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Alternative Funding and More for April 26, 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  That's what makes treasure hunting in this grants grab bag so rewarding!

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2018 Leadership Awards

The IACP will honor law enforcement agencies and officers via multiple leadership awards that will be distributed during the 2018 IACP Annual Conference on October 6-9, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. Awards include the IACP/Cisco Leadership in Community Policing Award, the IACP/Thomson Reuters Excellence in Criminal Investigations Award, the IACP/Bell Leadership in Police Aviation Awards, and several others. Nominations of individual agents and agencies must be emailed to the funding agency by June 1, 2018.


Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge 2018

This program will allow schools from around the country to compete for gear from the top outdoor brands, as well as bragging rights for the title of National Outdoor Champion, all the while supporting outdoor access for those in and around campuses. Schools will encourage campus networks to get outside and log their outdoor activities on Outdoor Nation’s app, and campuses will compete against each other for gear. The program will also provide $700 to up to 50 schools to activate their campus networks. The registration deadline for the competition is 11:59 p.m. ET on May 4, 2018. The challenge will begin on September 17, 2018, and end on October 14, 2018.


Adopt-a-Pet.com: Treated with Love by Bayer Grants 2018

This program will make $75,000 in Bayer Animal Health products available to shelters and rescues to help them care for cats and dogs while they are waiting to be adopted. Awards will include Seresto flea and tick prevention products for dogs and cats; Advantage II flea prevention products for cats; and K9 Advantix II flea, tick, and mosquito prevention products for dogs. Applications must be emailed by October 28, 2018. Only one application is allowed per shelter/rescue.


2018 Bayer Bee Care Young Beekeeper Awards

This program provides entrants between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to win a $3,000 (first place), $2,000 (second place), or $1,000 (third place) prize to support honey bee-focused initiatives in their schools or communities or to apply toward college tuition. Eligible applicants include any student under 18 who has approval from a legal guardian and a sponsoring mentor such as an apiarist/beekeeper, grower, community leader, teacher, or school official. Applications must be submitted online by May 15, 2018.


Generation to Generation (Gen2Gen) Encore Prize

This program offers $100,000 in cash prizes, as well as coaching and a year of ongoing support, to innovative projects, products, or services that tap into the talents of adults age 50 or older to help young people thrive. The program is open to ventures from nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit sectors, and is open to people of all ages and backgrounds, as long as projects mobilize adults age 50 or older to help young people. Applications must be submitted online by May 25, 2018.


National Center for Families Learning (NCFL): Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Awards

This program will recognize the positive impact of teachers who engage families through exemplary practices in school and community-based educational programming. A grand prize winner will receive recognition and a $20,000 grant to implement innovative ideas for expanding projects to benefit families and/or to engage more families. Additionally, one runner-up will receive a grant of $5,000. Both winners will receive their awards during the Families Learning Conference, on September 24-26, 2018, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Attendance of the conference is required, and winners will receive scholarship and travel stipends to participate. Nominations may be submitted by anyone with comprehensive knowledge about the nominee. Self-nominations will not be allowed. Nominations must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 8, 2018.


Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy

This program aims to recognize great teachers who foster a passion and love of reading in students through programs and curricula that are innovative, original, and have measurable success. All full-time and part-time teachers teaching in K-12 public schools are eligible to be nominated. Teachers may be nominated by others or may nominate themselves. Awards of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500, as well as $2,500 in Penguin Random House publications, are available to be distributed. Awards will be paid to schools. Nominations must be emailed by June 1, 2018.


Northwest Climate Science Center (NWCSC): Actionable Climate Science Skills-Building Webinar Series

NWCSC is hosting a webinar series designed to help those engaged in climate science research better understand the range of approaches for developing actionable science. Each webinar will explore ways to support effective collaborations between scientific researchers and natural resource managers. Upcoming webinars are scheduled for May 1, 2018 (An Introduction to Collaborative Research Methods); June 5, 2018 (The Role of Communication in Knowledge Co-Production); and June 10, 2018 (Best Practices for Collaborative Climate Adaptation Research between Tribal and Non-Tribal Partners). Prospective attendees must register online.


Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Critical Water Issues Prize Competition

DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is soliciting feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on the key water problems that can be best addressed through challenges and prize competitions. The funding agency is specifically interested in information on how challenges and competitions can engage a broad collection of stakeholders in removing barriers and enabling access to long-term, abundant supplies of low-cost water. Information is requested in the categories of increasing alternative water supplies; reducing costs of treating drinking water and wastewater; opportunities to use water more efficiently; market-based solutions that incentivize innovation and conservation; the energy-water nexus; and other water challenges. Responses must be emailed by 5:00 p.m. ET on May 14, 2018.


National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO): 2018 National Health Security Award

This program will recognize local health departments that have demonstrated significant accomplishments in implementing health security-related initiatives within their jurisdictions. The award program’s priorities are in providing strong leadership; creating regional disaster health response systems; supporting the sustainment of robust and reliable public health security capacity; and advancing innovative medical countermeasures. Local health departments may submit an application for each category, and must submit applications online by June 1, 2018.


National Rural Accountable Care Consortium: Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI)

The TCPI program will support more than 500 rural communities across America in preparing for and participating in the new value-based payment models. The program will provide a proven road map for rural communities to follow, as well as industry-leading expertise and technical resources necessary for success. Communities may submit applications for participation online.


AIDS United: Capacity-Building Assistance

AIDS United is providing capacity-building assistance free of charge to community-based organizations that provide HIV prevention services. The ultimate goal of the program and the funding agency is to “get to zero” HIV infections. Capacity-building assistance will be provided by staff and representatives of various organizations and partners who are responsive to the needs of communities most affected by HIV. Applications must be submitted online.


Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT): Colorado Blueprint

Colorado Blueprint is a series of technical assistance initiatives offered by OEDIT to enhance rural economic development strategies across the state. The program will leverage state partnerships and specialized resources to address the unique goals of rural Colorado. Technical assistance sessions are offered in various fields, including growing outdoor recreation industries, launching sector partnerships, film and major production initiatives, and community placemaking. Communities may apply for sessions online by June 1, 2018. Initiatives will be deployed in late summer 2018.


Washington Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Workshops

TIB will conduct funding workshops throughout the state to disseminate information on the funding programs it administers. Workshops are intended to increase the probability of successful project applications by eligible applicants. Separate workshops are scheduled for small cities and urban agencies. Workshops are currently scheduled between June 4, 2018, and June 21, 2018. Prospective attendees must register online.


Good Sports and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF): Athletic and Fitness Equipment Donations

This program will provide athletic and fitness equipment that remove barriers for youth throughout the state of Georgia to participate in regular physical activity. Eligible applicants are all youth programs and schools. Applications must be submitted online, and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Award decisions will typically be made within two weeks of application submission.


Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC): Redevelopment Ready Communities Planning and Technical Assistance

MEDC will fund direct technical assistance for a variety of professional planning services to communities formally engaged in the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) Program. The purpose of this initiative is to assist communities with undertaking and executing needed strategies and actions to achieve RRC certification. A total of $450,000 is available for this program. Applications must be emailed by 3:00 p.m. on May 17, 2018.


Gexa Energy Community Heroes Program

This program will contribute to charitable causes that are important to customers and communities served by Gexa Energy. Awards will be provided in the program areas of shelter, clothing, health, education, and character building. Awards of up to $500 are available to 501(c)(3) community nonprofit organizations, and up to $250 for other organizations. Applications must be emailed by May 31, 2018.


Florida Department of Education (DOE) 2018 Next Generation Summer Science Symposium

The 2018 Next Generation Summer Science Symposium is a pilot program for science professional development across grade levels. The goal is to build capacity among Florida’s science teachers to increase student achievement in science. Three symposia will be held: one for grades 3-5, one for grades 6-8, and a third for biology. Symposia are scheduled to take place on July 24-26 and July 30-August 1, 2018. Prospective attendees must register online.


Humanities Washington: Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

Humanities Washington invites museums, libraries, historical societies, and cultural institutions in Washington State to apply for a visit by the Smithsonian Museum’s Homework Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibition, which examines the many roles that sports play in American society and in shaping communities and lives. Communities will benefit by connecting with new partners and audiences, and the exhibit will instill a sense of pride among residents for hosting a Smithsonian exhibit. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2018.


Mueller, Inc.: Helping Hand Program

Through this program, Mueller, Inc. partners with the popular television show, Texas Country Reporter, to find a deserving nonprofit organization in Texas to receive a free steel building constructed by Mueller, Inc. Possible buildings include food bank facilities, volunteer firehouses, or senior citizen centers. Applications must be submitted online or by mail, and must be received by May 15, 2018.

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