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Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues

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LEGO: Children’s Fund Grants
http://www.legochildrensfund.org/Guidelines.html
The LEGO Children’s Fund provides grants for collaborative programs, either in part or in total, to organizations that focus on early childhood education and development; technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities; or sport or athletic programs that concentrate on underserved youth. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations. Deadline: January 15, 2013.

National Community Schools Awards for Excellence
http://tinyurl.com/cub2uau
Individual Community Schools Awards ($2,500) go to schools that have been operating as community schools for at least three years and have demonstrated success. Community School Initiative Awards ($5,000) go to initiatives with joint efforts between schools and community stakeholders that have organized multiple community school sites. These awards are sponsored by the Coalition for Community Schools. Deadline: December 15, 2012.

NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants
http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/Learning&Leadership_Guidelines.htm
The NEA Foundation Grants to Educators/Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of two purposes. Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences such as summer institutes or action research; grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: public school teachers grades K–12; public school education support professionals; or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: February 1, 2013.

NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants
http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/StudentAchievement_Guidelines.htm
The NEA Foundation Grants to Educators/Student Achievement Grants provide funds to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: February 1, 2013.

Starbucks Christopher Columbus Awards
http://tinyurl.com/clqsedb
The Starbucks Foundation will support organizations that equip young people (ages 15 to 24) in the areas of "business savvy," "social conscience" and "collaborative communication." Letters of intent are accepted through December 15, 2012.

The Christopher Columbus Awards Program
http://www.christophercolumbusawards.com/contact_info.php
The Christopher Columbus Awards Program combines science and technology with community problem-solving. Students work in teams with the help of an adult coach to identify an issue they care about and, using science and technology, work with experts, conduct research, and put their ideas to the test to develop an innovative solution. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: middle-school-age (sixth, seventh, and eighth grade) children; teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter. Deadline: February 4, 2013.

William T. Grant Foundation Accepting Letters of Inquiry for Studies on the Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice Affecting Youth
http://tinyurl.com/cl44ue8
The William T. Grant Foundation seeks to fund high-quality empirical research with the goal of improving the lives of youth between 8 and 25 years of age in the United States. To help accomplish this goal, the foundation is requesting Letters of Inquiry for its Request for Proposals on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice. Support will be provided for empirical theory-building studies of what affects policy makers’ and practitioners acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be employed at a nonprofit institution, either in the U.S. or abroad. The foundation will support research projects with awards ranging from $100,000 to $600,000 for direct and indirect costs over two to three years. Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: January 3, 2013.

Captain Planet Foundation: Grants for the Environment
http://captainplanetfoundation.org/
The Captain Planet Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects to encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: U.S. schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Deadline: February 28, 2013.

Christopher Columbus Awards 2012-2013
http://www.christophercolumbusawards.com
The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based STEM competition for middle school students and teachers looking to make a difference in their community. Working in teams, students identify a problem in the community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution. Maximum award: $25,000 grant. Eligibility: schools (grades 6-8) and community groups. Deadline: February 4, 2013.

Earthwatch Institute: Fellowships
http://www.earthwatch.org/aboutus/education/edopp/
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of over 100 projects around the world. Maximum award: fully-funded fellowship. Eligibility: elementary, middle, and high school educators and administrators of any discipline. Deadline: two weeks after educator-interest application is submitted; ultimate deadline May 1, 2013.

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