“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!
This challenge program intends to generate innovative ideas that will help address the affordable housing crisis in America and further support Fannie Mae’s broad mission to create housing opportunities that are safe, sustainable, and affordable, while managing risk to protect lenders, homeowners, and tax payers. Specifically, Fannie Mae will invest $10 million over two years to generate affordable housing solutions. Fannie Mae invites public, private, and nonprofit organizations, as well as individuals and cross-sector teams, to submit applications for awards of up to $250,000 (for research and design) or $500,000 (for idea development). Phase One applications must be submitted online by February 23, 2018.
This program allows organizations to leverage funding from outside sources while engaging youth as young as 14 years of age in national service. Organizations that receive affiliate designation will be able to use natural service as a means to incubate and expand service opportunities to create self-sustaining service models that complement existing AmeriCorps programs. Eligible applicants are Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, local governments, states, and nonprofit organizations. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. ET on February 21, 2018.
This program’s goal is to help schools across the country develop gardens that help cultivate hard work and healthy eating habits among students. The program is open to school administrators or food service directors of all K-12 schools. Schools may participate by providing images and descriptions of their school gardens to the funding agency. A total of 22 entries will then be selected at random to receive prizes, including 1 gold prize of $15,000, 1 silver prize of $5,000, and 20 bronze prizes of $500. All entries must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. CT on March 11, 2018. The drawing of prizes will take place on or about March 12, 2018.
Project YES is a national internship program engaging college students in service to meet the needs of military families. Volunteers travel the nation delivering youth programs to a variety of Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) and other youth- and teen-oriented programs serving military families. Project YES will support events that serve a daily minimum attendance of 15 children or youth aged 6-17; a minimum of eight total contact hours over the entire event; and a minimum of four daily contact hours per day, if the event is a multiple-day event. Organizations may request event support online. Project YES is only accepting standby requests for the timeframe of January 2018 to April 2018.
This program will honor an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organizations for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. The award will consist of $1,500 and a 24K gold-framed citation of achievement. Applications must be submitted online by February 1, 2018.
This program will contribute to charitable causes that are important to Gexa Energy’s customers and communities in Texas. Preferred considerations will be given to projects, organizations, and initiatives focused on shelter, clothing, health, education, and character building. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply for up to $500, and other types of organizations may apply for up to $250 to support community causes. An organization may receive only one award per year. Applications must be emailed by February 28, 2018.
This is a special funding program available for organizations wishing to bring a Black history presenter to their communities in February 2018, which is Black History Month. Twelve programs are currently available, and applicants must choose one of those programs. Organizations may request reimbursement of up to $500 for the costs of hosting events, and must match funding on a one-to-one basis via cash and/or in-kind contributions. Applications must be submitted online by January 15, 2018.
This program will cover the costs of consumer drug collection boxes and disposal for two years, thus giving pharmacies a safe, convenient, and effective way to keep unused pharmaceutical drugs out of New York’s waters and out of the wrong hands. The program is open to retail chain and independent pharmacies, hospitals and medical clinics with on-site pharmacies, and pharmacies serving long-term care facilities across New York State. Applications must be submitted online, and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
CARB is holding public workshops to discuss the future guidelines of its FARMER program. This program intends to provide funding for low-emission agricultural harvesting equipment, heavy-duty trucks, agricultural pump engines, tractors, and other equipment. During the workshops, staff and participants will discuss the program, air district funding allocations, eligible project categories, and additional recommendations. Workshops will be held on January 24, 2018, in Santa Rosa; January 26, 2018, in Sacramento; and January 30, 2018, in Fresno.
This program will provide agricultural outreach grants of up to $500 to North Carolina teachers. Awards will help educators provide pre-K through collegiate-level students with valuable, real-world education and experience directly related to the agricultural industry and the Common Core State and Essential Standards. Applications must be submitted online by April 15, 2018.