“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!
National Parole Resource Center (NPRC): Learning Collaborative on Paroling Authorities as Key Partners in Achieving Governors’ Criminal Justice Policy Goals
The NPRC is housing a learning collaborative to update state executives about evidence-based practices for paroling authorities and to assist them in developing collaborative strategies for strengthening parole in their states’ justice systems. Four selected teams will participate in a two-day summit, receive technical assistance, and present recommendations and plans of actions to their governors. The collaborative will take place in fall 2017 in Washington, D.C. Governor’s offices in states that are full members of the National Governors Association (NGA) are eligible to apply. Proposals must be submitted via email by 5:00 p.m. ET on July 24, 2017. The NPRC also provides other programs of technical assistance and training assistance to governors’ offices. Additional resources offered by the funding agency can be found online.
New Balance Foundation and Tufts University Friedman School’s Billion Mile Race: Walk/Run Equipment Grants
This program will provide 20 schools that are participants in the Billion Mile Race with grants for fresh, new equipment to help their walking or running programs hit the ground during the 2017/2018 school year. Winning schools will choose up to $500 in equipment from a list of over 25 items provided by the Flaghouse Company. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 15, 2017.
This program is designed to help organizations implement nimble, proactive pop initiatives that create learning spaces, partnerships, narrative design opportunities, experimental cultural campaigns, and/or content intended for mass audiences to help advance social justice through pop culture. Projects should focus on narrative, be rapid response efforts, and remember that pop culture is created for a mass audience. To initiate the application process, applicants must submit their information online.
Currently employed and certified/licensed public, charter, and private school teachers, as well as K-college school teachers, are eligible to enter to win an expense-paid trip for two to visit and tour the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. In order to be eligible, teachers must submit a lesson plan, which may be based on the funding agency’s suggested lesson plan, which features a 9/11 Day project. All 9/11 Day-related projects started from August 15, 2017, to September 30, 2018, may count as entries. Applications must be submitted online by October 15, 2017.
The LJAF is requesting applications for three programs that address social issues across the United States. The Demonstrating the Power of Evidence-Based Programs to “Move the Needle” on Major U.S. Social Problems program supports evidence-based policy reform that has credible evidence of meaningful positive effects on people’s lives. The Randomized Controlled Trials to Evaluate Social Programs Whose Delivery Will Be Funded by Government or Other Entities program supports the conduct of randomized controlled trials of social programs in any area of domestic policy. The Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trials to Drive Effective Social Spending program supports low-cost randomized controlled trials for building scientific evidence about “what works” in social spending. For the third program, applicants must submit a letter of interest via email by September 15, 2017. There are no deadlines for the other two programs, and letters of interest may be emailed at any time.
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 coverrf 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. Access the recording below:
The ARRL has several funding programs available to advance amateur radio in the United States. The Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive Fund will provide mini-grants to high school radio clubs, youth groups, and general-interest radio clubs that sponsor subgroups of young people or otherwise to make a special effort to get youth involved in club activities. Awards will be for up to $1,000, with preference given to projects that raise local matching funds. There is no specified application deadline for this program. The Alfred E. Friend, Jr., W4CF, Educational Activities Fund is intended to provide grants for educational programs and activities of amateur radio organizations. Applications must be submitted online by October 1, 2017.
This program will make $4.5 million in grant funding available to support orchestras that are making significant improvements in organizational learning and innovation. Awards, in the form of two-year grants, will support new or ongoing work that demonstrates an impact on the organization and on its audiences and communities. All U.S.-based adult and youth orchestras that are members of the League of American Orchestras are eligible to apply. For the summer 2017 cycle, small-budget orchestras and youth orchestras are eligible to apply. Letters of intent must be submitted online by August 31, 2017.
The 2017 Arizona Housing Forum will provide an exceptional platform for affordable housing professionals to learn, network, and share ideas that create and improve housing choices in Arizona. The forum will take place on August 23-25, 2018, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prospective participants may register online to participate.
The California Senate Bill 1 provides the first significant, stable, and ongoing increase in state transportation funding for more than two decades in California. To ensure that California localities are apprised of the programs offered by this bill, the funding agency has organized workshops across the state for interested stakeholders. Upcoming workshops are planned between July 17, 2017, and December 6, 2017, in various locations and various times across the state. The workshop schedule can be found on the program website.
The S4SD is a teen driving initiative aimed at reducing serious traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities among Michigan teenagers. All Michigan high schools are eligible to apply to receive $1,000 to develop and implement a student-led, peer-to-peer traffic safety awareness campaign. Participating schools will submit a video or PowerPoint presentation outlining their campaign activities. Participating schools will also be eligible to send students to a free hands-on driving clinic with professional driving instructors. Applications must be emailed or mailed to the funding agency by November 17, 2017.
This program will provide Pennsylvania schools with simple and effective tools that encourage positive changes in school lunchrooms. The project will promote ideas such as low-cost/no-cost food, sustainability, promotion of healthy eating, and increased participation in school meals. Winning schools will receive visits from experts and additional assistance. There is no stated deadline for the program, and applications must be submitted online.
The Environmental Excellence Award is the highest environmental honor in the state of Texas, and the program will reward applicants that have implemented projects to improve the environment. Companies, organizations, or individuals may submit multiple applications for multiple projects, and awards will be provided in many categories, including pollution prevention, water conservation, and projects led by youth. Applications must be submitted online, or via email, by September 29, 2017.