Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
Character's Cool Contest
The second annual Character's Cool Contest is an opportunity for U.S. secondary school students to help stop school violence by practicing ethical behavior and, to win prizes. The Character's Cool Contest is actually three contests in one: students can fill out an online survey to be entered in a drawing to win prizes for themselves, schools with the most participation win prizes, and individuals can enter an essay contest to win cash prizes. All U.S. middle and high school students (ages 11-18) are eligible to participate. Contest entries will be accepted January 1 through January 31, 2003.
NEA Fine Arts Grant Program
Sponsored by the National Education Association Foundation, the NEA Fine Arts grants are awarded, through local NEA affiliates, to enable fine arts teachers to create and implement fine arts programs that promote learning among students at risk of school failure. Programs must address the arts (e.g., painting, sculpture, photography, music, theater, dance, design, media, or folk arts). Ten grants will be awarded in the amount of $2,000. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, and/or professional fees. Application deadline: February 3, 2003.
NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education Arts Grants
Created by the National Education Association in 1969, the NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education awards grants to educators who propose innovative and promising ways to help all students experience academic success and reach their full potential, especially those who have been historically underserved by society's institutions. NFIE conducts research on these efforts and publishes reports on its findings. Deadline: Various.
New Scholarship Program to Support African-American and Hispanic Students Challenged By Hepatitis C
The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund have announced the establishment of the New Horizons Scholars Program to provide college scholarships to Hispanic and African-American students who have hepatitis C or are dependents of a person with the disease. The program is funded by the Roche Foundation. Deadline: February 15, 2003.
Open Meadows Foundation Offers Funding for Women and Girls and Social Change
The Open Meadows Foundation funds projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; projects that have limited access to financial resources and which reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our society and promote the empowerment of women and girls; and projects for social change that have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Open Meadows provides grants of up to $2,000 to cover start-up expenses or to support ongoing projects. Projects focusing on indigenous women or young women activists may also receive funding from the foundation's special funds. Deadline: February 15 and August 15, annually.
Do Something Clubs
Do Something is a nonprofit organization that helps young people become involved in improving their communities. The organization provides information and other resources to help students start Do Something Clubs at their schools, work with other students to identify community issues, and create community projects to address those issues. All sixth- to twelfth-graders currently attending school in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Participants in the program receive materials to support their Do Something Clubs and become eligible for a $500 grant to help improve their communities. Do Something Clubs are school-based only. Community-based organizations that work within schools are also eligible to apply. Deadline: October 10, 2002
Global Educator Awards
Each year, Global TeachNet recognizes K-12 educators who exhibit a commitment to bringing global education into U.S. classrooms. Teachers can nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Qualified applicants include Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and non-RPCVs whose global education efforts in the classroom span at least one academic year. The nominees selected should demonstrate an outstanding job of leading our youth to a knowledge of and respect for the people, cultures and nations of the world and an understanding of their interdependence. Award winners receive a $500 monetary award and national recognition. Deadline: October 15, 2002.
Guardian Life Insurance Offers Scholarship Program for Young Female Entrepreneurs
The 2002/2003 Girls Going Places College Scholarship Program is a national competition designed to recognize and rewards teen-aged girls who demonstrate exceptional entrepreneurship. Guardian designed the annual program to help women create, invest, and protect wealth by honoring girls between the ages of 12 and 16 who are taking the first steps toward financial independence. Guardian and Girls Going Places will award 15 girls a total of $30,000 to be used toward their college education. Three top scholarship prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000 and twelve finalist prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded. Deadline: February 28, 2003.
New Voice Fellowships to Support Nonprofits and Promising New Leaders Committed to Social Justice and Peace
New Voices, inaugurated in 1999, is a national program to help nonprofit organizations bring innovative new talent to their staffs. It awards salary-support grants to small nonprofits demonstrating a commitment to cultivating and strengthening the leadership potential of "new voices." The program is administered by the Academy for Educational Development with funding from the Ford Foundation. The two-year grants offer support for salary, fringe benefits, financial assistance, mentoring, and a professional development account for a promising new leader. The host nonprofit organizations also receive technical assistance from national experts and a computer to support the work of the fellow. A defining feature of the program is that the applying nonprofit and its prospective fellow prepare the application together as a team. Deadline: January 13, 2003.
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The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation has announced that it is accepting additional applications for the second round of its 2001 Quality of Life grants. Awarded twice a year, the grants provide funding to U.S. organizations that help improve opportunities, access, and the day-to-day quality of life for individuals living with disabilities and their families. Grants of $5,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations; no awards will be made to individuals. Fields of interest include accessibility, advocacy, arts, assistive technology, children, counseling, education, employment, independent living, practical service, sports and recreation, and therapeutic riding. Deadline: April 1 and October 1 of each year.
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