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The Prudential Spirit of community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is a youth recognition program based on volunteer community service, created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others, to applaud young people who are making a difference in their towns and neighborhoods and to inspire others to contribute to their communities. One middle-school and one high-schools student from each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia receive awards of $1,000, and a trip to Washington, DC, in May for recognition events. Applications must be submitted to school principals or the head of an officially designated local organization no later than November 6, and the deadline for schools and other officially designated local organizations to certify their selected applications is November 13, 2012.

VFW: National Citizenship Education Teachers’ Award
The VFW’s National Citizenship Education Teachers’ Award recognizes the nation’s top elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: teachers K-12. Deadline: November 1, 2012.

Kids In Need Foundation Teacher Grants to Support Innovative Classroom Projects
The Kids In Need Foundation’s, Kids In Need program offers Teacher Grants of up to $500 to provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The awards are intended to be used to finance creative classroom projects. The number of grants awarded varies from year to year, depending on the total amount of funds requested. Typically, 300-600 grants are awarded annually. The criteria for applications emphasize innovativeness and merit, clarity of objectives, replication feasibility, suitability of evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness. All certified K-12 teachers in the United States are eligible. Deadline: September 30, 2012.

Lockheed Martin: Grants for Education
Lockheed Martin provides grants for K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. This includes Lockheed Martin's K-12 STEM Education Initiative, Engineers in the Classroom, as well as STEM-focused curricular and extracurricular programs that provide employee engagement opportunities in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that deliver standards-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students in K-16. Deadline: rolling.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Improvement Project Grants
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to K-12 public schools and affiliated parent groups working to improve school facilities and encourage parent involvement and community spirit in their local schools. Funded by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, these awards support school improvement projects at K-12 public schools in the United States. Preferred are funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor), and landscaping/cleanup projects, as well as projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit, such as reading gardens, vegetable gardens, physical fitness areas, school landscaping projects, school nature trails, parent involvement centers, peer tutoring centers, playgrounds, and rotating student art exhibits. (Grant money cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, scholarships, or third-party funding.) Grant requests must be between $2,000 and $5,000 per school. Deadline for submitting applications for the fall 2012 grant cycle: October 12, 2012. (However, if 1,500 or more applications are received before the deadline, then the application process will close.)

MetLife/NASSP: National Principal of the Year
The MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Principal of the Year honors secondary school principals who have provided high-quality learning opportunities for students and demonstrated exemplary contributions to the profession. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: any principal, headmaster, or leader of a public or private middle-level or high school from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, or the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools. Middle-level and high schools are defined as those containing some portion of grades 6 through 12; candidates must have been principals for three years or longer. Each candidate must be a principal (or headmaster) and member of NASSP and his or her state affiliate association at the time of selection as state principal of the year. For national finalists, these conditions must also be met at the time of national principal of the year interviews in August and at the national winner announcements in September. Deadline: varies by state; see website.

NASSP/Virco: Assistant Principle of the Year
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)/Virco, Inc., National Assistant Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle-level and high school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum, and personalization. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: any assistant principal or equivalent (e.g., vice principal, associate principal, or dean) of a public or private middle school or high school who has been an assistant principal at one or more middle-level or high schools for a minimum of two years and is a member of NASSP and their state affiliate association. Deadline: varies by state; see website.

National Science Teachers Association Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-Based Science Teaching
The Delta Education/Frey-Neo/CPO Science Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-based Science Teaching will recognize and honor three full-time PreK-12 teachers of science who successfully use inquiry-based science to enhance teaching and learning in their classroom. Maximum award: $1,500 towards expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference, and $1,500 for the awardee. Eligibility: PreK-12 teachers of science. Deadline: November 30, 2012.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Demonstration Program and Evaluation of the Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has announced two funding opportunities: The Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Demonstration Program will provide funding for three state or local juvenile justice administering agencies to develop and implement a set of evidence-based and cost-measurement tools intended to improve outcomes for justice-involved youth while also saving money. The Evaluation of the Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative will provide funding for a comprehensive process and outcome evaluation of the Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative. Deadline for both: August 23, 2012.

Project Ignition Grants to be Available
Car crashes are the number one cause of death for adolescents. “Project Ignition” brings together students, teachers and communities to create change and save lives. The National Youth Leadership Council® and State Farm® have announced the availability of $2,000 Project Ignition grants to public high schools to address teen driver safety through service-learning. Information on past projects and tips on how to apply are provided on the website. Deadline for applications: November 15, 2012.

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