“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.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency intends to help revitalize small-town main streets and promote economic development through the Cool and Connected program, which will help communities develop strategies and an action plan for using planned or existing broadband services that can provide new opportunities for people and businesses. All communities are eligible, but special consideration will be given to small towns and rural communities that face economic challenges, as well as communities that have received loans or grants from the USDA to support broadband or other internet-related services. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest by February 24, 2016. Webinars for prospective applicants are planned for February 9 and February 16, 2016.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School invites representatives of tribal communities to a webinar that will provide participants with an overview of some of the considerations unique to implementing Safe Routes to School programs in tribal communities, and highlight successful strategies that can assist in overcoming challenges. The webinar will take place on February 10, 2016, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET.
The Vans Company has created the Custom Culture program to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Custom Culture is a national high school customization competition using blank Vans shoes to be customized around specific themes. Winners will receive a trip to a final event and compete for a grand prize worth $50,000. High schools must register for the competition by February 12, 2016.
The Service Year Alliance is inviting submissions from groups that incorporate the service year concept into the postsecondary experience that will better prepare students to complete their degrees, attain employment, and become life-long engaged citizens. The funding agency is looking for models that make a service year a part of the undergraduate or graduate experience. There will be three categories of competitions: public, private, and community colleges. Each category will have a first-place winner that will receive a $30,000 prize.
The AHA is looking to honor health delivery organizations (hospitals, health systems, integrated networks, or self-defined community partnerships) that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. Winners will receive $100,000, a trophy, and recognition. Up to three finalists will also receive $10,000 each and recognition. All applications must be received by midnight CT on April 1, 2016.
The TGC program is a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Teachers will be provided an eight-week graduate-level online course, receive resources, and then travel for two or three weeks to another country to experience the country’s culture and education system. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 17, 2016.
The Anthony Grassroots Prize recognizes an outstanding example of grassroots environmental activism in California over the previous year with a $1,000 cash award. Organizations may apply if their annual budgets are below $100,000 per year. Individuals may also apply if they are volunteers, but must designate an environmental grassroots organization that they want to receive the prize money. All nominations should be submitted by April 1, 2016.
Humanities Texas intends to hold professional development workshops in the spring of 2016 throughout the state of Texas that focus on Texas social studies and language arts teachers. Workshop topics include Slavery, Secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction (February 2016), Teaching and Understanding the Short Story (February 19, 2016), and Teaching Shakespeare (February 26, 2016). Teachers attending workshops will receive books and other instructional materials and be trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources. Teachers must apply online to attend workshops.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is providing organizations, agencies, schools and communities with an opportunity to apply for grants that will support projects that focus on outdoor recreation education/outreach, integration of outdoor recreation interests, healthy lifestyles and communities, stewardship/conservation, and inspiring Coloradans to appreciate, enjoy, and care for the great outdoors. Applicants must attend the Partners in the Outdoors Conference (scheduled for April 27-29, 2016, in Keystone, Colorado), provide a one-to-one match, and demonstrate a collaborative effort that includes multiple partners.
MRC’s Community Assessments program provides an affordable opportunity to small and rural communities across Michigan to assess their problems and challenges, identify assets, and define issues to be addressed. The funding agency hopes that awards through this program will serve as communities’ first step toward long-range planning. Award recipients will schedule a series of meetings with different agencies to address these issues, and will only have to pay a nominal fee of $250 to assist in offsetting travel costs for the facilitation team.
Community and civic associations, schools and youth groups, businesses, hunting and fishing clubs, conservation organizations, sports teams, and other organizations and individuals are encouraged to participate in the Great American Cleanup of PA, which will take place from March 1 to May 31, 2016. The goal of the program is to make Pennsylvania communities cleaner and greener by holding recycling events, creating green areas, removing painting and graffiti, and engaging in other activities the beautify Pennsylvania. Registered events can obtain free cleanup supplies such as bags, gloves and vests to assist with cleanup efforts. From April 16 to May 9, 2016, registered events will have access to reduced or free disposal.