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Grants and Other Funding Options


Grants and Other Funding Options

A location for possible grants and other forms of funding.

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Comment by Michael A. Robinson on April 25, 2011 at 10:19am
Business Opportunity TRANSITIONAL AGED YOUTH Expressions of Interest The Prince George's County Department of Family Services, Mental Health and Disabilities Administration, seeks Expressions of Interest to provide services to transitional age youth with mental illness. The purpose of this Expression of Interest is to seek a non-profit organization or agency which can provide developmentally appropriate services to these youth in order to increase their ability to integrate successfully into the community. The grant period will be July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, depending on availability of funding. Total funding is anticipated to be $165,000. A full copy of the Expression of Interest may be located at Click on Requests for Proposals. Submit Expressions of Interest to Ms. Carol-Lynn Snowden at the Department of Family Services, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20748. Expressions of Interest may also be submitted electronically at Expressions of Interest must be submitted no later than May 26, 2011.
Comment by Michael A. Robinson on May 6, 2011 at 6:07pm

LibertyGives Foundation Invites Grant Applications for Colorado Youth Programs.  LibertyGives Foundation is accepting proposals from public charitable organizations that focus on helping Colorado's at-risk youth overcome impediments that restrict their opportunities to grow, learn, and thrive.  Grants will range between $1,000 and $150,000.  To obtain additional information and an application, visit: May 31


Entertainment Software Association Foundation Offers Support for Youth-Focused Education Technology Programs.  The Entertainment Software Association is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services utilizing technology and/or computer and video games to educate America's youth and young adults (ages 7 to 18).  Applicants must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental units exempt under Section 115 as described in Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Funding must be sought for a specific project or program that is or will be implemented or available nationwide or in a minimum of two states in the United States.  First-time awardees will be considered for grants of up to $50,000 each.  To obtain additional information and an application, visit:  Deadline: May 15.


Shutterfly Foundation Offers Grants for Nonprofit Programs Assisting Children and Families.  The Shutterfly Foundation is accepting applications for its 2011 grant program.  The foundation will award grants of $10,000 to ten nonprofit organizations operating in the following communities: San Francisco Bay Area (operating programs in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties); Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; and Maricopa County, Arizona. Grants are awarded for general operating and program support to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that support the foundation's mission.  To obtain an application and additional information, visit:  Deadline: June 1.


The National Education Foundation and Consortium for School Networking Invite Ideas for Mobile Phone Education Innovations.  The National Education Foundation (NEA) Foundation's newest C2i challenge, conducted in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking, invites ideas for mobile phone technology that can transform teaching and learning.  The foundation will award grants of $1,000 to as many as five individuals who post the best ideas on the C2i page at the U.S. Department of Education's Open Innovation Portal. The solutions selected will be shared by the NEA Foundation and CoSN via multiple outlets.  The C2i challenge is open to public school educators, students, and other creative thinkers with an interest in improving public education.  Proposed solutions must effectively incorporate smart phones or cell phones.  Portal registrants can also review, comment, and vote on the posted solutions.  To obtain additional information and application, visit: May 13.


The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Accepting Applications for Back to School and Youth Literacy Grants Program.  The Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides support to schools, libraries, and literacy-based nonprofit organizations throughout Dollar General’s thirty-five-state market. The foundation is now accepting applications for the following programs:


Back to School Grants: Provides funding to school libraries or media centers working to implement new or expand existing literacy programs, looking to purchase new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, and/or looking to purchase materials or software for literacy programs.  Eligible applicants must be a K-12 public, private, or charter schools.  Applicant organizations must provide direct service within Dollar General's 35-state market area and must be located within twenty miles of a Dollar General store.  Award amount is $5,000 per school.  To obtain additional information and an application, visit: May 18.


Youth Literacy Grants:   Provides funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations working to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading.  Eligible applicants must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, a K-12 private or public school, a college or university, or a public library. Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded.  To obtain additional information and an application, visit: May 18.


The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation Offers Support for Educators and Students.  The NEA Foundation supports a variety of efforts by teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to improve student learning in U.S. public schools, colleges, and universities. The foundation is accepting applications for the following grants:


Learning & Leadership Grants: Provides opportunities for public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education to engage in high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in professional growth.  Applicants must be practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades PreK-12; public school education support professionals; or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions.  Awards will be given to individuals in the amount of $2,000 and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study.  For more information visit: June 1.


Student Achievement Grants: Provides grants of $5,000 to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter.  The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.  Applicants must be practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades PreK-12; public school education support professionals; or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions.  For more information visit: June 1.


National Endowment for Financial Education Offers Support for Financial Literacy Research Projects.  The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) grants program seeks to fund innovative research and research-based development projects that can make a profound contribution to the field of financial literacy.  Organizations interested in applying for these grants should specialize in one of the following disciplines: economics, neuroscience, sociology, psychology, marketing, finance, education, change theory, decision sciences, and others.  U.S. based organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or its equivalent for colleges and universities are eligible to apply.  Grant awards will vary in amounts.  To obtain additional information a grant application, visit: June 7.


Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated Invites New Jersey Teachers to Apply for Environmental Education Grants.  The Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) Incorporated is accepting applications from teachers for its Environmental Education Grant Program.  This program provides funding to educators who can link their students' understanding of math, science, computer science, and technology with an enthusiasm and appreciation for the environment.  K-9 teachers in PSEG's utility service area, PSEG's Estuary Enhancement Program area, as well as schools located in New Jersey and Delaware within PSEG's Emergency Planning Zone may apply.  Public, private, parochial, and charter schools are also eligible to apply.  To obtain additional information and an application, visit: June 24.



NASA Invites Applications for its Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience.  NASA is accepting applications for its Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience (INSPIRE).  The program is designed for U.S. high school students in grades nine through twelve to encourage them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  NASA will make selections for the program in September. The selected students and their parents will participate in an online learning community with opportunities to interact with peers, NASA engineers and scientists. The online community also provides appropriate grade level educational activities, discussion boards and chat rooms for participants to gain exposure to careers and opportunities available at NASA.  Students selected for the program also will have the option to compete for unique grade-appropriate experiences during the summer of 2012 at NASA facilities and participating universities. The summer experience provides students with a hands-on opportunity to investigate education and careers in the STEM disciplines.  To obtain additional information and an application, visit:  Deadline: June 30.

Comment by Stephanie Pressley on May 22, 2011 at 10:32pm
This is some valuable information!  excellent resource! 
Comment by Michael A. Robinson on May 25, 2011 at 7:59am
  • Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge - SGA-DFA-PY-10-15

This posting announces the availability of funding for the Jobs Accelerator. Regions across the nation can compete for complementary Federal resources that will be targeted to address the gaps and opportunities specific to their self-identified, high-potential industry clusters. The Jobs Accelerator leverages existing financial and technical resources from 16 Federal agencies and bureaus to support the development of approximately 20 high-growth industry clusters selected through a competitive inter-agency grant process. Funds awarded to the winning applicants can be used to achieve measurable outcomes such as commercialization, business formation, expansion of existing businesses, job creation, and exports. Total proposed funding for the Jobs Accelerator is approximately $33 million in direct Federal support from funding agencies, subject to the availability of appropriations.

The funding agencies are the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, and, subject to the availability of appropriations, the Small Business Administration. This collaboration is designed to allow applicants to submit one application to access three complementary Federal sources to comprehensively support cluster development, and applicants must apply for all three funding sources available under the Jobs Accelerator FFO. Awards are expected to range from approximately $1.5 million to $2.2 million per cluster through the three funding agencies, and matching funds are required for a portion of the funding.

Issue Date: May 20, 2011
Closing Date: July 7, 2011

Full Announcement (pdf format)

  • H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants - SGA-DFA-PY-10-13

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL or the Department), announces the availability of approximately $240 million in funds for an H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants program. This grant program is designed to provide 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. H-1B technical skills training grants are financed by a user fee paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program. This technical skills training program was authorized under Section 414 (c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended (29 USC 2916a). Grant awards will be made only to the extent that funds are available.

The Department will make awards to two types of training grants: those that provide On-the-Job Training (OJT) to all participants and those that use other training strategies. Of the awards granted through this Solicitation, at least $150 million will be awarded to grantees that provide OJT to all participants. Between the two types of grants awarded (OJT and other training strategies), DOL intends to fund at least $45 million to applicants proposing to provide training for occupations in the health care industry and at least $60 million to applicants that serve long-term unemployed individuals. While this Solicitation is open, DOL anticipates that additional funding will accrue for this grant program. Such additional funding may be made available for awards during the second round of funding,depending on the quality of applications received.

The Department expects to award approximately 75-100 grants ranging from $1 million to $5 million with up to a 48-month period of performance. The Department will award grants to a partnership of private and public sector entities as defined in ACWIA. This partnership must include at least two entities from among the following groups: (1) businesses or business-related nonprofit organizations, such as trade associations; (2) education and training providers, including community colleges and other community-based organizations; and (3) entities involved in administering the workforce investment system established under Title I of the WIA, and economic development agencies.

Issue Date: May 2, 2011
Closing Date: June 2, 2011 and November 17, 2011

Full Announcement (pdf format)

Issue Date: May 12, 2011
Closing Date: June 2, 2011 and November 17, 2011

Amendment One (pdf format)
Comment by Michael A. Robinson on June 20, 2011 at 3:06pm

Youth Environmental Outdoor Education and Camps

Department of the Interior


The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 06/16/2011 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis.

If you would like to receive notifications of changes to the grant opportunity click send me change notification emails . The only thing you need to provide for this service is your email address. No other information is requested.

Any inconsistency between the original printed document and the disk or electronic document shall be resolved by giving precedence to the printed document.

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: L11AS00115
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Posted Date: Jun 16, 2011
Creation Date: Jun 16, 2011
Original Closing Date for Applications: Jun 30, 2011   
Current Closing Date for Applications: Jun 30, 2011   
Archive Date: Jul 30, 2011
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards: 3
Estimated Total Program Funding: $60,000
Award Ceiling: $25,000
Award Floor: $25,000
CFDA Number(s): 15.225  --  Recreation Resource Management
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Eligible Applicants

Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:

This is a Notice of Intent to make an award without full and open competition.

Agency Name

Bureau of Land Management


To increase opportunities to expose youth in the local area to natural resources while at the same time supporting community organizations.

Link to Full Announcement

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Lisa Clayton
Grants Management Officer
Phone 202-912-7098

Synopsis Modification History

There are currently no modifications for this opportunity.

Comment by Michael A. Robinson on July 14, 2011 at 3:49pm

Through decades of charitable giving totaling more than $257 million, Best Buy has supported non-profit organizations in the communities where our employees live and work. Best Buy believes in the power of teens, and invests our resources, including the energy and talents of our employees,to provide youth with access to opportunity through technology. To learn more, visit

Community Grants

Through the Community Grants program, Best Buy teams across the United States select non-profit organizations that provide positive experiences to help teens to excel in school and develop life and leadership skills. This year, Best Buy Children's Foundation will give $2 million in Community Grants.

Best Buy seeks applications from organizations that have current 501(c)(3) tax status and are serving a diverse population of young teens in the areas of learning, life skills and leadership. Special consideration will be given to programs that provide youth with access to opportunity through technology. Additional criteria include:

  • Serve a diverse population in local or regional communities
  • Build social, academic, leadership and/or life skills in early adolescents (primarily ages 13-17)
  • Show positive results against a demonstrated community need
  • Reach at-risk children in working families

Funding Guidelines

Grants will average $4000-$6000 and will not exceed $10,000.

Non-profits located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or Regional Distribution Center may apply. See the Best Buy store locator at and include the Best Buy location number in your grant application.

Organizations must successfully complete the grant eligibility quiz online at to apply.

Grants are awarded for one year. We invite grantees to re-apply based on program results, although there are no guarantees of multi-year grants. Previous grantees must submit a report online before applying for subsequent funding.

Organizations within the Twin Cities 7-county metro area are eligible and can apply for the Community Grants Program or the Twin Cities Fund, but not both in a fiscal year.


July 1
Grant application opens. Review guidelines and apply online at

August 1
Deadline to submit application online. Hard copy applications will not be considered.

Grant announcement and awards.


Go to or contact or 866-625-4350.

Comment by Michael A. Robinson on July 27, 2011 at 1:23pm
osted on April 13, 2011

Deadline: October 31, 2011
Home Depot Foundation Announces 2011 Community Impact Grants Program
The Home Depot Foundation, a philanthropic vehicle of Home Depot, has announced that it is accepting applications for its Community Impact Grants Program from nonprofit organizations, public schools, and public service agencies in the United States that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities.
In light of the current housing market, the foundation's 2011 funding will prioritize projects that help veterans, seniors, and the disabled stay in their homes comfortably, including home repair, modification, and weatherization projects.
Grants must support work completed by community volunteers in the U.S. Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered: repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.); weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities; planting trees or community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities; and development and/or improvement of parks or green spaces.
Only registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, tax-exempt public schools, and tax-exempt public agencies in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
Grants of up to $5,000 will be made in the form of Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
The Community Impact Grants Program will accept proposals for grants beginning April 4, 2011, through October 31, 2011. Applications must be submitted using the foundation's online application system. Once grant applications are reviewed, all applicants will receive a written response within six weeks of receipt of a request.
Visit the Home Depot Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

TD Charitable Foundation Invites Grant Applications for Affordable Housing Initiatives Focused on Energy Efficiency, Capacity Building, and New Unit Creation

The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, has announced that it will award a total of $2.5 million in grants to support affordable housing initiatives through its sixth annual "Housing for Everyone" grant competition. The competition invites local nonprofit organizations from Maine to Florida to submit proposals outlining their plans and initiatives to support and provide affordable housing initiatives in their communities.
This year's competition theme, "Building for the Future," focuses on three critical areas in affordable housing: energy efficiency, including weatherization initiatives, HVAC improvements, or implementation of alternative or renewable energy sources; capacity building, including the expansion of programmatic efforts or staff development for organizations that provide affordable housing services for low-to-moderate-income individuals or in low-to-moderate-income communities, as well as infrastructure investment to expand services provided; and new unit creation, where organizations focus their efforts on the creation of new affordable housing units that benefit low-to-moderate-income individuals or communities.
Applicant organizations must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status; must develop or maintain affordable housing or provide housing-related programs and services to low-to-moderate-income individuals or families; and must serve a community where TD Bank does business. Applicant organizations must also demonstrate fiscal responsibility and the impact they have made on affordable housing efforts in their communities.
Twenty-five organizations will be awarded grants of $100,000.
Complete program guidelines and the online application are available at the TD Bank Web site.


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