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Do Something Offers Grants for Community Action Projects
Over the course of 2009, Do Something will award fifty-two grants of $500 each to help young people implement or expand a community action project, program, or organization. Applicants must be no older than 25 and a U.S. or Canadian citizen. Do Something grants cannot be used to fund travel costs, individual sponsorships, shipping costs, individual school fees, or fundraising expenses. Do Something grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Grants will be awarded on a weekly basis. Deadline: Rolling.

Dollar General Accepting Applications for Youth Literacy and Back-to-School Grants
The Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, with grants of up to $3,000 each. The Dollar General Back-to-School Grants provide funding to assist schools in meeting some of the financial challenges they face in implementing new programs or purchasing new equipment, materials, or software for their school library or media center, with grants of up to $5,000 each. Applicants must be located in Dollar General's 35-state operating territory and must be within twenty miles of the nearest Dollar General Store. (A store locator is available at the Dollar General Web site.) Deadline: May 22, 2009.

Lemelson-MIT InventTeam Awards for High School Teachers and Students
Grants of up to $10,000 will be given to teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors who invent technological solutions to real-world problems in many fields, from assistive devices to environmental technologies and consumer goods, especially solutions to the needs of the world’s poorest people (those earning $2 or less per day). Up to 35 finalists will be selected from the initial pool of applicants to continue to the next level. Up to 15 teams will be selected from the finalists to receive grants of $10,000 each for the 2009-10 academic year. Grant funds may be used for research, materials, and learning experiences related to the project. Any teacher who facilitates an extracurricular project may allot up to $2,000 of an InvenTeam grant toward a teacher’s stipend. Science, math, and technology teachers at public, private, and vocational high schools are eligible to apply. An InvenTeam can be composed of a small group of students as an extracurricular activity or an entire class. The optimal size for teams is considered to be 5-15 students. The teacher, assisted by students, is required to apply for the grant. The teacher also recruits students, monitors funds, and supports students through the process. Deadline: April 24, 2009.

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation: Academic Enrichment Grants
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning for low-income children. The foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them, with awards of up to $10,000 for enrichment programs. Eligibility: educators working with students pre-K to 12 from low-income households. Deadline: May 1, 2009.

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation National Grant Program to Support Young People With Disabilities
Grants will be awarded to U.S. nonprofits working to provide access for young people with disabilities to educational, vocational, and recreational opportunities in the company of non-disabled peers. MEAF’s National Grant program provides funding to nonprofit organizations working toward the full inclusion of young people (newborn to early 20s) with disabilities in society. Proposed projects should be national in scope and have the potential to be replicated at multiple sites. Priority will be given to communities where Mitsubishi Electric U.S. companies are located; preference is given to organizations and projects that reflect collaboration among groups, and those that actively involve people with disabilities in program planning and implementation. Grant amounts vary based on nature of project/organization and duration of proposed activities. Funding is available for both project costs and operating support, and is open to both disability-specific organizations and those that serve the general population. Concept papers should be submitted by June 1 to be considered for funding in the following year. If the concept paper is approved, the organization will be invited to submit a full proposal. Deadline: June 1, 2009.

NCTE: Early Career Teacher of Color Award of Distinction
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Early Career Teacher of Color Award of Distinction supports English teachers of color as they build accomplished teaching careers as active NCTE members. Early career teachers of color gain a national forum for professional collaboration and development by attending the NCTE convention (year one) and by presenting an NCTE convention session (year two). Maximum award: two years of support from a mentor. Eligibility: practicing pre-K to university-level literacy educators of color in the first five years of a paid teaching career, who aspire to build a career in literacy education. Deadline: May 1, 2009.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s FY 2009 Tribal Youth Program
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention seeks applicants for its FY 2009 Tribal Youth Program. The program supports and enhances tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system for American Indian/Alaska Native youth. Eligible applicants are limited to federally recognized tribes. Applicants must register with the Office of Justice Programs’ Grant Management System prior to applying. Deadline: May 28, 2009.

Save Our History Community Education and Preservation Projects
A total of $250,000 will be awarded to history organizations that partner with schools or youth groups on preservation projects that engage school-age children in learning about, documenting, and preserving the history of their communities. Eligible applicants are required to be nonprofit 501(c)(3) history organizations such as a museum, historical society, preservation organization, historic site, library, or archive. Other eligible applicants include local government agencies such as a parks and recreation commission, historic commission, department of local history, or other local government agency that owns and/or operates a historic site or property. Applicants must be located in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Applicants must partner with local elementary, middle, or high school(s), or organization(s) that provides educational programming for children of similar ages to design a historic education and preservation project. Deadline: June 5, 2009.

State Farm/National Youth Leadership Council: Project Ignition
State Farm and the National Youth Leadership Council are sponsoring Project Ignition, which funds programs that give high school students and their teachers the chance to work together to address the issue of teen driver safety, with awards of up to $10,000 for teen-driver safety efforts. Eligibility: students grades 9-12. Deadline: June 30, 2009.

The Joshua O’Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund
The Joshua O'Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund offers financial assistance to young adults with Down syndrome who wish to enrich their lives by enrolling in postsecondary programs or taking classes that will help them gain employment, independent living skills, life skills, or others. Up to five grants will be awarded, each grant not to exceed $1000, and the grant may be used to pay for the tuition for a course or postsecondary program at a local college, educational institution, learning center or employment training program. Deadline: July 17, 2009.

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