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Alternative Funding and More for March 29, 2018

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Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique programs that has something for everyone. You never know when you will find a resource just perfect for that niche you have been trying to fill. That's what makes treasure hunting in this grants grab bag so rewarding!

Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS): Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA)

The CRI-TA program provides critical and tailored technical assistance resources to state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies on a wide variety of topics. Areas of assistance may include gangs, human trafficking, school safety, and officer safety and wellness, among other topics. Applicants must request technical assistance online, and there is no application deadline.


Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA): Technical Assistance Opportunities

The FHWA’s Sustainable Transport and Resilience Team offers a variety of technical assistance opportunities to help state departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other agencies use FHWA’s Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool (INVEST). Technical assistance packages will include up to two hours of training via webinar or conference call, peer-to-peer contacts, and full-day implementation/scoring workshops. To request technical assistance, agencies must contact the program staff listed on the program website.


Jimmie Johnson Foundation: Blue Bunny Ice Cream Helmet of Hope Program

This program will provide nonprofit charities that directly support K-12 public education a chance to receive a $25,000 cash award, to receive a Blue Bunny Ice Cream party, and to be featured on Jimmie Johnson’s helmet during a NASCAR Cup race. In 2018, five charities will be selected to receive awards. All applicants must have 501(c)(3) designations from the IRS, and may be parent/teacher organizations. Nominations are accepted from all individuals of at least 18 years of age, and must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. ET on April 20, 2018. Nine nominations will be selected to move on to the voting period, which will be held between May 8, 2018, and noon ET on May 15, 2018.


Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams

This program provides awards of up to $10,000 to teams comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators from anywhere in the United States, including U.S. territories, are eligible to apply. Teams will be expected to present and showcase working prototypes of their inventions at EurekaFest in June 2018. Initial applications must be submitted online by April 9, 2018.


Chamber Music America: Classical Commissioning Program

This program provides awards to professional U.S.-based presenters and ensembles whose programming includes Western European and/or non-Western classical and contemporary music. Awards are provided specifically for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers. The program supports works scored for two to ten musicians performing one per part, composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music. Award amounts will vary according to the number of musicians involved and the length of compositions, but will range from $5,000 to $20,000. Applications must be submitted online by midnight ET on April 29, 2018.


Misk Global Forum Grand Challenges Program

This program will provide awards of up to $100,000 to innovators across the globe addressing issues of global citizenship and education. Projects must empower and inspire young people and activate a new generation of leaders who can transform their communities and change the world. The program intends to provide awards to 100 innovators from across the world, with all projects targeting people under 30. To participate, innovators must submit their proposed solutions online. The first application window opened on November 14, 2017, and will remain open for six months.


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): BeeBee Appel Scholarship Program for the 2018 Shelter Medicine Conference

The ASPCA will provide travel scholarships of up to $500 each to elect organizations to attend the ASPCA Shelter Medicine Conference, which will be held at Cornell University on August 10-12, 2018. Eligible applicants are U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental organizations and organizations in good standing with the ASPCA, with no overdue report or other requirements from previous awards. Only a total of 40 applications will be accepted. The online application portal will open at 10:00 a.m. ET on April 2, 2018, and will close at 5:00 p.m. ET on April 9, 2018, or earlier, upon receipt of 40 applications.


International City/County Management Association (ICMA): Certificates in Performance Management

Each year, ICMA awards certificates to local government agencies to recognize programs that instill a culture of performance management, pursue comparative analysis and data-informed decision making, and promote transparency. All general-purpose local governments are eligible to apply. Certificates will be provided in three levels: excellence (highest level), distinction, and achievement. Applications must be submitted online by May 1, 2018. Applications must be accompanied by an application fee of $195.


Society for American Baseball Research (SABR): Dick Clark Memorial Library Grants

SABR’s Negro League Research Committee will award two $500 awards to school and community libraries that will use the funding to educate students and communities about Black baseball and American history. Applicants must be current school or community libraries, and applicants must be submitted by current librarians. Applicants must also include letters of support from principals or head librarians. Applications must be mailed or emailed to the funding agency, and must be received or postmarked by May 8, 2018.


American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK): Trees for You and Me (TFYM) Grants

This program supports the education of individuals about climate issues and supplies a forest-based carbon-offset award to qualified entities in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, and thus to help polar bears and prevent the loss of their sea ice habitats. The program is specifically interested in supporting tree planting projects in areas of the world that have been devastated by deforestation. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by May 1, 2018, and funding will be available for use between January 1 and December 31, 2019.


Freedoms Foundation: Leavey Awards

This program honors outstanding teachers for bringing passion and creativity to their classrooms as they teach students about entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system. Awards will recognize educators at the elementary school, junior high school, high school, and college levels for innovative and effective techniques in teacher entrepreneurship and free enterprise education. Up to 20 awards will be made, valued at $7,500 each. One meritorious award of $15,000 may be made for an outstanding entry. Teacher nominations must be submitted online by May 1, 2018.


Arizona State Parks and Trails: Premier Trails

This program will provide trails across Arizona an opportunity to be part of the Arizona Premier Trails System, which will include up to 100 trails and will specifically highlight various types of trails in the categories of recreational, interpretive, historical/cultural, scenic, riparian, national, or system. There are currently nine designated trails in the system. Becoming part of the system will allow trails the opportunity to receive assistance with grants, funding, or other financial aid; provide increased trail visitation and area tourism; attract volunteers and groups to assist with maintenance and promotion; and promote the trail on the Arizona State Parks and Trails website, social media, and newsletters. Nominations of trails are accepted from land managers, trail organizations, and trail enthusiasts. Nominations must be submitted online.


New York Department of Environmental Conservation: New York State Environmental Excellence Awards

This program will recognize outstanding, innovative, and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships that are contributing to a healthier environment and economy and serving as models of excellence. Eligible applicants are businesses; nonprofit organizations; educational facilities; health care and recreational facilities; individuals; and local, state, federal, and Indian Nation government agencies. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by April 13, 2018.


Washington Department of Commerce: Governor’s Smart Communities Award Program

This program will recognize outstanding efforts of counties, cities and towns, and their partners throughout the state to create quality communities through achieving goals of the Growth Management Act and other community development objectives. Projects or plans eligible for recognition must have been completed or adopted between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2017. Recognition will be provided in the categories of Smart Vision, Smart Choices, Smart Projects, and Smart Partnerships. Nominations and applications must be mailed, delivered, or emailed to the funding agency, and must be received or postmarked by 6:00 p.m. PT on April 24, 2018.


Virginia Department of Education: Aspiring Special Education Leaders Academy

This academy is a special education leadership initiative to assist school divisions and state-operated programs with succession planning, and it is designed to help prepare potential leaders for administrative positions in special education. The year-long program, spanning from August 2018 to August 2019, will include a three-day workshop, followed by monthly two-day seminars, observations, assignments, and field experiences. Cohort members will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and experiences that will help them to excel in positions of special education leadership. Applications must be submitted to the relevant office of special education through the relevant director of special education, and must be submitted or postmarked by April 20, 2018.


Utah Division of Arts and Museums (UA&M): StEPs-UT Pilot

This pilot program will offer six small Utah museums and local history organizations a two-year enrichment opportunity designed to help them achieve success in six areas of institutional practice: mission, vision, and governance; management; audience; stewardship of collections; stewardship of historic structures and landscapes; and interpretation. The program will involve a program orientation session on July 30, 2018, and enrichment activities beginning in July 2018 and ending in June 2020. Applications must be submitted online by April 13, 2018.


Colorado Tourism Office: CRAFT Implementation Funding

This program will provide up to 50 free hours of mentoring for organizations or businesses wishing to advance specific tourism-related goals or strategies. The program will stimulate the development of high-quality cultural, heritage, agricultural, and outdoor adventure tourism experiences for travelers in Colorado. Applications must be submitted online, and are accepted throughout the year.


Virginia Department of Education: Mary V. Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year Program

This program will recognize the next Virginia Teacher of the Year, and will honor teachers who represent the best in teaching in Virginia and the nation. The program is open to all teachers in pre-K through grade 12, as well as school librarians, guidance counselors, and reading specialists, who hold a current renewable Virginia teaching license in their assigned teacher area. Teachers must be employed by a Virginia public or accredited non-public school, and must exhibit dedication, knowledge and skill, and plans to continue in an active teaching status. Applications must be mailed and received by 5:00 p.m. on May 25, 2018.


Indiana Landmarks: Sandi Servaas Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement

This program will recognize outstanding achievement in historic preservation in Indiana in the two categories of organizational preservation and youth-serving preservation. For the organization category, nonprofit public institutions and public agencies may apply. For the youth-serving category, teachers, students, schools, or youth-serving organizations may apply. Winners of the organizational category will receive awards of $2,000 and a sculpture by Evansville artist John McNaughton, and winners of the youth-serving category will receive $1,000 and a sculpture. Applications must be mailed or emailed to the funding agency, and must be received by May 1, 2018.