Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Innovation Fund: International Experiences, Foreign Language Immersion
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Innovation Fund provides one-time grants to nonprofit organizations to spark the creation or expansion of innovative education programs in a particular field. For its 2007 grants, the Foundation invites proposals in two areas: educational experiences occurring abroad, and foreign-language immersion programs located in the U.S. or abroad. Each grant will total up to $150,000 and may cover one or two years of program work. The Foundation anticipates awarding three grants, which will be announced in January 2007. Application deadline: June 29, 2006.
U.S. Golf Association Grants
Through its “For the Good of the Game” initiative, the U.S. Golf Association provides grants to organizations that introduce the game of golf to people who would otherwise not have the opportunity—specifically, kids from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals with disabilities. Grants support instructional programs, caddie or other work-based curricula, and the construction of facilities that make the game both more affordable and accessible as well as teach individuals the life values inherent in the game. Application deadline: July 7, 2006.
“Bee” the Change Community Service Grant for Literacy
Youth Service America and Lionsgate announce the “Bee” the Change Community Service Grant for literacy, a $1,000 grant which will be awarded to one young person (age 5-25) to support him/her to develop and implement a sustainable community service project to increase literacy in his/her community using the movie “Akeelah and the Bee” as inspiration. The project should be led and created by the young person, though working in partnership with adults is acceptable. A portion of the project should take place on National and Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2007). Application deadline: June 9, 2006.
Grants for School District Web Site Development
SchoolSpan offers “Set-You-Free” Grants for school districts nationwide that feel they are financially unable to escape from their current content management software vendors. The grant offers complete setup of a new Web site; added functionality such as alumni portals, teacher course sites, and newsletters; and one year of free Web site service. All public and private school systems currently using a third-party company to manage their Web sites and school districts using independent consultants or local firms to manage their Web sites are eligible to apply. Application deadline: May 30, 2006.
Braitmayer Foundation Education Grants
The Braitmayer Foundation offers grants of up to $35,000 for K-12 education projects throughout the U.S. Of particular interest to the Foundation are: 1) curricular and school reform initiatives; and 2) preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching. Application deadline: June 1, 2006.
Learning in the Arts Grants
The National Endowment for the Arts’ Learning in the Arts grants program offers funding for projects that help children and youth acquire appreciation, knowledge, and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engagement of students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art, and apply national, state, or local arts education standards. School- and community-based projects are eligible to apply. Application deadline: June 12, 2006.
Teens, Crime, and Community Grants
The National Crime Prevention Council is offering 100 grants of up to $500 each to support service-learning projects planned and implemented by youth (ages 11-19) who identify needs and create projects to address or prevent crime, violence, and drug abuse in their schools and communities. Deadlines for summer projects: June 1, 2006.
Youth Outreach for Victim Assistance (YOVA) Project
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) are seeking applicants for the Youth Outreach for Victim Assistance (YOVA) project, which seeks to raise awareness about teen victims of crime and services to help them, and to provide resources to victim service providers so they can better reach and serve teen victims. Sites will receive up to $3,000 to implement a youth-led public awareness campaign during the 2006-07 school year. Each site will also send two youth and one adult to a training in August 2006. Application deadline: May 15, 2006.
All-USA Teacher Team
USA TODAY is accepting nominations for the 2006 All-USA Teacher Team, a recognition program for outstanding K-12 teachers and instructional teams. Anyone can nominate individuals and instructional teams; nominees must complete a form explaining how they achieve their success. Maximum Award: $2500—$500 for each teacher and the remainder for the school to use as designated by the teacher(s). Application deadline: April 29, 2006.
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The Libri Foundation’s Books for Children program donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural, public libraries across the country. Libraries should have a limited operating budget and an active children’s department. A library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books through the program. The local librarian selects the books the library will receive from the Foundation's 700-title booklist. Application deadline: April 15, 2006.
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