Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
National Youth Leadership Council Invites Nominations for Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award
Presented annually by the National Youth Leadership Council, the Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award recognizes an individual whose life has had a distinctive impact on service-learning. The award honors recipients who personify leadership, courage, creativity, and compassion. The award will be presented at the National Service-Learning Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 11-14, 2012. The winner will receive reimbursement for conference travel and accommodation. Deadline for nominations: September 23, 2011.
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Announces 2012 National Grant Competition
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has announced its 2012 National Grant competition, supporting nonprofits working to develop or expand projects promoting the literacy skills of adult primary caregivers and their children. To be eligible, applicant organizations must have current nonprofit or public status, have been in existence two or more years as of the date of the application, and have maintained fiscal accountability. Applicants must operate an instructional literacy program that has been in existence for at least two years and must include one or more of the following components: literacy for adults, parent education, pre-literacy or literacy instruction for children pre-K to grade 3, and/or intergenerational literacy activities. A total of approximately $650,000 will be awarded; no grant request should exceed $65,000. Deadline: September 9, 2011.
Gateway to College National Network Offers Start Up Funding for College/K-12 Partnerships to Serve Out-Of-School Youth
The Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN), a nonprofit organization supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other major grantmakers, has funds available for partnerships between colleges and K-12 school districts to implement the Gateway to College dropout recovery program. The GtCNN works to build the capacity of colleges, school districts, and states to help high school dropouts and underprepared college students succeed in college, by offering on-campus classes in developmental skills courses from which students transition to regular college classes, where they work simultaneously toward a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. The initial start-up funding from GtCNN pays for planning and early implementation costs. Programs are then funded through partnerships between colleges and school districts. For the current round of funding, GtCNN will select up to nine college/K-12 partnerships to enter into multiyear contracts of between $300,000 and $450,000 each in 18 target states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. Deadline for application: September 9, 2011.
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, 2011.
Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America Invite K-12 School Applications for Children's Hunger Service-Learning Grants
The Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America are accepting applications for the Sodexo School Engagement grant program, to support teachers and students, grades K-12, in learning about childhood hunger in their community, and in leading activities that facilitate access to nutritious food for all children, especially those most at risk. The program incorporates service-learning into a “Semester of Service” framework focused on childhood hunger that engages students in a minimum of 70 hours of service and learning over a period of at least ten weeks. Grantees will implement a service-learning Semester of Service starting during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 14-20, 2011) through Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012), and involving a minimum of 20 students engaged on a continual and regular basis during the semester through hands-on service activities. Applicants must be K-12 teachers in the U.S., or adults working with K-12 students in a school or school-based afterschool program. Eleven applicants will be selected to receive a $5,000 grant to support professional development in service-learning, project planning and implementation, and sharing of project outcomes. Grantees will be expected to attend YSA's Youth Service Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 24-26, 2011 (travel and training fees are included in the grant). Deadline for application: August 15, 2011.
Best Buy Children’s Foundation Offers Funding for Nonprofits Serving Young Teens
The Best Buy Children’s Foundation Community Grants program allows teams of Best Buy employees across the U.S. to select nonprofit organizations working to help teens excel in school and develop life and leadership skills. Best Buy seeks applications from organizations that have current 501(c)(3) tax status and serve a diverse population of young teens in the areas of learning, life skills, and leadership. Special consideration will be given to programs that provide youth with access to opportunity through technology. To be eligible, nonprofit organizations must be located within fifty miles of a Best Buy store or regional distribution center. Applicants should serve a diverse population in local or regional communities; aim to build social, academic, leadership, and/or life skills in early adolescents (primarily ages 13 to 17); and reach at-risk children in working families. Grant amounts will average between $4,000 and $6,000 and will not exceed $10,000. The online grant application submission process opens July 1, 2011, and closes August 1, 2011.
Broad Center: Superintendents Academy
The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems Superintendents Academy seeks leaders from business, the military, government, education, and nonprofit organizations to make an immediate impact as CEOs and senior executives in urban school districts. Maximum award: participation in the Broad Superintendents Academy. Eligibility: those with significant leadership and management experience at the central office level or the equivalent in another field. Deadline for resume submission, June 30, 2011; for application, July 15, 2011.
Mockingbird Foundation Invites Applications for Children's Music Education Program Grants
The Mockingbird Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by fans of the rock band Phish, annually provides competitive grants of between $100 and up to $5,000, to U.S. nonprofit organizations and public schools for children's music education programs. The foundation is particularly interested in projects that foster creative expression in any musical form (including composition, instrumentation, vocalization, or improvisation), but also recognizes broader and more basic needs within conventional instruction. Applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies are encouraged. The foundation is interested in programs for children 18 years of age or younger, but will consider projects that benefit college students, teachers, instructors, and adult students. Programs that benefit disenfranchised groups are encouraged, including groups with low skill levels, income, or education; with disabilities or terminal illnesses; and in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations. Deadline: August 1, 2011
United Methodist Women: A Brighter Future Grants
The Women's Division of the United Methodist General Board of Ministries offers grants of up to $4,000 for projects and programs addressing the needs of children and young people ages 5-18 in the areas of violence prevention, anti-abuse, and relationship abuse. Maximum award: $4,000. Eligibility: small-scale, community and church-based programs and projects; groups affiliated with national organizations, hospitals, and organizations with budgets totaling more than $3,000,000 will not be reviewed. Deadline: July 1, 2011.
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The Best Buy Children's Foundation @15 Community Grants empower teens to thrive by helping them excel in school, engage in their communities, and develop life and leadership skills. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: nonprofit 501(c)3 certified organizations located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or Regional Distribution Center that provide positive experiences that empower early adolescents (primarily ages 13-18) to excel in school, engage in their communities, and develop life and leadership skills. Deadline: August 1, 2011.
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