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Special Opps: Funding and More for February 9, 2017

by eCivis Research Team on February 9, 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.



BuildingCommunityWorkshop (bc): Rural Placemaking

BuildingCommunityWorkshop is accepting applications for new creative placemaking initiatives that will take place in two rural communities (populations of fewer than 50,000) in the United Sates. Projects are expected to bring together community developers, housing organizations, artists, and local stakeholders to strengthen communities. Two awards of up to $7,500 will be provided to two partnerships between housing/community development organizations and artists/arts organizations. Projects will be implemented from May to August 2017. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on March 10, 2017.


Library of Congress Literacy Awards

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program will honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad. Awards will also encourage the continuing development of innovative methods for promoting literacy and the wide dissemination of the most effective practices. A $150,000 prize and two $50,000 prizes (one for U.S. projects, and one for international projects) will be provided. All organizations that do not operate on a for-profit basis are eligible to apply. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 31, 2017.


J.M. Kaplan Fund: 2017 J.M.K. Innovative Prize

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize program will offer up to ten awards to nonprofit organizations and mission-driven for-profit organizations tackling America’s most pressing needs through social innovation. The program will provide up to three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses, for a total three-year award amounting to $175,000. Specifically, the funding agency seeks to support innovation in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. Applications must be submitted online by April 28, 2017.


Kaboom!: Playful City USA 2017

Playful City USA is a recognition program honoring cities and towns that ensure that kids in their communities, particularly kids from low-income families, get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. Participating communities and their partners will be driving a deeper understanding of the importance of play and engaging citizens to reimagine cities with kids in mind. Award recipients will receive national recognition, access to an engagement series, marketing kits, policy maps, and road signs. Communities must submit applications by April 7, 2017.


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Awards for Faculty

NEH will provide support for humanities research conducted by individual scholars at Hispanic-serving institutions, historically Black colleges and universities, and tribal colleges and universities. For all three programs, awards can be used for a wide range of projects that are based on humanities research. Awards are designed to be flexible. Applications for all three programs must be submitted online by April 12, 2017, with project periods beginning in January 2018.


UL Innovative Education Award

The UL Innovative Education Award will champion innovative, replicable, and scalable education programs that advance science learning through research and investigative experiences for young people. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects are a priority for this program. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Applications must be submitted online by midnight ET on February 28, 2017.


Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) Challenge Program

The BIF Challenge Program seeks visionary whole-system solutions that demonstrate both a clear grasp of a “big picture” and a focus on well-defined needs of critical importance. All entries must be visionary, comprehensive, anticipatory, ecologically responsible, feasible, verifiable, and replicable. Nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid applicants are eligible. Applications must be submitted online by March 31, 2017.


California Department of Fish and Wildlife: Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs Workshops

The funding agency, along with other California environmental agencies, is holding a series of grant workshops in Southern California. The purpose of these workshops is to engage local stakeholders in an effort to increase the number and quality of proposals submitted to Proposition 1 for projects in Southern California. Workshops will be held on February 21, 2017 (San Diego), February 22, 2017 (Calexico), February 23, 2017 (Riverside), and February 24, 2018 (Ventura). Interested entities must RSVP by emailing the program staff.


Indiana Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) Program

Indiana’s HCI program will help communities develop a new generation of local leaders; promote the launch, survival, and growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs; and/or invest in place through community design, public space developments, local foods, or other quality-of-life initiatives. Eligible applicants are communities with 25,000 or fewer residents. Five applicants will be selected to receive awards and will be asked to contribute $5,000 of matching contributions. Applications must be emailed to the program staff by 4:00 p.m. ET on March 31, 2017.


Virginia Department of Education: STEM Competition Team Grant Initiative

This initiative is a state-funded after-school program that will make grants available to Virginia schools/school divisions that have demonstrated an interest in establishing new STEM competition teams. Award recipients will also serve as models for other STEM competition teams in other schools. Funding will be provided at a rate of up to $1,250 per year for elementary schools, $2,500 per year to middle schools, and $5,000 per year for high schools. Applications must be submitted by March 3, 2017.


Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance Program (AFTA)

The AFTA program provides technical assistance to organizations to maximize the benefits of alternative fuel use in Pennsylvania. The funding agency will work directly with award recipients to develop technically viable and economically sustainable alternative fueling strategies. Eligible organizations include political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, municipal authorities, and school districts in Pennsylvania. Applications may be emailed or mailed to the funding agency.


California Arts Council (CAC): Research in the Arts

This program will foster original research on the value and impact of the arts. CAC will make four to eight grants of up to $50,000 available to California-based scholars and research teams, who will be expected to produce at least one article-length research paper that is ready for publication at the end of the project period. Research teams must be led by nonprofit organizations or units of government, and projects must focus on the value and impact of the arts in dedicated artistic and/or inter-disciplinary contexts. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2017.


Sustainable Jersey: Coding for Communities (CfC)

The CfC program is an eight-week competition to address local sustainability and public engagement challenges through technology and data. Participants will have the option of developing a tool based off of a specific issue shared from New Jersey municipalities. Municipalities will submit ideas to the teams created by the program and may provide support to teams entering contests. Municipalities will submit ideas to the teams created by the program and may provide support to teams entering contests. Municipalities must submit their ideas online by 11:59 p.m. on February 12, 2017.


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