March 6, 2014 

‘Your Downtown’
If you are interested in the city's Capital Improvement Projects and how they may affect your planning and travels in the downtown area, please follow this link for project information:

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, March 6, from 7 2 p.m.
Free and open to the public of all ages.
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.
Enjoy a fun-filled day while obtaining information from agencies and services for people who are blind, visually impaired or experiencing temporary vision loss. Learn new skills, gain new understanding and meet new friends. Advance registration open through March 5. For more information call (702) 229-4904.    

Wednesday and Thursday, March 19-20
Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Community businesses and services are expected to "stand down" for veterans stricken by homelessness in Las Vegas. More than 80 vendors are enlisted for the annual Veterans Stand Down event. The event distributes winter clothing, sleeping bags, gloves, blankets, and some food to armed forces veterans still struggling with homelessness. The Stand Down also will connect homeless veterans with services they need, like housing and job assistance, access to healthcare providers, and contact with loved ones with whom they've lost touch. The event is part of a nationwide effort to eradicate homelessness among veterans. See the flier. For more information, email

The Las Vegas City Council Recommending Committee will meet to consider new bills before the City Council Tuesday, March 18, at 9 a.m. in the Las Vegas City Hall City Clerk’s Conference Room, located on the second floor at 495 S. Main St. The public is welcome to attend. The complete agenda is available online. Please join me for the meeting if your schedule allows.

Sunday, April 6, 1 to 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Lorenzi Park Lake Band Shell, 3333 W. Washington Ave.
Bring the entire family and join me for this free event to enjoy the music of local bluegrass and acoustic bands playing traditional American music with banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins. For more information, call (702) 229-5443 or go online.

Equipped arts buses and art teachers will bring free art instruction for children to Lorenzi Park (3333 W. Washington Ave.) several Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The art bus will be in Lorenzi Park March 8, 15; April 5, 12; and May 3 and 24. See the flier for more information.

The pirate are returning to Lorenzi Park April 25-27, bigger and better! Pirate Fest Las Vegas is a  hands-on family oriented event sponsored by Councilman Barlow and the city of Las Vegas, featuring music, entertainers, vendors, food, games, activities and more! If you like the Pirates of the Caribbean, you'll love Pirate Fest Las Vegas. For more information go online


Baseball Tomorrow Fund Grants
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awards grants to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. Organizations operating in the U.S. and international locations are eligible to apply. Funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2014. Grants range from $10,000 to $60,000. For more information go online.
School In-Service Training Grants for Grades Pre K – 5 Teachers
Deadline:  May 3, 2014
Grant Award:  $4,000

The purpose of this grant is to provide financial assistance to elementary schools for in-service education in mathematics. For 2014–2015, grants of a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to elementary schools. Costs may include honoraria and expenses for consultants, materials, substitute time, and conference or workshop registrations. No funds may be used for staff travel or equipment. While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged. Proposals must address the following: need, mathematics content, scope of the plan, other contributing sources of funding, number of teachers and students affected, distribution of costs, urban-rural isolation, and multiethnic student body.

Only schools with a current (on or before April 25, 2014) NCTM PreK–8 school membership are eligible to apply for this grant. No school may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year. Past recipients of this grant are not eligible to reapply. Activities are to be completed between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015.

For more information go online.
 Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant
Deadline:  April 18, 2014
Grant Award:  $800 to $20,000

The Snapdragon Book Foundation was started in December, 2008 to provide funds to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children. Grants will be awarded to public, private, and experimental schools.

For more information, go online.
 KaBoom Joint Use Grants
Deadline:  Still awards available, apply asap
Grant Amount:  Up to $30,000
Joint Use Grants of $15,000 and $30,000 are available to communities within the United States for the creation of joint use agreements for playground facilities. The $15,000 Joint Use Grants will support the opening of at least four playgrounds and are available to cities with populations of less than 100,000 people. The $30,000 Joint Use Grants will support the opening of at least eight playgrounds and are available to cities with populations of 100,000 people or more. Grant recipients must commit to opening the playgrounds within one year of the grant decision.

There is no deadline for this grant. Applications will be accepted throughout the year, on rolling bases, until all of the awards have been given.
For more information, go online.  
No Kid Hungry Grant(s)
Grant Amount:  Up to $10,000
Grant Deadline:  March/April 2014
Share Our Strength awards grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, and other eligible organizations who are involved in the following activities:

  • Increasing access to summer meals programs supported through the Summer Food Service Program or the National School Lunch "Seamless Summer" Program.
  • Educating and enrolling more eligible families in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
  • Increasing the availability of school breakfast through alternative models such as “in-classroom” breakfast and “grab-n-go” breakfasts.
  • Increasing access to afterschool snack and meal programs, as well as child care programs, supported through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
  • Advocacy around any of the above anti-hunger issues.

For more information, go online.   
Wish You Well Foundation
Deadline:  April 2014
Grant Amount:  To be determined by project
Requests should align with the Wish You Well Foundation’s missionL "Supporting family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs." 

For more information, go online.
Sherlock Holmes Program for Teachers
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Grant Amount:  $500
Submission is by an application, to provide needed financial assistance to persons and organizations developing literacy programs and other educational experiences that will introduce young people to Sherlock Holmes.
Encourage young people to read; Introduce young people to Sherlock Holmes and, in particular, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories; Provide needed financial support in the form of grants to support projects introducing more young people to Sherlock Holmes; Reach out both to current Holmes fans and non-Sherlockians, encouraging them through financial assistance to develop such projects; and Honor Jan Stauber’s work introducing young people to Sherlock Holmes. (that's her picture above).
For more information, go online.

Dizzy Feet Foundation (DFF)
(Dance programs for non-profits, libraries, after school programs, parks and recreation, etc.)
Applications for 2014-15 Funding Open: August 1, 2014
Deadline for 2014-15 Applications: September 1, 2014
DFF makes grants to community organizations and other tax-exempt entities in the United States, which provide dance education programs to children in low-income areas and disadvantaged communities. Through its grant recipients, DFF seeks to give children the experience of dance, to educate them about the many styles of dance, and to expose them to the lifelong benefits of dance. Grants are awarded to other 501(c) (3) and governmental organizations, not to individuals or for-profit corporations.  Programs must serve children under the age of 18. Criteria include, but are not limited to, the number of children served, the socio-economic population served, style(s) of dance offered, the quality of education, and the qualifications of those directly teaching dance within the program.
Can public schools or school districts apply for your Community Program? YES!
Can my dance studio apply for your Community Program? Yes!
For more information and examples of previous grants, go online.

2014 Elmer’s Teacher Tool Kit for Teachers K-12
Grant Deadline:  April 30, 2014
Grant Award:  Up to $500
Purpose of Grants: to provide teachers with the means to replicate projects found in the Elmer's Teacher Tool Kit catalog in their own classrooms. These projects, previously funded by the Kids In Need Foundation, make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities.
For more information, go online.


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