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Alternative Funding and More for August 24, 2017

by eCivis Research Team on August 24, 2017
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Alternative Funding and Other Grant-Related Opportunities

“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique programs that has something for everyone. You never know when you will find a resource just perfect for that niche you have been trying to fill. That's what makes treasure hunting in this grants grab bag so rewarding!


United States Department of Justice (DOJ): Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information

This program will provide tribes with access to the national crime information systems for both civil and criminal purposes, allowing tribes to more effectively serve and protect their nations’ citizens by ensuring the exchange of critical data across national crime information systems. Tribes interested in participating in TAP must submit a letter of resolution from their governing bodies via email by September 15, 2017.


United States Department of Transportation: Build America Bureau: INFRA Webinar Series

This webinar series will provide information on the funding agency’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program to prospective applicants. This program will make approximately $1.5 billion available to projects that are in line with the current administration’s principles to help rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. The next webinar, which will focus on preparing benefit-cost analyses for INFRA grant applications, will be held on August 31, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. Prospective participants must register online to attend. Three other webinars, covering different aspects of the program process, were already held on July 13, July 18, and August 14, 2017. Recordings of these webinars may be accessed online.


Astronomers without Borders: Eclipse Glasses Redistribution Program

This program will collect eclipse glasses used during the August 21, 2017, USA solar eclipse for redistribution to other countries for use during future eclipses. The funding agency will announce additional details on its website and on its Facebook page soon.


Marathon Kids Grants

This program uses the fun social environment of a running club to increase current physical activity levels among youth while empowering participants to adopt lifelong healthy behaviors. All K-12 schools in the United States are eligible to apply. Award recipients will receive monetary awards of varying amounts as well as access to curriculum; four exclusive Nike rewards for each participant; resources for up to four additional volunteers and assistance coaches; direct customer service and guidance; and resources to involve parents, administrators, and community members. Applications must be submitted online by September 15, 2017.


Keep America Beautiful (KAB): Recycle-Bowl

Recycle-Bowl is a national K-12 school competition to invigorate student participation in recycling. The program intends to establish new recycling programs within schools, increase or improve recycling rates in schools that currently recycle, and provide teachers/students educational opportunities about recycling and waste reduction. Prospective schools should recruit volunteers and register their schools online. Then, schools may use the resources provided on the program website to tally and submit their scores.


Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots: Mini-Grants for Service Campaigns

This program will support the work that all “young Jane Goodalls” are doing across the United States. Awards will be provided to U.S. educators to start, support, or celebrate their service campaigns. In order to be eligible, applicants must create a community map and use the map to identify a service campaign for people, animals, or the environment. Then, applicants may apply for mini-grants of up to $200 to support these campaigns. Awards will be provided in the form of VISA gift cards. Applications must be submitted online by September 11, 2017; October 30, 2017; January 22, 2018; or March 19, 2018.


Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF): Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) to Test Interventions for Frequent Utilizers of Multiple Health, Criminal Justice, and Social Service Systems

This program will support the use of RCTs to evaluate the impact of established, manualized frequent-utilizer interventions in real-world settings to address the issue of individuals, known as frequent utilizers, who cycle through multiple systems, such as local jails, hospitals, and housing assistance services, without ever receiving the treatment they require. Projects will then provide evaluation mechanism for communities that are rapidly expanding their efforts to divert these frequent utilizers. Prospective applicants must submit a letter of interest via email by October 1, 2017. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.


Delta Dental Ohio: Rethink your Drink – Choose Water!

This program will provide a total of $100,000 to replace existing drinking fountains at a number of selected schools in Ohio with new Elkay water fountain/bottle filling stations. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to increase the availability of drinking water to students in school in order to combat obesity, increase energy levels, and potentially even improve students’ cognitive functions. Schools must apply online.


Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS): Recovery Housing Initiative

This program will expand and sustain recovery housing capacity throughout Ohio. Community Behavioral Health Authorities are eligible to apply for up to $94,117 over two fiscal years to provide recovery housing for individuals recovering from substance abuse disorders, while providing an alcohol- and drug-free living environment, peer support, and other recovery assistance. Community Behavioral Health Authorities should email a letter of interest to the funding agency in order to participate. The program will be funded from September 8, 2017, through June 30, 2019.


Virginia Department of Education: Training on Strategies to Support English Learner (EL) Newcomer Students and Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)

The funding agency will host a training session to explore evidence-based instructional and intervention approaches to assist ELs and SLIFEs in mastering academic content. This one-day training is intended for kindergarten through grade 12 educators of EL newcomers and SLIFEs. The session will take place on November 8, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prospective participants must register, and if needed, reserve lodging online.


Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom: Grants and Teacher Award

Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom is offering its Teacher of the Year Award to recognize teachers who have incorporated agriculture into classroom instruction. The winning teacher will receive a $500 stipend and a trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Portland, Maine, on June 26-29, 2018. Applications must be mailed or emailed to the funding agency by November 1, 2017. The funding agency will also provide Garden Grants of up to $500 for new gardens, and $250 for existing gardens, to support schools and agricultural organizations striving to connect students with the source of their food through school gardens. Applications must be submitted online by September 18, 2017. Finally, the funding agency will provide Agriculture Experience Grants of up to $500 to support schools and agricultural organizations that provide students with hands-on, experiential learning about agriculture. Applications must be submitted online by September 18, 2017.


United Dairy Industry of Michigan: Chocolate Milk: Nature’s Sports Drink Grant program

This program will encourage high school athletes to power up with low-fat chocolate milk, also known as “nature’s sports drink.” Chocolate milk provides many important nutrients needed for overall health, including calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. High school sports teams are eligible to receive cash to purchase low-fate chocolate milk for their team, as well as up to two soft-sided wheeled cooler bags and other prizes and educational materials. Award recipients will also receive professional posters of their team sporting chocolate milk mustaches. Applications must be mailed to the funding agency by October 6, 2017, for winter sports, and January 26, 2018, for spring sports.

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