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Captain Planet Foundation: Grants for the Environment
The Captain Planet Foundation funds environmental projects that encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: May 31, 2012.

Entertainment Software Association: Grants for Youth Programs
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation is dedicated to supporting geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American youth of all races and denominations and make a difference in the quality of their life, health and welfare. The Foundation seeks to harness the power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in our communities, and supports. Maximum award: $50,000. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations with programs that serve youths ages 7-18. Deadline: May 15, 2012.

ING Run for Something Better Invites Grant Applications for School-Based Running Programs
In partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, ING will provide a minimum of fifty grants (up to $2,500 to each school) to establish a school-based running program or expand an existing one through the ING Run for Something Better program. The program is open to elementary and middle schools (K-8) in the United States. Schools must have at least 25 students in grades 4-8 committed to their running program to be eligible. Qualifying running programs must last for at least eight weeks. Programs can take place in physical education class, during recess, before school, after school, or any combination of these. Programs may be facilitated by a physical education teacher, coach, classroom teacher, or school administrator and should culminate in a running event as a final test to help participants realize what they have accomplished. Awards are available to schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Deadline: May 15, 2012.

MetLife/NASSP: Breakthrough Schools
The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the MetLife Foundation are calling for entries in the search for the nation’s top Breakthrough Schools. Applicants should be high-achieving middle or high schools, or schools that are making dramatic improvements in student achievement, whose best practices and outstanding results can inform other schools as they further their own improvement efforts. Honorees will be chosen based upon documented success in implementing strategies aligned with the three core areas of NASSP’s Breaking Ranks II publication: collaborative leadership; personalization; and curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Maximum award: $5,000 recognition in the association's monthly magazine, Principal Leadership. Eligibility: high-achieving middle and high schools with 40 percent or more students eligible for free and reduced priced meals. Deadline: June 30, 2012.

NAIS: Challenge 20/20 Partnership
The National Association of Independent Schools invites schools to participate in “Challenge 20/20,” a program that brings together one school from the United States and one from outside the United States. Teacher-student teams from both schools work together throughout the fall 2012 school semester to come up with a solution to a global problem. Challenge 20/20 is based on Jean Francois Rischard’s book, “High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them.” Maximum award: international cooperation and collaboration between youth. Eligibility: all U.S. schools, elementary and secondary, public or private. Deadline: August 17, 2012.

State Farm Youth Advisory Board Invites Grant Applications for Service-Learning Projects
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a philanthropic program of State Farm, is accepting applications for youth service-learning projects designed to create sustainable local change in communities across the United States and Canada. Each year through the program, 30 high school and college-aged youth oversee the granting of $5 million for student-led service-learning projects in the U.S. and the provinces of Alberta, New Brunswick, and Ontario in Canada. The board members research pertinent social issues, review grant applications, and ultimately decide the grant winners. Projects must address root causes of the following issues: access to higher education/closing the achievement gap, financial literacy, community safety and natural disaster preparedness, social health and wellness, and environmental responsibility. Applicant organizations must be a K-12 public or charter school, or institution of higher education. Nonprofit organizations also are eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement within the public K-12 curriculum. Grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000. Deadline: May 4, 2012.

American Honda Foundation: Grants for Education
The American Honda Foundation makes grants to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and other youth-focused nonprofit organizations for programs that benefit youth and scientific education. Maximum award: $60,000. Eligibility: schools and youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Deadline: May 1, 2012.

Ashoka Changemakers: Activating Empathy Competition
Changemakers is looking for innovative ideas, programs, and learning models from around the world that equip students with the skill of empathy by encouraging social and emotional development; unlocking new ways of viewing problems, opening the door to a new world of potential solutions; addressing bullying or aggression in ways that advance understanding of others’ perspectives; promoting community diversity and a respect for differences; and championing children as real-world problem solvers rather than simply bystanders. Maximum award: cash and in-kind prizes from Ashoka's Changemakers, Mattel, 1440 Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Donor’s Choose, and Townsend Press. Eligibility: teachers, principals, parents, students, or other innovators with a project, program, or new learning experience that can advance empathy in education. Deadline: March 30, 2012.

Braitmayer Foundation: Grants for Innovation in Education
The Braitmayer Foundation seeks in proposals using innovative practices in K-12 education throughout the United States. Of particular interest are curricular and school reform initiatives, as well as preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those that encourage people of high ability and diverse backgrounds to enter and remain in K-12 teaching. In addition, the Braitmayer Foundation provides modest support of activities in Marion, Massachusetts and surrounding communities that will improve the quality of life for residents in the area. Maximum award: $35,000. Eligibility: Grants may be used anywhere in the United States as seed money, challenge grants, or to match other grants to the recipient organizations. Deadline: March 15, 2012.

Gateway to College National Network Offers Funding for College/K-12 Partnerships to Serve Out-of-School Youth
The Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN) has funds available for partnerships between colleges and K-12 school districts to implement the Gateway to College dropout recovery program. Gateway to College (GtC) is a dual credit program that serves youth who have dropped out of school or are significantly behind in credits and unlikely to graduate. GtC classes are taught on the college campus. Students begin with the Foundation Experience, a learning community where students take developmental reading, writing, and math, then transition to regular college classes where they continue working toward their high school diploma and, simultaneously, an associate’s degree. In the fall of 2012, GtCNN will select up to ten college/K-12 partnerships for multi-year contracts worth between $325,000 and $440,000. In addition to start-up funds, successful applicants will receive training, technical assistance, professional development opportunities, and program evaluation. Deadline: April 30, 2012.

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