Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Write a Poem and Win a Grant?

The CTK Foundation is launching a great award today called the Heart & Soul grant program.  To win, you have to channel your creativity and write an original four- to eight-line poem or stanza that reflects the work or mission of your nonprofit. 

I like this exercise.  It's a great opportunity to step back and reflect on your mission. It also forces you to quickly, cleverly and concisely capture the essence of what you do.

No poets on staff? Ask your supporters to write a poem for you.

What you can win

The winning nonprofits will receive one of the following awards:
  • The 1st place winner will receive $10,000 (US) or it's value in foreign currency and will have their submission turned into a song to be used in public education or awareness. The song will be written and recorded by songwriter Bill Dillon -- who was recently exonerated after 27 years in prison thanks to Innocence Project of Florida -- and produced by Jim Tullio of Butcher Boy Studios. 
  • The 2nd place award is a cash grant of $5,000 (US) or it's value in foreign currency
  • 2 steel-stringed guitars, signed by all members of Los Lonely Boys (which you can auction for fundraising) 
  • Up to 20 technology grants, valued at $10,000, to nonprofits that indicate an interest
Nonprofits in the United States, Canada and the UK are eligible to apply.

Deadline is March 28, 2011 and winners will be notified on April 10, 2011.

Visit www.communitytech.net to apply today.

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