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Grant Alerts: American College Health Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts

December 16th, 2014

The charitable arm of the American College Health Association (ACHA) is offering a grant of $5,000 to campus health professionals who are ACHA members or employed by ACHA-member institutions in order to support a novel program addressing an issue related to the retention and overall well-being of college students. Eligible projects should be formulated on the basis of published research, creative in scope, measureable in its impact, and applicable to the health enhancement of college students who participate in it. The foundation seeks to support programs advancing the understanding of students’ concepts of wellness, assessing student knowledge of available wellness resources on campus, strengthening the use of technology to integrate wellness activities into an educational system as well as methods of delivery of wellness information inclusive of the development of community and public health strategies reaching out to at-risk populations, generating novel strategies to support the continued access and use of wellness activities and services, and measuring wellness activities in order to increase student retention or decrease student dropout rates.

For complete information and application materials, please review the Web page for the Aetna Student Health Award here. Applications are due January 31, 2015.

The ACHA foundation is also seeking applications for its Stephan D. Weiss Mental Health Award (sponsored by the foundation of the same name), a grant of up to $2,500 for the support, promotion, and improvement of quality of mental health care for college students. The grant is intended to encourage development of creative initiatives that will enhance mental health service delivery to university and college students through an innovative, replicable program. The award also will support the development of retention mechanisms for students whose mental health problems might otherwise compromise the quality of their post-secondary experiences and/or jeopardize their likelihood of their graduation. Eligible applicants must be enrolled at ACHA member institutions. Graduate students engaged in mental health professional training programs are preferred candidates. For application materials and other information, please see the Award Web page above. The deadline for this award is also January 31, 2015.

Managed by Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for the Arts is once again funding community reading programs as part of its Big Read initiative. Grants range from $2,500 to $20,000 and may be used for expenses such as salaries, venue rental, speaker fees and travel, advertising, and book purchases. Eligible programs should encourage reading and participation from diverse local audiences and may include activities such as panel discussions, art exhibits, film series, music or dance events, book discussions, author readings, lectures, theatrical performances or other events related to the community’s chosen poet or book. Eligible applicants include libraries, arts councils, tribal, state, or local governments, arts organizations, colleges and universities, literary centers, humanities councils, literary festivals, museums, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and historical societies. For complete information, please see the Big Read guidelines Web page.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Headwaters Foundation for Justice and Susan G. Komen Central Wisconsin

November 25th, 2014

Starting January 1, 2015, the Headwaters Foundation for Justice will begin another grant cycle for its Community Innovation Grants, in partnership with the Bush Foundation. Headwaters’ Community Innovation Grants range from $500 to $10,000 and may be used b y communities as part of civic research and development to test and develop solutions to community challenges. At least 50% of available grant funds will go to projects that address economic and racial disparities. Eligible programs must be completed within a single year, must fit with the Foundation’s Theory of Change requiring resourceful, collaborative, and inclusive processes, must have a clear implementation plan, and a clear projected impact. Eligible organizations may be based anywhere in Minnesota. Please review the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grants as well as North Dakota’s Consensus Council and the South Dakota Community Foundation to be sure you are choosing the Community Innovation Grant structure and funding that is right for your organization and its needs. Organizations that are funded by or seeking funding from the Bush Foundation may not also seek funding through the Headwaters Foundation. This funding cycle will end January 15, 2015.  For complete information and application materials, please see the Headwaters Foundation’s Community Innovation Grants Web page linked above.

Serving the counties of Portage, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, West Shawano, Taylor, and Wood, the Central Wisconsin Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2015-2016 funding cycle. Grants of up to $100,000 are available to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations located in or serving the populations of one or more of the above counties. Eligible projects will increase opportunities for minority and rural women to receive health screenings and treatment, especially mammography; direct outreach to women not included via traditional outreach methods; bring diverse organizations together in partnership to eradicate breast cancer through education, research, screening, and treatment; and remove barriers preventing minority and rural women from getting the breast health care and screenings that they need. Particular focus is being placed on Lincoln and Marathon counties for this work. For complete information, please see the Central Wisconsin Affiliate’s How to Apply for Community Grants Web page. The deadline for applications is December 19.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Mary Byron Project

November 17th, 2014

The Mary Byron Project is once again offering grants of $10,000 to innovative programs demonstrating progress in stopping the domestic abuse cycle through its Roth Award for domestic violence programs addressing the needs of underserved populations, and the more general Celebrating Solutions Awards. Eligible programs must be part of a government agency or 501(c)(3) nonprofit; have been operating for a minimum of 3 years prior to nomination, be currently in operation; have intimate partner violence as its primary focus; serve populations that do not  know how to or are ashamed to seek services (such as those based on disabilities, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or faith) for the Roth Award; and be replicable, or have applications for individual communities regardless of their size or ethnic makeup. Individuals, non-U.S.-based organizations, and past Award recipients are not eligible to apply. For information about each Award, please review the links above. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2015.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: BoatUS and the American Association of University Women

November 12th, 2014

The Boat Owner’s Association of The United StatesFoundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is currently accepting applications for awards to boating clubs, nonprofits, and student organizations that provide education about safe and clean boating as part of its Grassroots Grants Program. Up to $10,000 is available for year-long projects that promote safe and clean boating on local waterways in a unique, technology-inclusive way that involves getting hands on with the boating community and includes success measures. Past projects have dealt with such topics as marine debris and boating under the influence. Applicant organizations must be located in the United States. International organizations, as well as for-profit businesses, government agencies, and individuals are not eligible to apply. For application materials, please see the Grassroots Grants Program Web page above. Applications are due January 15, 2015.

The American Association of University Women is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 funding cycle of its Community Action Grants. One year grants of up to $7,000 and two-year grants of up to $10,000 are available for community-based projects that address the particular needs of women and girls in their community and develop the sense of efficacy through opportunities for leadership or advocacy. Special consideration will be given to programs or non-degree research projects that focus on the achievements of K-12 girls and women in community college in the STEM disciplines. Applicants must be women who are permanent residents or citizens of the United States or nonprofit organizations based in the United States. Projects must take place within the United States or its territories, be nonpartisan, and be able to demonstrate public impact. For application resources, materials, and information about past grantees, please see the Community Action Grants Web page above. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2015.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Laura Bush Foundation

October 31st, 2014

The first ever Knight Cities Challenge seeks to make 26 communities around the United States more vibrant places to live and work via the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Anyone is eligible to apply, but projects must take place in one of the 26 Knight communities linked above, and ideas should focus on one or more of three key drivers in the city: engagement, talent, and opportunity. Community information sessions will be held in multiple Knight communities for individuals with questions about the application process. Applications are due November 14. For more information, see the Knight Cities Challenge’s How it works Web page.

A fund of the George W. Bush Foundation, the mission of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is to help school libraries encourage and foster a love of reading, support student learning, and make books and reading materials available to students who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. Grants of up to $7,000 are available to school libraries to diversify, update, and expand book collections where 85% or more of students qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Schools serving preK-12th grades in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible. This includes reservation, private, charter, parochial, public, city, state, and county schools, as well as special, social services, or juvenile detention center schools in any of those areas. For complete information and to begin an application, please see the Foundations Application Web page. The deadline for applications is December 15.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: ArtPlace America and Digital Media and Learning Competition

October 13th, 2014

The national community revitalization initiative ArtPlace America is again inviting letters of inquiry for projects that accelerate creative placemaking, defined as “a means of investing in art and culture at the heart of a portfolio of integrated strategies that can drive vibrancy and diversity so powerful that it transforms communities.” Up to $500,000 is available to artists, designers, and arts organizations working with national and local partners as part of the initiative’s National Grants program.

Applications from all 50 states and any U.S. territory are encouraged. Multiple ArtPlace partners have local or regional community foci and have specifically provided funding to communities of all sizes in Alaska, Minnesota, and California, rural communities in Wisconsin, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico, Iowa, Texas, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and the cities of Akron, Ohio, Macon, Georgia, San Jose, California, St. Paul, Minnesota, Miami, Florida, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Charlotte, North Carolina, Detroit, Michigan, and Somerville, Boston, and Cambridge in Massachusetts. States in which grants have not yet been dispersed are of particular interest to ArtPlace, inclusive of New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah, Delaware, Oklahoma, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming. Some funders are also interested in the representation and participation of Native American, folk, traditional, and performing arts.

Letters of inquiry are due November 3. For application materials, FAQs, and other important information, please see the National Grants Web page above.

Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and administered by the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), the Digital Media and Learning Competition is interested in inspiring the most novel uses of new media to support connected learning. Year-long development grants of $150,000 are available institutions willing to collaborate and create alliances to address the real-world barriers to trust in connected learning environments, develop digital tools that engender privacy, trust, and safety in connected-learning environments, and empower learners to connect in ways that are social, equitable, interest-driven, and participatory anywhere, anytime. Examples of such tools include social media, online evaluation tools, privacy tools, badges, apps, and online learning content. Eligible applicants are youth-serving organizations and institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world, including museums, schools and school districts, libraries, community organizations, colleges and universities, app developers, and researchers. Project teams must include institutional/organizational administrators and stakeholders who can inform design and implementation, provide and direct project objectives, and increase opportunities for scalability.

The deadline for applications is also November 3. For complete information, please see the Challenge Details Web page.

Good Luck!


ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Whole Kids Foundation, Walmart Foundation, and the American Association of School Librarians

October 8th, 2014

In partnership with FoodCorps, the Whole Kids Foundation (founded by Whole Foods Market) seeks to support school garden projects that help students learn about such topics as community awareness, sustainability, conservation, food systems, and nutrition and health. One-year grants of $2,000 will be awarded to eligible garden projects at any stage of development, with priority given to projects with strong stakeholder buy-in, financial sustainability, and limited-resource communities. Eligible organizations are K-12 schools (private, public, or charter) or 501(c)(3) organizations developing or maintaining a garden project on school grounds to get children interested in fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligible applicants must also have the support of a specific community partner organization, such as a farm, a nonprofit, a local business, a garden club, or a Whole Foods store. If the applicant is a nonprofit, it may also be the community partner for the grant. Applications will be accepted until October 31. For complete information, please see the School Gardens Web page at the Foundation’s website.

Grants of up to $2,500 are now available to local nonprofits within the service area of individual Walmart stores supporting healthy eating, hunger relief, women’s economic empowerment, sustainability, and/or career opportunities as part of the corporation’s Foundation’s Community Grant Program. Eligible organizations must be Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6), or (19) tax exempt; recognized government entities, such as a state, county, or city agency requesting funds solely for public purposes; public, private, or charter K-12 schools; community, junior, state, or private colleges or universities; or churches or other faith-based organizations with projects that benefit the community at large. For complete information, please see the Community Grant Program Web page above. The deadline for applications is December 31.

A division of the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering one grant in the amount of $2,500 to an innovative program that motivates and encourages reading, especially among struggling readers. An AASL Innovative Reading Grant program project should promote the importance of reading and facilitate literacy development through the support of current reading research, policy, and practice. Eligible projects should be designed for children grades K-9 in the school library setting, encourage innovative methods of involving and motivating children in reading, and demonstrate the potential to improve student learning. Eligible applicants must be AASL members. Eligible applicants may be asked to write an article describing their project and successes, barriers, and recommendations for replication by others. For complete criteria and a list of previous recipients, please see the program Web page. Applications are due February 1, 2015.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation and Shubert Foundation

September 30th, 2014

Midwestern college finance nonprofit Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation is once again making two-year grants available to programs helping students to succeed in college-level English and math. Up to $600,000 will be awarded to eligible nonprofit colleges and universities, as well as community based organizations as part of the 2015-2017 College Ready grants program. Eligible organizations must be located in Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, or Wisconsin. Eligible programs must provide high school juniors from traditionally underserved backgrounds with tutoring and skill-building activities and services. For complete guidelines and application materials, including an informational webinar, please see the College Ready Web page linked above. The deadline for applications is November 12.

Based in New York City, the Shubert Foundation’s mission is to sustain and advance live performing arts in the United States with an emphasis on theater and dance. The Foundation primarily makes grants to nonprofit professional resident theater companies, emphasizing producing, rather than presenting organizations. Funding is also available for dance companies, and to arts-related nonprofits supporting the development of dance and theater, as well as graduate departments of drama in private universities. The foundation does not make grants to individuals. Applicants may not request a grant amount – the Foundation will determine this if an applicant is selected for funding.

Funding is not available for conduit organizations, media, subsidies for reduced-price admissions, audience development, renovation projects, capital or endowment campaigns, or project support.  Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) tax exempt and have an established pattern of fiscal responsibility, as well as a strong administrative and artistic track record. Applications for dance, education, and arts-related nonprofits must be submitted by October 15. Theater applications must be submitted by December 1. For more information on application expectations per applicant focus, please review the Foundation’s Grant Programs Web page.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Best Buy Foundation, Public Welfare Foundation, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

September 22nd, 2014

As a part of its National Youth Technology Program, the Best Buy Foundation is offering grants of up to $200,000 to programs that help teenagers build skills using cutting-edge technology such as professional software, digital cameras, and computers, in such areas as mobile and game app development, filmmaking, computer repair and maintenance, coding/programming, website/graphic design, robotics, audio production, digital photography and/or maker fairs and hack-a-thons. Programs should provide youth with opportunities to access and become interested in digital learning while acquiring skills that will prepare them for future education and career successes.

Eligible applicants must be nonprofit organizations running existing out-of-school time programs with proven track records of serving youth in underserved communities between the ages of 13 and 18. Additionally, programs must operate within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or center of operations. Programs must be committed to diversity and inclusion, be willing to integrate Geek Squad Academy curricula into existing programming, if appropriate, and have the ability to conduct programming in multiple targeted sites across the United States. Preferred locations include, but are not limited to, the sites of Best Buy Teen Tech Centers, such as Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Denver, San Antonio, Miami, Jersey City/New York City, Seattle, and Washington, DC. The full RFP can be reviewed at the National Partnership RFP Web page. The deadline for applications is November 1.

The Public Welfare Foundation is currently accepting Letters of Intent from U.S. programs and organizations working to end the over-incarceration and criminalization of youth. Grants are awarded to groups working to advance policy reforms that reduce youth incarceration rates in the juvenile justice system. Such reforms may include promoting fairer and more equitable treatment of youth of color, reducing lengths of state, ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth as adults, the expansion of community-based alternatives to incarceration, diverting youth from the juvenile court system by decriminalizing minor misbehaviors or through some other means, or limiting the use of incarceration. Award amounts are determined by the scope of the project. Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) tax exempt, and Letters of Intent will be accepted year round. For complete information, please see the Foundation’s Submitting A Proposal Web page.

Grants of up to $8,000 are now available to projects addressing the mathematics content as defined in the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics via the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Projects must also have a plan for improving the achievement of targeted students and how to address the impact on said achievement. Eligible applicants must be current full individual or e-members of NCTM, or teach at a school with a current preK-8 school membership on or before October 15, 2014. Eligible applicants must also be current teachers of mathematics in grades 6-8, for at least 50% of the school day. Activities to be funded by grants must be completed between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016. Past grant recipients are not eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is November 7, 2014.


Good Luck!


ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: American Association of University Women

September 16th, 2014

The American Association of University Women is now offering one- and two-year grants to individuals, community-based nonprofits, its state organizations, and its branches to develop research projects and programs promoting equity and education for women and girls. The 1-year grants provide up to $7,000 for community based projects, and the 2-year grants provide up to $10,000 in start-up funding to address community needs and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through advocacy or leadership opportunities. Special consideration will be given to projects attending to the achievements of community college women and K-12 girls achieving in the STEM disciplines. Eligible individual applicants must be women who are United States citizens or permanent residents. Eligible nonprofits must be based in the US. Projects must take place in the US or its territories, be nonpartisan, and have a direct public impact. For complete information, please review the Community Action Grants Web page. Applicants are due January 15, 2015.


Good Luck!


ACET Staff