Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation Offers SIF Grants for Organizations Serving At-Risk Youth
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation is inviting youth-serving organizations in the United States to apply for the second round of EMCF Social Innovation Fund grants. The program's goal is to expand the pool of organizations with programs proven to help increase the numbers of low-income young people who make the transition to productive adulthood. The foundation seeks applications from youth-serving organizations in the United States that have compelling evidence of their programs' impact on economically disadvantaged youth, ages 9 to 24; a track record of reaching the hardest-to-serve youth in communities of need; and strong leadership and a potential for growth. The foundation is particularly interested in programs that can benefit philanthropically underserved communities, including rural areas. Applicants must be an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and exempt from taxation under section 501(a), or any entity or organization described in sections 170(c)(1) or (2) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations must have been in operation for at least three years directly serving young people in a community or communities of need in the U.S. The foundation plans to award up to five grants each totaling up to $5 million over two to three years. Recipients will be responsible for meeting a 1:1 match of these grants. Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: November 9, 2012; applications are due by November 20, 2012.
Fund for Teachers Grants
The Fund for Teachers provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: teachers who work with students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50% of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made. Deadline: January 31, 2013.
National Federation of Independent Business: Young Entrepreneur Awards
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Awards program raises awareness among the nation's youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America. Maximum award: $10,000 in tuition assistance. Eligibility: high school seniors. Deadline: December 17, 2012.
PBS LearningMedia/The Henry Ford PBS Teacher Innovator Awards
PBS Teacher Innovator Awards recognize innovative PreK-12 educators who use digital media to enhance student learning. Entrants submit a short video or PDF with text and images that showcases their work. Entries can be a demonstration of a unique teaching technique or the outcome of influence on a student work. Maximum award: all-paid, week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan in August 2013; free professional development from PBS TeacherLine. Eligibility: preK-12 classroom educators (public, private, or charter school), library media specialists, technology specialists/coordinators, homeschool educators, and Head Start or licensed daycare teachers. Deadline: December 12, 2012.
Youth Leadership Grants
The Starbucks Foundation grants support organizations that equip young people (ages 15-24) in the areas of “business savvy,” “social conscience” and “collaborative communication.” Deadline for submitting letters of intent: December 15, 2012.
CVS Caremark: Community Grants
CVS Caremark Community Grants give funds to nonprofit organizations for programs targeting children with disabilities, programs focusing on health and rehabilitation services, public schools promoting a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs, and initiatives that give greater access to physical movement and play. Some contributions are made to organizations that provide uninsured individuals with needed care, in particular programs where the care received is of higher quality and delivered by providers who participate in accountable community health care programs. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: nonprofit organizations with programs targeting children with disabilities; public schools with programs for children under age 18 with disabilities. Deadline: October 31, 2012.
State Farm/NYLC: Project Ignition
State Farm and the National Youth Leadership Council are sponsoring Project Ignition, which funds programs that give high school students and their teachers the chance to work together to address the issue of teen driver safety. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: students grades 9-12. Deadline: November 15, 2012.
The College Board: Costas Awards
The College Board Bob Costas Awards for the Teaching of Creative Writing support exceptional teachers who through their innovative teaching methods motivate their students to write. Winning teachers are awarded grants to enhance successful projects currently underway. Projects can be carried out in school (public or nonpublic), through an after-school writing workshop, or during a summer program. Maximum award: $3,000. Eligibility: teachers from all academic disciplines grades 6-12. Deadline: November 21, 2012.
The College Board: Inspiration Awards
The College Board Inspiration Awards celebrate America's most improved high schools, those that have improved their academic environment and helped their students achieve the promise of a higher education by initiating unique programs and creating partnerships among teachers, parents, community organizations, and local businesses. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: secondary schools (public and nonpublic) in which 40 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches. Deadline: November 30, 2012.
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The American Geological Institute is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2012. The photography theme for this year is “Earth Science is a Big Job.” Maximum award: $300, a copy of AGI’s Faces of Earth DVD, and winner’s photograph on the Earth Science Week Web site. Eligibility: interested residents of the United States of any age. Deadline: October 19, 2012.
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