Funding Opportunities for Education and Health Available

Grants Provide Sports Uniforms and Equipment for Middle School Programs
Justin J. Watt Foundation

The Justin J. Watt Foundation is dedicated to providing after-school opportunities for middle school-aged children throughout the U.S. to become involved in athletics so that they may learn the character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance while in a safe and supervised environment with their peers. Funding for uniforms and/or equipment is provided to approved schools that have an after-school athletic program for 6th to 8th graders and where over 60% of students are eligible for the Free/Reduced Lunch program. Schools must provide a secure place to store uniforms and equipment, as well as staff, transportation, and space for the after-school program. Requests for winter sports (basketball, wrestling, and volleyball) may be submitted in August, September, and October of each year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the Frequently Asked Questions page to confirm eligibility to submit an online application.

U.S. Communities Committed to Health Recognized
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members throughout the country who are working together in new ways so that everyone can live their healthiest life possible. The Prize honors outstanding communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health. Up to ten winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories shared broadly, with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. For the purposes of this prize, “a community” is defined as one of the following: town, village, city, borough, county, parish, tribe or tribal community, Native Hawaiian organization, or region (such as contiguous municipalities, counties, or reservations). The Phase One application deadline is November 4, 2019; Phase Two applications will be due on January 16, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the call for applications.

Support for Public Education Initiatives
NewSchools Venture Fund

The mission of NewSchools Venture Fund is to reimagine public education through powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs so that all children—especially those in underserved communities—have the opportunity to succeed. The Fund’s Diverse Leaders program aims to close the diversity gap by recruiting, retaining, and supporting Black and Latino leaders in education. Efforts to recruit new diverse leaders, accelerate the careers of diverse leaders, create networks of diverse leaders, etc. are supported. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for one-year grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000. The application deadline is September 13, 2019. The Fund’s NewSchools Invent program invests in teams of educators planning to launch new, innovative public schools that prepare young people to finish high school prepared and inspired to live the lives they want. Planning grants of $200,000 will be provided; at the end of the planning phase, teams may apply for an investment that would support their first two to three years of operation. The application deadline is November 11, 2019. Visit the NewSchools website to learn more about both programs.

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Funding Opportunities Available Related to Libraries, Hunger, Volunteerism

Program Supports Librarians
Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports the development of a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public. The focus is on enhancing the training and professional development of library and archives professionals, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of library and archives professionals. The deadline for preliminary proposals is September 27, 2019.  This is particularly generous and includes no-match planning grants.

Hunger Relief Organizations on the East Coast Funded
Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation

The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the communities served by Food Lion stores in Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Grants are provided to hunger relief organizations operating within a 20 mile radius of a Food Lion store. The Foundation’s focus is on reducing the number of children at risk of hunger by helping feeding agencies increase their “fresh” capacity so families can put nutritious meals on their tables. The upcoming application deadline is September 15, 2019. Visit the company’s website to submit an online application.

Grants Available to Promote Volunteerism
Corporation for National and Community Service

The RSVP Competition seeks to promote a diverse range of volunteer activities that serve communities to create measurable impact, benefit volunteers through the service experience, and create community capacity. Specific focus areas include disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Notices of intent to apply are due August 30, 2019. The application deadline is September 25, 2019.

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