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Alternative Funding and More for November 9, 2017

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“Alternative Funding (formerly "Special Opps") 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!


Federation Aviation Administration (FAA): Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program

The purpose of this program is to encourage state, local, and tribal governments, in partnerships with Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators and other private sector stakeholders, to conduct advanced operations safely and with public support in communities. Award recipients, with guidance from the funding agency, will propose and define operational concepts and determine how to manage them at the local level under the safety sight of the FAA. Projects should address technical, regulatory, and policy challenges. Notices of intent to apply must be submitted via email by November 28, 2017.


AIDS United: Capacity-Building Assistance (CBA) Requests

This program will provide community-based organizations with capacity-building assistance free of charge. Community-based organizations applying to this program must provide HIV prevention services to communities. Award recipients will receive technical assistance and/or training, and will create customized assistance that meets the needs of each organization. Organizations may apply for assistance multiple times. Applications must be submitted online, and there is no stated deadline for the program.


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS): Refinancing of Federal Financing Bank Loans Pilot Program

This program will refinance loans, or parts thereof, consisting of one or more whole but not partial advances, made under a loan by the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) and guaranteed by the RUS. New loans will be advanced to prepay previous FFB loans. Ultimately, the refinancing procedures will benefit the rate payers of eligible entities. Up to $600 million is available for this program, and eligible applicants are RUS Electric Program borrowers operating an electric utility. To apply, applicants must first submit a mandatory letter of intent via email by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 17, 2017.


The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award

This program was created to reward and recognize teachers and professors who make a significant difference in the lives of their students. Awardees will each receive $10,000 in appreciation for their contributions. Nominations are sought from students, the general public, and notable public figures. Teachers must be legal residents of the United States, and must have taught in a K-12 school or college/university. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas are eligible. Applications must be submitted online or by mail by December 31, 2017. Awards will be distributed on March 22, 2018.


National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC): Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership and Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Awards

The NYLC provides several awards to shine a spotlight on exemplary leaders from across the service-learning movement and to nurture the leaders of the future. All awards will be distributed on March 11-13, 2018, in St. Paul, Minnesota, during the NYLC’s annual National Service-Learning Conference. The Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership Award will recognize those who have equipped young people to lead and serve, both through direct work and by nurturing other practitioners. Service-learning practitioners from K-12 programs are eligible to be nominated. Several Youth Leadership for Service Learning Excellence awards are available, including an urban award and lifetime achievement award. Youth teams representing K-12 service-learning programs are eligible to be nominated. Nominations are accepted from the general public, and must be mailed to NYLC by December 1, 2017.


Spencer Foundation Conference Grants

This program is designed to provide support to scholars for small education-related research conferences and focused symposia. The ultimate goal of the program is to bring together researchers whose substantive knowledge, theoretical insight, and methodological expertise can be assembled in ways that build upon and advance best practices in education research. The program will provide awards of up to $50,000. Eligible applicants are principal investigators (PIs) and co-PIs that have earned doctorates in academic discipline or the professional field, or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. All applicants must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution willing to serve as fiscal agents. Awards will not be made directly to individuals. Applications must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. CT on December 1, 2017.


Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation Grant Program

The Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation will support the development of tools that share spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) knowledge and improve the lives of those living with SCI/D. Awards will be provided in the categories of consumer and community education, professional development and education, research utilization and dissemination, assistive technologies, conferences and symposia, and consumer guides. Eligible applicants are academic institutions, health care providers and organizations, and consumer advocates and organizations. Awards may not exceed $50,000 per year. Applications must be submitted online by January 10, 2018.


Michigan Economic Development Corporation: Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC)

This voluntary, no-cost certification program is available to all communities across the state of Michigan and is designed to promote effective redevelopment strategies through the dissemination of a set of best practices. The certification will allow communities to attract new investors, businesses, and residents, and will allow them to grow through a strategic community-driven approach to development. In order to receive the RRC certification, communities must complete trainings on all six best-practice categories. Once training is completed, communities must complete a self-evaluation and pass a resolution of intent, after which they will be evaluated and granted their certifications.


Center for Care Innovations (CCI): The Catalyst Program

The CCI is a growing community of innovators leading strategic efforts to transform the systems that support underserved populations. The Catalyst Program is a six-month capacity-building program that will provide teams with the training, tools, and space necessary to cultivate an innovative culture, and the program approaches problems from the perspective of users and stakeholders. Assistance will include $15,000 in funding, training workshops, ongoing coaching, and access to a library of tools and resources. Eligible participants are Health Care Safety Net organizations in California and their community partners. All applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Each team of participants must include three individuals. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. PT on December 8, 2017.


Gexa Energy: Community Heroes Program

This program contributes to charitable causes that are important to the communities and customers served by Gexa Energy. Priority will be given to requests that focus on the provision of shelter and clothing, as well as shelter and education, and projects that focus on character building. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and other organizations that support community causes serving Gexa Energy’s service areas. Nonprofit applicants may apply for up to $500, and other organizations for up to $250. Applications must be submitted via email by November 30, 2017.


New Jersey Chinese Cultural Studies Foundation: Financial Support

This program will provide funding to qualified schools and organizations that promote awareness of Chinese culture in New Jersey. Organizations must be nonprofit organizations registered in New Jersey, and must be promoting Chinese culture, history, and language. Funds may support competitions, exhibitions, cultural performances, festivals and fairs, as well as the furnishing of libraries and the procurement of equipment. Applications must be submitted by mail by December 31, 2017, for events to be held in the spring of 2018, and June 30, 2018, for events to be held in the fall of 2018.










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