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Special Opps: Funding and More for March 9, 2017

by eCivis Research Team on March 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.



Amazon Web Services (AWS): City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge 2017

AWS is seeking to recognize local and regional governments, and private and public schools and districts, as hubs of innovation in three categories related to IT workloads that they struggle with or depend on every day: Best Practices, Partners in Innovation, and Dream Big. Awards will be provided in AWS promotional credits ranging from $25,000 to $50,000. Applications must be submitted online by May 12, 2017.


Social Finance: Outcomes Rate Card Development Competition

Social Finance is seeking applications from governments and/or nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive free technical assistance to develop outcome rate cards, which are a standardized PFS contracting approach to serve large constituencies by defining outcomes. Up to three applicants will be selected to receive technical assistance in order to develop an outcomes rate card, procure service providers to deliver on-target outcomes, and launch PFS projects with procured providers. Applications must be submitted via email by 5:00 p.m. ET on April 10, 2017.


Turning Technologies: Cool Tools for School: Classroom Improvement Technology Grants

Turning Technologies’ Classroom Improvement Technology grants will allow schools to use interactive technology to engage, excite, and enhance student performance. Teachers representing K-12 nonprofit schools are eligible to apply, and ten classrooms will be chosen to receive award packages valued at $3,300. Applications must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. ET on March 24, 2017.


American Association for School Libraries (AASL): “My First AASL National Conference” Travel Grants

The AASL, in collaboration with Bound to Stay Bound, Inc., will provide 30 travel grants of $750 each to first-time attendees of the AASL national conference, which will take place November 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Applicants must be ALA/AASL personal members, and this must be the first time applicants will be attending the funding agency’s national conference. Applications must be submitted online by March 31, 2017.


Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research: Pollinator Health Fund

The Pollinator Health Fund has been established in response to the increasingly visible agricultural issue of declining pollinator health in agricultural systems. The program will focus on applied research that addresses the social and economic realities faced by beekeepers, farmers, ranchers, private businesses, and others engaged in working toward addressing the problem. Applications may be submitted by major stakeholders from the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors to enhance understanding, develop best management practices, accelerate technology transfer, and enhance outreach and education. The program is currently accepting pre-applications through April 17, 2017.


IREX: Teachers for Global Classrooms Program

The IREX Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is a year-long, fully funded professional development opportunity for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in the United States to become leaders in global education. Teachers will receive international teaching experiences and will be able to bring an international perspective to their schools. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 20, 2017.


Russell Sage Foundation (RSF): The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act

The RSF will support innovative social science research on the social, economic, and political effects of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The funding agency is especially interested in funding analyses that address important questions about the effects of the reform on outcomes such as financial security and family economic well-being, labor supply and demand, participation in other public programs, family and children’s outcomes, and differential effects by age, race, ethnicity, nativity, and disability status. Awards will be available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time. Awards may not exceed $150,000 over a two-year period. Applicants must submit letters of inquiry online by 11:00 a.m. PT on August 21, 2017.


Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment: Anthony Grassroots Prize

The Anthony Grassroots Prize recognizes outstanding grassroots environmental activism. The funding agency will provide a $1,000 cash award to recipients to recognize outstanding achievement of grassroots environmental activism during the previous year. Individuals and small organizations are eligible for nomination, and self-nominations are accepted. Nominations must be emailed or mailed to the funding agency by April 1, 2017. Awards will be announced on Earth Day, which is April 22, 2017.


National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT): Dorothy Stout Professional Development Awards

The NAGT’s Dorothy Stout Professional Development Awards will provide awards to faculty and students at two-year colleges and K-12 teachers in support of participate in Earth science classes or workshops, attendance at professional scientific or science education meetings, participation in Earth science field trips, and purchase of Earth science materials for classroom use. Awards of $750 will be made annually in the categories of community college faculty, community college students, and K-12 educators. Applications may be submitted online or by mail, and must be received by April 15, 2017.


CivicSpark: Project Support

CivicSpark provides organizations and agencies with motivated and committed emerging sustainability professionals who will serve as fellows with those organizations for 11 months. CivicSpark fellows are focused on assisting with climate change and water research, planning, and implementation projects that benefit public agencies in California. The funding agency is currently offering 50 climate fellows and 20 water fellows, and partnerships may be made with public agencies, non-governmental organizations, or state agencies, as long as projects have a connection to and support public agency capacity building. Applications must be submitted online, and should be submitted by April 15, 2017, for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after that date.


United States Tennis Association (USTA) Texas: Diverse Events and Hispanic Engagement Grants

USTA Texas will provide four to five grants of up to $500 each to incentivize community tennis associations and other local partners to reach diverse audiences in their community by promoting tennis at a local cultural event or festival of their choosing. Examples may include Hispanic heritage festivals, Juneteenth celebrations, or LGBT pride events. The funding agency will also provide two grants ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 to support local efforts to attract new Hispanic individuals/groups to tennis, such as junior or adult players, volunteers, strategic partners, officials, coaches, or others. Applications for both programs must be emailed to the funding agency.


New Jersey Department of State: SE2D and Social Innovation Grants

The New Jersey Department of State is accepting applications for the SE2D program, which will make awards of up to $50,000 to nonprofit organizations to implement strategies that address social issues in new and exciting ways. The funding agency is also accepting applications for its Social Innovation Grant program, which seeks to support social value propositions that bring value to target populations. Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations, which may apply for awards of up to $50,000. Applications must be submitted by 4:59 p.m. on April 13, 2017.


California Air Resources Board (CARB): Low Carbon Transportation Investments and AQIP Funding Plan Workshops and Work Groups

CARB is hosting multiple public workshops and public work group meetings that will provide feedback on the funding agency’s AQIP plan. This plan establishes CARB’s priorities for the upcoming funding cycle, describes projects CARB intends to fund, and sets funding targets for each project. Upcoming public workshops and public work group meetings are scheduled for March and April 2017. Anticipated agendas for these meetings can be found online.



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