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Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation
The Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation (RMYF) is accepting applications from first-time applicants. Grants of up to $25,000 each will be awarded to nonprofits across the U.S. working to provide youth from birth to age 25 with resources for obtaining improved health, personal growth, and success. As the purpose of these grants is to identify effective innovations in the field, RMYF does not fund the evaluation of programs that are not innovative. Grant recipients are expected to use evaluation results to improve their services and possibly replicate the program. If an organization demonstrates through their RMYF-funded evaluation that their innovative methods are effective in helping youth reach their full potential, RMYF will encourage them to apply for replication or dissemination grants to help spread the use of their innovative approach elsewhere. They recommend that applicants have an evaluator review, or participate in, the development of the evaluation grant application. RMYF funds a specific type of evaluation, utilization-focused outcome program evaluation; information on its criteria is at the RMYF Web site. Deadline: July 31, 2009

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
Nonprofits can apply for grants ranging from $1,500 to $70,000 for projects that disseminate knowledge about new and innovative organizations and programs that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children and youth. Grants must have the potential to help American children in a large geographic area (more than one state). Deadline: July 15, 2009.

By Kids for Kids/NYSE Foundation/K12: NYSE Financial Future Challenge
The NYSE Financial Future Challenge asks kids to come up with new ways to teach their peers about finance, money management, and investing in the stock market. Entries may include games, books, websites, videos, and other media that illuminate the fundamentals of the stock market, enhance financial literacy, and make it easy for young people to learn about and even participate in the markets. Maximum award: $2,500 to invest in stocks, as well as media attention at the NYSE. Eligibility: youth ages 6-19 who reside in the U.S.; Washington, DC; and U.S. territories and possessions. Entry Deadline: August 31, 2009.

Gale and Library Media Connection Invite Nominations for TEAMS Award
Three K-12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada will be awarded $2,500, plus Gale products, and other media items, for classroom techniques that promote learning and increase student achievement through a collaboration of teachers and media specialists. All K-12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada are eligible to enter. Nominations will be evaluated based on demonstrated collaboration between media specialists and teachers during the 2007/08 school year, effective techniques that promote student learning and achievement, support received from school leadership, and ability for others to replicate this best practice. The nomination may be submitted by a library media specialist(s), teacher(s), principal(s), student(s), or parent(s). Deadline: June 15, 2009.

High School Teachers Invited to Apply for Classroom Earth Professional Development Grants
Twenty high school teachers who are new to the field of environmental education, who want to increase the environmental literacy of their students and are working to increase the environmental literacy of their students, will be awarded $1,500 to take two graduate-level courses offered online by the University of Wisconsin Stevens Pointís Environmental Education and Training Partnership. The courses for the upcoming year are: Fundamentals of Environmental Education (Fall 2009) and Making Environmental Education Relevant for Culturally Diverse Audiences (Spring 2010). Applicants must teach 9th to 12th grades in a public or private school in a state or eligible jurisdiction of the United States, have at least two years of teaching experience, be full-time employees of a school or school district, and anticipate a classroom teaching assignment for the coming year. Deadline: June 12, 2009.

Lead Agency Applications Invited for 2010 Global Youth Service Day
Grants of $2,000 sponsored by State Farm companies Foundation plus travel expenses to attend the Youth Service Institute in Washington, D.C., will be awarded to youth-focused nonprofits selected to be lead agencies for Global Youth Service Day in April 2010. Organizations engaging youth in community service in one or more of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, or New Brunswick are eligible to apply. Lead agencies increase the scope, visibility, and sustainability of Global Youth Service Day by leading city, regional, or statewide service projects. In previous years, lead agencies have been successful in garnering national media attention, developing new partnerships, and engaging elected and public officials in their service and service-learning projects. Deadline: July 17, 2009.

National Association of Independent Schools: Challenge 20/20 Program
Challenge 20/20 is an Internet-based program that pairs classes at any grade level (K-12) from schools in the U.S. with their counterpart classes in schools in other countries; together the teams (of two or three schools) tackle real global problems to find solutions that can be implemented at the local level and in their own communities. Elementary or secondary private, public, and charter schools from the U.S. and any other country are eligible to apply. Application deadline: August 17, 2009.

Open Meadows Foundation: Grants for Women and Girls
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; promote building 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, 2009.

Share Our Strength to Offer Great American Bake Sale Grants to Help Fight Childhood Hunger
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded by Share Our Strengthís Great American Bake Sale to nonprofits, schools, and local government agencies working to ensure children have access to after-school and summer meal programs. Grants for Program Sponsors will be awarded to organizations that directly sponsor USDA-reimbursed after-school and/or summer meal programs for children and will support efforts to increase the organizationís participation in these programs. Grants for Advocacy will be awarded to organizations that work to increase participation in USDA-reimbursed after-school and summer meal programs through outreach and advocacy, working with schools, community organizations, local businesses, and with a range of government officials to increase participation in summer and after-school meal programs. Applicants must be: nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, schools with a valid NCES code, or local government entities that work to ensure children have access to after-school and summer meal programs. Deadline: September 30, 2009.

Youth Service America Grants to Support Middle School STEM-Focused Service-Learning Programs
Contingent on federal funding, Youth Service America (YSA) will implement a program to support middle school science teachers and service-learning coordinators to strengthen their classroom practices through service-learning, a teaching method that combines meaningful service with curriculum or problem-based learning. The grant program will target students from disadvantaged circumstances in states with the highest dropout rates in the nation (AR, AZ, CO, DE, GA, IL, LA, NV, NM, NY, NC, WA). Application deadline: July 15, 2009.

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