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Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award Apply/Nominate Now!

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National Center for Families Learning: Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award
325 West Main Street
Suite 300
Louisville, KY
40202 -4237

Phone: 502-584-1133
Email: notify@familieslearning.org
Url: http://familieslearning.org/our-capabilities/2015-toyota-family-teacher-of-the-year.html

Primary Contact:
Mr. Joshua Cramer
Email: jcramer@familieslearning.org

Geographic Scope:
National

Type of Organization: Other Sources

Total Annual Giving:  $22,500

Eligibility Requirements:
Individuals

Application Deadlines:
December 31, 2014
(The deadline for the 2016 program will be available in late 2015.)

Areas of Interest:
The Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award, administered by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), recognizes the teachers in the nation who are best at engaging families in the educational process.

The winner receives a scholarship to NCFL’s annual summit and a $20,000 grant for his/her family engagement program. In addition, one runner-up will receive a $2,500 grant for his/her program and a scholarship to the summit.

School and community-based teachers who are exceptional at engaging families are eligible for nomination. Programs may nominate up to two family educators using separate nomination forms.

Application Procedures:
Nomination guidelines are available on the NCFL website when the nomination cycle is open. – See more at: http://www.grantstation.com/Public/spotlight/us_spotlight.asp#sthash.MWFkk6QO.dpuf

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Support for Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living

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Support for Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living
The BUILD Health Challenge
The BUILD Health Challenge is a national program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the Challenge provides awards to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofit organizations, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. Awards will support up to 14 community-driven efforts addressing health-shaping factors that individuals can’t control. Of special concern are people whose circumstances have made them vulnerable to poor health, whether that’s because of limited access to healthy, affordable food, safe places to walk and play, job prospects, or safe, affordable housing. One-year planning grants of up to $75,000 and two-year implementation grants of up to $250,000 are available. The Round 1 application deadline is January 16, 2015; Round 2 applications are due April 10, 2015. Visit the BUILD Health Challenge website to download the call for applications.

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Parental Take on School Nutrition Standards: They like it in CA!

smart snacks in schoolsPew Charitable Trust just released data on parental view of School Nutrition Standards in California…

Three in 4 parents of school-age children in California support current national nutrition standards for food and drinks sold in schools, according to a poll released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The California Endowment. The standards are backed by large majorities of Republicans and Democrats and receive particularly strong support from Latino parents.

The statewide poll was conducted Sept. 23 to Oct. 1 and included interviews with 905 registered voters who are parents of public school students. Among the findings:

  • 76 percent of parents—and 86 percent of Latino parents—support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s updated school meal nutrition standards, which were implemented in the 2012-13 school year.
  • 75 percent back USDA’s “Smart Snacks” standards. These guidelines took effect July 1 and set minimum nutrition requirements for foods and beverages sold through vending machines, school stores, and a la carte cafeteria menus.
  • 66 percent of Republicans and 87 percent of Democrats endorse the meal standards, and the Smart Snacks standards earn virtually the same level of bipartisan support (65 and 84 percent, respectively).
  • 77 percent say the main priority in school meal programs should be serving children healthy and nutritious food, while only 11 percent think it should be ensuring that schools do not lose money on these programs.
  • 93 percent agree that serving nutritious school foods help prepare children to perform academically.70 percent are concerned about childhood obesity. One in 3 children in California is overweight or obese. Research shows that children living in states with strong school nutrition standards are more likely to maintain healthier weights.

We like to think that the rest of the nation is in agreement! And we think the last line says it all – lunch standards helps promote healthier weights and with any luck that’s a lifetime change!

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Professional Development Fellowships for Teachers

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Professional Development Fellowships for Teachers
Fund for Teachers
The Fund for Teachers awards fellowships to pre-K-12 classroom teachers throughout the United States so that they may participate in training and enriching activities that will improve their skills as teachers. Educators should propose a summer activity and explain how the endeavor will make the applicant a better teacher, how the applicant will implement his or her new improved skills in the classroom, and how these improved skills will benefit students, curricula, and the school. Teachers must have a minimum of three years experience and be full-time teachers spending at least 50% of their time in the classroom. Eligible teachers may apply as individuals (funding limit of $5,000) or as a team (funding limit of $10,000). The application deadline is January 29, 2015. Visit the Fund’s website for detailed fellowship guidelines for each state.

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Atlanta Public Schools’ Lunches Make the Grade

Love to hear a story like the following

farm to schoolAt many Atlanta Public Schools, students are now digging into sushi, smoothies and flat-bread pizza, thanks to a farm-to-school movement designed to increase variety, freshness and healthy choices.

The farm-to-fork craze that has so captivated the country inspires the farm-to-school program, a 4-year effort that has introduced students in kindergarten through high school to the benefits – and tastes – of locally-grown fruits and vegetables that are dramatically changing cafeteria menus.

“Right now, we’re enjoying apples from Ellijay and tomatoes from Nashville,” said Marilyn Hughes, the district’s director of nutrition since 2003. “They’re just part of the local variety we serve to students.”

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Grants Encourage Youth to Address Childhood Hunger

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Grants Encourage Youth to Address Childhood Hunger
Youth Service America: Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants
The Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America (YSA) are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants of $400 are available for youth-led service projects that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees, and other community members to address childhood hunger. Young people in the United States, ages 5 to 25, are eligible to apply. Funded projects should take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, 2015. The application deadline is January 15, 2015. Visit the YSA website to access the online application.

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Children’s Theatre Initiatives Supported – Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000

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Children’s Theatre Initiatives Supported
Children’s Theatre Foundation of America: Aurand Harris Grants and Fellowship Fund
The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America’s grantmaking focus is on theatre for children and youth, the utilization of drama or theatre in education for children grades K-12, and development opportunities for theatre artists working in the area of children’s theatre in the United States. The Foundation’s Aurand Harris Grants and Fellowship Fund supports small and mid-sized nonprofit theatres for premieres of promising new plays for children and youth; the establishment of special production programs of children’s theatre such as a touring program, a children’s theatre playwriting program, or a production related symposium for a new work; assistance in securing scripts, supplies, and equipment for the production of premieres of  promising new plays for young audiences; and performance expenses of U.S. children’s theatres to send new plays to regional, national, or international festivals or conventions. Professional theatre artistsworking in theatre for young audiences may also apply for support in the development of their artistic excellence. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. The deadline for the Request to Submit applications is January 15, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Aurand Harris Grants Program.

 

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Starbucks Foundation: Youth Leadership Grants

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Starbucks Foundation: Youth Leadership Grants
The Starbucks Foundation’s Youth Leadership Grants program supports nonprofit organizations that work with young people from 15 to 25 years old in cities in which Starbucks has a strong retail presence worldwide. Click above to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.

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Grants Promote Education and Equality for Women and Girls

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Grants Promote Education and Equality for Women and Girls
American Association of University Women: Community Action Grants
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) works to advance educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States. The AAUW Community Action Grants program provides funds to individuals, AAUW organizations, and local community-based nonprofit organizations throughout the country that address issues related to the needs of women and girls or that provide information to educate and benefit the public on those issues. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math. One-year grants of $2,000 to $7,000 provide funds for community-based projects that include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls. Two-year grants of $5,000 to $10,000 provide start-up funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership, advocacy, or training opportunities. The application deadline for both types of grants is January 15, 2015. Visit the AAUW website to submit an online application.

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School Library Book Collections Funded

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School Library Book Collections Funded
Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries
The mission of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is to help school libraries encourage and foster a love of reading, support student learning, and make books and reading materials available to students who otherwise would not have access to them. Grants of up to $7,000 are available to update, extend, and diversify the book collections of school libraries throughout the United States, the American territories, and Department of Defense schools in other countries. Only schools where a minimum of 85% of the student body qualifies for the federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program are eligible to apply. Funds are provided solely for books, e-books, or magazines and serials in print, Braille, or audio form. Requests for staffing, shelving, furniture, equipment, software, videos, classroom book sets, or exams are not considered. All grants are made to individual schools rather than to school districts, foundations, or other entities. The application deadline is December 15, 2014. Online application information is available on the Foundation’s website.

 

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