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Special Opps: Funding and More for November 10, 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.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Healthy10 Awards Ceremony

The Healthy10 Awards ceremony will honor ten significant partnerships/initiatives involving cross-sector collaborations between local businesses and traditional and non-traditional partners to improve community wellness through greater economic opportunities. Partnerships may also include innovative businesses that are supporting the health of their consumers and communities within their core business models and missions. The ceremony will be held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters on February 16, 2017, and awards will be provided in the categories of Healthy Community, Healthy Education and Workforce, and Healthy Environment. Each category will feature three award winners. Partnerships may be nominated for awards online.

American Association of University Women (AAUW): Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) Campus Outreach Program Grant

The AAUW’s LAF Campus Outreach program will provide up to $750 in funding for AAUW student organizations, branches, or Younger Women’s Task Force (YWTF) chapters to take action on women’s issues on campus. Efforts may focus on fighting for fair pay, combating campus sexual assault, supporting women in leadership positions, and raising awareness about women’s equity. Events must be held on university/college campuses. Applications for funding may be submitted online at any time within the same fiscal year as the organized event.

 Madison, West Virginia, eCivis Client Case Study in Economic Development


National Rural Health Resource Center: Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project

The SRHT Project aims to assist small hospitals in persistent poverty areas to successfully navigating the changing health care environment. The program will assist hospitals that are already financially stable and have a strong quality core to consider factors that would help them identify next steps in participating in health care systems that focus on value, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), share savings programs, and primary care medical homes. Eligible hospitals must be located in a rural community and a persistent poverty county. Hospitals may be for-profit or nonprofit. There are no stated deadlines for the submission of applications. Refer to the program website for additional information.

Maddie’s Fund: Maddie Talks

The Maddie Talks program is meant to provide inspiration to animal welfare organizations in the form of short (ten minutes or less) motivational “Ted-like talk” videos that will equip the animal welfare industry with information and knowledge to further lifesaving measures for animals in need of adoption. Interested parties may submit their innovative ideas or practices via email. Up to $4,000 will be awarded per video, including a $3,000 reward for the video and $1,000 if the applicant is selected to participate in a forum discussion on the submitted Maddie Talks video.

KidsGardening.org: Eat. Learn. Live. And Grow Webinars

Eat. Learn. Live. And Grow webinars will be offered monthly from July to December 2016, and will include topics such as garden preparation, volunteer recruitment, integration of garden-based learning into school curricula, partnerships with café staff, nutrition education in gardens, indoor gardening, extending garden season, and garden cleanups. The next webinar is scheduled for November 10, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. ET, and the final webinar of the program is scheduled for December 8, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Interested parties may register online to participate in these webinars.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The PAEMST awards are the highest honors bestowed by the American government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Awards will be given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and U.S. territories, and will recognize those teachers who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that are informed by content knowledge and enhance student learning. Teachers will receive recognition; a paid trip to Washington, D.C.; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Nominations must be submitted by April 1, 2017, and full applications must be received by May 1, 2017.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Afterschool Alliance: Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award

The Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award will provide a $10,000 grant and access to the Afterschool Alliance’s annual conference to an organization that demonstrates outstanding afterschool programs that have demonstrated excellence providing literacy support to help improve students’ reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. This year, the program will focus specifically on afterschool programs that have demonstrated excellence providing literacy support to English language learner students. Nominations must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. MT on December 16, 2016.

California Arts Council Grants Program Webinar

The California Arts Council is holding a webinar from 11:00 a.m. to noon on December 1, 2016, to provide an overview of all 14 of its grant programs. The webinar will highlight changes and new additions to grant offerings, provide tips for grant writing success, and answer questions from the public. Interested parties may register online to take part in the webinar.

New Jersey Department of State: Emergency Preparedness for New Jersey Performing Arts Organizations

The New Jersey Department of State is hosting two training sessions designed to help performing arts organizations position themselves for success in the face of an emergency of any kind. Training sessions will be provided for free, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required. The first training session will be held on November 30, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Millburn, and the second session will be held on December 1, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Red Bank. Prospective applicants may register online.

Rather Prize to Improve Texas Education

The Rather Prize is a competition of ideas that could improve Texas education. Any Texas teacher, student, or administrator may submit an idea to improve the state’s educational system. These may include new teaching philosophies, experiences with the Texas testing system, and other ideas. In January of 2017, all submitted ideas will be shortlisted and will be open for a public vote. A winner will then be announced, and will be offered a $10,000 prize, an all-expenses paid trip to Austin, and a young team to drive the idea to fruition.

Virginia Department of Education: Virginia NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge

The Virginia NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge is a state-wide program that will help ignite interest in cybersecurity careers among the state’s youth by enabling them to test drive cyber careers with the fully funded online cybersecurity career exploration platform called the NSA Day of Cyber (www.nsadayofcyber.com). The challenge will run from October 2016 through March 2017. Schools and teachers with the highest student participation in the program will be recognized at a special Cyber Education reception in Richmond, Virginia. Teachers and classrooms may register online to participate in the challenge.

Indiana Afterschool Network: 2017 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning

The sixth annual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning, hosted by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Afterschool network, will be held on April 10-11, 2017, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The event will feature two days of exciting keynote speakers, networking events, exhibitors, and more than 50 innovative, engaging workshops on afterschool and summer learning. All prospective applicants must register online to participate.

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