The following information was sent via e-mail in October 2011 from Bruce Pomerantz, Library Development Specialist at Minnesota State Library Services. This post also includes excerpts from the October 10, 2011 GrantStation Insider e-newsletter.
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From the October 10, 2011 GrantStation Insider:
Support for Community Needs Worldwide
The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations worldwide that address community needs and priorities in a meaningful way. The Foundation supports programs that focus on one of the following four categories: Water Stewardship promotes access to clean water and sanitation, watershed protection in water-stressed regions, utilization of water, and water conservation. Healthy and Active Lifestyles supports physical activity and nutritional education programs, programs that motivate behavior modification, and programs that encourage lifestyle/behavioral changes. Community Recycling addresses litter abatement efforts, recovery and reuse, community recycling awareness, and research and innovation. Education focuses on scholarships, school drop-out prevention, access to education programs, and other education initiatives. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the community request guidelines and application procedures.
Youth Garden Projects Funded
National Gardening Association: Youth Garden Grants
The National Gardening Association (NGA), with support from The Home Depot, will award Youth Garden Grants to 100 schools and community organizations throughout the U.S. with child-centered garden programs. Priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements: educational focus or curricular/program integration; nutrition or plant-to-food connections; environmental awareness/education; entrepreneurship; and social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning. Applicant schools and organizations must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Five programs will receive gift cards valued at $1,000 (a $500 gift card to The Home Depot and a $500 gift card to the Gardening with Kids catalog); 95 programs will receive a $500 gift card to The Home Depot. All winners will receive educational materials from NGA. The application deadline is November 28, 2011. Application guidelines and forms are available on the NGA website.
Grants Promote Latino Arts Performances
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, an initiative of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, will bring exemplary contemporary and traditional performing arts from Latin America to audiences in the United States that have little access to this work. This pilot program will invest in projects in which a consortia of presenting organizations work with a variety of community partners to offer opportunities for significant engagement with the artists from Latin America. The initiative encourages arts presenters to reach new audiences, including communities with origins in Latin America that reflect the demographic changes that have taken place in the United States over recent decades. Each presenter participating in a consortium is eligible for a grant of up to $25,000. The application deadline is February 10, 2012. Visit the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website to download the Southern Exposure guidelines.
U.S. and Canadian Service-Learning Projects Supported
Youth Service America: State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants
Youth Service America (YSA) is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people to serve locally, nationally, and globally. The State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants program, administered by YSA, provides grants of up to $1,000 for the promotion of service-learning projects in K-12 public schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick. The program encourages semester-long projects that launch on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 16, 2012) and culminate on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012). Eligible candidates include teachers, service-learning coordinators, and students in public schools, or staff and youth in community-based organizations working within public schools. The application deadline is November 9, 2011. Visit the YSA website to take the eligibility test and submit an online application.
Rural Initiatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin Funded
AgStar Fund for Rural America
The AgStar Fund for Rural America is committed to enhancing the quality of life and future opportunities for rural residents and their communities. The Fund supports nonprofit organizations in the service area where AgStar has a significant business presence in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The Fund focuses its giving program in four major areas: education, environment, technology, and quality of life. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided. Online applications will be accepted from October 1 through November 30, 2011. Visit the AgStar website to review the funding guidelines and application instructions.