The SEL in Action Awards
The SEL in Action Awards, a partnership of the NoVo Foundation with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed projects that foster social and emotional competencies in students in grades pre-K-12. For the 2021-22 school year, applications will be accepted from school-based educators seeking to implement social and emotional learning (SEL) initiatives in classrooms or schools, and district-level applicants seeking to implement SEL initiatives district-wide or across multiple schools within one district. Projects are sought that build and foster greater compassion, honor the lived experiences of students, build skills in people and groups to embrace and understand differences, and work through challenges to promote healing from all forms of trauma and harm. Proposals supporting one or more of the following student populations are of particular interest: students from Indigenous communities, newcomers, English learners, LGBTQIA+ students, girls and young women of color, students disproportionately affected by suspensions or the juvenile justice system, students with learning disabilities, and students impacted by housing inequities or homelessness. Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded for educator-led projects, and up to $25,000 for district-level projects. All grantees will receive ongoing educator support for the duration of their grant. The application deadline is April 9, 2021.
Visit their website to apply > Voya Unsung Heroes
The Voya Unsung Heroes program provides grants to K-12 educators nationwide with effective and innovative projects that improve student learning. Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff employed by accredited K-12 public or private schools in the United States are eligible to apply. Each year 50 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 award. Of the 50 finalists, three are selected for additional awards: $25,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, and $5,000 for third place. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. The application deadline is April 30, 2021.
Visit their website to apply > The Riley's Way Foundation's Call for Kindness program
The Riley’s Way Foundation’s Call for Kindness program empowers young leaders throughout the country to use kindness and empathy to create meaningful connections and positive change. The program will provide grants of up to $3,000 to up to 30 teen-led projects in 2021. Funded projects may tackle anything from pressing equity and social justice issues to building meaningful connections in schools or communities. Five grants will be specifically dedicated to projects related to food insecurity. Teens living in the United States, ages 13-19, may enter by essay or video describing a new project, or an improvement to an existing project. Each project is required to have both a partner organization and an adult mentor. Winners will also join a cohort of fellows from across the country to participate in a dynamic leadership development experience. The application deadline is April 7, 2021.
Visit their website to apply > The Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing
The Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing, an initiative of America’s Promise Alliance, is a leadership and service opportunity supporting youth-designed projects that promote racial equity and address systemic racism. Teams made up of young people, ages 13 to 19, will have access to a $250 mini-grant to support a COVID-safe service project. Funded projects may encompass a range of activities—from establishing a school anti-racism committee to bolstering the availability of books and resources by racially and ethnically diverse authors in a local library. The deadline for project ideas is April 30, 2021.
Visit their website to apply > Notah Begay III Foundation
The Notah Begay III Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that Native children achieve their full potential by advancing cultures of Native American community health. The Foundation has just issued the Community Empowerment Grants Request for Applications that will support Native American communities and/or organizations engaged in efforts to measurably impact Native American youth health. Applying organizations should address one or more of the following core areas: increasing opportunities for physical activity, increasing access to healthy and affordable foods, building youth leadership and advocacy, and deepening cultural connections. Up to five 22-month grants of $200,000 each will be awarded. U.S.-based Native American-controlled nonprofit organizations, federally or state recognized tribal governments or programs, and Native American community-based groups with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply. The application deadline is April 12, 2021.
Visit their website to apply > N7 Fund
The N7 Fund, an initiative of Nike, is committed to creating early positive experiences in sports and physical activity for Native American and Indigenous youth in Canada and the United States. The N7 Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations, federally-recognized tribes, and registered First Nations serving the Native American or Indigenous communities in the United States and Canada that provide programs with a sports or physical activity focus for youth 18 years of age or younger. The application deadline is April 16, 2021.
Visit their website to apply > American Honda Foundation
American Honda Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions nationwide that address the areas of youth and scientific education. The Foundation’s primary funding priority is youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; the environment; job training; and literacy. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000. The 2021 deadlines for organizations that have never received funding from the Foundation are February 1 and August 1.
Visit their website to apply > D'Addario Foundation
The D’Addario Foundation identifies the most impactful instrument instruction programs in communities of need throughout the United States and Canada and provides support to assist their growth and development. Grants are given to high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline to improve access to music education. The focus is on programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing early and frequently, with students receiving instrument instruction multiple days per week, throughout the year, and for as many years as possible in their education. Cash grants averaging $2,500 and D’Addario accessories product donations are available. (The Foundation prefers not to provide funding for the purpose of purchasing equipment or instruments.) Interested applicants should submit a letter of inquiry; invited grant applications will be due June 15, 2021.
Visit their website to apply > The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds across the United States and Canada. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. The Prize welcomes applications from young people who are between the ages of eight and 18 (not yet age 19), permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S. or Canada, and currently 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, as well as recognition gifts, networking opportunities, and media coverage. The application deadline is April 15, 2021.
Visit their website to apply > 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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