Grants Up for Grabs

The American Honda Foundation

The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. Funding Priority: Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy. Eligibility: Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). AHF accepts applications three times per year: New organizations (those that have never received funding from AHF) can apply for either the February 1 or the August 1 deadline date. The May 1 deadline date is reserved for returning organizations only (those funded at least once in the last 10 years). Grant Range: $20,000 To $75,000 over a one-year period.

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The Voya Unsung Heroes Program

The Voya Unsung Heroes program (formerly the ING Unsung Heroes program) annually provides grants to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Each year, educators submit applications for an ING Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence students. One hundred finalists will be selected to receive a grant of $2,000 each, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant will be awarded in each of the fifty states, provided at least one qualified application is received from each state. Of the hundred finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards - $25,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, and $5,000 for third place. All K-12 education professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States and be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning. The application deadline is April 30, annually.

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Growing Lunch School Garden Grant

Growing Lunch is a school garden grant program administered through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce with the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Eligible schools can receive a grant up to $500 to purchase supplies needed to plant a school garden. Growing Lunch seeks to enhance the Farm to School programs across the state. Farm to School provides locally-grown produce to our state’s schools and also seeks to educate students on agriculture. This program will act as an educational tool to enhance the knowledge of school-aged children on agriculture, healthy eating, and how food arrives on their plate three times a day. As society becomes increasingly further away from agricultural practices and the farm, it remains pertinent to educate students on the origin of their food; MDAC has designated a website for those interested in the Farm to School Program and educational resources and materials for Farm to School Week, www.farmtoschoolweek.orgAll schools, K-12, and pre-schools in the State of Mississippi are eligible to apply, although this program is ideally geared towards younger school-aged children. Schools that already have a school garden may apply to further their production. It is encouraged that schools applying have support from their local extension office or Master Gardeners. This program is on a first come, first serve basis. Only one grant can be awarded per school. Schools must fill out the application and  have a dedicated coordinator. Schools that have received a Growing Lunch grant from MDAC in the past are not eligible to apply for more funds at this time. If you have questions regarding the cost-share program, please contact Susan Head, 601.359.1196 or susan@mdac.ms.gov. Growing Lunch School Garden Grants for preschools have been allocated at this time, funds still remain for K-12 schools.

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Roots and Shoots Community Campaign Mini-Grants

The Jane Goodall Institute is accepting for their Roots and Shoots Community Campaign mini-grants. Students or student/youth groups may apply for support on community projects. Please note that applicants must be a member of Roots & Shoots (membership is free). To participate, students use the Institute's "participatory mapping" method to map their communities and find areas where they can make a difference. Once they've completed the mapping, students can apply for small grants to fund a campaign. Projects should focus on improving the environment, animal welfare or the human community. Grants UP TO $200 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals, community groups, school groups, non-profit groups, and families leading service learning campaigns are welcome to apply. The program is open nationwide. Grant application deadlines for 2019 are: February 4, March 25, April 29, June 10, June 29, September 9.

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The Home Depot Foundation Grants

The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve their communities. The program focuses on support for organizations that serve veterans in local communities, as well as organizations that serve diverse and underserved communities. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 31, 2019.

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