Alternative Funding 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!
The NYLC’s annual conference brings together more than 700 educators, administrators, higher education faculty, nonprofit organization leaders, government officials, AmeriCorps members, and students from across the nation and around the world for three days of learning, connection, and inspiration. The 2018 conference’s overarching theme is Justice in Action, which is meant to inspire educators and community members to join hands with students to create positive change in the world. The conference will be held on March 11-13, 2018, in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the Intercontinental Riverfront Saint Paul hotel. Prospective attendees may register online to attend. The funding agency also offers a limited number of scholarships based on financial need to partially defray the costs of conference registration, not including travel and lodging costs.
This program provides small sums of money to young people fighting to beat HIV in their local communities in the most innovative ways. Funding supports organizations led by young people between the ages of 15 and 27 that work in HIV prevention. The funding agency is interested in start-ups that do not have much support, financial or otherwise. First-stage applications must be submitted online by noon GMT on January 19, 2018. Award winners will be announced in July 2018.
This program provides cash prizes totaling $20,000 and reveals to students the power they have to affect positive change through creative storytelling that celebrates unsung heroes from history. Creative art projects may be submitted from U.S. and international middle and high school students, and may include visual arts, narrative film, theater, and creative non-fiction. Winning projects may be chosen for display in LMC’s Hall of Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas. For each category of art work, a best-in-show prize of $2,000 will be provided, along with a second-place prize of $1,000. Projects must be submitted online by February 15, 2018.
This program will provide grants to Constellation Energy customers for causes that are important to their communities. Priority consideration will be given to projects or initiatives focusing on education, environment, or youth. Up to $500 may be provided to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or up to $250 may be provided for other community causes. Applications must be submitted online by February 25, 2017; May 25, 2018; and September 15, 2018.
EPA is hosting a two-day conference and webinar highlighting research from two other funding programs that conducted research studies measuring the health and ecological impacts of water conservation practice such as potable reuse and agricultural water reuse. The conference will take place on December 7-8, 2017, at the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland, California, and will be accessible via webinar. Prospective attendees must register online by 8:30 a.m. PT on December 7, 2017.
This program is offering two awards of $3,500 – one in the spring and one in the fall – to individuals or groups currently pursuing a program or initiative designed to benefit the environment. All individuals, groups, and organizations are eligible to apply. Projects may include trail building or restoration, park beautification, litter prevention, Earth study missions, sustainable land management activities, community environmental educational projects, and/or youth educational engagement events. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, 2017, for the fall award, or October 30, 2018, for the spring award.
Indiana Humanities invites schools, libraries, community centers, and other tax-exempt organizations to host this program in their communities. Discussions will center on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize speech, “The Quest for Peace and Justice.” Conversations can touch on topics varying from technology and social change to the threat of technologically advanced warfare. Schools, libraries, and other tax-exempt organizations will receive a $100 stipend if they host a public or school-based discussion in 2018. Applicants must apply online.
This program will provide Title 1 teachers with funding for aquarium visits, an education program during the aquarium visit and any related program fees, an aquarium outreach program to bring aquarium programs to schools, and distance learning programs for classes. The maximum amount of funding available per award is $1,000. Applications must be submitted online by December 17, 2017.