Thursday, September 20, 2012

Carnegie-Whitney Grant

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides an award that is based on a special fund first established by Andrew Carnegie in 1902, “the income of which is to be applied to the preparation and publication of such reading lists, indexes and other bibliographical and library aids as will be especially useful in the circulating libraries of this country.” The Carnegie Fund was subsequently enhanced by a merger with a fund established by James Lyman Whitney in 1910. The Publishing Committee, a standing committee of the American Library Association, administers the grant.

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States.  

Deadline 11/2/12

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action grants

The Starbucks Foundation accepts applications from organizations that provide young people a continuum of services in developing creative approaches to address pressing concerns in their communities.

Letters of intent are accepted between October 1 and December 1, 2012.

Grant awards average $10,000 to $30,000 with a one-year time frame.

Successful grant applicants will exhibit all of the following qualities:
  • Deliver services to youth, ages 6 - 24
  • Preference will be given to organizations that focus on young people in the age range of 12 and older, when they are able to take independent action
  • Provides opportunity to combine learning with action that support communities and further global citizenship
  • Deliver services, disseminate information, provide training and/or build broad networks
  • Provide opportunities for Starbucks partners and multiple stores to be engaged in community service

Friday, September 14, 2012

Worlds of Words: $1K for exploring global lit to build international understanding

Worlds of Words is excited to announce the availability of $1000 grants for literacy communities to explore the use of global literature to build international understanding.

More information and grant details are located at the program site.

Global literature provides an opportunity for teachers and students to explore understandings about global cultures that go beyond surface information to explore the values and ways of living within those cultures. The current public interest in global education creates a potential space for innovation within K-12 classrooms. Engaging in that innovation within a professional community provides support and challenge through dialogue and shared explorations. The funding for these grants was made possible by the Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs and International Understanding.

Deadline: August 15, 2012.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Massage Therapy Foundation


Maximum Grant:  $5,000; deadline: April 1, 2013      

Massage Therapy Foundation Community Service Grants are awarded to charitable organizations that provide massage therapy to people who currently have little or no access to such services. This program is designed to promote working partnerships between the massage therapy profession and community-based organizations.

The Community Service Grant deadline is April 1, 2013. The maximum award is $5,000 for a one-year project. Check the program website for further details.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

'For Kids Only' for Christian organizations serving age 0-12

For Kids Only seeks to fund programs with specific faith-based components focused on “at risk” children ages 0 to 12 that further our mission, have specific measurable spiritual and academic outcomes, and serve as a model in their local community.

Most likely, libraries won't be interested/qualify, but I bet that there are organizations in your town or area that do. Pass the information along to them.

Clear information is available on the program website.

Deadline: January 6, 2013.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

UnitedHealth HEROES Service Learning Grants $1K

Youth Service America, along with UnitedHealth group, have created the UnitedHealth HEROES program, a health literacy initiative designed to encourage youth (ages 5-25) to partner with schools and nonprofits to create hands-on programs to fight childhood obesity.

Awards are available up to $1,000. Schools and other community-based nfp’s can apply

Deadline: October 15, 2012.

Proposals must include an activity element where young people can count their steps, such as walking, running or hiking, as well as a service component which provides direct service, enables advocacy on behalf of a cause, or features youth philanthropy. Each project will begin on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 21, 2013 and end on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), April 26-28, 2013.

For additional support planning your service-learning program addressing childhood obesity, please download the pdf First Responders: Youth Addressing Childhood Obesity Through Service-Learning.

See a list of past grantees - 331 in 2011!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Wal-Mart Foundation

The Wal-Mart Foundation supports programs and initiatives in these main areas of focus:

Hunger Relief & Nutrition (nutrition education classes, cooking demonstrations and nutritional recipes), Education (literacy)
Environmental Sustainability
Workforce Development (job skills, workforce readiness).

The Wal-Mart Foundation has a particular interest in supporting the following populations: Veterans and military families, traditionally underserved groups, individuals with disabilities, and those impacted by natural disasters.

The deadline to apply for funding for 2012 is December 1, 2012.

The Local Giving Program awards grants of $250 to $5,000 through each Walmart store, Sam's Club, or Logistics facility.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Stand Down events to assist homeless veterans

A Stand Down is an event held in a local community where homeless veterans are provided with a wide variety of social services including employment assistance.

Stand Down funding is a non-competitive grant awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until available funding is exhausted. More information is available from the program site.

The maximum amount that can be awarded to support a local Stand Down event is $10,000 per applicant per fiscal year. If the event is held for one (1) day, the maximum amount that can be awarded is $7,000. An applicant is normally allowed one grant award per fiscal year. 

Connecticut's DVET is Lisa C. Jones ( at the Veterans' Employment and Training Service, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, Connecticut 06109. (860) 263-6490 and FAX (860) 263-6498. 

For more information, contact Ken Fenner at or 202.693.4728. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) sponsors this funding opportunity. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Get Kids Fit Contest - $25K

Sponsor: Henkel Helps & The Alliance for a Healthier Generation have sponsored the Get Kids Fit Contest since 2007. The program works to improve fitness, inspire self-esteem and build teamwork at U.S. schools.

The process starts by nominating your school by answering the following question: How could $25,000 be used to improve fitness, inspire self-esteem and build teamwork at your school?

Multiple grants of $25,000 are available to select schools in the U.S. of A.

Deadline: September 16, 2012

CT Community Foundation's Town Conversation on Aging

The 2012 CT Community Foundation's application for Town Conversations on Aging (this link opens a .doc file) is open and due on October 1st.

A $2,000 grant is available to each community in the Foundation’s service area to conduct a Town Conversation on Aging in order to review the current status of aging services, identify priority needs and gaps, and develop key action steps for the next three years. 

The grant may be used to:
A.  Cover direct costs associated with the Conversation and/or
B.  Support implementation of any of the action steps. 

This opportunity is part of the CCF's Pathways Program, which provides grants for nonprofits that connect seniors to information and services so they can remain in their homes and be active members of their community.

ONLY organizations in these towns are eligible:
Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott or Woodbury.

For more information, contact Deborah Stein, Senior Services program officer, 203-753-1315.

The entire Town Conversation on Aging application consists of 6 questions:

1. Name, address, phone and chief executive of the organization that will convene the Conversation on Aging.
2. Name, title, email and phone for the individual designated to recruit participants, oversee the Conversation and complete the questionnaire.
3. Please provide a preliminary list of organizations and/or individuals (with affiliations) you will invite to participate in the Conversation on Aging.  How will you publicize the Conversation to the community in order to broaden participation?
4. When and where do you plan to hold the Conversation?
5. List three areas of need or concern among seniors in your community that you plan to include in your Conversation.
6. What is your budget for conducting the Conversation? Please provide an itemized list. Acceptable items are direct costs such as meeting space, refreshments, hiring of a facilitator and publicity. The remaining portion of the $2,000 grant may be used to support one or more action steps.

Please note the following:
    Contact Deborah Stein at or 203.753.1315 with any questions regarding the Town Conversation on Aging.
    Town Conversation on Aging grantees will be asked to submit a brief questionnaire describing the results of the Conversation and how remaining grant funds will be used.
    Towns receiving Conversation on Aging funds are eligible to apply for other Pathways grants.

Monday, September 3, 2012

IMLS National Leadership Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services' National Leadership Grants support projects that have the potential to advance museum, library, and archival practice. The Institute encourages grant proposals that promote the skills necessary to develop 21st century communities, citizens, and workers. Proposals should address key needs and challenges that face libraries, museums, and archives. Successful proposals will be innovative responses to these challenges and will have national impact.

Deadline: 2/1/2013

If tradition holds, look for guidance webinars with National Leadership Grants Staff in January, 2013.