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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.

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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.

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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.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Foundation for Financial Planning, Action for Healthy Kids, and the NEA Foundation

April 17th, 2015

Grants between $5,000 and $300,000 are now available as a part of the Foundation for Financial Planning’s Normal Grant cycle. Awarding funds to nonprofit organizations for outreach activities and pro bono financial advice to underserved communities, the Foundation seeks to support one-on-one sessions with pro bono financial planners and sustainable programs. Programs are expected to deliver aid audiences in financial crisis, to support individuals in times of disaster, to provide financial life skills education, to empower people to take control of their financial lives at diverse socioeconomic levels, and provide unbiased financial advice. Eligible applicants must utilize local affiliates of financial planning organizations, if not financial planning professionals. Projects must also involve said professionals as community volunteers or partners. Please see the Grants & Programs Web page for complete information and other resources. The deadline for applications is April 30.

Action for Healthy Kids seeks to combat physical inactivity, childhood obesity and undernourishment by supporting healthful school changes. As a part of its Breakfast for Health Kids program, 1,000 schools will receive grants of up to $2,500 for the 2015-2016 school year to help fund school breakfast and physical activity programs. Amounts awarded will be based on school building enrollment, potential impact, project type, and the ability for a school to mobilize students and their parents around school wellness initiatives. For more information, please see the program link above. Applications are due May 1.

The charitable arm of the National Education Association (NEA) is offering grants of up to $2,000 to support public education support professionals, teachers, and/or faculty or staff at public institutions of higher education through professional development experiences. Grants of up to $5,000 are also available to support collegial group study projects, such as mentoring experiences, study groups, or action research. Eligible applicants must be pre-K-12 public school educators, public school education support professionals, or staff/faculty at a public institution of higher education. Education support professionals are especially encouraged to apply. Members of the NEA will be given preference. For complete information, please see the Learning & Leadership Grants Web page. The deadline for applications is June 1.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: ASAE Foundation, National Environmental Education Foundation, and the US Soccer Foundation

April 10th, 2015

Representing individuals and organizations across the United States and nearly 50 countries around the world, the ASAE Foundation is committed to advancing knowledge in nonprofit leadership and association management. Through its Metrics for Success program [opens PDF], a single grant of up to $35,000 will be awarded to a two-phase study designed to enhance understanding of the models and methods that associations uses to measure outcomes leading to mission attainment. Qualified investigators representing organizations, consultants with research expertise and interest in a relevant field of study, and institutes of higher education are encouraged to apply. Ideally, applicants will have knowledge of the nonprofit community (specifically for professional and trade associations), have already performed research on related topics, and can bring diverse academic and theoretical perspectives to the understanding of performance metrics. There is no restriction on eligibility for this program. For information about this grant and to access related materials, please see the Web page “What’s New in Research?” The deadline for applications is April 15.

Encouraging Americans to protect, maintain, and enjoy public lands through professional development, partnerships, and engagement, the National Environmental Education Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000 to help care for and engage local communities to help public lands, in partnership with Toyota Motor Sales USA. To be eligible for the Every Day Capacity Building Program, applicants must be 501(c)(3), community-based nonprofits that have been in operation for at least 2 years, with a mission focused on the responsible use and improvement on a public land site somewhere in the United States and involved in an established, collaborative relationship with a local public land site (which can be federal, state, regional, county, or city public land) for at least a year. For application materials, please see the Every Day Capacity Building Grants Web page. The next due date for applications is April 30.

More than 600 organizations have received grants from the U.S. Soccer Foundation since 1995 as part of its Safe Places to Play program, and the Foundation is once again offering grants of up to $50,000 to communities to help build or enhance a field space for children to play soccer. The funds may be used toward the installation of surfaces, irrigation, and lighting for the space. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, sovereign tribal nations, schools, municipalities, or institutes of higher education, applying on behalf of a project or program in the U.S. Letters of Interest for the summer grant cycle are due May 29. See the Our Grants Page for more information.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, National Storytelling Network, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

April 8th, 2015

Formerly known as the Doris Duke Artist Residencies to Build Demand for the Arts grant, the Building Demand for the Arts program, sponsored by the Charitable Foundation of the same name, supports artists and organizations in their efforts to develop audience demand for theater, jazz, and/or contemporary dance. Exploration Grants will award up to $40,000 to organizations in order to host artists for the purpose of brainstorming and planning ways to build demand for the arts, for between 30 days and 15 months. Implementation Grants will award up to $110,000 to organizations for the purpose of hosting artists, for between 90 days and 36 months, to implement and evaluate demand-building projects, programs, or activities. Interested organizations may only apply for one of the two grants. For complete information and to access application materials, please see the program Web page above. The deadline for filing a Letter of Intent is April 24.

The National Storytelling Network is currently taking applications for the 2015 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling, recognizing the transformative properties of storytelling as well as its capacity for change in communities and individuals. Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to storytelling projects that are based in a community or organization, are service-oriented, and are replicable in some way. Projects should have an impact beyond their own clients, organizations, or communities, inspire excellence in applied storytelling, and communicate its humanitarian possibilities to new audiences. Projects may involve various kinds of stories, including traditional tales and ad hoc narratives. Oral storytelling should be the main focus of the project, but the work need not be conducted by professional storytellers.  So long as they have suitable storytelling expertise and experience to draw upon it, naturalists, therapists, educators, or organizational practitioners, internal or external, may carry out the project. Areas of interest include community or organizational development, education curriculum at all levels, leadership, multicultural awareness, empowerment of the disabled, intergenerational initiatives, law, environmental education or activism, and substance abuse prevention. Preliminary applications are due April 30. Please see the Award Web page above for an FAQ, a list of previous recipients, and application materials.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) seeks to support teachers of mathematics incorporating lessons or materials engaging students in 6th through 8th grades in tasks or experiences that deepen content knowledge. Awards of up to $3,000 will be made available to fund the purchase of materials such as visual displays, books, videotapes, or other appropriate media. The award may not be used to purchase computers, calculators, and related equipment. Materials should focus on connecting mathematics to other fields, or to the wider world. Eligible applicants must have a full individual or e-membership to NCTM, or teach at a school with a current NCTM pre-K-8 membership (active on or before October 15, 2015). Proposals must address one or more Content Standards (algebra, number and operations, geometry, measurement) and a plan for developing and evaluating materials, as well as anticipated impact on student learning. Projects must be implemented between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. Past grant recipients are not eligible to re-apply. No person or persons may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year. Please see the Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grant Web page for more information and a list of past awardees. Proposals are due November 6.

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ACET Staff

Welcome, Angela!

April 6th, 2015

ACET, Inc. is pleased to welcome Angela Olander to our team as our new Administrative Coordinator. ACET has worked with Angela in various ways since 2006, but she will now be leveraging her considerable talents in operational management to assist with report and policy writing, program software management, and working with the diverse populations that our clients serve. We are excited to have her on board and as a part of our team!


ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: William T. Grant Foundation and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council

April 2nd, 2015

Seeking to improve the lives of youth ages 5 to 25, the William T. Grant Foundation seeks to support research on ways to reduce disparities in economic, academic, social, and behavioral outcomes for them. Grants of up to $600,000 will be awarded through the Understanding Inequality program. Preference will be given to projects exploring inequality related to racial/ethnic, language, economic, and language backgrounds. Research exploring other areas of inequality will also be considered, based on a compelling case for their impact. Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) tax exempt. For complete application materials, please see the Research Grants Web page here. The next due date for letters of inquiry is May 5.

Serving the Fillmore, Dodge, Goodhue, Freeborn, Mower, Houston, Steele, Rice, Olmsted, Winona, and Wabasha counties of Minnesota, the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council  is inviting grant applications from area nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists. For the current cycle, grants will be awarded in the following three categories:

  • General Operating Support: Up to $4,000 will be awarded to eligible organizations that have been offering programs for at least 3 years. Institutes of higher education are not eligible for this grant.
  • Artists in Education: Up to $3,000 will be awarded to support artist residencies. An artist residency is defined as an interactive arts activity involving artists, K-12 students, and their teachers that provides youth with a direct arts experience with artists that also encourages the artist’s professional development by providing a unique employment engagement and audience contact. Residency projects must be well-defined and between one and five full school days in length, culminating in an accessible, public capstone event.
  • Individual Artist Grants: Up to $5,000 will be awarded to emerging and established regional artists in the development of entirely original work. Works may include original literary or dramatic scripts, choreography, visual arts, musical composition, or interdisciplinary work. Original work must be earmarked for public showcase via a performance, exhibition, or publication in collaboration with a nonprofit organization.

Qualified projects in every category must include an accessible, public capstone event benefiting the citizens of southeastern Minnesota and must have a focus on the fine arts. Please see the Grant Categories Web page for complete information. The next deadline for applications is July 1.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Wild Ones and the National Endowment of the Arts

March 10th, 2015

Dedicated to promoting environmentally sound landscaping and the preservation of biodiversity, the nonprofit Wild Ones is offering grants of up to $500 in support of projects helping students develop an appreciation for nature through native plant species. The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund helps bring local nurseries, schools, and community volunteers together through the planning, creation, and maintenance of native plant communities in the form of nature trails, wetlands, butterfly gardens, and more. These native plant communities may be used in interpretive naturalism, as outdoor classrooms, and to help schools achieve green-school certification, among other things. Eligible applicants are places of learning educating elementary through high school students in the United States, inclusive of houses of worship and nature centers. Applicants must also have a site available for a project. The Fund’s Web page, linked above, has application materials, background information, and a list of previous awardees. Applications are due October 15.

Awards of $10,000 are now available through the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Challenge America Fast- Track grants program. This program offers small and midsize organizations the means to extend the arts to underserved populations, inclusive of those limited by disability, ethnicity, geography, and economics. Applicants are encouraged to partner with other organizations within and outside of the arts as appropriate to the project. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt and located in the United States. A minimum 100% funding match is required. Applicants may be units of state or local government, federally recognized tribal communities, local arts or education agencies, arts or art service organizations, or other bodies that can help advance the goals of the NEA. Eligible applicants must have a three-year programming history prior to the deadline for application, which is April 16. For complete information, please see the grants program Web page above.

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ACET Staff