Friday, July 8, 2011

Grant Declination: Lawrence Foundation (BDPA Cleveland)

The process of obtaining grant funding for worthy programs of your nonprofit organization is very frustrating at times. You know that the programs are outstanding ... but, finding the funding for them is more and more difficult in these hard economic times.

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) remains committed to finding funding for BDPA programs ... even if we hit roadblocks from time to time. We hit a roadblock with the Lawrence Foundation. They informed us that our $2,500 grant proposal in support of BDPA Cleveland youth education programs has been turned down.

Our point of contact with the Lawrence Foundation was its executive director, Lori Mitchell. Ms. Mitchell's feedback was short and sweet, "Grant application has been rejected by the grantmaker. The grant application is closed."

BETF understands the importance of our Student Information Technology Education & Scholarships (SITES) program in Cleveland and around the nation. We recognize that many students are not prepared for the demands of today's economy or the economy of the future. Roughly 75% of United States 8th graders are not proficient in mathematics when they complete 8th grade. That is why it is important for BDPA to re-double its efforts to teach a love for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects to our young student members.

BDPA Cleveland missed out on this funding with the Lawrence Foundation, however, the chapter is still hopeful to provide college scholarships to its students.  

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