The Big Read
The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding multiple grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to groups that are revitalizing the role of literature and encouraging reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library that is participating in The Big Read and developing and producing a well-planned, community-wide read with innovative, diverse programming and widespread community involvement and participation. Activities should last approximately one month and focus on one book or poet from The Big Read Library. February 1 is the deadline to apply. Contact Arts Midwest at TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org with questions, and read more about it here.
The Peyback Foundation
Professional football player Peyton Manning's foundation is awarding multiple grants of up to $15,000 each to nonprofits that serve economically disadvantaged children between the ages of 6 and 18 in Indiana, Tennessee and the New Orleans metropolitan area. Emphasis is placed on programs that have a direct benefit to children through relationships and activities. Programs that are designed to enrich the lives of disadvantaged youth through activities conducted outside the typical school day are particularly favored by the Foundation. The deadline to apply is February 1. Learn more here.
Change the World Challenge
The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge encourages students to solve environmental problems through project-based learning. Groups of students and teachers/mentors are challenged to come up with solutions and innovations in areas such as food waste-to-energy, community-scale battery recycling, phantom-power load reduction, systematic behavior change, erosion control and more. The contest is for student and teacher/mentors groups in three categories: elementary school (grades K to 5); middle school (grades 6 to 8); and high school (grades 9 to 12). Prizes vary and are in the form of scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, adventure trips and a chance to present their idea at the United Nations. The deadline is March 15, 2012. Click here for more information.
This story originally appeared in the Afterschool Advocate (Vol. 13, Issue 1).
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