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Alternative Funding and More for October 12, 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!


Public Library Association (PLA): Awards and Grants

PLA’s award programs are designed to honor libraries and librarians whose vision and accomplishments in the field of library services are extraordinary and deserve recognition. Awards will highlight and honor those bringing innovation, creativity, and dedication to public libraries. Awards are available for both individuals working in library systems, and libraries themselves. Monetary awards range from $1,000 to $3,000. Applications and nominations must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. CT on December 4, 2017.


Vodafone Americas Foundation: Wireless Innovation Projects

This program will make awards up to $600,000 available to support projects with exceptional promise in the field of wireless-related technology. Applicants must demonstrate multidisciplinary approaches that use an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global social or technology issue. Awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 will be provided, and will be paid in equal installments over three years. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. PT on March 5, 2018.


SeedMoney: Food Garden Projects

SeedGarden will be awarding 100 grants ranging from $200 to $600 to support U.S.-based and global food garden projects. Funding will be provided via Challenge Grants of up to $400, awarded to 50 projects that raise $600 or more using the funding agency’s crowdfunding tool, and Merit Grants of up to $200 will be awarded to projects that don’t win Challenge Grants but are still deemed worthy of support. The crowdfunding campaign will run from November 15 to December 15, 2017. To participate, applicants must apply online by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 12, 2017.


Katie’s Krops: Grower Search

Katie’s Krops is seeking youth between the ages of 9 and 16 who will start and maintain vegetable gardens or container gardens. All growers will be expected to continue on with their gardens, season after season, creating a sustainable solution to end hunger in their communities. Harvests of all gardens must be donated entirely to people in need in communities. The funding agency will provide funding to start gardens (specifically, gift cards of up to $500), as well as technical support, garden supplies, and other benefits. Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2017.


Spencer Educational Foundation: Risk Manager in Residence Program

This program will award grants of up to $4,000 to colleges and universities to cover transportation, housing, and incidental costs involved in hosting a lecturing risk manager in their institutions. Risk managers will be selected from the Foundation’s pool of listings, and will provide a rewarding education experience to both faculty and staff. Finance faculty and students must be involved in projects, and at least three presentations to students must be scheduled. Applications must be submitted online by April 1, 2018.


California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP): Community Research Collaboration (CRC) Awards

The CRC program will provide funding to community organizations, such as breast cancer advocacy organizations, community clinics, and other organizations serving women with breast cancer, to work in teams with well-trained, experienced research scientists. Teams will decide which breast cancer questions are most important to these organizations, determine how to study these questions, gather and interpret data, and communicate findings to other community members, scientists, and the public. Two funding mechanisms are available: pilot awards of up to $150,000 for a period of 18 months, and full awards of up to $600,000 for a period of three years. Applications must be submitted online by March 1, 2018. Optional pre-application research plans may be submitted by October 24, 2017.


The Meemic Foundation: Classroom Enrichment Grants

This program will provide grants of up to $100 to enrich classrooms during the 2017/2018 school year. Educators will be given the ability to purchase items that will enhance their classrooms from Lakeshore. Eligible applicants are all individuals employed by educational institutions that are also Club Members of the funding agency. Applications must be submitted online by December 31, 2017.


The Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo: Take it to the Court Grants

Schools across Oregon and Clark County, Washington, are eligible to apply for up to $10,000 to support their academic, art, athletic, and community programs. A total of $100,000 is available for this program. Applications must be submitted online by January 1, 2018.


Georgia Science Teachers Association (GTSA) Awards and Grants

GSTA has several grant and award programs that recognize excellence and innovation in Georgia science education and serve to raise awareness and exposure to the outstanding work being done by science teachers in the state. Awards, such as the Teacher of the Year award (up to $1,500), the Teacher of Promise award (up to $750), the Science Administrator of the Year award, Mini-Grants (up to $750) for creative class projects, ScienceQuest Teacher Scholarships (up to $2,000), the Conference Grants (up to $750) to be used for attendance at professional conferences, and the Science Adventure Student Scholarship (up to $2,000), will allow students to continue their education. All applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 30, 2017.


Dairy Council of Arizona: Milk Mustache Photo Contest

The Arizona Dairy Council will provide scholarships to students through its Milk Mustache Contest. Students simply need to take a picture of their best milk mustache and make sure that a dairy product is visible along the mustache. Weekly prizes of $100 gift cards will be provided, as well as total prizes of $12,000 for first-prize winners, $10,000 for second-prize winners, and $8,000 for third-prize winners. Submissions must be made online by 11:59 p.m. on November 21, 2017.


California Energy Commission: Addressing Barriers to Wider Adoption of Near-Zero Emission Natural Gas Vehicles

The purpose of the program is to target specific barriers to natural gas vehicle adoption across the State of California. The program will support projects that optimize the use of hybrid-electric natural gas vehicles to minimize emissions and maximize efficiency, advance combustion research to reduce emissions of large displacement natural gas engines, and improve the economics of onboard compressed natural gas storage research and development. A total of $3.4 million is available for awards of up to $1.5 million ($400,000 for some projects). All public and private entities are eligible to apply, and applications must be mailed or submitted online by 3:00 p.m. PT on November 27, 2017.






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