Sample Grant Annoucement
Beyond sending out personalized award letters, grant-making organizations frequently distribute press releases and other announcements to publicize your program. This announcement brings attention and recognition to your organization. It can also demand a level of scrutiny and transparency to your organization, which some may find intrusive.
Read this example of a press release that lists grant recipients for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, which the United States Department of Education and Department of Labor awarded in 2011.
Obama Administration Awards Nearly $500 Million in First Round of Grants to Community Colleges for Job Training and Workforce Development
Labor Secretary and Education Undersecretary, joined by Dr. Jill Biden, announce funds to train workers for new careers and provide more job opportunities
SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
Contact: Joshua Lamont, Labor Department Office of Public Affairs, (202) 693-4661, Lamont.Joshua.R@dol.gov
Sara Gast, Education Department Press Office, (202) 401-1989, email@example.com
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter today announced nearly $500 million in grants to community colleges around the country for targeted training and workforce development to help economically dislocated workers who are changing careers. The grants support partnerships between community colleges and employers to develop programs that provide pathways to good jobs, including building instructional programs that meet specific industry needs.
This installment is the first in a $2 billion, four-year investment designed in combination with President Obama's American Jobs Act to provide additional support for hiring and re-employment services to increase opportunities for the unemployed.
"Making it possible for unemployed Americans to return to work is a top priority of President Obama's. This initiative is about providing access to training that leads to real jobs", said Secretary Solis. "These federal grants will enable community colleges, employers, and other partners to prepare job candidates, through innovative programs, for new careers in high-wage, high-skills fields, including advanced manufacturing, transportation, health care, and STEM occupations."
Today's announcement represents an initial round of community college and career training funds, which are being awarded to 32 grantees. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.
"The president knows that building a well-educated workforce is critical to reviving and strengthening the American economy", said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "These grants will help community colleges and businesses work together to give students the skills they need to compete for good jobs in growing industries."
Dr. Jill Biden, a community college professor, joined the Labor and Education departments in celebrating the goals of the program, and the hard work of the grant applicants and recipients.
"The grants announced by the departments of Labor and Education today are another clear demonstration of the Obama-Biden administration's commitment to our community colleges and their vital role in fueling the American economy", she said. "Today's announcement is an important deliverable from last year's White House Summit on Community Colleges and one that will provide gateways to opportunities for many Americans."
The initiative complements President Obama's broader agenda for every American to have at least one year of postsecondary education and will help to reach his goal for America to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. Every state will receive at least $2.5 million for community college career training programs through this initiative. States without a winning submission named in this round are being contacted by the program's administrators to develop a qualifying project that will immediately receive $2.5 million.
Grants support partnerships between community colleges and employers to develop programs that provide pathways to good jobs. Efforts include building instructional programs that meet specific industry needs, strengthening technology-enabled learning, and allowing students and workers to access free learning materials online. Importantly, every community college grantee has at least one employer partner – a sponsor that has jobs available and needs trained workers to fill them. Through these grants, schools will be able to expand their capacity to put more people into high-quality jobs and start new careers in fields ranging from advanced manufacturing and transportation to health care and STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math.
The program also is designed to have a lasting impact on higher education, emphasizing the use of evidence in program design, collection of student outcome data, and conducting evaluations to build knowledge about which strategies are most effective in placing graduates in jobs. These investments, combined with the president's proposals in the American Jobs Act, will help individuals to receive the skills they need to work in high-demand sectors and provide additional pathways back to work for the unemployed.
These grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, for which the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act included a total of $2 billion over a four-year period.
|ORGANIZATION NAME||CITY||STATE||APPLICANT TYPE||AFFECTED STATES||FUNDING AMOUNT|
|University of Alaska Anchorage||Anchorage||AK||C||Alaska||2,500,000|
|George C. Wallace State CC - Hanceville||Hanceville||AL||C||Alabama||9,500,000|
|Northwest Arkansas Community College||Bentonville||AR||C||Arkansas||14,794,422|
|West Hills College Lemoore||Lemoore||CA||C||California||19,993,050|
|Community College of Denver||Denver||CO||C||Colorado||17,256,881|
|Delaware Technical & Community College||Dover||DE||S||Delaware||4,994,200|
|North Georgia Technical College||Clarkesville||GA||S||Georgia||2,546,186|
|University of Hawaii - Honolulu Community College||Honolulu||HI||C||Hawaii||24,653,118|
|Northeast Iowa Community College||Calmar||IA||C||Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin||12,695,959|
|College of Lake County||Grayslake||IL||C||Illinois||19,366,381|
|Washburn University of Topeka||Topeka||KS||C||Kansas||19,619,450|
|Quinsigamond Community College||Worcester||MA||C||Massachusetts||20,000,000|
|Anne Arundel Community College||Arnold||MD||C||Maryland, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Washington||19,730,281|
|Alpena Community College||Alpena||MI||S||Michigan||2,835,000|
|Northland Community and Technical College||Thief River Falls||MN||S||Minnesota||4,794,337|
|Ozarks Technical Community College||Springfield||MO||C||Missouri||19,982,296|
|Robeson Community College||Lumberton||NC||C||North Carolina||18,835,604|
|United Tribes Technical College||Bismarck||ND||C||North Dakota and Montana||18,947,635|
|Great Bay Community College||Portsmouth||NH||C||New Hampshire||19,974,792|
|Raritan Valley Community College||Somerville||NJ||S||New Jersey||4,620,265|
|Kingsborough Community College||Brooklyn||NY||C||New York||19,860,087|
|Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||Cincinnati||OH||C||Ohio, District of Columbia, Illinois, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Texas||19,613,306|
|Clackamas Community College||Oregon City||OR||C||Oregon||18,679,289|
|Community College of Philadelphia||Philadelphia||PA||C||Pennsylvania||20,000,000|
|Community College of Rhode Island||Warwick||RI||S||Rhode Island||3,405,023|
|Florence-Darlington Technical College||Florence||SC||C||South Carolina||19,984,039|
|Motlow State Community College||Lynchburg||TN||S||Tennessee||3,291,515|
|Collin County Community College District||McKinney||TX||C||Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Utah and Washington||19,998,974|
|Tidewater Community College||Norfolk||VA||C||Virginia||24,107,474|
|Community College of Vermont||Montpelier||VT||S||Vermont||2,500,000|
|Community Colleges of Spokane/Spokane Community College||Spokane||WA||C||Washington||20,000,000|
|Mountwest Community and Technical College (Marshall)||Huntington||WV||S||West Virginia||5,000,000|
Source: U.S. Department of Education, https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/obama-administration-awards-nearly-500-million-first-round-grants-community-coll
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