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Action For Nature International Young Eco-Hero Awards
http://www.actionfornature.org/ecohero_awards.aspx
Deadline: January 15
The International Young Eco-Hero Awards recognizes the individual accomplishments of young people (ages 8-16) whose personal actions have significantly improved the environment. Action for Nature will award cash prizes of up to $500 to young Eco-Heros from around the world for their outstanding accomplishments in environmental advocacy, environmental health, research or protection of the natural world. Their individual initiatives will inspire others to preserve and protect our fragile environment.
(Last checked 07/01/17)

(Gloria) Barron Prize for Young Heroes
http://www.barronprize.org
Deadline: April 30
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Nominees, who may range in age from 8 to 18 years old, must have been the prime mover of a service activity, and demonstrated positive spirit and high moral purpose in accomplishing their goals. Nominees must be nominated by responsible adults who have solid knowledge of the young person's heroic activities, and who are not related to the nominee. Winners of the Barron Prize receive:
(1) $2,500 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project
(2) a recognition plaque and certificate of recognition
(3) signed copy of The Hero's Trail, by Barron Prize founder T.A. Barron
(4) a heroes study guide, curriculum, and bibliography
(5) the opportunity to be paired with an adult mentor who is passionate about and working in the winner's area of interest
(6) the opportunity to connect with other Barron Prize winners through the Young Heroes Listserv
(7) numerous media opportunities -- print, television, and radio
(Last checked 07/01/17)

Carson Scholars Fund
http://carsonscholars.org/scholarships/
The Carson Scholars Fund supports two main initiatives: Carson Scholarships and Ben Carson Reading Projects. The Carson Scholars Fund scholarship program awards students who have embraced high levels of academic excellence and community service with $1,000 college scholarships. 4-11 grade students have to be nominated by their school principals. The Ben Carson Reading Project initiative creates inviting and exciting reading rooms for students to discover the joy of independent reading.
(Last checked 07/01/17)

Corporation for National and Community Service
http://www.nationalservice.gov/
The Corporation for National and Community Service engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to help strengthen communities. Sponsors AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America.
(Last checked 07/01/17)

Education Research Center of America Community Contribution Scholarship
http://www.studentresearch.org/our-scholarship-program/
The Community contribution scholarship is open to all High School students who have recognized a need or problem in their community and have determined a way to address the issue. 3 things we are looking for in the scholarship submission: (1) The project is the student's original idea that addresses a specific and pressing need in the student's community; (2) A student who believes that change starts locally and is passionate about making that change happen; (3) A true leader who uses his/her unique talents to nurture the project. For the 2014-2015 academic school year, we will be awarding $25,000 to 18 students throughout the country. The top prize will receive a $5,000 scholarship, two runners up will receive a $2,500 scholarship and 15 students will be awarded with a $1,000 scholarship for higher ed expenses.
(Last checked 07/01/17)

Michigan Community Service Commission Funding
http://www.michigan.gov/mcsc/
Annually, the MCSC grants more than $6.9 million in federal funds and $780,000 in state funds to nonprofit organizations to support National Service and volunteer activities throughout Michigan. Funds are available in the following areas:
(1) Michigan's AmeriCorps programs are a domestic version of the Peace Corps where funding is provided to an organization so they can host teams of individuals in their community to address local issues such as the environment, education, public safety, and other human needs. Michigan's AmeriCorps Promise Fellows are granted to Communities of Promise to coordinate local efforts to provide the Five Promises of America's Promise for children in their community.
(2) Learn and Serve - Michigan Community-Based Organization funds are currently available. They are granted to local organizations (not schools - see below for funding for schools) to engage young people in volunteerism while helping them achieve educational goals.
(3) Learn and Serve - Michigan School-Based funds are granted to schools who are engaging their students in service-learning - real hands-on learning - through planned curriculum that involves community service.
Sign up for the MSCS Listserve for updates on additional funding opportunities and other related news.
(Last checked 07/01/17)

Pay It Forward Foundation
http://www.payitforwardfoundation.org/
Application deadlines are February 15 and September 15 of each year.
The Pay It Forward Foundation was established to inspire students to realize that they can change the world. Pay It Forward Mini-Grants are designed to fund service-oriented projects that are identified by youth as activities they would like to perform to benefit their school, neighborhood, or greater community. Selection Committee members will score the applications based on: (1) adherence to the Pay It Forward concept (explaining how the project's benefits will multiply exponentially); (2) educational benefit to students / teachers; (3)integration of proposed project with school curriculum; (4) number of people impacted. Schools, churches, and community youth groups may apply for mini-grants of up to $500. Because funding is limited, projects requesting smaller amounts will be given priority.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits - Education
(Last checked 07/01/17)

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
http://www.prudential.com/spirit
Entry deadline : October 31
Prudential, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Will honor more than 25,000 young people in grades five through 12 who have volunteered in their communities. Since the program began in 1995, it has grown to become the country's largest volunteer recognition program for young people. Application forms for the 2008 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are available through middle and high schools, Girl Scout councils and county 4-H offices, or by calling 888-450-9961.
(Last checked 07/01/17)

Youth Service America Grant Programs
http://ysa.org/grants
Youth Service America supports and motivates youth, educators, and service-learning coordinators by distributing more than $1 million dollars in micro grants each year to help support youth-led service and service-learning initiatives. While most of the grants support projects that culminate on Global Youth Service Day in April, funding is also available for projects in the fall.
(Last checked 07/01/17)


Databases

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Main Library Access Only)
http://gtionline.fdncenter.org/ipl.php
Includes descriptions of more than 6,000 foundations and public charities that fund individual grantseekers, and is searchable by nine different criteria. Records provide contact information, financial data, application information, and program descriptions, with links to more than 500 foundation Web sites. Updated quarterly.
(Last checked 07/01/17)

GrantSelect
http://ezproxy.msu.edu:2047/login?url=http://www.grantselect.com/access
An extensive online grants database owned and operated by Schoolhouse Partners, and it contains more than 16,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,100 unique sponsoring organizations. Also provides a selection of funding news.
(Last checked 07/01/17)

 

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