“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 will provide a wide variety of training opportunities to improve the investigative response of local, regional, state, and tribal law enforcement to high-risk victims, children in crises, and the commercial sexual exploitation of youth. Training sessions may be hosted by local, regional, state, and tribal law enforcement training academies, agencies, or organizations. Entities may request training online.
So Delicious Daily Free will provide dairy-free food products to support causes and people in communities that are making a difference. Products may include frozen desserts, beverages, cultured products, and creamers. Product donation requests must be submitted online at least 45 days prior to a scheduled event.
This program intends to provide internet connection to all students who may not have online access at home. Awards will include SmartSpot solution programs with ten months of educational broadband at 500 MB per day or ten months of service at 5 GB per month in order to allow low-income students to access digital and online educational resources. Schools and school districts may apply for grants online and must submit applications by August 11, 2017.
The Barry and Marie Lipman Prize is an annual global prize that celebrates leadership and innovation in the social sector with an emphasis on impact and transferability of practices. The prize intends to provide resources and connect change-makers to bring innovative ideas to new places and problems around the world. An unrestricted cash prize of $250,000 is available for the prize winner as well as additional cash awards for runners-up. Applications may be submitted by nonprofit organizations with annual budgets of or above $500,000. Applications must be submitted online starting on July 14, 2017, and by 5:00 p.m. ET on August 14, 2017.
The CSGF provides nonprofit organizations that run charter schools in communities with support to achieve academic excellence, expand their impact, become or remain financially sustainable, and feature leadership teams who have the skills and expertise to accomplish their goals. The program will provide funding (in the form of grants or low-interest loans), insights, and access to a community of charter school leaders to award recipients. Prospective applicants may provide information to the funding agency via an online form, after which they will be contacted for an initial conversation.
This program will support active, long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, and university faculty and students. These partnerships will enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college faculty through participation in authentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers. Proposals for this program must be submitted by universities and colleges by October 1, 2017. Proposals must be submitted online through the funding agency’s Fast Lane or through grants.gov.
The NCSE will provide professional development through conferences to schools and school districts. Conferences will include Developing a Problem-Solving Truancy Court on September 18, 2017; Creating a Trauma-Informed School on September 19, 2017; Best Practices in Truancy Prevention and Reduction on September 20, 2017; Attendance Advocate Training on September 21, 2017; Evaluating Truancy and Attendance Programs on September 22, 2017; and other programs. Conferences will take place in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Prospective attendees must register online to attend specific conferences.
Indiana youth ages 11 through 15 may apply to this program, in partnership with 501(c)(3) organizations, to receive awards of up to $1,000 to complete service projects in their areas. Awards will allow the upcoming generation to make a difference and a lasting impact on the quality of lives in their communities. Applications must be submitted online by August 2, 2017.
The Virginia Service Foundation offers mini-grants of up to $250 throughout the year to any public or private organization in Virginia, including schools and institutions of higher education, to host a service project on Martin Luther King Day, Day to Serve, and the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. Applications for Martin Luther King Day applications must be received between November 1, 2017, and December 9, 2017; and Day to Serve and 9/11 Day applications must be received between July 1, 2017, and September 1, 2017. Applications must be submitted online.
eCivis and The Ferguson Group (TFG) co-hosted a webinar on how to prepare for three federal grant opportunities expected to be released in the coming months. The webinar also covered the importance of annually preparing a calendar of priority grants for your community and how planning ahead can boost your community's grants success.Grants covered:Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grants (TIGER), Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), and Brownfields Assessment Grants. You can access below:
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