Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation Invites Grant Applications for Music Education Programs
Grants of up to $12,000 will be awarded to public schools and nonprofits working to fund existing or planned public school or independent music programs across the nation. Music education, vocal or instrumental, must be the key component of any music program requesting funds. Applications will be accepted from public school programs (qualifying for Title I federal funding and serving a minimum of 70% low-income students) and nonprofit 501(c)(3) programs directly funding music education (serving students regardless of their ability to pay).
Deadline: February 5, 2010.
NEA: The Big Read
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts to restore reading to the center of American culture by giving citizens the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. The initiative includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature, and an extensive Web site providing comprehensive information on authors and their works. Maximum award: varies. Literary organizations, libraries, and community organizations across the country are eligible. Deadline: February 2, 2010.
President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities: Coming Up Taller Awards
The Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, providing them learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities. The awards focus national attention on exemplary programs fostering the creative and intellectual development of America’s children and youth through education and practical experience in the arts and the humanities. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility includes: programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, universities, colleges, arts centers, community service organizations, schools, businesses, and eligible government entities. Deadline: January 29, 2010.
Sprint Character Education Grant Program Seeks to Support Positive Development of Young People
Sprint has announced the 2010 entry dates for the Sprint Character Education Grant Program, its annual character-education grant program for schools and school districts across the United States. The 2010 program will run January 4-February 5, 2010. Now in its third year, the program awards Sprint Foundation grants to school districts and individual schools in support of resources that facilitate and encourage character education among K-12 students. The program is open to all U.S. public schools (K-12) and U.S. public school districts. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to school districts and individual schools. Deadline: February 5, 2010.
Toshiba/NSTA: ExploraVision Awards
The Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program encourages kids to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. ExploraVision, more than a contest, can be the beginning of a lifelong adventure in science, as students develop higher-order thinking skills and learn to think about their role in the future. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: students K-12. Deadline: February 2, 2010.
Welch’s/Scholastic: Harvest Grants
Welch’s, a family farmer owned company that is proud to grow and nurture grapes, is partnering with Scholastic to teach the value of sustainable agriculture and healthy eating by supporting school garden programs through Welch’s Harvest Grants. Entries will be judged by experts at the National Gardening Association, and two schools in every state will be selected to receive a Welch’s Harvest Grant. Winning schools will receive a customized indoor or outdoor garden package filled with a variety of tools, seeds, educational materials, and more. Maximum award: packages valued at $1,000 each. Eligibility: K-8 teachers. Deadline: February 6, 2010.
AAPT: High School Physics Teacher Grant
The goal of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is to encourage high school teachers to experiment and improve on their teaching practices. AAPT believes that as teaching practice improves, physics enrollment and excitement among students increase and therefore offers the High School Physics Teacher Grant to provide funds to kick start the implementation of these practices. The grants are given each year to teachers whose proposals meet the goals of the grant: that the proposed procedures should result in better teaching practice, student understanding and interest, and/or increased enrollment. Proposal may use a new teaching method or an adaptation of an existing idea. Maximum award: $500. Eligibility: members of AAPT. Deadline: December 1, 2009.
Do Something Awards
Since 1996, Do Something has honored the nation’s best young world-changers. Do Something Award Winners represent the pivotal “do-ers” in their field, cause, or issue and are rewarded with a project grant, participation in a special award ceremony, media coverage, and continued support from Do Something. The awards are given to young people (age 25 or under) in recognition of their leadership in community improvement and concern for the lives of others. Recipients of the award receive a grant of up to $100,000 toward the cause of their choice. Deadline for application: December 15, 2009.
Do Something Invites Teens to Organize Food Drives
Selected teens from middle and high schools, sports teams, Do Something Clubs, and church groups across the nation will win a $1,000 donation to their local food bank for their work in effectively organizing food drives to help fight hunger in their community. Do Something’s goal for the drives is 1 Million lbs of food collected by teens. Entrants could win a pizza party sponsored by DoSomething.org and a $1000 donation to their local food bank. Deadline for submission: December 15, 2009.
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Emerging Leaders is a competitive program that places undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities in fulfilling summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities. Emerging Leaders partners with America’s leading businesses to help them find outstanding young talent while also considering diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices. To be considered for an internship, a student must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student who has completed at least 60 credits and is maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31, 2009.
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