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Who Is for Seconds on Hunger Relief?

This is the time of year for reruns and seconds.  In that spirit, we have updated last year's Thanksgiving post on resources related to food.  Below are grants that relieve food insecurity, corporations that donate products, and even an option for animal shelters. While these are all at the national or semi-national level, more options may exist at your regional, state

Digging Your Veggies 2

Some things deserve a second act. Last year, we told  you about the Farm to School grants from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is such a beneficial program, we believe that it is worth featuring again. Not only does it encourage healthy eating in a positive, holistic way, it strengthens communities, teaches respect for nature, and infuses millions of dollars into

Helping At-Risk Students: The GradNation Acceleration Grant

Let's start with the good news. The U.S. high school graduation rate is at an all time high at 82.3%.  But GradNation, an America's Promise campaign, thinks we can do even better. A coalition of educational organizations, their goal is to increase graduation rates to 90% by 2020. Not only will this benefit students and their communities, but the country as a whole. According to them,

Service Grants in Memory of 9/11

To commemorate the sixteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, we bring you two programs inspired by this national tragedy that encourage service to others as a way to remember the occasion.

STEM Grants for Schools

STEM grants are in demand because educators are keenly aware of the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. By one estimate, jobs that require STEM skills are growing at 17% as opposed to 9.8% for other occupations. Our future simply depends on a tech savvy workforce. Likewise most teachers know that the National Education Association Foundation makes STEM a priority in their grantmaking. The need is so great, however, they can not fund all requests. Here are four other foundations, three national and one regional that also provide STEM grants to help provide cutting edge education in America's schools.

Telemedicine, Technology, and Distance Learning:   The DLT Grant Program

Rural medicine is facing a crisis! Declining populations, a high percentage of uninsured persons, the lack of physicians, and huge travel times for both patients and their doctors all make it harder for residents of rural areas to obtain the medical care they need. One study found that elderly cancer survivors who lived in rural areas were 66% more likely to skip medical care than those in more urban settings, even though both groups had health insurance. It is speculated the hardships and expenses related to travel may be one reason why. Can telemedicine offer solutions to this dilemma? One objective of the Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program to increase rural residents access to healthcare via technology, along with funding general distance learning opportunities as well.

YouthBuild:  Reclaiming Kids and Their Communities

"We'd rebuild the abandoned houses. We'd take them away from the drug dealers and give them to the homeless people." When staff members from the original Youth Action Program asked young people in 1978 what they would do to save their communities if they had the chance, that was the answer they received. Good intentions were turned into tangible deeds as the total number of affordable homes built by YouthBuild students has reached over 33,000 to date. Inspired by its Youth Action predecessor , YouthBuild helps some of the 2.3 million 16-24 year olds who are neither in school or employed attain marketable job skills while simultaneously helping their communities increase the availability of affordable housing. It is currently offering grants to organizations who will provide occupational skills training to at-risk youth as they build and renovate homes to be used by low-income families.

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