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Special Opps: Funding and More for May 19, 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.

Gen-I Native Youth Challenges

 The Center for Native American Youth invites youth between the ages 14 and 24, Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to take the Gen-I Challenge, which will encourage youth to work with other youth in their communities or at their schools to do something positive of their choosing. For example, they could complete a volunteer project with a local organization or charity, host a meeting with other youth to brainstorm about ways to address issues of concern, or become mentors to younger persons. Youth may then share their stories with others on the funding agency’s website. Participants may sign up for the challenge online.

 National Garden Bureau Accepting Applications for Therapeutic Garden Grants

The National Garden will award $5,000 in the fall of 2016 to three therapeutic gardens in North America. These gardens must have a defined program to further particular goals for participants; be led by qualified leaders; offer a nature experience/interface; be used for job training, skill building, or food growing for at-risk youth, veterans, or the elderly; and involve a large number of gardeners, clients, patients, visitors, or students on a monthly basis. Applications may be found on the program website, and must be submitted by July 1, 2016.

 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA): Shell Science Lab Challenge

The NSTA’s Shell Science Lab Challenge will recognize outstanding middle and high school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources, and raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field. Award winners will receive lab makeover support packages worth up to $20,000.

 Call of Duty Endowment

The Call of Duty Endowment is a program that bestows the Seal of Distinction upon nonprofit organizations that demonstrate the highest level of effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity in placing veterans in quality jobs. The Seal of Distinction is accompanied by a $30,000 award and potential access to additional restricted funding, advice, and support. These monetary awards are provided only to organizations that have received the Seal of Distinction. Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible, and applications must be submitted by May 30, 2016.

 Rite Aid Foundation: KidCents Program

 Nonprofit child-focused organizations can sign up to receive funding through Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program, which allows Rite Aid customers to round up every Rite Aid purchase to the nearest dollar and donate the change to the KidCents charity of their choice. KidCents partners must be committed to helping improve the health and well-being of children. Visit the program website for eligibility and application information.

Colorado Department of Education: Team Up for School Nutrition Success Workshop (Team Up)

Team Up is a learning experience that provides tailored technical assistance to school nutrition professionals to support schools in enhancing their school meal programs and creating a healthy school nutrition environment while maintaining strong student participation. The program is seeking 15 mentors to conduct technical assistance workshops, as well as 45 directors and/or head cooks of schools who would like to receive training. Topics covered will include increasing program participation, menu planning, financial management, and food safety.

 Indiana Department of Natural Resources: 2015 Indiana Community Tree Steward Training Program

 The Indiana Community Tree Steward program offers in-the-field training on community forestry and tree care to municipal employees, tree board members, students, and other interested community members. Training will occur June 8-9, 2016, in LaPorte; July 9 and 16, 2016, in Indianapolis; and August 11-12, 2016, in Johnson County. Each session will be capped at 36 attendees. Prospective participants must register online to attend. The attendance fee will be reduced for participants registering before the early registration deadline of May 27, 2016.



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