Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Native Plant Landscaping
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations to establish outdoor learning centers. Funds will be provided only for the purchase of native plants and seed. Eligibility: schools, nature centers and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning including houses of worship with a site available. Deadline: November 15, 2008.
Nonprofit Music Programs
The Guitar Center Music Foundation’s mission is to aid nonprofit music programs across America that offer music instruction so that more people can experience the joys of making music. Maximum Award: $5000. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations. Qualifying applicants are established, ongoing and sustainable music programs across the United States that provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music. Deadline: N/A.
School Improvement Grants for Parent Involvement
Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program finances school-improvement projects initiated by parents. Maximum Award: $5,000. Eligibility: K-12 schools (including charter, private, and parochial schools) and parent groups associated with a nonprofit, K-12 schools. Deadline: October 17, 2008.
Siemens High School Competition in Math, Science, & Technology
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science, & Technology recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects they complete in high school. Maximum Award: $100,000. Eligibility: U.S. high school students. Deadline: October 1, 2008.
Staples Foundation for Learning Supports Job Skills and Education Programs
Grants will be awarded to nonprofits working to provide job skills and/or education for all people, with an emphasis on disadvantaged youth; public schools without 501(c)(3) status and organizations located in Alaska or Hawaii do not qualify. For the Foundation’s January meeting, grant proposals must be submitted between October 10-24, 2008. Deadline: October 24, 2008
2009 Nestlé Very Best In Youth Program
The Nestlé USA Very Best in Youth Program honors young people ages 13 to 18 who have excelled in school and who are making their community and the world a better place. Maximum Award: $1000. Eligibility: youth ages 13 and 18 years of age who demonstrate good citizenship, a strong academic record, and can show how they have made a special contribution to their school, church or the community. Entrants must have permission from a parent or legal guardian to submit the nomination. Deadline: November 20, 2008.
American School Board Journal Magna Awards
The American School Board Journal is accepting nominations for its 2009 Magna Awards, which recognize programs that have been important in promoting the district’s mission and advancing student learning; capable of being replicated by other school boards with similar conditions and resources; and the result of collaboration between the school board and others. Maximum Award: $3,500. Eligibility: programs developed or actively supported by school boards. Deadline: October 15, 2008.
Challenge 20/20 Program Grants for School Partnerships Around the World
The National Association of Independent Schools Challenge 20/20 Program provides an opportunity for schools to develop globally-based, experiential curricula and to build educational partnerships with schools around the world. Challenge 20/20 students form bonds with students from across the globe and learn firsthand about cross-cultural communication; together, teams tackle real problems. Maximum Award: N/A. Eligibility: elementary and secondary schools, public or private, located anywhere in the world. Deadline: August 15, 2008.
Disney Grants for Youth-Led Service Projects
The Walt Disney Company and Youth Service America, through Disney Minnie Grants, are supporting youth-led service projects that are planned and implemented in communities. Service can take place between October 15 and November 15, 2008, and projects can address the environment, disaster relief, public health and awareness, community education, hunger, literacy, or any issue that youth identify as a community need. Maximum Award: $500. Eligibility: teachers, older youth (15-25), youth-leaders, and youth-serving organizations that engage younger youth (5-14) in planning and implementation. Deadline: August 30, 2008.
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The National Gardening Association recognizes outstanding youth programs via the Healthy Sprouts Awards. The awards support school and youth garden programs that teach about nutrition and the issue of hunger in the United States. Maximum Award: $500 gift certificate to Gardener's Supply. Eligibility: schools or organizations that plan to garden with children between the ages of 3 and 18. Deadline: October 15, 2008.
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