The U.S. Soccer Foundation is currently accepting letters of inquiry for its Safe Places to Play program, providing grants of up to $50,000 to install soccer field surfaces, lighting, and field space irrigation in urban settings. Funds may be used to build a new field or enhance an existing one, allowing children in underserved communities safe places to be active and healthy. Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, tribal nations, colleges or universities, schools, or municipalities applying on behalf of a program or project operating in the United States. The applicant must possess at least 50% of the funding necessary to complete the project as well as a minimum 10-year land lease or land use agreement for the land where the field is or will be built. Work must be done by a U.S. Soccer Foundation Corporate Partner vendor. Safe Places to Play grants are mostly in-kind grants, functioning as a credit with the respective vendor. The deadline for letters of inquiry is January 29, 2016. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by February 5, 2016. Please see the program Web page above for more information.
The philanthropic arm of the National Education Association (NEA) is currently accepting applications for grants supporting professional development opportunities for public school teachers, support professionals, and faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education. Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to individuals, and grants of $5,000 are available to groups engaged in collegial study. These grants, from the Learning and Leadership Grants program, may be used to fund experiences such as summer institutes or action research, study groups, lesson study, or mentoring for new faculty or staff. Eligible applicants are pre-K-12 public school educators, public school education support professionals (who the Foundation encourages to apply), or faculty or staff of public institutions of higher education. Preference will be given to NEA members. Please see the Learning and Leadership Grants Web page for complete information. Applications are due February 1, 2016.
The Sodexo Foundation, in partnership with Youth Service America, is once again releasing grants of $400 each to youth-led service projects bringing youth, families, Sodexo employees, and other community members together to address childhood hunger. A total of 125 grants will be made in all. Youth in the United States ages 5 through 25 are eligible to apply. Projects will take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 15-17, 2016. This year, the partnership will also offer sustainability grants through its Summer of Service program, where youth grant recipients will have the opportunity to expand their projects beyond Global Youth Service Day. For complete information and application materials, please see the Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants Web page here. Applications are due January 15, 2016.