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Grant Alerts: Foundation for Financial Planning, Action for Healthy Kids, and the NEA Foundation

April 17th, 2015

Grants between $5,000 and $300,000 are now available as a part of the Foundation for Financial Planning’s Normal Grant cycle. Awarding funds to nonprofit organizations for outreach activities and pro bono financial advice to underserved communities, the Foundation seeks to support one-on-one sessions with pro bono financial planners and sustainable programs. Programs are expected to deliver aid audiences in financial crisis, to support individuals in times of disaster, to provide financial life skills education, to empower people to take control of their financial lives at diverse socioeconomic levels, and provide unbiased financial advice. Eligible applicants must utilize local affiliates of financial planning organizations, if not financial planning professionals. Projects must also involve said professionals as community volunteers or partners. Please see the Grants & Programs Web page for complete information and other resources. The deadline for applications is April 30.

Action for Healthy Kids seeks to combat physical inactivity, childhood obesity and undernourishment by supporting healthful school changes. As a part of its Breakfast for Health Kids program, 1,000 schools will receive grants of up to $2,500 for the 2015-2016 school year to help fund school breakfast and physical activity programs. Amounts awarded will be based on school building enrollment, potential impact, project type, and the ability for a school to mobilize students and their parents around school wellness initiatives. For more information, please see the program link above. Applications are due May 1.

The charitable arm of the National Education Association (NEA) is offering grants of up to $2,000 to support public education support professionals, teachers, and/or faculty or staff at public institutions of higher education through professional development experiences. Grants of up to $5,000 are also available to support collegial group study projects, such as mentoring experiences, study groups, or action research. Eligible applicants must be pre-K-12 public school educators, public school education support professionals, or staff/faculty at a public institution of higher education. Education support professionals are especially encouraged to apply. Members of the NEA will be given preference. For complete information, please see the Learning & Leadership Grants Web page. The deadline for applications is June 1.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: ASAE Foundation, National Environmental Education Foundation, and the US Soccer Foundation

April 10th, 2015

Representing individuals and organizations across the United States and nearly 50 countries around the world, the ASAE Foundation is committed to advancing knowledge in nonprofit leadership and association management. Through its Metrics for Success program [opens PDF], a single grant of up to $35,000 will be awarded to a two-phase study designed to enhance understanding of the models and methods that associations uses to measure outcomes leading to mission attainment. Qualified investigators representing organizations, consultants with research expertise and interest in a relevant field of study, and institutes of higher education are encouraged to apply. Ideally, applicants will have knowledge of the nonprofit community (specifically for professional and trade associations), have already performed research on related topics, and can bring diverse academic and theoretical perspectives to the understanding of performance metrics. There is no restriction on eligibility for this program. For information about this grant and to access related materials, please see the Web page “What’s New in Research?” The deadline for applications is April 15.

Encouraging Americans to protect, maintain, and enjoy public lands through professional development, partnerships, and engagement, the National Environmental Education Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000 to help care for and engage local communities to help public lands, in partnership with Toyota Motor Sales USA. To be eligible for the Every Day Capacity Building Program, applicants must be 501(c)(3), community-based nonprofits that have been in operation for at least 2 years, with a mission focused on the responsible use and improvement on a public land site somewhere in the United States and involved in an established, collaborative relationship with a local public land site (which can be federal, state, regional, county, or city public land) for at least a year. For application materials, please see the Every Day Capacity Building Grants Web page. The next due date for applications is April 30.

More than 600 organizations have received grants from the U.S. Soccer Foundation since 1995 as part of its Safe Places to Play program, and the Foundation is once again offering grants of up to $50,000 to communities to help build or enhance a field space for children to play soccer. The funds may be used toward the installation of surfaces, irrigation, and lighting for the space. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, sovereign tribal nations, schools, municipalities, or institutes of higher education, applying on behalf of a project or program in the U.S. Letters of Interest for the summer grant cycle are due May 29. See the Our Grants Page for more information.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, National Storytelling Network, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

April 8th, 2015

Formerly known as the Doris Duke Artist Residencies to Build Demand for the Arts grant, the Building Demand for the Arts program, sponsored by the Charitable Foundation of the same name, supports artists and organizations in their efforts to develop audience demand for theater, jazz, and/or contemporary dance. Exploration Grants will award up to $40,000 to organizations in order to host artists for the purpose of brainstorming and planning ways to build demand for the arts, for between 30 days and 15 months. Implementation Grants will award up to $110,000 to organizations for the purpose of hosting artists, for between 90 days and 36 months, to implement and evaluate demand-building projects, programs, or activities. Interested organizations may only apply for one of the two grants. For complete information and to access application materials, please see the program Web page above. The deadline for filing a Letter of Intent is April 24.

The National Storytelling Network is currently taking applications for the 2015 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling, recognizing the transformative properties of storytelling as well as its capacity for change in communities and individuals. Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to storytelling projects that are based in a community or organization, are service-oriented, and are replicable in some way. Projects should have an impact beyond their own clients, organizations, or communities, inspire excellence in applied storytelling, and communicate its humanitarian possibilities to new audiences. Projects may involve various kinds of stories, including traditional tales and ad hoc narratives. Oral storytelling should be the main focus of the project, but the work need not be conducted by professional storytellers.  So long as they have suitable storytelling expertise and experience to draw upon it, naturalists, therapists, educators, or organizational practitioners, internal or external, may carry out the project. Areas of interest include community or organizational development, education curriculum at all levels, leadership, multicultural awareness, empowerment of the disabled, intergenerational initiatives, law, environmental education or activism, and substance abuse prevention. Preliminary applications are due April 30. Please see the Award Web page above for an FAQ, a list of previous recipients, and application materials.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) seeks to support teachers of mathematics incorporating lessons or materials engaging students in 6th through 8th grades in tasks or experiences that deepen content knowledge. Awards of up to $3,000 will be made available to fund the purchase of materials such as visual displays, books, videotapes, or other appropriate media. The award may not be used to purchase computers, calculators, and related equipment. Materials should focus on connecting mathematics to other fields, or to the wider world. Eligible applicants must have a full individual or e-membership to NCTM, or teach at a school with a current NCTM pre-K-8 membership (active on or before October 15, 2015). Proposals must address one or more Content Standards (algebra, number and operations, geometry, measurement) and a plan for developing and evaluating materials, as well as anticipated impact on student learning. Projects must be implemented between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. Past grant recipients are not eligible to re-apply. No person or persons may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year. Please see the Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grant Web page for more information and a list of past awardees. Proposals are due November 6.

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ACET Staff

Welcome, Angela!

April 6th, 2015

ACET, Inc. is pleased to welcome Angela Olander to our team as our new Administrative Coordinator. ACET has worked with Angela in various ways since 2006, but she will now be leveraging her considerable talents in operational management to assist with report and policy writing, program software management, and working with the diverse populations that our clients serve. We are excited to have her on board and as a part of our team!


ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: William T. Grant Foundation and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council

April 2nd, 2015

Seeking to improve the lives of youth ages 5 to 25, the William T. Grant Foundation seeks to support research on ways to reduce disparities in economic, academic, social, and behavioral outcomes for them. Grants of up to $600,000 will be awarded through the Understanding Inequality program. Preference will be given to projects exploring inequality related to racial/ethnic, language, economic, and language backgrounds. Research exploring other areas of inequality will also be considered, based on a compelling case for their impact. Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) tax exempt. For complete application materials, please see the Research Grants Web page here. The next due date for letters of inquiry is May 5.

Serving the Fillmore, Dodge, Goodhue, Freeborn, Mower, Houston, Steele, Rice, Olmsted, Winona, and Wabasha counties of Minnesota, the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council  is inviting grant applications from area nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists. For the current cycle, grants will be awarded in the following three categories:

  • General Operating Support: Up to $4,000 will be awarded to eligible organizations that have been offering programs for at least 3 years. Institutes of higher education are not eligible for this grant.
  • Artists in Education: Up to $3,000 will be awarded to support artist residencies. An artist residency is defined as an interactive arts activity involving artists, K-12 students, and their teachers that provides youth with a direct arts experience with artists that also encourages the artist’s professional development by providing a unique employment engagement and audience contact. Residency projects must be well-defined and between one and five full school days in length, culminating in an accessible, public capstone event.
  • Individual Artist Grants: Up to $5,000 will be awarded to emerging and established regional artists in the development of entirely original work. Works may include original literary or dramatic scripts, choreography, visual arts, musical composition, or interdisciplinary work. Original work must be earmarked for public showcase via a performance, exhibition, or publication in collaboration with a nonprofit organization.

Qualified projects in every category must include an accessible, public capstone event benefiting the citizens of southeastern Minnesota and must have a focus on the fine arts. Please see the Grant Categories Web page for complete information. The next deadline for applications is July 1.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Wild Ones and the National Endowment of the Arts

March 10th, 2015

Dedicated to promoting environmentally sound landscaping and the preservation of biodiversity, the nonprofit Wild Ones is offering grants of up to $500 in support of projects helping students develop an appreciation for nature through native plant species. The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund helps bring local nurseries, schools, and community volunteers together through the planning, creation, and maintenance of native plant communities in the form of nature trails, wetlands, butterfly gardens, and more. These native plant communities may be used in interpretive naturalism, as outdoor classrooms, and to help schools achieve green-school certification, among other things. Eligible applicants are places of learning educating elementary through high school students in the United States, inclusive of houses of worship and nature centers. Applicants must also have a site available for a project. The Fund’s Web page, linked above, has application materials, background information, and a list of previous awardees. Applications are due October 15.

Awards of $10,000 are now available through the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Challenge America Fast- Track grants program. This program offers small and midsize organizations the means to extend the arts to underserved populations, inclusive of those limited by disability, ethnicity, geography, and economics. Applicants are encouraged to partner with other organizations within and outside of the arts as appropriate to the project. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt and located in the United States. A minimum 100% funding match is required. Applicants may be units of state or local government, federally recognized tribal communities, local arts or education agencies, arts or art service organizations, or other bodies that can help advance the goals of the NEA. Eligible applicants must have a three-year programming history prior to the deadline for application, which is April 16. For complete information, please see the grants program Web page above.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Fisher House Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota, and Captain Planet Foundation

March 6th, 2015

Grants of up to $50,000 are now available to volunteer and 501(c)(3) organizations working to improve the quality of life for active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members, inclusive of veterans and their families, with innovative plans through the Fisher House Foundation. The Newman’s Own Awards support creative ways to help service members and their loved ones cope with the trials unique to their efforts in service to the United States. Funds may not be used to pay salaries or wages. Organizations that propose programming to take place on Department of Defense installations will be asked to present documentation that their programming has been approved for operation by the installation commander. For complete information and a list of previous awardees, please see the Awards Web page above. Applications are due April 29.

The Minnesota philanthropic arm of insurance firm Blue Cross Blue Shield is offering a total of up to $1 million in support of health equity across the state of Minnesota. Selected grantees will receive awards ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 per year for a maximum of two years supporting equitable systems, social connections, stability, and vibrancy for communities. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organizations within Minnesota or serving Minnesota. For complete application guidelines, please see the Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action Web page. Applications are due April 20.

The Captain Planet Foundation is once again offering up to $2,500 in awards to schools and nonprofit organizations for programming that motivates children to re-imagine the world and solutions to real world problems through exploration of the STEM disciplines. The Ecotech Grant program supports projects using innovation, technology, or nature-based design (ideal integrating environmental education). A total of 16 grants will be awarded. Preference will be given to applicants who have secure 100% of the award total in in-kind contributions or matching funds. Programming may either replicate an existing successful model, or use a new approach. Priority will be given to student-directed projects with easily replicable materials and examples of student work. Eligible applicants must be U.S.-located schools or nonprofits, and project leaders must be employed at the same school or nonprofit for the duration of the programming. Please see the Grant program Web page above to apply and learn about previous awardees. Applications are due April 30.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Greater Twin Cities United Way and College Board

February 25th, 2015

The Greater Twin Cities United Way invites 501(c)(3) organizations who are or plan to deliver services in the 9-county metro area to submit Intent to Apply forms for the Strengthening the Safety Net RFP. Joining the previously separate Goal Areas of Empowering Healthy Lives and Stabilizing Families, the Strengthening the Safety Net RFP seeks to create paths out of poverty for individuals and families through providing housing stability, access to health care, food security, safety, and independent living. In addition to receiving a multi-year monetary grant, funded organizations will become part of the United Way community and its network of community leaders, experts, and other agencies all motivated to improve that quality of life for all community members. A concept paper offering a preview of the RFP is currently available here [opens PDF].  For the official Intent to Apply form and more information, please see the RFP Web page linked above. The official RFP will be released in June.

Over $15,000 will be awarded to middle or high school arts programs as part of the College Board’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. A single award of $5,000 will be given to a selected school in each of the 3 categories. Additionally, one of the three awardees will named the national winner and will receive an additional $2,500. The following categories recognize the achievements of member institutions promoting student creativity and learning in grades 6 through 12.

Equity Through Arts: To be awarded to a middle or high school arts program that successfully uses the arts to increase academic engagement among its underserved student population. Examples of engagement may include increased attendance rates, increased college access and participation, increased awareness of and preparation for professional arts opportunities, and increased graduation rates.

Arts Integration: To be given to a middle or high school arts program that is innovative in its approach to cross-curricular study, connecting arts-based learning to the ideas, themes, and content of other K6-12 curricula. This may involve investigation into non-arts classrooms, the incorporation of non-arts content or ideas in to an arts curriculum, or a method of collaborative or parallel study between two or more areas of content.

Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: To be given to a middle or high school arts program fostering community engagement through arts experiences. This may include collaborations between students and local arts professionals or nonprofits, the development of original projects or fundraisers in collaboration with local or national nonprofits, or another means of using the arts to increase community involvement among youth.

Eligible organizations are College Board member institutions or member districts serving grades 6 through 12. Eligible programs must have been in place for one year at minimum prior to the application date. Previous awardees are not eligible, but previous applicants, including semi-finalists and honorable mentions, are encouraged to reapply. For complete information, please see the Award Web page here. The deadline for applications is April 13.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alert: Mary Kay Foundation

February 20th, 2015

Awarding a grant to at least one domestic shelter in every U.S. state, the Mary Kay Foundation’s Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program is once again accepting applications. Grants may be used for operating costs of any kind except staff travel.  Applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax exempt emergency shelters offering immediate overnight housing for survivors of domestic violence. Once the goal of awarding a grant to a shelter in every state is met, remaining funding will be distributed based on a state’s population. For complete information, please see the Program Web page above. Applications are due April 30.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Bush Foundation, ArtPlace America, and Blandin Foundation

February 13th, 2015

Schools, government entities, and 501(c)(3) public charities are invited to submit Letters of Intent for the Bush Foundation’s Postsecondary Education Initiative, funding innovative programs to help students fulfill their life and career ambitions. Priority will be given to programming that addresses racial and economic status-related achievement gaps and to assist youth not already on the path to success. Selected organizations will receive multiyear grants of at least $1 million. Proposed work must take place in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, or in any of the 23 Native nations sharing the same geographic area. Letters of Intent must be received by March 5. Please see the Initiative link above for complete information.

An eligible nonprofit organization in each of six geographical regions interested in incorporating cultural strategies and arts into its work may apply for ArtPlace America’s Community Development Investments program. One-time grants of up to $3 million are available for this purpose. Selected organizations will also be able to work with a research and community documentation team, a financial capital consortium, creative placemaking experts, and a federal grants advisory team. Eligible organizations must have a long-term vision and presence in their respective communities, no significant history of working in the field of culture and arts, be working to achieve a variety of social, physical, and economic outcomes in their respective areas, have a defined geographic area of focus, and must regularly partner and work across sectors to achieve positive community outcomes. Eligible geographic areas are:

  1. Communities of any size in California or Alaska;
  2. Non-metropolitan area communities in Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, or New Mexico;
  3. Metro area communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, or Florida; or
  4. One or more Philadelphia neighborhoods.

For application materials and other information, please see the Community Development Investments Call for Applications here. Applications are due March 12.

Itasca County, Minnesota students may apply for need-based 2015-2016 scholarships as a part of the Blandin Foundation’s Education Awards scholarship program. Awards of up to $4,000 are available both to high school students who have attended or have graduated from Bug-o-Nay-ge-Shig, Bigfork, Deer River, Blackduck, Greenway, Hill City, Remer, Northome, Grand Rapids, Nashwauk-Keewatin, or Northern Lights community high schools, or who could have even if they were home-schooled. Scholarships may be used towards a variety of secondary education forms, inclusive of 2- or 4-year colleges and universities and certification programs. Eligible applicants must be under the age of 25 as of September 1, 2015, be registered as a full time student (12 credits per semester) at an accredited 2- or 4-year trade school, college, or university, and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on need. For application materials, please see the Education Grants Web page. Applications are due May 1.

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ACET Staff