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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.

Any Given Child - How the Kennedy Center is Institutionalizing Art Education

In a 2010 IMB survey of 1,500 CEOS, creativity was forecasted to be the most important leadership trait for upcoming generations.  Yet, classes that nurture and develop creative thinking like fine arts, drama, and music face ever increasing funding challenges. To make matters worse, not all children have equal access to art education. One foundation working to ensure that arts are part of a well-rounded curriculum is the Kennedy Center.  Their Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program assists communities in expanding art education for grades K-8, with a special emphasis on access and equity for all.

 

The National Institute of Justice's Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

What are they key ingredients for keeping schools safe? The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) offers the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative to fund studies that identify threats to school safety. It encourages educators to partner with law enforcement, mental health professionals and other stakeholders to turn this research into practical blue prints that can improve safety in schools across the nation.

Literacy Grants in the Spirit of Jolabokaflod

One of the most appealing  holiday customs we are aware of comes from Iceland, where people exchange books on Christmas Eve, then go off to a comfortable corner to sip hot chocolate and read the night away.The period from September through November when most of the books are purchased even has a special name, Jolabokaflod, or "Christmas Book Flood." We would like to honor the spirit of this tradition. On this day after Christmas, the first day of Kwanzaa and the second day of Hanukkah, we bring you grants related to books, reading and literacy! We wish everyone a happy holiday season and joyful reading in the New Year!

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