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Deadline: August 11, 2010

Ashoka's Changemakers and CommunityMatters Announce Strong Communities: Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change Competition
Through the Strong Communities: Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change competition, Ashoka's Changemakers and CommunityMatters are inviting individuals and organizations to submit innovative projects and ideas to engage citizens in building strong communities across the United States and Canada.
The Strong Communities competition is open to all types of individuals and organizations (charitable and nonprofit organizations, private companies, and public entities). The competition will consider all entries that reflect the theme of the challenge. To be considered for an award, entries must indicate growth beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated social impact and sustainability. While the program supports new ideas at every stage and encourages their entry, the judges are better able to evaluate projects that are beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated proof of impact.
CommunityMatters is interested in solutions from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to)conservation, planning, economics, politics, education, deliberative democracy, and the arts, and especially encourages submission of interdisciplinary approaches. CommunityMatters has a special interest in receiving submissions from young people.
Online competition submissions will be accepted until August 11, 2010. At any time before this deadline, competition participants are encouraged to revise their entries based on questions and insights that they receive in the Changemakers online discussion
An expert panel will review entries and select eight finalists by September 22, 2010. The Changemakers community will then vote online to select the award-winners from the field of finalists. Each of the eight finalists will be showcased at the CommunityMatters 2010 conference. One person representing each of the eight finalist entries will win the opportunity to attend the conference (includes conference and workshop registration, lodging, transportation, and meals). The top three finalists will win $5,000 each.
Visit the Changemakers Web site for complete guidelines and participation information.

Deadline: August 14, 2010

Open Meadows Foundation Offers Funding for Projects to Benefit Women and Girls
The Open Meadows Foundation supports projects that are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities.
Open Meadows offers grants of up to $2,000 for projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; promote gender, racial, social, economic, and/or environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. The foundation funds projects that do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and expression, age, or ability.
Organizations interested in applying must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or a fiscal sponsor that is tax exempt. The applicant's organizational budget should not exceed $150,000. Small and start-up organizations are strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals from organizations not previously funded have priority.
Visit the Open Meadows Foundation Web site for guidelines and application procedures.
Link to Complete RFP

Deadline: August 31, 2010

Patagonia Offers Support for Grassroots Environmental Work
Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia provides support for environmental work through grants to nonprofit organizations.
Patagonia supports small, grassroots activist organizations that have provocative direct-action agendas and are working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect the environment. The company funds work that is action-oriented, builds public involvement and support, is strategic, focuses on root causes, and accomplishes specific goals and objectives. The company is most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change.
The company does not fund organizations without 501(c)(3) status or a comparable fiscal sponsor; general environmental education efforts; land acquisition, land trusts, or conservation easements; research, unless it is in direct support of a developed plan for specific action to alleviate an environmental problem; environmental conferences; endowment funds; or political campaigns.
Most grants are in the range of $3,000 to $8,000 each.
In addition to the corporate grant program, each Patagonia retail store administers a grants program. Retail store grant applications are accepted year round.
Applications will be accepted during the month of August. See the Patagonia Web site for guidelines and retail store locator.
Link to Complete RFP

Ashoka and Staples Launch Fourth Annual Global Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition
Ashoka, a global community of leading social entrepreneurs, and Staples, Inc. have announced the launch of the fourth annual Staples/Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition.
The global competition highlights youth-led organizations focused on social issues affecting their communities, and is part of Ashoka's Youth Venture, an initiative designed to identify and foster young entrepreneurs all over the world who are creating positive change.
The competition is open to existing and new Youth Venture teams made up of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 whose entrepreneurial ventures are making a positive impact on communities.
Nominations and entries will be accepted on a rolling basis through September 20, 2010. Eight winners will be chosen throughout the summer, and in October the grand-prize winner will be selected for their outstanding impact, innovation, and potential. All eight winners will be recognized at a TEDx conference, a national gathering of thought leaders devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading," on November 13, 2010, in Washington, D.C.
During the TEDx conference, the grand-prize winning team will be announced and presented with the Staples/Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur Excellence Award and a prize worth $5,000. The seven remaining winners will each receive Achievement Awards and prizes worth $500. The grand-prize winning team will also have the opportunity to consult with high-level Staples executives. All eight winning teams will get the opportunity to meet with an Ashoka Fellow.
For additional information on the Staples/Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition, visit the competition Web site.

Deadline: October 1, 2010

Partnerships for Parks Capacity Fund Grant
PFP’s Capacity Fund makes grants to community groups working in parks across the five boroughs of New York City. The Capacity Fund supports projects that expand a community group’s ability to care for their park and to use their park to care for the community. Grants strengthen groups by investing in their outreach, membership, and program planning capacities. Grants range from $250 to $5,000. Strong applications propose projects that help groups become more visible in their communities, recruit people to get involved in creative ways, and expand collaborations with other neighborhood organizations.
We hope that the Capacity Fund will serve as a springboard for groups to learn about fundraising, and we support new groups seeking funds for startup costs (setting up a post office box or voicemail, paying postage for a mailing, or starting a website), as well as established organizations taking on new projects (bulletin boards, outreach events or activities, newsletters or brochures, etc.). We DO NOT fund physical improvements to parks or staff time.

Examples of potential projects include, but are not limited to:
· Website, newsletter, letterhead or other outreach efforts
· Bulletin boards or banners
· Special events or programs, if the group can show how this would be a sustainable investment in their stewardship efforts; or
· An outreach publication designed by Partnerships for Parks
Applications must be received (not postmarked) by 6pm on October 1. Please visit www.partnershipsforparks.org to find an application and guidelines. For more information, call Channaly Philipp at (212) 676-1929 or email channaly.philipp@parks.nyc.gov.

Deadline: October 1, 2010

National Gardening Association's Healthy Sprouts Awards to Support Youth Gardening Programs
The Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award, which is administered by the National Gardening Association and sponsored by Subaru of America, recognizes and supports youth gardening programs that provide education about the environment, nutrition, and hunger issues in the United States.
To be eligible, a school or organization must plan to garden in 2011 with at least fifteen children between the ages of three and 18. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and education related to environmental, nutrition, and hunger issues.
Thirty schools or organizations will be selected to receive a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids catalog and online store for basic youth gardening supplies as well as supporting educational materials, NGA's Eat a Rainbow Kit, and a literature package from NGA.
Visit the NGA Kidsgardening Web site for information.
Link to Complete RFP

Deadline: ongoing

Do you have an environmental project for your neighborhood that could use some love? Does your project need funding or volunteers? Do you have a community garden that needs some plants and flowers? Do you have a vision for a green roof or clean energy on the roof of your community center or school? Is there an abandoned lot in your neighborhood that could use attention? Do you want to organize some friends to pick up trash in the park where your pets and children play every day?

Spring is almost here. Soon we’ll be waking up our garden beds, rolling over our compost piles, and installing solar panels and wind turbines on our roofs. When the winter thaws, we’ll be itching to get outdoors on the weekends and get involved in the neighborhood. ioby is here to help.

If you have an environmental project that is discrete, site-specific in a NYC neighborhood, with a small budget that needs funding or volunteers, apply to post your project on ioby.org. ioby stands for “in our backyards” and through a web platform connects donors and volunteers to environmental projects in their neighborhoods. To post a project, just go to ioby.org/projects/submit, create a username and password and fill out the online application. For more information about what makes an ioby project, check out our criteria (http://ioby.org/projects/criteria), our eligibility (http://ioby.org/projects/eligible), and our tips for applying (http://ioby.org/projects/tips).

Visit ioby.org to get started. Hablamos español. Contáctenos a 212-228-6947.

Deadline: Open

Former Talk Show Host Jenny Jones Announces Continuation of Community Grant Program
Talk show host and philanthropist Jenny Jones has announced that she will donate an additional $1 million to continue her Jenny's Heroes community grant program. The Jenny's Heroes program awards grants to individuals who submit the best ideas for tangible, lasting community projects.
Jenny's Heroes provides grants of up to $25,000 each to fund projects that promise long-term community benefits. Through the fifty grant recipients so far, funds have been used to provide items and services such as library books, school computers, firefighting gear, nursing home upgrades, sports equipment, free dental services, wheelchairs, coats for children in domestic violence shelters, and a running track at a women's prison. The program's focus is primarily on smaller communities where fundraising can be difficult.
For more information on Jenny's Heroes and grant guidelines, visit the program's Web site.

Deadline: Various

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Invites Students and Teachers to Address Environmental Issues
The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association have partnered again to invite students and teachers across the United States to become "Agents of Change" in improving their communities through the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.
The second year of this national sustainability challenge — now expanded to include elementary school students — encourages students in kindergarten through eighth grade to team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their classroom (grades K to second), school (grades third to fifth) and community (grades six to eight). (The program will expand to high school students in 2010.)
Student and teacher/mentor prizes, which vary according to grade level, include savings bonds, school grants, trips, TV appearances, and more.
The deadline for elementary-level entries is January 31, 2010; the deadline for middle-school entries is March 15, 2010.
Teachers, students, and mentors can visit the program's Web site for complete application information and resources, and to register for the challenge.

Deadline: Various
Lexus and Scholastic Announce Launch of Environmental Challenge Education Program
Automaker Lexus has announced the launch of the Lexus Environmental Challenge, a program designed to educate and empower students to take action to improve the environment. The program encourages middle and high school students across the United States to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities. More than $1 million in total scholarships and grants will be awarded to students, teachers, and schools. Lexus has joined with Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company, to create the program.
The Lexus Environmental Challenge has two distinct elements: standards-based supplementary educational materials and a contest to reward environmental action. The contest helps young people apply what they've learned in class through the program and empowers them to make improvements in their community by participating in any of the four environmental team challenges.
Middle and high school teams comprised of five to ten students and one teacher advisor are invited to participate in four initial challenges, each addressing a different environmental element — land, water, air, and climate.
For each of the challenges, teams will define an environmental issue that is important to them, develop an action plan to address the issue, implement the plan, and report on the results. Teams are invited to participate in as many of the four challenges as they choose. Submission Deadlines are: Challenge #1 (Land) — October 5, 2007; Challenge #2 (Water) — November 5, 2007; Challenge #3 (Air) — December 5, 2007; and Challenge #4 (Climate) — January 7, 2008.
There will be sixteen winning teams for each of the four challenges — eight middle school and eight high school teams. The winning teams will each receive a total of $3,000 in scholarships and grants. The sixty-four winners of the first four challenges will be invited to participate in the Final Challenge, where teams will develop an environmental program with the potential to impact the world in a dramatic way. From the Final Challenge entries, fourteen finalists and two grand-prize-winning teams will be selected. Each of the fourteen finalists will receive a total of $50,000 in grants and scholarships, and the two grand-prize-winning teams will each receive $75,000. The money will be shared by the students, teacher advisor, and school.
Full program information, including rules and entry details, can be viewed at the Scholastic Web site.

Deadline: Rolling

Do Something Offers Grants for Community Action Projects
Over the course of 2009, Do Something will award fifty-two grants of $500 each to help young people implement or expand a community action project, program, or organization.
To be eligible, applicants must be no older than 25 and a U.S. or Canadian citizen. Do Something grants cannot be used to fund travel costs, individual sponsorships, shipping costs, individual school fees, or fundraising expenses.
Do Something grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Grants will be awarded on a weekly basis.
Visit the Do Something Web site for complete program information, including judging criteria.

Deadline: Open

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Offers Support for Youth Baseball and Softball Programs
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball around the world by funding programs, fields, coaches' training, uniforms, and equipment.
Grants are intended to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund supports projects that meet the following evaluation criteria: increase the number of youth participating in baseball and softball programs; improve the quality of youth baseball and softball programs; create new or innovative ways of expanding and improving baseball or softball programs; are able to match funds for programs; provide programs for children aged 10-16; support existing programs that have demonstrated success in providing a quality youth baseball/softball experience; and address opportunities for minorities and women.
Nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations involved in youth baseball programs are encouraged to apply for Baseball Tomorrow Fund grants.
Applicants are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. Selected applicants are invited to submit a full application. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis.
Visit the Baseball Tomorrow Fund Web site for complete application instructions, deadlines, evaluation criteria, and restrictions.

Deadline: Open

Powered by Service Offers Funding to Seed Youth-Led Service Projects
Usher's New Look, a nonprofit organization founded by entertainer Usher Raymond IV that supports underprivileged youth in using their talents to become community leaders, has announced the launch of Powered By Service, a new initiative to encourage young people around the world to become involved in addressing the most pressing problems facing their communities — from preventing malaria and stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS to ending gang violence and increasing access to clean water.
Young people all over the world can participate in Powered By Service. Participants will have access to online toolkits and opportunities to apply for financial resources to support their projects. Grants will be awarded for exceptional service ideas.
Powered By Service currently has two grant opportunities available for youth volunteers.
Sponsored by the United Nations Foundation, the "Nothing but Nets" grant is designed to help youth create projects that increase awareness and funds for the purchase of bed nets to prevent the spread of malaria in Africa.
Sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service's Learn and Serve America, the "What's Your Power?" grant opportunity offers funding for projects that address any issue. Youth are invited to design a project around the cause that interests them.
For complete program information, visit the Powered By Service Web site.

Deadline: Rolling

Best Buy Announces Consumer Electronics Recycling Grant Program
Best Buy Co. has unveiled a consumer electronics recycling grant program to help increase the recycling opportunities available in communities across the United States.
The program will provide two streams of grants: the first will provide support for events hosted by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; the second will support events hosted by other organizations in cities and townships across the country (e.g., cities, counties, public-private partnerships).
Grants will range from $500 to $1,500, depending on the size and scope of each organization’s event and the recycling need in the area.
Grant applications are available online at the Best Buy Web site, with priority given to those completed by April 22, 2007, which is Earth Day.
Visit the Best Buy Web site for further information.

Deadline: Various

Captain Planet Foundation Offers Funding for Youth Environmental Projects
The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to fund and support hands-on environmental projects for children and youth. The foundation's objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Through environmental education, the foundation believes that children can achieve a better understanding and appreciation of the world in which they live.
The foundation offers small grants of $500 or less each, as well as a limited number of grant awards ranging from $500 to $2,500 each.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old to submit a proposal.
Deadlines for submitting grant applications are June 30, September 30, December 31, and March 31. Grant proposals are reviewed over a period of three months from the date of the submission deadline.
Visit the Captain Planet Foundation Web site for complete program information and guidelines.

Deadline: Quarterly

Bikes Belong Offers Funding for Bicycle Advocacy and
Facilities Programs
Bikes Belong, a national coalition of bicycle suppliers and retailers, provides grants to organizations and agencies within the United States that are committed to "putting more people on bicycles more often." Fundable projects include paved bike paths and rail-trails as well as mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives.
The Bikes Belong Grants Program funds projects in the categories of facilities and advocacy. For the facilities category, Bikes Belong will accept applications from nonprofit organizations whose missions are bicycle and/or trail specific. Bikes Belong will also accept applications from public agencies and departments at the national, state, regional, and local levels; however, these municipalities are encouraged to partner with a local bicycle advocacy group that will help develop and advance the project or program. For the advocacy category, Bikes Belong will only fund organizations whose primary mission is bicycle advocacy.
New organizations that are not yet legally nonprofit organizations may submit an application with the assistance of another nonprofit that has agreed to serve as fiscal agent. Bikes Belong will not fund individuals. Because of the program's limited funds, it rarely awards grants to organizations and communities that have received Bikes Belong funding within the last three years.
Applicants can request up to $10,000 each.
Bikes Belong reviews applications on a quarterly cycle. Applications are only accepted via email. Upcoming application deadlines are August 24, 2009; and November 23, 2009.
Visit the program's Web site for complete application information.
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