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Archived Homeless List Serve Messages

Subject:  Grant and Program Opportunities and May Webinars from the National Center for Homeless Education  

ListServe Message Date:  May 4, 2011

Feed the Children SEED Program:

Feed The Children would like to announce an exciting new program to benefit children and their families.  It is called “Sustainable Edible Essentials Distribution or S.E.E.D.”  Feed The Children is providing seed packets to schools across the country that are starting or continuing a school garden or outdoor classroom.  This new program will distribute donated seeds to be used to grow vegetables for children and their families. 

Schools can use these seeds in a variety of applications such as nutrition classes, outdoor classrooms, and gardening.  But best of all, they will result in a source of nutrition for children.  Regardless of where your students live, whether they live in houses, apartments, or mobile homes they can grow vegetables in backyards or in flower pots. 

The Seed Program is currently available and will be shipped to school districts free of charge.  The seed packets will be shipped to schools even if they have already planted their garden(s) this year – they will provide you seed packets for the next season.  Schools can contact Tina Thompson, Corporate Donor Relations directly with Feed the Children for more information via email at:

Mary Kay Foundation Shelter Grant Program:

The Mary Kay Foundation is committed to ending the epidemic of domestic violence by providing grants to women's shelters throughout the United States.  Each year, the Foundation’s Shelter Grant Program awards grants of $20,000 to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state; remaining funds are distributed based on state population. Applying organizations must offer immediate overnight housing to women and children affected by domestic violence. The grants provided by the Foundation may be used for the operating budget of the shelter, with the exception of staff travel. The application deadline is June 30, 2011. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines and download the application forms.

Street Outreach Program:

The Missouri Foundation for Health’s MoCAP program is a new effort aimed at providing technical assistance and consultation services to organizations applying for federal grant funding.  Your school district; working with public and private nonprofit agencies may be interested in a funding opportunity recently announced by the Administration for Children and Families.

Title: Street Outreach Program

Announcement Number: HHS-2011-ACF-ACYF-YO-0168

Application Deadline:  June 24, 2011

Award Amount: Average award amount is $100,000 per year; Award ceiling is $200,000 per year

Award Period: 36 months

Program Scope: Projects aim to increase young people’s safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with caring adults, with the goal of getting them off the streets. Project must first address the immediate needs of street youth (food, clothing shelter, etc.) and then work on improving the behavioral, psychological, and physical health of street youth, providing them with employment and educational supports, and either reunifying them with their family or finding alternative, safe residential placements.

Eligibility: Public and private nonprofit agencies are eligible for awards

Link to full program announcement:

After reviewing the links, consider:

1)      Is your organization ready to apply for federal funding? (The process is complicated.)

2)      Do you have an existing program or a developed concept for a new activity that would fit within the guidelines?

If your answer to both questions is yes, consider asking MFH for MoCAP assistance with this or other federal funding applications. Send an email to or call Kristy Davis at 314-345-5591 for more information.  Please include all your contact information and ideally a draft concept paper or project outline in your correspondence.

May Webinars from NCHE:

The National Center for Homeless Education will be offering the following webinars free of charge during the month of May.  Please visit for a full description of each webinar and for access to online registration.

Disaster Preparation and Response in Schools: Turning Adversity into Opportunity (new topic)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011--1:00 - 2:30 pm

Serving Undocumented Homeless Youth: Immigration and Education Issues and Resources (new topic)
Tuesday, May 17, 2011--12:00 - 1:15 pm  

McKinney-Vento 101: Knowing and Applying the Law
Monday, May 23, 2011--12:00 - 1:30 pm

Determining Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Rights and Services
Thursday, May 26, 2011--12:00 - 1:30 pm

Donna Cash
Supervisor, Federal Compliance
Coordinator, McKinney-Vento Program
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480, 205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO  65102-0480
Office:  573-522-8763  Fax:  573-526-6698

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