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Professional Development Fellowships for Teachers

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Professional Development Fellowships for Teachers
Fund for Teachers
The Fund for Teachers awards fellowships to pre-K-12 classroom teachers throughout the United States so that they may participate in training and enriching activities that will improve their skills as teachers. Educators should propose a summer activity and explain how the endeavor will make the applicant a better teacher, how the applicant will implement his or her new improved skills in the classroom, and how these improved skills will benefit students, curricula, and the school. Teachers must have a minimum of three years experience and be full-time teachers spending at least 50% of their time in the classroom. Eligible teachers may apply as individuals (funding limit of $5,000) or as a team (funding limit of $10,000). The application deadline is January 29, 2015. Visit the Fund’s website for detailed fellowship guidelines for each state.

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Atlanta Public Schools’ Lunches Make the Grade

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farm to schoolAt many Atlanta Public Schools, students are now digging into sushi, smoothies and flat-bread pizza, thanks to a farm-to-school movement designed to increase variety, freshness and healthy choices.

The farm-to-fork craze that has so captivated the country inspires the farm-to-school program, a 4-year effort that has introduced students in kindergarten through high school to the benefits – and tastes – of locally-grown fruits and vegetables that are dramatically changing cafeteria menus.

“Right now, we’re enjoying apples from Ellijay and tomatoes from Nashville,” said Marilyn Hughes, the district’s director of nutrition since 2003. “They’re just part of the local variety we serve to students.”

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Grants Encourage Youth to Address Childhood Hunger

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Grants Encourage Youth to Address Childhood Hunger
Youth Service America: Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants
The Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America (YSA) are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants of $400 are available for youth-led service projects that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees, and other community members to address childhood hunger. Young people in the United States, ages 5 to 25, are eligible to apply. Funded projects should take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, 2015. The application deadline is January 15, 2015. Visit the YSA website to access the online application.

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Children’s Theatre Initiatives Supported – Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000

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Children’s Theatre Initiatives Supported
Children’s Theatre Foundation of America: Aurand Harris Grants and Fellowship Fund
The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America’s grantmaking focus is on theatre for children and youth, the utilization of drama or theatre in education for children grades K-12, and development opportunities for theatre artists working in the area of children’s theatre in the United States. The Foundation’s Aurand Harris Grants and Fellowship Fund supports small and mid-sized nonprofit theatres for premieres of promising new plays for children and youth; the establishment of special production programs of children’s theatre such as a touring program, a children’s theatre playwriting program, or a production related symposium for a new work; assistance in securing scripts, supplies, and equipment for the production of premieres of  promising new plays for young audiences; and performance expenses of U.S. children’s theatres to send new plays to regional, national, or international festivals or conventions. Professional theatre artistsworking in theatre for young audiences may also apply for support in the development of their artistic excellence. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. The deadline for the Request to Submit applications is January 15, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Aurand Harris Grants Program.

 

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Starbucks Foundation: Youth Leadership Grants

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Starbucks Foundation: Youth Leadership Grants
The Starbucks Foundation’s Youth Leadership Grants program supports nonprofit organizations that work with young people from 15 to 25 years old in cities in which Starbucks has a strong retail presence worldwide. Click above to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.

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Grants Promote Education and Equality for Women and Girls

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Grants Promote Education and Equality for Women and Girls
American Association of University Women: Community Action Grants
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) works to advance educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States. The AAUW Community Action Grants program provides funds to individuals, AAUW organizations, and local community-based nonprofit organizations throughout the country that address issues related to the needs of women and girls or that provide information to educate and benefit the public on those issues. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math. One-year grants of $2,000 to $7,000 provide funds for community-based projects that include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls. Two-year grants of $5,000 to $10,000 provide start-up funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership, advocacy, or training opportunities. The application deadline for both types of grants is January 15, 2015. Visit the AAUW website to submit an online application.

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School Library Book Collections Funded

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School Library Book Collections Funded
Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries
The mission of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is to help school libraries encourage and foster a love of reading, support student learning, and make books and reading materials available to students who otherwise would not have access to them. Grants of up to $7,000 are available to update, extend, and diversify the book collections of school libraries throughout the United States, the American territories, and Department of Defense schools in other countries. Only schools where a minimum of 85% of the student body qualifies for the federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program are eligible to apply. Funds are provided solely for books, e-books, or magazines and serials in print, Braille, or audio form. Requests for staffing, shelving, furniture, equipment, software, videos, classroom book sets, or exams are not considered. All grants are made to individual schools rather than to school districts, foundations, or other entities. The application deadline is December 15, 2014. Online application information is available on the Foundation’s website.

 

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KidsGardening.org: Youth Garden Grants

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Child-Centered Garden Programs Supported
KidsGardening.org: Youth Garden Grants
KidsGardening.org, a resource of the National Gardening Association (NGA), awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations throughout the U.S. with child-centered garden programs. Applicant schools and organizations must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Twenty programs will receive a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids online store. Each winning program will also receive a tool package from Ames, plant starts from Bonnie Plants, and seed donations. The top ten winners will receive a raised bed from New England Arbors. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and education related to the environment, health and nutrition issues, character education, and entrepreneurship in the United States. The application deadline is December 5, 2014. Application guidelines and forms are available on the NGA website at KidsGardening.org.

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Family Literacy Programs Funded

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Family Literacy Programs Funded
Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation provides private funds to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States. The focus of the Foundation is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants generally range up to $10,000. Requests may be submitted at any time and are reviewed four times per year. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Donation Request Form.

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K-12 STEM Projects Supported

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K-12 STEM Projects Supported
Westinghouse N-Vision a Brighter Future Grant Program
The Westinghouse N-Vision a Brighter Future Grant Program provides support to U.S. K-12 teachers and schools who want their students to learn more about STEM through creative hands-on projects. Projects that involve students directly, and that incorporate community resources and utilize interdisciplinary or team-teaching strategies are given priority. Three schools will be awarded $1,000 to complete their projects, and another $2,000 will be granted to each of these school’s science departments for their needs. The application deadline is November 14, 2014. Visit the Westinghouse website to download the application guidelines.

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