Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Henry B. Betts Awards for Benefit to the Disability Community
The Henry B. Betts Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago honors a living individual who has significantly improved the quality of life for people with disabilities in the U.S. and around the world. The honoree will receive an unrestricted $50,000 cash award. Nomination deadline: October 7, 2005.
National Organization on Disability 2005 Accessible America Award
Accessible America, an award competition administered by the National Organization on Disability, recognizes and promotes replication of exemplary practices that communities use to facilitate the comprehensive involvement of citizens with disabilities in community life. Any city, town, or county in the U.S. and its territories may apply for the award. Application deadline: October 31, 2005.
Presidential Award for Reading and Technology from the International Reading Association
The Presidential Award for Reading and Technology, sponsored by PLATO Learning and administered by the International Reading Association, honors K-12 educators who are making outstanding and innovative use of technology in reading education. Application deadline: November 15, 2005.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people in middle and high school for outstanding volunteer service to their communities. Applicants must be students in grades 5-12 in any state, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico. Applicants must have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least partly during the twelve months prior to the date of application. Application deadline: October 31, 2005.
Back-to-School Grants from Dollar General
The Dollar General Back-to-School grant program will award grants of $5,000 to assist public schools in meeting some of the financial challenges they face in implementing new programs or purchasing new equipment, materials, or software for their school library or literacy program. Application deadline: August 12, 2005.
disABLEDperson Inc. College Scholarship Award
disABLEDperson, Inc. will award a $500 scholarship to a college student with a disability who attends a 2- or 4-year accredited college or university. Applicants must write a 500-word essay answering the question: “How has my disability impacted my life in a positive way?” Responses must be sent in a body of an e-mail no later than August 15, 2005 to email@example.com. Along with the essay, the email must contain the following information: Name, Address, Phone number, E-mail address, GPA, Current School, Major.
Mattel Children's Foundation Grants to Benefit Children's Health, Education, Girls’ Empowerment
The Mattel Children's Foundation awards grants of $5,000-$25,000 to U.S. charitable organizations that directly serve children in need. Applicant organizations must have 501(c)(3) public charity status. Funding priority will be given to organizations or programs that creatively address a locally-defined need directly impacting children in need (particularly children ages 0-13) and that align with Mattel’s philanthropic priorities: health, education, and girls’ empowerment. Two types of grants will be considered: program-specific grants (for the launch of new programs or expansion of existing programs); and core operating support (for the support of organizations to sustain their programs). Application deadline: September 30, 2005.
Mini-Grant Program for Service-Learning
The Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Robinson Mini-Grant Program gives grants of up to $500 for service-learning projects designed to address serious community issues such as poverty, hunger, the environment, mentoring, crime and safety, and aging. Elementary and secondary schools and community agencies that work with K-12 youth may apply. Application deadline: October 14, 2005.
Service-Learning Grants for Youth Service Day Projects
With support from the State Farm Companies Foundation, Youth Service America is offering one hundred $1,000 grants for teachers, youth, and school-based service-learning coordinators to implement service-learning projects for National Youth Service Day, April 21-23, 2006 (http://www.ysa.org/nysd/). Applicants must be a certified teacher or professor who currently teaches in a public, private, faith-based, charter, or higher education institution; or be a school-based service-learning coordinator whose primary role is to coordinate service-learning projects in a school or university; or be a youth between the ages of five and twenty-five. Application date: October 17, 2005.
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Best Buy’s te@ch program rewards K-12 schools that are using interactive technology to make learning fun for kids. Te@ch awards are not based on the sophistication of the technology, but rather reward programs that use all levels of interactive technology in ways that genuinely engage students in the process of learning. Up to 1,200 Best Buy gift cards valued at $2,500 will be awarded, and up to 36 schools will receive additional awards valued at $15,000 each based on the creativity of their programs. All accredited, public and private nonprofit elementary, middle, and secondary schools located within 25 miles of a Best Buy store are eligible to apply. Application deadline: September 30, 2005.
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