Grants & Awards
Air Force Association Educator Grants
Air Force Association: Educator Grant Program is designed to promote aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Each year 40 grants of $500 are provided to K-12 classroom teachers throughout the United States for innovative aerospace projects. Examples of funded activities and items include classroom science or technology demonstration kits, science and technology software for K-12 use, supplies for making flying objects, etc. The application deadline is December 15, 2018. Visit AFA’s website to download the Educator Grant guidelines.
The Renewal Awards
The Renewal Awards program, sponsored by The Atlantic and the Allstate Insurance Company, was created to celebrate the social innovation demonstrated by nonprofit organizations that are finding creative solutions to America’s most pressing problems. The program recognizes these organizations and individuals as they drive positive change in their communities, and helps them make an even bigger impact. The nomination deadline is November 30, 2018. Visit The Atlantic website to review the official rules and submit an online nomination.
Farm to School Grant Program
The Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant Program provides support to incorporate local products into school meal programs, integrate agricultural education into the classroom, and cultivate and expand school gardens. The application deadline is December 4, 2018.
Rural LISC Community Facilities Fund
The Rural LISC Community Facilities Fund helps develop and improve essential community facilities (such as hospitals, healthcare centers, educational facilities, etc.) in rural areas. Nonprofits and public entities are eligible, though facilities must be located in rural areas with a population under 20,000; preference will be given for high-poverty or persistent poverty areas. Individual awards of $100,000 to $8 million. Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
New Schools Venture Fund’s Innovative Schools
The New Schools Venture Fund’s Innovative Schools program invests in teams of educators planning to launch new nonprofit public schools that prepare young people to finish high school prepared and inspired to create and 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 26, 2018. Visit the NewSchools Venture Fund website to learn more.
The America's Farmers Grow Communities Project
Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program
National Endowment for the Arts
Humanities Washington Opportunity Grants
Walmart Community Grant Program
Charlotte Martin Foundation
NewSchools Venture Fund
Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program
Strong Local Economies Program
Surdna Foundation: The goal of the Strong Local Economies Program is to support the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a wide range of businesses and access to quality jobs. We aim to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants. Letters of Inquiry are accepted throughout the year.
Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP)
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the FY 2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Through it, the EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches in distressed communities. The estimated total program funding is between the award ceiling of $3 million and award floor of $100,000. Additional information on this funding opportunity and eligibility can be accessed here.
Washington Foundation for the Environment
USDA Small Business Loans and Grants
USDA is accepting applications for loans and grants to support business expansion, create jobs and increase economic opportunities in rural communities. Funding is being provided through USDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). RMAP provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to help microentrepreneurs – very small businesses with 10 or fewer employees – access capital to start or grow businesses. MDOs use the funds to provide training and technical assistance to small businesses or to establish revolving loan funds that provide micro-loans, typically $5,000 to $50,000, to rural microentrepreneurs. Application forms may be obtained from any USDA Rural Development State Office.
State Trade Export Promotion Grant (STEP)
Through a grant provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington State small businesses may apply for an export voucher worth up to $5,000 from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The funds may be used to offset export-related expenses such as international trade show/trade mission fees, international airfare, shipping of samples, compliance testing, website translation, and services from the US Commercial Service. Eligibility requirements apply, as well as a 25% company match of up to $1,250. For more information, contact Michele Ko, Business Development Manager, at Michele.firstname.lastname@example.org