Theory and practice of preparing and analyzing grant applications. Special focus on the grant process in academic settings.
- Professor Bloch
Remarks from Laura Dumancic, GO Pantry Executive Director:
GO Pantry is a non-profit outreach providing emergency food support to hungry kids in Northern Kentucky. We work with over forty schools across NKY to get food home to kids who would otherwise go without. The kids are given a great breakfast and lunch on the days they attend school. When school breaks, many kids lose their primary food source.
The kids GO Pantry serves have been impacted throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We know this to be true because the requests for food boxes have skyrocketed. When we originally wrote this grant, GO Pantry estimated 4,000 GO Boxes would be needed to help our local kids get through the upcoming summer months. The requests are now coming in from the schools and the numbers have increased to over 5,000 boxes. Each box contains $50 of groceries to be used to help a child and their family get through one week at a time. GO Pantry will provide six weeks of summer boxes to over 850 kids to help with basic food needs.
The Mayerson grant will help GO Pantry purchase food items to fill GO Boxes. The $1,000 grant award will fill 20 large boxes, which will help 20 families get through a week this summer. The box contains breakfasts, lunches, snacks and two light dinners to help a family get through a week. Not only does this food provide physical benefits, it also provides a sense of security, safety and hope. Kids receiving this support will now have an opportunity to enjoy the summer. Instead of worrying where and when they will get their next meal, the kids can be kids and enjoy their school break.
Thank you for selecting GO Pantry to be a recipient of your generous grant. We love the Mayerson Project and how it teaches college students about philanthropy in our home community. We look forward to seeing what your students do in the future.
To learn more about GO Pantry, you can visit our website www.gopantry.org or follow us on Facebook, facebook.com/gopantry.org.
Remarks by Mary Kay Connolly, Read Ready Coordinator:
Read Ready Covington is deeply grateful to the students and teacher of ENG 546 Grant Writing, the Mayerson Philanthropy Project, and R.C. Durr Foundation for your generous support. You have brightened our day, week, month, and summer through your gift of $1,000. You have made possible multiple PopUp StoryWalks and activities that bring literacy experiences to children in their own neighborhoods. Each StoryWalk will be combined with storytelling that models Shared Reading strategies along with weekly planned activities we host at public pools, parks, and the City Heights community.
Many of the residents in City Heights cannot access our fantastic public library in Covington because they do not have personal transportation to get there or due to the very limited public bus transportation for residents. Therefore, the StoryWalks, STAR summer program, and other planned activities will now be able to reach children in homes that often have extremely limited home libraries and enrichment opportunities.
COVID-19 has increased the lag in academic and social and emotional development many Covington children were already demonstrating. As the world begins to look toward the opening of services and community centers, your support means help to children and families that could not pay for the enrichment and intervention Read Ready Covington Coalition members are now able to offer.
By selecting Read Ready Covington, you are helping to further early literacy as a community value and reality in Covington.
Join us at public events. Sign up as a volunteer or contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us to https://www.facebook.com/ReadReadyCov
Professor Bloch: Because of COVID-19, the class was held synchronously online. Zoom makes it much easier for the nonprofit representatives to come to class - they can just pop in and out of class without having to worry about getting parking passes and finding the building!
There are trade-offs, though, as some of the show-and-tell that would come across more strongly in-person is missing. Likewise, most of the students met with the nonprofit representatives via Zoom rather than travelling to their sites, which I would normally strongly recommend. While meeting via Zoom is convenient, some of the opportunity to see the nonprofit in action is lost. I will likely retain the option of Zoom meetings in the future, although I will also encourage meeting in-person when feasible.