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.


Community Grant Program
The Community Grant Program is premised on the belief that those involved on the front lines of the educational system often have unique insight into small but significant needs or innovations that are often overlooked. Front-line education workers in Boston, Hartford, New York City, Providence and Washington, D.C., may apply for grants from Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest to fully fund a specific, one-time future education-related need or idea that promises to improve inner-city education. Applications must address the need or idea within one year of the grant award and support initiatives within city boundaries. The Foundation generally considers grant applications monthly and awards grants in amounts totaling no more than $2,000 in any one month. Click here to apply.

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. The full proposal deadline is January 14, 2013. Click here for more information.

Captain Planet Foundation Grants
U.S.-based schools and organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $3 million are eligible to apply for grants from the Captain Planet Foundation. Grants are intended to serve as catalysts for environment-based education in schools and to inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. Preference is given to requests seeking seed funding of $500 or less and to applicants who have secured at least 50 percent matching or in-kind funding. For proposals for fall and winter projects, apply by February 28, 2013. More information is online.

This story originally appeared in the Afterschool Advocate (Vol. 13, Issue 11).

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