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Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues

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Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program
http://toolboxforeducation.com/
In recognition of the importance of parent involvement in education, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program funds school improvement projects initiated by parents with grants of up to $5,000. K-12 schools (including charter, parochial, private, etc.) or parent groups (associated with non-profit K-12 schools) are eligible to apply. Application deadline: October 12, 2007.

Grants for the Education of At-Risk Youth from the Janus Foundation
https://ww4.janus.com/Janus/Retail/StaticPage?jsp=jsp/Janushome/JanusFoundation.jsp&WT.mc_id=6015
The Janus Foundation awards grants for innovative programs that support at-risk youth through education. Grants are made to innovative and visionary organizations and programs that have a lasting impact, ultimately leading their constituents to self-sufficiency. Applicant organizations should provide unique services and have strong partnerships with other nonprofits in order to provide comprehensive services to their constituents. The Foundation is interested in establishing partnerships with nonprofits that provide leadership in the community and that make a difference in providing solutions to community needs. Nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. are eligible to apply. Application deadline: August 31, 2007.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
http://www.barronprize.org/
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2006 awards to honor youth ages 8-18 who have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and our planet. Ten national winners will each receive $2,000 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline: April 30, 2007.

Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program
http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/Community05.htm
A philanthropic program of the Kohl’s Corporation, the Kohl's Kids Who Care program recognizes and rewards young volunteers (ages 6-18) who have transformed their communities for the better. One winner from each age group (ages 6-12 and 13-18) per participating store will receive a $50 Kohl’s Gift Card. Regional winners in each age group will receive $1,000 scholarships, and five national winners in each age group will receive $5,000 scholarships. Kohl’s will also contribute $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on behalf of each national winner. Nomination deadline: March 15, 2007.

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams
http://web.mit.edu/inventeams/
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams is a national grants initiative to foster inventiveness among high school students. Teams composed of high school students, teachers (of math, science, or technology), and mentors collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as a class or extracurricular project. Grants of up to $10,000 support each team’s efforts. Application deadline: April 27, 2007.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
http://www.wkkf.org/default.aspx?tabid=63&ItemID=6&NID=41&LanguageID=0
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports projects that: 1) mobilize youth, families, and communities to inform policies that affect learning and achievement for vulnerable children and youth; and 2) forge partnerships between educational institutions and communities to promote learning, academic performance, and workforce preparation among vulnerable young people. Its overall goal is to support healthy infant, child, and youth development by mobilizing, strengthening, and aligning systems that affect children’s learning. The Foundation accepts and reviews proposals on an ongoing basis. Amount awarded is based on the amount needed for the specific project based on the scope of work and expected outcomes.

Gannett Foundation Grants for Education & Neighborhood Improvement
http://www.gannettfoundation.org/
The Gannett Foundation gives grants to organizations for projects that take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment. Communities in which Gannett owns a daily newspaper or television station are eligible to apply. Application deadline: January 15, 2007.

Young Social Entrepreneurs: Apply to the Youth Service America/Youth Venture Program
http://www.youthventure.org/index.php?tg=articles&idx=More&article=773&topics=76
The YSA Youth Venture Program is seeking applications from youth nationwide who are interested in starting their own sustainable social Ventures. Ventures MUST be youth-led and designed to be a lasting, sustainable asset to the community. YSA Youth Venture teams are required to plan a National and Global Youth Service Day project every year that their Venture is operational. The Program provides a variety of resources including a national network of like-minded young people, media opportunities, technical support, toolkits and workshops, and funding of up to $1,000 for start-up expenses. Application Deadline: December 18, 2006.

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/21centuryLibrarian.shtm
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, to conduct research, to encourage high school and college students to consider careers in libraries, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and library staff. Grants of up to $1,000,000 will be awarded. All types of libraries, except federal and for-profit libraries, and institutions of higher education may apply. Application deadline: December 15, 2006.

Youth Leaders for Literacy to Awards Grants for Student-Led Projects
http://www.nea.org/readacross/volunteer/
Youth Leaders for Literacy is an initiative of the National Education Association and Youth Service America (YSA) to help youth develop and implement reading-related service projects to begin on NEA’s Read Across America Day, March 2, 2007, and culminate on YSA’s National Youth Service Days, April 20-22, 2007. Proposed service projects must include a scheduled activity (e.g., read-aloud session, trip to the library, book-making, etc.) for each week of the project period. Twenty grants of $500 will be awarded. Applicants can apply either as individuals or groups and must be under age 22. Application deadline: November 24, 2006.

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