“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 program focuses on fostering learning opportunities between a diverse range of entities integrating financial counseling and coaching within government services. The Network will bring together cities, counties, states, and nonprofit organizations that provide free, one-on-one financial counseling and coaching within the context of government services. Affiliates will convene both in-person and remotely to further partnerships, highlight best practices, and catalog lessons unique to integrating financial counseling and coaching within local government programs. The program does not provide funding. Applications are accepted throughout the year and must be submitted online.
This program will donate $20,000 in new lacrosse equipment to youth and high school teams across the country in need of new gear. Six teams will be outfitted with brand new, properly fitted gear. Ultimately, the program aims to grow the sport of lacrosse by making sure that teams are outfitted in safe and durable equipment. Applications must be submitted online by December 21, 2017.
This program seeks eight libraries or museums, especially those located in rural areas and serving under-represented groups, to host the Discover Exoplanets: the Search for Alien Earths exhibition. The exhibition will engage underserved youth and their families in fostering an appreciation and deeper understanding of science and technology as it related to exoplanets. The exhibition will tour from October 2018 through late 2020. It requires 600 square feet of space for optimal display. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on January 5, 2018.
This program will support over 35 environmental health student internships during the summer of 2018. Participants must be college students from environmental health programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC), and will receive a stipend of $4,000 to complete their ten-week internships. Students temporarily relocating for internships may also receive additional stipends to cover relocation expenses. Applications will be accepted from health departments or environmental health programs, as well as from students wishing to participate in internships. Health departments and students may submit applications online. Student applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT on February 12, 2018.
This program will provide support to nonprofit charitable organizations that use and rely on pickup trucks to improve their communities. Any individuals who work with or volunteer for a charity that uses Ford F-150s, Chevrolet Silverados, GMC Sierras, or Dodge Rams are welcome to apply for a $2,000 donation to the charity he or she is involved with. The nominated individuals of the selected charity will also receive a check of $200 and an AmericanTrucks t-shirt. Applications must be submitted online by December 31, 2017, to be considered for the winter award, and May 31, 2018, to be considered for the summer award.
This program will provide grants to U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform, and if desired, record new works. Works may be composed by ensemble leaders or any other members of ensembles. Professional composer-led or collective jazz ensembles are eligible to apply, as long as they consist of two to ten musicians, include improvisation as an integral part of composition and performance, and are CMA organization-level members. Core funding of up to $19,000, continued support of up to $15,000, and administrative support funding of up to $3,000 will be provided through this program. Applications must be submitted online by midnight ET on February 4, 2018.
The program is designed to provide simple solutions to forming new charitable projects. By providing fiscal sponsorship to organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status, the program will allow projects to seek charitable donations from individuals and grants from foundations. The program will lower the cost of market entry, speed time of action, and provide basic management skills to project leaders who hope to eventually grow their initiatives into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Applications are accepted throughout the year; depending on the type of sponsorship sought, applications must be submitted online or by email.
This program will help local nonprofit cycling-based organizations get the repair products they need. Each year, ten cycling-based projects are chosen to receive tools that are necessary to outfit their shops. Over $1,400 worth of Park Tool products will be provided, including a professional mechanic tool kit, two portable repair stands, one copy of the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, and five shop aprons. Applications must be submitted online by December 31, 2017.
This program is designed to highlight practices in early learning centers, preK-12 schools, districts, and beyond school spaces across the country that are preparing students for college, career, and life by embedding critical 21st century competencies into the learning environment. Award recipients will receive access to an elite professional learning community focused on 21st century learning, which will provide educators, policy makers, and communities with a variety of models to draw from and be inspired by. Applications must be submitted online by January 31, 2018.
This program will provide funding to meet the unmet and unfunded educational needs of students. Funding will support worthy projects that significantly influence student learning. Funding must be used to promote aerospace education activities in classrooms and the development of innovative aerospace activities within prescribed curricula. Awards of $500 will be provided through this program. One award will be provided per teacher, and a maximum of two teachers per school may receive awards. Applications must be submitted online by 7:00 p.m. ET on December 15, 2017.
The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program is designed to stimulate economic growth and neighborhood revitalization in economically depressed areas of the state through state and local tax incentives, regulatory relief, and improved governmental services. Areas of at least one-half square mile and no more than 12 square miles (or 15 square miles, if located within the jurisdiction of four or more municipalities/counties) may apply for designation. Applications must be submitted by mail and must be postmarked by December 31, 2017.
This program will support humanities-based projects that help to strengthen community life. Projects are expected to bring people together for inquiry and conversation and should focus on the digital humanities, target and engage new audiences, make public humanities programming more engaging and interactive, and increase strategic planning and sustainable collaboration. Funding will be provided in several categories, and applications must be submitted by January 15, May 15, or September 15, 2018, with speaker microgrants accepted by February 15, June 15, July 15, or September 15, 2018.
This program supports either organizational growth or the development of new work in professional theaters in New York State. The program is designed for small theaters with budgets of $500,000 or less and organizations that have limited administrative capacity. The goal of the program is to offer and/or increase funding to small theater groups, help organizations grow institutionally, and support high-quality, professional theater. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on January 8, 2018.
This program is available to persons employed in Utah libraries and will support the advancement of knowledge, skills, and abilities of individual library employees to better serve their patrons. Applicants must have resided in Utah for at least one year and must be employed or be a board member of a publicly funded school or public library or be a Utah-based member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium. Awards of up to $1,000 will be provided per individual. Applications must be submitted online by January 15, May 15, August 15, or September 15, 2018.