Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Earth Island Institute: Brower Youth Award for Environmental Leadership
The Earth Island Institute Brower Youth Award recognizes young people for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. Maximum Award: $3,000, a trip to California for the awards ceremony, and a wilderness camping trip. Eligibility: youth ages 13-22. Deadline: May 13, 2013.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: Talent Development Award
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) Talent Development Award celebrates K-8 educational organizations committed to the cultivation of high-potential students’ talents, skills, and passions. Major criteria considered for the Talent Development Award include: alignment with the Foundation’s commitment to identifying, cultivating, and/or promoting exceptionally talented students who have financial need; focus on students in grades K-8; high apparent effectiveness as demonstrated through internal reviews, external evaluations, and/or scientifically-confirmed research; strong leadership with a clear vision and the capacity to influence stakeholders; a noteworthy, innovative solution that could be replicated. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: K-8 educational organizations. Deadline: rolling.
USA Funds Accepting Applications for Key Transitions in Postsecondary Education Initiative
USA Funds is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations working to provide education support services that help students and adult learners complete college. Through its Key Transitions in Postsecondary Education initiative, the organization will award grants of between $400,000 to $800,000 to three organizations for programs that support recent high school graduates, adult learners transitioning into a postsecondary education environment, and students transitioning between the first and second year of college, particularly at the community college level. Available in pdf (231 KB, 6 pp). Deadline: May 24, 2013.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Announces Fiscal Year 2013 Mentoring Funding Opportunities
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has announced two fiscal year 2013 mentoring funding opportunities: The National Mentoring Programs support the implementation, delivery, and enhancement of mentoring services to improve outcomes for at-risk, high-risk, or underserved youth. Deadline for applications: April 29, 2013. The Multi-State Mentoring Initiative will support qualified, established mentoring programs as they expand services for underserved at-risk and high-risk youth and enhance services to implement additional research- and evidence-based mentoring practices. Deadline for applications: April 30, 2013.
Target Accepting Applications for 2013 K-12 Arts Education Programs
Arts, Culture & Design in Schools, a charitable initiative of national retailer Target, is accepting applications from schools and nonprofit organizations for programs that bring arts and cultural experiences directly to K-12 students. The company awards grants of $2,000 for programs that enhance the classroom curricula with in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs, workshops, and so on. Programs must take place between September 2013 and August 2014.
Grants are restricted to K-12 educational institutions and organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Deadline for applications: April 30, 2013 (grant awards announced in September).
Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation Announces 2013 Toolbox for Education Grant Program
Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2013 Toolbox for Education grant cycle. The program supports projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. The Toolbox grants, for $2,000-$5,000, are awarded in support of projects with a permanent impact on a school community, such as facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean-up projects. Grant funds cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, or scholarships. Only 10% of any award can be allocated for outside expenses such as labor, installation, consultation, and delivery. Lowe’s will consider only grants for projects that can be completed within a year of receipt of the grant. A Toolbox grant can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground, as long as the grant will be used for a phase of the project that can be completed within a twelve months of the award. Applicants must be public K-12 schools or nonprofit parent groups associated with such a school. Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Deadline for application: February 15, 2013.
ING Unsung Heroes Program Invites K-12 Educators to Apply for 2013 Class Project Awards
The ING Unsung Heroes awards program annually recognizes K-12 educators in the United States for innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to positively influence the children they teach. Educators are invited to submit grant applications describing class projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive awards of $2,000 each to help fund innovative class projects. At least one award is granted in each of the fifty United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Three of the one hundred finalists will be selected for additional financial awards. First place: $25,000; second place: $10,000; and third-place: $5,000. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. All K-12 education professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the U.S. and be a full-time educator, teacher, principal, paraprofessional, or classified staff member working on a project with demonstrated effectiveness in improving student learning. Previous recipients of ING Unsung Heroes awards are not eligible to apply for another award. Deadline: April 30, 2013.
Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants
Sodexo Foundation offers young people (ages 5-25) $500 grants for youth-led service projects that bring together youth, families, Sodexo employees and other community members to address childhood hunger. Deadline: January 31, 2013.
The Big Read
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read supports organizations in developing community-wide programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Grants from $2,500-$20,000 are available from the National Endowment for the Arts. Deadline: February 5, 2013.
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C-SPAN’s StudentCam is an annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students are asked to create a short (5-8 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the theme “Message to the President”: What’s the most important issue the president should consider in 2013? Maximum award: $5,000, plus $1,000 in digital equipment for school. Eligibility: individuals or teams of two to three students grades 6-8 or grades 9-12; Deadline: January 18, 2013.
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