“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!
This program will provide a grant of $500 to help a school develop and/or maintain an onsite garden. Only one grant is available per year, and it is available to any school serving grades K-12 that intends to create or maintain a fruit, berry, vegetable, flower, or hydroponic garden on the school campus as a teaching tool. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by December 1, 2017.
The Roller Skating Foundation Grant Program is offering grants to deserving schools nationwide to assist them in funding their physical fitness programs. Awards ranging from $250 to $500 will be provided to schools, educators, and volunteers seeking assistance in accomplishing educational objectives and fitness-related goals. Applications must be emailed or mailed to the funding agency by January 10, 2018.
Safer Brand will provide funding for projects directly connected with breast cancer research. The program intends to support organizations involved in breast cancer research with the highest percentage of dollars spent on actual research. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and must not be otherwise sufficiently funded. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by December 1, 2017.
This program will provide grants of up to $5,000 to support projects related to Finnish-American and Finnish history, heritage, arts, and culture. Funded projects will be expected to receive favorable attention, have high profile and visibility, involve the service of volunteers, and appeal to all Americans, not only Finns. All applications must be supported by a local FFN chapter. Applications must be emailed or mailed to the funding agency by January 17, 2018.
This program will provide high-quality binoculars from Celestron Optics to classrooms that participate in citizen-science projects. A total of 120 pairs of binoculars are available and will be distributed on a rolling basis throughout the 2017/2018 school year, with one to two programs receiving awards each month. Applications must be submitted online.
This program will provide Form 2 3D printers to educational institutions working on projects at the cutting edge of technology and research. Award recipients are expected to push research boundaries by creating 3D models, prototypes, and custom tools that would otherwise be too costly or complex to produce. The program is open to all accredited educational institutions in any department. Applications must be submitted online and will be accepted on a rolling basis.
This program will pair high school science teachers with mentors doing cutting-edge research in an academic lab or a lab associated with a nonprofit institution. The goal is to help teachers bring knowledge from the research lab director into the classroom and promote hands-on science education. The funding agency will award approximately 25 awards in the Pacific Northwest. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by December 1, 2017.
This program offers grants of up to $800 to organizations engaged in rural community development work across Michigan. The goal is to connect and educate community leaders, provide expertise, and advocate for policy and projects that impact rural Michigan. Some of the program’s focus areas include agriculture, broadband access and adoption, education, and health. The program is open to nonprofit organizations, with a municipality or governmental entity acting as the fiduciary agent. The funding agency encourages including more than one entity or organization within a community in an application. Applications must be emailed or faxed to the funding agency by 5:00 p.m. on October 2, 2017.
The Texas STAR Fund may be used to assist farmers and ranchers in rebuilding fences, restoring operations, and paying for other agricultural disaster relief. The program helps farmers and ranchers impacted by wildfires, floods, or tornadoes. Cost-share awards of up to $4,000 will be provided through this program. All Texas farmers, ranchers, producers, and agribusiness owners are eligible to apply. For the most recent disaster declaration in Texas, applications must be emailed to the funding agency by 5:00 p.m. CT on December 27, 2017.
This program will provide Arizona-certified teachers up to $2,000 in professional development scholarship funds over a three-year period. Professional development must support certified teachers in gaining educational credentials and/or certifications in math, science, technology, engineering, or career and technical education. Applicants must be certified Arizona teachers with a current contract at an Arizona public school. Teachers must pursue professional development at a regionally or nationally accredited public or private secondary educational institution in Arizona and must agree to teach in a public school in Arizona for three years after completing the program. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency.