Potential Funding Sources

Current Grant Announcements

Upcoming National Science Foundation deadlines

A-Z Index of Funding Opportunities (NSF)

Upcoming public/private foundation deadlines (compliments of the Foundation Center)

National Institutes of Health Requests for Applications and Program Announcements

US Department of Education open competitions and grant opportunity forecast

Grants.gov weekly listing of all federal agency grant announcements

Grants.gov registration checklist at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html

 

Support for Math and Science Education Programs

Toyota U.S.A. Foundation The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation is committed to improving the quality of K-12 education throughout the country by supporting innovative programs and building partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, and environmental science. The Foundation places priority on programs that are broad in scope and incorporate systemic approaches, creative programs that develop the potential of students and/or teachers, and cost-effective programs that possess a high potential for success and relatively low duplication of effort. Grants are provided to colleges and universities as well as nonprofit organizations engaged in pre-collegiate math and/or science education. K-12 public and private schools are not eligible to apply. Requests may be submitted at any time. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website.

Support for Initiatives Promoting an Equitable Society

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation  The mission of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is to support efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society. The Foundation provides grants through the following four programs: The Pathways Out of Poverty program supports national initiatives to nurture systemic change in the educational, economic, and community systems that produce and perpetuate poverty in the U.S. The Civil Society program seeks to increase the nonprofit and philanthropic sector’s responsiveness and capacity to address social and community needs, both in the U.S. and internationally. The Environment program promotes models of development that protect the diversity of selected ecosystems in North America and around the world. The Flint Area program provides support to local community organizations in the Foundation's hometown of Flint, MI. Each of these four programs has clearly stated guidelines. Grant seekers are strongly encouraged to visit the Foundation’s website to review this information before submitting online letters of inquiry, which are reviewed throughout the year.

Google Invites Grant Applications for Computer Science Education Workshops

Google is accepting applications for funds from its CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) program, which is intended to promote the teaching of computer science and computational thinking in the high school and middle school curriculum. Grants are awarded to universities and colleges in support of hands-on workshops to train K-12 teachers in how best to incorporate computer science into their curriculum.

Grants support two- to three-day workshops for local high school and middle school computer science teachers. The workshops incorporate informational talks by industry leaders and discussions on new and emerging CS curricula at the high school and middle school level. Any university, community college, or technical school in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China, Australia, and New Zealand is welcome to apply. (The application process varies from region to region.)

The program seeks to support programs that are hands-on, feature a community component, provide participants with concrete takeaways, and offer follow-up to the initial program. Proposals should provide detailed budgets and describe the expected reach of the program. (The average CS4HS program has anywhere from twenty-five to a hundred participants.)  Funding varies based on the number of participants and other associated costs, with a maximum of $15,000 per project.  Deadline:  Feb. 16th. http://www.cs4hs.com/

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Grants

Burroughs Wellcome Fund's grantmaking strategies are to support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and to make grants in areas of science that are poised for significant advancement but currently undervalued and underfunded. Within this overall strategy, BWF makes grants within several focus areas:

In February 2010, Burroughs Wellcome Fund concluded a five-year plan for its grantmaking strategies.  The results of the planning are summarized in this article.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's grantmaking strategies are to support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and to make grants in areas of science that are poised for significant advancement but currently undervalued and underfunded. Within this overall strategy, BWF makes grants within several focus areas: Ad Hoc Grants, Biomedical Sciences, Career Guidance, Diversity in Science, Infectious Diseases, Interfaces in Science, Population and Laboratory Sciences, Regulatory Science, Reproductive Sciences, Science Education, Translational Research.  Information for each can be found through this link:  http://www.bwfund.org/programs-offered

The majority of the BWF ’s grantmaking is through competitive award programs. Most awards are made to degree-granting institutions in the United States and Canada on behalf of individual researchers, who must be nominated by their institution. All institutions receiving awards must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations.

Each program has an Advisory Committee consisting of members who are external peer reviewers that lend their expertise and time to reviewing and assessing applications for BWF programs.  BWF selects members of these committees for their scientific and educational expertise in the program areas.  The committee meets, for some programs, to interview potential nominees, and make recommendations based on their experiences to the BWF Board of Directors.  Members of the various advisory committees are complete and separate bodies from the BWF Board of Directors.

To apply for the competitive award programs, select the link above and the program of your choice, then follow the guidelines and application requirements.  All applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

The NEA grant opportunities can be found at this web site:  http://arts.gov/grants

William T. Grant Foundation

Accepting Letter of Inquiry for Studies on the Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice Affecting Youth

 

The William T. Grant Foundation seeks to fund high-quality empirical research with the goal of improving the lives of youth between 8 and 25 years of age in the United States. To help accomplish this goal, the foundation is requesting Letters of Inquiry for its Request for Proposals on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice.

Support will be provided for empirical theory-building studies of what affects policy makers' and practitioners' acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. The foundation is interested in policy and practice directly relevant to youth in the U.S. Areas of focus can include education, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, family support, employment, mental health, and youth programs.

The foundation will consider applications for newly initiated studies as well as add-on studies to existing projects. Add-on studies must address research questions not covered by prior funding from the Grant Foundation or other funders, although they may cover secondary analyses of existing data or collection and analyses of new data.

The foundation encourages interdisciplinary projects and welcomes applications from researchers in various fields and disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, education, family studies, human development, organizational studies, political science, prevention research, psychology, public administration, public policy, public health, social work, and sociology.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be employed at a nonprofit institution, either in the U.S. or abroad.

The foundation will support research projects with awards ranging from $100,000 to $600,000 for direct and indirect costs over two to three years. Visit the Grant Foundation Web site for the complete Request for Proposals and application instructions. http://wtgrantfoundation.org/Grants#apply-research-grants

Thiel Fellowship Program Invites Applications From Young Entrepreneurs

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel has announced that the Thiel Foundation is accepting applications for a new class of "20 Under 20" Thiel Fellows.

Thiel Fellowships provide two-year grants of $100,000 to twenty people under 20 years of age so that they can leave the classroom and pursue innovation.

Since the Thiel Fellowship began in 2011, more than forty young people have been awarded fellowships for project ideas in fields ranging from nuclear and alternative energy, to robotics and biotechnology, to finance, 3D printing, gaming, and software.

During the two-year fellowship, the Thiel Foundation and its network of mentors provide guidance and support to help fellows build their scientific, technical, and entrepreneurial ideas. While fellows are expected to work on their innovative ideas full-time, they determine their specific paths; this might mean starting a company but could also mean doing freelance work, developing a social movement, interning at another company, or pursuing research and development independently.

Though applicants may already have scientific, technical, or nonprofit ideas, Thiel Fellowships are not limited to those with established companies or developed innovations. Teams of up to four may also apply.

To be eligible, applicants must have been born after December 31, 1992. Candidates from around the world are encouraged to apply.

Fellows are encouraged to move to the San Francisco Bay Area for the opportunities and resources that the area provides. However, fellows are welcome to work on their projects from any location. Fellows are asked to take two years away from college so that they can fully focus on their projects without the time and expense of college.

Complete program guidelines, application procedures, and information on previous fellows' projects are available at the Thiel Fellowship Web site. 

Transition To Independent Environmental Health Research (TIEHR) Career Development Award

The Transitions to Independent Environmental Health Research (TIEHR) Career Development Award is a three-year bridge scholar development program for newly independent faculty.  This award is intended to provide junior faculty the pilot funding and salary support during this critical period of career development so that he/she can further develop his/her independent research program and, subsequently, successfully compete for research funding in the environmental health sciences at the completion of the award.

This award is for newly independent investigators (within 3 years of their first independent faculty appointment) who have independent research space and resources at their institution. Due: June 12, Oct 12, Feb 12 annually.

Community Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship Projects

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation have announced Environmental Solutions for Communities, a new grant program to help communities in the United States create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship.

The program seeks to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Collectively, investments under this initiative will promote a sustainable future for communities by supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship; conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality; restoring and managing natural habitat, species, and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods; facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency; and encouraging broad-based citizen participation in project implementation.

Grant awards typically range from $25,000 to $250,000. The ratio of matching funds offered is one criterion considered during the review process, and projects that meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio will tend to be more competitive.


National Institute on Aging, American Federation for Aging Research, Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR)

The MSTAR Scholarship Program, established in 1994, provides an enriching 8-12 week experience in aging-related research under the mentorship of top experts in the field.  Aging-related research crosscuts many areas of scientific investigation--from basic sciences, to clinical research, to health services research.  The program also includes: 1) Classes in research methodology; 2) Opportunities for research presentation and publication; 3) Clinical geriatrics experiences; 4) Information on medical careers; and, 5) Informal social gatherings and networking with fellow scholars and mentors.

Applicants compete for up to 130 positions at NIA-funded National Training Centers and Partner Sites.

For complete information visit: http://www.afar.org/research/funding/mstar. Or, call AFAR at 212-703-9977, or toll-free at 888-582-2327


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

As an agency with responsibilities for maintaining and improving the viability of marine and coastal ecosystems, for delivering valuable weather, climate, and water information and services, for understanding the science and consequences of climate change, and for supporting the global commerce and transportation upon which we all depend, NOAA must remain current and responsive in an ever-changing world. We do this in concert with our partners and stakeholders in federal, state, and local governments and private organizations, applying a systematic approach that links our strategic goals through multi-year plans to the daily activities of our employees.

 

NOAA issues this BAA for extramural research, innovative projects, and sponsorships (e.g., conferences, newsletters etc.) that address one or more of the following four mission goal descriptions contained in the NOAA Strategic Plan:

 

1.        Long-term mission goal: Climate Adaptation and Mitigation and responding to climate and its impacts. Projected future climate-related changes include increased global temperatures, melting sea ice and glaciers, rising sea levels, increased frequency of extreme precipitation events, acidification of the oceans, modifications of growing seasons, changes in storm frequency and intensity, air quality, alterations in species' ranges and migration patterns, earlier snowmelt, increased drought, and altered river flow volumes.  Impacts from these changes are regionally diverse, and affect numerous sectors related to water, energy, transportation, forestry, tourism, fisheries, agriculture, and human health. A changing climate will alter the distribution of water resources and exacerbate human impacts on fisheries and marine ecosystems, which will result in such problems as overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, changes in species distributions, and excess nutrients in coastal waters. Increased sea levels are expected to amplify the effects of other coastal hazards as ecosystem changes increase invasions of non-native species and decrease biodiversity. The direct impact of climate change on commerce, transportation, and the economy is evidenced by retreating sea ice in the Arctic, which allows the northward expansion of commercial fisheries and provides increased access for oil and gas development, commerce, and tourism.

2.      Long-term mission goal: Weather-Ready Nation

3.      Long-term mission goal: Healthy Oceans

4.     Long-term Mission goal: Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies 

About the Climate Program Office

The Climate Program Office (CPO) manages competitive research programs in which NOAA funds high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building activities designed to advance our understanding of Earth’s climate system, and to foster the application of this knowledge in risk management and adaptation efforts.  CPO-supported research is conducted in regions across the United States, at national and international scales, and globally.

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South Dakota Arts Council

Artists In Schools & Communities Sponsor Information

Purpose

Artists In Schools & Communities (AISC) grants provide professional artists to schools and other South Dakota nonprofit community organizations to encourage and supplement the arts in educational settings and foster positive community development through life-long learning experiences in the arts.

Artists In Schools & Communities is designed to:

  • Provide students and communities an opportunity to work with and learn from a professional artist.
  • Assist in the development of a school/community commitment to the arts as basic to education and life-long learning.
  • Serve teachers by providing a resource person in a specific arts discipline who can help develop methods of creative teaching and assist schools and teachers in meeting educational content standards.
  • Serve communities by providing artists to assist with community betterment, i.e. artistic and environmental design projects, theater residencies, murals, classes and workshops, etc.
  • Support individual artists by providing time during the residency to pursue their own artistic development.

Artist Availability

Artists available for residencies are listed in the Artists In Schools & Communities Roster published each year by the South Dakota Arts Council and mailed to all schools and arts organizations shortly after January 1. To receive a copy of the roster, write or call the Arts Council office: South Dakota Arts Council, 711 East Wells Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501-3369; 605-773-3301 or 1-800-952-3625. 

Eligible

South Dakota schools, nonprofit organizations, and units of government are eligible to sponsor Artists In Schools & Communities (AISC) residencies.

Deadline

AISC Sponsor Applications must be postmarked by April 1 for residencies occurring after July 1. Under most circumstances, late applications will not be accepted.  Application form. To receive a copy of the application as well as the AISC roster, write or call the Arts Council office:  South Dakota Arts Council, 711 East Wells Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501-3369; 605-773-3301 or 1-800-952-3625. 

Grant Amounts

Matching grants, which include half the artist’s fee plus reimbursement for the artist’s travel, will be awarded to the local sponsor. At the completion of the residency, it is the sponsor’s responsibility to pay the total fee and mileage reimbursement to the artist. Residency supplies are the responsibility of the sponsor and should be negotiated with the artist well in advance of the start of the residency. Local sponsors are required to provide housing in a motel or similar facility unless such facilities are not available or unless the artist requests to stay in a private home. Private housing requests should be initiated by the artist, not by the sponsor.

Artist’s Fees: One Week Residency One Semester Residency

One Week Residency
 
One Semester Residency
 
One Month Residency
 
Total Fee 
$1,000
Total Fee 
$16,000
Total Fee
$4,000
School/Community Cost
     $500
School/Community Cost
$8,000
School/Community Cost
$2,000
SDAC Cost
$500
SDAC Cost
$8,000
SDAC Cost
$2,000

 

For residencies involving two or more artists, fees are higher. Contact the Arts Council for further details.

Evaluation

The Arts Council will send the residency sponsor an evaluation form to be completed and returned to the Arts Council office within 30 days of the conclusion of the AISC residency. 


Importation of Musicians Grant

 

Purpose

The funding category is designed to enable South Dakota orchestras to import musicians that are not available within their own community to improve the quality of a performance season.

Eligible

Nonprofit symphony orchestras designated as federally tax-exempt under the IRS Section 501(c)(3), units of government, or nonprofit educational institutions. Organizations not meeting this requirement may apply under the auspices of a qualifying organization, which then becomes responsible for all fiscal and contractual arrangements.

Ineligible

Recipients of Arts Challenge Grants, Project Grants and Small Organization Season Support Grants are not eligible to apply for Importation of Musicians Grants.

Deadline

All applications must be submitted on-line only by March 1. Applicants may start to apply in January. Grant awards will be announced in May for the fiscal year that begins the following July 1.

Grant Amount

 

No more than 50% of the total musician importation costs and no more than a maximum of $5,000 may be requested from the Arts Council. Grants must be matched at least dollar for dollar. A strong cash commitment by the applicant is encouraged. Funds may be requested as needed throughout the fiscal year. The final payment (10% of grant) will be made upon receipt of the evaluation.

Criteria for Awarding Grants

Applications are reviewed by the music panel and the Council with consideration given to:

  • Quality within the art form
  • Contribution to overall quality of the arts in applicant’s region
  • Complete description of the applicant organization
  • Realistic artistic fees and grant request

Specific instructions for completing and submitting the above information will be provided after you log into the e-grant system (https://sdac.cgweb.org/) and complete the Applicant Profile.

Evaluation

Evaluations forms are due 30 days from the ending date of the Importation of Musicians season. Information required on the Evaluation Form includes description and comments on the project, rating (with explanation) of the project, number of events scheduled, actual number of individuals benefiting, and financial report that includes all income and expenses for the orchestra’s season.



Subsequent grants are dependent upon receipt of complete evaluation reports.

 

Professional Development Grant

Purpose

Professional Development Grants may be awarded to an organization to fund its representative’s attendance at a professional development activity that benefits both the organization and the individual attending. 

Grant Amount

Assistance up to $500 may be provided to match 50% of cash costs for registration fees and travel/lodging/meals at state government rates. Funds are awarded to the applicant organization. The final payment (10% of the grant) will be made upon receipt of the evaluation.

  • Applicant organization may request funding for only one individual to represent them in the proposed professional development activity. No more than $500 may be awarded to an organization within a fiscal year.
  • K-12 arts teachers may apply through their school districts.

Ineligible

Colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

Deadline

All materials must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to the beginning date of the proposed activity. 

Criteria for Awarding Grants

Applications are reviewed by staff with consideration given to:

  • Complete description of the project.
  • Contribution to overall quality of the arts in applicant’s community or region.
  • Indication of need for SDAC support.
  • Realistic budget showing a strong commitment by the organization and cash support from other public and private sources.

Evaluation

Evaluation forms are due within 30 days from the ending date of the Professional Development opportunity. Information required on the Evaluation Form includes description of activity, rating (with explanation) of the experience, number of events attended, actual number of individuals benefiting, and financial report. Subsequent grants are dependent upon receipt of completed evaluation reports.


Project Grant

Purpose

Project Grants assist South Dakota nonprofit organizations in presenting an activity in any arts discipline(s) that serves the general public and meets specific needs of the applicant organization. 



The funding category is designed to:

  • Enable nonprofit organizations to reach the public more effectively through special arts projects.
  • Recognize and assist artistic endeavors of excellence that contribute to quality of life in the applicant’s community or region.
  • Accommodate projects with creative/innovative potential

Eligible

Nonprofit organizations that (1) are seeking funds for a single arts activity and (2) are designated as federally tax-exempt under the IRS Section 501(c)(3), units of government, or nonprofit educational institutions may apply for a Project Grant. 



Nonprofit organizations without 501(c)(3) status may apply under the auspices of a qualifying organization which then becomes responsible for all fiscal and contractual arrangements.



Organizations that for logical reasons share a 501(c)(3) tax ID number with another organization are eligible to apply for project grants provided that 

  • the relationship between the organizations is real and not contrived merely for the purpose of each writing a separate grant proposal. [Appropriate examples include but are not limited to (1) college/university organizations and departments that for practical reasons share the school’s nonprofit status and tax number; (2) an organization that functions independently but has a legal working relationship with a parent company whose tax number it shares; (3) a consortium of separate organizations each with its own board of directors which for fiscal purposes share the same tax number.
  • the financial records relating to any and all SDAC grant activities are separately maintained and demonstrate each organization’s autonomous, financially independent status.

Organizations failing to meet eligibility guidelines for Small Organization Season Support grants should apply for a Project Grant, even if they are seeking funds for more than one activity.

Ineligible

Organizations may apply for only one Project Grant per granting cycle. 

Recipients of Arts Challenge Grants, Importation of Musicians Grants, Small Organization Season Support Grants and Statewide Services Grants are not eligible to apply for Project Grants.

Arts Festivals and Pow Wows

The South Dakota Arts Council is supportive of local arts festivals and pow wows. Nonprofit organizations that do not apply for an Arts Challenge Grant or a Small Organization Season Support Project Grant may apply for a Project Grant to initiate an arts festival. Funding is usually limited to $500 a year for a maximum of three years.

Deadline

All applications must be submitted  on-line only by March 1. Grant awards will be announced in May for the fiscal year that begins the following July 1.

Grant Amount

No more than 50% of the total project costs may be requested from the Arts Council. Grants must be matched at least dollar for dollar. A strong cash commitment by the applicant is encouraged. In many cases, SDAC will only be able to provide a grant of no more than one-half the artist’s fees and travel associated with the proposed activity. The range of South Dakota Arts Council Project Grants is generally $500 to $5,000. Please be realistic in the amount requested when preparing an application.

Funds may be requested as needed throughout the fiscal year. The final payment (10% of grant) will be made upon receipt of the evaluation.

Criteria for Awarding Grants

Applications are reviewed by arts discipline panels and SDAC with consideration given to:

  • Complete description of the project.
  • How the project will make a positive contribution to the arts and/or quality of life in the community or region.
  • Quality within the art form(s) as determined from artistic documentation.
  • Realistic budget showing cash support from other public and private sources.
  • Organizational and fiscal management: indication of the applicant’s ability to manage and complete the proposed activity.

Bonus points will be given to applications that reveal:

  • Especially innovative or creative projects.
  • Involvement of disabled, minority, geographically isolated or new constituencies as specifically addressed in the narrative.
  • Inclusion or development of advocacy, visibility, or public awareness of the arts as specifically addressed in the narrative.

Application Procedure

How to Prepare and Submit an Application

Applications for a Project Grant must be submitted on line through the South Dakota Arts Council’s e-grant system on or before March 1. Hard-copy applications submitted through the mail will not be accepted.

When you log onto the e-grant system you will be asked to:

  • Complete an Applicant Profile
  • Complete an Applicant Information form
  • Create and upload (attach) a narrative that explains the project in detail.
  • Complete a pre-existing budget form outlining all project expenses.
  • Complete a Project Summary & Information form
  • Create and upload (attach) biographies or resumes of key personnel involved with the project.
  • Upload (attach) examples of artistic documentation.
  • Scan and upload (attach) or mail supporting print materials, i.e. reviews, letters of recommendation, etc.
  • Complete Signature Page
  • Electronically submit application
  • Mail Signature Page to SDAC

Specific instructions for completing and submitting the above information will be provided after you log into the e-grant system (https://sdac.cgweb.org/) and complete the Applicant Profile.

Evaluation

Grant Evaluation Form.  Evaluations are due no later than 30 days after the end of the fiscal year. An evaluation form will be provided with grant award materials. It is also available on SDAC’s website: www.artscouncil.sd.gov

Subsequent grants are dependent upon receipt of complete evaluation reports.


GETTY GRANTS FOR EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

We believe that photojournalism is a powerful tool for telling compelling social, political and cultural stories. We also understand that creating and managing world-class photography assignments requires time, freedom, support and considerable resources.

Since 2005, we have awarded five Grants for Editorial Photography annually to professional photojournalists. Each grant provides $20,000, plus editorial, logistical and promotional support. We also award four student grants of $5,000 per year to photojournalism students at accredited schools.

Deadline: May 1.  Grants will be announced in September.

Potential Funding Sources

South Dakota

Regional

Federal

Foundations and Organizations with grant search sites available at no charge as of this posting:

Youth Service America   ** for students

Private Foundations