“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!
The PEACE Initiative seeks to harness local energy by working with police and communities to drive collaborative police reform locally. The initiative is expected to make communities safer, strengthen police-community relationships, and build a foundation for future collaboration. The funding agency will provide technical assistance to local police departments and focus work on de-escalation, use of force, language access, policing in school environments, civilian complaint intake, alternatives to arrest, protests, parking enforcement, and other issues. Eligible lead applicants are local police departments or other law enforcement agencies, which must have established community support. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 21, 2017.
This program is an effort to help keep kids healthy, and it will provide one award of $100,000 towards the purchase of playground equipment. There are no eligibility restrictions for this program, and applications must be submitted online by November 18, 2017. Projects will then be presented to the public, who will vote and select the winning playground.
This program will support groundbreaking children’s theater projects that demonstrate diversity, racial equity, and inclusion, and promote the involvement of communities that have been historically disadvantaged and socially and politically excluded based on race. All projects must culminate with a public production, display, or publication. All nonprofit theaters that have been established for at least five years with a public record of creating work for young audiences are eligible to apply. Only one award off up to $30,000 will be provided through this program. Applicants must first submit a request to submit (RTS) an application, due online by January 16, 2018.
WD Foundation will provide product request donations to nonprofit organizations. Donations may include new WD, SanDisk, or HGST products for fundraising purposes, such as raffles or auctions, or refurbished WD hard drives for schools or nonprofit organizations for internal use. Requests for products must be received no later than four to six weeks prior to the event, and each entity may submit one request per 12-month period. Requests must be submitted via mail or email.
This program will support community gardens, educational enterprises, and gardens that give. The aim of the program is to provide excellent quality, open-pollinated seeds so that communities may be empowered to grow more food. The program donates packets of seeds that will provide learning opportunities to project participants. Applications must be submitted online by November 30, 2017.
This program aims to promote the development of a circulating audio music/video product collection in public libraries and increase the exposure of the format within the library community. All public libraries are eligible, except for those having employees on the award program’s evaluation jury. A total of $2,500 worth of audio music or video products will be provided to award recipients. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. CT on December 4, 2017.
This program will fund elementary and secondary school teachers in the United States to support the development of innovative curricula related to Turkey. The program aims to enhance teachers’ and students’ knowledge and understanding of Turkey and develop a repository of effective practice to teach about the country. Awards will range from $250 to $2,500 and will cover the costs of research, materials, speakers, and other expenses. Applications must be submitted online by November 30, 2017.
This program is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech, and to write to the author (living or dead) about how the documents affected them personally. Letter due dates and submission addresses will vary by state.
This program annually recognizes one river in Pennsylvania as the River of the Year. The recognition will raise awareness of the important recreational, ecological, and historical resources associated with the state’s rivers and streams. The river will be celebrated throughout the year, and events may include paddling trips, speaker series, clean-up days, photography contests, and more. A river may be nominated by submitting the nomination form via email by 5:00 p.m. on November 6, 2017.
This program is a free health education program for Arizona’s schools that takes place in February. Fourth and fifth grade teachers may use the program to expand their students’ knowledge about the importance of healthy eating and exercise habits. The program will launch on February 1, 2018, and teachers must register online to participate. Teachers will receive free toolkits and an opportunity to apply for one of five $5,000 grants provided through this program.