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Grant Alerts: Discover Financial Services, National Storytelling Network, and Ribbons of Hope—Invest in Women

April 18th, 2014

Credit card and finance company Discover Bank is offering a total of $10 million to public high schools in the United States through its Pathway to Financial Success program to implement or continue to implement a financial education curriculum. Grant amounts will be assessed on a program- by-program basis. Eligible high schools must also have a measurement tool that will assess comprehension and participation in the curriculum and must agree to share the results of the tools pre- and post-curriculum testing upon program completion with Discover. The program link above contains application information as well as curriculum planning resources and a list of previous winners. There is no deadline for applications.

The National Storytelling Network, committed to advancing storytelling as a form of community celebration, performance, and more, is offering grants of $5,000 to projects promoting service and/or community-oriented storytelling. Projects should be replicable and have an impact that goes beyond their original clients, organizations, or communities to inspire excellence in applied storytelling or to bring the possibilities of storytelling to new audiences. While oral story telling should be a central component of the project, the work does not have to be done by professional storytellers, and can encompass traditional myths as well as personal narratives. External or internal organizational practitioners, from therapists to educators to naturalists may conduct the project so long as they can draw on suitable storytelling experience and expertise. Of particular interest are the areas of substance abuse prevention, multicultural awareness, leadership, community development, health care, environmental education and activism, intergenerational initiatives, the empowerment of disabled persons, and educational curriculum at all levels. For application materials and other information, please see the National Storytelling Network’s Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling Web page. The deadline for applications is April 30.

Originally an initiative of friends and family of the Coca-Cola Company, the Atlanta-based foundation Ribbons of Hope—Invest in Women exists to support organizations making a difference in the lives of women. A single grant of $100,000 is now available to 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations who have been in operation for at least 3 years, can include in-kind donations, and have annual operations budgets of a minimum of $500,000 that promotes economic independence, social well-being, health, education, or human rights for women and girls. Grants may be used for special projects or for sustainable capital improvement. Grants may not be used for salaries, overhead, or other operating expenses. Ribbons of Hope does not give direct contributions to political entities or religious or private educational institutions, but programs affiliated with such institutions are not barred from consideration. For complete application information, please see the Ribbons of Hope Grants Web page. Applications are due July 1.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Target, National Art Education Foundation, and Action for Healthy Kids

April 8th, 2014

Target is currently offering grants of $2,000 to support programs that bring artistic and cultural experiences to K-12 students such as artists-in-residency, workshops, and in-school performances to schools. Programs must take place between September 2014 and August 2015. Eligible organizations are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt or K-12 educational institutions. For complete information, please review Target’s Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grants Web page. Applications are due April 30.

The philanthropic arm of the National Art Education Association is offering a variety of grants to its members in support of classroom-based art instruction. These grants are as follows:

  1. SHIP Grants: Up to $500 is available to art educators seeking equipment or instructional curriculum resources focused on student learning specifically related to the National Visual Arts Standards [opens PDF].
  2. Teacher Incentive Grants: Scholarships of up to $2,500 are available to individual educators to attend training and programming that promotes the teaching of art, curriculum, student learning, the instructional process, student assessment, classroom management or other practices that related to student learning and instructional interaction.
  3. Mary McMullan Grants: These grants award up to $2,500 to projects promoting art education as integral to curriculums and establish or improve art instruction in U.S. public or private elementary or secondary schools as well as institutions of higher education.
  4. Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants: Up to $2,500 will awarded to art educators with proposals focused on the implementation of and issues directly related to the National Visual Arts Standards.
  5. NAEF Research Grants: Awards of up to $10,000 are available to support research that advances knowledge in the field of art education and the goals outlined in Creating a Visual Arts Research Agenda Toward the 21st Century [opens PDF].

Eligible applicants must be NAEA members, including retired members, students, NAEA affiliates, and state/provincial associations. Applicants must be active members for a year prior to the date of application. Please see the National Art Education Foundation for complete information. Applications are due October 1.

Chicago nonprofit Action for Healthy Kids exists to fight childhood obesity, physical inactivity, and undernourishment by helping schools to become healthier places for their students. The organization’s School Grants for Healthy Kids program will award $5,000 to 1,000 schools to support their breakfast and physical activity programs. Selected grantee schools will also receive consulting services and expertise to help make their projects successful. Award amounts are based on project type, potential impact, school enrollment size, and the school’s ability to mobilize students and their parents around wellness initiatives at the school. For more information, please see Action for Healthy Kids’ School Grants Web page. The deadline for applications is May 2.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Entertainment Software Association Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and the Blandin Foundation

March 21st, 2014

Supporting projects that benefit children of all religions and races across the country, the philanthropic foundation of the Entertainment Software Association is offering up to $50,000 to programs employing computer and video games and/or innovative technology for educational purposes to positively shape the lives of American youth ages 7 to 18 in at least two states. Eligible programs must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations or Section 115 and Section 170(c)(1) governmental entities. For application information and materials, please see the Entertainment Software Association Foundation’s Application Web page. The deadline for applications is May 15.

Located in Jacksonville, Florida, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations support professional development programming for United States high school educators that strengthens them and their teaching. Grant awards ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 are currently available for freestanding educational institutes, public and private colleges and universities, and graduate schools (among others) to support practical high school educational research, improve development for pre-service and in-service teachers, encourage the use of innovative techniques and technology in the presentation of classroom material, and strengthen teaching skills. Projects should have the potential for wide application or replication elsewhere. Well-established programs may request support for initiatives that will have a significant impact in their improvement. Special consideration will be given to early stage projects addressing issues of secondary education nationwide. For complete application and contact information, please see the Foundations’ Secondary Education Programs Web page. Applicants may submit either by April 1 or November 1 of each year.

The Blandin Foundation’s Broadband Communities Program is offering grants of up to $50,000 to support efforts to increase public and private investment in rural broadband capacity, awareness regarding the value of broadband, and the use of broadband in rural businesses and residences. Eligible applicants must be located in Minnesota, serve Minnesota residents, and be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt. They may also be units of government or tribal governments. More information, including details on previous grant recipients, is available at the program Web page above. Hurry, the deadline for applications is April 4.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation

March 10th, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs is offering up to $33,000 in state grants to public and nonprofit organizations providing sexual violence services to individuals in Wabasha and Goodhue Counties. No matching is required. The term of the grant is from April 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014, and a successful application will be eligible for funding renewals via the competitive funding process until September 30, 2017. Start-up organizations are not eligible. Eligible applicants must be legal nonprofits in Minnesota and possess federal and state identification numbers. Community based groups that are unincorporated may apply with fiscal agents that have nonprofit status. Federal 501(c)(3) status is not required. The full RFP may be viewed here [opens PDF]. Applicants must apply using the Department of Public Safety’s e-grants portal. Hurry, applications are due March 19.

A partnership of the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, the Lift a Life Foundation, and the Yum! Brands Foundation, the World Hunger Leadership Challenge invites teams of public, private, and charter middle and high school students to develop leadership skills and solve national, state, or local hunger-related issues. A total of $750,000 will be awarded to student teams consisting of at least 3 students and an adult advisor or a teacher sponsor, with first, second, and third-place prizes available for $25,000, $5,000, and $1,000 respectively. Applications must include a video overview or written summary of the proposed project including quantifiable results. Eligible entrants must be full-time students between the ages of 13 and 18, residing in either Guam or the United States. Please see the Challenge’s Web page for more information. Applications are due April 11, with winners to be announced on or around May 14.

Up to $600,000 is now available in grants via the William T. Grant Foundation’s Reducing Inequality program. This program supports research focused on reducing social, economic, behavioral, and academic disparities among youth ages 5 to 25. Research focused on other areas will be considered based on how compelling a case is made for its impact. Priority will be given to projects focused on racial/ethnic, economic, and/or linguistic inequality. Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) tax exempt.  Letters of inquiry for this funding are due May 6, and an informational webinar will be held regarding this opportunity on March 14. For complete information, please see the Reducing Inequality Web page linked above.

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ACET Staff

Welcome Melisa!

March 6th, 2014

ACET is pleased to announce that Melisa Entinger, M.S., has joined our firm full-time as an Evaluation Specialist. Melisa brings experience in health services, providing her with an understanding of the unique medical needs and complexities of serving diverse populations at all life stages. She is passionate about the influence evaluations can have on improving health services, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to work with Melisa.

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Mary Kay Foundation and Indian Land Tenure Foundation

February 27th, 2014

The Mary Kay Foundation is once again offering grants to domestic violence shelters across the United States, which may be applied to operating budgets with the exclusion of staff travel. Last year, more than 150 shelters received grants of $20,000. Applicant organizations must be 501(c)(3) tax exempt emergency shelters . At least one shelter in every state in the US will receive a grant. For application materials and a full list of prior grant recipients, please see the Shelter Grant Program page here. Applications are due March 30.

A national organization assisting native nations and individuals in the recovery and control their homelands, the Indian Land Tenure Foundation supports tribal communities in developing plans to acquire reservation lands, especially alienated federal lands, including full access to the financial and natural resources therein. These plans are key to tribal acquisition of loans and negotiation of the transfer of land out of municipal, state, or federal control. Grants for land recovery efforts range from $10,000 to $100,000. Eligible organizations must be tribal, state, or local governments, educational institutions or nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation. Projects must directly benefit native peoples and strengthen their relationship with their land. Letters of Inquiry for grants to be awarded in September must be received no later than August 4. For complete information, please review the Indian Land Tenure Foundation’s Land Recovery Efforts page.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design and the RGK Foundation

February 12th, 2014

A leadership program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design partners with communities of 50,000 or less to improve quality of life and economic vigor through workshops that bring community organizations, local leaders, nonprofits, and specialists together to address issues of housing and transportation systems and the local economy through design. Selected communities will receive $7,000 to plan and host a 2-day workshop and will receive assistance from the Institute in assembling specialists who can meet their needs. Communities must also provide approximately $7,000 in matching funding, either in-kind or cash. Workshops will also be augmented with webinar presentation and conference calls that are led by topical experts and open to the public. For complete information, please see the Institute’s application Web page. Applications are due May 6.

Committed to improvements in community, education, and health and medicine, the RGK Foundation invites 501(c)(3) nonprofits, as well as government and education institutions and hospitals, to apply for funding under the three focus areas. In 2013 alone, as little as $2,500 and as much as $1 million were awarded to selected organizations. Preferred topics are as follows:

Health and Medicine: Access to health services; the health and well-being of children.

Education: Literacy; formal K-12 education (esp. math, reading, and science); higher education; teacher development.

Community: Abuse prevention; youth development programs; community improvement.

Grants are typically awarded for a one-year period, though multiyear grants are also possible. Foundation grants frequently do not support endowments, international projects, operating expenses, and capital campaigns. Letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis, with the next deadline being March 7. For complete application information and lists of previous recipients, please review the Foundation’s Guidelines Web page.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alert: The Wellmark Foundation

February 5th, 2014

Governmental agencies and 501(c)(3) nonprofits based in South Dakota or Iowa are invited to apply for community and matching grants related to wellness and prevention via the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s The Wellmark Foundation. Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grants offer up to $75,000 for over two years in matching funds. MATCH grants are intended for larger and more mature projects that could benefit from the financial leverage that it can provide. Health Communities grants are intended for pilot-stage projects addressing environmental, economic, and social conditions that affect health and provide up to $25,000 in funding. The Foundation’s current funding priorities include addressing food insecurity, promoting obesity prevention, especially in schools, promoting the development of streets, trails, and venues for community physical activity, and creating education and outreach tools regarding best practices for active living. Applicants may not have a contractual relationship with Wellmark, Inc. For complete information, including full RFPs, application guidelines, and previously funded projects, please see the links above. Letters of Intent for MATCH grants are due May 20 and Health Communities applications are due March 3.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: National Book Foundation and Bush Foundation

January 29th, 2014

The National Book Foundation is now accepting applications from U.S. organizations and citizens (including for-profit companies) for programs demonstrating a commitment to literature and promoting reading for reading’s sake through the Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prizes. Priority will be given to interdisciplinary approaches to generating excitement and passion for books and literature and innovation with respect to social entrepreneurship and change, design, technology, or other fields. In addition to prominent feature on the Foundation’s digital platforms, selected applicants will receive $2,500. For complete information, application materials and a look at past recipients, please see the Innovations in Reading Prizes page above. Applications must be postmarked by February 19 for consideration.

Minnesota’s Bush Foundation is currently accepting applications from organizations located in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, or one of the 23 Native nations in the same territory working to create or implement innovative solutions to address opportunities or needs in their communities through the Community Innovation Grant program. Grants of between $10,000 and $200,000 are available to schools, nonprofits, or government entities that employ inclusive, collaborative processes to community problem-solving. Projects can be at various stages and can focus on one area or many. For application materials and instructions, please see the Community Innovation Grant program’s How to Apply page. Applications will be accepted until March 13.

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Mary Burns

Grant Alerts: Bank of the West and Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota

January 24th, 2014

Financial institution Bank of the West offers 501(c)(3) organizations funding through Commitment to Community Charitable Investments Program. Eligible organizations must operate in the Bank’s 19 –state service area, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Nebraska. Eligible organizations must also work in the areas of Education and Job Training or Community and Economic Development, particularly with moderate or low income individuals. Please review the application questionnaire for complete information.

Minnesota community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) status are also invited to apply for research and referral grants of up to $40,000 through Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota’s Foundation’s Access to Coverage program. This program exists to support low-income residents of southeastern Minnesota by helping the uninsured apply for subsidized coverage and medical assistance. Selected programs are focused on and conduct screenings and outreach to identify eligible families and individuals, partner with community groups to share responsibilities, and refer eligible residents to certified application assistance organizations. Selected grantees are required to conduct activities in culturally and linguistic competent and appropriate ways. The deadline for applications is February 10. For a full RFP and complete application materials, please review the program link above.

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ACET Staff