Special Programs

1200 Vermont Ave., St. Cloud, FL 34769

Phone: 407-870-4934 / Fax: 407-870-4935

Leslie Campbell


Upcoming Grant Deadlines

TD Charitable Foundation -- DUE ONLINE: Friday, February 23, 2018 (District Announcement: 11/6/2017)

The TD Charitable Foundation provides financial support through its donation application process to nonprofit and municipal organizations providing services within the following priority areas: Affordable Housing, Financial Literacy and Education, and the Environment. It funds only charitable, non-profit organizations as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code, public schools and other qualified state or local governmental entities. Paper applications will not be considered for funding, as the program uses an online application process. The TD Charitable Foundation donation committee meets on a quarterly basis to consider grant application requests. Timing of these meetings is based on county/state. A notification letter is sent to all applicants no later than two weeks following the meeting. Complete details appear on the program website at http://www.tdbank.com/community/corporate_giving.html, https://www.tdbank.com/community/popup_grant_calendar.html, and https://www.tdbank.com/community/charitable_grant_faq.html.


Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants -- DUE ONLINE: Saturday, March 31, 2018 (District Announcement: 11/17/2017)

A Mini-Grant is an award of up to $500 that the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation gives to eligible organizations to provide creative, innovative programs that support or extend the Common Core Standards in education. Programs may serve children from preschool to grade 12. Public schools, public libraries and public preschool programs such as Head Start are eligible for EJK Mini-Grants. Organizations that charge tuition or fees, such as private and parochial schools, should not apply. Charter schools are also not eligible. To be approved, a proposed program must provide an enriched learning experience either supporting or extending the basic curriculum. It must cost no more than $500 and be supported solely by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. It must be offered free of charge and cannot buy or produce merchandise for sale. Here are some examples of approved projects: painting a mural, creating a story walk, making a quilt, staging a theatre production, publishing a book or newspaper, bringing together different generations or communities in a joint activity, etc. Additional information, including a link to the Online Mini-Grant Application Form, is available online at http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/section/ezra-jack-keats-mini-grant-program-for-public-libraries-public-schools/.


Spring 2018 Carton 2 Garden Contest -- DUE ONLINE: Monday, April 16, 2018 (District Announcement: 11/17/2017)

Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are proud to present our fourth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest! Carton 2 Garden is open to any school, grades PreK-12, in the United States. By creatively repurposing milk and juice cartons, schools can enter to win one of 14 prizes with a grand prize valued at $5,000. Contest details appear on the program website at http://carton2garden.com/contest-details/spring-2018-contest/ .


Voya Unsung Heroes™ Awards Program -- Due ONLINE: Monday, April 30, 2018 (District Announcement: 11/17/2017)

With over $5 million in awarded grants, the Voya Unsung HeroesTM  Awards Program has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program's "alumni" have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. The program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Applicants to the Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program must be: employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States and full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective and innovative projects that improve student learning. All K-12 education professionals, whether or not they are clients of Voya Financial®, are eligible. Applications must be verified by the school superintendent, principal or applicant's immediate supervisor. If selected as a finalist, the school official will be contacted to verify the employment status and proposed project.  Applications must be submitted on or before April 30, 2018. All awards must be used to further the projects, as described in the submitted application, within the school or school system. Indirect costs or administrative fees should not be paid or withheld from the grant award. Each of the 100 finalists will receive an award of $2,000. At least one award will be granted in each of the 50 United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Of the 100 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards. First place will receive a bonus of $25,000; second place will receive a bonus of $10,000; and the third place winner will receive a bonus of $5,000. Scholarship America will select 100 finalists. The Educators Advisory Board, consisting of teachers and education administrators, will select recipients of the top three awards in the summer of 2018. By Fall 2018, all finalists will be notified whether or not they have been selected to receive a bonus award. Full information, including a link to the application, appears on the website at https://www.scholarsapply.org/unsungheroes/ .
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