Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation awards Student Achievement Grants of $5,000 to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, Advanced Placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. Application deadline: October 15, 2007.
State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants for National and Global Youth Service Day Activities
Youth Service America and the State Farm Companies Foundation are offering the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants of up to $1,000 each to support youth (ages 5-25), teachers, or school-based service-learning coordinators to support service-learning projects on National and Global Youth Service Day, April 25-27, 2008. Application deadline: October 16, 2007.
TASH/Brookes Publishing Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Award
The Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Awards honor individuals and school districts which advance inclusive education and equitable opportunities for K-12 students, particularly those with the most significant disabilities and support needs. Awards are given in the following categories: Inclusive Education Administrator of the Year, Inclusive Education Teacher of the Year, Inclusive Education Advocate of the Year, Most Promising Inclusive School, and Most Promising Inclusive School District. Winners receive recognition and a library of books about inclusive best practices from Brookes Publishing. School districts and education professionals that work inclusively with K-12 students with disabilities are eligible to apply. Application deadline: September 20, 2007.
ELA Foundation Grants for Disability Arts and Advocacy
The ELA Foundation provides grants of $1,000-$5,000 to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations led by or which support adults with disabilities age 22 or older. Specifically, it supports established programs in the arts (programs that support professional artists with disabilities or encourage a professional environment while enhancing creativity among people with disabilities who are not professional artists) and in advocacy (programs that promote legislative change or provide education to enhance knowledge and action to create laws and policies that promote better lives for people with disabilities). Grantees must demonstrate support from other foundations, corporations, and individuals. Application deadline: September 15, 2007.
Grants for Global Youth Service Day Lead Agencies
Youth Service America is looking for lead agencies for National and Global Youth Service Day, April 25-27, 2008. Lead Agencies are organizations across the U.S. that increase the scope, visibility, and sustainability of National and Global Youth Service Day by leading city, regional, or statewide service projects. Past Lead Agencies have garnered national media attention, developed new partnerships, and engaged elected and public officials in their service and service-learning projects. Lead Agencies receive $2,000 planning grants sponsored by State Farm Companies Foundation, as well as direct assistance and support from Youth Service America. Application deadline: September 17, 2007.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program
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.
Office Depot/SHOPA 2007 Kids In Need Teacher Grants
Office Depot/SHOPA Kids In Need Teacher Grants fund projects that make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. Together, innovation and merit account for 40 percent of the evaluation. K-12 teachers are eligible to apply for grants of up to $500. Application deadline: September 30, 2007.
Pay It Forward Mini-Grants
Pay It Forward Mini-Grants fund one-time-only service-oriented projects identified by youth as activities they would like to perform to benefit their school, neighborhood, or greater community. Projects must include a “pay it forward” focus—that is, they must be based on the concept of one person doing a favor for others, who in turn do favors for others, with the results growing exponentially. K-12 youth are eligible to apply for grants of up to $500. Application deadline: October 15, 2007.
Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation Grants
The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation supports programs/partnerships that promote educational opportunities for diverse populations in the U.S. Proposals must target K-12 and college students; expose students to career opportunities; help students develop skills in new technologies; leverage teacher/administrator, parental, and community involvement; include hands-on program activities; lead to comprehensive, systemic change on a regional and/or national basis; involve collaborative partnerships; demonstrate capacity to gain continuing support; result in dissemination and replication of lessons learned; have broad and positive impact on diverse populations including women, minorities, and at-risk students; and have an evaluation component with measurable results. Application deadline: October 1, 2007.
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The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Youth Service America are offering grants of up to $1,000 to support youth in foster care (ages 5-18) and youth who have recently transitioned out of foster care (ages 19-25) in planning and implementing service projects in their communities. U.S. youth-serving organizations with prior experience working with youth in the foster care system are eligible to apply. Service projects will take place as part of Global Youth Service Day, April 25-27, 2008. Projects can address any issue that youth identify as a community need. Application deadline: October 1, 2007.
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