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Grant Alerts: Road Runners Club of America, Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation, and Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation

August 18th, 2014

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and running clubs as part of the Road Runners Club of America’s Kids Run the Nation Fund, helping clubs, schools, and events to sustain or create a youth running program. Funds may be used for usage or offset fees for a local running track or park, hydration supplies, website and marketing material creation, and mileage logs or other written materials. Youth running clubs must motivate kids to run regularly, rather than for the purpose of participating in a single event. Middle and elementary schools providing an organized afterschool running program are eligible for application, as are any other organizations with 501(c)(3) designation. The deadline for applications is October 1. Complete information can be found at the Fund Web page above.

A national program acknowledging the crucial role of child care teachers in providing high quality child care, the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation will award 50 child care teachers with between $500 and $1,000 as well as an additional $500 for a classroom enhancement project. The top ten qualifiers will additionally become finalists for the Helene Marks Award for the National Childcare Teacher of the Year. Applicants must be teachers of infants, toddlers, or pre-school aged children, but may reside in any of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or any U.S. military base or installation. Eligible applicants have been working full time in a group, home, or center-based program that is fully compliant with local and state regulations for child care program operation for a minimum of 36 months, consecutively. For complete application information and a list of past winners, please see the Terry Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Awards Web page here. Applications are due by December 8.

The Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation is offering one-year grants of up to $5,000 to support projects encouraging parental and community involvement in local schools through a creation or enhancement of a facility or space, such as the clean-up or installation of a playground. Funds from the Toolbox for Education program can be used as part of a large-scale project so long as funds are used to complete a phase of the project in the year of the grant award. Applicants must be public K-12 schools or nonprofit parental groups associated with schools with 501(c)(3) status and an independent EIN. Preschools are not eligible. The application process will be closed once 1,500 applications have been received. Please see the program Web page above for complete details. The deadline for applications is October 15.


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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: U.S. Soccer Foundation, Baseball Tomorrow Fund, and the Seventh Generation Fund

August 13th, 2014

Letters of Intent are now being accepted by the U.S. Soccer Foundation to develop and enhance safe places to play across the nation. Grants of up to $200,000 will be made to programs or projects based in the U.S. to install lighting, surfaces, and irrigation for field space in urban settings, allowing children in those areas the opportunity to play soccer. Eligible applicants must be sovereign tribal nations, municipalities, schools, colleges or universities, or 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Letters of Intent must be received by September 24. After review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications by October 1. For complete information and information about past grant recipients, please see the Safe Places to Play program Web page.

A joint initiative of the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award an average of $40,000 to selected nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations operating youth baseball and/or softball facilities and programs. Organizations need not be based in the U.S. to apply. Funding is intended for incremental programming and facilities for youth softball and baseball programs, not normal operating expenses or to be used in substitution of fundraising activities or existing funding. Funds may be used to finance, expand, or improve new or existing programs, embark on collaborative efforts, or obtain necessary equipment or facilities. For complete information, please see the Fund’s Web page here. The deadline for applications is October 1.

Dedicated to the self-determination of Native peoples and their sovereignty in their distinct nations, the Seventh Generation Fund supports Indigenous-initiated and –led community-based organizations and their projects in the following program areas:

  • Women’s Leadership – Advocating for and protecting the role of women as leaders in Native communities.
  • Intergenerational Leadership Initiative – Supporting cultural leaders, elders, and youth engaged in community organizing related to environmental justice, cultural health, and social equity.
  • Environmental Health and Justice – Supporting Native peoples in frontline grassroots action, community organizing, and advocacy related to environmental and social justice.
  • Human Rights – Supporting the initiation and continuation of strategic alliances between Native peoples, empowering them to participate in human rights advocacy at all levels and in all forms.
  • Sustainable Communities – Supporting Native grassroots community-based projects focused on holistic community health and renewal.
  • Arts and Cultural Expression – Supporting grassroots Native communities and cultural arts organizations with a priority for holistic community health and cultural renewal efforts achieved through traditional and contemporary art forms employed to express cultural diversity.

Grants range between $600 and $5,000. Eligible organizations and projects must be led by an 80% Indigenous/Native majority and board of directors accomplishing its work within the community it serves, be it urban, rural, or reservation, and engaged at all project levels. Eligible organizations have an annual operating budget of less than $150,000. For complete eligibility information, please see the Fund’s Grant Application Web page. Applications are due by September 15.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Bush Foundation

August 12th, 2014

A minimum of 10 organizations will be given unrestricted grants of $100,000 each to engage communities in integrating the arts into public life as part of the Bush Foundation’s Community Creativity Cohort, This program is a one-time effort that will inform the Foundation’s future efforts in the arts by identifying and strengthening the things that engage people in the arts and the arts in society. Eligible organizations must be government entities, schools, or 501(c)(3) nonprofits located in North or South Dakota, Minnesota, or any of the 23 Native nations within the same geography. Organizations without 501(c)(3) status may apply through a fiscal sponsor. Ideal organizations will have a proven record of engaging citizens with the arts and who seek to support and build leadership and economic and racial equity through their work. Applications will be accepted today, August 12, through October 16 via the Bush Foundation’s application system.


The Bush Foundation is also offering grants between $500 and $200,000 to the same organization types and within the same geographic locations as the Community Creativity Cohort for the purpose of collaborative, inclusive, and resourceful community problem-solving as part of the Community Innovation Grants program. The Foundation is partnering with the South Dakota Community Foundation, The Consensus Council, and the Headwaters Foundation for Justice to review grants from $500 to $10,000 quarterly, and applicants are advised to direct requests for this level of funding to the organization most applicable to them. For funding requests above $10,000, applicants are advised to apply directly through the Bush Foundation’s system. Applications will be accepted through October 9. For complete information and a list of recipients from the previous funding cycle, please see the Community Innovation Grants Web page linked above.


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ACET Staff

Grant Alert: Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

August 8th, 2014

Grassroots community organizing nonprofits are invited to apply for single-year grants of up to $20,000 as part of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program. Grants may be used to support both operational and program costs. Applicants must be based in the United States, have annual budgets of $500,000, be constituent-led, and use direct action, grassroots, and/or community organizing strategies to accomplish goals in the areas of social and environmental justice and sustainable and just food systems. For complete information and application materials, please see the program Web page above. Pre-proposals must be received by October 15, and selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals in January of 2015.


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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: CompareCards and the National Endowment for the Humanities

July 31st, 2014

The credit card comparison company CompareCards is offering four grants of $5,000 each to schools in the U.S. to support pre-existing programs that teach financial literacy in K-12 schools as part of its FLY program. Applicant schools may be private, public, or charter schools. Priority will be given to programs that reach a broad range of students and that implement or are looking to implement a curriculum that teaches students how to build beneficial financial habits. The applicant must also share its overall results with CompareCards. The deadline for applications is September 26. Please see the program Web page above for application materials.

Designed to strengthen and enrich humanities education and scholarship at community colleges, the National Endowment for the Humanities will award grants of up to $120,000 to projects that develop new programs, enhance the humanities content of existing programs, or lays the foundation for future endeavors. For the Endowment’s Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges program, projects must draw on sound scholarship related to the theme of Bridging Cultures, involve scholars with appropriate expertise, improve the quality of related course offerings at a community college or community college system, engage participating faculty in shared readings of important related texts, and create opportunities for results dissemination. Any U.S. nonprofit with tax-exempt status is eligible, as are federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and state and local government agencies. Planning and implementation must involve a partnership between a community college or college system and another institution with appropriate resources, such as a research library, museum, professional association, or university. The deadline for applications is August 21. Please see the program Web page above for complete information.

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ACET Staff

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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ACET Staff