Special Programs

1200 Vermont Ave., St. Cloud, FL 34769

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

Leslie Campbell

Director

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Track Shack Foundation Grants -- Due ONLINE: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (District Announcement: 11/17/2017)

The Track Shack Foundation's purpose is to promote and encourage health and fitness in the community with an emphasis on youth programs. Income derived from activities of the Foundation is to be used exclusively for the support of health-related activities. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Trustees who have an interest in and dedication to the mission of the Foundation. The Board oversees the organization and the distribution of available cash. Such funds are given back to a wide variety of worthy organizations in this community. A portion is distributed through a grant application process to eligible entities, including schools. The online application is available on the website at http://www.trackshack.com/grant-application.php. The Board of Directors meets quarterly to review grant applications (March, June, September, and December). The next Grant application deadline is November 28, 2017. The next Board meeting will be held December 13, 2017.

 

2017 Coca-Cola Public Space Recycling Bin Grant -- DUE ONLINE: Friday, November 30, 2017 (District Announcement: 11/17/2017)

The grant program awards actual recycling bins to schools, government agencies, colleges and other community organizations on a competitive basis. Interested parties complete an online application, designating the style and number of bins they would like and explaining how and where they would use the bins. Keep America Beautiful selects recipients based on the merits of their proposal according to several criteria including need and the potential to recover the greatest amount of recyclables. Keep America Beautiful then works with its vendors to arrange delivery of the bins at no cost to the grant recipients. In addition to the free bins awarded through the grant, all applicants are extended the opportunity to purchase additional recycling bins and related accessories at a special, discounted price. Grants are offered to KAB affiliates, government and public agencies, non-profit organizations, tribal governments, religious organizations, colleges & universities, k-12 schools and other community groups. Grants are provided for use at locations in the United States. For-profit businesses are not eligible to receive grants. Proposals are accepted once a year during a month-long application period. The 2017 application period is open now through November 30, 2017 (note the new date). Applicants will be notified whether a grant has been awarded in December and recycling bins will be delivered to recipients in most cases during the first quarter of 2018. The program information and online application are available online at https://www.kab.org/coca-cola-recycling-grant/grant-overview.

 

Air Force Association (AFA) Educator Grant Program -- DUE ONLINE: Friday, December 15, 2017 (District Announcement: 8/25/2017)

The Air Force Association (AFA) is an independent, nonprofit, civilian education organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. The AFA believes that one of the most-significant means to affect student learning is to provide funding for projects that fulfill unmet educational needs of students. Each school year, the Association awards grants of up to $250 to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning. The Educator Grant program promotes aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grades. The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum. The program's web addresses are https://www.afa.org/informationfor/teachers/k12grants/educatorgrants and https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/40268-Air-Force-Association.

 

Walmart Community Grant Program -- Due ONLINE: Sunday, December 31, 2017 (District Announcement: 5/5/2017)

The Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 through each of Walmart’s facilities (Walmart Stores, Sam’s Clubs, and Logistics Facilities). Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding. The 2017 grant cycle begins February 1, 2017 and the application deadline is December 31, 2017. The program website, http://giving.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving-guidelines, contains complete details.

 

CenturyLink  Teachers and Technology Grant -- DUE ONLINE: Friday, January 12, 2018 (District Announcement: 11/6/2017)

The CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant Program is a competitive grant open to PreK-12 public and private school teachers in CenturyLink's residential service areas and the following core Corporate locations: Ouachita Parish, LA; Johnson County, KS; St. Louis County, MO; Tulsa County, OK. The program, funded by the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation, is designed to help teachers innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation will consider requests of up to $5,000 submitted by full-time classroom teachers employed by a public or private school in a CenturyLink residential service area or the Corporate locations listed above. Schools do not have to be a CenturyLink customer to apply but must be located in a CenturyLink service area where CenturyLink provides residential phone service or in one of the counties/parish listed above. Applicants will be required to sign a certification document stating that they have no role in the purchasing decisions for the school or school district's technology or telecommunication services. Previous applicants may apply on an annual basis. Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2017 until January 12, 2018. The review process will be completed and grants presented April 1 - May 15, 2018. All applicants will be notified of their application status by May 15, 2018. The application is available online at www.centurylink.com/teachersandtechnology.

 

NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants -- Due ONLINE: Thursday, February 1, 2018 (District Announcement: 11/17/2017)

Educators frequently need outside funding for classroom resources. With Student Achievement grants, NEA members are helping students learn how to think critically and solve problems. The NEA Foundation has successfully provided funding to thousands of educators to enable them to take the lead on a wide range of projects to improve student learning. Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. The Foundation especially encourages education support professionals to apply and gives preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects. Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. The program website, https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/student-achievement-grants/, contains complete details.

 

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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