Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Do Something BRICK Grants for Community Building, Health, and the Environment
Each fall and each spring, Do Something gives grants of $500 each to 30 young people who submit creative proposals for solving local problems. Members of Do Something’s Youth Advisory Council evaluate the proposals and award grants to the most deserving projects in three areas: community building, health, and the environment. Applicants for this round of grants must be 25 or younger on May 1, 2006. Application deadline: May 15, 2006.
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
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, 2006.
ING Unsung Heroes Awards: Funds for Inspirational K-12 Teachers
ING Financial Services provides funds for K-12 teachers through its Unsung Heroes Awards. The awards are given to K-12 educators (teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff members) at accredited public or private schools with creative and innovative projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. 100 finalists will receive $2,000 awards. Of these 100 finalists, 3 will be selected for additional awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place. Application deadline: May 1, 2006.
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. Up to 23 grants will be awarded to teams nationwide for the 2006-2007 academic year. Application deadline: May 5, 2006.
Save Our History
The History Channel will honor teachers and students across the country who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to local history through their preservation or history education efforts. A total of 25 teachers and 25 students will each win up to $5,000 based on their creative lesson plans, activities, and/or projects. In addition, one teacher and one student will be named “Teacher of the Year” and “Student of the Year”; awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC; and recognized at the annual Save Our History National Honors Event in May 2006. Application deadline: April 7, 2006.
The Nature of Learning Grant Program
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s The Nature of Learning grant program seeks to use National Wildlife Refuges as outdoor classrooms to promote a greater understanding of local conservation issues; encourage an interdisciplinary approach to learning to enhance student academic achievement; utilize field experiences and student-led stewardship projects to connect classroom lessons to real-world issues; and foster collaboration among local schools, community groups, natural resource professionals, and local businesses. Schools and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for $5,000 grants through the program. Application deadline: April 17, 2006.
Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program
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 be awarded $1,000 scholarships, and five national winners in each age group will be awarded $5,000 scholarships. Kohl's will also contribute $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on behalf of each national winner. Nomination deadline: March 15, 2006.
MetLife Foundation Bridge Builders Grant Program
With funding from MetLife Foundation, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) administers the MetLife Foundation Bridge Builders Grant Program for public middle level and high schools serving large numbers of low-income students and/or underrepresented minorities (40% or more of the student body). Twenty-five grant awardees will receive $5,000 to implement a special initiative aimed at building better relationships among adults and students. From this pool of 25, NASSP will select 5 exemplary awardees to participate in a panel presentation at the 2008 NASSP Convention in San Antonio, TX. Deadline: April 17, 2006.
The Emerging Leaders Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities
Emerging Leaders is a highly competitive program that places college students with disabilities in fulfilling summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities. Emerging Leaders partners with businesses to help them find outstanding young talent while also considering diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices. Student applicants are matched with businesses through a careful screening process that helps ensure that the internship placement is a good fit for both parties. Emerging Leaders is administered by the National Business & Disability Council. Application deadline: February 15, 2006.
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CiviConnections is a three-year teacher grant program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). From 2003-2006, CiviConnections will involve about 300 teachers and 7,500 3rd-12th grade students nationwide in linking local history inquiry with community service-learning activities. A team of three teachers can apply for a $7,500 grant to cover their costs for attending a summer workshop, implementing the CiviConnections program during the 2006-07 school year, and attending the 2006 NCSS Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Application deadline: February 24, 2006.
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