Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Office Depot/SHOPA 2006 Kids in Need Teacher Grants
Office Depot and the SHOPA Kids In Need Foundation provide grants of up to $500 to K-12 teachers to 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. Application deadline: September 30, 2006.
Pay It Forward Mini-Grants
The Pay It Forward Foundation awards mini-grants of up to $500 for one-time-only service-oriented projects identified by youth as activities they would like to perform to benefit their school, neighborhood, or community. Projects must have 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. Schools, churches, and community youth groups (with an adult sponsor) are eligible to apply. Application deadline: October 15, 2006.
YouthRising Grants to Engage Troubled Youth in Volunteer Service
The Youth Service America and U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention YouthRising program will award grants of up to $2000 to organizations who engage high risk and/or gang-involved youth in volunteer service. A significant portion of the supported service project must take place on National & Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22, 2007. Projects should be co-led by youth and adult allies such as parents, counselors, coaches, teachers, and youth leaders. Organizations with documented success in prevention/intervention work with high risk and/or gang-involved youth are eligible to apply. Application deadline: October 12, 2006.
American Psychiatric Foundation Grants for Mental Illness Public Education and Outreach
The American Psychiatric Foundation, a subsidiary of the American Psychiatric Association, is awarding up to $750,000 in grant funds for public education, information, and outreach initiatives that promote the early recognition and treatment of mental illness. The foundation seeks to fund innovative ideas and programs that promote public awareness of mental illness, the effectiveness of treatment, and the importance of early intervention. New initiatives and ongoing programs are both eligible for funding. Efforts may focus on a specific mental disorder, mental illness in general, or a specific population. Application deadline: September 1, 2006.
Caring Across Communities: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Diverse Children and Youth
Caring Across Communities, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative, will address the mental health needs of underserved children and youth by supporting school-connected mental health services for students who require them. Special emphasis will be given to projects that help children of immigrant and refugee families overcome cultural and language barriers to mental health services. Prospective grantees must represent partnerships among school districts and other appropriate community agencies. Deadline for submission of initial brief proposals: July 28, 2006.
Grants for Projects that Benefit Women and Girls
The Open Meadows Foundation makes grants to projects that are led by and benefit women and girls. It offers grants of up to $2,000 to projects that: are designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Grantees must not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or ability. Proposal submission deadline: August 15, 2006.
Red, White, & Green Climate Change Grant
Youth Service America and the Civil Society Institute announce the Red, White, & Green Climate Change Grant. This opportunity offers $500 to implement a service-learning project about climate change. It is open to all U.S. youth ages 15-25 and organizations that engage them. Applicants are expected to develop and implement a service-learning project about climate change that engages their community and candidates running for election in November 2006. Projects where youth work in partnership with adults are welcome, but projects should be youth-led. The service must take place in October and/or November, 2006. Application deadline: September 1, 2006.
YSA Youth Venture Funding
Through partial funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Youth Service America (YSA) and Youth Venture, Inc. are helping youth create sustainable National and Global Youth Service Day (N&GYSD) projects for N&GYSD 2007, April 20-22. They will award 30 awards of up to $1,000 in start-up funds to youth ages 12-20 who want to create new sustainable and civic-minded organizations, clubs, or businesses. These ventures must be youth-led and designed to be lasting asset to their communities. YSA Youth Venture teams are required to plan a N&GYSD project every year that their venture is operational. Application deadline: July 24, 2006.
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Grants
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects that meet one of the Foundation’s two basic missions: 1) to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or programs designed to benefit youth; and 2) to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by established organizations so that such information can be more adequately used by society. Application deadline: July 15, 2006.
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K-12 teachers are eligible for grants of $250-$2,500 for the funding of hands-on environmental projects. Proposed projects must promote understanding of environmental issues, focus on hands-on involvement, involve children and young adults ages 6-18 (elementary through high school), promote interaction and cooperation within the group, help young people develop planning and problem solving skills, include adult supervision, and commit to follow-up communication with the Foundation. Application deadline: June 30, 2006.
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