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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.

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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.

 

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ACET Staff

Grant Alert: Project Learning Tree

September 8th, 2014

As part of its GreenWorks! grants program, environmental literacy and stewardship organization Project Learning Tree is offering three categories of grants to support students in making their schools greener and healthier.

 

  1. Traditional GreenWorks! will award up to $1,000 to environmental projects that give students a voice, employ service-learning, and involve at least one community partner. Applicants must secure a minimum of 50% in matching funds. In-kind donations are acceptable.
  2. PLT GreenSchools grants provide up to $2,000 to projects meeting all the parameters of traditional GreenWorks! grant funding. Applicants must be public or private schools registered with Project Learning Tree and with an established Green Team that have completed one or more GreenSchools! Investigations and are proposing a project based on the findings of one or more such investigations.
  3. ClimateChangeLIVE grants are awarded to projects that meet all traditional GreenWorks! parameters. Applicants must also have participated in at least one ClimateChangeLIVE event or webinar. Up to $1,000 is available for ClimateChangeLIVE projects.

Eligible applicants are Project Learning Tree-trained educators from any of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Applicants are due by September 30. To learn more and to review lists of previous award winners, please see the GreenWorks! Web page above.

 

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, Target Corporation, and the National YoungArts Foundation

August 28th, 2014

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.

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ACET Staff

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