Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program
The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program funds school improvement projects initiated by parents that encourage parent involvement in schools and build community spirit. Any nonprofit K-12 school (including charter, parochial, private, etc.) or parent group (associated with such a school) with a group tax ID number and official 501(c)(3) status is eligible to apply. One thousand grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded. The program will only accept 1,500 applications per grant period—the application process will be closed once the program has received 1,500 applications, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Application deadline: October 15, 2006.
Caring Across Communities: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Diverse Children and Youth
Caring Across Communities, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative, will address the mental health needs of underserved children and youth by supporting school-connected mental health services for students who require them. Special emphasis will be given to projects that help children of immigrant and refugee families overcome cultural and language barriers to mental health services. Prospective grantees must represent partnerships among school districts and other appropriate community agencies. Deadline for submission of initial brief proposals: July 28, 2006.
All-USA Teacher Team
USA TODAY is accepting nominations for the 2006 All-USA Teacher Team, a recognition program for outstanding K-12 teachers and instructional teams. Anyone can nominate individuals and instructional teams; nominees must complete a form explaining how they achieve their success. Maximum Award: $2500—$500 for each teacher and the remainder for the school to use as designated by the teacher(s). Application deadline: April 29, 2006.
Books for Children
The Libri Foundation’s Books for Children program donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural, public libraries across the country. Libraries should have a limited operating budget and an active children’s department. A library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books through the program. The local librarian selects the books the library will receive from the Foundation's 700-title booklist. Application deadline: April 15, 2006.
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2006 awards to honor youth ages 8-18 who have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and our planet. Ten national winners will each receive $2,000 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline: April 30, 2006.
ING Unsung Heroes Awards: Funds for Inspirational K-12 Teachers
ING Financial Services provides funds for K-12 teachers through its Unsung Heroes Awards. The awards are given to K-12 educators (teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff members) at accredited public or private schools with creative and innovative projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. 100 finalists will receive $2,000 awards. Of these 100 finalists, 3 will be selected for additional awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place. Application deadline: May 1, 2006.
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams is a national grants initiative to foster inventiveness among high school students. Teams composed of high school students, teachers (of math, science, or technology), and mentors collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as a class or extracurricular project. Grants of up to $10,000 support each team’s efforts. Up to 23 grants will be awarded to teams nationwide for the 2006-2007 academic year. Application deadline: May 5, 2006.
Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program
A philanthropic program of the Kohl's Corporation, the Kohl's Kids Who Care program recognizes and rewards young volunteers (ages 6-18) who have transformed their communities for the better. One winner from each age group (ages 6-12 and 13-18) per participating store will receive a $50 Kohl's Gift Card. Regional winners in each age group will be awarded $1,000 scholarships, and five national winners in each age group will be awarded $5,000 scholarships. Kohl's will also contribute $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on behalf of each national winner. Nomination deadline: March 15, 2006.
The Emerging Leaders Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities
Emerging Leaders is a highly competitive program that places college students with disabilities in fulfilling summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities. Emerging Leaders partners with businesses to help them find outstanding young talent while also considering diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices. Student applicants are matched with businesses through a careful screening process that helps ensure that the internship placement is a good fit for both parties. Emerging Leaders is administered by the National Business & Disability Council. Application deadline: February 15, 2006.
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The Dr. Scholl Foundation considers applications for grants in the following areas: 1) private education, including elementary, secondary, college and university level; and 2) programs for children, people with developmental disabilities, senior citizens, civic and cultural institutions, social service agencies, hospitals and health care, environmental organizations, and religious institutions. Application deadline: March 1, 2006.
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