“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!
Geek Squad Academy is a program designed to give underserved youth ages 10 to 18 opportunities to develop tech skills that will inspire future education and career choices. Nonprofit and other community organizations are invited to apply to host Geek Squad Academies during school breaks, summer break, or as in-school field trips. Organizations must be able to recruit a minimum of 125 students, and no more than 200 students, and ensure the facility is available for at least three consecutive days. Host site applications must be submitted online by February 1, 2018.
AFB will make mini-grants available to communities, schools, parks, nonprofit conservation groups, and other groups interested in Lepidoptera to support projects that promote the conservation of butterflies and their habitats. Projects may include the planting of monarch waystations, pollinator-friendly gardens, butterfly education areas, or native plant areas. Educational projects must include some type of permanent piece or structure. Awards must be matched dollar-for-dollar by award recipients. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by March 30, 2018.
This program will provide 20 grants of $500 each annually to help K-12 teachers bring the real world of materials science into their classrooms. These awards will recognize creativity and enhance awareness of material science and the role that materials play in society. Awards will support hands-on, curriculum-based K-12 projects that involve student observation, teamwork, mathematics, and science skills that enhance student awareness of the everyday materials around them. Applications must be submitted online by May 25, 2018.
This program invites American colleges and universities to apply for funding to host a visiting lecturer from Norway or Sweden. The program is part of the ASF’s efforts to promote international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the U.S. and the Nordic countries. Funding will support appointments of one semester, and lectureships must fall within an academic year. Awards will include $20,000 as a teaching/research stipend, and a $5,000 travel stipend for lecture appearances outside of the home institutions. Lectureships should be in the area of contemporary policy with an emphasis on public policy, conflict resolution, environmental studies, multiculturalism, or health care. Applications must be submitted online by February 15, 2018.
The Carton2Garden program allows schools to showcase their students’ creativity by repurposing milk and juice cartons from the school’s cafeteria to either build or enhance school gardens. Teachers can engage students in hands-on experiences creating teachable moments on environmental stewardship, sustainable packaging, and healthy living. A total of 14 schools will receive award packages through this program, with one grand prize valued at $5,000. Competition entries must be submitted online by April 16, 2018, and winners will be announced on May 4, 2018.
This program is designed to encourage artistic residency programs by making such opportunities more accessible to artists and writers who are also parents. Awards will make residency programs more accessible and welcoming to parent writers and artists. Past awards have been used to establish camps or other opportunities for children near artistic summer residencies, or to offer residencies to artists who are all parents. Institutions may apply for funds of up to $10,000 to offer local artistic and writing residencies. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) organizations or other organizations with eligible fiscal sponsors. Applications must be mailed or emailed to the funding agency and must be received or postmarked by February 2, 2017.
This program will place young adults (ages 18-25) with nonprofit organizations or government agencies to work full-time in the environmental field for a one-year term of paid service in the Chesapeake Bay region. Members will receive hands-on green job and leadership experience through on-the-ground experiences leading and assisting with projects and programs at host sites. The funding agency will provide Corps members with their service stipend. However, sites that have been matched with members for the past two consecutive years must provide 10 percent of member stipends. Prospective host sites must apply online by 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2018.
FNPS will provide awards for high-quality native plant landscapes in the categories of residential, commercial, institutional, transportation, mitigation, and wildflower/butterfly gardens. Awards will be made during the FNPS Annual Conference on May 17-20, 2018, and will include monetary awards of $200 to $500, depending on the category of award. Entries, alongside entry fees, must be emailed or mailed to the funding agency by March 2, 2018.
This program will honor government agencies, businesses, community organizations, schools, and individuals who have helped make New Jersey clean. Awards will be provided in different categories, with municipalities eligible to receive more than $30,000 in awards. Awards will be provided at the funding agency’s Awards Dinner on May 24, 2018. All applications must be submitted online or by mail by April 1, 2018.
This program will support novel, effective, efficient, or scalable ideas related to childhood learning during the first three years of life. The program will provide a total of $100,000 to new innovators, a total of $400,000 to early-stage innovators, and a total of $500,000 to advanced innovators to develop their ideas. There are no eligibility restrictions for this program, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations, as well as researchers, entrepreneurs, teachers, and parents, may apply. Letters of commitment must be submitted by January 17,