Gender Equity in STEM Challenge
Gender Equity in STEM Challenge, a collaboration between MIT Solve and Tiger Global Impact Ventures, seeks innovative U.S.-based solutions that address barriers and unlock the untapped potential of girls and women in STEM across the country. Solutions should address one or more of the following areas: supporting K-12 educators in effectively teaching and engaging girls in STEM in classroom or after-school settings; ensuring continuity across STEM education in order to decrease successive drop-off in completion rates from K-12 through undergraduate years; creating a more inclusive STEM workplace culture including through improving pay transparency, decreasing bias in hiring and promotion, introducing and upholding healthy behaviors and organizational role models, or bolstering wraparound supports for workers who are caregivers; and enabling women STEM entrepreneurs to participate and thrive in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Applications will close June 2, 2023.
Visit their website to apply > Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds across the United States and Canada. Each year, the Prize recognizes 25 outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. The Prize accepts applications from young people who are between the ages of eight and 18, are permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S. or Canada, and are working on an inspiring service project, or have done so within the past 12 months. Winners each receive $10,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project. The application deadline is April 15, 2023.
Visit their website to apply > Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence is an annual award recognizing outstanding skilled trades teachers in U.S. public high schools. In 2023, $1.5 million in prizes will be awarded overall. Five grand prize winners will each receive $100,000, with $70,000 going to the public high school skilled trades program and $30,000 going to the teacher. Twenty prize winners will receive $50,000, with $35,000 going to the public high school skilled trades program and $15,000 going to the teacher. Public high school educators who teach skilled trades classes that emphasize the expert use of tools and materials to build, repair, and maintain products and structures are eligible, including teachers of agriculture mechanics, carpentry, construction, electrical, HVAC, manufacturing, plumbing, transportation mechanics, welding, and other trades. Applications are due May 5, 2023.
Visit their website to apply > Voya Unsung Heroes
Voya Unsung Heroes program seeks to reward excellence in U.S. schools by funding innovative K-12 classroom projects. Each year, 50 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects that improve student learning. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. Applicants must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff that are employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States. The application deadline is April 28, 2023.
Visit their website to apply > MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation,
The MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint initiative by Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), seeks to increase participation in and expand access to youth baseball and softball across the United States and internationally. The Foundation provides support in the following areas: capital projects, including field lighting, renovations, and construction; baseball and softball programs, including players’ and infrastructure equipment, uniforms, training of coaches, umpire fees, player registration fees, facility rental fees, and field maintenance; education initiatives, including programs, exhibits, and other learning opportunities that use baseball and softball as the primary focus to promote interest and engagement in the game; and grants to schools of up to $5,000 for players’ and infrastructure equipment. Letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Submit an LOI > Education for American Civic Life
Education for American Civic Life, a program of the Teagle Foundation, supports efforts to prepare students to become informed and engaged participants in the civic life of their local and national communities. Through this initiative, the Foundation seeks ambitious projects that confront gaps in undergraduates’ civic knowledge and prepare them for the intellectual demands of democratic participation. Successful proposals will promote learning about the formation of the American republic, the crafting of its Constitution, the history of contention over the interpretation of the Constitution, the development of representative political structures, and the principles of democracy. Funding is focused on two particular areas: 1) anchoring significant questions in democratic thought in local history and community, and 2) strengthening preparation for public service. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 over a 24-36 month period are made to a diverse array of institutions, including community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and comprehensive and research universities. Proposals for planning grants in the range of $25,000 over 6-12 months are strongly encouraged. Concept papers are reviewed three times per year with submissions due by December 1, March 1, and August 1.
Visit the Foundation's website to review the request for proposals > ECMC Foundation
ECMC Foundation works to improve postsecondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds nationwide. The Foundation concentrates investments in two focus areas: The College Success category aims to increase the number of students from historically and presently underserved backgrounds who persist through and graduate from an institution of higher education with a bachelor’s degree. The Career Readiness category aims to improve postsecondary career and technical education outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies are eligible to apply. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year; proposals are reviewed by invitation only.
Visit their website > Skatepark Project
Skatepark Project is dedicated to helping underserved communities throughout the United States create safe and inclusive public skateparks for youth. Grants are provided to organizations that are seeking to build free, public, concrete skateparks in underserved communities. The Foundation primarily supports projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment. Priority is given to projects that are designed and built by experienced skatepark contractors and include local skaters in the planning, fundraising, and design process. Grants of $1,000 to $300,000, with an average of $10,000, are provided to nonprofit organizations and state or local agencies, including public school systems and public projects. Letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis and grants are awarded quarterly.
Visit their website > Toshiba America Foundation
Toshiba America Foundation is dedicated to promoting quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in the nation’s K-12 schools. The Foundation provides grants through two initiatives.: Grants for Grades K-5 of up to $1,000 are provided to teachers in public or private schools to help them bring innovative projects into their classrooms. The application deadline is October 1, annually. Grants for Grades 6-12 are provided to teachers who have an idea for making science and mathematics more fun for their students. Requests for grants of up to $5,000 may be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed quarterly. The annual application deadlines for large grants of $5,000 or more are May 1 and November 1, annually.
Visit their website > Kars4Kids Small Grant Program
Kars4Kids is a national Jewish nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping children develop into productive members of communities throughout the United States. The Kars4Kids Small Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to make a difference in the areas of education, mentoring, and youth development. Grants generally range from $500 to $2,000. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year.
Visit their website > Million Girls Moonshot Initiative
The STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Intel, Gordon and Betty Moore, and Charles Stewart Mott foundations have announced the launch of an initiative aimed at closing the gender gap in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. With the overall goal of increasing diversity and equity in STEM fields, the Million Girls Moonshot initiative will work to engage a million school-age girls in engineering and computer science learning opportunities over the next five years. To that end, partners in the initiative will provide funding and in-kind resources in support of hands-on, immersive STEM learning experiences to Mott-funded afterschool networks in all fifty states, with a focus on underserved and underrepresented groups. In-kind support provided by the initiative will include technical assistance, educational resources, special curricula developed by NASA and access to Intel’s She Will Connect program partners and employee volunteers. Other organizations participating in the effort include Qualcomm, Technovation, the National Girls Collaborative Project, CSforALL, JFF, Techbridge Girls, STEMconnector, and Lyda Hill Philanthropies.
Visit their website to apply > MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation
MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, dedicated to promoting the growth of youth baseball and softball in the United States and throughout the world by funding programs that encourage youth participation in the game. Grants may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and school districts involved in youth baseball or softball are eligible to apply. Letters of inquiry are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant criteria and application process.
Visit their website > School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network
School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network (SBHSN) supports under-resourced public and charter schools to implement and expand access to quality behavioral health and general pediatric services on school campuses to children living in rural and urban communities throughout the U.S. SBHSN offers the following funding opportunities: Community Grants are designed to bring highly skilled clinicians into schools, after-school programs, and youth summer programs to assist personnel and other adults who interact with youth in both school settings and local communities. Nonprofit organizations with a proven track record of providing intervention or prevention services on school campuses are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $100,000 may be awarded; each awarded grant requires a 40% cost-sharing match. Principal Grants provide up to $5,000 per academic year to principals of K-12 schools in selected states, as well as a mental health professional to support student behavioral health services on campus. Applications for both programs may be submitted at any time.
Visit their website > ECMC Foundation
ECMC Foundation works to improve post-secondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds nationwide. The Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: The College Success category aims to increase the number of students from historically and presently underserved backgrounds who persist through and graduate from an institution of higher education with a bachelor’s degree. The Career Readiness category aims to improve post-secondary career and technical education outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds. The Foundation is giving priority to requests that address the immediate challenges and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies are eligible to apply. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year; proposals are reviewed by invitation only.
Visit their website > Lois Lenski Covey Foundation
Lois Lenski Covey Foundation is dedicated to advancing literacy and fostering a love of reading among underserved and at-risk children and youth. The Foundation’s Bookmobile Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and its territories that operate a lending bookmobile that travels into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth. These grants, ranging from $500 to $3,000, are for purchasing books published for young people, preschool through grade eight, and cannot be used for administrative or operational uses. Applications may be submitted through September 1st of each year.
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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 Grant 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 programs should offer more than just one-time events.
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Toshiba America Foundation
Toshiba America Foundation is dedicated to promoting quality science and mathematics education in our nation’s K-12 schools. The Foundation provides grants through the following two initiatives: Grants for Grades K-5 of up to $1,000 are provided to teachers in public or private schools to help them bring innovative projects into their classrooms. The application deadline is October 1, annually. Grants for Grades 6-12 are provided to teachers who have an idea for making science and mathematics more fun for their students. Requests for grants of up to $5,000 may be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed quarterly. The annual application deadlines for large grants of $5,000 or more are May 1 and November 1, annually.
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