Engaging youth as active, compassionate citizens through service and education
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Educating the Heart 2013-2014: Give $5000 to your favorite non-profit organization that helps Hawaii's poor and needy!
The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is once again generously offering funds through its Educating the Heart Program. Private and public school classroom teachers of grades 7-12 who do a service learning project for a non-profit agency that helps Hawaii's poor and needy should definitely take advantage of this opportunity. After the class and teacher spend 100 hours doing service for the non-profit organization, students will have the opportunity to present $5,000 from the Weinberg Foundation to the organization!
Download the Educating The Heart Application Packet today for more information! Important deadlines and forms are included in this packet.
1) HELPFUL PLACES TO LOOK FOR FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Check out these web sites for possible funding sources:
- Youth Service America offers grants for various youth service activities.
- Learn and Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse.
- Kokua Hawaii Foundation's List of Green Grants for Schools
2) FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SPECIFIC DEADLINES*
Environmental Grants For Educators, Kokua Hawaii Foundation
Attention all Hawaii public school educators! Kokua Hawaii Foundation offers grants each year for your environmental stewardship projects. For more information about Kokua Hawaii Foundation grant opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Service Hawaii Youth Philanthrophy Board Mini Grants
Annual Application Deadline: September
Students learn about some of our communities' most critical needs and then take action with others by developing projects/grant proposals that will help solve these problems. Students attend a workshop during which they hear from a variety of non profit organizations, community activists and others working with social issues facing our community. They then devise a plan/project to that addresses at least one of the issues.
Students present their ideas to community partners at the workshop. The Youth Philanthrophy Board makes grants of up to $500 per proposal for projects.
Students in grades 8-12 are eligible to apply (school groups of five students and one teacher will be given preference in their application). Sponsored by Youth Service Hawaii with the support of the Starbucks foundation. Contact Youth Service Hawaii with questions at email@example.com.
Kokua Earth Action Project (KEAP)
Annual Application Deadline: October
A Kokua Earth Action Project (KEAP) is an environmental service learning initiative aimed at taking care of our islands and encouraging long-lasting change. Some project ideas include: instituting a lunch waste composting program at school, starting an on-campus garden, setting up a recycling or water catchment program, and more. For more information and to download an application, click HERE. Open to any Hawai`i-based school group, grades K-12.
UnitedHealth HEROES Service-Learning Grants
Annual Application Deadline: October
The UnitedHealth HEROES program is a service-learning, health literacy initiative developed by UnitedHealth Group and Youth Service America. The program awards grants to help youth, ages 5-25, create and implement local, hands-on programs to fight childhood obesity. The grants encourage semester-long projects that launch on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (every January) and culminate on Global Youth Service Day (every April). For more information, click HERE.
To learn about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, click HERE.
To learn about Global Youth Service Day, click HERE.
3) FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES WITH ROLLING/ONGOING DEADLINES
Disney's Friends for Change Grants
Application Deadline: Various Deadlines Disney, together with Youth Service America (YSA), funds youth-led service projects, occurring between September and November, that focus on making environmentally friendly changes and engaging youth, ages 5-18, as leaders in their community. For more information, click HERE. Find out about Disney Project Green HERE.
Best Buy Teach @15 Awards
Rolling Application Period (Awards are given every 15 days)
The Teach@15 Award program helps schools serving any grades 7-12 meet their technology needs. Teens (age 13-18) who are registered members on at15.com can nominate their schools (depending on eligibility) to win a Teach@15 Award. Teen members can vote for a nomination once per day. Every 15 days, Best Buy will award 3 schools with Best Buy Gift Cards based on member votes. For more information, click HERE.
RGK Education, Community, And Health Grants
Deadline: Open, submission of electronic letter of inquiry
Maximum Award: $50,000
Sponsoring Organization: RGK Foundation
RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Medicine/Health. The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.
Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The Foundation supports a variety of Community Improvement programs including those that enhance non-profit management and promote philanthropy and voluntarism. Youth development programs supported by the Foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life. The Foundation is also interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science, and technology. To learn more, click HERE.
Castle Foundation Windward Youth Leadership Fund
The Windward Youth Leadership Fund (WYLF) is a way for youth to apply for and "earn" up to $5,000 for their club or group activities by doing something positive for the community. You can apply if you are 18 or younger, your club or group is based in Windward Oahu, and you have at least three members. You also need a public school or nonprofit organization to sponsor your application. In addition to engaging youth in community service, one of the primary goals of this small grants program is to help youth build their leadership skills. Although adults provide guidance, the projects must be youth-driven. To learn more, click HERE.
Do Something Grants
Deadline: Rolling, Weekly
Do Something is a not-for-profit organization that works to inspire, support, and celebrate young social entrepreneurs and community activists. Do you need $500 to further the growth and success of your program or turn your idea into reality? Did you recently create a sustainable community action project, program or organization or have a great idea for helping your community? If you answered "YES!", you're eligible to apply for a Do Something Grant. Best of all - they're given out WEEKLY! For more information and to apply click HERE.
Do Something Seed Grants
Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Seed Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something Seed Grant every week to help young people just like YOU! Do Something Seed Grants are targeted towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started. These grants can be used to jump-start your program or to realize your ideas for the first time. These are grants for all types of community action projects around causes that you care about and are important in your community! Deadlines: Rolling- Apply now! You will be notified whether or not you have won within 2-3 months after submission. To learn more, click HERE.
Do Something Growth Grants
Did you create a sustainable community action project, program or organization that you want to grow? Are you looking for funding to take your already successful project to the next level? If you answered "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Growth Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something Growth Grant every week to help young people just like YOU! Do Something Growth Grants are targeted towards projects that are already developed and sustainable. These grants go towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.Deadlines: Rolling- Apply now! You will be notified whether or not you have won within 2-3 months after submission. To learn more, click HERE.
Become a Conscious Lifestyle Social Innovator
Conscious Lifestyle fulfills its mission of “empowering students and schools to be socially responsible” by providing support to social innovators on high school and college campuses across the country. Social Innovators are leaders who display high levels of integrity while designing and managing venture organizations. These ventures must fulfill the following criteria: involve a strong team with clear and attainable goals, follow a credible plan and budget, be structured for future generations of leadership, and create positive change in their communities. To learn more, click HERE.