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* Young Community Volunteers Invited to Apply for Do Something Awards: Deadline March
The Do Something Awards, formerly the Brick Awards, are designed to provide recognition and funding for young community volunteers. F ive winners will receive a minimum of $10,000 in community grants and scholarships. (Only winners who are age 18 and under are eligible for a scholarship of $5,000 and a $5,000 community grant; winners age 19-25 receive their entire award in the form of a community grant.) Of the five winners, one will be selected as the grand prize winner, and will receive a total of $100,000 in community grants, paid directly to the nonprofit of his or her choice. Visit the Do Something Web site for complete program guidelines. Link to Complete RFP
* Women Helping Others Foundation Invites Applications for Education/Literacy Grants: Deadline March
The WHO Foundation: Women Helping Others supports grassroots charities serving the overlooked needs of women and children in the
* Shade Structure Program Accepting Grant Applications from Organizations Serving Children and Youth: Deadline April.
The American Academy of Dermatology Shade Structure Program provides grant awards for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet ray protection for outdoor areas. The academy also provides a permanent sign to be displayed near the shade structure promoting the importance of sun safety. The academy receives support for this program from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company. The program is open to 501(c)(3) organizations that serve children and teenagers, ages 18 and younger. To be considered, applicants must be sponsored by an academy member dermatologist and demonstrate a commitment to sun safety within their organization. (To locate a local member dermatologist, visit the
* Saucony Run For Good Foundation Offers Funding for Children's Running Programs: Deadline June
Established to help end childhood obesity by providing financial support to nonprofits across the United States that support children's running and fitness programs, the Saucony Run For Good Foundation is accepting applications for its grant program. Saucony, Inc. is a subsidiary of the Stride Rite Corporation. The program is open to nonprofit organizations that initiate and support running and fitness programs for kids. Eligible applicants administer programs whose participants are 18 years of age or younger, have 501(c)(3) status, and can demonstrate that their program positively impacts the lives of participants through increased participation in running. Grants range up to a maximum of $10,000 each. Link to Complete RFP
* Former Talk Show Host Jenny Jones Announces Continuation of Community Grant Program: Deadline Open
Talk show host and philanthropist Jenny Jones has announced that she will donate an additional $1 million to continue her Jenny's Heroes community grant program. The Jenny's Heroes program awards grants to individuals who submit the best ideas for tangible, lasting community projects. Jenny's Heroes provides grants of up to $25,000 each to fund projects that promise long-term community benefits. Through the fifty grant recipients so far, funds have been used to provide items and services such as library books, school computers, firefighting gear, nursing home upgrades, sports equipment, free dental services, wheelchairs, coats for children in domestic violence shelters, and a running track at a women's prison. The program's focus is primarily on smaller communities where fundraising can be difficult. For more information on Jenny's Heroes and grant guidelines, visit the program's Web site. Link to Complete RFP
* Community and economic development (national): Open Deadline
Proposals for grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Community Partners Program to improve the quality of life in the 26 communities nationwide where the founders owned newspapers. Although the priorities differ for each community, the focus primarily is on issues relating to children and families, civic participation, cultural life, educational and economic opportunities for all residents, and housing and community development. The foundation encourages interested organizations to send a one- to two-page letter of inquiry before submitting a proposal. Geographic eligibility and other guidelines are available on the foundation's Web site. Who may apply: nonprofit organizations. Contact:
* Grants Available for Families Struggling with Child Health-Related Costs: Open Deadline
The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundationhas announced that new grants are available to help children who need critical health care treatment, services, or equipment not covered or not fully covered by their parents' health benefit plans.
UHCCF provides grants to families to help pay for child health care services such as speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy sessions, prescriptions, and medical equipment such as wheelchairs, orthotics, and eyeglasses.
Parents and legal guardians may apply for grants of up to $5,000 each for child medical services and equipment by completing an online application at the UHCCF Web site. To be eligible for grants, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the
* Lego Systems Establishes Lego Children's Fund to Support Youth Creativity Programs: Quarterly Deadline
Lego Systems Inc., the Americas (North America and Latin America) division of the Lego Group, a privately-held, family-owned firm based in Billund, Denmark, 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 provide grants quarterly. Applicants are invited to submit proposals anytime throughout the year; however, to ensure that a request is considered for a particular trustee meeting, proposals must be received by the following dates: 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. Link to Complete RFP
* Baseball Tomorrow Fund Offers Support for Youth Baseball and Softball Programs: Open Deadline
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball around the world by funding programs, fields, coaches' training, uniforms, and equipment. Grants are intended to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations involved in youth baseball programs are encouraged to apply for Baseball Tomorrow Fund grants. Applicants are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. Selected applicants are invited to submit a full application. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis. Visit the Baseball Tomorrow Fund Web site for complete application instructions,
* Baseball Tomorrow Fund Offers Support for Youth Baseball & Softball Programs: Open Deadline
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball around the world by funding programs, fields, coaches’ training, uniforms, and equipment. The BTF supports projects that meet the following criteria: increase the number of youth participating in baseball and softball programs; improve the quality of youth programs; create new or innovative ways of expanding and improving baseball or softball programs; are able to match funds for programs; provide programs for children between the ages of 10 and 16; support existing programs that have demonstrated success; and address opportunities for minorities and women.
Applicants are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry. For more information visit the BTF website.
* Verizon Foundation Nonprofit Resource Center: Deadlines Limited number of trainings available
* Bowerman Track Renovation Program Offers Grants: Deadline Varies
The Bowerman Track Renovation Program provides matching cash grants to community-based, youth-oriented organizations that seek to refurbish or construct running tracks. The program distributes approximately $200,000 in matching grants each year. Deadline: Ongoing. Click here for more information. Support for Education, Culture, and Social Issues in Cingular Communities
* Cingular Wireless supports community-based programs and organizations that address educational, cultural and social issues that affect the quality of life in the communities where the company has a presence. Emphasis is given to programs that inspire creativity in youth and adults and that stimulate collaborative partnerships among various organizations. Applications are accepted year-round from nonprofit organizations located in company communities throughout the
* The Seva Foundation is a nonprofit foundation building partnerships to respond to locally defined problems with culturally sustainable solutions throughout the world. Seva Foundation: Native American Funding Programs support local grassroots partnerships with Native Americans who have devised their own solutions in the areas of spiritual and cultural renewal; health and wellness; environmental restoration; sustainable agriculture and community economic development; education; and treaty rights protection. Small grants of up to $5,000 are provided throughout urban and rural Native American communities for programs that may otherwise be overlooked by larger foundations. Nonprofit organizations led by Native Americans in the
* The Best Buy Children's Foundation is now accepting online applications for the Local Giving Program.
* Clubs within 50 miles of a Best Buy store are eligible to apply.
* Grants average $5,000 - $7,000 for organizations that have not received Best Buy funding in the past year. A relationship with a Best Buy store or distribution center is critical since their field leadership will be reviewing and recommending grant proposals.
* Apply online at: www.bestbuy.com/localgiving.
* The Best Buy Children's Foundation will give $1 million through the Local Giving Program.
* Direct questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org 866-625-4350.
Keep in mind that Best Buy employees who volunteer earn $1,000 for nonprofits! For more information, see the TagTeam Award details at: http://tagzone/Company/Community_Relations/EmployeeVolunteerOpportunities.asp
* Burrough Wellcome Fund - For Student Science Enrichment Program Deadline April: www.bwfund.org
* General Mills Foundation Invites Applications for Healthy Kids Grant Program Deadline: January. The General Mills Foundation (http://www.generalmills.com/corporate/commitment/foundation.aspx ), in partnership with the American Dietetic Association Foundation (http://www.adaf.org/ ) and the President's Council on Physical Fitness ( http://www.fitness.gov/ ), is accepting applications for the Champions for Healthy Kids grant program.
This national program will award fifty grants of $10,000 each to community-based groups across the United States that develop creative ways to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle.
* Staples Foundation for Learning Offers Support for Education and Job Skills Programs - Deadline: December. The Staples Foundation for Learning Foundation contributes funds to national and local charities that provide educational opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth.
To be eligible for consideration, applicant organizations be a 501(c)(3) organization and align with the Staples Foundation for Learning's mission and focus on job skills and education. The requested amount of each grant can be up to $25,000. Most grants awarded by the foundation are in the $5,000 to $25,000 range.
Visit the foundation's Web site for complete program information and instructions on submitting an online application.
* Grants from the Teammates for Kids Foundation - The Teammates for Kids Foundation accepts proposals for grants from nonprofit organizations that specialize in working with children. Grants from the Foundation support the on-going work of operating organizations that help needy children in the areas of health, education and inner-city services. Click Here
* Dollar General Accepting Applications for Youth Literacy Grant Program - Deadline: October and February.
The Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants program provides funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for new readers, below grade-level readers, and readers with learning disabilities.
Organizations requesting funds must provide direct services to one of the groups of readers defined above, and instruction must be designed to meet the varying learning preferences and needs of the defined target population.
Applicants must be located in Dollar General's thirty-five-state operating territory and must be within twenty miles of the nearest Dollar General Store.
Visit the Dollar General Web site for program information, store locations and application
* National Gardening Association's Healthy Sprouts Awards to Support School and Youth Garden Programs - Deadline: October
The National Gardening Association recognizes outstanding programs via the Healthy Sprouts Awards, sponsored by Gardener's Supply. The awards support school and youth garden programs that teach about nutrition and the issue of hunger in the United States.
To be eligible for the Healthy Sprouts Awards, a school or organization must plan to garden in during thast grant year with at least fifteen children between the ages of 3 and 18. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and nutrition and hunger issues in the U.S.
Winners will receive gift certificates valued between $200-$500 toward the purchase of gardening materials from Gardener's Supply. Awardees will also receive educational materials related to gardening and nutrition, twenty-five packets of seeds, and NGA Supporter benefits for one year.
Program guidelines and application materials are available at the NGA Kids Gardening website.
* National Gardening Association Invites Entries for the Youth Garden Grants Program - Deadline: November
The National Gardening Association has announced that Home Depot has returned as sponsor of its Youth Garden Grants program which has helped youngsters reap rewards and life lessons from working in gardens and outdoor habitats.
NGA awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered, outdoor garden programs. Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States are eligible to apply. Applicants must plan to garden in that current year with at least fifteen children between the ages of 3 and 18.
Fifty grants will be awarded to start-up programs that are just beginning or have yet to break ground, while one hundred will be awarded to established programs that have completed one or more seasons of outdoor gardening.
Visit the NGA website for complete program details and application procedures.
* Captain Planet Foundation Supports Environmental Projects Involving Young People - Deadline: December
The Captain Planet Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects involving children and young adults in communities across the
Grant amounts will range between $250 and $2,500.
For complete program information and an online application form, visit the Captain Planet
* Target Invites Applications for Local Store Grants Program -
Target is accepting applications from organizations in communities where the company does business for its Local Store Grants program. Grant applications are accepted from nonprofit programs that impact any of the following areas:
Arts - grants are awarded to programs that bring the arts to schools or make it affordable for families to participate in cultural experiences; Early childhood reading - grants support programs that promote a love of reading and encourage children, from birth through age nine, to read together with their families; Family violence prevention - grants support programs that strengthen families by preventing or reducing the cycle of family violence. The average grant amount is between $1,000 and $3,000.
Applicant organizations must be located in communities where Target does business and must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a school, library, or public agency. To learn more and apply online, visit the Target website.
* Air Products Corporate Giving Program: Open Deadline
The Air Products Corporate Contributions Program provides support to nonprofit organizations in the headquarters community of Allentown, PA, as well as in those communities around the world where the company has a significant employee presence or investment. (Visit http://www.airproducts.com/Contacts/Regional/default.htm for a list of company locations around the world). The company focuses its giving on the areas of higher education; pre-college education; fitness, health, and welfare; community and economic development; arts and culture; and the environment. Nonprofit organizations in communities with a company presence are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted year-round. Visit the above website for more information.
* The Office of Community Services is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations—including faith-based and community organizations—and others to compete for a total of $16.5 million from the Compassion Capital Fund. Demonstration Program. To view the full program announcement, please Click Here.
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* Literacy for the 21st Century
Starbucks Foundation Grants fund programs for youth, ages 6-18, that integrate literacy with personal and civic action in the communities where they live. The Starbucks Foundation invites letters of inquiry from qualifying 501 (c) 3 organizations that work with underserved youth in the fields of literacy (reading, writing and creative/media arts) and environmental literacy. Grants range from $5,000-$20,000. Deadline: September 1 and March 1, annually (Letters of Inquiry) CLICK HERE for more information.
* Champions for Healthy Kids Marks Five Years of Impacting Youth Nutrition and Fitness - Deadline: February
The General Mills Foundation and the American Dietetic Association Foundation, in partnership with the President's Challenge, are accepting applications for the Champions for Healthy Kids Champions Awards. Each year the Champions program awards fifty grants of $10,000 each to schools and community groups.
Community-based, nonprofit organizations and agencies are eligible to apply. The target audience must be youth between the ages of 2 and 20, and the proposal must have at least one nutrition objective and one physical activity objective. In addition, a registered dietician must be an integral part of the program's planning and activities.
For more information or to apply, visit the General Mills website.
* Stride Rite and Saucony Announce Red Laces Program to Fight Childhood Obesity
Saucony, a subsidiary of the Stride Rite Corporation, is committed to addressing the national epidemic of childhood obesity by cultivating a new wave of young runners. As part of this commitment, the company has partnered with Runner’s World magazine to launch the Saucony Run For Good Red Laces Program, which provides grants to communities and nonprofit organizations that support after-school running and physical fitness programs for kids.
* Women's Sports Foundation Invites Applications for GoGirlGo! Ambassador Team Awards Gatorade and the Women’s Sports Foundationare supporting a third year of the GoGirlGo! Ambassador Team Awards. The GoGirlGo! National Campaign is aiming to get one million inactive girls to participate in physical activity and ensure that another one million girls sustain physical activity. The GoGirlGo! Ambassador Team Awards are designed to recognize teams that demonstrate leadership in their communities by inspiring girls to get involved in sports and physical activity. Teams must lead their own team project that encourages girls to become physically active and submit a detailed essay, VHS, DVD, or CD-ROM explaining their project.
* My Hometown Helper Campaign - General Mills Sales
General Mills Sales, Inc. and Hamburger Helper are searching for people in your hometown that are raising funds to help the community. Hamburger Helper will fund initiatives to help hometowns across America with monetary grants of up to $15,000.00
* Concern for High Risk Youth - Tony Hawk Foundation
The Tony Hawk Foundation was established to promote and provide funds for high-quality public skateboard parks throughout the United States. Preference is given to parks that are in low-income areas, or areas with a large population of at-risk youth. The Foundation gives priority to grassroots organizations.
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* Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Foundation Offers Education Grants - Dreyer's Foundation
* Dollar General Store - Deadline late December - Click Here for information
* Teen Program Enhancement Grant – Click Here for information
* Captain Planet Supports Funding for Youth Environment Projects – Deadline: March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 - Click Here for information
* Baseball Tomorrow Fund Offers Support for Youth Baseball & Softball Programs – Deadline: Open - Click Here for information
* U.S. Bancorp Foundation Supports Communities - Deadlines: Vary by community - Click Here for information
* Bowerman Track Renovation Program Offers Grants - Click Here for information
* Cingular Wireless - Click Here for information
* Google Grants - Click Here for information
* KaBOOM Playground training provides all the tools and resources you need to promote play and build great playspaces such as playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks: Click Here
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Office of Justice Programs (OJP)/B&GCA Pass-Through Grants - $80 million appropriation for BGCA!
Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention State Formula Grant Program- This program provides funding directly to states to assist in the prevention of juvenile delinquency. Each state receives its annual allocation based on the number of people under the age of 18 living in the state.
OJJDP Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant - This grant is an aggressive, crime-fighting initiative intended to reduce juvenile crime by prosecuting and sentencing youthful offenders. All states meeting statutory requirements will receive formula grants based on the number of individuals below the age of 18.
OJJDP Delinquency Prevention Block Grant- This grant funds activities that are designed to prevent and reduce juvenile crime including projects that provide treatment to juvenile offenders and juveniles who are at risk of becoming juvenile offenders.
Additional Justice Programs to Consider - Read about Operation Weed and Seed, Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Program, Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program, and Byrne Formula Grants.
Contact Information for State Juvenile Justice Specialists - As referenced in many of the U.S. Justice Programs above, you will need to contact your State Juvenile Justice Specialist for more information.
Community Development Block Grant – Entitlement Program - This grant provides funds to large cities (population of at least 50,000) and urban counties (population of at least 200,000) in support of economic development, principally for low and moderate-income people.
State Administered Community Development Block Grant Program- This grant provides funds to small communities (population of less than 50,000) in support of economic development - principally for low and moderate people.
Additional Housing Programs to Consider: Read about Public Housing Revitalization HOPE VI, Youthbuild, Public Housing Operating Fund and Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program.
Contact Information for HUD field offices - As referenced in many of the U.S. Housing & Urban Development Programs above, you will need to contact your HUD field office for more information.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - The purpose of this programs is to provide grants to states, territories, or tribes to assist needy families with children so that children can be cared for in their own homes; to reduce dependency by promoting job preparation, work and marriage; to reduce and prevent out-of-wedlock pregnancies; and to encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
Title XX Social Services Block Grant - This grant enables states to furnish social services best suited to the needs of the individuals residing in the state. Funds may be used to provide servcies directed toward one of the following five goals specified in the law: (1) to prevent, reduce or eliminate dependency; (2) to achieve or maintain self-sufficiency; (3) to prevent neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children and adults; (4) to prevent or reduce inappropriate institutional care; and (5) to secure admission or referral for institutional care when other forms of care are not appropriate.
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant - This program provides states funding for planning, implementation and evaluation of substance abuse programs. It is the option of each state to provide services directly, or to sub-grant to public entities or nonprofit organizations. (State allocations are determined by a population formula.) SMART Moves and Targeted Outreach are both examples of Club programs well suited for SAPT funding.
Community Services Block Grant - This program assists states in alleviating poverty and its causes. States are required to pass through 90% of their formula grants to local entities. The program is targeted at poor and near-poor communities.
Head Start - This program is designed to assist disadvantaged children, ages 3 to 5, prepare for elementary school by providing them with a full range of developmental services (including education, health/nutrition, and social development) through local agencies. In general, 90% of the participating children must come from families with an annual income at or below the poverty line.
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Initiatives:
Corporation for National and Community Service - USA Freedom Corps - Through the USA Freedom Corps, CNCS uses citizen service to meet critical national and community needs, to foster civic responsibility, and to strengthen the ties that bind us as a nation. Read about AmeriCorps*State and National, Senior Corps and Learn and Serve programs.
AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps - This is a 10-month residential national service program for young women and men between the ages of 18 - 24. NCCC combines the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service, including leadership and team building. Priority is given to projects in public safety, public health, and disaster relief. NCCC teams meet community needs in cooperation with non-profit programs, state and local agencies, and other community programs.
Contact Information for State Commissions on National and Community Service - Find your state contact for Corporation for National and Community Service
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) - The program is designed to help states and localities develop comprehensive youth workforce development services that address youth's many developmental needs.
Additional Labor Program to Consider - Read about the Job Corps Program.
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* Public School Reports: www.sxhools.publicschoolreport.com
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* Annie E Casey Foundation: www.aecf.org/kidscount
* 60 Indicators of Outcomes: www.childtrendsdatabank.org
* Great Schools: www.greatschools.net