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Special Opps: Funding and More for April 20, 2017

by eCivis Research Team on April 20, 2017
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Periscope in Article About Grant Opportunities“eCivis Special Opps” is collection of supplemental funding sources, resources, and other opportunities for organizations, faculty and students, community members, and partners that are discovered by our research team while searching for opportunities to include in Grants Network: Research.



National League of Cities (NLC): 2017 SolSmart City Challenge

The 2017 SolSmart City Challenge is a national competition for cities to showcase their support for solar energy. One city will be chosen as the winner of the SolSmart City MVP category, and one city will be chosen as the winner of the SolSmart Most Improved category. Prizes for winning cities will include presentation opportunities, recognition, a winner’s certificate, and travel reimbursement to attend the 2017 NLC City Summit on November 15-18, 2017. Cities may join the application by completing the program scorecard, which can be found on the program webpage, and submitting scorecards by June 30, 2017.


Vera Institute of Justice: Opening Doors to Public Housing

This program is soliciting applications from public housing authorities who would benefit from nine months of technical assistance as they seek to plan and implement reentry programs or change their policies in order to safely increase access to housing for people with juvenile records and/or adult criminal records. Housing authorities of all sizes are encouraged to apply, including those administering housing choice vouchers. Multiple housing authorities in the same area may apply together. Applications must be submitted via email by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 12, 2017.


Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Program Assistance

HUD will provide state and local governments, tribes, public housing authorities, nonprofit organizations, continuums of care, and other entities with technical assistance and in-depth program assistance to ensure that HUD-supported projects are implemented successfully. Technical assistance is designed to provide resources, tools, and support for applicants. In-depth program assistance will include coordination and consultation over a period of weeks or months. Prospective applicants may apply for assistance online.


National Center for Families Learning (NCFL): Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award

This award program, made possible by Toyota, recognizes teachers who are positively impacting families by engaging them in school- and community-based educational programming. NCFL is accepting nominations from the general public. The selected educator will receive $20,000 to further family engagement efforts in his or her community. One runner-up will receive $5,000. Both winners will receive the awards during the funding agency’s annual conference on October 9-11, 2017, in Tucson, Arizona. Nominations must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 9, 2017.


McDonald’s 2017 Mac Grants Program

The Mac Grants program will provide up to $500 to middle school classrooms in order to support the provision of hands-on experiences in the classroom for students. Applications must be submitted online by August 1, 2017.


Charles Koch Foundation Funding Programs

The Charles Koch Foundation supports projects that focus on social progress, well-being, long-term prosperity, as well as general research projects. The funding agency is interested in pressing issues that affect societal well-being and in discovering solutions to complex problems. Currently, funding is offered for the following programs: Foundations of Well-Being, Corporate Welfare Reform, Toleration and Free Speech, Foreign Policy, Criminal Justice and Policing Reform, Technology and Innovation, and Economic Freedom. The funding agency’s general research program focuses on research that supports the funding agency’s goals and visions. Each program has different requirements, and applications are submitted online.


The Herb Society of America: Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grants

This program, available for public and/or private 3rd through 6th grade teachers with classes of at least 15 students, will provide ten schools/classrooms with $200 of “seed money” to establish an indoor or outdoor herb garden. The award may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, and child- or youth-sized tools. The aim of the program is to ensure that herbs are used in classrooms where elementary school students learn. Applications must be submitted online by October 1, 2017.


Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Becoming a National Health Service Corps (NHSC)-Approved Site

The HRSA is accepting applications from federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), American Indian Health facilities, FQHC look-alikes, correction and detention facilities, school-based clinics, certain hospitals, certain private practices, and other eligible entities to become NHSC-certified sites. These sites are health care facilities that provide comprehensive outpatient, ambulatory, primary health care services to populations residing in health professional shortage areas (HPSAs), which are communities with limited access to care. Approved sites will receive recruitment and retention assistance, technical assistance, and additional resources. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 6, 2017.


Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC): Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement (Cities RISE) Program

The Cities RISE program will provide cities, towns, and villages in New York State with populations greater than 25,000 with easy-to-use technology that will help them coordinate, map out, and analyze disparate sources of data with the goal of facilitating effective, equitable strategies to spur housing revitalization. The program will allow local governments to make improvements in the areas of data integration and analytics, equitable policy and practices, and civic engagement and innovation. Applications must be submitted via email by 5:00 p.m. ET on May 5, 2017.


Keep Ohio Beautiful: Zero Waste Event Partnership Grants

This program’s purpose is to encourage recycling at statewide events such as county fairs, festivals, and marathons. This funding will provide 25 grants, which will include materials and supplies for one event per year, valued at $1,600. Eligible applicants are government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Applications must be submitted online.


Keep Oklahoma Beautiful: The Great American Cleanup

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful will provide free supplies and support materials for organizations that participate in the 2017 Great American Cleanup program. Participating organizations will clean up litter along roadsides and in parks, streams, forests, schoolyards, and neighborhoods. Projects may also include plantings, recycling drives, educational workshops, graffiti removal, and freshening up of buildings by giving them a fresh coat of paint. Registered organizations will also be eligible to submit a grant request to the OGE Energy Cash Grants Program. One registered group will be recognized and receive a $1,000 cash prize. Participating groups include scouting troops, civic organizations, chamber beautification committees, schools, families, businesses, adopt-a-highway groups, sports teams, municipalities, and county governments. Events may be registered online.


Virginia Department of Education: Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) Visual Arts Contest

This program is seeking K-12 students to participate in the 2017 Visual Arts Contest. The contest will showcase the winning artwork statewide in posters, on the CVC website, and in a directory. Selected entries will also be exhibited across Virginia. Artwork must focus on the theme of “Virginia is for Givers.” Small cash prizes will also be awarded to winning students. School divisions may submit applications for their students to enroll in the contest. Applications must be postmarked by May 16, 2017.


Mueller, Inc.: Helping Hand Program

Every year, teams of workers provided by Mueller, Inc. team up with the popular television show, Texas County Reporter, to find deserving nonprofit organizations in Texas to receive a free Mueller building. Past award recipients have included food pantries, organizations providing medical and dental care, and volunteer fire departments. Applications may be submitted online or mailed to the funding agency, and must be received by May 15, 2017.


Environmental Education Association of Illinois (EEAI): Mini-Grants

This program will provide up to $350 for projects that provide environmental education opportunities for Illinois residents. Projects may educate communities about environmental issues, propose curricula that will engage participants in learning an ecological concept, or provide experiences that will help students increase their understanding of the natural world. Eligible applicants include all Illinois formal and non-formal educators. Applications must be mailed to the funding agency by October 31, 2017.


Further Resources

Looking for more school resources that support the arts? Click below for seven additional private grants with various deadlines throughout the year.


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