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Do Something Awards
http://www.dosomething.org/programs/awards
The Do Something Awards (formerly the BR!CK Awards) identify exceptional young (age 25 and under) social entrepreneurs, activists, and community leaders who have a significant social impact. For 2011, five nominees will be selected and rewarded with a $10,000 community grant, participation in the Do Something Awards TV show on VH1, media coverage, and continued support from DoSomething.org. One of the five will be selected to win the Grand Prize, a $100,000 grant, which will be announced during the live broadcast. Deadline for applications: March 1, 2011.

ING Unsung Heroes Program Opens Grant Program for K-12 Educational Projects
http://ing.us/about-ing/citizenship/childrens-education/ing-unsung-heroes
The ING Unsung Heroes program annually provides grants of $2,000 to U.S. K-12 education professionals using new teaching methods and techniques to improve learning. Educators may submit grant applications describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence students. Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive $2,000 each to help fund their innovative class projects. Three recipients are then selected to receive additional top awards of $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. All K-12 education professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States and must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with projects that improve student learning. Deadline: April 30, 2011

Kessler Foundation Offers Grants to Increase Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities
http://www.kesslerfoundation.org/grants.php
The Kessler Foundationís Signature Employment Grant Program awards grants of up to $500,000 to nonprofits, schools, public institutions, and state government agencies working on non-traditional approaches designed to increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Projects must be collaborative, serve a large geographic area, include multiple funding partners and stakeholders, and must have the potential for growth, scalability, or replication. Any U.S.-based nonprofit organization or other tax-exempt group such as a public/private school, public institution, or government from any state is encouraged to apply. Applicants may seek a funding amount between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, for maximum project funding of $500,000 over two years. Deadline: February 15, 2011.

National Summer Learning Association: Excellence in Summer Learning Award
http://www.summerlearning.org/?page=excellence_apply
The Excellence in Summer Learning Award recognizes an outstanding summer program that demonstrates excellence in accelerating academic achievement and positive development for young people K-12. Maximum award: national recognition, press opportunities, conference presentations and complimentary registrations, professional development opportunities for staff, and increased publishing opportunities. Eligibility: public or private organizations or agencies (schools, community-based organizations, libraries, universities, faith-based organizations, etc.) serving young people K-12 over the summer months. Deadline: February 11, 2011.

Pathways Within Roads to Reading Initiative
http://www.pwirtr.org/annual_donation_prog.html
The Pathways Within Roads to Reading Initiative donates books to literacy programs in small and rural low-income communities. Maximum award: 200 books appropriate for readers age 0 to young adult; English only. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations that run school, after-school, summer, community, day-care, and library reading and literacy programs; organizations must have an annual operating budget of less than $95,000 (schools and libraries are exempt from this budget requirement) and be located in an underserved community with a population of less than 50,000. Deadline: March 30, 2011.

Special Olympics/YSA: Get Into It Grants
http://www.ysa.org/getintoit
Special Olympics is partnering with Youth Service America to offer Get Into It grants, bringing together students of all abilities to fight childhood obesity in their schools and communities. The Get Into It curriculum helps to develop a service-learning program that gives youth the opportunity to create and implement local, hands-on programs to fight childhood obesity. Get Into It grant projects launch on Spread the Word to End the Word Day (March 2, 2011) and culminate on Global Youth Service Day (April 15-17, 2011). Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: teams from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply; each team must comprise a teacher and a unified pair of students (one with and one without an intellectual disability). Deadline: January 26, 2011.

American Historical Association: Beveridge Family Teaching Prize
http://www.historians.org/teaching/Beveridge.htm
The American Historical Association Beveridge Family Teaching Prize recognizes excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives. Maximum award: $1,500. Eligibility: K-12 teachers. Deadline: March 15, 2011.

Kessler Foundation Offers Grants to Increase Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities
http://www.kesslerfoundation.org/grants.php
The Kessler Foundation offers grants of up to $500,000 over two years to nonprofits, schools, public institutions, and state government agencies working on non-traditional approaches designed to increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Projects must be collaborative, serve a large geographic area, and include multiple funding partners and stakeholders; and must have the potential for growth, scalability, or replication. Any U.S.-based nonprofit organization or other tax-exempt group such as a public/private school, public institution, or government from any state may apply. Deadline: February 15, 2011

Lemelson-MIT: InvenTeams
http://web.mit.edu/inventeams/about.html
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams awards foster inventiveness in high school students. InvenTeams composed of high school students, teachers and mentors are asked to collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as an in-class or extracurricular project. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: High school science, mathematics, and technology teachers (or teams of teachers) at public, private, and vocational schools; intra- and inter-school collaborations are welcome. Deadline: April 22, 2011.

NAMM Foundation Announces Wanna Play Fund Grants for Instruments Available to Schools and Community Organizations for Music Education Programs
http://www.nammfoundation.org/grant-information/apply-grant-and-scholarship
The nonprofit NAMM Foundation advances participation in music-making by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs of the international music products industry. The Foundation awards grants through its Wanna Play Fund to provide instruments to schools and community organizations that are expanding or reinstating music education programs as part of a core curriculum and/or that employ quality music teachers. Eligible applicants are public schools serving low-income students (percentage of free and reduced lunch data required); community organizations serving low-income students and students with special needs (community demographic information required); and schools and community programs that have made a commitment to hiring and retaining high-quality music teachers and providing standards-based, sequential learning in music. Online grant applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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