“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 Purple Purse Challenge is a friendly competition among nonprofit domestic violence and financial empowerment agencies to receive access to funding through the Allstate Foundation. A total of $700,000 is available for funding. Recipients will receive funds to provide financial empowerment services to domestic violence survivors and provide other life-changing services, knowledge, skills, or resources to victims in order to help them break free from abuse and rebuild their lives. Awarded agencies will receive funding raised by the Allstate Foundation between October 2, 2017, and October 31, 2017. Each participating agency may receive $500 to $100,000. Applications must be submitted online by August 1, 2017.
NASUAD is currently seeking teams that will participate in its Business Acumen Learning Collaborative. This effort intends to bring together eight to ten state teams comprised of state agencies, community-based organizations serving persons with disabilities, integrated health care entities, and other organizations. Teams will work to develop and implement business-related strategies addressing state-specific challenges to integrate long-term services and support, including health care services, for individuals with disabilities. Participants will receive targeted technical assistance through a variety of means. Applications to participate in the collaborative must email applications by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 14, 2017.
Individual teachers or teams of educators from U.S. public schools may apply for, or be nominated for, awards through this program, which recognizes outstanding skilled trades programs and teachers at public high schools in the United States. A total of $500,000 is available for awards, and three first-place prizes of $100,000 will be provided, along with second-place prizes. Some of the funding will be directed towards the program, and some will be directed to individual teachers. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. PT on July 24, 2017.
This program will encourage research institutions to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. Projects should build sustained institutional partnerships, pursue joint research agendas, develop capacities of partners, and create institutional change. A total of $650,000 is available to support projects that will span three years. Applications from agencies working in youth-serving areas, such as education, justice, child welfare, mental health, immigration, and workforce development, are welcome. Applications must be received online by 3:00 p.m. ET on September 12, 2017.
LRNG works with cities and organizations to connect learning experiences to career opportunities and to ensure that all young people, especially those from underserved communities, have inspiration and guidance to prepare them for life and work in the modern economy. Communities and organizations should email the funding agency to receive additional information regarding the process of receiving LRNG designation for their communities.
This program aims to strengthen ties between France and the United States in the field of contemporary art by fostering active collaboration and encouraging long-lasting partnerships between French visual artists, curators, and collectives and American curators and cultural institutions. The program supports the discovery of emerging talents while also sustaining interest in established artists. Several funding programs are available, including grants for artistic projects, curatorial fellowships, and artists’ residencies. All applications must be received by August 23, 2017.
The Searle Freedom Trust is interested in supporting domestic public policy research in the United States. The funding agency aims to support work that will lead to a more just, free, and prosperous society. Public policy research may focus on economic policy, regulations, law and litigation, the environment and health, education, fellowships, film and media, social welfare, and philanthropy. Applications must be submitted online by August 22, 2017.
The BEF will make $3 million available over a five-year period to investigate the impact of Montessori education in public schools across the United States. Award recipients will create a network of researchers focused on investigating the impact of high-fidelity Montessori education in public schools from age three through the third grade. Projects should conduct a rigorous evaluation of the impact of Montessori education and investigate whether Montessori education moderates the associations typically found between family income and achievement outcomes. Interested researchers must submit a letter of intent via email by September 6, 2017.
The Illinois DNR will make resources trunks/packs available to teachers, homeschooling educators, scout and youth group leaders, nature center personnel, libraries, day care center staff, and families. These trunks/packs will include material on 12 Illinois-specific topics, such as Illinois trees, Illinois state symbols, Illinois insects and spiders, and Illinois wild mammals. Applicants may borrow these trunks or packs for a suggested two-week period. Entities and individuals wishing to borrow trunks/packs may do so by following the guidelines posted on the program website.
The Indiana Arts Commission will hold its annual conference in Indianapolis on October 4-6, 2017. This year’s conference’s theme is “Community Engagement: Ideas, Stories, and Change that Matters.” The goal of the conference is to highlight, recognize, and share the great community engagement work happening through the state. During the conference, 2017 Indiana Homecoming InstaGrant awards, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, will be provided to organizations that have built meaningful relationships in their communities. Organizations may apply for these awards online by July 7, 2017.
Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom currently has two grant programs to school teachers across the state of Illinois. The Grants for Teachers Program will provide up to $300 to preschool through high school teachers to fund projects promoting agricultural literacy in the classroom. The Book Grants for Teachers Program will provide awards of books with a value of up to $250 to teachers across Illinois in order to integrate agriculture into a variety of curriculum areas. Applications for both programs must be submitted online by October 1, 2017.
The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will certify programs across the state that are designed to provide substantial assistance to victims of crime in understanding and dealing with the criminal justice system as it related to the crimes committed against them. Certifications are designed to encourage local innovation in development of victim assistance and provide the minimum standards necessary. Certification will also permit LVAPs to request funding through their County Board of Commissioners from a fund derived from a 5 percent penalty added to fines in all criminal and criminal ordinance cases, specifically to fund direct victim assistance programs. Applications for certification must be submitted online.
GMGA will make awards of up to $500 to support a variety of horticultural projects across Georgia. Awards are open to nonprofit organizations across Georgia that have no political affiliations. Additionally, the individual submitting the application must be a member of the funding agency as a certified Master Gardener. Funds may be used for plants and planting material, educational materials, costs of creating raised beds or compost bins, handmade arbors and benches, and other activities. Applications must be mailed to the funding agency by March 1, 2018.