Current Grant Opportunities – October 2014

1.    Great Books Giveaway from the Young Adult Library Services Association & ALA
2.    Nurturing Children Grants from the New York Life Foundation
3.    Small Grant Awards from the American Association of Teachers of French
4.    Playground Grants from the Miracle Recreation Equipment Company
5.    Foundation Grants from the Safeway Foundation
6.    Education Grants from the BNSF Railway Foundation
7.    After School Grants Project from the RBC Foundation USA
8.    Challenge Educational Grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
9.    Toolbox for Education Grants from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation
10.  Foundation Grants from the Standard Charitable Foundation


1. Great Books Giveaway from the Young Adult Library Services Association & ALA- Each year the YALSA office receives approximately 1,200 newly published books, videos, CDs and audio cassettes, materials that have been targeted primarily towards young adults. Once these have been reviewed they need to be cleared out for the next year’s selections.  YALSA and the cooperating publishers are therefore offering one year’s worth of review materials as a contribution to a library in need through this application process.  Shipping and handling charges are the responsibility of the institution selected to receive the Great Book Giveaway collection.

  • States: All States
  • Address: 50 E Huron Street, Chicago IL 60611
  • Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4390
  • E-mail: yalsa@ala.org
  • Website: Young Adult Library Services Association
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Other
  • Program Areas: Library, Reading
  • Deadline: 12/1/2014

2. Nurturing Children Grants from the New York Life Foundation- The “Nurturing the Children” initiative has centered on two key issues: educational enhancement and childhood bereavement programs. The Foundation funds programs that enhance and augment classroom instruction during the critical out-of-school (after-school and summer) hours. The Foundation supports programs that help prepare young people for higher education and the workplace and equip them to be responsible citizens. The Foundation has also expanded their focus to include an initiative to help children deal with the loss of a parent, caregiver or sibling and to help parents and other caring adults help children deal with the emotional turmoil that results from the death of a close family member.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $1,000.00 – $100,000.00
  • Total Amount: $4,500,000.00 – $16,500,000.00
  • Address:  51 Madison Avenue, Suite 352, New York, NY  10010
  • Telephone: 212-576-3466
  • E-mail: nylfoundation@newyorklife.com
  • Website: New York Life Foundation
  • Eligibility: Private School, Other
  • Program Areas: After-School, At-Risk/Character, Early Childhood, Family Services, General Education, Health/PE, Safe/Drug Free Schools
  • Deadline: Ongoing

3. Small Grant Awards from the American Association of Teachers of French- the Association administers grants that aid those members who need supplementary funds to carry out a worthy project that would otherwise be unfunded or underfunded. Projects must bear a relationship to the purposes of the Association, namely furthering the study of French in the U.S., and be of potential benefit to other AATF members or to his/her students.

  • States:  All States
  • Average Amount:  $5,000.00
  • Address:  Mailcode 4510 Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 62901
  • Telephone:  618-453-5731
  • E-mail: smallgrants@frenchteachers.org
  • Website:  American Association of Teachers of French
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Higher Education, Other
  • Program Areas:  ESL/Bilingual/Foreign Language, Professional Development
  • Deadline: 3/1/2015

4. Playground Grants from the Miracle Recreation Equipment Company- Miracle is joining forces with schools and parks around the country to help bring new playgrounds to communities in need with our Grants for America’s Children program. The Grants for America’s Children program offers an up to 100% matching program based on the Grant Team’s assessment of our playground equipment proposal, size of project, amount of grant funding available, and financial assistance toward a portion of the purchase for a Miracle playground.

  • States: All States
  • Total Amount:  $5,000,000.00
  • Address: 878 Est highway 60, Monett, MO 65708
  • Telephone: 855-767-2946
  • E-mail: mike.sutton@miraclerec.com
  • Website:  Miracle Recreation Equipment Company
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Other
  • Program Areas:  Facilities/Maintenance, Health/PE
  • Deadline: Ongoing

5. Foundation Grants from the Safeway Foundation – the Safeway Foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with our four priority areas: Hunger Relief, Education, Health and Human Services, and Assisting People with Disabilities.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $2,500.00 – $10,000.00
  • Address: 5918 Stoneridge Mall Road Pleasanton, CA 94588
  • E-mail: Christy.Duncan-Anderson@safeway.com
  • Website: Safeway Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Higher Education, Other
  • Program Areas: After-School, Arts, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Early Childhood, General Education, Health/PE, Homeless, Math, Reading, Safe/Drug Free Schools, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Technology
  • Deadline: Ongoing

6. Education Grants from the BNSF Railway Foundation- The foundation looks to fund educational institutions, both public and private, primarily at the college level. Grants of an exceptional nature may be made to vocational and non-college schools. Preferably, contributions will be directed toward the improvement of the quality of education; also giving to Civic services, cultural organizations, health and human service organizations, and youth organizations.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $1,000.00 – $600,000.00
  • Total Amount: $2,500,000.00 – $8,000,000.00
  • Address: 2650 Lou Menk Dr. Fort Worth, TX 76131-2830
  • E-mail: BNSFFoundation@bnsf.com
  • Website: BNSF Railway Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Higher Education, Other
  • Program Areas: After-School, Arts, At-Risk/Character, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Early Childhood, Family Services, General Education, Health/PE, Homeless, Library, Math, Reading, Safe/Drug Free Schools, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Vocational
  • Deadline: Ongoing

7. After School Grants Project from the RBC Foundation USA- the RBC After-School Grants Project offers funding to programs that provide a range of structured, supervised activities for K-12 students in the critical hours after the school day ends. The After-School Grants Project focuses on programs that: Improve academic achievement of students; Reinforce basic social skills such as cooperation, team-building and conflict resolution to help youth begin to develop workplace competencies; Focus on activities such as mentoring, tutoring, literacy education, music and art lessons, computer instruction and homework help; Encourage and develop partnerships between home, schools and the community; Are financially accessible with no or very low participation fees; and Assist at-risk or underserved communities.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $1,000.00 – $15,000.00
  • Total Amount: $2,000,000.00
  • Address: 60 S. 6th St., M.S. P20 Minneapolis, MN United States 55402-4422
  • Telephone: 612-371-2936
  • E-mail: fndapplications@rbc.com
  • Website: RBC Foundation USA
  • Eligibility: Public School, Other
  • Program Areas: After-School, Arts, At-Risk/Character, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Early Childhood, General Education, Health/PE, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies
  • Deadline: 2/28/2015

8. Challenge Educational Grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation- Grants are given to support K-12 and higher educational institutions. The main themes they support are: Freshwater, Forests and Grasslands, Oceans and Coasts, and Community Stewardship. NFWF supports more than 70 grant programs to protect and restore our nation’s wildlife and habitats. They encourage you to read their complete list of conservation programs and review the program goals and guidelines to select the one appropriate for you. Federal, state, and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are welcome to apply twice annually for matching grants from our conservation priority programs.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $10,000.00 – $150,000.00
  • Total Amount: $60,000,000.00 – $95,000,000.00
  • Address: 1133 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005
  • Telephone: 202-857-0166
  • E-mail: info@nfwf.org
  • Website: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Higher Education, Other
  • Program Areas: Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Science/Environmental, Social Studies
  • Deadline: Ongoing

9. Toolbox for Education Grants from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation- Giving on a national basis in areas of company operations; giving on a national basis for the Outdoor Classroom Grant Program and Lowe’s Toolbox for Education to support parks and playgrounds and organizations involved with K-12 education, environmental beautification, environmental education, home safety, and community development. No support for schools established less than two years ago for Lowe’s Toolbox for Education. Pre-schools are not eligible.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $2,000.00 – $5,000.00
  • Address: c/o Community Rels., 1000 Lowe’s Blvd., Mooresville, NC 28117-8520
  • Telephone: 800-644-3561 ext. 208
  • E-mail: info@toolboxforeducation.com
  • Website: Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Faith-based, Other
  • Program Areas: Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Facilities/Maintenance, General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Vocational
  • Deadline: 2/13/2015

10. Foundation Grants from the Standard Charitable Foundation – At The Standard, caring about people is a core value reflected in our commitment to the communities across the United States where our employees live and work. We provide corporate philanthropic support to nonprofit organizations working in the following four areas: Healthy Communities, Disability and Empowerment, Cultural Development, and Education and Advancement.

  • States: All States
  • Average Amount: $5,000.00 – $25,000.00
  • Address: Public Affairs P12B 1100 SW 6th Ave Portland OR 97204
  • Telephone: 971-321-3162
  • Website: Standard Charitable Foundation
  • Eligibility: Public School, Other
  • Program Areas: Adult Literacy, After-School, Arts, At-Risk/Character, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Disabilities, Early Childhood, Family Services, General Education, Health/PE, Homeless, Math, Reading, Safe/Drug Free Schools, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, Special Education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Deadline: Ongoing

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