Federal Grant and Loan Programs
Federal Grant and Loan Programs
Professional Enhancement Activities for Teachers and Principals Supported
Department of Education
The Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant Program provides support to recruit, select, and provide professional enhancement activities for teachers and principals. Proposed projects will include teacher and principal recruitment, selection, and preparation; professional development for teachers of English language arts, with a specific focus on writing; and advanced certification and advanced credentialing. Preference will be given to projects that improve productivity and support programs, practices, or strategies for which there is strong evidence of effectiveness. The letter of intent deadline is October 11, 2011. The application deadline is November 7, 2011.
Sub-Grants for Environmental Education Projects
Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Education Sub-Grants Program provides support for efforts to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide participants in environmental education (EE) projects with the skills necessary to make informed environmental decisions and to take responsible actions toward the environment. Proposed activities must address at least one educational priority and one EPA strategic environmental priority. Educational priorities include capacity building, educational advancement, community projects, human health and the environment, EE teaching skills, and career development. EPA strategic environmental priorities include taking action on climate change, improving air quality, assuring the safety of chemicals, cleaning up communities, protecting America’s waters, expanding the conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice, and building strong state and tribal partnerships. The application deadline is November 8, 2011.
H-1B Technical Skills Training Funds for Employers
Department of Labor
The H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants Program provides support for the provision of education, training, and job placement assistance in the occupations and industries for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers, and the related activities necessary to support such training. On-the-job training projects serving all participants and those that use other training strategies are eligible for support, including training for occupations in the health care industry and training designed to serve long-term unemployed individuals.The application deadline is November 17, 2011.
Support for Conservation Measures to Ensure Sustainability of Museum Collections
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Program provides support for preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. Preventive conservation measures include managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft and from natural and man-made disasters. Support is provided in the planning and implementation categories to help cultural institutions to develop sound preventive conservation projects that meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations. The application deadline is December 1, 2011.
National Funding Opportunities
National Funding Opportunities
Grants Promote Technology to Address Social Issues
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, works to improve lives through literacy, knowledge, and a readiness for the 21st Century. The Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address one of the following funding priorities: supporting technology-based approaches to literacy and education for both adults and children, preventing domestic violence and helping victims gain independence, improving healthcare through technology, and helping people understand how to use the technology of the Internet safely. The average grant size ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. The application deadline is October 16, 2011. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online application.
Support for Walking and Biking Safety Initiatives
National Center for Safe Routes to School Mini-Grant Program
The National Center for Safe Routes to School assists communities throughout the U.S. in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school. The Center’s Mini-Grant Program will provide 25 grants of $1,000 to community nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, and local government agencies for projects that focus on increasing safe walking and/or bicycling to school. Funded activities include improving safety, increasing the number of students walking and bicycling to school, emphasizing links between health and physical activity, exploring environmental concerns, etc. Applications must be submitted by October 19, 2011. Visit the Center’s website to review the Mini-Grant Call for Applications.
Wilderness Protection Programs Funded
The Conservation Alliance
The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots citizen-action groups and their efforts to protect wild and natural areas in North America where outdoor enthusiasts spend their time. Funded programs should focus primarily on direct action to protect specific threatened wild places and waterways. The Alliance is not looking for mainstream education or scientific research projects, but rather for active campaigns. Grants of up to $35,000 are provided. Before applying for funding, an organization must first be nominated by one of the Alliance’s member companies. The upcoming nomination deadline is November 1, 2011. The Alliance will send each nominated organization a request for proposal, including instructions on submitting a full request, which is due December 10, 2011. Grant criteria and application guidelines are available on the Conservation Alliance website.
Youth Volunteers Recognized
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is a nationwide program that honors young people in grades 5-12 who are volunteering in their communities. Youth who have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of application are eligible to apply. Local Honorees are selected in November and from these winners two State Honorees are chosen in each state and the District of Columbia. State Honorees receive an award of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for national recognition events. Out of the State Honorees, ten National Honorees are selected to receive an additional award of $5,000 as well as a $5,000 grant for a nonprofit organization of their choice. The application deadline is November 1, 2011. Visit the Prudential website for online application information.
“Designer as Entrepreneur” RFP: Seeking Proposals
By Meghana Gandhi, Eric Johnson, Kristy Sundjaja, and Steven Strauss
Center for Economic Transformation
We recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find organization(s) to develop and run our new “Designer as Entrepreneur” program, an intensive, classroom-style mini-MBA for fashion designers.
As you may recall, “Designer as Entrepreneur” is one of six Fashion.NYC.2020 initiatives that Mayor Bloomberg announced this past November. Launched in January 2010 by NYCEDC in partnership with fashion industry stakeholders, Fashion.NYC.2020 is a program to identify the important trends affecting the City’s fashion industry and to develop actionable initiatives based on such findings.
A key opportunity identified through Fashion.NYC.2020 is the need to support emerging design talent in order to grow New York City’s status as a global capital of fashion design. The Designer as Entrepreneur program will educate designers on the day-to-day aspects of running a fashion business, such as merchandising a line, promotion, sourcing, and other relevant topics. It will enrich participating designers’ understanding of all the elements required to run a fashion label and will provide critical insight on how to accelerate the growth of their businesses. The overall goal is to equip participants with the business skills and tools – including fully-formed and vetted business plans – to be successful entrepreneurs.
If you or your organization is interested in developing and implementing this program, please submit a proposal by June 30th. We look forward to receiving your responses!