Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
ING Unsung Heroes
The ING Unsung Heroes awards program recognizes innovative and progressive thinking in education through monetary awards. Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, classified staff members with effective projects that improve student learning at accredited K-12 public or private schools are eligible to apply. Maximum Award: $25,000. Application deadline: April 30, 2008.
LIVESTRONG at School
The Lance Armstrong Foundation is challenging educators to get students involved in the fight against cancer. Participating classes will have the opportunity to win a visit from champion cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong. Through LIVESTRONG at School, the foundation offers free online lessons to teach K-12 students about cancer in an age-appropriate and empowering way. To enter the LIVESTRONG at School contest, educators must complete a lesson from the LIVESTRONG at School curriculum and answer the question with their students, “What does LIVESTRONG mean to you?” Maximum Award: visit from Lance Armstrong. Eligibility: classes in schools K-12. Deadline: May 1, 2008.
Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale
Grants support efforts to increase participation among low-income school-age children in afterschool and summer meal programs. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. Deadline: May 30, 2008.
Staples Foundation Education Programs for Disadvantaged Youth
This fund supports programs that provide job skills and/or education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth.
Deadline: June 16, 2008.
Target Stores Local Store Grants Program
Target Corporation’s Local Store Grants provide funding support to “Target” communities in the areas of arts, reading programs, and family violence prevention. To be eligible, organizations must be located in communities where Target does business. Grants will be awarded to nonprofit 501©(3) organizations, schools, libraries, or public agencies for nonprofit programs that impact arts, early childhood reading, or family violence prevention. For communities offering unique opportunities outside the scope of the program’s focus areas, Target provides each store limited funds for Target GiftCard donations. GiftCard donations are available March through December, as funding permits. The average grant amount is between $1,000 and $3,000. Application deadline: May 31, 2008.
Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants
Autism Speaks invites grant applications that promote services that will enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders. Recognizing that there are multiple needs in this expansive and varied community, the focus of these grants will be on proposals that serve to build the field of services for individuals with autism and expand the capacity to effectively serve this growing community. Autism Speaks seeks grant proposals that address one of the following areas of need: education, recreation/community activities, equipment/supportive technology, and young adult/adult services (including transition planning). Grant amount: $10,000-$20,000. Application deadline: March 28, 2008.
Education Grants from the Kinder Morgan Foundation
The Kinder Morgan Foundation provides grant funding to local, state, provincial, and regional educational institutions, libraries, and programs that provide ongoing support (e.g., Junior Achievement). Grants are primarily directed to educational programs for youth in grades K-12. The organization’s program must serve a community where Kinder Morgan (“one of the largest pipeline transporters and terminal operators in North America”) has a significant presence or business interest. U.S. applicant organizations must have 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. Grant amount: $1,000-$5,000. Application deadline: May 10, 2008.
Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Grants
The ESA Foundation supports programs and opportunities that make a difference in the quality of life, health, and welfare of America’s youth. Organizations applying for a grant must: be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code; seek funding for a specific project or program that is or will be in two or more states and serves youth ages 7-18; and provide youth programs in one or more of the following areas: skills and personal development, general health and welfare, risk behavior prevention, education, and multimedia arts/technology-related or applied. Application deadline: April 15, 2008.
Geographic Literacy Grants from the National Council for the Social Studies
The National Council for the Social Studies’ Grant for Geographic Literacy aims to promote geography education in the schools; to enhance the geographic literacy of students at the classroom, district, or statewide levels; and to encourage the integration of geography into the social studies curriculum/classroom. Programs (not individuals or individual lessons or units) which will enhance the geographic literacy of students at the classroom, district, or statewide levels are eligible for funding. Recipients may be individuals or groups in school districts, public institutions, or universities. Grant amount: $2,500. Application deadline: March 21, 2008.
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The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Their leadership and courage make them true heroes and inspirations to us all. Each year, the Barron Prize selects 10 winners nationwide. Half of the winners have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings; half have focused on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment. Barron Prize winners each receive $2,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project. Nomination deadline: April 30, 2008.
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