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Alternative Funding and More for November 2, 2017

by eCivis Research Team on November 2, 2017
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Alternative Funding and Other Grant-Related Opportunities

“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!


Americares: USAccess

This program connects free medicines and health care supplies to health care organizations that work with low-income populations across the United States. Health care organizations may apply online to access entirely free medicines and supplies for uninsured and underinsured patients. There is no stated application deadline for this program.


Seed Savers Exchange: Disaster Relief Community Seed Donations

Seed Savers Exchange will extend a hand to gardens or farms that have been impacted by recent hurricanes or natural disasters across the country. Packets of 100 seeds, each of a different variety, will be provided to gardeners and farmers. The funding agency asks applicants to cover the $25 shipping and handling fee, but will also cover that cost if necessary. Applications must be submitted online. There is no stated application deadline for this program.


National Science Foundation (NSF): Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC)

CCIC is a prestigious, two-stage competition in which community college teams use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems, compete for cash awards, and earn full travel support to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in Washington, D.C. The competition is open to teams consisting of a faculty mentor, three to five students, and an industry partner. The first stage of the competition involves the submission of a written entry and a 90-second video, which must be submitted online by February 14, 2018. Ten teams will then be chosen to move on to the next stage of the competition, in which finalists will attend the Innovation Boot Camp.


2018 Follett Challenge Contest

The Follett Challenge invites all educators in K-12 public and private schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia to submit requests for Follett products and services worth a total of $200,000. Ten applicants will receive $8,000 worth of Follett products and services, three semi-finalists (one in the elementary, middle, and high school category) will receive $30,000 in products and services, and one grand prize winner will receive $60,000 in products and services. All nominations and entries must be submitted online by December 15, 2017. Entries will be posted for public viewing and voting from January 22 to January 26, 2018, and the public will vote for the most deserving entries.


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Pilot Studies to Detect and Prevent Suicide Behavior, Ideation, and Self-Harm in Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System

This program supports research to test the effectiveness of combined strategies to both detect and intervene to reduce the risk of suicide behavior, suicide ideation, and non-suicidal self-harm by youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Interventions should be designed to be delivered in typical service settings using available personnel and resources. Eligible applicants include public, state-controlled, and private institutions of higher education; other nonprofit organizations; for-profit organizations; governmental agencies; independent school districts; and tribal organizations. Applications must be submitted online by February 16, June 16, or October 16, 2018.


American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT): High School Physics Teacher Grant

The AAPT has made $1,000 available to reward physics teachers who propose projects that result in better teaching practice, student understanding and interest, and/or increased enrollment. Projects should include innovating ideas, such as a new teaching method or an adaptation of an existing idea. A single award of $1,000 or two awards of $500 each will be provided through the program. Proposals must be received via mail or email by December 1, 2017.


South Carolina State Library: LSTA Tuition Assistance Grants

This program will make funding available for library staff seeking Master’s degrees in librarianship. The program will provide reimbursement of tuition costs for coursework that prepares librarians to develop, expand, deliver, or promote library services and programs. Eligible applicants are full-time or part-time library staff enrolled in an accredited Master’s degree program. Applicants must also have completed at least nine hours of prior coursework in library and information studies before applying. Applications must be submitted prior to the start of each semester, and may be mailed or emailed to the funding agency.


New Jersey Agricultural Society: Learning Through Gardening School Garden Grants

This program aims to expose children to agriculture, teach them that a healthy diet begins with fresh fruits and vegetables, and encourage teachers to view their school gardens as outdoor classrooms where they can teach every subject in their core curriculum. The program will provide schools with materials and equipment, vegetable seedlings, teaching workshops, guidance from experts, lesson plans, and support for a kick-off garden pep rally, among other benefits. Applications must be submitted via mail or email by December 31, 2017.


Humanities Texas: 2018 Outstanding Teaching Awards

This program will honor humanities teachers across Texas with cash awards and recognition. Twelve teachers will be selected to receive the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award, one history teacher will be selected to receive the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award, and two additional teachers will receive the Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching. Recipients in each category will receive awards of $5,000, with an additional $500 each for their schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials. Eligible nominees are full-time teachers in Texas public or private schools. Teachers must be nominated online by December 13, 2017.


Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education: Economic Development Grant for the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award

This program is designed to highlight successful partnerships and to further cultivate the higher learning environment throughout Oklahoma. Institutions involved with business partners and that receive awards of $500 through this program must match the award and apply the funds to the tuition of an employee; a paid internship for a current student of the institution to work at the business; a faculty externship with the business; or the enhancement of the partnership between the institution and business with equipment, materials, or supplies. Partnerships must submit applications for awards online by December 1, 2017.


New Jersey Historic Trust: Certificate Program in Historic Preservation at Rutgers University-Camden

This program offers certificates in historic preservation at Rutgers University-Camden. Students will learn the processes and techniques of historic preservation while experiencing the living laboratory of Camden and nearby Philadelphia. The program was designed for those who desire to gain a deeper understanding of the vocabulary and discipline of historic preservation. The certificate can be used to supplement a student’s work in an allied field, such as history or architecture. Registration for courses in fall 2017 is currently open.







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