“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!
Smart Growth America will hold a free webinar at 1:00 p.m. ET on July 20, 2017, to provide an overview of TOD-related funding programs available through the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help municipal leaders, real estate developers, and transit agency staff create more development near transit stations. Prospective attendees may register to attend the event online. Smart Growth America also offers a variety of other year-round technical assistance resources and free workshops for communities.
This program will provide successful applicants with two large boxes containing a predetermined assortment of essential classroom items, including pencils, scissors, paper, and notebooks. Eligible applicants are teachers representing schools where 70 percent or more of children receive free or reduced-price lunches. Teachers may submit applications online by August 14, 2017.
This program will award in-kind grants to nonprofit organizations seeking to implement a new software initiative that is intended to improve the organization’s operations by increasing efficiency and expanding outreach. The program is ideal for entities that have a high volume of internet traffic and are looking to expand it. Rather than receiving cash, award recipients will receive in-house expertise and resources. The funding agency is seeking to support projects with a magnitude between $5,000 and $30,000. Applications will be accepted and awards granted on a rolling basis.
This program will support student recruitment at colleges and universities that encourage careers in the poultry industry. All institutions of higher education in the United States that offer an identifiable poultry program or can show plausible ways of connecting students to the poultry industry are eligible to apply for recruitment grants of up to $7,000. Universities that offer a poultry science minor are eligible to receive up to $3,000. Applications must be submitted via email by August 15, 2017.
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s purpose is to provide financial assistance to individual working visual artists of established ability. This program will support 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose missions directly impact individual artists. There is no deadline for applications, which must be submitted via email and must include a one-page letter of intention and the organization’s nonprofit determination letter.
Humanities New York’s grant programs will support a wide variety of lectures, festivals, panel discussions, walking tours, and the planning and implementation of exhibitions and other ventures at small and large nonprofit institutions throughout New York State. Anticipated award recipients include museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural and educational organizations. Vision grants will provide up to $1,500 to support brainstorming, researching, and professional development for organizations working collaboratively to develop new ideas and strategies. Action grants are matching awards of up to $5,000 to produce public-facing humanities projects that encourage audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others. Applications must be submitted online. Vision Grant applications must be submitted at least two months before planning activities begin, and Action Grant applications must be submitted at least three months before projects begin.
MCMV is a youth planning partnership developed with the belief that young people in Indiana should not have to leave their hometowns in order to achieve their dreams. Previous awards have been used to develop community vision plans that lay the groundwork for student entrepreneurship opportunities, community gardens, bike-share programs, farmers’ markets, and other projects students wanted to see brought to their hometowns. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by 5:00 p.m. ET on September 11, 2017.
ESP is a voluntary, performance-based leadership program designed to recognize and reward Indiana regulated entities for going above and beyond current environmental regulations. Awarded entities will receive program incentives including regulatory flexibility, public recognition, and networking opportunities. Any regulated Indiana entity may apply online to become a member. For the fall season, applications will be accepted from September 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017.
This program supports writers’ fees for literary events held in underserved communities across the state of Georgia. Literary events include readings, workshops, presentations, and performances. For each event, applicants may request between $50 and $250. Applicant organizations are strongly encouraged to match payments to writers. Each organization is generally limited to $500 per fiscal year. Colleges, cultural centers, museums, libraries, correctional facilities, hospitals, small presses, community and senior centers, places of worship, bookstores, galleries, and theaters may apply for grants, and applicants must mail or fax applications to the funding agency at least eight weeks prior to the scheduled event.
The Governor’s Arts Awards is an annual event that recognizes individuals and organizations whose efforts have impacted the arts in their communities or throughout the state of Oklahoma. Awards are presented by the Governor of Oklahoma during a special ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Nominations for artists must be submitted online by September 12, 2017. Nominees must be current, full-time Oklahoma residents or organizations that work to benefit the people of Oklahoma. Awards will be provided in six categories.
This program will reduce borrowing costs of public school bonds by making such bonds less risky for investors by ensuring that bonds will be repaid even if the pertinent school is not able to make the payment at the conclusion of the bond’s maturity. This program created an “insurance fund” for the purpose of repaying participating schools’ principals and interest payments on debt financing. Only schools that are members of the Arizona Achievement District are eligible to apply. 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 the recording below:
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