Read on to learn more about recent grant
listings and requests for proposals and other opportunities
for your Clubs.
We R Native Community Service Mini-grants
American Indian and Alaska Native youth, 13-21 years old, can apply for a mini-grant from We R Native to fund their community service project. Youth must be paired with an adult mentor who will oversee their project. We R Native will help youth brainstorm a project, provide a mini-grant up to $475, and promote the project on their social media channels. Applications are rolling, but We R Native advises applicants to apply no later than two weeks before the project is expected to begin. To apply, go to http://bit.ly/13Ivl9d.
Amount: Up to $475
Request for 2013 Youth & Grief Training Grant Applications
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has partnered with the New York Life Foundation to provide trainings, materials, and webinars about youth and grief to the Movement. Through this partnership, BGCA is requesting grant funding applications for Clubs who wish to: host a free “Youth and Grief” workshop for staff, collaborate with mental health organizations that provide grief and bereavement counseling, and host a family night during which that organization presents its services. A grant of $3,000 is available for the grant period of February 4, 2013 to December 20, 2013 for 10 organizations. Click here to download the application. For more information or with questions, please contact Sharon Hemphill at (404) 487-5826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need help writing a grant proposal for a program? Check out BGCA’s sample proposals.
Are you completing an application for pass-through funding? Check out these helpful hints.
Need to make a case for the effectiveness of a program? Check out Proven Results (view in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat), a summary of BGCA's program evaluations.
Let’s Move! in Indian Country Physical Activity Challenge
It’s summertime, which means there are plenty of opportunities for physical activity at the Club. Join Let’s Move! in Indian Country and sign up for its physical activity challenge, which supports the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+). This challenge is for anyone, from students to seniors, but it’s geared toward people who want to set themselves on the road to a healthier life through positive changes to physical activity and eating behaviors. Plus, your Club members and adult leaders will earn an award upon completion. To learn more about PALA+ challenge, go to www.presidentschallenge.org/challenge/active/index.shtml. Register members of your Club by visiting http://bit.ly/PMPVmu.
Walmart Local Community Contribution Program
Communities with Walmart stores, logistics facilities or Sam’s Clubs can receive support from the Walmart Local Community Contribution Program for local nonprofits, government agencies, K-12 schools and higher education institutions. Churches and faith-based programs with projects that address community needs also qualify for this assistance. To be eligible, organizations must focus on one of the following areas: education, workforce development/economic opportunity, health and wellness, environmental sustainability or hunger relief.
Amount: $250 − $5,000
Deadline: Rolling between February 1 and December 1 annually
Pacific Power Foundation Grants for the Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Power Foundation provides grants to communities in Northern California, Oregon and Central/Southeastern Washington in the following categories: Education, which includes K-12 and higher education institutions, literacy organizations and scholarship funds; Civic and Community, which targets environmental issues, housing and urban renewal, and justice and law; Arts and Culture, which focuses on performing arts, heritage foundations, and libraries; and Health, Welfare and Social Services, which supports United Ways, hospitals, health and human service agencies, and youth services.
Deadline: Varies by grant
Amount: $2,000 - $5,000
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Summer Programs
Sign up for one of three different summer programs with the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado. These programs range from one to three weeks and are for middle and high school students interested in studying archaeology. Students will learn about the past through hands-on activities, lively discussions, and unique field trips. The center also offers scholarships specifically for Native American students to cover program costs and room and board. For more information, call 1-800-422-8975 ext. 146.
Deadline: Varies by program
Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program
Wells Fargo is committed to improving the bank’s local communities across the country through grants and volunteer activities. The funding priorities of the Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program vary from state to state; however, the bank generally supports the following areas of interest: community development, including housing, job training, economic development, and programs for small businesses and farms; education, including K-12 education with an emphasis on math/science and financial literacy programs; human services, including healthcare and basic needs; and arts, culture, and civic projects. Visit the website and click on a state in order to review the local funding guidelines and application procedures.
Teach @ 15 Award
Best Buy has grants available to help schools serving grades 7-12 to meet their technology needs.
Interested? Click here.
Amount: Up to $1,500
Native Youth Inspirational Story Exchange
Do you know a young person with a great story of motivation, overcoming barriers, reaching goals or Native pride? Encourage that youth to submit their story to the Center for Native American Youth’s Native Youth Inspirational Story Exchange. The Center will review and post submissions on its website in an effort to empower and support youth across Indian Country. To share a story, go to http://cnay.org/ShareStories.html.
Study Abroad Opportunity in Turkey
The Turkish Coalition of America wants to increase the number of minority students who study abroad. In partnership with Diversity Abroad 100 scholarships will be awarded to minority students, including Native Americans, to use to study in Turkey. Undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted into a program in Turkey or the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus for a semester or a summer are eligible to apply to receive these awards.
Do Something Seed Grants
A national nonprofit, Do Something trains, funds and mobilizes youth to be leaders in their communities. U.S. and Canadian citizens, ages 25 or younger, can access Do Something Seed Grants to create a community action project or continue an existing program. Past projects have included a community-run organic farm, a youth-written literary magazine for women of color and an organization that teaches sick kids how to fly.
Amount: A $500 grant is awarded each week
Partner with the Coca-Cola Foundation
Nonprofits worldwide that address community needs can partner with the Coca-Cola Foundation, which supports programs that focus on one of four categories: Water Stewardship: Promotes access to clean water and sanitation, watershed protection in water-stressed regions, utilization of water, and water conservation. Healthy and Active Lifestyles: Encourages physical activity and nutritional education programs, programs that motivate behavior modification, and programs that encourage lifestyle/behavioral changes. Community Recycling: Aims to stop littering and promotes recovery and reuse, community recycling awareness, and research and innovation. Education: Focuses on scholarships, school drop-out prevention, access to education programs, and other education initiatives. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the community request guidelines and application procedures.
Center for Native American Youth communications internship
The Center for Native American Youth is accepting applications on a rolling basis for a communications intern. The intern will focus largely on organizing and managing communications lists for development opportunities and outreach. In addition, the intern help organize the Center’s website and social media presence. Applicants should have an interest in American Indian and Alaska Native issues and preferably have some experience in communications or development projects. The internship is unpaid, will be located at the Aspen Institute headquarters office in Washington, D.C. and requires a minimum of 20 hours per week.
The WannaPlay Fund
The NAMM Foundation provides musical instruments to students with a demonstrated need and the school and organizations that serve them.More information about this opportunity can be found on the NAMM Foundation website.
Amount: $1,000 - $5,000
Rapid Response/Special Opportunities in Drug Policy
The Drug Policy Alliance wishes to fund organizations to promote policy change and advance drug policy reform at the local, state and national levels.To learn more, click here.
Deadline: First business day of the month
Amount: $15,000 - $20,000
Becoming a Food Bank Agency
Walmart and Feeding America are helping out Native Clubs across the country by providing low-cost food opportunities. In May of 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced their commitment to end domestic hunger through a $2 billion cash and in-kind promise with Feeding America. Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, is providing a great opportunity for Native Clubs to access minimal-cost food at any of their 202 local member food banks. There are no fees to apply. The Native Clubs will need to prove their 501 (c)(3) status. (This can be done by sending a copy of their IRS Determination Letter with their application.) The prices of food may vary but are in the range of $0.18 per pound for meat and snack foods, $0.09 for produce and bread. For more information, click here and refer to the Food Bank Agency Site Information Sheet. For any further assistance, please contact Jenny Schroeder at email@example.com or 605.301.4808.
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
The U.S. Bancorp Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life for the residents of the communities served by the bank in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The Foundation’s areas of interest include affordable housing, self-sufficiency, economic development, education, and artistic and cultural enrichment. Grant application deadlines vary by area of interest and location. Visit the bank’s website to review the Foundation’s grant guidelines and submit an online application.
Costco Wholesale Corporate Contributions Program
The Costco Wholesale Corporate Contributions Program supports nonprofit organizations in company operating communities throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as international locations. Grants and product donations are provided to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that address the areas of children's issues, education, and health and human services. Local organizations should submit requests to the Warehouse Manager at the nearest Costco. Grant or donation requests which impact a broader region should go through the appropriate regional office. Requests may be submitted throughout the year.
Visit the company’s website to review the donation and grant eligibility guidelines.
GTECH After-School Advantage Program
GTECH provides nonprofit community agencies and public schools with state-of-the-art computer labs. Nonprofit community agencies or public schools with an existing after-school program that serves disadvantaged youth aged five to 15 are eligible to apply. For more information, click here.
Amount: Multiple awards of up to $15,000 worth of computers, online technology and computer software.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to their larger community and society. The Foundation approach is one of whole child development: ensuring the emotional, social, cognitive, physical, cultural, and civic development of young children, ages 0-8, within the context of families and communities. The Foundation’s work embodies a commitment to racial equity and civic and community engagement. Its Educated Kidsfocus area aims to increase the number of children who are ready for school and in school settings that put them on a trajectory to be reading and math proficient before third grade.
To learn more, click here.
El Pomar Foundation
The El Pomar Foundation promotes the current and future well being of the people of Colorado through grant making and community stewardship. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations throughout the state. In recent years, the Foundation has increased its support of organizations located in regions outside Colorado's front range. The Foundation’s areas of interest include health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives. Currently the Foundation is placing emphasis on assisting those most affected by the difficult economic situation. Requests may be submitted at any time. Grant application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation
The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities where Lowe's operates stores and distribution centers throughout the United States. Grants are provided for community improvement initiatives and K-12 public education projects. Funding priorities for community improvement initiatives include park, neighborhood, and community facility enhancements; outdoor learning programs; and community clean-ups. Funding priorities for public education projects include construction-related education initiatives; playground enhancements; clean-up, landscaping, and painting projects; and minor repair of public school buildings. Visit the company’s website to take the eligibility test and submit an online application.
Amount: $5,000 - $25,000
Singing for Change
Jimmy Buffett’s SFC Charitable Foundation has multiple grants to award to programs that are concerned with the health, education and protection of children and their families, fostering self-esteem and self-sufficiency, nonviolence and creative problem solving.
Interested? Click here.
Amount: $500 - $10,000
The Fender Music Foundation
The Fender Music Foundation has grants to provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music. More information can be found here.
Amount: $500 - $5,000
Daniels Fund Grants Program
The Daniels Fund Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming that work to ensure that all individuals have an equal opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. The Fund’s grantmaking priority areas include: aging, alcoholism and substance abuse, amateur sports, disabilities, education, homeless and disadvantaged, and youth development. Grant amounts vary considerably and depend on the scope of the proposed program and the consistency with the Fund’s priority areas. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Fund’s website to review the application guidelines and forms. Learn more
21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)
In addressing its primary goal of ensuring that academic enrichment opportunities are available to students who are not meeting state standards in core academic areas, 21st CCLC funding can be used to provide a broad array of services, such as: Youth development activities; drug and violence prevention programs; recreation programs; and character education programs that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students. Click here for more information.
The Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development
The Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples throughout the Americas. The Fund's primary grantmaking program areas include: Arts and Cultural Expression, Environmental Health and Justice, Human Rights, Sacred Earth, Sustainable Communities, Intergenerational Leadership, and Women's Leadership. Grants from $500 to $5,000 are provided three times per year to Native communities that address one or more of the Fund's program areas. (Mini-grants of up to $500 are reviewed throughout the year.) Application guidelines and a cover sheet form are available on the Fund's website.
Do Something Youth Grants for Disaster Preparedness Projects
Do Something and the Dunkin Brands Community Foundation have partnered to offer Disaster Grants to young people across the United States and Canada. The weekly grant program will help support young people with ideas for community service projects around the themes of disaster preparedness and emergency response. Possible project ideas include rebuilding homes in New Orleans, planning an emergency coat drive for families in crisis during the winter months, or collecting toys for kids who have been through a natural disaster. For further information, visit the Do Something website.
Do Something Offering Weekly Grants for Young Social Entrepreneurs
Do Something and Plum TV are offering grants of $500 each to social entrepreneurs, age 25 and younger, in the U.S. who have recently created a sustainable project, program, or organization and need funding to further the growth and success of their program. Plum TV grants are given out weekly. Find out how to apply.
Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation
The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada that enhance the quality of life for children, families, and pets. The Foundation’s grant categories include children's health and wellness, domestic pets, and literacy and education. Individual project grants as well as organization program grants are provided. Priority is given to nonprofit organizations located near Build-A-Bear Workshop stores. For 2011, the Foundation will accept grant requests from March until October. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines for each of the grant categories and submit an online application.
American Honda Foundation
The American Honda Foundation is offering a grant for non-profits and educational institutions to fund youth-related projects in the fields of youth and science education. Founded in 1984, this organization provides grants to organizations that are focused on educating youth. The American Honda Foundation has awarded over $20 million in grants. Click here for more information.
Amount: $40,000 to $80,000
Deadlines: May 1, August 1, November 1, February 1
Lego Systems Establishes Lego Children's Fund to Support Youth Creativity Programs
Lego Systems Inc., the Americas (North America and Latin America) division of the Lego Group, has announced the formation of the Lego Children's Fund, a nonprofit foundation established to support organizations and programs dedicated to inspiring and encouraging youth creativity, thereby improving their quality of life and preparing them for the future. The fund will make cash grants to nonprofit organizations in the United States with programs dedicated to a child's exploration of creativity that cater to children ages birth to 14, with priority consideration for disadvantaged or at-risk youth. The fund's cash grants will generally range between $500 and $5,000 each. Additionally, the fund aims to make one $100,000 grant per year to a single organization identified and selected by the fund's board of directors.The fund will award grants to qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations including educational organizations with specific, identifiable needs primarily in these areas of support: early childhood education and development; technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities; and sport or athletic programs that concentrate on underserved youth.
The fund will provide grants quarterly: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Grant program guidelines and applications are the available at the Lego Children's Fund Web site.
Indian Community Development Block Grant Program (ICDBG)
Applications for HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages are now available. Tribes and tribal organizations are eligible to apply and funds may be used to build new community facilities such as a Boys & Girls Club. Up to 15% of the total grant may be set aside for public service activities like youth development/crime prevention programming offered by the Club. For more information, click here
The Charlotte Martin Foundation
The Charlotte Martin Foundation offers grants for various projects benefitting youth in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The program areas include: athletics, culture and education. Want more information? Click here.
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