“eCivis Special Opps” is collection of supplemental funding sources, resources, and other opportunities for organizations, faculty and students, community members, and partners that are discovered by our research team while searching for opportunities to include in Grants Network: Research.
Fun Run Grants, sponsored by the New Balance Foundation and the Tufts University Friedman School, will equip schools with materials to host a race, walk-a-thon, or fun run event for their school communities. The package will include a set of numbered race bibs, a finish line banner, wristbands for student participants, a Bluetooth speaker, an air horn, and a gift card to purchase healthy snacks like fruit and water. Preference will be given to schools proposing events during the spring of 2017, although fall 2017 events will also be considered. Schools must apply online by February 15, 2017. Winners will be determined, and packages shipped, by March 15, 2017.
The Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes program will provide an extreme makeover to a school playground. Anyone can apply for a grant of up to $30,000 for school playgrounds in their community. Additionally, one grand prize will be awarded to a military base or installation for a school or community organization that children of the armed forces will attend. Three grand prizes of $30,000 and three prizes of $5,000 will be provided through this program. Applications must be submitted online by March 24, 2017.
The ALA will recognize libraries that create exciting promotional materials such as newsletters, program announcements, reading celebrations, advocacy materials, fundraising messages, and more. Entries will be evaluated based on content, originality, and design by a team of experts in marketing, public relations, graphic design, and communications. A winner will be selected in each category. Applications must be submitted online, and hard copies of materials must be received, by March 15, 2017.
The Grow Rural Education Program allows farmers to nominate their local public school districts to compete for grants of $10,000 or $25,000 to enhance math and science education. Farmers may nominate schools, and once schools have received invitation codes, they must apply online by April 15, 2017.
The BIRD Foundation will provide funding of up to 50 percent of research and development costs (up to $1 million) of research and development cooperative projects between two unrelated companies, one registered in the United States and the other in Israel. Companies must apply jointly to receive awards. Topics that may be covered by projects include agrotechnology, cleantech and environment, communications, electronic, fintech, gas, homeland security and cyber security, life sciences, software, and more. Jointly developed technologies or products must feature considerable innovation and demonstrate significant commercial potential. Executive summaries for projects must be submitted by March 3, 2017.
The LEAD360 is a contest for young people to submit their big ideas to solve problems they are most passionate about. The funding agency is looking for submissions that are simple, scalable, and measurable, whether they are existing service projects or new ideas. Five finalists will be chosen and will compete for votes, and then one winner will receive an award to have his or her project activate nationwide. The program is open for youth between the ages of 5 and 25. Areas of focus include animal care and wildlife preservation, civic engagement and community building, education and literacy, elder care, health and wellness, and other areas. Ideas must be submitted online by January 31, 2017.
This program calls on innovators to share their solutions to help advance the game of football and the safety of its players. It is a unique pitch competition that will take place at the Texas Medical Center Accelerator in Houston, Texas, on February 4, 2017. Up to nine start-ups that apply will be invited to present their game-changing technologies to an exclusive audience including a panel of judges, NFL team owners and executives, and other invitees. Innovations must focus on one of three categories: communicating with the athlete, training the athlete, and materials to protect the athlete. Applications must be submitted online by January 20, 2017.
OCJS will host free grant writing training sessions to provide an overview of its grant making process. The focus of the sessions will be on major components of applications, including problem statements, project descriptions, program objectives, budget details, and collaborative boards. Training sessions are scheduled to take place on February 15, March 15, April 12, May 10, and November 8, 2017. Space is limited to the first 30 registered participants. Interested parties may register online.
The Read Across Texas program encourages communities to engage in tough but important conservations. In 2017, TSL invites Texans to use books as a bridge to talk about what happens when veterans come home. Libraries and organizations across Texas are invited to participate in this inaugural effort to engage in a dialogue with the brave men and women who have served our country about what happens following their transition when they return stateside. Libraries may register to host a program and may also download discussion resources. The funding agency will also provide libraries with books that relate to the topic.
The Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Afterschool Network will host the 2017 Summit on Out-of-School Learning, which will bring together youth programs and community partners to connect, learn new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana youth. Interested parties must register and pay a registration fee to participate in the summit, which will take place at the Indiana Convention Center on April 10-11, 2017. The summit will also provide two Afterschool Champions Showcase awards to programs that make strides in the areas of partnerships between after-school professionals and teachers; building relationships among after-school and school leaders; linking in- and out-of-school procedures, policies, and curricula; and leveraging school and after-school resources to make a bigger impact. Programs may be nominated online. The first-place award will be $2,500, and the second-place award will be $1,000.
This program will recognize and honor outstanding achievements of organizations, businesses, schools, and individuals in a wide range of environmental initiatives throughout western Pennsylvania, and pays tribute to those that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishments in their respective fields. Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash award for the nonprofit organizations of their choice, as well as additional recognition and non-monetary awards. Eligibility is limited to applicants that are located and working in western Pennsylvania counties. Applications must be submitted online by February 15, 2017.