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YSA Grants Alert - March 2012
Youth Service America

March, 2012

National Service Briefing

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March 2012   


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The following 14 grant and award opportunities may interest you.  

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Disney Friends for Change - Latin America Grants

Deadline: April 22

Disney Friends for Change - Latin America Grants offer young change-makers an opportunity to receive a $1,000 grant for a youth-led service project that demonstrates youth leadership, creativity, and the commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. Youth ages 5-18 located in Latin America are eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant.      

Everyday Young Hero Award

Deadline: Ongoing

Awarded weekly to a young person from around the world who exemplifies an extraordinary commitment to service, the Everyday Young Hero Award program is open to youth ages 5-25. Nominations must come from a parent, teacher or other adult mentor. Winners are announced in the NSB, featured on YSA's website and showcased within its social media outlets. Everyday Young Heroes also receive a certificate, award and press release.  Nominate a young person you know to be recognized as an Everyday Young Hero    



KaBOOM! Let's Play Community Construction Grants

Deadline: March 16

Dr. Pepper Snapple & KaBOOM! are excited to offer $15,000 Let's Play Playground Construction Grants to qualifying organizations within the U.S. wishing to build brand new playgrounds using the KaBOOM! community-build model. Grantees will plan their project, and share best practices and challenges through the KaBOOM! website. For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit   

State Farm Cause An Effect Grants

Deadline: March 20

Across the United States and Canada, State Farm is searching for people who want to Cause An Effect by bringing $25,000 to their communities. From February 29 through March 20, people can visit the Cause An Effect tab on the State Farm Facebook page  to submit a Cause and help build safer, stronger, better educated communities. The State Farm® Youth Advisory Board will accept 3,000 submissions, and will select 100 finalists. Then your votes will decide which 40 get a $25,000 grant to help Cause An Effect.  


National Wildlife Federation Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship

Deadline: March 30

National Wildlife Federation and the Tufts family are now accepting nominations from students between the ages of 8-18 for the Craig Tufts Scholarship Award.  The award is given to a student and chaperone to attend a week-long educational and adventure experience in the Summer.  This year's winner will attend the Family Summit Inc program in the Rocky Mountains (YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado) on July 7-13, 2012. Interested students need to complete an essay submission by March 30th.    

NOYS YOUTH-Turn It Around Awards

Deadline: April 17

Do you have a traffic adversity in your school, campus, or community that you would like to address? Has one of your friends or peers recently been involved in a traffic crash or incident that you want to make sure it doesn't happen to someone else? Now middle school, high school, and college students have the opportunity to take a traffic adversity and turn it into positive, educational, and sustainable action and win cash prizes worth up to $2,000 for their student organizations!   



MADD Power of You(th) Video Contest

Deadline: April 27

The Power of You(th) is the power you hold to prevent some of the 6,000 deaths that result each year from underage drinking. Use your power to make a minute video or less for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and enter it into our contest.The top five finalists will each win an iPad and an all-expense paid trip for themselves and one guardian to Dallas in June 2012 for the Teen Influencer Summit. A Grand Prize Winner will also receive an all-expense paid trip for himself/herself and one guardian to Washington D.C. for MADD's National Conference in September 2012.   

ING Unsung Heros

Deadline: April 30

Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes® could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. For 15 years, and with nearly $3.5 million in awarded grants, ING Unsung Heroes has proven to be an A+ program with educators. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.  


Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Deadline: April 30

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes invites nominations for its 2012 awards. The Barron Prize, founded by author T.A. Barron in honor of his mother, celebrates outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18. Each year, the Barron Prize honors inspiring young people who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Ten winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30. For more information and to nominate, visit    

National Education Startup Challenge

Deadline: May 1

Students from across the country are invited to submit a business plan and a video pitch for a for-profit or non-profit startup that includes an innovative strategy, product or service designed to address one of four challenges to educational success. If you are in 6th grade through postsecondary or an out-of-school youth, you are eligible to participate. Winning students will be celebrated by senior White House and Department of Education officials and may qualify for additional recognition opportunities.   


State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants

Deadline: May 4

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is currently accepting applications for service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000 that are designed to create sustainable change in local communities across the United States and Canada.  Applying organizations must be a public K-12, charter, or higher education institution; non-profit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement within the public K-12 curriculum.  Projects must address the root cause of the following issue areas: Access to Higher Education / Closing the Achievement Gap; Financial Literacy; Community Safety and Natural Disaster Preparedness; Social Health & Wellness Issues; and Environmental Responsibility.      

100 Best Communities for Young People 

Deadline: May 17

The 100 Best Communities for Young People competition rewards and recognizes communities making extraordinary efforts to reduce dropout rates and provide outstanding services and supports to their youth. A grant of $2,500 will be given to every community that is named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People.  The $2,500 grant can be used to help fund a local program or service, within certain parameters, or be used for a local event to celebrate the win. This grant is part of the winning communities' awards package that includes national and local media exposure, a commemorative trophy, road signs, a media relations toolkit and on-call support to help in announcing your win to the community, a one-year subscription to a leading online grant search service, and much more.     


Special Olympics Project Unify Grants

Deadline: Rolling through May 31

The goal of Project UNIFY is to activate youth around the country to develop school communities where all young people are agents of change - fostering respect, dignity, and advocacy with and for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing the programs and initiatives of Special Olympics. To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 12 to 20, or a current undergraduate student in college. A Special Olympics North America program is required to be your main partner organization. Projects must demonstrate the core essence of service-learning. Budgets for projects can range from $100 to $5,000.   

Do Something Seed Grants

Deadline: Ongoing

Are you working to start a community action project or program with your friends? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? A $500 Do Something Seed Grant is given out every week to help young people just like YOU! These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.  



GrantStation - An online funding resource for organizations seeking grants throughout the  world. Providing access to a comprehensive online database of grantmakers, as well as  other valuable tools, GrantStation can help your organization make smarter, better-informed fundraising decisions.  

GrantWatch - Lists current federal government grants, state grants, city grants, local grants, foundation grants, corporation grants, educational grants, international grants and grant resources.  


GrantWrangler - A free grants listing service that helps teachers find classroom grants for school  

YouthToday Grants Today - A national source for news, views and important developments in the youth  service field from a nonprofit organization.  


National Service-Learning Clearinghouse Funding Opportunities -  Information on current funding opportunities in the service-learning and national service communities 


Grants Alert - A website dedicated to making life a little easier for those who devote their time to searching for education grants and identifying new funding opportunities for their organizations, schools, districts, consortia and state education agencies.    


Mike Minks

Mike Minks

Director of Outreach and Innovation


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