“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 webinar on October 13, 2017, that will allow participants to take a deep dive into issues related to arts, culture, and transportation. The webinar will feature speakers and will focus on Smart Growth America’s national examination of creative placemaking in the transportation planning process. Discussions will identify ways that transportation professionals can integrate artists to deliver transportation projects more smoothly, improve safety, and build community support. The webinar will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. Prospective attendees may register to attend online.
Verizon Fios is offering awards of up to $1,000 to classrooms where teachers are implementing tech-focused plans. Lesson plans that receive awards through this program must teach students why technology is important, encourage participation and engagement in in-class demonstrations and hands-on opportunities, and be designed for students between kindergarten and eighth grade. First and second place award winners will receive $1,000 each, and the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth place winners will receive $500 each. Nominations must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 9, 2017.
ExtremeTerrain will provide grants of $250 to support trail improvement projects, which could include trail clean-up, restoration, and expansion. Owners and workers at private or public off-road parks, off-highway vehicle organizations with more than five members, and Wrangler and 4x4 groups and clubs with more than five members are eligible to apply. In addition to providing monetary awards, the funding agency will provide industrial-strength trash bags for collection of debris. Applications must be submitted online.
This program recognizes pharmacist-led interprofessional teams for significant system-wide improvements relating to medication use with demonstrated patient and organizational outcomes. The program will provide one award of $30,000 to one award recipient and two awards of $10,000 each to two finalists. Applicants must submit a letter of intent online by January 5, 2018.
The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program places recent humanities PhDs in two-year staff positions at partnering governmental or nonprofit organizations in order to allow them to gain valuable experience in areas such as arts management, communications, public policy, international relations, and digital media. The ACLS will provide these fellows with stipends, and host organizations will incur only modest placement fees, as well as costs related to hosting fellows on-site. Host organizations are selected based on their capacity to provide career-building work and mentorship to fellows. Applications for host organizations must be submitted via email by October 17, 2017.
The Texas Musical Educators Association (TMEA), alongside other state arts education organizations in Texas, has developed a website to serve as a central registry where arts programs affected by Hurricane Harvey can post their immediate program needs so that individuals and organizations around Texas and the nation can respond directly to them. School teachers and administrators representing campuses and districts located in FEMA-designated impact zones may sign up and create a help request to be posted on the site.
Texas school districts may apply to reclaim funds from the TEA in order to fund disaster remediation costs as a result of a disaster. These funds are expected to reimburse disaster remediation costs that will not be offset by any payments received or expected to be received from federal, state, or other sources. Schools eligible to recapture funds are Chapter 41 schools that participate in the Chapter 41 Wealth Equalization program, which recaptures excess funds from school districts and redistributes funding via the Texas school finance system.
The TMC Health Policy Institute will provide two awards of $50,000 each to support research on ways to reduce the impacts of natural disasters facing the Houston area. Awards will fund research on public policies at any level of government that can be developed in order to lessen the public health and safety impacts of disasters. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by December 1, 2017, and winning projects will be announced on January 15, 2018.
This program aims to expose children to agriculture and where their food comes from, teach children 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 many subjects in their core curriculum. Award recipients will receive materials to build school gardens, vegetable seedlings, workshops, posters, supplies, and access to guidance from experts, among other benefits. Applications must be submitted via mail or email by December 31, 2017.
The OHFA will hold a training session covering Ohio’s 2018/2019 QAP. Agency staff will explain changes in the tax credit application process, provide an overview of the new scoring systems, and answer any questions participants may have. Nonprofit agencies are also invited to an information discussion with the agency after the training workshop. The workshop will take place on October 23, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Columbus. Prospective participants must register online to attend.