Children’s Fund Offers Grant Opportunities
By Abby Gottsegen, Mark Roth, & Beverly Winter
The NASP Children’s Fund, Inc. was established in 1986 as a tax–exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Children’s Fund accepts and disburses funds for charitable purposes that are consistent with the priorities of the organization. The purpose of the Children’s Fund is to provide grants in support of projects that benefit children and families.
In conjunction with the priorities of NASP, the Children’s Fund Board of Trustees looks for projects that:
- Advocate for the essential rights and welfare of children and youth.
- Promote learning environments that facilitate optimal development.
- Produce effective interventions that address both learning and social–emotional issues that impede a child’s success and well–being.
- Embrace individual and group differences of children and youth based on gender and diverse ethnic, cultural, language, and experiential backgrounds.
The Children’s Fund welcomes monetary donations, bequests, and dedicated gifts, as well as articles for auction at the NASP annual convention. In addition, the Children’s Fund offers several grant opportunities.
Tiny Grants provide small grants of up to $200 directly to NASP members to help meet children’s educational or mental health needs or to address their general welfare. Acceptable items that help meet basic needs of children at school include clothing, eyeglasses, book bags, and school supplies.
Mental Health Start–Up Grants in the amount of $500 are intended to encourage school psychologists to enhance their own capabilities to provide mental health services within their schools. Acceptable purchases include therapeutic videotapes and games, relaxation tapes, classroom guidance materials, and books.
Service Grants in amounts of $500 to $2,500 are available and must provide direct benefit to children. Among those grants that have been approved in the last several years include a district–wide community reading day, a project focusing on prevention of bullying, and a project that provided a gifted and talented lending library and resource bank for families of gifted children in an economically underprivileged neighborhood.
Youth Empowerment Mini–Grants provide funding of up to $500 to student groups or individuals who develop projects that assist their fellow students. These grants may be used for antibullying projects, appreciation of diversity projects, or any other programs that focus on student assistance. The application may be written by a student and/ or student advisor and countersigned by the NASP member who will oversee the project. Five of these grants will be awarded each year.
Annual Board Projects are carried out in the city hosting the NASP annual convention with the Children’s Fund coordinating a service project to reflect the needs of the local community. Previous projects include the "I Like Me" book distributions in Atlanta, Anaheim, Brooklyn, and Dallas; the provision of materials for a school to develop an outdoor science lab in Boston; and the most significant project, the KaBoom! playground build in New Orleans.
Disaster Relief is provided by the Children’s Fund to assist in relief efforts to communities affected by large–scale disasters. Typically, items such as plush toys or other items can be sent to comfort children and items that are needed by school psychologists in areas affected by disasters can also be made available. Children’s Fund money as well as donations by NASP members has been used for assistance in Haiti, New Orleans, Montana, and New Mexico.
To apply for any of the grants, applications are available online at http://www.nasponline.org/about_nasp/childfund.aspx.
Abby Gottsegen, NCSP, Mark Roth, and Beverly Winter, NCSP, are members of the Board of Trustees of the NASP Children’s Fund.