Named after the rugby player, the mission of The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation is “to raise awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying and to raise funds to support those doing real-world work to stop it.” The Foundation is currently offering grants of up to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations to support projects and programs designed to stop bullying, help those harmed by bullying, and/or help to increase diversity and equality in sports. Requests for event sponsorship, performances, or film or movie production will not be accepted. Eligible organizations must be U.S.-based and 501(c)(3) tax exempt. For complete information and application materials, please see the Foundation’s Request Funding Web page. Applications are due November 30 for December review.
Retail corporation Target is currently accepting applications for its Field Trip Grants program. Grants fund visits to science, art, and cultural museums, career enrichment opportunities, civic or community service projects, and other activities or events away from school. Grants may be used to cover the costs of food, supplies, ticket fees, transportation, or other resource materials. More than 3,600 grants of up to $700 are expected to be awarded in January 2015. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 school (public, private, or charter) maintaining 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status. Principals, teachers, educators, paraprofessionals, or classified staff at the institution must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that provides a demonstrable student learning experience. For complete eligibility and rules, please check here. Applications are due September 30.
The National YoungArts Foundation provides opportunities to emerging artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12 to work with recognized mentors, achieve national recognition, access scholarships and other resources to ensure that outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue arts careers. Each year, up to 700 students across the United States are granted up to $10,000 each in ten artistic disciplines: voice, design, cinematic arts, photography, jazz, visual arts, theater, music, writing, and dance. Additionally, winners will have the chance to attend Foundation programs, workshops, exhibitions, performances, interdisciplinary activities, and master classes. Applicants must be citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories between the ages of 15 and 18 as of December 1, 2014, or in grades 10, 11, or 12. International students studying in the U.S. on a student visa are also eligible to apply. Eligibilty may be extended on a case-by-case basis so long as the applicant’s birth date falls within 90 days before or after designated guidelines. The deadline for applications is October 17. For complete information, please see the Foundation’s Apply Web page here.