Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
National Gardening Association and Home Depot Announce 2009 Youth Garden Grants Program
Gifts of teaching materials and merchandise credits of up to $1,000 will be given to schools and community organizations providing gardening programs for at least fifteen children between the ages of 3 and 18. Previous Youth Garden Grant winners who wish to reapply may do so but must wait a year (e.g., if an organization won in 2008, it can apply again in 2010) and have significantly expanded their garden programs. Priority will be given to applications that emphasize one or more of the following: educational focus or curricular/program integration; nutrition or plant-to-food connections; environmental awareness/education; entrepreneurship; and social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning. Deadline: November 1, 2008
Richard Riley Award to Honor Schools That Serve as Centers of Community
An award of $10,000 will be given to a public elementary or secondary school in the United States that provides social, civic, recreational, and artistic opportunities to the broader community around them. The American Architectural Foundation, in partnership with the Knowledge Works Foundation, invites nominations for the Richard Riley Award, which honors K-12 schools that serve as centers of community, demonstrate innovative design ideas, and help to promote student achievement. Deadline: July 25, 2008
Tommy Hilfiger Education Grants
Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation Education Grants support programs/partnerships that promote educational opportunities for diverse populations in the United States. Maximum Award: $25,000. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations. Deadline: October 1, 2008.
Athletics Grants for Disadvantaged Youth
The Finish Line Youth Foundation Grants Program funds organizations that provide opportunities for youth participation in athletic programs that promote an active lifestyle and team-building skills, and established camps that emphasize sports and an active lifestyle, especially those serving disadvantaged youth and youth with special needs. Maximum Award: $5,000. Eligibility: 501c(3) organizations that serve youth 18 years and younger. Deadline: June 30, 2008.
Foundation for Rural Education and Development Invites Applications for Technology Grants for Rural Schools Program
Technology grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to rural public schools in areas served by the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunication Companies. The grants are intended to help public K-12 schools in rural areas served by OPASTCO bring modern computers to every classroom, connect schools to the information superhighway, and make sure that effective and engaging software and online resources are an integral part of the school curriculum. To be eligible for this grant program, schools must be in an OPASTCO member’s service area. (Schools that are served by large telephone carriers such as Verizon, BellSouth, Frontier, AT&T, Sprint, Qwest, etc. are not eligible to apply. If a school is served by an independent carrier, the school should call the telephone company first before contacting FRED). Deadline: September 13, 2008.
Grants Available for Families Struggling with Child Health-Related Costs
The United Health Care Children’s foundation has announced that grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to parents and legal guardians of disabled children for health care services and medical equipment inadequately covered by insurance. UHCCF provides grants to families to help pay for services such as speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy sessions, prescriptions, and medical equipment such as wheelchairs, orthotics, and eyeglasses. Parents and legal guardians may apply for grants of up to $5,000 each for child medical services and equipment by completing an online application at the UHCCF Web site. To be eligible for grants, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States, and be covered by a commercial health benefit plan. Deadline: Open
Grants for Projects Led by and Benefiting Women and Girls
The Open Meadows Foundation funds projects that are led by and benefit women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote community-building; promote racial, social, economic and environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Maximum Award: $2000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations with an organizational budget no larger than $150,000. Projects must be designed and implemented by women and girls. Deadline: August 15, 2008.
Nomination Process Open for Math Hero Awards Honoring Educators
Nominations are invited for the Raytheon Company’s 2008 Math Hero Awards through the MathMovesU Web site. The annual awards celebrate educators promoting math achievement to students in a fun and challenging learning environment. Awards of $2,500 will be given to teachers, tutors, and volunteers helping middle and high school students improve math skills; an additional $2,500 will be given to the recipient's school or organization. Parents, students, or other teachers are invited to nominate their Math Hero. Deadline: July 15, 2008.
Samsung Hope for Education Technology Program Invites Essay Entries
Grants worth up to $200,000 in cash, software, technology, and television programming will be awarded to K-12 schools in the United States. Essay nominations about technology and the environment are welcome from all members of a school’s community. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members can enter the contest by going to the program’s Web site and submitting a 100-word essay about their school, answering the question: “How has technology educated you on helping the environment, and how or why has it changed your behavior to be more environmentally friendly?” Essay entries may be written in either Spanish or English. Deadline: August 31, 2008.
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The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems Superintendents Academy seeks leaders from business, the military, government, education and nonprofit organizations to make an immediate impact as CEOs and senior executives in urban school districts. Maximum Award: N/A. Eligibility: those with significant leadership and management experience at the central office level or the equivalent in another field. Deadline for resume submission: July 20, 2008; Application deadline: August 15, 2008.
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