We all want to make our communities – and our planet – greener, safer, healthier, fairer, and stronger. Youth Service America (YSA) believes that empathy is key to improving the world. YSA is partnering with Hasbro’s signature philanthropic initiative, BE FEARLESS BE KIND, to encourage young people to stand up for others, include everyone, and take action when they see a problem.

The BE FEARLESS BE KIND grants give young people an opportunity to put their empathy, passion, and creativity into action as they help make the world a better place!

YSA empowers youth to “lead ASAP” through Awareness, Service, Advocacy, and Philanthropy. When youth #LeadASAP, they acquire the skills they need to be successful in life – skills like empathy, creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

Organizations or K-12 schools that provide opportunities for youth to BE FEARLESS BE KIND and then to #LeadASAP, are being offered grants to support high quality, youth-led service projects that take place between September 18 – December 15, 2017.

Amount: Up to $2,000 depending on scope of project.
Deadline: October 31st, 2017

Follow this link to learn more and apply today!


GradNation Acceleration Grant

Over the past several years, practitioners and youth-serving organizations have refined the practices, policies, and relationships needed to successfully support young people with high school completion. In addition, they have collectively deepened their knowledge of the barriers young people face in reaching that milestone.

With a national graduation rate of 83.2 percent in 2015, progress has been made and a continued urgent commitment is necessary to accelerate progress towards 90 percent. Progress for young people is happening at the state and community levels, in collaboration with schools. The GradNation Acceleration Grant is intended to support existing state- and community-level efforts that are poised to support even more young people. Funding falls under two categories:


Sponsor-A-Hive Bee Partnerships

Bees offer a wonderful way for children and communities to learn about science, ecology, agriculture, societal structure, mutual cooperation, and even history – all by caring for and observing the activity of bees maintained on an on-site bee house. The innovative Sponsor-A-Hive program provides bees and equipment to help people safely set up, maintain and observe the aforementioned on-site bee sanctuaries at schools, community gardens, and green spaces across the United States.

The Sponsor-A-Hive program provides honey bees, mason bees and/or leafcutter bees, their homes, bee keeping equipment and information on how to care for the bees. Bees are strategically placed in locations where they can bolster bee populations, advance science and environmental education and pollinate locally grown food. Also provided is the Sponsor-A-Hive Teacher’s Kit, which is full of lesson plans and worksheets to teach kids more about their bee home. It’s designed to build reading and science skills, raise environmental awareness, and empower youth to help the bees. Eligible applicants must have been in existence for at least one year, will provide minimum of 1 program/project evaluation report, and fulfill one of the following criteria:


LIDS Foundation Youth Athletic Grant

Clubs who already involved with the On the T.R.A.I.L. to Diabetes Prevention Program, or would want to promote more active lifestyles and healthy living with their youth, should consider applying to the LIDS Foundation grant for youth athletic programs! The LIDS Foundation’s mission is to support young people in local communities by engaging them in sports-related activities. These activities promote active and healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities. The LIDS Foundation turns this belief into action primarily through offering resources, be it in the manner of time, expertise, funds, or materials, to non-profit organizations whose goals and values align with those of the LIDS Foundation. More information can be found on the LIDS Foundation website.

Deadline: Rolling
Amount: Up to $5,000


Walmart Community Grant Program

Walmart and its associates are proud to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations. The Community Grant Program awards grants through each Walmart affiliated facility (Walmart Stores, Sam's Clubs, and Logistics Facilities). Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.

Deadline: December 31, 2017
Amount: $250 to $2,500

For more information, click here!

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