Possibilities & Opportunities Through Grants

With the recent changes within our City leadership, I often think that we have more possibilities for LaVergne.  It would be wonderful to see positive change that directly involves and affects the community.  However, in a city government that may be lacking the resources, how can you develop and sustain any new projects?

Grant writing is the answer that could bring many wonderful programs and ideas to life for residents.  Although the criteria, competition, and limitation to grants can be a drawn-out process, there are many available that could build or sustain new programs.  I’m  certainly not a professional grant writer, but I have researched, applied and been provided several individual grants.  My email is always full of grant alerts from many different resources and I’m always looking these resources over to see what funds can be found.  Grants are  available – this is what started my wandering mind imagining what great possibilities we could have for LaVergne!  For example,

2011 RBFF National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative
RBFF’s National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative is offering education grants for 2011. Youth-focused boating, fishing and conservation organizations are encouraged to apply by the December 27, 2010 deadline.

Key requirements of RBFF’s grant application guidelines include introducing boating and fishing to minorities and under-served communities. Special consideration is given to programs that:

  • Offer multiple on-the-water learning opportunities.
  • Encourage long-term involvement of participants.
  • Foster multi-generational participation, e.g., engaging seniors as youth mentors.
  • Provide adequate screening, selection and training of staff, instructors and volunteers (including a criminal background check).
  • Promote conservation education and include at least one conservation experience that actively engages participants in a hands-on activity.
  • Provide inclusive programming.
  • Support existing RBFF partnerships

Best Buy Consumer Electronic Grants

What are the Best Buy Consumer Electronics Recycling Grants?
The Best Buy Consumer Electronics Recycling grants are designed to help provide more environmentally responsible electronics recycling opportunities for consumers across the country.

Who can apply for the Grants?

  • Best Buy grants are open to any group across the country planning to conduct an environmentally responsible consumer electronics recycling event.
  • Grants are designed to defray costs for events already planned and allow groups to do more with their budgets. Grants range from $500 – $1500 per event, depending on the size and scope of the events.
  • Priority is given to electronics recycling events, but other types of events that include electronics recycling are considered.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Grant

Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) grants are awarded on a quarterly basis after a thorough and selective application process. The grants are, for example, for travel team expenses, field lighting, and international requests. The application evaluation process takes three-to-six months, which depends upon the date that the letter of inquiry is received.

    These are only a few of the grants available – there are many more.  I don’t know all the details; however, I wonder if any thoughts or ideas on the development of new programs are ever discussed at the City Committee meetings.  So tell me LaVergne, what brilliant ideas do you have or would like to see in our community?

    5 comments for “Possibilities & Opportunities Through Grants

    1. December 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      I really like the idea of applying for the "fishing" grant since we have the lake right here! Wouldn't it be nice to get the grant and use it to mark the walking trail to the lake – call the trail "Fishing Hole Trail" or something. Build markers along the trail that both show how far and which direction, but also tips for fishing. Then at the end of the trail, use the money to also develop a "fishing hole" for the community! WTG Deborah!

    2. Sarah N
      December 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm

      Great food for thought. I have long thought La Vergne could use a toy library. I imagine getting the toys would be the easy part, but finding a space would be a challenge.

      Also, a program to teach local teens about recording engineering would be a great way to keep them occupied and build self esteem. We should have no shortage of mentors in this neck of the woods.

      • deborahb
        December 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm

        I love the recording engineering idea for teens! There's nothing for the local teenagers, this would be great!

    3. E.B. Eichbauer
      December 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

      Hey Deborah;
      Don't know if it's you or not (but based on your post believe it is you) there was a lady at the social meet Sunday that writes grants – think there's any grant money for something like this:
      This was posted on Eric Bruce Eichbauer’s face book page
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoY2gyyIYL4
      (may have to control/click or copy/paste)

      Sorry about the Shanahan ad at the beginning. Read the comments at the site as well.

      What an inspiring story. We have a golf course on the property at the York VA Hospital in M'Boro & unfortunately we have way too many disabled Veterans. Why can't we solicit some of our local businesses, musicians, etc to come up with enough to buy the necessary golf carts designed to allow handicapped veterans to play and whatever course modifications would be needed. Perhaps First Tennessee Bank can set up an account to handle donations and Boswells Golf Carts could get good pricing and help with cart modifications. Together, we can make this happen.
      If you agree forward this on to all you know.

      • Sherry
        December 14, 2010 at 9:40 am

        The video is touching and I would love to see something done for the disabled vets. While I agree that it's a worthy cause, funds for something like this need to come out of Murfreesboro. Any grant money received by LaVergne needs to fund projects here and not in other parts of the county.

        I'm sorry, I truly don't mean to appear rude or callous, but Murfreesboro could raise the money much quicker than LaVergne could and we have major problems of our own right now.

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