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Special Opps: Funding and More for May 4, 2017

by eCivis Research Team on May 4, 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.


Karma for Cara (K4C) Foundation: Microgrants

This program provides grants between $250 and $1,000 to support service projects featuring kids under the age of 18. Projects may include turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter. Applications may be emailed or mailed to the funding agency by July 1, 2017; October 1, 2017; January 1, 2018; and April 1, 2018.


Safe Routes to School National Partnership: Fire up your Feet!

The Fire up your Feet! Program is available to any elementary and middle school in grades K-8 nationwide. The program will offer free resources, online activity trackers, school fundraising organizers, and other resources aimed at increasing physical activity before, during, and after school for students, parents, school staff, and teachers. The program offers more than $100,000 total to K-8 schools. Schools may register for the challenge online.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Healthy Behavior Data Challenge

The CDC’s Healthy Behavior Data Challenge is a response to the call for new ways to address the challenges and limitations of self-reported health surveillance information and tap into the potential of innovative data sources and alternative methodologies for public health surveillance. Challenge participants will propose data sources and approaches for aggregating data from wearable devices, mobile applications, and/or social media in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and/or sleep. Phase I prototype development applications must be submitted online by August 4, 2017. Six submissions selected after Phase I will be allowed to move on to Phase II, the prototype implementation phase.


Charles Koch Foundation Grants

The Charles Koch Foundation makes grant awards in support of social progress, well-being, and long-term prosperity. Currently, funding is available 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. Each specific program has different eligibility requirements, but proposals for all programs will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis. The funding agency also has a General Grant Program, which supports research and educational projects that analyze the impact of free societies and how they advance societal well-being.


Pets for Patriots Program

The Pets for Patriots Program offers animal shelters, rescues, Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCAs), humane societies, and municipal animal controls a free, easy way to pair military veterans with companion pets. This will allow applicant organizations to save more pets, have a higher rate of adoption, support troops and veterans, as well as have access to members-only resources and other free benefits. There is no cost for participating in this program. All applicants must be tax-exempt, and for-profit shelters, breeders, and pet retailers are ineligible. Prospective applicants may fill a prequalification form online to begin the application process.


National Weather Association Foundation (NWAF): Scholarships and Grants

The NWAF will award scholarships and grants to undergraduate, and in some cases, graduate students majoring in meteorology or related fields. The funding agency will also award grants to teachers/educators of K-12 schools to help improve the education of their students, school, and/or community in the science of meteorology. There are currently four scholarship programs and two grant programs open, with due dates on June 7, 2017 (scholarships), and June 14, 2017 (grants). All applications must be submitted online.


Gexa Energy: Community Heroes Program

This program will contribute to charitable causes in Texas that are important to Gaxa Energy’s customers and communities. Preferred consideration will be given to projects, organizations, or initiatives focused on shelter, clothing, health, education, and character building. Up to $500 will be provided to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and up to $250 will be provided for other organizations that support community causes. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by May 26, 2017.


Pennsylvania Beef Council: Programs for Educators

The Pennsylvania Beef Council is offering a variety of programs that will support educators in their efforts to introduce beef and veal into the classroom and their lesson plans. Classroom awards will provide an assortment of high-quality, easy-to-use educational materials at no cost to the teacher or school, as well as financial support for the use of beef and veal products in junior and senior high school courses. The Discovering FARMLAND program will allow urban youth to have a first-hand glimpse into modern agriculture. The funding agency will also provide beef book bundles and other educational lessons at no cost to educators. The deadline for Classroom award applications is June 1, 2017, and they must be mailed or faxed to the funding agency.


Texas Health and Human Services: Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health

This program will provide cash prizes to Texas schools and school districts to support projects that improve the lifelong physical, mental, and social well-being of their students, staff, and school community. Programs include the Discovery Award, which rewards projects that have been in place for at least one full school year; Awards of Achievement in Obesity Prevention; and other programs. The financial award will vary according to program. All applications must be received by August 31, 2017.


Illinois Department of Natural Resources: Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants

This program will support the planning, development, maintenance, and expansion of schoolyard wildlife habitats that bring educational and environmental values to the site. All projects must be implemented on school grounds or other public places. Schools may use awards to support pollinator gardens (option one) or other habitats (option two). All projects must use Illinois native plants. Applications must be submitted via mail by November 30, 2017.

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