptive family to call their own. We manage the Indiana Heart Gallery for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). The Heart Gallery is a compelling traveling exhibit featuring remarkable portraits of children in need of adoptive families. The Indiana Heart Gallery was created by DCS in 2007 as one way to help these incredible children share their stories and encourage families to adopt. Many of the foster children featured in the gallery are older or special needs children, minorities, or members of a sibling group. All are considered hard-to-place children. Our goal is to keep the Heart Gallery moving until all of the children are adopted! We work with partners

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Basic Center Program Grants

  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for Basic Center Program (BCP) grants. The purpose of BCP is to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. Grantees are required to have an operational structure that provides temporary, emergency shelter and individual family and group counseling, as appropriate, to youth under 18 years for up to 21 days. Grantees are required to provide services to runaway, homeless, and street youth that increase their safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency, and help them build permanent connections with caring adults. Grants of $50,000 to $200,000 will be awarded for each

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Retirees as an Untapped Nonprofit Resource

  Do you know someone who’s in the “second act” of life? Have you thought about how your organization might tap into this resource? America’s 78 million baby boomers make up the largest, healthiest, best-educated population of Americans. In the second half of life, many adults can have fulfilling “encore careers” that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact. Retirees are looking to transition from the private sector to the public sector to contribute to the greater good in their “second act”. The research suggests those 55 and older have the skills and experience to help solve serious problems and to bridge critical labor gaps in education, health care and the green economy. This untapped population might be the

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Welcome New Team Members

  Transform Consulting Group is excited to announce the addition of several new members to our team. This month, we are welcoming Steve Brown, Rachel Ferry and Hanako Kawamoto, and also saying goodbye to Jenny Young! Steve Brown, Project Assistant, is starting his encore career with Transform Consulting Group after enjoying a 39-year career at Ford Meter Box & Co. As a past foster parent to over 150 children and two adoptive children, Steve is doing what he loves by working with organizations that help vulnerable children and families. Rachel Ferry, Director of Communications and Outreach, brings extensive experience in email marketing, strategic content, social media and online advertising efforts. Rachel most recently worked for a boutique marketing agency in

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PROMISE Grants Supporting Disabled Children

  The U.S. Department of Education is accepting applications for a new competitive grant program, Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE). The goal of PROMISE is to improve the education and career outcomes of low income children with disabilities ages 14-16 who are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).   PROMISE is open to all 50 States and the District of Columbia, and states may apply together as a consortium. The Department intends to fund three to six projects between $4.5 million to $10 million a year for 5 years. The deadline for submitting completed applications is August 19, 2013. In order to assist with the application process, the Department will host webinars for applicants to review the application

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Ribbons of Hope Grant

  The Ribbons of Hope – Invest in Women Foundation is now accepting grant applications from 501(c)(3) organizations for projects that will improve the lives of women or girls in one or more of the following areas: Health Education Economic Independence Social Well-being Human Rights One grant of $100,000 will be awarded. Ribbons of Hope – Invest in Women, Inc. is an Atlanta-based foundation that began as friends and family of the Coca-Cola Company, who want to reach out and help support organizations that are making a difference in women’s lives across the country. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2013. For more information on this grant opportunity, click here. Transform Consulting Group can help your organization with this

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Free Nonprofit Ads from Google Grants

  Advertising is a great way to draw people to your organization, but it’s expensive. Effective advertising can be used to attract potential donors, promote your services and expand partnerships.  Google Grants in an in-kind online advertising account for nonprofit organizations. Through the Google Grants program, nonprofits can advertise using Google’s AdWords for free to do general outreach, fundraising and recruitment. If awarded a Google Grant, your organization receives up to the equivalent of $10,000 in free advertising per month. To be eligible, 501(c)(3) organizations must have a website and your ad must link to that website. For more information on eligibility and program guidelines, click here. “This valuable, targeted traffic source continues to be our main source for new

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