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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

Grant Alerts: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, College for Every Student, and KEEN Footwear

February 3rd, 2015

Grants of up to $4,000 are now available through the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) to support teachers of pre-K-5 in their pedagogical content knowledge and professional development. The 2015 School In-Service Training Grants exist to cover costs such as materials, registration fees for workshops or conferences, honoraria or consultant fees, and substitute time. Funds may not be used for equipment or staff travel, but while technology purchases are prohibited, proposals for professional development involving technology use to enhance student learning are encouraged. Eligible applicants are schools with current (as of April 24, 2015) NCTM pre-K-8 school memberships. For complete information, please see the Grants Web page above. Applications are due May 4.

College For Every Student (CFES) exists to help underserved students get to and through college and ready to enter the 21st century workforce. As part of its annual program, five schools will receive funding to support programs that prepare low-income students for college and careers: 2 schools will receive 100% program funding for 3 years, and 3 schools will receive 50% funding for 3 years. The latter will be asked to source additional matching support. In addition to funding, CFES will provide schools with a customizable framework to implement three core practices into programs: leadership through service, mentoring, and pathways to college. Program educators, volunteers, and other partners will receive professional development to assist them in building the program and become part of a supportive and global network. Eligible applicants are middle or high schools in the United States where at least 50% of the student population comes from low-income households. For more information and materials, please see the Closing the Gap Awards Web page. Applications are due March 1.

Oregon retailer KEEN Footwear awarded 25 grants to nonprofits both in the United States and abroad as part of its KEEN Effect program last year, supporting organizations that promote responsible enjoyment of the outdoors. In 2015, 10 grants of $10,000 to organizations that inspire responsible outdoor participation to introduce new audiences to the outdoors, promote sustainable, creative thinking, and build strong communities. The public is invited to nominate nonprofit organizations aligned with KEEN’s core values for consideration. While applications will be accepted year-round, those accepted by March 1 will be considered for the first round of winners to be announced on Earth Day, April 22. Applications submitted after March 1 but before August 1 will be considered for the final round, to be announced on National Public Lands Day, September 26. For more information, see the program Web page above.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Hadassah Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and RedRover

January 29th, 2015

One year grants of up to $40,000 are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofits or their fiscal sponsors in the United States supporting gender-sensitive social-change projects developing the capabilities and leadership skills of women and girls in the Jewish community between the ages of 12 and 30 are now available through the Hadassah Foundation. Training programs and gender-sensitive curricula in the same vein will also be considered. Applicants are required to identify the specific leadership skills and capabilities their programs intend to develop as well as the metrics that will be used to chart progress. Preference will be given to organizations that can provide training using gender-sensitive material, either during the grant year or the year following. For complete information, please review the materials here (opens Box.com). The deadline for applications is February 17.

Nonprofit arts organizations (as well as fiscal sponsors to artists) that support the creation, development, and production of new works in Minnesota and New York City are invited to apply for General Program Grants through the Jerome Foundation. The foundation seeks to support programs and organizations demonstrating an ongoing, substantial commitment to emerging artists, and will give priority to those that foster deep, sustained engagements between the artist and the organization. Applications will be accepted from and across all arts disciplines, but programs are required to provide artists with adequate payment and offer substantial opportunities for the artist to advance their work and recognition. Applicant organizations must have their operation and primary office in Minnesota or New York City. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. To apply and acquire other materials, please see the General Program Grants page above.

Pet crisis services provider RedRover is once again offering grants of up to $6,000 as part of its Domestic Violence Safe Housing Grants program to emergency shelter organizations to provide temporary housing to the pets of domestic violence victims. These are one-time grants to be used as project start-up funding, and it is expected that funds will enable the housing of at least one pet within a year of project completion. Approximately 10-12 grants will be disseminated in 2015. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) tax exempt and must have the primary mission of sheltering domestic violence victims. Please see the Grants Web page above to apply. The deadline for applications is May 15.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Arts Midwest and Wellmark Foundation

January 27th, 2015

A national theater program from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest, Shakespeare in American Communities provides underserved middle- and high school-students across the country with professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Nonprofit theater companies or units of state or local United States government are invited to apply for grants, averaging around $25,000, to fund performances and related educational activities for a minimum of 10 schools. Grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Eligible applicants must compensate all professional performers and related or supporting personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation. Applicants must have a minimum of three years providing performances and educational activities to middle and/or high schools and must have produced Shakespeare or other classically based repertoire in the past five years. Complete materials can be viewed as part of the program’s Request for Proposals. The deadline for applications is February 25.

The Wellmark Foundation is offering grants of up to $25,000 in support of sustainable, innovative, community-based prevention and wellness initiatives. The charitable arm of health insurance agency Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa is focused on efforts in either South Dakota or Iowa that engage in such activities as the promotion of obesity prevention solutions in school settings, outreach and education explaining the principles and best practices of active living, the advancement of locally sourced food solutions and nutrition immersion, developing safe accessible venues for physical activity and active transportation, and support connections between health and local food systems, among others. Eligible applicants be either government entities or 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and programs seeking funding must operate exclusively in Iowa or South Dakota. You can learn more about this opportunity at the Foundation’s Health Communities Small Grant Program on their Traditional Grants Web page. The due date for applications is February 23.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: Massage Therapy Foundation and Retirement Research Foundation

January 23rd, 2015

The mission of the Massage Therapy Foundation is to advance “the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service.” To this end, $5,000 grants are being offered to 501(c)(3) nonprofits or affiliates that have been in operation for at least one year and provide therapeutic or other service programs in their community, especially those who currently have little to no access to such service. This Community Service program is intended to facilitate working partnerships between community-based organizations and the massage therapy profession. For complete information, please see the Community Service Grants Web page. Applications are due April 1.

The Retirement Research Foundation seeks to fund projects with foci in advocacy, education, direct services, and training for professionals that work with elders, as well as research investigating causes and solutions to significant challenges faced by elders. These Responsive Grants are intended for local and national projects designed to improve the quality of life for elder Americans. The local focus of eligible projects must be in Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, or Missouri, but projects of national relevance anywhere in the United States will be considered. Proposals will next be considered on February 2, but will also be considered in May and August. See the Responsive Grants link above for more information.

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ACET Staff

Grant Alerts: National Endowment of the Arts, Lawrence Foundation, and American College Health Association

January 20th, 2015

The Big Read, a National Endowment of the Arts program managed by Arts Midwest, is once again offering grants between $2,500 and $20,000 to nonprofits developing reading programs between September 2015 and June 2016. Funding may be used for activities such as lectures, author readings, theatrical performances, or music, film, or dance events, among other possibilities. Approved expenses include salaries, travel, advertising, and book purchases. Activities must focus on a poet or book from the Big Read Library and music encourage reading and participation by diverse local audiences. Previous grantees may reapply, but must select a different reading choice from previous programming. Selected organizations will receive access to online training resources and promotional materials in addition to their grant. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, divisions of tribal, local, or state government, or tax exempt public libraries. Grants must be matched one-to-one with non-federal funds. From these, a total of 75 recipients will be chosen from communities of varying sizes across the United States. For more information, please see the Guidelines Web page of The Big Read. Hurry, the deadline for applications is January 28.

The Lawrence Foundation seeks to fund 501(c)(3) organizations, libraries, and public schools in support of programs related to education, disaster relief, human services, and the environment, among others. Churches, private foundations, for-profit businesses, and religious, charter, and magnet schools are not eligible for funding through this foundation. Funding is subject to a strictly defined set of guidelines laid out here. The deadline for applications is April 30.

The American College Health Foundation, the charitable wing of the American College Health Association (ACHA), seeks to fund a unique program addressing an issue related to the well-being and retention of college students with a single grant of $5,000. The project should be based on published research, measureable in its impact, creative in its approach, and enhance the lives of students who participate in it. The focus of this grant is on wellness, measuring existing knowledge of and instituting outreach and information delivery to students, inclusive of at-risk populations, in novel ways. Eligible applicants must be ACHA members or employed at ACHA-member institutions. For complete information and application materials, please see the Aetna Student Health Award here. Applications are due January 31.

ACHA is also offering a single grant of $2,500, sponsored by the Stephan D. Weiss Foundation and the Weiss Fund, to support efforts promoting and improving mental health care quality for college students. As with the Aetna Award above, eligible programs for the Stephan D. Weiss Award should be measureable, creative, and supportive of programs that are successful in improving student retention among those who might otherwise not finish school due to mental health issues. As above, eligible applicants must be enrolled at ACHA member institutions. Preference shall be given to graduate students at member institutions who are engaged in mental health professional training. Applications for this award are also due January 31. Please see the ACHA Web page here for more information.

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ACET Staff