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Become a Breakfast Hero: 2014-2015 School Grants for Healthy Kids

We wanted to share this great opportunity from Action for Healthy Kids – the deadline is the end of September…

Through partners CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, Kellogg’s Company Fund, and the Walmart Foundation, Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year.  Around 1,000 schools will be awarded funds ranging from $500 to $5,000 to support school breakfast and physical activity programs. Funded schools will also receive expertise and people power to help implement a successful project that leads to sustainable change.

Award amounts will be based on building enrollment, project type, potential impact, and a school’s ability to mobilize parents and students around school wellness initiatives.

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School Gardens Supported in the U.S. and Canada

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School Gardens Supported in the U.S. and Canada
Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program
Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to supporting schools and inspiring families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.The Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program provides support for edible gardens at schools serving any grade K-12. These grants of $2,000 are awarded to schools and nonprofit organizations working at schools in the U.S. and Canada. Consideration is given to new or existing garden projects at any stage of development – planning, construction, or operation, that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Applications may be submitted from September 1 through October 31, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to complete the online application.

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Support for Technology Programs for Teens

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Support for Technology Programs for Teens
Best Buy Foundation: National Partnership
The Best Buy Foundation is dedicated to providing underserved teens with access to technology to build 21st century skills and bridge the digital divide. The Foundation’s National Partnership program supports nonprofit organizations that create hands-on learning opportunities for underserved teens to engage them in learning, experimenting, and interacting with the latest technologies. The overall goal is to provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to better prepare them for future education and career success. National organizations with a demonstrated track record for building skill proficiency in technology through out-of-school time programs are invited to apply. The application deadline is November 1, 2014. Visit the Best Buy website to review the Request for Proposals.

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Great talk – Jarrett Krosoczka: Why lunch ladies are heroes

This is worth the time!!

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Support for K-12 Field Trips

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Support for K-12 Field Trips
Target Field Trip Grants
The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. Grants of up to $700 each will be awarded to educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff who are employed by accredited K-12 public, private, or charter schools. (Parents, volunteers, after-school programs, pre-K groups, and childcare centers are not eligible to apply.) Types of funded trips include art, science, and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may be used from January 2015 until the end of the school year to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies. Online applications must be submitted by October 1, 2014. Visit the Target website to learn more about the program.

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Youth Soccer Programs Supported

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Youth Soccer Programs Supported
United States Soccer Foundation
The mission of the United States Soccer Foundation is to enhance, assist, and grow the sport of soccer in the U.S. with a special emphasis on underserved communities. The Foundation’s Annual Grants program supports both soccer programs and field building initiatives in underserved areas nationwide. Eligible applicants include community organizations, schools, municipalities, and other groups that offer soccer opportunities to youth. Program Grants are awarded to purchase uniforms, goals, and training equipment, as well for operational costs. The application deadline for Program Grants is October 1, 2014. Safe Places to Play Grants are available in four categories: Synthetic Turf, Lighting, Irrigation, and Sport Court. Requests for Safe Places to Play Grants are reviewed three times per year. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is September 24, 2014, with an application deadline of October 1, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the Guide to Grants.

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Support for K-12 School and Community Projects

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Support for K-12 School and Community Projects
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program
The Toolbox for Education Grant Program, offered by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, provides grants of $2,000 to $5,000 to public K-12 schools as well as school parent-teacher groups associated with public schools throughout the U.S. that develop projects to encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Preference is given to funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) and landscaping or clean up projects. This year the program is seeking ways to provide the tools that help educators and parent groups through these challenging times, with basic necessities taking priority. The fall 2014 application deadline is October 15; however, if 1,500 applications are received before the application deadline, the application process will close. Visit the program’s website to submit an online application.

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Grants Promote Tennis Programs for Children and People with Disabilities

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Grants Promote Tennis Programs for Children and People with Disabilities
USTA Serves
The mission of USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, is to promote programs that enhance the lives of at-risk children and individuals with disabilities through the integration of tennis and education. Grants are provided to tennis programs for underserved youth, ages 5-18, that include an educational component. Support is also available for tennis programs for people with disabilities (all ages) with a life skills component. Nonprofit organizations that are USTA members are eligible to apply. The upcoming application deadline is October 17, 2014. Visit the USTA Serves website to learn more about the grant program and application procedure.

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Grants Promote Youth Running Programs

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Grants Promote Youth Running Programs
Road Runners Club of America: Kids Run the Nation Fund
The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is dedicated to supporting the growth of grassroots running clubs, training programs, and running events while promoting the common interests of runners throughout the United States. The Kids Run the Nation Fund, an initiative of the RRCA, supports nonprofit organizations and schools in the U.S. that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Grants of $500 to $1,000 are provided to running clubs and other nonprofit organizations such as parent booster clubs, PTAs, etc. Elementary and middle schools that provide organized after-school running programs are also eligible to apply. Since the goal of the grant program is to have kids running at least once a week for multiple weeks, funded running programs should offer more than just one-time events. The application deadline is October 1, 2014. Visit the RRCA website after August 1, 2014, to submit an online application.

 

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Grants Enhance Innovative Pre-K-12 Projects

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Grants Enhance Innovative Pre-K-12 Projects
Kids in Need Foundation
The Kids in Need Foundation is dedicated to engaging students in the learning process by providing grants towards the purchase of supplies for students to participate in special classroom learning experiences. Kids in Need Teacher Grants help Pre-K-12 educators develop innovative learning opportunities for their students. The purpose of the grants is to provide support for classroom teachers who have meritorious ideas but lack the budget to bring them to life. Projects qualify for funding if they make creative use of common teaching aids, approach the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. Grants of $100 to $500 are awarded each year. The application deadline is September 30, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website after July 15 to submit an online application.

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