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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.

Good Luck!

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.

Good Luck!

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.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: P. Buckley Moss Foundation, Open Meadows Foundation, and American Electric Power

August 4th, 2015

Grants of up to $1,000 are now available to pre-K-12 teachers serving all children who wish to implement arts education programs in their schools through the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. The purpose of the grant program is to assist teachers in establishing an effective learning tool using the arts for teaching children, especially those who learn differently. For application materials and a list of previous awardees, please see the Teacher Art Grants Web page. Applications are due September 30.

The Open Meadows Foundation is offering funding of up to $2,000 to projects promoting gender, economic, or racial justice. Projects should be designed, implemented, led by and benefit women and girls; have previous encountered barriers to funding or have limited financial access; promote the building of power in the community; and reflect the diversity of the community that it serves in both its organization and leadership. Small or start-up organizations are strongly encouraged to apply, especially within vulnerable communities. Eligible applicant groups must not discriminate based on gender or sexual identity or expression, age, race, religion, ability, or national origin. Eligible applicant groups also may not have annual organizational budgets over $150,000. Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis, on February 15 and August 15 of each year. For complete information, please see the foundation home page above.

Pre-K-12 teachers are also invited to apply for up to $500 in grants from American Electric Power (AEP) in support of classroom projects promoting science, electrical safety, technology, energy efficiency, and the balanced study of energy and the environment. Projects must take place during the 2016-2017 school year. Special consideration will be made for projects incorporating community resources, matching funds, and team-teaching or interdisciplinary projects. Funding may not be used for meals or stipends. Only one grant will be awarded per teacher per year, and a single school may be limited to two grants per year. Eligible Pre-K-12 teachers must live or teach in a community with a major AEP facility or within the AEP service area. See the Teacher Vision Grants Web page for more details. Applications are due February 26, 2016.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Lalor Foundation, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Patagonia

July 31st, 2015

With a mission to “educate young women about human reproduction in order to broaden and enhance their options in life”, the Lalor Foundation’s Anna Lalor Burdick Program is offering grants of up to $50,000 to support programs for young women in the arena of public health. Women disadvantaged by discrimination, hostile public policy, geographic isolation, poverty, or other factors leading to inadequate reproductive health are of particular interest. Preferred projects are those with novel or innovative ideas regarding reproductive health education or information delivery, as well as programs incorporating advocacy or policy change that is consistent with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt. They must also not be private foundations under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. See the Program Web page above for complete information. Applications are due November 1.

For the 2016-17 school year, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is offering grants of up to $8,000 to promote achievement in student groups with records for underachievement for teachers teaching mathematics in grades 6-8. Individual teachers as well as groups of teachers working across grade levels are encourage to apply. Proposals need to address the NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, an achievement plan for targeted students, and anticipated impact on student achievement. Applicants must be current (as of or before October 15, 2015) Full Individual or E-Members of the NCTM or teach at schools with current (see above) NCTM Pre-K-8 school memberships. Applicants must teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the time. Activities proposed must be completed between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. For complete information, please see the Equity in Mathematics Grants Web page here. Applications are due November 6.

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia is offering funds of up to $12,000 for small, grassroots projects with provocative direct-action agendas regarding the preservation and protection of the environment. Projects need to demonstrate commitment to long-term change, build public support and involvement, be action oriented, and focus on root causes. Applicants must either have 501(c)(3) status or an eligible fiscal sponsor. Grants are not for general environmental education efforts, land trusts or acquisitions, research (unless it is directly supporting a plan for specific action to solve an environmental problem), green building projects, environmental conferences, political campaigns, or conservation easements.  Programs must take place in Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, or the United States. See the Grant Guidelines to apply. Applications are due August 31.

Additionally, Patagonia retail stores administer local grant programs. Applications are accepted at retail locations on a rolling basis.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alert: Pan African Community Endowment

July 8th, 2015

Part of the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners network, the Pan African Community Endowment (PACE) is offering grants of up to $10,000 for projects and/or programs in one of the following four areas:

• Health

• Housing

• Justice

• Education

• Economic development/entrepreneurship

In addition eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits serving members of Minnesota’s Pan African community. Eligible applicants must have an annual budget limit of $10 million and proposed projects or programs must be completed by December 31, 2016. PACE has an available grant pool of $70,000 this year, $18,000 of which must be given to organizations in the East Metro region of St. Paul (Ramsey, Dakota, and/or Washington counties). For complete information, please see the full RFP and other documentation here. Applications are due August 15.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alert: Notah Begay III Foundation

July 2nd, 2015

Targeting childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes through existing physical activity and/or nutrition programs, the Notah Begay III Foundation’s Seeds of Native Health Promising Program is offering up to $40,000 to programs that assist organizations and communities with capacity building for evaluating prevention programming or policy change implementation. Examples of eligible programs include physical fitness programming, youth engagement through community gardening, nutrition education, and community physical activity with a focus on youth. Eligible applicants must be Native American-controlled 501(c)(3) organizations, community-based groups with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, federally or state recognized tribal programs or governments, or schools with 501(c)(3) status. While applications will be accepted from across the United States, priority will be given to grantees from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. For more information, see the Program Web page above. Applications are due July 20.

Good Luck!


ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: National Alliance for Grieving Children, Captain Planet Foundation, and Best Buy Foundation

June 26th, 2015

Promoting awareness of the needs of teens and youth grieving a death and providing education and resources for their supporters, the National Alliance for Grieving Children will award grants of up to $100,000 to organizations having a direct impact on children to bring grief support services to low-income or ethnically diverse communities not being served by existing programming. The Grief Reach program requires that 50% of children served be from minority or low-income families or communities. Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits. The deadline for applications is July 13. For complete information, please see the Grief Reach – Community Expansion Grants Web page here.

The Captain Planet Foundation is once again offering grants and seed money to schools and nonprofits providing environmental education to youth and communities, inspiring community service through environmental stewardship. The Foundation also seeks innovative, unique projects that may not match the grant guidelines exactly but promote the mission to advance environmental activities. Eligible applicants are nonprofits and schools in the United States with operational budgets under $3 million. Preferential consideration will be given to applicants seeking seed funding in the amount of $500 or less, and applicants with at least 50% in-kind or matching funds secured. On occasion, the Foundation will consider grants of up to $2,500. For complete rules and to apply, see the Small Grants Web page.  The deadline for applications is September 30.

Through its Teen Tech Centers in eight cities across the US, the Best Buy Foundation provides underserved teens with access to technology to bridge the digital divide and build 21st Century skills. Grants of up to $200,000 are now being offered to nonprofit organizations providing programming that gives youth access to new technologies to build skills and prepare them for future education and career success. Activities can include maker fairs and hack-a-thons, robotics, computer maintenance and repair, app or website development, audio production, 3D printing, and filmmaking/videography. Eligible nonprofits have existing out-of-school time programs, a proven track record of serving youth ages 13 to 18 in underserved communities, and be able to conduct programming in targeted sites across the country. Programs must also operate within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or center of operations, be committed to inclusion and diversity, and be willing to integrate Geek Squad Academy curriculum into existing programming if appropriate. Preferred locations include the sites of Teen Tech Centers:

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Chicago
  • Miami
  • Seattle
  • Jersey City/New York City
  • San Antonio
  • Denver

See the National Partnership Request for Proposals for complete rules and to apply. Applications are due November 1.

Good Luck!


ACET Staff

Welcome, Laura!

June 17th, 2015

ACET, Inc. is pleased to welcome Laura Essenburg to our team as our new Evaluation Associate. Laura comes from Rice University after receiving her Master’s degree in Sociology. She will put her research skills to work by collecting, recording, cleaning, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data as well as drafting logic models, evaluation plans, and writing reports. We are excited to have her on board and as a part of our team!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Indian Land Tenure Foundation, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and Home Depot Foundation

June 10th, 2015

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) is once again accepting Letters of Inquiry from tribal, state, or local governments, as well as 501(c)(3) nonprofits, looking to support aspects of Native land recovery, especially the reacquisition of alienated federal lands. All proposed projects must promote activities that benefit Native people directly and strengthen their relationships to their homelands. While ILTF does not provide funding for the purchase of land, the Foundation does assist with the promotion of education, the creation of economic opportunity, the development of resource and land management plans, and reformation of administrative and legal systems that act as barriers to Native ownership and control of reservation land. In 2014, awarded grants ranged from $10,000 to $120,000. For more information, please see the Land Recovery Efforts page here. The deadline for Letters of Inquiry is August 3.

Committed to funding innovative research to cure and improve the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is offering funding to 501(c)(3) nonprofits that provide services to paralyzed individuals as a part of its Quality of Life program. Funding is intended to assist individuals as well as their caregivers and families that immediately give them increased independence. Special consideration will be given to organizations serving wounded military and their families, as well as those providing targeted services to diverse cultural communities. Award sizes depend on project scope and impact. Prior grantees must now wait three grant cycles after the submission of a winning application before applying again. Please see the Quality of Life Grants program Webpage for complete information and links to application forms. The deadline for applications is August 3.

The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grants Program supports community groups with the funding for a wide range of activities, such as community gardening, tree planting, weatherization or energy efficiency improvement efforts, and repairs or refurbishment of community facilities or transitional veterans’ housing. Work must be completed by community volunteers in the United States and must specifically benefit veterans. Funding of up to $5,000 will be provided in the form of Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of services, tools, and materials. The only organizations eligible to attend are 501(c)(3) nonprofits and tax-exempt public agencies or schools in the US.  Please see the Applying for a Grant Webpage for complete information and materials. The deadline for applications is September 1.

Good Luck!


ACET Staff