“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!
This program recognizes outstanding examples in planning efforts, initiatives, and individuals working to make communities of lasting value for all. Awards will made in different areas within the two overarching categories of excellence and achievement. Any plan, project, program, tool, process, report, or ordinance may be nominated for awards. Nominations must be submitted online by September 8, 2017.
This national initiative will help advance counties’ efforts to reduce the number of rural children and families living in poverty. The program seeks to highlight and support counties making a real difference in the lives of children in rural communities. Award recipients will receive the assistance of community coaches that will assist with issue campaigns or policy advocacy; provide guidance to partnerships looking to strengthen or revamp their approaches; and connect communities to national leaders and expertise and other communities doing similar work. Applications must be submitted online by November 3, 2017.
ATD is a national, non-government reform movement for student success in community colleges. The organization works with stakeholders to help more than four million community college students to have better economic opportunity and achieve their dreams. This reform network will serve as a catalyst in helping community colleges bolster student success through institutional change designed to enable all students to achieve their educational and career dreams. Previously, community colleges in the network have reported increased use of data, intensified focus on student success, and revised and/or new policies and procedures to support students. For the FY 2018 cohort, the application period will open on September 27, 2017, and end on March 31, 2018. Colleges may apply by December 8, 2017, to receive two complimentary registrations to the DREAM 2018 conference organized by the funding agency. All institutions interesting in joining the network are strongly encouraged to attend this conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
This program will provide a prize of $500 to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success and has impacted the lives of kids and their communities. The program is open to existing garden programs involving children currently in grades K-12, including schools and youth groups nationwide. Applications must be emailed to GEF by September 30, 2017.
Recycle-Bowl is a free competition and benchmarking tool for K-12 school recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities. The program intends to establish new recycling programs within schools, increase or improve recycling rates in schools that currently recycle, and provide teachers and students with educational opportunities about recycling and waste reduction. Schools must first register online for the program, after which they will create a team, and eventually report their data to see how they stack up against the competition.
This program will provide financial support to nonprofit organizations for performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein, as well as to individuals and nonprofit organizations for scholarly research pertaining to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein. Nonprofit organizations are also eligible for educational and scholarly initiatives. Funding will be provided in the categories of professional performances, public assistance, research and travel, mentors, symposia/conferences, etc. Applications must be submitted online or mailed to the funding agency by November 1, 2017. An additional deadline of June 1, 2018, is restricted exclusively for college/university performances taking place in the following academic year. Applications for support of major productions/festivals/exhibitions may be submitted at any time.
This program will recognize cities that are committed to increasing the overall quality of life for all residents. Awards will be presented to cities that make a positive impact on residents and communities and will serve as examples for local governments across Georgia. All Georgia cities are eligible to apply, and nominations must be emailed or faxed to the funding agency by October 13, 2017.
The 2017 Emergency Management Fall Forum is an opportunity for state and local emergency managers to come together to hear updates on policies and procedures, share lessons learned over the year, and learn about new tools and technologies. The event will also give attendees an opportunity to provide feedback and input on Virginia’s emergency management strategic direction, programs, and initiatives. Topics to be discussed during the forum will include resilience and recovery, disaster response teams, public assistance and mitigation, etc. The event will take place on September 20-21, 2017, at The Hotel Roanoke. Prospective attendees must register online.
This contest, now held in its tenth year, will provide school students with the opportunity to participate in several contests centering on the theme of “You find Yourself in a Book.” Elementary schools are invited to participate in the Create a Book Contest, middle schools in the Book Character Video Contest, and high schools in the Movie Trailer Video Contest. All content must be created by students, and only one entry will be allowed per level served, per school. Prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000 will be provided through this contest. Entries and applications must be emailed or mailed to the funding agency by 5:00 p.m. ET on December 15, 2017.
This program invites qualified Ohio colleges/universities to submit proposals for new and expanded research projects that reduce impact of coal on the environment and enhance it as an energy source by increasing economic competitiveness to generate electricity or by converting it to other end products, such as hydrogen and methanol. A total of $1.6 million is available for awards through this program, with awards being up to $160,000 for two-year research projects or up to $80,000 for one-year research projects. Proposals must be mailed to the funding agency by September 18, 2017. Inquiries regarding this program must be submitted by September 12, 2017.
The DHEC will provide eight Champions of the Environment awards of up to $2,000 to K-12 school projects focusing on the environment in South Carolina. Projects must address prevention or reduction of pollutants in air, water, or land; waste reduction; restoration, preservation, or enhancement of natural areas; or water or energy efficiency. Projects must also educate communities and make a lasting difference on the environment. In addition to receiving monetary awards, winning projects may be featured in a TV commercial. Applications must be submitted online by October 17, 2017.