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Grant Alerts: IEEE Foundation and KaBOOM!

July 21st, 2014

Committed to bringing the excitement of scientific discovery to students, preserving history, fostering technological innovation, and promoting awareness of the effects and impact of engineering on humanity, the IEEE Foundation is accepting applications for new projects in the areas of the history of technology and education. Examples in these areas include:

  • History of Education: Projects that increase awareness of the influence and impact of early technology in the present and future with the general populace. Projects primarily focused on preserving or studying the history of technology will also be accepted, but must include plans for the dissemination of results.
  • Education: Projects enhancing and expanding science, engineering and technology educational opportunities for early to mid-career professionals and students of all ages, positively impacting workforce development and IEEE involvement.

Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax exempt. Last year, the Foundation awarded a total of $516,000 to 29 projects.  Complete information can be found at the Foundation’s Grants Web Page. The deadline for applications is August 1.

National nonprofit KaBOOM! is once again offering grants to nonprofits and municipalities serving children of playground age to build a custom-made playground in a single day. Selected community groups will work with a KaBOOM! project manager, who will coordinate material and equipment purchases. Applicants must in turn:

  • Contribute $8,500 towards the cost of equipment;
  • Complete site preparation on at least 2,500 square feet of flat, dirt surface, including utility checks, soil tests, and appropriate build permits, in a timely manner;
  • Recruit 75-100 community volunteers to participate in playground building;
  • Own, possess a long-term lease, and/or possess landowner permission to construct a playground; and
  • Accept all insurance, maintenance, and ownership responsibilities for the space upon project completion.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are based on available area funding. For complete information, application materials and an FAQ, see the Build it with KaBOOM! Playground Grant Web page.

Good Luck!


ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Ronald McDonald House Charities and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

July 18th, 2014

Bringing a family-centered and holistic approach to bridging access to care, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) seek to partner with organizations based in the United States that improve the health and well-being of children. Eligible entities working through direct programming and joint ventures with nonprofits are invited to join the RMHC as a part of its Global Grant Program. This program is instituted to support replicable, sustainable projects that are global or national in scope. Eligible projects must include comprehensive, ethnographic approaches to research, program development and implementation, and evaluation. Eligible projects must also address issues related to children’s healthcare and possess a train-the-trainer component. For complete grant guidelines, please download them at the RMHC Grants Web page. The deadline for applications is August 29.

Grants of up to $4,000 are now available to 9th through 12th grade teachers as part of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants for Grades 9-12 Teachers program for lessons or materials connecting mathematics to other fields. Acceptable materials include videotapes, computer programs, books, visual displays, and/or slide shows. The focus of the materials is to show the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or the world at large. Eligible applicants must teach mathematics to grades 9-12 for at least 50% of the school day and be current NCTM members, defined as membership current on or before October 15. For application guidelines, please see the grant Web page above. The deadline for applications is November 7.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alert: P. Buckley Moss Foundation

July 15th, 2014

Teachers of pre-K-12 children are invited to apply for grants of up to $1,000 to integrate the arts into educational programs through the P. Buckley Moss Foundation’s Teacher Art fund. These grants are intended to support new or evolving ways of using the arts to teach children who learn in different ways. Eligible projects must serve all children in the classroom, including those who have no difficulty with learning in a general education environment. For application materials and a list of previous award recipients, please see the Teacher Art Grants Web page. Applications will be accepted until September 30.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin, and Notah Begay III Foundation

July 8th, 2014

Grants of up to $6,000 are now available to elementary school teachers (PreK-5) with regular teaching responsibilities in mathematics to provide ongoing professional development via the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Development activities must include sustained in-service programs with a focus on improving content knowledge through co-teaching or demonstrating teaching. This knowledge is expected to be used to strengthen institutional practices and mathematical understanding for teachers within the school or district. Eligible applicants must be current NCTM members (by or before October 14) with at least three years of teaching experience. Applicants must also have the support of their school’s principal in becoming a mathematics teacher-leader within their district or school. For complete guidelines and application materials, please see the Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants for Grades Pre-K-5 Teachers Web page. The deadline for applications is November 7.

Covering eight counties including Milwaukee, Racine, Jefferson, and Walworth, the southeastern Wisconsin affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofits in its service area providing community services to conduct breast health screenings, educate the public about breast cancer, and improving access to treatment. Proposed programs must have a focus on education and outreach, lowering personal risks, diagnosis, and/or treatment and/or survivorship. Priority will be given to projects addressing the needs of the under- or uninsured and medically underserved in southeastern Wisconsin and projects removing cultural barriers to breast health screening and education. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information and a list of current grantees, please see the foundation’s How to Apply for Funding page.

Through its Promising Program initiative, the Notah Begay III Foundation is offering grants of up to $40,000. Eligible applicants are Native American communities and organizations with programming targeting childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes through healthy nutrition and/or youth-focused physical activities. Grants are intended to build capacity to evaluate youth health and wellness programming and assist with program change. Examples of proposed programs include physical fitness programming, child-focused physical activity such as walking trails, nutrition education and youth engagement through community gardening, or organized sports programs for children/youth. Applications will be accepted from anywhere in the United States, but priority will be given to grantees from the Southern Plains (Texas, Oklahoma), the Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico), and the Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin). Applications will be accepted until July 14. For the full RFP and other information, please visit the Promising Program Grants Web page.


Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Mardag Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, and Kinder Morgan Foundation

July 1st, 2014

Serving the eastern Twin Cities Metro Area of Minnesota, including Dakota, Washington, and Ramsey counties, as well as Greater Minnesota, the Mardag Foundation is interested in programming that

  • Builds the capacity of arts and humanities organizations to benefit their communities;
  • Improves the lives of at-risk families, young adults, children, and youth;
  • Supports seniors to live independently; or
  • Supports community development throughout the city of St. Paul.

Arts or cultural applicant organizations are advised to complete a Cultural Data Project data profile, which can be found at the Minnesota Cultural Data Project Web site. For application materials, contact information, and to learn about previous grantees, please visit the Foundation’s Apply for a Grant Web page. The next due date for applications is August 1.

The F.R. Bigelow Foundation serves the Greater St. Paul area, including Dakota, Washington, and Ramsey counties, emphasizing people who work or live in the City of St. Paul. The Foundation is interesting in grants in the areas of human services, healthcare, education, the arts, and community and economic development. Cultural and arts organizations interested in this grant are also advised to complete a Cultural Data Project profile as linked above. Find out more at the Foundation’s Apply for a Grant Web page. The next due day for this grant is also August 1.

The charitable division of energy firm Kinder Morgan is offering grants of up to $5,000 to K-12 programs in its operating area promoting the artistic and academic interests of youth. Eligible programs include environmental and arts education standards that work with local schools within curriculum standards and tutoring. Eligible applicants may be 501(c)(3) nonprofits or public or private schools. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis on the 10th of every month, and applicants will be notified of a funding decision within 60 to 90 days. For complete information, please review the Guidelines for U.S. and Canadian Organizations Web page.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alert: Red Rover

June 25th, 2014

Animal welfare nonprofit RedRover is once again offering grants of up to $3,000 each to shelter organizations supporting the creation of temporary housing spaces for pets of the victims of domestic violence. The one-time grants may be used as start up funding to begin projects, and it is expected that within one year the funding will enable the housing of at least one pet. Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) tax exempt and must have a primary mission of sheltering domestic violence victims. Between six and eight grants are anticipated to be awarded in 2014.  For complete information, see the Domestic Violence Safe Housing Grants Web page here. The deadline for applications is October 15.


Good Luck!


ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Captain Planet Foundation, Pedigree Foundation, and The Journalists and Writers Foundation

June 2nd, 2014

The Captain Planet Foundation is once again offering grants of up to $500, and in certain cases up to $2,500, for school and community projects that improve the environment and are hands on. Projects should inspire communities and youth to participate in environmental stewardship through community service. Eligible applicants may be nonprofit environmental or education organizations, or schools, with annual operating budgets of less than $3 million. International organizations with a U.S.-based partner are also eligible. Preference will be given to applicants with at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. Please review complete application guidelines at the Apply for a Small Grant Web page. The deadline for spring and summer 2015 projects is September 30, 2014.

Nonprofit dog rescue groups and animal shelters are invited to apply for up to $25,000 via the Pedigree Foundation’s Innovation and Operation Grants program. Operations grants will be awarded to help fund basic operating needs, while Innovation grants will go to organizations that have deployed successful, creating programs that benefit dogs. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) tax exempt, organizationally stable, and demonstrate a partnership or collaboration with the community promoting, increasing awareness, and educating on issues contributing to dog homelessness. For complete information, please visit the Grants link above. Applications are due June 30.

In general consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council, the nongovernmental organization The Journalists and Writers Foundation seeks to award grants of up to $50,000 to projects that promote peacebuilding and peaceful coexistence through its Peace Projects Grant Program. Nonprofit organizations and individuals from educators to artists to social workers to students from all nationalities are eligible to apply. Potential project themes include inter-state and inter-communal dialogue and cooperation; mediation and negotiation; gender equality and empowerment; transitional justice; reconciliation; poverty reduction, development, and peacebuilding; and pluralism and multiculturalism. Successfully implemented projects will receive additional funding of up to $30,000. For complete application information and materials, please visit peaceprojects.net’s Guidelines Web page. The deadline for applications is September 30.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation and the Proto Labs Foundation

May 30th, 2014

Dedicated to improving the efficiency, quality, and effectiveness of the U.S. healthcare system, the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation will award a total of $250,000 in the form of 3 to 5 grants to studies with a strong potential to provide insights with regard to improving quality of care, reducing spending, and/or expanding access to healthcare services and insurance coverage. Grant amounts will be determined on a project-by-project basis. Eligible applicants may be individuals, or for- or nonprofit organizations. Multiple organizations may apply together, but one must be named as the principal for the project, with the others subcontracting to it. For complete information and guidelines, please review the Foundation’s Research Grants Web page. Letters of Inquiry are due to the Foundation July 14.

The Proto Labs Foundation is offering up to $50,000 in funding to 501(c)(3) nonprofits serving Minnesota residents in the 11 county metro area who provide education in the STEM disciplines to youth in grades 6-12. This funding is being offered to help nonprofits provide assistance to parents and families to support the STEM education of their children, and to transform student interest in STEM fields into “a demonstrated ability to succeed in a STEM career”. Funding may not be used for religious purposes, re-granting, loans, or capital requests. Instructions for applying and grant guidelines may be found at the Minneapolis Foundation’s Web site here. The deadline for applications is June 16.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality and the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation

May 29th, 2014

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) is once again offering funding to healthcare providers about lesbian health issues through its Lesbian Health Fund. Up to $10,000 will be granted to qualifying projects in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, eliminating barriers and inequalities in healthcare, understanding family, social, and interpersonal influences as sources of support or stress, improving quality and utilization rates of healthcare, sexually transmitted infections, eating disorders, identity-related issues, and other physical and mental health needs. Original research findings are required to be presented at the GLMA’s annual conference or at the Women In Medicine conference, and up to $750 can be included in research budgets for travel costs. It is also expected that projects funded by the Fund will be published in peer-reviewed journals. Applications are due October 15, and investigators can expect to be notified by mail approximately two months from the application deadline. For complete information and materials, please see the Lesbian Health Fund Web page above. The deadline for applications is October 15.

Established in 1993, the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation supports research that contributes to solutions to problems affecting communities, families, and individuals. Through its Faculty/Post-Doctoral Fellows program, up to $20,000 is available to develop, evaluate, refine, or disseminate strategies for the prevention or amelioration of major public health, behavioral, social, or psychological problems affecting communities, families, couples, adults, or children. Eligible applicants must either be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt and accredited human services organization, or a faculty member at an accredited college or university. Eligible projects ought to have the potential to add significantly to the available knowledge about the problems it addresses. Projects must also focus on Canada or the U.S., or provide a comparison between Canada or the U.S. and one or more other countries. Additionally, the principle investigator for the project must possess a doctorate and relevant experience in a relevant discipline. Complete program guidelines and application materials are available at the program link above. Applications are due November 1.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

May 19th, 2014

Serving the counties of Winona, Steele, Fillmore, Goodhue, Mower, Rice, Olmstead, Houston, Dodge, and Wabasha in Minnesota, the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) invites 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organizations within this service area to apply for program grants in three different focus areas:

Small Towns/Rural Areas:  Up to $3,000 is available to support the development and creation of art and arts organizations in communities with populations under 7,500. Small Towns/Rural Areas grants require a 50% match. This grant may be used for activities directly involving performance, exhibition, or publication of art, or for capital expenditures, operations, or administrative needs.

Arts & Cultural Heritage: Up to $10,000 is available in support of activities in the areas of Arts Education, Arts and Arts Access, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants required a 20% match. Applicants are encouraged to develop and research projects that incorporate more than one of the above areas, emphasizing lasting partnerships between regional nonprofit arts organizations and other nonprofits. Applicants applying for the first time must attend one of three proposal drafting sessions.

Presenter/Production Assistance: Up to $3,000 is available to assist local arts organizations sponsor appearances by touring artists or companies with demonstrated high level of artistic quality. Rather than artists’ school residencies or local productions, this grant is intended to directly support the publication, creation, and exhibition of art. Presenter/Production Assistant grants require a 50% match.

Eligible projects must have a focus on the fine arts and must include an accessible public capstone event benefiting the citizens of southeastern Minnesota. Eligible applicants must also have a regularly meeting board. For complete information, please see the Grants Web pages on the SEMAC site. Grant applications are due October 1.

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is once again accepting applications for in-kind donations of musical instruments to underfunded music programs. Applicant schools may be public, charter, or private, but must be Title 1 and/or serving a population where 50% of kids qualify for the National Lunch Program. Applicant schools must have an established instrumental music program, such as an orchestra, concert band, or marching band, which takes place during the normal school day and is at minimum three years old. Schools offering Orff or classroom music are ineligible. Applicants must submit pre-qualification forms by August 1, after which selected schools will be invited to submit full applications. For application materials, please see the Apply for a Grant Web page.

Good Luck!

ACET Staff