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National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
http://www.nfb.org/scholarships
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
http://tinyurl.com/yjwkeuz
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
http://tinyurl.com/ydnuexb
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
http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/youth_farm.html
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 Childrenís 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
http://www.christophercolumbusawards.com/
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 programís 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
http://www.generalmills.com/corporate/commitment/champions.aspx
The General Mills Foundation, in partnership with the American Dietetic Association Foundation and the Presidentís 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.

Intel Foundation: Schools of Distinction
http://www.intel.com/education/schoolsofdistinction/application.htm#Categories
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.

Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation Invites Grant Applications for Music Education Programs
http://heart.muzak.com/
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
http://www.neabigread.org/application_process.php
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.

Presidentís Committee on the Arts and Humanities: Coming Up Taller Awards
http://www.pcah.gov/cut.htm
The Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of Americaís 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 Americaís 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.

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