“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique programs that has something for everyone. You never know when you will find a resource just perfect for that niche you have been trying to fill. That's what makes treasure hunting in this grants grab bag so rewarding!
The EPA offers several technical assistance programs to help communities learn about and implement smart growth approaches. Technical assistance programs include targeted assistance to give tribal governments, local governments, and nonprofit organizations the tools to implement smart growth development approaches, programs to help rural communities use broadband services to revitalize main streets and promote economic development, and a governors’ institute to help states develop in an environmentally sound and economically sustainable way. Communities may also sign up for the EPA’s listserv, which will inform them of additional upcoming technical assistance programs.
This program will provide prizes to patient safety advocates and entrepreneurs with proven innovations that will contribute to the funding agency’s goal of having zero preventable deaths by 2020. Innovations must make significant strides towards eliminating preventable deaths in hospitals across the world. A first prize award of $50,000, a second prize award of $25,000, and a third prize award of $10,000 are available. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PT on October 2, 2017.
This program recognizes exceptional and innovative middle and high school science educators and programs and raises awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field. Cash awards, memberships to the NSTA, and other prizes will be provided to schools. Teachers or teams of teachers of science in grades 6-12 are eligible to be nominated. Applications or nominations must be submitted online by December 15, 2017.
This program will provide students from low-income communities with access to technology and high-quality 21st century digital learning. By increasing their access to technology today, this program will help students develop the technical skills that will be critical for them to thrive in tomorrow’s careers. A total of ten $10,000 grants will be awarded through this program to public elementary and middle schools serving students from low-income communities in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto, and Montreal. Applications will be accepted online from August 21, 2017, through October 20, 2017.
The Panda Cares Donations program will provide donations of food to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that directly support the health and educational needs of underserved children. Organizations must be in good financial and community standings and may not be political or religious. Children should be the primary attendees of events, and requests must be made at least four weeks prior to events. Requests must be submitted online.
The Navy SEAL Foundation is requesting proposals from organizations for specific projects and initiatives that serve the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community and their families. All projects must serve active-duty NSW personnel, reservists, their families, and/or Gold Star/surviving families. Applications will be accepted from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and they must be mailed and emailed to the funding agency by July 31, 2017.
The NIHCM will make $300,000 available to fund five to six research studies that will support innovative research to advance the existing knowledge base in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management, and/or policy. Studies must have strong potential to yield insights that can be used to have a positive impact on the U.S. health care system by reducing spending, improving quality of care, and/or expanding access to insurance coverage and health care services. All types of agencies and organizations may apply, including for-profit entities. Interested entities must submit a letter of inquiry online by 5:00 p.m. ET on July 10, 2017.
The Coleopterists Society will provide a total of $600 to support a $200 junior award, a $400 senior award, and a matching equipment credit from BioQuip Products to recognize young people studying beetles. Awards are expected to encourage and assist young beetle enthusiasts and promote the study of beetles. The program is open to students of grades 7-12, and applications must be submitted by November 1, 2017.
Y Street will provide up to $2,000 to Virginia schools and their clubs that tackle important issues related to tobacco, nutrition, and obesity prevention. Schools will recruit students to attend training provided by the funding agency’s staff, and schools will receive funding to be used as the school club sees fit. Projects are expected to develop leadership and activism skills among students; give students the opportunity to earn scholarships, awards, and community service hours; and get students involved in creating real change in their schools, communities, and states. Interested schools must apply online.
This program will provide opportunities to graduate students based in North Carolina and Virginia to conduct applied research within the North Carolina portion of the APNEP management boundary. Fellows must conduct research that addresses focus areas identified in the funding agency’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan and the APNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on July 31, 2017.
This program will offer up to 100 grants of $12,000 each to Indiana public and private school teachers, guidance counselors, library/media specialists, principals, and assistant principals to support projects chosen by award recipients. Projects must be intellectually revitalizing and personally renewing to educators. Applications must be postmarked to the funding agency by September 1, 2017.