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Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant program Accepting Applications for Spring 2009 Grant Cycle
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to parent groups associated with nonprofit public K-12 schools working to make improvements through facility enhancements and projects encouraging parent involvement. Any nonprofit school or parent group associated with a nonprofit public K-12 school is eligible to apply. Parent groups must provide an independent tax ID number as proof of official 501(c)(3) status; groups without nonprofit status should apply through their associated schools. Applicant schools must be more than two years old. Pre-schools are not eligible at this time. Priority is given to projects that promise permanent impact, such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor), or that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Deadline: February 13, 2009.

Motorola Foundation Calls for Innovation Generation Grants Applications
Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to organizations and teachers working to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education for pre-K and K-12 students in the United States, with a focus on girls and underrepresented minorities, and to teachers in STEM programming. Eligible programs include afterschool and summer science enrichment programs, activities that promote innovative technology use, and teacher-training initiatives. Priority will be given to pioneering programs that engage students and teachers in innovative, hands-on ways; teach innovation and creative problem-solving skills; engage Motorola employees as volunteers; take place in communities in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas where Motorola has an employee presence; have nationwide and/or online reach; demonstrate measurable outcomes; and are less than two years old. Grants will be for one year of project work, starting after June 2009. Deadline: February 15, 2009.

PeaceJam, Penguin, and Pearson Foundation Announce Global Call to Action Challenge
The new initiative encourages young activists to launch social justice and environmental service projects in their communities and will provide assistance in publishing their projects online and in print. The Global Call to Action Challenge encourages young people to document these projects in digital film and in writing. To enter, young people can create a short video (3-5 minutes) or write a magazine-style story (500-1500 words) about their project. The profiled project does not have to be completed, but has to have made real progress toward its goals. The project must be registered with the Global Call to Action and must address one of the ten GCA issues. Project leaders must be at least 13 years old in order to register the project. The challenge winners will be announced in April 2009. Deadline: March 1, 2009

Women Helping Others Foundation Invites Applications for Education/Literacy Grants
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofits in the U.S. and Puerto Rico working to expand education and/or literacy programs for low-income children of all ages. In order to qualify for funding, an organization must have a 501(c)(3) status in their name (no affiliates accepted) and must have been incorporated for a minimum of three years prior to application. Preference will be given to organizations with an operating budget of $3 million or less, those not dependent upon government grants, and those with greater organizational program costs than personnel costs. Suggested funding requests include healthy snacks, books, educational field trips, etc. The foundation does not provide funding for salaries. Deadline: March 17, 2009.

AmeriCorps State and National Grants
The U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service supports programs that improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering, offering grants to award new and re-competing AmeriCorps State and National grants. Available in pdf (10 pages, 45 KB). Deadline January 13, 2009

Coming Up Taller Program Invites Nominations of Arts Programs for Underserved Children and Youth
Youth Programs using school-based components or school spaces in underserved communities will be recognized with $10,000 and an invitation to attend the upcoming conference. Programs must concentrate on children and youth who live in family and community circumstances that limit their opportunities, and must involve those children and youth as active participants in the arts or humanities experience. (Cultural programs in which children function only as an audience are not eligible.) Programs must provide participants with regularly scheduled sessions on an ongoing basis. (One-time or occasional programs will not be considered.) Programs must have been operational since January 2005 and must be administered by a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, unit of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal community or tribe. Deadline: January 30, 2009

Easter Seals and AUCD Announce New Grant for Students to Develop Solutions to Challenges Faced by People with Disabilities in Public Transportation
Easter Seals and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has announced the availability of up to $5,000 in grant money for two student applicants interested in working on a project designed to make public transportation more accessible to people with disabilities. Deadline: January 5, 2009.

General Mills Foundation Invites Applications for Champions for Healthy Kids Grant Program
Fifty grants of $10,000 each will be awarded to nonprofits working to encourage balanced diets and physically active lifestyles for young people between the ages of two and eighteen. Grants will support community-based groups that develop creative ways to help youth adopt balanced diet and active lifestyle and will be awarded only to 501(c)(3) and 509(a) not-for-profit organizations and agencies (including park districts, health departments, government agencies, Native American tribes, municipal organizations, churches, and schools). Priority will be given to organizations working with communities that demonstrate the greatest need and likelihood of sustainable impact on young people's nutrition and activity levels through innovative programs. Deadline: January 15, 2009

Heinz Ketchup Creativity Contest
The H.J. Heinz Co. is sponsoring a contest for young artists: winners’ designs will be on single-serving Heinz Ketchup packets for 2009. Maximum award of $1,000 award for art supplies, $1,000 worth of Heinz Ketchup, and the winner’s art framed for display. Eligibility: students grades 1-12. Deadline: February 28, 2009.

MTV and Ashoka GenV Invite Young People to Submit Their Ideas to Improve the Environment
MTV Switch ( ), MTV Networks International’s global climate change campaign, and Ashoka GenV invite young people to submit their creative ideas for improving the environment through the “Dream It. Do It.” challenge. Applicants will be eligible for awards of 25 grants of up to $1,000 each. The best projects may also be featured in a half-hour MTV documentary scheduled for Earth Day 2009. In addition, the Lemelson Foundation will award five project leaders a trip to Boston, Massachusetts, to take part in a roundtable discussion on climate change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The challenge is open to youth ages 12-20 in North America and Europe and 12-24 everywhere else. Each participant will be required to submit an action plan showing what activities will be carried out and how the grant will be spent. Each participant will need to form a team with at least two other youth to qualify for funding. Ideas and action plans may be submitted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French. Deadline: December 31, 2008

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