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Special Opps: Funding and More for March 2, 2016

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“eCivis Special Opps” is collection of supplemental funding sources, resources, and other opportunities for organizations, faculty and students, community members, and partners that are discovered by our research team while searching for opportunities to include in Grants Network: Research. Note that all headings below are links to the opportunities.

Plate of the Union Campus Challenge

Plate of the Union’s Campus Challenge is an opportunity for young people to leverage their enormous political power and push presidential candidates to talk about transforming America’s food system. The funding agency is seeking student groups who care about food and electoral politics to develop and execute organizing plans that drive engagement in the 2016 election cycle. Groups can win up to $5,000 to execute their plans. Applications must be submitted by March 21, 2016.

American Library Association (ALA) PR Xchange Awards

The ALA’s PR Xchange Awards will recognize libraries that created innovative, creative, or exciting promotional materials during the 2015 calendar year. Promotional materials may include newsletters, program announcements, reading celebrations, advocacy materials, fundraising messages, and more. Entries will be evaluated based on content, originality, and design. All entries must be submitted or postmarked by March 15, 2016.

Liberty Mutual Firemark Award

The Liberty Mutual Insurance Company intends to support and celebrate firefighters across the country who keep people and homes safe every day. Two types of local awards will be provided: the Firemark Award for Community Service and Education, which recognizes local firefighters who have given back to their communities beyond their daily responsibilities; and the Firemark Award for Heroism, which recognizes local firefighters who assisted in a life-saving effort without regard for their own personal safety. Additionally, national Firemark awards will recognize firefighters nationally, and winners will receive $10,000 for their fire departments.

International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Bluegrass in Schools Program

The IBMA’s Bluegrass in Schools Program intends to promote bluegrass music, and thus help students connect to a larger, multigenerational, and international community of musicians and fans who love the music. Awards will include $200 mini-grants, teacher workshops, DVDs, manuals, etc.

Million Student Study Algebra Challenge

Million Student Study is inviting school districts to enroll in its Algebra Challenge, which will focus on the algebra proficiency of students and, in particular, the algebra proficiency of minority students.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Change Leadership Program

The RWJF’s Change Leadership Program is intended to extend the influence and impact of leaders working to build a culture of health (a national movement to establish health as a shared value and essential priority across the nation) and to ensure that people are supported to live the healthiest possible lives possible where they live, learn, work, and play. There are four components of this program: Health Policy Research Scholars, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, Culture of Health Leaders, and Clinical Scholars. All applications must be submitted by April 19, 2016.

National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association National CASA/GAL Conference

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association will hold its 2016 National Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA)/GAL annual conference. The conference will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, from June 4, 2016, through June 7, 2016. The theme of the 2016 conference is Many Voices for Children, which will underscore the success of advocacy efforts of the association.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2016 TRI University Challenge

The EPA TRI University Challenge aims to increase awareness of the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program and data within academic communities; expose students to TRI data, tools, and analysis; and generate innovative programs, activities, recommendations, or research that improve the accessibility, awareness, and use of TRI data. Eligible applicants are accredited colleges and universities that will help build a diverse portfolio of practical and replicable projects that benefit communities, the environment, academic institutions, and the TRI Program. Applications must be submitted by March 27, 2016.

Arizona Humanities Grant Informational Webinars

Arizona Humanities will conduct informational webinars to allow potential applicants for its grants to learn more about available grant opportunities. Webinars are scheduled for March 14, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (for mini-grants); April 12, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (for project grants); and May 16, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (for mini-grants). Those interested in attending a webinar must reserve their spot online.

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