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The America's Great Outdoors:  Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists Program

According to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, one third of employees in the Department of the Interior will be eligible to retire in the next five years. The challenge is how to transfer all that wisdom, skill, and knowledge to younger generations, many who would be more likely to recognize an Angry Bird than a bald eagle. Estimates hold that childhood in the age of video games means seven minutes a day in unstructured play outside and seven hours in front of a screen of some sort. The National Fish and Wildlife’s program America’s Great Outdoors: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists aims to reconnect young people with their natural environments. In addition to all the physical, mental and emotional benefits there are to experiencing wild places, America's Great Outdoors equips them with the conservation career training needed to answer the help wanted signs that may be appearing soon.

The Farm to School Grant Program 2017 - Digging Your Veggies

Eat healthy! That has to be one of the most timeworn sentiments ever directed at children. But think back to your own youth for a moment. Which of the following scenarios would have been more successful in getting you to eat your veggies? Authority figures barking at you with drill sergeant intensity to clean your salad plate? Or putting your books aside in order to slip into the fresh air and harvest the tomatoes and carrots you planted from seed? Next comes cooking lessons, to show you and your classmates creative ways to prepare them. If you picked the second scenario, you are normal. Research shows that while all those nags can backfire, engaging students in holistic processes like gardening actually encourages them to make healthier choices on their own. That is why the Farm to School Grant Program is so refreshing. At heart, it inspires kids to form a life long appreciation of that green stuff! (Not to mention purple, yellow, red, orange....)

Sports Grants - It's a Great Time to Kick Around Funding Opportunities

Are you looking for funding opportunities for youth athletics? Whether it is soccer, tennis, football, baseball, or something else, if it is an established sport, chances are there is a foundation out there to help you encourage new aficionados and sustain your program. Here are just a few of the many organizations to get you started!

AmeriCorps State and National Grants - Service as Solutions

Booker T. Washington once said, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is one federal agency that makes the act of lifting each other up possible. One of its most famous programs, AmeriCorps, was started in 1994 to give young people a chance to engage in national service, participate in professional development and earn money for their college educations. Since then, almost 1 million members have clocked more than 1.2 billion U.S. service hours. AmeriCorps State and National provides grants, directly or through State Service Commissions, to organizations and partnerships who believe community service plays a large part in solving social problems. Grantees use their awards to recruit, train and supervise AmeriCorps members to build capacity and meet the needs of the areas where they volunteer.

Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges: Funding the Disciplines of Memory and Imagination.

According to the American Academy of  Arts and Science “The humanities…are disciplines of memory and imagination, telling us where we have been and helping us envision where we are going. This definition of the humanities goes straight to the heart of their value. Although they have long been staples in a classical education, the skills they impart make them more relevant than ever. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the country, is currently offering a grant to strengthen the role of the humanities at community colleges.

America's Promise Job Driven Grant Program

Every day Erica drives past the impressive new high-tech park on her way to work. A job there could net her several times what she makes now at her part-time fast food job, with better benefits and advancement opportunities. With her current skill set, however, she simply can not hope to qualify for such an opportunity. Today there are one million openings in health care, business, and education. Yet, many Americans lack the skills and training to even be considered. Some industries have resorted to bringing in guest workers from other countries on H-1B temporary work visas to meet their staffing needs. A new federal program aims to change this, by equipping U.S. workers with the exact qualifications their local industries need to stay competitive in the global market.

Getting In-Kind Donations from Professional Sports Teams

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Hoping to hit your foundation’s next fundraiser out of the park? Seeking a donation that will ensure your charity’s next auction is a slam dunk? Well then look no further than your local professional sports teams! With the plethora of opportunities made available by these teams’ community outreach programs, you don’t need to feel that your next request for support is a Hail Mary, but instead an effective approach in leading your organization towards its goooaaallls!

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