Funding News

The Afterschool Alliance’s website has numerous resources for afterschool providers looking for new ways to raise money for their programs, including tips for initiating relationships with funders and businesses, and for identifying funding opportunities.


American Honda Foundation
The American Honda Foundation is supporting broad, innovative and forward-thinking projects that meet the needs of youth, especially minority students. The Foundation is awarding grants of $20,000 to $75,000 for projects that emphasize youth education, specifically in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the environment, job training and literacy. Nonprofit charitable organizations, public school districts and private/public elementary and secondary schools (as listed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics) are encouraged to apply by the August 1 deadline. More information and guidelines are online.

Mockingbird Foundation’s Music Education Grants
The Mockingbird Foundation provides funding for music education for children through schools, community centers, hospitals, shelters, workshops, camps and scholarship programs in the United States and abroad through a competitive grants process. Preference will be given to applications that recognize the importance of music education for its own sake, not music therapy; engage students directly with music; support unconventional forms of instruction, composition, vocalization and improvisation; recognize that outcomes may not be assessable; and engage disadvantaged students under 18. Apply by August 1. More information is online.

Art Works
Making the arts more widely available, especially in areas where they can strengthen communities or serve populations limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability, is a priority for the National Endowment for the Arts. The Endowment will prioritize applicants who emphasize creation, engagement, learning and livability through the arts. School-based projects must be directly connected to the school curriculum and instructional program, and activities may take place in or outside of the school building at any time of the day, including during afterschool and summer enrichment programs formally connected to school curricula. The deadline to apply is August 9. Click here for additional guidelines and directions on how to apply.

Home Depot Community Impact Grants
Home Depot is awarding grants up to $5,000 to registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, public schools or tax-exempt public service agencies that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of communities. Grants will be given in the form of Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials or services, and competitive applications will specifically identify projects for veterans and will include housing repairs, modifications or weatherization. The deadline is August 13. Click here for more information.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning
The National Science Foundation has released its new Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program Solicitation. The solicitation invites proposals that promote ideas, concepts, research, models, programs or other opportunities for innovative and field-advancing informal out-of-school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and emerging STEM learning environments. Depending on the project type, projects may be funded for up to $250,000 over two years or up to $2.5 million over five years. Preliminary proposals (optional) are due August 14, and first-time applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a preliminary proposal. The full proposal deadline is January 14, 2013. Click here for more information.

This story originally appeared in the Afterschool Advocate (Vol. 13, Issue 7).

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