Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Siemens/NSTA: We Can Change the World Challenge
In the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, teachers, mentors, or other adults work with and supervise teams of eligible students in the creation of a contest entry identifying an issue in the community that needs to “go green” and providing a plan to positively impact that issue and further “green living” in their community. Each team’s entry should include: choosing a topic, writing a problem statement, doing background research, writing a hypothesis, developing a plan, collecting data, drawing a conclusion, reporting the results and explaining how to replicate this project. Deadline: March 15, 2010.
Disney Friends for Change Grants
Disney’s Friends for Change is a program that encourages kids everywhere to take steps together with their friends to help the planet. The Friends for Change Grants will fund kids’ projects that help the environment and will look to engage children ages 5-18 as leaders in their communities. Disney, working with Youth Service America (YSA), will award 150 $500 grants throughout 2010. The goal of each grant is to inspire children to work with their families, friends, schools, and communities to address critical needs in their local, national, and global communities. Apply to Youth Service America by January 29, 2010.
Global Youth Service Day
Youth Service America, partnering with Miley Cyrus, has launched “Get Ur Good On,” small grants to support projects celebrating Global Youth Service Day, April 23-25, 2010, and will award 100 $500 grants to projects addressing important community issues such as poverty, education, and environmental sustainability. Deadline: February 22, 2010.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program. Each year at its national convention in July, NFB gives 30 scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. The scholarships are available to blind students who will be enrolled in college or a graduate program beginning in the fall of 2010, including incoming freshmen. Scholarships range in value from $3,000 to $12,000. In addition to a scholarship, each winner will receive assistance to attend the 2010 National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention in July, providing opportunities for networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations. Deadline March 31, 2010.
NEA Foundation Teaching Improvisation
The Teaching Improvisation Grants are dedicated to the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for teaching music improvisation to American public middle and high school students. Improvisation (represented in the National Standards for Music Education as Standard 3) is an important part of the art and practice of many styles and genres of music, helping to develop the imaginative thinking so important to students and to develop that imaginative skill with critical links to key elements of our culture. Deadline February 1, 2010.
Shared Planet Youth Action Grants
The Starbucks Foundation has an open application period for its Shared Planet Youth Action Grants, which provide young people (ages 6-24) a continuum of services in social entrepreneurship and aid them in developing creative approaches to address pressing concerns. With these grants, Starbucks uses the spirit of innovation to inspire young people to take action and to create positive solutions to real local needs they see in their neighborhoods. Deadline for application: February 5, 2010.
Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announces the availability of grant funds and requests applications for the Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification Program for fiscal year (FY) 2010 to develop curriculum and programming based on the North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) focused on underserved and/or minority youth. NIFA will provide approximately $466,650 in support of this program. Deadline: January 21, 2010.
Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation: Christopher Columbus Awards
The Christopher Columbus Awards Program combines science and technology with community problem-solving. Students work in teams with the help of an adult coach to identify an issue they care about and, using science and technology, work with experts, conduct research, and test their ideas to develop an innovative solution. Maximum award: $25,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend the program’s National Championship Week, plus a U.S. Savings Bond of $2,000 for each student team member. Eligibility: middle-school-age (sixth, seventh, and eighth grade) children; teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter. Deadline: February 8, 2010.
General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grant Program
The General Mills Foundation, in partnership with the American Dietetic Association Foundation and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, developed the Champions for Healthy Kids grant program in 2002. Each year since inception, the General Mills Foundation awards 50 grants of $10,000 each to community-based groups that develop creative ways to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle. Deadline: January 15, 2010.
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The Intel Foundation Schools of Distinction Program honors U.S. schools that have demonstrated excellence in math and science education. To be considered as an Intel School of Distinction, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks, including national mathematics and science content standards. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: middle and high schools in the U.S. Deadline: February 17, 2010.
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