“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 Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab conducts research on how governments can improve the results they achieve for their citizens. This hand-on experience program allows participants and the funding agency to gain insights into the barriers that governments face and the solutions that can overcome such barriers. Participants will be engaging current students and recent graduates in the field as well, in order to provide them with experiential learning. State and local governments may receive 12-15 months of technical assistance through this program. There are four types of technical assistance provided, through five assistance models. To participate, eligible agencies must email an application form to the funding agency by November 7, 2016 (with awards provided in December 2016), or March 15, 2017 (with awards provided in April 2017).
The Let It Grow contest invites teachers and community adults to vote daily for a teacher of their choice to win a grand prize that includes a $5,000 agricultural grant and an introduction to a local agronomist. Additionally, five runners-up will receive grants of $1,000. Interested parties may enter the contest online. The contest closes on March 14, 2017, and winners will be announced in April 2017.
The GLBTRT Award for Political Activism honors librarians, libraries, library-related organizations, and other individuals and groups that have demonstrated excellence in the area of GLBT activism. The award is designed to reward those involved in efforts to promote GLBT issues, impede the progress of anti-GLBT efforts, or raise awareness of GLBT matters. The award consists of a citation and a monetary award of $1,000. All nominations must be submitted online by December 1, 2016.
Achieving the Dream’s National Reform Network aims to create a nation in which community colleges are highly valued for preserving access and assuring that their students, especially low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. The Network is a national, nonprofit leader in championing evidence-based institutional improvement related to the funding agency’s mission. All accredited, degree-granting technical and two-year institutions in the United States may apply online by December 9, 2016 (early bid deadline), or March 31, 2017 (final deadline), to join the network.
Animal welfare agencies can apply to PetSmart Charities to become in-store adoption partners. In-store adoption partners will receive rent-free space in a PetSmart store to showcase adoptable pets; a grant of $10 for each pet adopted through the program; food, litter, and maintenance supplies; promotional programs; and other help that will allow stores to ensure that pets are adopted by loving families and individuals. Stores that become partners may also apply for exclusive adoption event grants, as outlined online.
FFAR is making up to $150,000 available to support one-year projects to combat new or emerging pest and pathogen outbreaks that threaten U.S. food and agriculture systems. Participating groups will enter into an agreement with FFAR, and should take advantage of pre-existing consortia of researchers, extension agents, institutions, commodity and industry representatives, diagnosis laboratories, and relevant state and local representatives. In the case of an agricultural emergency, the consortium may submit a proposal for funding to the funding agency. The funding agency will host a webinar at 2:00 p.m. ET on October 21, 2016, to introduce the program to possible applicants.
The program provides $1,000 in seed money for small-scale research or action research projects that respond to the funding agency’s research agenda and priorities, which can be found online. Applicants must be personal members or YALSA, although research projects may be undertaken by an individual, institution, or group. Student members are also eligible to apply. Proposals must be submitted online by December 1, 2016.
This program supports innovative social research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in behavioral economics, the future of work, race, ethnicity and immigration, and social inequality. Funding is available for both secondary analysis of data and original data collection. Previous award recipients have mostly been universities and colleges. Awards may be for up to $150,000 per project. Applicants must submit letters of inquiry online by 2:00 p.m. ET on November 30, 2016, to initiate the application process.
Cal Water’s H2O Challenge is a project-based, environmentally focused competition for grades 4-6. The challenge offers a unique opportunity for upper elementary teachers to facilitate their students’ learning while developing a core understanding of environmental principles. Currently, awards of up to $3,500 are available for classrooms where students are taught water conservation. Classrooms may register online to participate. They may register early by October 31, 2016 (for a chance to win an extra grant of $500), or by the final registration date of January 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in April 2017.
The SLIC program engages students in working on real-world problems that impact the communities they live in, as well as the global community at large, while teaching them the skills they need to prepare for college and the workforce. For the 2016-2017 school year, teams of students will compete to develop real solutions to issues facing the educational system, food systems, and technological challenges related to unmanned flight systems. To participate, teachers may register their teams online.
The DCNR annually recognizes one river in the state as the River of the Year. This recognition is provided to raise awareness of the important recreational, ecological, and historical resources associated with the state’s rivers and streams. Applications for this program can be found online, and must be emailed to the appropriate program staff member by 5:00 p.m. on October 28, 2016.