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Taylor Made Industries wants organizations to be aware of grants available.  Each month we will be providing different grant opportunities.  This is just a quarter of the number of grants available.  If you would like to get the information about a grant please contact us. 
       November 2014 Grant Opportunities


DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award

A partnership with DuPont Pioneer and the National Science Teachers Association, this award is to recognize excellence and innovation in the field of agricultural science education. One award will be awarded annually. The awardee will receive a $5,000 grant for their classroom/program, paid travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference on science education, mentoring with a DuPont Pioneer scientist, classroom resources from DuPont Pioneer, and access to a DuPont Pioneer product plant or research facility. The awardee will be presented the award at the Teacher Awards Banquet at the National Conference. This award is available to any K-12 teacher who incorporates innovative agricultural science activities into their existing science curriculum. The deadline for this award is November 30, 2014.


The Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation

To be considered for a grant from the Foundation in the U.S., you must be designated a 501(3) (c) public charity. Twice a year (July and December), we review requests and award grants to support work that helps stop bullying, helps those hurt by bullying and/or helps increase equality and diversity in sports. We regret we cannot offer support to work outside of these areas. In addition, we do not support requests for event or conference sponsorship, for performances, films or movie productions. We generally prefer to make smaller, more frequent grants ($10,000 or less) but will consider all requests within our means and mission. As of now, we are only able to support organizations in the United States. Grant applications will be reviewed on June 30, 2014 and November 30, 2014.

December 2014 Grant Opportunities

ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant

  The ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant was formed in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo, and the themes represented in her books.  The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done. The ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee will select the winner of this award based on an application process. Special population children may include those who have learning or physical differences, those who speak English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who live in foster care settings, those who are in the juvenile justice system, those who live in gay and lesbian families, those who have teen parents, and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs. The winner of this award will be announced at ALA's Midwinter Meeting. Winners will be announced via a press release on the ALSC website in February/March. The deadline for this grant is December 1, 2014.


USA Track & Field Foundation Grants 

  The USA Track & Field Foundation youth initiative seeks to support and expand high quality programs that attract diverse ethnic and socio-economic youth and that promote character building, education, active healthy and drug free behaviors, including event participation in track and field and cross country/road running. The foundation favors the use of grant money to expand existing youth programs/clubs, to provide additional competitive opportunities for children and to enhance the experience for all participants. Preference is given to clubs that are based in low-income areas. It also favors programs that have a history of solid financial management, multiple funding sources and community support. Allowable expenses include equipment, uniforms, meet fees, travel, facility rental, staff and volunteer training, and outreach. The USA Track & Field Foundation considers providing opportunities for youth athletes to compete in track & field, a top priority. We encourage youth track clubs and programs from all areas of the United States to apply for financial assistance. The application deadline for this grant is December 1, 2014.



The Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators in cooperation with Pitsco/Hearlihy & Company proudly announces the $2,000 Pitsco/Hearlihy/FTEE Grant in honor of Tom and Mary Hearlihy. The grant is for a technology and engineering teacher at any grade level (K-12). Its purpose is to recognize and encourage the integration of a quality technology and engineering education program within the school curriculum. Criteria include: (1) evidence of an effective quality technology and engineering education program, (2) documented success in the integration of technology and engineering education with other academic subjects, and (3) plans for professional development via the anticipated grant. Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be an ITEEA member and register for the ITEEA Annual Conference. (Membership may be enclosed with scholarship application). Applicant must be a teacher (elementary or secondary) who is successfully integrating technology and engineering education within the school curriculum. (Applicant above the elementary school level must be a technology/engineering teacher. Applicant must attend the conference awards ceremony where award is presented. The application deadline for this grant is December 1, 2014.


2015 Youth Garden Grant 

Since 1982, National Gardening Association has provided the Youth Garden Grant to over 5,000 schools, nonprofits, and youth programs across the United States. Youth Garden Grant has contributed over 2.8 million dollars in funding to youth gardening initiatives and serves as National Gardening Association's longest standing grant program. This year, Youth Garden Grant is sponsored the grandchildren of Helene and Mark Eisner and by's generous donor base with contributions from Bonnie Plants, Ames, and New England Arbors. Twenty (20) awards will be offered this year to support programs in the United States. To be eligible for the 2015 Youth Garden Grant, your school or organization must plan to garden in 2014 with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and education related to the environment, health and nutrition issues, character education, and entrepreneurship in the United States. This year we will present awards to 20 schools or youth programs. Twenty programs will receive a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids online store, curriculum, a generous donation of seeds, and plant starts from Bonnie Plants, and an Ames tool package. The top ten winners will receive a raised bed from New England Arbors. The application deadline for this grant is December 5, 2014.


Saucony Run for Good Program 

The Saucony Run for Good Program has been created to encourage active and healthy lifestyles in children. Eligible applicants include programs whose participants are 18 years of age or less, have 501 (c) (3) status and can demonstrate their program positively impacts the lives of participants through their increased participation in running. Their charter is to fight childhood obesity so those programs that specifically target that epidemic get the most attention. Public schools are eligible. Ten - 20 grant winners are announced each year out of several hundred applicants. The maximum grant award is $10,000.; There are two application deadlines per year, one on June 13th and one on December 13th.


Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries Grants 

The mission of the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries is to help school libraries (a) encourage and foster a love of reading; (b) support student learning; and (c) make books and reading materials available to students who otherwise would not have access to them. Your school is eligible to apply if it meets the following five criteria: 1) Your school has been in operation for a minimum of one year prior to your application so that you are able to provide accurate information about the percentage of students in your school eligible for the free or reduced lunch program (FRL). 2) Your school has a student body where 85% or more of your students qualify for free or reduced lunches. 3) Your school has a school library that meets the following definition:  A library is a uniquely designated space in which books and other materials are systematically classified and arranged by subject and type.  They are stored in a place and manner that allows access to all students and adults in the school. Please note that the definition does not include classrooms or classroom sets of books, collections of books stored in a room that are not organized and classified in a systematic way, or collections of books on rolling carts of any description. 4) The day-to-day oversight and operation of your school library is carried out by a paid contracted staff member who fits the following definition: The person is designated by the school administration as responsible for the collection, care, and use of the materials housed in the dedicated space of the library. 5) Your school has not previously received a grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries. Schools that have previously received a grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries are ineligible to apply. The application deadline for this grant is December 15, 2014.


Sports 4 Life 

Sports 4 Life, like all Women's Sports Foundation initiatives, is supported by evidence-based research. The WSF report "Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America" illustrates that African-American and Hispanic girls are doubly hit by both gender and race disparities in sports. Girls in these demographics are less likely to play sports than boys and less likely to play sports than their Caucasian peers. They also enter sports at a later age and drop out earlier. The Women's Sports Foundation wants to empower communities, and organizations like yours, to reverse this alarming trend and teach girls the foundational benefits of sports: leadership, self-esteem, confidence, and perseverance. The Women's Sports Foundation administers the grant program and ESPNW the sponsor of this program which will create and expand developmental youth sports programs that serve African-American and Hispanic girls, ages 11 to 18 years old - high-risk and underserved populations. Together, the Women's Sports Foundation and ESPNW will award $100,000 per year to help organizations across the United States create or expand developmental youth sports programs serving African-American and Hispanic girls ages 11 to 18. Grants of $5,000 and $10,000 are available based on organization size and potential program reach. Grants can be used for coaching, curriculum, equipment, uniforms, transportation, facility rental, tournaments and/or team-building activities, all while fostering the Sports 4 Life benefits: leadership, self-esteem, confidence, and perseverance. The application deadline for this grant is December 17, 2014


January 2015 Grant Opportunities


AAUW Community Action Grant

AAUW advances equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. AAUW is a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 local branches, and 800 college and university partners. AAUW is one of the nation’s largest sources of private funding exclusively for educational programs that directly benefit women and girls. Every year AAUW awards fellowships and grants to more than 200 women. In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class. Community Action Grants provide funds that address issues related to the needs of women and girls or that provide information to educate and benefit the public on those issues. AAUW encourages proposals for projects that: Use innovative approaches to address local community needs or build linkages among community partners, and build partnerships between schools and community organizations. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-14 (including 2-year colleges) girls’ achievement in math, science and/or technology, and projects that seek community partners. Community partners might include local schools or school districts, businesses and other community-based organizations. The deadline for online submission of an application and supporting documents is January 15, 2015.


Captain Planet Foundation

The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.  Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation which is:  To give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Their unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities. Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to: provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth; serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools; have real environmental outcomes; and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500 – $2,500.  Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. (Projects with matching funds or in-kind support are given priority because external funding is a good indicator of the potential for long-term sustainability of the activities.) Captain Planet Foundation may choose to fund a portion of the project budget that best fits within the foundation guidelines or contact an applicant for further discussion. Deadlines are September 30 (typically for spring and summer projects) and January 31 (typically for fall and winter projects).



February 2015 Grant Opportunities


Learning and Leadership Grants

The NEA Foundation provides grants to support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. With the exception of study groups, applicants may not use grant funds to pay themselves stipends. Funds may not be used for lobbying or religious purposes. Identical applications will not be considered. All professional development must improve practice, curriculum, and student achievement. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All $5,000 group grant applicants must include partner information. The application deadline for this grant is October 15, February 1, and June 1.


Christopher Columbus Awards

Preparing for the Christopher Columbus Awards can fit easily into your plans. Preparing a competition project is a great learning experience for students in science or social studies classes, or for cross-curricular use in team teaching or block-scheduled classes and as an after-school or community organization program. You and your students can start today to talk about the important problems in your community and brainstorm possible solutions. The website will show a sample timeline with descriptions, but you may wish to adjust it to your schedule and the amount of meeting time available. Just follow these easy steps to get your students started — and get them psyched about science! Step one: Brainstorm community problems with your students. Step two: Talk about a solution, and introduce the competition. Step three: Review basic research techniques. Step four: Begin more in-depth research. Step five: Formulate and test a solution. Step six: Discuss the results of student tests. Step seven: Prepare the competition entry materials. Step eight: Finalize and submit entry. Every team that enters receives certificates of participation for each team member and judges' comments on their entry. One team will win the Columbus Foundation Community Grant to help bring the students' idea to life in their community! This grant is open to all students in 6th-8th grades. The application deadline for this grant is February 2, 2014.


2015 National Kind Teacher of the Year

The National Kind Teacher Award Program honors Pre K-12 classroom teachers who include humane lessons in the curriculum or inspire students to act on behalf of animals in an effective, innovative manner. The Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates have given this award annually since 1981, recognizing outstanding teachers who consistently incorporate humane education into the curriculum and/or motivate students to get involved in community service for animals. To nominate yourself or another Pre-K-12 teacher for this award, please fill out our online nomination form. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2015, and the winner will be notified before the end of the 2014-2015 school year.


Open Meadows Foundation

The Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization which funds projects designed and implemented by women and girls; projects which have limited financial access reflecting the cultural and ethnic diversity of our society and promoting the empowerment of women and girls as well as and projects for social change that have encountered obstacles in their search for funding.  It offers grants of up to $2,000 to projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; promote the empowerment and well being of women and girls; reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our society; promote social change; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Organizational budgets should not exceed $150,000.  Applications should be postmarked by August 15 and February 15 annually.



March 2015 Grant Opportunities


The Edward E. Ford Foundation Grant

The mission of The Edward E. Ford Foundation is to strengthen and support independent secondary schools (grades 9-12) and to challenge and inspire them to leverage their unique talents, expertise and resources to advance teaching and learning throughout this country by supporting and disseminating best practice, by supporting efforts to develop and implement models of sustainability, and by encouraging collaboration with other institutions. The area in which the Foundation has the legal power to operate is extremely broad. Its charter declares, in the language of the Internal Revenue Code, that it “is established, and shall be operated, exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes." The mission statement, approved by the Board in November 2011 reflects current practice. Graduates of independent schools on the whole have been and continue to be well trained, highly motivated citizens of this country who contribute in many ways to the betterment of society and the nation. The heritage of pluralism in the United States points clearly to the fact that parents want options in education. Support for independent schools, as contrasted to support for private colleges, must come from a narrow base, which includes parents, friends, and graduates rather than corporations, foundations and the government. While the target area selected by the Foundation is relatively small in light of the general purpose, the Board feels that, to make a significant and important impact with the funds available, it is best to limit its effort to one particular area of education. The application deadline for this grant is March 1, 2014.


Edison International Community Grant

We offer community grants up to $5,000 to grassroots non-profit organizations whose programs and missions support our four funding priorities: education, environmental protection, public safety & preparedness, and civic engagement. To qualify, your organization must meet all eligibility requirements. Grants are paid for by our shareholders, and not by customers of our utility, Southern California Edison. Most of our giving is targeted to help meet the needs of diverse ethnic groups, seniors, people with special needs, women, low-income, and gay and lesbian populations – groups that are often underserved. To qualify for our Community Grants program, your non-profit organization must meet the following criteria: IRS 501(c)(3) charitable status, serve the community without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender or gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status or veteran status, make records available for regular independent external audit and make the results available to all potential contributors, comply with applicable laws regarding registration and reporting, observe the highest standards of business conduct in their relationships with the public, and have a method by which to measure and track and report one or more program outcomes and specific results that demonstrate measurable societal impact. The deadline for this grant is September 30, March 30, and June 30 annually.