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Laura Bush Foundation for Americaís Libraries Invites Applications for Book Grants from School Libraries
Schools where a minimum of 50% of the student body qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches are eligible to apply for Laura Bush Foundation (LBF) regular grants to their school libraries. Research demonstrates a clear relationship between family income and a studentís access to books, and so the LBF gives selection preference to schools in which 90% percent or more of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches and are likely to have the fewest books at home. Schools in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, US territories, and Department of Defense schools in other countries are eligible. The LBF makes grants of up to $6,000 to update, extend, and diversify the book collections of the libraries that receive them. Applications must be submitted through the foundationís website. Application deadline: December 31, 2010.

U.S. Department of Laborís YouthBuild Grants
The U.S. Department of Laborís (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of funds and solicitation of grant applications for YouthBuild grants for up to about $130 million in total. (The final amount will depend upon the amount of funds Congress appropriates to the program for Fiscal Year 2011.) USDOL will award the grants based on a competitive process. Grant funds will be used to provide disadvantaged youth with education and employment skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency in high-demand occupations and postsecondary education and training opportunities; opportunities for meaningful work and service to their communities; and opportunities to develop employment and leadership skills and a commitment to community development among youth in low-income communities. Application deadline: December 3, 2010.

American Library Association Offers Book Club Grant Program to Help Underserved Teens
Grants of up to $200 plus online toolkits will be awarded by the Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens, and Books) to up to twenty-five public, school, academic, and special libraries for book club programs that work to reach underserved, troubled teen populations through reading and literature. All types of libraries (public, school, academic, and special) located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens in the United States and its territories are eligible to apply for a CLUB grant. Potential organizations for Great Stories CLUB partnership include juvenile justice facilities, drug rehabilitation centers, nonprofits serving teen parents, alternative high schools, agencies serving teenaged foster children, shelters serving homeless and runaway youth, etc. Following the application process, 150 libraries will be selected to develop a book discussion program for troubled teens based on the three theme-related titles, and will be given copies of the books to share with participants and access to an online toolkit to support the program. Deadline: November 19, 2010.

got breakfast? Foundation Accepting Applications for School Breakfast Grant Program
The got breakfast? Silent Hero Grant program was launched to encourage schools and non-profit organizations to expand child nutrition programs. The program rewards those who help children start their day off right by serving breakfast. The program will award grants of up to $5,000 each (up to $50,000 in total grants) to public schools, nonprofit private schools, and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations participating in the National School Breakfast Program. Priority selection will be given to programs creating a breakfast program where one did not exist before. Deadline for applications: November 15, 2010.

Kennedy Center Launches Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards Program
The Kennedy Center gives Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards of $10,000 to K-12 teachers and college instructors in the United States who have made a significant impact on the lives of students; nominations must be made by students. On March 22 (composer Stephen Sondheimís birthday) a select number of these teachers each receive these awards in appreciation for their contributions to the field of teaching. Awardees will also be showcased, along with the people they inspired, on the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards web site. The awards were initiated and funded through the support of Freddie and Myrna Gershon. Nominators must be at least 18 years of age, and must have been the nominee's student. Nominees must be legal residents of the United States and must teach or have taught in a K-12 school, college, or university in the United States. Deadline for nominations: December 15, 2010.

Lexus/Scholastic: Eco Challenge
The Lexus Eco Challenge program is designed to inspire and empower middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. Maximum award: $30,000 in scholarships and grants. Eligibility: middle and high school teams comprised of five to 10 students and one teacher advisor. Deadline: Challenge One (Land/Water): November 3, 2010; Challenge Two (Air/Climate): January 19, 2011.

VFW: National Citizenship Education Teachers' Award
The VFWís National Citizenship Education Teachers' Award recognizes the nationís 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, 2010.

Clorox: Power a Bright Future Grants
The Clorox Power a Bright Future Grants program provides resources to help support school programs that enrich kids' lives. Maximum award: $50,000. Eligibility: Anyone at least 18 years old at time of entry can nominate an accredited K-12, public or private school program. Deadline: September 27, 2010.

Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program
The U.S. Governmentís Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program provides opportunities for teachers to participate in direct exchanges of positions with colleagues from other countries for a semester or academic year. By living and working in the cultures of their host countries, Fulbright teachers gain an understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences in national cultures and education systems. Maximum award: year-long or semester-long direct exchange of teaching positions with a counterpart in another country teaching the same subject(s) at the same level. Eligibility: full-time U.S. teachers. Deadline: October 15, 2010.

Lexus and Scholastic Environmental Contest for Middle and High School Students
Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded to middle and high schoolers, their teachers, and their schools in recognition of student-led efforts to address environmental issues in their communities in the fourth annual Lexus Eco challenge, sponsored by Lexus, the luxury automaker, and Scholastic, the children's publishing and education company. The Lexus Eco Challenge, a program for middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. Middle and high school teams (5-10 students and one teacher-advisor) are invited to participate in one or both of the two initial challenges, land/water and air/climate environmental issues. For each, teams will define an issue, develop an action plan to address it, implement the plan, and report the results. The submission deadline for Challenge One (Land/Water) is November 3, 2010. (The deadline for Challenge Two (Air/Climate) is January 19, 2011, and in mid-February 2011, the winning teams from the first two challenges will be invited to participate in the Final Challenge, reaching beyond the local community to environmental action around the world through innovative ideas communicated to a wide audience.) Deadline for challenge One: November 3, 2010.

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