Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Consumer Bankers Association Foundation/Ashoka’s Youth Venture Launch Banking on Youth Competition
The Consumer Bankers Association Foundation and banks across the United States have partnered with Ashoka’s Youth Venture to launch the Banking on Youth competition, to provide young people ages 13-20 an opportunity to showcase ideas for ventures that benefit society and demonstrate innovation, social impact, sustainability, and visibility. Applicants are invited to describe their project in a ninety-second video and entry form. Both new project ideas and existing projects are eligible. All individuals or team members must be legal residents of the United States and between the ages of 13-20 as of April 10, 2012; and must have an adult mentor (parent, teacher, church or civic organization leader, etc. who is at least 21 years of age) co-sign the entry form and agree to provide support for the venture if seed money is won. Forty-nine $1,000 prizes will be awarded. The top six entrants will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual Global Youth Centure Summit in Washington, DC, in July 2012, where they will compete in a “pitch-off” for an Audience Choice Award of $5,000 or the grand prize of $15,000. Application deadline: June 10, 2012.
The CVS Caremark Community Grants Program focuses on inclusive programs and programs for children with disabilities under age 21; academic and enrichment programs at public schools; and programs that provide access to quality health care services and health education for at-risk and underserved populations of all ages. Grants of up to $5,000 go to organizations that have a CVS in the area. Application deadline: October 31, 2012.
It’s Up to YOUth: Spark Opportunity Challenge
The “It’s Up to YOUth: Spark Opportunity Challenge” is an opportunity for people with great ideas for creating local jobs and opportunities for young people in their communities to win an iPad, $1,500 and the chance to make their ideas a reality. Deadline: May 14, 2012.
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Offers Support for National Projects to Empower Youth With Disabilities
The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Grants Program (MEAF) is dedicated to helping young Americans with disabilities maximize their potential and participate in society. It provides funding to nonprofit organizations working toward full inclusion of young people with disabilities in society. Proposed projects should be national in scope and impact, or model projects that can be replicated at multiple sites and should help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly in STEM fields. MEAF also will consider projects that help break down barriers to employment and increase job opportunities for young people with disabilities entering the workforce, including returning veterans. Grants range from $10,000 to $75,000, for one to three years. Preference is given to projects that take place in Mitsubishi Electric community locations, or involve employee volunteers. Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: June 01, 2012.
P. Buckley Moss Foundation: Grants for Incorporation of the Arts
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education makes grants for new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming. The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: programs for children K-12. Deadline: September 30, 2012.
SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Teen Court Program Grants
The Substance Abuse and mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment 2012 Teen Court Program offers grants for treatment and related recovery support services to youth who are involved in a teen court program and have substance abuse and/or co-occurring treatment needs. The program helps participating youth reduce their substance use and criminal activity, improve their health and quality of life, and increase their productivity. Deadline: May 30, 2012.
Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter and should improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. Applicants must be practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades PreK-12, public school education support professionals, or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions. Preference will be given to applicants who serve economically disadvantaged students, and to members of the National Education Association. The NEA Foundation especially encourages grant applications from teachers with less than seven years of experience in the profession and education support professionals. Average grant amount: 45.000. Deadline: June 1, 2012.
Youth Service America and State Farm Invite Applications for Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grants
State Farm has teamed up with Youth Service America to offer grants of up to $1,000 for programs that enhance student achievement through service-learning in K-12 public schools in the United States or the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Each grant will engage participating teachers and students in a service and learning program that promotes academic achievement, workplace readiness, and stronger communities. The grant requires a 12- to 14-week semester of service. Each State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant program must address a substantive issue in the local community; promote student achievement; engage students traditionally not asked to serve, including youth from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, youth with disabilities, youth in the juvenile justice system, youth in foster care, and youth who are refugees or recent immigrants; involve students in every stage of the project; include publicity; develop workforce readiness and career and life skills; provide service to the community (programs must include a service element); incorporate one or more national day(s) of service; encourage continuous reflection; and build for sustainability. Deadline: May 31, 2012.
AIAA Foundation: Grants for Excellence in Math, Science, Technology, and Engineering
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering. Eligibility: current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators. Maximum award: $200. Deadline: rolling.
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AT&T has announced a five-year, $250 million commitment to boost high school graduation rates nationwide. The AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative RFP is focused on high school success and college and career readiness programs that will maintain AT&T’s commitment to support local organizations that are delivering results that help reduce the dropout rates in their communities. The 2012 Local Impact RFP features an increased focus on metrics with a preference for programs showing results for those served vs. peer groups and a stronger emphasis on underserved populations. AT&T will give special consideration to organizations that incorporate social innovation in their programs. Organizations might collaborate with school districts, foundations, nonprofits, government entities and/or businesses to improve students’ success. AT&T is interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and in increasing the number of minority and underrepresented students in these fields and so will give additional consideration to organizations that focus on STEM in their programs for students at risk of dropping out. Applicants must complete a Pre-Qualification Survey in order to apply. Survey deadline: April 18, 2012.
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