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Schools and community groups may benefit from the funding opportunities listed below.  NOTE: These funding opportunities ARE NOT offered by the Mason Center for Outdoor Experiential Learning.  Please contact the granting organizations directly with any questions regarding the grant application process and to confirm what types of programs are eligible for funding.

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Walmart State Giving Program:  Through the State Giving Program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations with programs that align with our mission to create opportunities so people can live better. The State Giving Program awards grants starting at $25,000 to nonprofit organizations that serve a particular state or region.  The State Giving Program has two application cycles per year. The first cycle runs January through March. The second funding cycle begins in June and ends in August.

State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant:  YSA and State Farm™ are offering grants of up to $1,500 for programs enhancing student achievement through service-learning in K-12 public schools in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick. The State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant requires a 14 week Semester of Service™ starting in the fall,2013 and ending on Global Youth Service Day, (April 11-13, 2014). The grant also includes participation in a regional training to introduce grantees to the elements and expectations of the program as well as the suite of tools, resources, and support that YSA will provide. (Applications due June 23, 2013)

NEA Urban Grants:  NEA Urban Grants support local NEA affiliates in the development of education reform leadership programs for preK-12/graduate school faculty and education support professionals. Each year, twenty-five Urban Grants in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded to NEA local affiliates to help support them with these programs. Any NEA local affiliate of 500 members or more (listed with the NEA membership office) or the largest local NEA affiliate of any state regardless of the number of members is eligible to apply. Applications must be received by September 30, 2013.

Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation: Grants to Help Inner-City Educators:  The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corporation’s Limited GEO: Grants to Help Inner-City Educators fund specific, one-time future education-related needs or ideas that promise to improve inner city education within one year of the grant award in one of the cities eligible for foundation grants. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: small, concrete projects that will improve inner-city education in Boston, Hartford, Providence, New York or Washington, D.C. within the coming year.

Healthy Communities Grants: Abbott Fund:  “The Abbott Fund is devoted to building healthier communities through the funding of creative proposals that promote science, expand access to health care, and strengthen communities worldwide. The Abbott Fund’s main funding priorities are access to care, community vitality, AIDS care, and science and innovation programs.”

Helping Children in Urban Poverty Grants: Michael and Susan Dell Foundation:  The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation seeks to fund projects that directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, childhood health and family economic stability.  Award amounts vary. Charitable or tax-exempt organizations are eligible to apply.  

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents:  The Healthy Habits Small Grant Program funds research that identifies mechanisms of influence and/or promotes positive sustainable health behaviors in children and youth.  You may receive up to $50,000 per year for 2 years.  Positive health behaviors may include practicing proper dental hygiene, eating a balanced diet, and engaging in physical activity while applications to promote these behaviors should target social and cultural factors such as schools, families, and communities.

Captain Planet:  Must promote understanding of environmental issues; must focus on hands-on involvement; must involve children and young adults from ages 6-18; must promote interaction and cooperation within the group; must help young people develop planning and problem solving skills; must include adult supervision; must commit to follow-up communication with the foundation.

The Charlotte Martin Foundation:  The Charlotte Martin Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to enriching the lives of youth in the areas of athletics, culture, and education and also to preserving and protecting wildlife and habitat. Our two areas of focus – youth and wildlife – were established by our founder, Charlotte Yeoman Martin, during her lifetime, and continue today as a legacy to her generosity.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education:  Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation knows how hard you work for your kids and your community and is dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school. Apply for the Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on your already impressive parent group success with Lowe’s.

The NEA Foundation- Learning and Leadership Grant:  Learning & Leadership grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research. All professional development must improve practice, curriculum, and student achievement. Apply for funding to attend the SPARK Institutes today!

The Safeway Foundation:  The Safeway Foundation supports numerous youth development organizations as well as a broad range of after-school and physical education programs. Local grants are reviewed biannually. For grant requests that are national or multi-regional in scope, requests are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

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