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Special Opps: Funding and More for March 23, 2017

by eCivis Research Team on March 23, 2017
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eCivis_periscope_1a.jpg“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.



Encore.Org: The Encore Prize

This program offers $100,000 in cash prizes, coaching, and a year of ongoing support to projects and products that use the talents of 50+ adults to address social problems. The first challenge of this program is to help kids at risk. The prize will be provided to organizations with innovative solutions that utilize experienced talent to serve youth, in conjunction with the funding agency’s Generation to Generation campaign to mobilize adults 50+ to help young people thrive. The funding agency will award a $50,000 prize to one application, and the cohort of finalists will select one other winner to receive a second $50,000 prize. Applications are accepted from nonprofit, for-profit, and government applicants. Applications will open online on March 27, 2017, and must be submitted by May 7, 2017.


National Storytelling Network: Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling

The National Storytelling Network will support a community-focused project that focuses on the transformative properties of storytelling in individuals and communities. The winning project will receive a grant of $5,000. Eligible applicants must become members of the funding agency’s network prior to submitting applications. Preliminary applications must be emailed to the funding agency by April 28, 2017.


Lemelson-MIT: InvenTeams

This program will provide awards of $10,000 each to teams comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors who will use prizes to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators from all over the United States may apply. Up to 15 teams nationwide will be selected to receive awards. Initial applications must be submitted online by April 10, 2017.


Unfi Foundation Funding Opportunities

The Unfi Foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that propose innovative projects with an emphasis on organic farming, as well as initiatives designed to increase organic agricultural production. The funding agency’s goals include increasing organic agriculture, supporting research and science to develop organic farming practices, teaching organic farming practices, and fostering the next generation of organic farmers. Prospective applicants must begin by submitting a letter of intent online by April 13, 2017.


Maddie’s Fund: Maddie’s Idea Lab Grants

Maddie’s Idea Lab Grant programs support the development and assessment of innovative ideas that have a high likelihood of advancing the lifesaving of dogs and cats, the utilization of foster care for dogs and cats, and/or animal welfare leadership. Topics may include animal behavior, animal welfare, business management, marketing and social media, shelter medicine, etc. All projects must have practical applications to pet lifesaving. Funding is provided through the Summer Scholar Grant Program, which provides scholarships to veterinary students; Phase 1-4 grants, which provide funding to animal welfare organizations and research scientists to develop innovative ideas; and Basic Research Grants, which fund university, college, and 501(c)(3) applicants to build upon the available scientific knowledge base. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency. Summer Scholar applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017, while the Phase 1-4 and Basic Research programs have multiple deadlines throughout the year.


Puppeteers of America: Grants and Scholarships

Puppeteers of America will provide endowment grants to active puppeteers for projects that will further the growth and development of the art of puppetry. Awards will generally range from $500 to $1,000. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by April 15, 2017.


United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Foundation: Grants and Scholarships

The USHJA Foundation’s grants provide financial support to individuals or organizations that require financial assistance for non-emergency projects that will benefit, enhance, or support constituents of the hunter/jumper industry. The majority of grants will range from $1,000 and $10,000. The funding agency’s Making a Dream program will provide up to $2,500 to support special experience in the sport of hunters and jumpers for individuals facing unique circumstances. The Gochman Family Grant program will provide funding for young competitors to participate in the U.S. Pony Finals. The Hamel Scholarship for Further Education program will provide up to $25,000 to one member of the USHJA to be used for college, graduate, trade, or professional school. The Making a Difference in Our Zones program will contribute funds to supplement select educational grants awarded by the USHJA’s zones. Programs use various application forms, and application deadlines vary.


Bridge of Books Foundation: Book Donation Program

The Bridge of Books Foundation will provide books to underserved children in the state of New Jersey. Individuals and groups that work with underserved children, from birth to adolescence, may apply online to receive books. Books may be used in a classroom lending library, for take-home distribution, and for unique/special events or circumstances.


Colorado School Safety Resource Center: Rural Safe Schools Summits for Staff and Students

The Colorado School Safety Resource Center will hold three workshops designed for students and staff interaction, focusing on school safety. School staff may include administrators, mental health professionals, SROs, teachers, and support staff. Students from middle school through 11th grade are encouraged to participate. A keynote address will also be provided by Rosalind Wiseman. There is no cost to participate. Summits will be held on April 25, 2017; April 27, 2017; and May 11, 2017. Prospective participants must register online to participate.


Indiana Afterschool Network: 2017 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning

The 2017 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning will connect afterschool programs with educators, illuminate opportunities for collaboration, and provide benefits to all. The convention will take place in downtown Indianapolis on April 10-11, 2017. Youth workers, educators, and community partners are welcome to attend and may register online. Participants may also nominate an afterschool program to receive a Champions Showcase prize of $2,500 (first prize) or $1,000 (second prize).


Washington Dairy Council: iBreakfast Program

iBreakfast is a breakfast promotion program designed to increase average daily participation in breakfast in schools across Washington State. The program encourages students to eat a healthy breakfast at school by offering prizes like iTunes gift cards and iPad Minis. The program is looking for school district-level implementation. Three program models are available, which can suit various schools and districts. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency.


Dominion: Solar for Schools

The Solar for Schools program offers students and educators alike a hands-on learning experience generating electricity from an on-site solar array. Applications are accepted from K-12 Virginia public schools or museums with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programming in the Dominion Virginia Power service area. Six selected schools and museums will be provided with solar energy kits, solar energy training, and other items and assistance to implement projects. Applications must be submitted online by April 28, 2017.


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