“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 EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment has scheduled webinars for the EPA grants community. The webinars will provide information regarding how to find and apply for grant opportunities, Grants.gov requirements, and preparing proper budgets. Webinars will feature a Q&A session. The next webinar is scheduled for January 23, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Prospective attendees may register online to attend. Previous, similar webinars have been recorded and posted online.
The goal of the Blueprints conference is to disseminate science-based information on programs that have the highest standards for promoting education, behavior, emotional well-being, physical health, and positive relationships. The conference will provide support, guidance, and tools by program and prevention experts to promote effective policymaking and help practitioners implement programs in their own communities. The target audience for the conference consists of state agencies, public school districts, federal agencies, foundations, policymakers, community-based programs, advocacy organizations, and researchers, among many others. The conference will be held between April 30 and May 2, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. Prospective attendees must register online to attend.
ALA is hosting a one-day dialogue and deliberation workshop on February 9, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The conference will be titled “LTC: National Issues Forums Workshop for Academic Libraries.” The workshop will be held prior to ALA’s mid-winter meeting, and will introduce libraries to various dialogue and deliberation approaches, enabling libraries to foster conversation and lead change in their communities. In order to participate, prospective participants must view three 90-minute online learning sessions, and claim a participation badge. Prospective participants may sign up online for the online sessions. ALA also offers recordings from its previous webinar series, which focused on public libraries.
This program seeks to distribute $225,000 amongst three to eight nonprofit organizations that will use technology and innovation to solve everyday problems in their communities. Projects must ignite civic engagement, support skills for the digital economy, and support K-12 education by encouraging and training the next generation of workers for advanced careers in the STEM and STEAM fields. Eligibility is limited to organizations located in the 11 markets of the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas-Fort Worth, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, South Florida, Southern California, and Washington, D.C. Applications must be submitted online by February 2, 2018.
Schools may enter for their chance to win $10,000 to support STEM education. One school will be selected as the Grand Prize winner in May 2018. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 grant to be used by the school for a science lab makeover and/or STEM-related equipment, supplies, or technology. Educators and schools can enter the sweepstakes online once per day until 5:00 p.m. on April 27, 2018.
This program makes one or more grants per year to librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in service to any specified group(s) of people. Projects should aim to answer a question that is of vital importance to the library community, and the researchers should plan to provide documentation of the results of their work. All members of ALA are welcome to apply, and awards will be for up to $3,000. Applications must be submitted by email by February 12, 2018.
This program will support projects to improve the management and protection of ocean and coastal resources and ecosystems in California. Projects should feature innovative research that directly informs and improves the stewardship of ocean and coastal resources. Applicants may submit preliminary proposals for research on ocean acidification and hypoxia, as well as other changes in ocean conditions from a changing climate; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; sea-level rise adaptation and coastal resilience; coastal sediment management; marine pollution; or marine renewable energy. Eligible applicants are public agencies, nonprofit corporations, or private entities. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. PT on March 15, 2018. A pre-proposal information webinar for the program is scheduled for February 20, 2018.
The annual Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference is Virginia’s leading conference for organizations and individuals making a difference in their communities. The conference is open to the public and is ideal for volunteer service leaders, nonprofit executives, faith-based organization leaders, and government agency personnel. The highly interactive, two-day conference will feature a diverse array of instructional workshops, networking events, and opportunities for service. The conference will be held on May 21-22, 2018, in Richmond, Virginia. Prospective attendees must register online to attend. Interested parties may also submit proposals for workshops.
The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Summit is a two-day event featuring workshops, opportunities for resource sharing, and opportunities for networking that will support members of Oregon’s farm to school and school garden community in their work to provide farm- and garden-based education and to incorporate healthy, local foods into school meals. The summit will be held on January 25 and 26, 2018, at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. Prospective attendees must register online by January 21, 2018.
These small grants will be awarded to nature centers, schools, educational groups, and other entities to help fund development of Monarch demonstration gardens or waystations on public sites in their immediate areas. The program aims to educate the public about Monarch conservation and to encourage restoration of Monarch habitats throughout the Texas migration flyway. Awards will normally range from $50 to $400. Applications must be submitted by mail or email by February 15, 2018.
This program will partially fund events or projects in Michigan that enhance or complement the awareness of books, reading, literacy, authors, and Michigan’s rich literary heritage. All events must be open to the public and must occur in 2018. Awards will be for up to $250, or no more than 50 percent of total project costs, whichever is less. Applications must be submitted via email, fax, or mail, but the funding agency prefers online application submissions. Applications must be received by March 1, 2018.
EdCamp is a free “un-conference” for educators by educators that support the sharing of ideas, networking, and collaborating. It’s also an innovative way to empower attendees by providing them with participant-driven professional learning events. The event will be held on January 27, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to noon MT, at the Springs Studio for Academic Excellence in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Prospective attendees must register online to attend. Registration is free, but spots are limited.
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