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Grant Alerts: U.S. Soccer Foundation, NEA Foundation, and Sodexo Foundation

December 3rd, 2015

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is currently accepting letters of inquiry for its Safe Places to Play program, providing grants of up to $50,000 to install soccer field surfaces, lighting, and field space irrigation in urban settings. Funds may be used to build a new field or enhance an existing one, allowing children in underserved communities safe places to be active and healthy. Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, tribal nations, colleges or universities, schools, or municipalities applying on behalf of a program or project operating in the United States. The applicant must possess at least 50% of the funding necessary to complete the project as well as a minimum 10-year land lease or land use agreement for the land where the field is or will be built. Work must be done by a U.S. Soccer Foundation Corporate Partner vendor. Safe Places to Play grants are mostly in-kind grants, functioning as a credit with the respective vendor. The deadline for letters of inquiry is January 29, 2016. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by February 5, 2016. Please see the program Web page above for more information.

The philanthropic arm of the National Education Association (NEA) is currently accepting applications for grants supporting professional development opportunities for public school teachers, support professionals, and faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education. Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to individuals, and grants of $5,000 are available to groups engaged in collegial study. These grants, from the Learning and Leadership Grants program, may be used to fund experiences such as summer institutes or action research, study groups, lesson study, or mentoring for new faculty or staff. Eligible applicants are pre-K-12 public school educators, public school education support professionals (who the Foundation encourages to apply), or faculty or staff of public institutions of higher education. Preference will be given to NEA members. Please see the Learning and Leadership Grants Web page for complete information. Applications are due February 1, 2016.

The Sodexo Foundation, in partnership with Youth Service America, is once again releasing grants of $400 each to youth-led service projects bringing youth, families, Sodexo employees, and other community members together to address childhood hunger. A total of 125 grants will be made in all. Youth in the United States ages 5 through 25 are eligible to apply. Projects will take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 15-17, 2016. This year, the partnership will also offer sustainability grants through its Summer of Service program, where youth grant recipients will have the opportunity to expand their projects beyond Global Youth Service Day. For complete information and application materials, please see the Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants Web page here. Applications are due January 15, 2016.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: CenturyLink, National Endowment for the Arts, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

November 24th, 2015

Through its Clarke M. Williams Foundation, the communications company CenturyLink seeks to support teachers as a part of its Teachers and Technology Program grants. These grants are designed to help fund projects that advance student success through innovative uses of technology. Eligible applicants are public or private pre-K-12 school teachers located in CenturyLink’s residential service areas. Applicants do not have to be CenturyLink customers to apply. Applications will be accepted until January 12, 2016. Please see the Program web page above for complete information and to apply.

The National Endowment for the Arts program Big Read is once again accepting applications for reading programs to be initiated between September 2016 and June 2017. Available grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. Managed by Arts Midwest, the program’s grants and resources are intended to inspire communities to read and discuss the work of a poet or a single book together. Programs may include activities such as book discussions, lectures, music or dance events, art exhibitions, author readings, or other activities or events related to the chosen book or poet. Funding may be used for expenses including salaries, venue rental, speaker fees, book purchases, and advertising. Applicant organizations must be divisions of local, state, or tribal government, a tax-exempt public library, or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This includes literary centers or festivals, colleges and universities, historical societies, humanities councils, art centers, and arts organizations. A total of 75 organizations will be selected from communities of varying sizes across the United States. To apply and for more information, please see the program Guidelines and Application Instructions Web page. Applications are due January 27, 2015.

Up to 10 evaluations will be funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the identification and evaluation of innovations that improve health and healthcare quality, without increasing costs, in low-resource communities. A total of $2.5 million will be disbursed from the Evaluating High-Value Innovations from Low-Resource Communities initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve value rather than the implementation of innovative projects. At least 80% of funding should be allocated to evaluation activities such as design, data collection and acquisition, sample selection, analysis, and reporting. Eligible projects may be innovations that are existing but untested or that have undergone small pilot tests. Modest improvements to existing procedures will not be funded. Organizations that are evaluating innovations in defined geographic areas are eligible to apply if the innovation takes place in one or more neighborhoods where at least 20% of residents are living in poverty. Applicants may alternately describe their innovation’s intended target populations in terms of income or poverty status, linguistic or cultural isolation, educational attainment, general geographic setting, or other relevant information. Eligible applicants are located in the United States or one of its territories and must be a public entity or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (not a Type III supporting organization or a private foundation). Brief proposals are due December 10. Upon review, selected applicants will be contacted to submit full proposals by March 22, 2016. Please see the initiative link above for complete information.


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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Massage Therapy Foundation, The Herb Society of America, and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund

November 11th, 2015

Advancing the knowledge and practice of massage therapy through research, community service, and education, the Massage Therapy Foundation is offering up to $5,000 to support community-massage therapy partnerships through its Community Service Grants programs. The grants support the provision of massage therapy to people who currently have little to no access to it. Funding may be used for travel, supplies, administration, marketing, and grant writing, as well as salaries, wages, and partial allowances to a principal therapist and co-therapists to cover release time from other activities to make projects possible. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofits that have been in existence for at least 1 year and provide therapeutic or other service programs to its community. Applicants must also ensure compliance with any state or local regulations regarding bodywork and therapeutic massage practice. For complete information, please see the program Web page above. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2016.

Promoting the use, knowledge and delight of herbs through research, educational programming, and sharing member experience with the community, The Herb Society of America is also offering up to 2 grants of $5,000 as a part of its Grant for Educators program. Grants will support projects that enhance herbal education in communities, school systems, or in any public forum, either person-to-person or electronic. Eligible projects must have a mechanism in place to measure educational outcomes and learning goals. Eligible applicants may be museum directors, small herbal business owners, persons engaged or employed in horticultural or botanical activities, and formal or informal educators. Student proposals will not be accepted, and previously funded projects will not be considered. For information and application materials, please see the program Web page above. Applications are due December 31.

A collaboration between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund is again offering funding to support incremental programming and facilities for youth (pages 10-16) baseball and softball programs. The average grant amount is approximately $40,000, and a matching grant of at least 50% is required from another source. Funding is intended for finance of a new program, expansion or improvement of an existing program, initiation of a new collaborative effort, or to obtain necessarily facilities and/or equipment. Funding should also address opportunities for women and minorities. Funding may not be used as a substitute for existing funding, fundraising activities, or normal operating expenses. Eligible applicants are U.S. or internationally based nonprofits involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball facilities and programs. Applicants providing travel team programs and free or reduced player participation fees to low-income participants are preferred and encouraged to apply for other Fund-eligible initiatives. Please visit the Fund Overview here for more information. Applications are due January 1, 2016.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries

October 26th, 2015

In partnership with Wells Fargo, the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation is offering 18-month grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to assist communities with projects that link community well-being with economic development and the health and stewardship of the environment. Preference will be given to projects successfully addressing one or more of the following areas:

  • Community-based conservation of local habitats and natural areas;
  • Cost-effective and environmentally friendly approaches to environmental improvement, such as “greening” infrastructure or public projects such as flood control, storm water management, public facility renovation, or public park enhancement;
  • Cost-effective, innovative stewardship of private agricultural lands for the purpose of enhancing water quality and quantity, and/or improving wildlife habits for vulnerable species while maintaining or increasing agricultural productivity;
  • Efforts to enhance water quality, promote urban forestry, educate and train community leaders on sustainable practices, promote related job creation and training, and/or engage diverse volunteers and partners; and
  • Boosting economic and biological resiliency in the nation’s coastal communities and ecosystems, inclusive of the Great Lakes.

Eligible applicants include state, tribal, and local governments, educational institutions, and 501(c) organizations. Priority will be given to specific areas in 24 states across the United States listed in the official Request for Proposals. Applicants must be working in states where Wells Fargo operates. Private, for-profit firms, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible. Please see the Request for Proposals for complete information. The deadline for applications is December 10.

A fund of the George W. Bush Foundation, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is offering grants of up to $7,000 to help libraries serving student populations where 85% or more receive free or reduced-price lunches update, expand, and diversify their collections. Applicants may be public, parochial, city, state, county, reservation, or private schools serving pre-K through 12th grade students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, all American territories, and Department of Defense schools in other countries. This is inclusive of social services, special, and juvenile detention center schools in any jurisdiction, so long as they serve any combination of pre-K through high school students. Please see the How To Apply Web page for complete information. Application will be received until December 14.


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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Whole Kids Foundation, Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, and the American College Health Foundation

October 21st, 2015

In partnership with AmeriCorps initiative FoodCorps, Whole Foods Market’s Whole Kids Foundation is now accepting applications for its School Garden Grant Program. The program is designed to support school garden projects to assist students in understanding complex topics such as food systems, health, community awareness, nutrition, conservation, and sustainability. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded for projects lasting a year. Projects may be at any stage of development, and priority will be given to communities with limited resources and those that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders and financial sustainability. Eligible applicants must be nonprofit K-12 schools (charter, private, or public) and/or 501(c)(3) organizations developing or maintaining a garden project on school grounds to interest children in fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, a community partner organization (such as a local business, nonprofit, farm, garden club, or Whole Foods store) that brings support and sustainability to the initiative. Applications are due October 31. See the Program Web site above for more information.

Providing micro-grants of $1,000 to projects and their creators, the Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences seeks people and organizations that are challenging and expanding our understanding of individual and communal potential. Funds are pooled together by self-organizing “micro-trustees” around geographic areas or topics of interest. Projects may take the form of public artwork, a mobile application, or scientific experiments. Projects should bring communities together and defy, even briefly, social inhibitions and boundaries. To apply, prospective applicants should seek out their nearest chapter for more information about funding cycles and subject matter interests. For example, the Twin Cities, MN chapter’s grant cycle ends on the 15th of every month.

The charitable arm of the American College Health Association (ACHA) is accepting applications for programs addressing the retention and overall well-being of college students as part of its Aetna Student Health Award. A single grant of $5,000 will be awarded. Projects should be creative in scope, measureable in its effects, based on published research, and applicable to the health enhancement of its college student participants. The foundation seeks to support programs that advance student understanding of wellness concepts and knowledge of wellness resources, strengthen methods of wellness information delivery, measure wellness as a means of increasing student retention or decreasing dropout rates, and strengthen the use of technology to integrate wellness activities into educational systems focused on appropriate utilization to improve health status. Eligible applicants are campus health professionals who are either ACHA members or employed at ACHA-member institutions. Applicants who are not individual ACHA members but are employed by ACHA-member institutions must also have their institution’s individual member representative sign the application. For complete guidelines, please see the Apply for Funding and Awards Web page. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2016.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alert: Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

October 16th, 2015

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is once again accepting applications from public schools and libraries across the United States and its territories to support creative community projects. In honor of the author and illustrator’s 100th birthday, applications submitted through the deadline are requested to have an Ezra Jack Keats theme, informed by one or more aspects of his work, life, and/or vision. Awards of up to $500 have gone to fund theater productions, murals, newspapers, intergenerational activities, pen pal groups, and other initiatives in the past. Starting in 2015, foundation mini-grants will also be made in support of Common Core Standards. Preschool Head Start programs are also eligible for this grant, but private, charter, and parochial schools are not. Only one application from each library or school will be considered. Complete information about this grant can be found at the Web page for the Mini-Grants program. Applications will be accepted until March 2016.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Komen Southeast Wisconsin, and American Association of School Librarians

October 9th, 2015

Mathematics teachers to grades 9-12 are invited to apply for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants program. Awards of up to $4,000 are available for senior high school classroom lessons or materials that connect mathematics to other fields. Classroom materials may include visual displays, videotapes, computer programs, books, or other media. The focus of the materials should be on showing the connectivity between mathematics and other fields and/or the world around us. Eligible applicants must be current NCTM members (as of or before 10/15/15) and teach mathematics in grades 9-12 for at least 50% of the school day. For application materials, a list of past awardees, and more, please see the program Web page above. The deadline for applications is November 6.

The Southeast Wisconsin arm of Susan G. Komen is offering one-year grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofits in its service area. Applicants are invited to use funding to start new programs or test ideas with the potential to increase the capacity and effectiveness of breast health programs serving low-income and uninsured women, and must have a focus on breast health education and outreach, lowering personal breast cancer risk, and breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and/or survivorship. Priority will be given to projects addressing the health needs of the medically underinsured, uninsured, and underserved in Southeast Wisconsin, emphasizing the removal of cultural barriers to breast health education for laypeople in their communities. Eligible applicants must be nonprofit organizations located or providing services in the counties of Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Ozaukee, Walworth, Washington, and/or Waukesha. See the How to Apply for Funding Web page for detailed information. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

A division of the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is accepting applications for its Innovative Reading Grant program. A single grant of $2,500 will be awarded for the planning and implementation of a unique, innovative programs motivating, involving, and encouraging children in reading, especially struggling readers. Projects should be specifically designed for children in grades K-9 in the school library setting, encouraging innovative ways to motivate children to read, and demonstrating the potential to impact student learning. The recipient of the award may be invited to write an article describing their project, successes, barriers, and recommendations so that others may replicate their efforts. For more information, please see the Innovative Reading Grant Web page.  Applications are due February 1, 2016.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Finish Line Youth Foundation, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council

September 11th, 2015

The charitable arm of the athletic goods retailer Finish Line is offering grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofits running community-based camps and athletic programs teaching team-building skills and an active lifestyle to youth. Preference will be given to organizations providing direct services to youth aged 18 and younger, especially disadvantaged or special needs youth, and demonstrate tangible results. Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, and priority will be given to programs or organizations located near Finish Line retail locations. Please see the Guidelines page for complete information. Hurry, applications are due September 30.

Classroom teachers in grades 6, 7, and 8 are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $8,000 to improve student achievement as a part of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Equity in Mathematics program. The purpose of the grant is to improve student achievement among groups with a previous record of underachievement in math. Projects must include a plan for improving the targeted students’ achievement, mathematics content as defined in the NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, and the anticipated impact of the project on targeted student achievement. Applicants must be current (as of or before 10/15/15) and full or e-members of the NCTM, or teach at a school with current NCTM PreK-8 school membership. Applicants must also teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the school day. Project activities must be completed between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017. Past grant recipients may not apply again. Please see the program Web page above for more information. Applications are due November 6.

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) is now accepting applications for its Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, supporting artists and activities focused on arts education, access, and art and cultural heritage. The three funding streams are as follows:

  1. Arts & Arts Access: Minnesota arts organizations and artists may apply for up to $10,000 in grants to create, produce, and present quality arts activities in order to overcome barriers to quality arts access and to instill the arts into Minnesota community and public life.
  2. Arts Education: Grants of up to $3,000 are available to support quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop skills, knowledge, and understanding of the arts.
  3. Arts & Cultural Heritage: Up to $10,000 in grants is available to support activities and events representing the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions (inclusive of folk and traditional artists and arts organizations) represented in Minnesota.

Applicants are encouraged to develop projects that incorporate two or all of the key funding areas above, emphasizing the creation of lasting partnerships among regional nonprofit groups and arts organizations. The deadline for applications is October 1. Please see the Council’s Grants Web page for more information.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Target, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Walmart Foundation

September 3rd, 2015

Target Corporation is again accepting applications for its Target Field Trip Grants program, annually exposing K-12 students across the United States to cultural organizations, museums, and historical sites. Other events that may be funding by this funding stream include career enrichment opportunities and community service or civic projects. Funding may be used to cover transportation, supply, ticket, food, and resource material fees. More than 3,600 grants of up to $700 are expected were awarded in January of this year. Eligible applicants are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited public, charter, or private K-12 school with 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status. Applicants may be principals, teachers, educators, or paraprofessionals. Applicants must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students. The deadline for applications is September 30. See the program Web page above for complete information.

Through its Esther Mendelsohn Fund, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is offering grants of up to $3,000 to individual or small groups of classroom teachers, either across or on the same grade level, to incorporate music into the teaching of pre-K-2 mathematics. Equipment acquisition may not be the primary focus of the grant and must support any proposed plan, which must address the combining of mathematics and music, the anticipated impact on student achievement, and/or planning for the improvement of student learning. Applicants must be current individual, full or e-members of NCTM, or teach in a pre-K-8 NCTM member school. Funded activities must take place between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. See the Fund Web page for more information. The deadline for applications is November 6.

The charitable arm of retailer Walmart is offering grants of between $250 and $2,500 through its Community Grant Program. Grants are to be awarded in the areas of healthy eating, sustainability, career opportunities, women’s economic empowerment, and hunger relief. Applicant organizations must serve residents within the service area of individual Walmart stores and must also be one of the following:

A recognized government, state, county, or city agency, inclusive of law enforcement and fire departments;

  • 501(c)(3), (4), (6), or (19) tax-exempt;
  • A K-12 public, private, or charter school;
  • A community, junior, state, or private college or university; or
  • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project benefitting the community at large.

Please see the Program Web page above for more information. The final deadline to apply is December 31.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: AMA Foundation and the National Alliance for Accessible Golf

August 27th, 2015

The charitable arm of the American Medical Association, the AMA Foundation is interested in funding projects that educate young people regarding cancer prevention education and prescription drug safety. Funding amounts from the Healthy Living Grant Program will be determined on a project-by-project basis. Applicants must provide proof of nonprofit status or equivalent, as well as a copy of their curren annual operating budget. Applications are due on September 11. See the Program Web page above for complete information as well as a list of past grant recipients.

Formed in 2001, the National Alliance of Accessible Golf (NAAG) is again offering funding to government agencies, municipalities, public schools, or 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations to provide and enhance inclusion for persons with disabilities to golf programs. The USGA Alliance grants program grants rarely exceed $20,000. NAAG is particularly interested in applications demonstrating focus in inclusion for persons with disabilities in programs for individuals without disabilities with the goal of enhancing their greater involvement in the fabric of their communities. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Please see the program Web page above for complete information.

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ACET Staff