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Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Accepting Applications for K-12 Public School Improvement Projects
Funded by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program provides grant awards of up to $5,000 to support school improvement projects at K-12 public schools in the United States. For the 2013-14 school year, the foundation will give priority to basic necessities, with a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact, such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/cleanup projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and help build stronger community spirit are encouraged. Sample project ideas include 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. Any public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with a public K-12 school is eligible to apply. Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. Groups without 501(c)(3) status should apply through their school. Grant requests must be between $2,000 and $5,000 per school. Deadline for submitting applications for the fall 2013 grant cycle: October 15, 2013. However, if 1,500 applications are received before the deadline, then the application process will close.

P. Buckley Moss Foundation Educator Grants
P. Buckley Moss Foundation Educator Grants aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts for teaching children with learning disabilities and other special needs. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: programs in the planning stages or in existence for less than two years that use the arts to educate children who learn differently. Deadline: September 30, 2013.

Youth Action Council on Transition Stipends
The Youth Action Council on Transition (Youth/ACT) program offers stipends of $3,000 to for team expenses to each of four teams consisting of two emerging youth leaders (ages 12025) who have disabilities, one adult partner, and a sponsoring organization to participate in this four-year initiative. Youth/ACT is led by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD/Youth) at the Institute for Educational Leadership with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Deadline: September 13, 2013.

Dollar General: Beyond Words Library Disaster Relief
Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General. The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting. Maximum award: up to $15,000 to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment. Eligibility: public school libraries Pre K-12 located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center or corporate office that have lost their building or incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism; or have absorbed a significant number (more than 10% enrollment) of displaced/evacuee students. Deadline: none.

Fender Music Foundation: Grants
Fender Music Foundation grants of instruments and equipment are awarded to music academies, schools, local music programs and national music programs across America, particularly in-school music classes, in which the students make music; after-school music programs that are not run by the school; and music therapy programs, in which the participants make the music. Maximum award: up to 8 instruments. Eligibility: established, ongoing and sustainable music programs in the United States, which provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music. Deadline: rolling.

NAIS: Challenge 20/20 Program
The National Association of Independent Schools Challenge 20/20 Program provides an opportunity for schools to develop globally based, experiential curricula and to build educational partnerships with schools around the world. Challenge 20/20 students form bonds with students from across the globe and learn first-hand about cross-cultural communication; together, teams tackle real problems. Maximum award: participation in the program. Eligibility: elementary and secondary schools, public or private, located anywhere in the world. Deadline: August 16, 2013.

AASA: National Superintendent of the Year
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year Program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation's public schools. Maximum award: recognition; a $10,000 scholarship to a student in the high school from which the National Superintendent of the Year graduated. Eligibility: Any superintendent, chancellor, or top leader of a school system in the United States, Canada, or international school who plans to continue in the profession. Deadline: varies by state.

National Center for Family Literacy Invites Applications for Family Learning Literacy Programs
The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is accepting applications from organizations and educational institutions for projects that engage families in literacy and mentoring. Through the Toyota Family Learning initiative, NCFL will award five 3-year grants of $175,000 each, as well as NCFL training and communications support, to implement services that engage families in learning together, mentoring other families in learning together, and family service learning projects. Priority will be given to projects that adapt existing family education programs to include the family mentoring and service learning components, including interactive literacy activities, training for parents to be the primary teacher for their children, families mentoring other families to learn together and participate, and family service learning through projects and the sharing of those projects, activities, and experiences on the Toyota Family Learning community Web site. Eligible applicants include schools (traditional public and charter), community-based organizations, libraries, and other organizations providing services to families. Organizations must provide family-focused educational services for parents, grandparents, and/or legal guardians and their children ages 4-18 and serve a high percentage of minority populations and/or low-income families in two or three separate sites. Deadline: June 24, 2013. Available in pdf (84.6 KB, 8 pp).

Open Meadows Foundation: Grants for Women and Girls
The Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization for projects that are led by and benefit women and girls. It funds projects that: reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; build community power; promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations with an organizational budget no larger than $150,000. Projects must be designed and implemented by women and girls. Deadline: August 15, 2013.

P. Buckley Moss Foundation: Grants for Teachers of Children Who Learn Differently
P. Buckley Moss Foundation Education Grants aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children with learning disabilities and other special needs. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming. Deadline: September 30, 2013.

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