Picasso Project Grants

imgres-2Each fall, Public Citizens for Children and Youth’s Picasso Project offers mini-arts grants of $500 to $5,000 to public schools in Philadelphia. These grants are available to support projects in the creative, performing and digital arts. The grants support a school’s need to boost arts offerings, integrate arts into other core subjects, or use arts to improve school climate.

Eligibility: Staff at public (District–managed and charter) schools with no more than 2 full-time arts teachers may apply. Schools may have no more than a TOTAL of 2 full time arts teachers combined if you add together all teachers in art, music, drama, dance and digital media. A school or community representative for each proposed project must attend a Grant Support Workshop or Conference Call before applying.

The deadline to apply is Friday, November 13, 2015.

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State Farm Celebrate My Drive Grants

logo-drive2n2State Farm is offering 22 $100,000 grants to high schools that encourage students to Drive 2N2. Drive 2N2 is a simple habit – 2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel. This can help reduce distracted driving and help new drivers build confidence on the road at the same time. Enter October 12-25, 2015, for a chance to win a $100,000 grant and an Echosmith concert for your high school by showing how your high school raises awareness for Drive 2N2.

To enter, a high school administrator must upload a photo or brief 30 second video during the entry period. One entry per high school only. To show why a high school deserves to win a grant, the administrator must also answer four questions and submit a brief write-up. 100 high schools will be selected as Finalists and then 22 high schools that receive the most votes for their entry will win a $100,000 grant. To create a more level playing field between small and large high schools, high schools will be divided into one of two categories at the time of submission: A) Large high schools: 751 or more students in grades 9-12 combined, and B) Small high schools: 750 and fewer students in grades 9-12 combined

22 percent of the grant check awarded must be spent in support of a teen driver safety program to benefit the high school students; the other 78 percent can be spent on high school-related needs defined by the winning high school and approved by State Farm®.

Applications must be submitted between October 12 and October 25.

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Nature Works Everywhere Garden Grants

lg-image-nature-works-logoThe Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere program is currently accepting applications for garden grants during the 2015–16 school year. Grants will be given in the amount of $1000–$2000 dependent upon the needs of the project. The purpose of this grant is to provide teachers with the resources they need to use school gardens to teach conservation science and engage students in understanding the value of nature, while creating spaces that enhance the natural landscape of their school and city.

Schools must be public or charter.

  • Schools can be elementary, middle or high schools
  • Garden projects must be new garden additions to a school campus, enhancements to existing gardens, or revitalization of garden spaces on school campus.
  • Preference is given to projects with an emphasis on building urban green infrastructure (i.e., pollinator, rain, native habitat, orchards etc. gardens). While preference is given to these sorts of project, food gardens will also be funded.

Grant funds are to be spent on garden materials, including but not limited to soil amendments, plants, seeds, tools, infrastructure such as drip hoses, edging, rain barrels, etc.; classroom materials, outreach materials, seating, sheds, shade structures, etc.; also may be used to cover the cost of field trips to local urban environmental initiatives (i.e. non-profit gardening organizations, botanical gardens, urban agriculture sites, etc.) and may be used to cover operational/overhead costs for garden management.

Grantees will also get: access to educational webinars on creating and maintaining Nature Works Everywhere gardens as well as using gardens to teach conservation science; coaching and support through an online forum to connect all grantees with local resources; access to standards-based curriculum and teaching materials to support in-class learning; and a Tablet (iPad, Kindle Fire, etc.) that can be used to support standards-based curriculum and garden learning.

The deadline for applications is October 28, 2015.

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Green Up Our Schools

search-2Green Up Our Schools is a grant program that supports elementary school waste reduction & recycling programs. Schools accepted into the program receive $2,000 over 3 years and personalized assistance achieving their goals.

Although they have operated in a limited geographic region in the past, the program is now accepting applications from schools throughout the nation.

Member schools are expected to form a student green team, conduct a waste assessment with the students, and hold a kick-off assembly or other form of education on what’s recyclable at school. Each school is asked to complete two waste reduction projects each year (for example, a “Zero Waste Lunch Campaign” or a “Paper Towel Reduction Campaign”). At the end of the year, schools are asked to conduct another waste assessment so they can chart their progress and to provide an expense report showing how the grant funding was spent.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Lily Sarah Grace Foundation Grants

searchLily Sarah Grace (LSG) Foundation is offering grants for K-5 teachers at Title 1 schools for teacher-initiated projects that foster an Arts-Infused approach to Inquiry and emphasize a holistic methodology that addresses all learners through creativity and the incorporation of the arts as a fundamental tool for learning. The Arts can include a wide variety of subjects, fields and activities that encompass creativity. These include: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Dance, Filmmaking, Photography, Robotics, Theater, Writing, 3-D Printing, Performance, Software Development and more.

Projects should utilize Arts Infused Inquiry Based Learning to teach focusing on these key competencies:

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Community
  • Communication

The Stepping Stone Grant is for first-time applicants to LSG and and funds projects with a $450 maximum cost. The Stepping Stone Grant submission period will be open through November 30, 2015. Stepping Stone Grants are fully funded on a rolling basis, typically twice a month. The application process is fairly simple.  Applicants create a project on DonorsChoose.org and then briefly describe how their project relates to the competencies of creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

LSG Full AI-IBL Grants of up to $1,500 are also available. Applicants create projects on DonorsChoose.org before September 15, 2015. After a short review period, those grants selected for funding will first receive half-off match funds and will remain on DonorsChoose.org for one additional week. Any remaining balances will be fully funded by LSG on September 30, 2015.

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Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grants

search-1Whole Kids Foundation believes that student involvement in a school garden fosters a relationship between students and their food. It creates knowledge of and respect for whole nutritious food, informing their food choices for years to come. Since 2011, Whole Kids Foundation has invested over $6 million to support over 3,000 school gardens across the United States and Canada.

Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides $2,000 monetary grants to K-12 schools, or nonprofits working in partnership with K-12 schools, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds.

Each grant applicant is required to partner with an organization or business from the community that will help to bring long-term sustainability to the initiative—a “community partner.” A community partner can be any organization that intends to support the garden for years to come, including a nonprofit, a local farm, a hardware or garden store, a restaurant, a Whole Foods store, or a garden club. If the grant applicant is a nonprofit that will be working with a school on a garden, then the nonprofit applicant may also serve as garden project’s community partner. Priority for grants will be given to projects connected with schools in limited resource communities.

The deadline for applications is October 31, 2015.

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