SGU Offers Help with Grants for Disabled

May 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 12-4: Colleges for the Community, Tribal College News

“Tools for Tomorrow: Empowering Tribal Communities for Access Opportunities Project” is a new program geared toward capacity building for Native Americans with disabilities. A collaborative partnership between Sinte Gleska University, the South Dakota University Affiliated Program, and the Nonprofit Management Institute, the Tools for Tomorrow Project is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Any tribal college that wants help with serving the disabled can benefit. The project is intended to assist Native Americans in accessing funding sources to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. The objective will be accomplished through training and technical assistance targeted toward identifying funding sources, preparing proposals, and accessing funding.

The Tools for Tomorrow Project is designed to facilitate workshops for grant seekers and to assist them with their fundraising. These workshops are facilitated using creative processes that meet the need of the Native American learner. “A variety of technological resources and hands-on activities make grant-seeking an enjoyable experience designed toward individual or group needs,” according to Kim Hanes, project coordinator.

Workshop topics include: grant seeking basics; visioning; seeking out and matching funding resources at both the federal and private foundation levels; managing a grant successfully and; evaluation/self reflection. The Tools for Tomorrow Project has access to many private foundation resources. Sinte Gleska University has recently been designated as a Cooperating Collections Site through The Foundation Center in New York. This valuable resource, available to all tribal colleges, will assist participants in learning about all types of granting agencies including private foundations and which grants will best meet identified needs.

If interested in the Tools for Tomorrow Project, call 605/ 856-2326 or 605/ 734-4052 and ask for Kim Hanes, project coordinator.

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